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Top Lines of the Night
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets
Nikita Kucherov ($6,900) – Tyler Johnson ($5,200) – Ondrej Palat ($4,900)
The Triplets line hasn’t lost it despite playing most of this season apart. Kucherov has 35 points in 31 games this season and has a four-game point streak going at the moment and points in six of his last eight games. Palat has points in three straight games with two goals, two assists, two power play points (PPP) and seven shots on goal (SOG) on his run. Johnson is the weakest link on this line with two goals and five SOG in his last five games. He’s always a threat to turn it on, and this line will be given a plethora of opportunities to be the top line and produce against a weak Jets’ defense tonight.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Washington Capitals
Auston Matthews ($7,600) – Zach Hyman ($4,700) – Connor Brown ($4,000)
Matthews is one of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment, and Hyman and Brown are along for the ride and reaping the benefits. Matthews is riding a six-game point streak and has multi-point games in his last three outings. He has 12 points and 36 SOG in his last nine games. Hyman has a four-game point streak going, all assists, and has points in five of his last six games overall. Brown has seven points in his last five games and is coming off a three-point game against Detroit in the Centennial Classic over the weekend. Despite the tough matchup tonight, this is a solid line and Matthews is always a threat to find the scoresheet.
Superstar to Build Around
Chris Kreider ($6,400) – There are a lot of really good players available tonight, but I love Kreider against the Sabres. The Rangers winger has a four-game point streak and is coming off a hat-trick in his game against the Avalanche on Saturday night when he notched two power play goals (PPG) and added six SOG. He has six goals and eight points on this four-game burner with 20 SOG. He has a great matchup against Buffalo, who have allowed three goals or more in each of their last six games.
Value on Offense
P.A. Parenteau ($4,000) – Parenteau has been a fantastic pickup for the Devils and has been a steady offensive contributor. He leads the Devils with 11 goals and is fourth on the team in SOG. He has three goals in his last four games and five goals and an assist in his last eight games overall.
Kevin Labanc ($3,400) – Labanc has been a pleasant surprise on the Sharks’ second line this season, and after six points in his first 20 games, he has four points in his last four games. Labanc has points in back-to-back games with a goal, an assist and six SOG.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,100) – 13-game winning streak. He has a 1.95 goals against average (GAA) and a save percentage (SV%) of .934. Enough said.
Cam Ward ($7,700) – Ward has had an underrated season for the Hurricanes. Despite the low win total with only 13, he has won four of his last six games, and he currently sits just outside the top-10 in the NHL with a 2.29 GAA. He faces the Devils tonight, who are on the second night of a back-to-back, and Ward stopped 39 of 41 shots in his previous start vs the Devils this season.
Value on Defense
Brooks Orpik ($3,500) – Orpik isn’t one for putting up much offense, but he has points in back-to-back games. Despite playing on the third pairing he has three assists, three blocks and three SOG in those two games.
Jacob Trouba ($4,400) – After three points in his first 15 games, Trouba is beginning to pile up the points. He has seven points in his last nine games overall and currently has assists in three-straight games. Trouba is putting up 3.8 FPTS per game over his last 10 games and is also getting great peripherals, averaging two blocks and two SOG per game this season.
Power Play Defensemen
Victor Hedman ($5,600) – Hedman had a fantastic December and looks to ride that into January. He had 14 points in his last nine games of the month, including seven points on the man advantage. He has three multi-point games in his last five outings and is coming off a two assist game on Saturday vs Carolina.
Ryan McDonagh ($5,400) – McDonagh is on-pace for new career-highs in both points and assists this season. The Rangers’ captain has points in four straight games, including PPP in each of his last three. He has put up 10 points in his last 10 games, four on the PP, and has added 21 blocks and 21 SOG as well in that span.
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