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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Chicago Blackhawks
Sidney Crosby ($8,300) – Chris Kunitz ($4,700) – Jake Guentzel ($4,500)
The two value players on this line collected points last night with Kunitz assisting on Guentzel’s goal. Crosby had a decent game, firing off two shots on goal (SOG) but being held off the scoresheet in almost 20 minutes of ice time. Crosby had a three-game scoring streak going into last night’s game. Sid hasn’t faced the Hawks much in his career, only eight games, but he has six points in those games. Guentzel has been solid on this line with four points and seven SOG in his last four games. Kunitz’s assist last night snapped a four-game point streak. The Pens face Chicago backup Scott Darling tonight.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Jonathan Toews ($6,800) – Richard Panik ($5,300) – Nick Schmaltz ($4,200)
On such a limited night, the two best lines of the night are facing off against each other. This line has been absolutely lights out, Toews especially. The Hawks’ captain has 18 points in 10 games this month, with 13 points on his current six-game point streak. Panik joins Toews with a six-game point streak of his own, with four goals and five points on that run. Schmaltz has a four-game point streak and has 10 points in his last eight games. This could be a high-scoring affair tonight in Chicago.
Superstar to Build Around
Nikita Kucherov ($7,700) – For the second time in his last three games Kucherov posted a four-point night on Monday night. It was an impressive performance for Kucherov, netting a hat-trick of power play goals (PPG) and adding an assist and seven SOG. He is riding a three-game point streak that has seen him put up five goals, four assists, four PPG and 16 SOG.
Value on Offense
Victor Rask ($4,700) – The Hurricanes’ center is anchoring a very underrated line with Sebastian Aho and Elias Lindholm. After a 14-game scoreless drought, Rask has a three-game point streak going, with a goal, two assists and eight SOG.
Jonathan Drouin ($5,400) – Drouin made his return to the Lightning lineup on Monday night after missing a game with an illness. He dished out three assists, all on the power play (PP). He has a goal and three SOG in his only game against Carolina this season and has a chance to crack 50 points for the first time this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($8,200) – It’s Vasy’s net now in Tampa Bay with the Ben Bishop trade, and he had one of his best outings of the season on Monday against the Senators. He turned away 39 of 40 shots vs Ottawa and gets the nod tonight at home against Carolina.
Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,300) – While we await the trade deadline to play itself out, Fleury is still on the Penguins and is expected to start tonight for the Pens. Despite his higher goals against average (GAA) this season, and as of late, he is 7-2-1 in his last 10 games. Fleury faces the Blackhawks tonight and is 5-3-5 with a 2.38 GAA in his career vs Chicago. Keep in mind should Fleury happen to be traded today, Matt Murray could draw the start on back-to-back nights.
Value on Defense
Brent Seabrook ($4,400) – Seabrook is having another solid season, on-pace for a 40 point season at the moment. He has assists in back-to-back games with four SOG and has five points, one PPP, 27 blocks and 15 SOG in his last 10. He gets solid peripheral coverage and is averaging over 3.0 FPTS per game in his last 10 games.
Jaccob Slavin ($3,600) – Slavin has already tied his rookie total in points this season with over 20 games remaining in the year. He picked up an assist last night against the Panthers, snapping a long scoreless drought. He gets solid block numbers, occasional SOG coverage and is leading the Canes in time on ice.
Power Play Defensemen
Victor Hedman ($6,600) – Hedman picked up two PP assists on Monday against Ottawa, giving him 23 PPP on this season, which leads all defensemen. Hedman has points in two straight games, and in five of his last six. Three of those games have been multi-point games. He is averaging over 4.0 FPTS per game in his last 10 games.
Justin Schultz ($4,800) – The Penguins haven’t been getting much production from their defense as of late, but Schultz or Ian Cole ($4,000), are the best options at the moment. They have both been the best two defensemen offensively this season of the defenders currently dressing for Pitt. Schultz is playing on their top pairing and is seeing time running the point on their first PP unit while Letang is on the shelf.
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