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Highest Vegas Totals
– New Jersey Devils vs. Montreal Canadiens – 5
– Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vancouver Canucks – 5
– St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche – 5
Cory Schneider ($7,900): Schneider gets the nod tonight for the Devils as they head to Montreal to face the Canadiens who are on the second night of a back-to-back. Schneider has been fantastic for the Devils this season sitting firmly in the top-10 in the league in wins, GAA and SV%. He has allowed three goals against in his last three games keeping offenses like the Red Wings and Stars in check as well as posting a shutout against the Senators. On the road this season Schneider has be superb with a 10-4-2 and has posted a 2.04 GAA on the road and a .935 SV%.
Top Line of the Night
In an effort to spread out scoring, Coach Ken Hitchcock has reportedly moved Tarasenko down to the second line but he will still see shifts with with Steen and Stastny at both even strength and on the Blues potent first power-play unit. After being shutout in his final three games of December Tarasenko has points in his first two games of the new year. Steen is coming off a two-assist game against the Senators on Monday night as well as putting up four shots on goal and a blocked shot. Stastny is riding a four-game point streak with an assist in each of his last four games. This line has been productive no matter the circumstance and have a combined six power-play points in their last four games. The Blues have the Avalanche on Wednesday and have a great scoring matchup facing the 22nd-ranked scoring defense in the league giving up almost three goals per game.
Top Upside at Defense
Tyson Barrie ($5,200): Barrie is one of the better, young offensive defensemen in the league and leads the Avs in assists with 21 while sitting fourth on the team with 27 points. He had one of his best games of the season on Monday night against the Kings with a two goal, two assist game while adding a block and five shots on goal for a fantastic 13 FPPG night. Three of his four points came on the power-play as he scored a goal and assisted on Matt Duchene and Jerome Iginla’s power-play markers in the third. He is one of the better blueline options available tonight with such a limited player pool to choose from and coming in at an affordable price enables him to be stacked on defense and allows you to spend elsewhere in your lineups.
Christopher Tanev ($3,200): Not much of the offensive option for the Canucks, DFS players should take advantage of his recent offensive form with points in back-to-back games. Tanev is known more for being a defensive defenseman with only seven points on the season but he does have 97 blocks on the season and on his current two-game point streak he has added eight blocked shots and a shot on goal. Without many value options available tonight, Tanev is an intriguing play against a weak defensive team in the Hurricanes.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Sidney Crosby ($7,100): Crosby netted his third multi-point game in his last four games last night with a goal and assist in the Penguins OT loss to the Blackhawks. He’s riding a four-game point streak and has scored at least one goal in all four and aside from the two points he added two shots on goal giving him five goals, two assists and 15 shots on goal over this scoring span. The Penguins head to the Windy City tonight to finish a back-to-back against the Blackhawks and Crosby has 10 points in 19 road games this season.
Leo Komarov ($4,300): Komarov continues to be a solid contributor for the Leafs this season with 27 points that puts him second on the team behind JVR in that category. He has three assists in his last two games while adding three blocked shots and seven shots on goal. Even with three games he went scoreless around Christmas, Komarov has 11 points in his last 10 games. The Leafs head to Anaheim to face the Ducks on the road and away from home this season Komarov has 13 points in 19 games.
Victor Rask ($4,700): Rask has kept his strong sophomore season going and now sits second on the Canes in points behind Justin Faulk. Despite being buried in a mostly third-line role this season, Rask has been consistent with 26 points in 40 games. He was held pointless on Monday against the Oilers, which snapped a two game scoring streak, but he faces the Canucks and their 2.8 goals against per game which ranks in the bottom-10 league wide and with Ryan Miller still uncertain for tonight for Vancouver Rask is a very solid value option at center.
Ryan Miller ($6,900) Like was said above Miller has been dealing with muscle cramps for almost two weeks and has not played a game since December 20th. He skated on Monday but he is still unlikely to see ice time tonight.
Mike Cammalleri ($5,400) Cammalleri will not be in the lineup for the Devils game against the Canadiens on Wednesday night. He did not travel with the team to Montreal and has been dealing with an upper-body injury since before the new year. On the season Cammalleri has been the best offensive option for the Devils with 35 points in 38 games and the Devils have sorely missed his presence on the ice.