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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby ($8,300) – Conor Sheary ($6,500) – Jake Guentzel ($4,900)
The Penguins’ top trio posted their second-consecutive multi-point game, with all three players putting up two points each against the Flames on Monday. Crosby netted a goal and dished out an assist while adding four shots on goal (SOG) in the loss on Monday night. Sheary posted a goal and an assist for the second straight game, and now has multi-point games in four of his last five outings. He’s fired off 15 SOG in his last two games. Guentzel collected a pair of assists against the Flames, giving him six points and 18 SOG in his last five games.
Detroit Red Wings @ Colorado Avalanche
Henrik Zetterberg ($5,900) – Gustav Nyqvist ($4,700) – Tomas Tatar ($4,600)
Despite being shutout against the Rangers, Zetterberg has been lighting the league up with 14 points in his nine prior games. It has been a down season for the Wings but Zetterberg has been a rare bright spot. Nyqvist comes into tonight with points in back-to-back games and has six points and 11 SOG in his last four games. Tatar has four points and 11 SOG in his last four games and has five goals in his last 10 games. This line has a great matchup tonight in Colorado, and the Avs are allowing a league-worst 3.24 goals against per game at home this season.
Superstar to Build Around
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,600) – Gaudreau is on an absolute tear at the moment posting six points in his last four games and 14 points in his last 10 games overall. Gaudreau netted a power play goal (PPG) in the Flames win over the Penguins on Monday, pushing the Flames to a franchise-record 10th straight victory. On the 10 game streak, Gaudreau has four goals, 10 assists, and 23 SOG.
Value on Offense
Alex Steen ($4,800) – Steen is enjoying a brief foray on the Blues’ top line at the moment, centering Tarasenko and Schwartz while Paul Stastny is hurt. He has posted back-to-back multi-point games and has five points in his last four games.
Drew Stafford ($4,400) – Stafford has been a welcomed edition to the Bruins since his trade from Winnipeg. In five games with the Bruins he has two goals, two assists and 18 SOG. The Bruins face the red-hot Flames tonight, but in a more favorable matchup as Calgary starts Chad Johnson.
UPDATE: Jordan Weal is OUT tonight against the Penguins.
Jordan Weal ($3,900) – Weal has not looked out of place for the Flyers since being put on the top. He’s got three points and eight SOG in his last four games playing between Giroux and Simmonds, with all four of his points coming in his last seven games.
UPDATE: Brian Elliott (illness) is out tonight against the Bruins. Chad Johnson will start in his place.
Brian Elliott ($7,800) – Elliott stopped 32 of 35 shots on Monday to pick up his ninth-consecutive win. He has won eight games on the Flames current 10-game winning streak, allowing more than two goals in a game in that span only once, which was Monday night. Overall in his last 10 games, Elliott is 9-1-0 with a 1.77 goals against average (GAA).
Jimmy Howard ($7,900) – Howard will tend the twine tonight for the Wings against the offensively anemic Avs. Howard was strong in his return from injury over the weekend, stopping 24 of 26 shots to pick up the win. In limited time this season Howard is sporting a fantastic 1.96 goals against average (GAA).
Matt Murray ($8,200) – Murray has won five of his last seven starts, with one loss and one no-decision in that span. He picked up his fourth shutout of the season in his last outing against the Canucks over the weekend and will get the nod tonight against the Flyers. He’s 6-2-1 with a 2.26 GAA and a .931 save percentage (SV%) in his last 10 games overall.
Value on Defense
Zdeno Chara ($4,100) – Big Z hasn’t done much this season, despite the Bruins being near the top-10 in offense, but you can’t overlook his recent play. He has points in two of his last three games, netting a goal and two assists. He’s added six blocks and seven SOG in those three games and is a great price tonight in spite of a tough matchup vs the Flames.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($4,900) – Another defenseman who has had a down and disappointing season is Gostisbehere in Philly. He has started to come around lately, posting eight points in his last 10 games. He has points in two of his last three games, posting a goal and two assists. One of his assists came on the PP, where he still runs the point of the Flyers’ top power play (PP) unit. He is touching all the good peripherals as well with six blocks and 11 SOG in these last three games. He has two points in two games against the Penguins already this season.
Power Play Defensemen
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,400) – Pietrangelo has taken off since the trade of Kevin Shattenkirk. In his last eight games, Pietrangelo has seven points, 17 blocked shots and 16 SOG, and four PPP. He has five points in his last five games and is coming off a multi-point game against the Kings on Monday.
Justin Schultz ($5,700) – Schultz has stepped up into a bigger role on the Pens’ defense with all their injuries and has a great opportunity tonight for production. Despite being shutout in his last two games, Schultz has seven points, four PPP, and 16 SOG in his last six games. He plays on the Pens’ top pair and runs the point on their top PP unit. With Mark Streit uncertain to play tonight, Schultz could see a larger offensive role as well.
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