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Top Lines of the Night
St. Louis Blues vs Anaheim Ducks
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,000) – Paul Stastny ($4,800) – Jaden Schwartz ($5,100)
This line has been up and down as of late, but they have a great matchup looming tonight against the Ducks. Tarasenko netted a goal and fired four shots on goal (SOG) in their last game against the Wild, which snapped a five-game point streak. Stastny has two goals, both on the power play (PP), and six SOG in his last four games. Schwartz has been the most productive of the trio as of late, with points in back-to-back games and in three of his last four games overall. He has two power play points (PPP) and 11 SOG in that span and has seven points and 28 SOG in his last 10 games. They will face either Jonathan Bernier, who would be playing on consecutive nights, or backup Jhonas Enroth and his 3.94 goals against average (GAA).
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Edmonton Oilers
Evgeni Malkin ($8,000) – Phil Kessel ($6,600) – Carl Hagelin ($4,000)
Malkin is tearing it up at the moment, largely out-producing Crosby. Geno is riding a three-game point streak, all multi-point games, with three PPP and 12 SOG. Kessel is also on a three-game point streak, all assists, and has added nine SOG. Hagelin brings up the rear on this line, putting up only three points in his last 10 games. He had an assist in his last game on Wednesday night, and has a goal in his only game against the Oilers this season.
Superstar to Build Around
Jack Eichel ($7,300) – Despite a very tough matchup against Columbus tonight, Eichel is too hot to disregard. Eichel is tied for the second-longest point streak in the NHL this season, posting a point in 11 straight games. He has 16 points, five goals, 11 assists and 48 SOG on his 11-game burner, with six PPP. He is averaging over 20 minutes of ice time this season, and in his last 10 games he is averaging just under 6.0 FPTS per game.
Value on Offense
Reilly Smith ($4,400) – Smith picked up an assist and two SOG in his last outing against the Rangers, giving him two points in his last four games and six points in his last nine games overall. He’s skating on the Panthers second line and is seeing an increase in minutes as of late.
Oliver Bjorkstrand ($4,000) – Bjorkstrand is skating on the Blue Jackets third line and has taken everyone by surprise with his performance so far. He has eight points in 15 games so far this season, with seven points in his last 10 games. He comes into tonight riding a two-game point streak with two goals, one assist and three SOG.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,300) – No goalie is hotter at the moment than Bob, who is riding a three-game shutout streak into tonight’s game against Buffalo. He shut out the Wild and then the Devils in back-to-back games, and is 6-3-1 with a 1.50 GAA in his last 10 starts.
Jake Allen ($7,700) – Allen has been very strong as of late, posting a 6-4-0 record and a 1.71 GAA in his last 10 starts. He comes into tonight’s outing against the Ducks allowing one goal against over his last two starts, posting a shutout and stopping 59 of his last 60 shots faced against the Avs and Wild.
Value on Defense
Mark Streit ($4,200) – Streit has settled in great on the Penguins blue line and has produced four points, three PPP and nine SOG in three games in Pittsburgh so far. He is enjoying great exposure to the Penguins top-six forward rotation at even strength and is running one of the points on their potent PP unit.
Mike Green ($4,400) – Green has posted an assist in back-to-back games, making him a worthwhile consideration tonight against Chicago. It is a tough matchup for the Wings, but one that is helped by the fact that Chicago played last night and Detroit could face backup Scott Darling.
Power Play Defensemen
Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,600) – Despite a tough matchup tonight, Risto has been good lately and is getting great exposure to Jack Eichel and the Sabres top players. Ristolainen has an assist in seven of his last 10 games, with five PPP. He has 16 blocks and 36 SOG over those 10 games. He has points in three of his last four games, and all three points have come on special teams.
Aaron Ekblad ($5,000) – Ekblad has been blasting the puck all over the rink of late, posting 24 SOG in his last three games. He had a great game against the Rangers on Tuesday night netting a PP goal, while firing off eight shots and one block. Ekblad has five points, four special teams points, and 48 SOG in his last 10 games. He is ninth in the NHL in SOG this season among all players.
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