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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets @ Florida Panthers
Patrik Laine ($6,800) – Mark Scheifele ($6,500) – Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,500)
This line had itself a night last night against the Lightning. Laine is more-than living up to his billing as a rookie and with his goal last night, he moved into a tie for third in the league with 20 goals. He added two assists, one on the power play (PP) and four shots on goal (SOG). Ehlers notched his second three-point game in his last five with two goals and an assist last night. Scheifele had the most down night of the three with only two points last night, including a power play goal (PPG).
Dallas Stars vs Montreal Canadiens
Tyler Seguin ($7,800) – Jason Spezza ($6,100) – Patrick Sharp ($4,900)
Seguin has points in four straight games and in five of his last six. He has nine points, two power play points (PPP), and 39 SOG in his last 10 games. Spezza had a four-game point streak snapped on Saturday night but did have seven points, three special teams points and 10 SOG over that four-game run. Sharp looked okay in his return from his month-long injury with a concussion, playing 15 minutes and putting three SOG. He will get solid minutes and ample opportunity to produce while he slots in for Jamie Benn on this line. They face Habs’ backup Al Montoya tonight, who has only one win in his last seven appearances.
Superstar to Build Around
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,300) – Gaudreau had been dominant in the second half of December with 10 points in eight games from December 8th through the 27th before his two-game disappearance to close out December. Gaudreau has been on fire since he returned from his injury, and after a slow start to the season, he has put up 25 points in 29 games overall. The Flames get back to it tonight when they face the Avalanche, against whom Gaudreau managed a three-point game last week.
Value on Offense
Bo Horvat ($4,800) – Horvat continued his breakout season by pushing his current point streak to four games with a goal and two shots against the Avs on Monday. He has 10 points (three PPP) in his last 10 games and 26 points in 39 games.
Gabriel Landeskog ($4,500) – The Avs’ captain has begun to pick up his shooting as of late and has three of his 12 points this season in his last four games. He had a two-goal game last week against the Flames (tonight’s opponent), and he picked up an assist on Monday against Vancouver. He has 11 SOG in this four game span after having only 43 SOG in his first 23 games this year.
Ryan Miller ($8,000) – Miller has won three in a row for the Canucks and has a great matchup tonight against the Coyotes. He has held some solid offenses in check lately, allowing only five goals on 89 shots faced against the Kings, Avs and Ducks. Miller has already topped the Coyotes this season, allowing one goal on 36 shots in that game.
Brian Elliott ($8,100) – Elliott looks to have turned things around and should get the nod tonight since he has won his last four starts, and Chad Johnson has lost four in a row. Elliott has allowed eight goals against and posted a .918 save percentage (SV%) on this four-game run and will face the Avalanche tonight, a team Elliott beat last week.
Value on Defense
Tyson Barrie ($4,700) – Barrie pushed his point streak to five games with his third goal of the season on Monday. He added four shots and one block in the contest. Barrie now has seven points, one goal and six assists in his last five games and is third on the Avalanche in scoring with 20 points.
Keith Yandle ($4,400) – Yandle has not had the prolific season many were expecting, but he does have 18 points in 38 games. He is starting to heat up right now with assists in three straight games, including back-to-back games with a PPA. He has five blocks and 10 SOG in those three games as well.
Power Play Defensemen
Dougie Hamilton ($5,600) – Hamilton has an assist in four of his last five games and has three assists on the PP in that span. He has a three-game point streak going with four assists, seven blocks and 11 SOG that has produced 17 FPTS. He is seeing ample PP time and is third on the Flames in scoring with 22 points.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($4,800) – It has been a largely down season for Ghost in his sophomore campaign. He has 18 points in 37 games and 11 PPP so far on the season. Ghost has two PPP, four blocks and seven SOG in his last three games after he had a five-game scoring drought. He faces the Rangers tonight, a team he has dominated in his young career with four points, two PPP and 19 SOG in five career matchups including a goal in their first meeting earlier this season.
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