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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks
Patrick Kane ($8,300) – Artemi Panarin ($6,600) – Nick Schmaltz ($4,500)
Schmaltz has stepped in to fill Artem Anisimov’s spot on this line, making him a must-start for me tonight. Kane enters tonight with points in five of his last six games and seven of his last 10 overall. He has 14 points and 40 SOG in his last 10 games and is coming off a multi-point game against the Avs over the weekend. Panarin had a multi-point game and seven shots on goal (SOG) against the Avs to push his point streak to six games. Schmaltz added two assists over the weekend centering this line at even strength.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Buffalo Sabres
Sidney Crosby ($8,600) – Conor Sheary ($6,600) – Jake Guentzel ($5,400)
This has been a really hard line to not pick every night they are on the ice and they backed that up with their performance over the weekend, when Crosby notched his 10th career hat-trick and Guentzel and Sheary collected the assists on all three goals. The game gives Crosby five goals, six points and 10 SOG in his last two games. Sheary and Guentzel each have four points in their last two games. With Evgeni Malkin out tonight, this line will take on added offensive responsibility, facing a Sabres team that is on the second night of a back-to-back.
Superstar to Build Around
Nikita Kucherov ($8,000) – Kucherov snapped a two-game point drought on Saturday against the Capitals when he netted two goals, one on the power play (PP), and added four SOG. The two goals moved him into a logjam tie for fourth in the NHL in goals with 33 on the season. Kucherov has seven goals, 13 points, six powerplay points (PPP) and 37 SOG in his last 10 games and faces the Coyotes, who are on the second night of a back-to-back, tonight at home. Kucherov has 43 points and 126 SOG in 33 games at home this season.
Value on Offense
Elias Lindholm ($4,700) – Lindholm has been red-hot lately and enters tonight on a seven-game point streak. Lindholm has three goals, eight points, three special teams points and 18 SOG on his seven-game run. He’s coming off a multi-point game over the weekend against the Flyers and faces the struggling Panthers tonight.
John Hayden ($3,000) – I know I wrote about a Blackhawks’ line above, but I think Hayden is at too good a price to overlook tonight. He’s skating in Chicago’s top-six on a line with the red-hot Jonathan Toews and he has three points in his last two games. He has a goal, two assists and six SOG in three games with Chicago so far.
Corey Crawford ($8,500) – Crawford looks to extend his winning streak to four games tonight when he gets the nod against the Canucks. He’s shut down three very solid offenses on his three-game run holding the Wild, Canadiens and Maple Leafs to five goals total. He’s 7-3-0 and has posted a 2.19 goals against average (GAA) in his last 10 games. Crawford won his only start against the Canucks this season.
Jake Allen ($8,300) – Allen has been fantastic lately as well, posting a 1.72 GAA in his last 10 games, despite his 5-5-0 record in that span. All five of Allen’s wins have come in his last six starts, and he is coming off a great outing where he posted a 31 save shutout against the Coyotes. He’s won both of his prior starts this season against the Avalanche, posting one shutout and allowing only one goal against.
Value on Defense
Ivan Provorov ($4,600) – Provorov has had a strong rookie season and is coming off one of his strongest games of the season on Sunday night. He posted a goal, two assists and two SOG against Carolina over the weekend, giving him four points in his last three games. He is getting great peripheral coverage as well, averaging two blocks and two SOG per game this season.
Ben Chiarot ($3,100) – Chiarot has filled in very well for the injured Jacob Trouba and has formed a formidable duo with Josh Morrissey on the Jets’ second pair. Chiarot has points in back-to-back games and has five points in his last seven games. He’s coming off a great game against Minnesota over the weekend where he netted a goal and posted five blocks and one SOG for a 6.0 FPT outing.
Power Play Defensemen
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800) – Pietrangelo has been one of the most productive defensemen in the NHL this month posting seven points, four PPP and 24 SOG in nine March games. His four PPP rank second among NHL defensemen this month. He has points in back-to-back games, with both points coming on the PP.
Erik Karlsson ($7,200) – Karlsson has been an all-around beast lately. The Senators’ defenseman has 10 points and three PPP in his last nine games, but it’s his peripheral numbers that are booming on top of that. Karlsson has 32 blocks and 44 SOG in his last 10 games, which adds up to a 6.2 FPTS average.
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