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Top Lines of the Night
Boston Bruins @ Edmonton Oilers
Brad Marchand ($7,400) – Patrice Bergeron ($7,200) – David Backes ($5,200)
The Bruins have scored four goals or more in 12 of their last 19 games, and a lot of that is thanks to Marchand and Bergeron. Marchand has nine points in his last five games. He leads the NHL with 36 goals, is tied for the NHL lead in points with 76, has the second-most goals in the NHL since Feb 1 and has a 25-19-46 stat line since January 1st. Bergeron is riding a three-game assist streak posting four assists, 13 shots on goal (SOG) and one power play (PP) assist. He has 13 points in his last 10 games. Backes has points in back-to-back games netting two goals and one assist on their current Canadian road trip.
Winnipeg Jets @ New York Islanders
Patrik Laine ($7,300) – Bryan Little ($5,400) – Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,500)
This line had a big night against the Predators on Monday, now they face the inconsistent defense of the Islanders. Laine netted his 33rd goal of the season and fired off seven SOG. His 33 goals are tied for third in the league. Little and Ehlers each enjoyed a multi-point outing, dishing out two assists apiece. The Jets should be well-rested tonight, not having played since Monday with their game on Tuesday in New Jersey postponed by snow. The Islanders are allowing 3.50 goals against per game this month, making this line a great look for tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Patrick Kane ($7,900) – Kane joins Brad Marchand and Connor McDavid in a three-way tie for the NHL points lead at 76. Kane is the only player since the beginning of February with more goals than Marchand in the league. Kane is riding a three-game point streak going into tonight’s game against the Senators with two goals and four assists on his run. Kaner has 11 goals, 16 points and 44 SOG in his last 10 games overall.
Value on Offense
Matt Moulson ($3,200) – Moulson is enjoying playing with Jack Eichel at the moment, coming into tonight riding a three-game point streak playing on the Sabres’ second line. Moulson has a goal, two assists and six SOG on this run and has six points and two power play points (PPP) in his last 10 games overall.
Josh Ho-Sang ($3,300) – That #66 looks good. Ho-Sang has been as advertised since his call up by the Islanders, and he is starting to hit his stride. Ho-Sang enters tonight with points in three straight games and in four of his last five. He has posted a goal and an assist in each of his two games this week.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,200) – Bob has allowed three goals against in each of his last two games, but won both to push his winning streak to five games. Bob has taken over the NHL lead with 37 wins this season, while sitting in the top-four in both goals against average and save %.
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($7,900) – Vasy has been one of the keys for the Lightning getting back into playoff contention as of late. In his seven starts since the Bishop trade Vasy has posted a 6-0-1 record, allowing more than one goal in a game only twice. Vasy has won his last three starts in regulation.
Value on Defense
Jakob Chychrun ($3,200) – Chychrun has looked like a rookie this season but is beginning to see more playing time and responsibility on the Arizona blueline. He has looked good lately with four points, two PPP, four blocks and nine SOG in his last three games. The Coyotes face the Red Wings, who are on the second night of a back-to-back.
Dylan DeMelo ($3,000) – DeMelo is a rather unknown player, seeing limited action this season in a bottom-pairing role for the Sharks. He has only six points in 20 games this season but he has collected an assist in back-to-back games, with three blocks and seven SOG.
Power Play Defensemen
John Carlson ($5,300) – After a four-game scoring drought Carlson has posted points in back-to-back games, with one PPP in each outing. Carlson netted a PP goal against the Ducks on Sunday and then added a pair of assists against the Wild on Tuesday. He also added four blocked shots and nine SOG in the two games. Carlson had an assist and 10 SOG in his only other outing against the Predators this season.
Zach Werenski ($5,200) – Werenski has battled back after a long scoring lull in the middle of the season and has broken through the 40-point barrier. He’s sixth in scoring among all rookies this season with 43 points and is second among rookies with 21 PPP. He’s tied for 10th among all NHL defensemen in points as well. Werenski enters tonight on a three-game point streak, is coming off a multi-point outing against the Flyers on Monday night and has seven points and three PPP in his last nine games.
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