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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets @ St. Louis Blues
Patrik Laine ($6,500) – Bryan Little ($5,300) – Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,700)
Little went into the All-Star break on a five-game point streak, posting four multi-point games in that span. Laine picked up right where he left off before his concussion and posted points in both of his games since his return, including a power play goal (PPG) and an assist against Chicago before the break. He now has 40 points in 45 games this season. Ehlers has points in four of his last five games with three goals, two assists and 16 shots on goal (SOG). This trio has a combined nine points against the Blues this season.
Anaheim Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche
Corey Perry ($6,500) – Ryan Getzlaf ($6,400) – Rickard Rakell ($6,300)
Getzlaf has points in eight of his last 10 games despite being shutout in his last game before the break. Getz had three goals, nine assists and 18 SOG in that game span and added three special teams points as well. Perry had points in two of his last three before the break, with two points coming on the power play (PP). He has five points and 29 SOG in his last 10 games. Rakell went into the break strong with six points in his last eight games. He continues to lead the Ducks with 20 goals this season and has three points in two games against Colorado already this year. With Calvin Pickard manning the net for the Avalanche right now, I think the Ducks’ top line is a great target tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Wayne Simmonds ($6,400) – There are so many good players to consider tonight, but I love Simmonds coming off his All-Star Game MVP. He went into All-Star weekend riding a three-game scoring streak and putting up eight SOG. He followed that up with three goals in the ASG over the weekend. He and the Flyers come out of the break against the Hurricanes tonight, and on the season Simmonds has four points, one power play point (PPP), and six shots against Carolina in two games.
Value on Offense
Alex Burmistrov ($3,300) – Burmistrov is thriving in the desert with the Coyotes. He’s seeing significant playing time, averaging over 16 minutes per night vs the less than 12 he was seeing with Winnipeg. He has points in five of his first six games with Arizona and went into the break riding a three-game point streak.
Evander Kane ($4,800) – Kane was riding a three-game point streak before the break with two multi-point games, including one against the Habs. He had two goals, four assists and 17 SOG in those three games and had nine points and 43 SOG in his last 10 games overall.
Thomas Greiss ($7,200) – Even with a game where he allowed seven goals against, Greiss has still posted a 1.98 goals against average (GAA) in his last 10 games. The recipient of a shiny new contract extension will get the nod tonight against the Capitals, and he currently sits in the top-10 in the league in both GAA and save percentage (SV%), and is a great value price tonight.
Peter Budaj ($8,200) – Budaj has posted 22 wins so far and currently sits fourth in the league with a 2.06 GAA. He has posted five shutouts on the season, the most in his career, and went into the break winning back-to-back starts (one being a shutout). He gets the lowly Coyotes tonight on the road, and he’s posted a 1.80 GAA away from home this season.
Value on Defense
Jacob Trouba ($4,600) – Trouba went into the break with points in four of his last five games, with two multi-point outings. He had one goal, five assists, one PPP, 13 blocks and 19 SOG in those five games. He averaged almost 6.0 FPTS per night on his run and faces a Blues team tonight that he has two points and seven SOG against this season.
Nick Leddy ($4,400) – Leddy has burst alive lately with 11 points in his last nine games. He has three goals and eight assists in those games and went into the break on a four-game point streak. He also has two PPP and is seeing exposure to John Tavares at both even strength and on the PP.
Power Play Defensemen
Justin Schultz ($5,200) – I think Schultz is a great play tonight even with the prospect of Kris Letang returning. Schultz has points in three of his last four games, with two PPP, and has 11 points in his last 10 games with four points coming on the PP. He should still see solid time to produce at both even strength and on the PP going forward.
Shea Weber ($6,100) – Weber has three points in his last four games and all three came via the PP. He had two goals, one assist and seven SOG in those games before the break. Weber seems to have broken out of the scoring slump he hit after his torrid start to the season. He has a solid matchup tonight against the Sabres, who are 29th in the league in penalty killing.
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