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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche
Connor McDavid ($8,300) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,300) – Patrick Maroon ($5,100)
I wrote about this line last night, and they did not disappoint, and I think they are a fantastic play against the Colorado Avalanche tonight. All three members of this line notched a multi-point game last night against the Ducks. Draisaitl opened the scoring with his 25th goal of the season, with Maroon and McDavid picking up the assists. McDavid added a goal a few minutes later that was assisted by Draisaitl. Then in the third McDavid and Maroon each dished out an assist on Mark Letestu’s power play goal (PPG). This trio combined for six points the only time the Oilers faced the Avs this season.
Winnipeg Jets @ Los Angeles Kings
Mark Scheifele ($6,700) – Blake Wheeler ($6,600) – Mathieu Perreault ($4,600)
Another scorching hot line right now is the Jets’ second-line trio. Scheifele comes into tonight with a four-game point streak and has points in eight of his last 10 games overall. Wheeler joins him with points in four straight games and has points in seven of his last 10 games. Each of them is coming off a three-point game in their last outing on Tuesday against the Flyers. Perreault has a three-game point streak and joins Wheeler with posting back-to-back multi-point games.
Superstar to Build Around
Jonathan Toews ($7,200) – It’s hard to pick against anyone in the Blackhawks’ top-six at the moment, but I love Toews tonight in his matchup with the Stars. The Hawks’ center is riding a five-game point streak into tonight’s game that’s seen him post three goals, three assists, one on the power play (PP) and 15 shots on goal (SOG). He has dominated the Stars so far this season when he has played them, notching five points and 13 SOG in three prior meetings. Dallas is allowing the second-most goals per game in the NHL this month.
Value on Offense
David Perron ($4,100) – Perron enters tonight with points in back-to-back games and with seven points in his last nine games overall. He had a goal against the Coyotes on Saturday and followed that up with two assists against the Avs on Tuesday. He’s seeing well over 16 minutes of ice time per night on the Blues’ second line.
Jaromir Jagr ($4,700) – The ageless one has been playing some very solid hockey in the last month since his linemates returned from injury. Jagr has 12 points in 20 games since Barkov and Huberdeau returned. He is coming off a multi-point game against the Hurricanes and faces the lowly Coyotes tonight at home.
Jake Allen ($8,300) – Allen posted another very strong outing on Tuesday against the Avalanche, stopping 26 of 28 shots that came his way. That’s wins in back-to-back games for Allen, and six of his last seven overall. He’s 6-4-0 with a 1.61 goals against average (GAA) in his last 10 games. He’ll face Vancouver tonight at home, where he’s 15-8-2 this season.
Carey Price ($8,500) – Price was dealing with a minor injury that prevented him from starting against the Devils on Tuesday night, but he was the first goalie off the ice at the Habs’ practice this morning, indicating that he should start tonight against Carolina. Price has won eight of his last nine starts and has posted a 1.48 GAA in his last 10 games, allowing more than two goals against in a game only twice in that span.
Value on Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,500) – OEL snapped a long scoring drought with a solid start to the week for the Coyotes. He netted a PPG on Monday against Nashville and followed that with a goal and an assist against the Lightning on Tuesday. The Coyotes have an appealing matchup tonight against the Panthers.
Ryan Ellis ($4,800) – Ellis is enjoying by far the best season of his career this year, setting new highs in goals (14), points (34) and PP points (11). His 14 goals are tied for fourth in the NHL among all defensemen. He has five goal, three on the PP, and seven points in his last nine games and has posted back-to-back multi-point games, garnering great peripherals with SOG and blocks.
Power Play Defensemen
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,100) – It took Shattenkirk a few games to settle in with the Capitals, but after the brief adjustment period he has been fantastic. Shattenkirk is coming off his best game so far on Tuesday against the Flames where he dished out two assists and added one block and three SOG. He has six points, four on the PP, in his last seven games for the Capitals. Between Washington and St. Louis, Shattenkirk ranks third in among NHL defensemen with 24 PP points.
Victor Hedman ($6,600) – The Lightning have a tough matchup tonight against the Bruins, but Hedman has dominated Boston so far this season. Hedman snapped a short, two-game scoreless streak with a goal against the Coyotes on Tuesday night. He has seven points, three on the PP, in his last 10 games as well as 13 blocks and 24 SOG. He’s averaging 5.7 FPTs per game against the Bruins this season, putting up two goals and three assists in three games.
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