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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks
Connor McDavid ($8,100) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,200) – Patrick Maroon ($5,100)
This line continues to be fantastic this season for the Oilers. McDavid and Draisaitl both come into tonight with matching four-game point streaks. McDavid has two goals and five assists, two on the power play (PP), in his four games. Draisaitl has multi-point games in each of his last four games with one goal and eight assists. He has one power play point (PPP) in each game, and four goals in three games against the Ducks this season. Maroon has four goals, one assist and 10 SOG in his last four games, with points coming in three of his four games.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Auston Matthews ($7,100) – William Nylander ($5,400) – Zach Hyman ($4,000)
Matthews recently broke a seven-game point drought and now has points in back-to-back games since. The Leafs’ rookie has been better than advertised this season, ranking ninth in the NHL in scoring with 32 goals and 57 points in 71 games. Nylander enters this game with a nine-game point streak and points in nine of his last 10 games. He has two goals, seven assists, four PPP and 24 SOG in that span. Hyman brings up the rear of this line, with only two points in his last 10 games. This line should get an extra boost tonight against Columbus backup Joonas Korpisalo and his 2.72 goals against average (GAA).
Superstar to Build Around
John Tavares ($7,400) – The Islanders need Tavares to have a big game tonight, and I think he will. He comes into tonight riding a three-game point streak, netting two goals and an assist over that span. Tavares has fired off 15 SOG in those three games and has nine points and 42 SOG in his last 10 games. Tavares has three points in three games against the Rangers this season, and 36 points in 38 career meetings.
Value on Offense
J.T. Miller ($4,700) – Miller has two points, one goal and one assist in his last three games and has added seven SOG in those games. He’s skating on a very underrated second line for the Rangers with Mika Zibanejad and Rick Nash. In three games against the Islanders this season Miller has two points and seven SOG, averaging 3.2 FPTs per game.
Oliver Bjorkstrand ($4,400) – Bjorkstand has looked very good lately for the Blue Jackets, posting six of his 11 points this season in his last eight games. Overall in his last 10 games, he is averaging 3.3 FPTs per game thanks to his point totals and his 29 SOG. He scored a goal on three SOG in his only other outing against Toronto this season.
Cam Talbot ($7,400) – Talbot comes into tonight’s tilt against the Ducks riding a four-game winning streak and posting back-to-back shutouts. He’s been fantastic as of late, posting a 6-3-1 record and a 2.10 GAA in his last 10 starts. He’s 2-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA against the Ducks so far this season.
Thomas Greiss ($6,900) – Yes, he has allowed three goals or more in five of his last six starts, but he has played better on the road as of late, allowing only six goals against in total in his last three road starts. Not only is he a great bargain price tonight, he won his only start against the Rangers earlier this season stopping 25 of 27 shots faced, and he gets the Rangers on the second night of a back-to-back.
Value on Defense
Morgan Rielly ($4,300) – Rielly has been up-and-down this season but fantasy players are catching him at one of those up times right now. He has five points, one PPP and one multi-point game in his last six games. He’s on the Leafs’ top defensive pair and is being rotated in and out of their second PP unit. He’s seeing a major boost in his all-around game lately, averaging 3.5 FPTs per game in his last 10 games.
Brady Skjei ($4,000) – Skjei snapped a four-game pointless streak over the weekend with a goal against the Wild and then added a PP assist last night against the Devils. He’s been very consistent for the Rangers this season and has dominated the Islanders when he has faced them. In three games against their crosstown rivals this year Skjei has three assists, four blocks and four SOG.
Power Play Defensemen
Zach Werenski ($5,700) – Werenski is arguably the best offensive defenseman available tonight. Despite being shutout in his last outing against the Devils, Werenski has seven points in his last six games. He has nine points and two PPP in his last 10 games and ranks sixth among NHL defensemen this season with 21 PPP.
Oscar Klefbom ($5,200) – Klefbom is enjoying the best season of his young career, posting 30 points and 14 PPP. He’s getting exposure at even strength to the Oilers’ top line and is running the point on the top unit for the Oilers’ third-ranked PP. He has two PPP, 17 blocked shots, and 11 SOG in his last four games, and he too is averaging 3.5 FPTS per game in his last 10 games overall.
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