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Top Lines of the Night
Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers
Corey Perry ($6,300) – Ryan Getzlaf ($6,200) – Rickard Rakell ($6,100)
The Ducks’ top line combined for two goals and two assists in the Ducks’ win over the Jets on Monday. Getzlaf had a power play goal (PPG) and added an assist and four shots on goal (SOG). He has power play points (PPP) in two straight and in eight of his last nine games. Rakell has points in four of his last five games and notched his team-leading 20th goal of the season in the win. Perry joins Getzlaf with PPP in back-to-back games after his assist on Getz’s goal. He has added eight SOG in his last two games. This line faces the Oilers tonight and has been particularly good against Edmonton this season, combining for eight points in two games.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings
Nazem Kadri ($6,000) – William Nylander ($4,900) – Leo Komarov ($3,800)
This might surprise some people but Kadri is actually second on the Leafs in goals with 20. The center is on pace for his first 30-goal season and to set a new high in points. He has back-to-back, multi-point games, is coming off a two-goal game on Monday night and has 12 points in his last nine games. Nylander added an assist on one of Kadri’s goals on Monday, giving him six points in his last 10 games and bringing his season total to 30. Komarov is the weakest link of the three but can provide the offense every now and then. He has three goals in his last 10 games and one came against Detroit earlier this month.
Superstar to Build Around
Connor McDavid ($7,900) – Despite a tough matchup tonight with John Gibson in net for the Ducks, McDavid is one of the best options any night he’s available. McDavid continues to lead the league in scoring with 56 points in 49 games and has 13 points in 11 games this month. He’s riding a four-game point streak with two goals, four assists and 12 SOG. He has also added two PPP in those four games.
Value on Offense
J.T. Miller ($5,000) – Miller has followed up his breakout 43-point season last year with 35 points in 48 games this year. He’s on pace to shatter his numbers from last season. He has points in three straight games and has 11 points in his last 10 games overall. He’s centering the underrated Rangers third line with Michael Grabner and Matt Puempel.
Zack Kassian ($3,000) – Never one to be an offensive threat, Kassian has come on as of late. Despite playing on the Oilers’ fourth line, Kassian is riding a four-game point streak. Three of his four points are assists, and he has a goal on his only SOG of this hot streak. On such a limited night, I think Kassian is a prime value target.
John Gibson ($7,700) – Gibson is the hottest goalie in the league this month and has completely turned his season around after a slow start. Gibson was forced to leave his last start early over the weekend, but in 10 starts in the month of January he is 7-1-1 and has posted a 1.39 goals against average (GAA), a .954 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts. Both his GAA and SV% lead the league this month. He has a tough matchup tonight vs the Oilers but has been near-impossible to beat this month.
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,200) – Hank has rebounded after his horrid four-game stretch where he allowed 20 goals against. Lundqvist has won three straight games since, posting a .953 SV% in those three games and backstopping one shutout. He faces the Flyers tonight at home and is already 2-0-0 vs Philly this season.
Value on Defense
Shea Theodore ($3,000) – Theodore has been in and out of the lineup this season for the Ducks but should get some more time with Sami Vatanen injured. Theodore picked up a power play assist on Monday against the Jets, giving him two assists in his last four starts.
Ivan Provorov ($4,700) – The rookie has six points in his last eight games and had a great game against the Islanders over the weekend. He netted a goal while putting up seven SOG and also added two blocks for a 7.5 DKFP night and is averaging 3.5 DKFP per game in his last 10 games.
Power Play Defensemen
Mike Green ($5,000) – Green notched his second multi-point outing in his last six games with a goal and an assist against the Bruins last night. He has points in four of his last six games putting up two goals, four assists, two PPP, and 14 SOG. At $5,000 he’s a solid price for a top-pair defenseman with top PP unit exposure.
Ryan McDonagh ($5,200) – It’s not a deep night for PP defensemen, but McDonagh is worth a solid look. Despite being held scoreless in his last three games, McDonagh has put up a very respectable 28 points in 47 games this season. He has two PPP in his last 10 games, 11 PPP this season and is also producing solid peripherals, averaging about two blocks and two SOG per game.
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