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Top Lines of the Night
Anaheim Ducks vs Winnipeg Jets
Ryan Getzlaf ($6,700) – Rickard Rakell ($6,300) – Patrick Eaves ($5,600)
This line had a strong night in their last game on Wednesday night against the Oilers, powering the Ducks to a 4-3 win. Getzlaf has been an absolute beast as of late, posting 16 points and finding the scoresheet in eight of his last 10 games. He had three assists against the Oilers on Wednesday. Rakell enters tonight riding a six-game point streak, scoring a goal in five of the six games. He has also scored in eight of his last 10 games, posting eight goals and 33 shots on goal (SOG) in that span. Eaves had one of his better games in his short time with the Ducks, scoring a goal and added six SOG. He has goals in back-to-back games with seven SOG in those two games. Eaves also has five points in five games against the Jets this season.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Detroit Red Wings
Nikita Kucherov ($8,100) – Brayden Point ($5,300) – Ondrej Palat ($5,200)
Another top line that had a great night in their last outing was this line last night against the Bruins, thanks in large part to Kucherov’s second hat trick of the season. Kucherov has a three-game, multi-point game streak going at the moment with six goals, one assist, three power play goals (PPG) and 15 SOG. Point has points in four of his last seven games centering this line, with three multi-point games. He had a goal and an assist last night. Palat also has a three-game point streak at the moment and dished out three assists last night. He has nine points and 21 SOG in his last eight games.
Superstar to Build Around
Joe Pavelski ($7,000) – Pavelski snapped a short, three-game pointless drought with an assist against the Wild on Tuesday night. Before his scoring drought he had four multi-point games in a five-game span. One of those games was a two-goal game against the Stars, his opponent in tonight’s matchup. He fired off six SOG in that game, with one of his goals coming short-handed. Pavelski is having another great season, on-pace to break 70 points for the fourth season in a row.
Value on Offense
Nick Bonino ($4,500) – Bonino hasn’t been great offensively as of late, but he is having another late-season surge heading into the playoffs. He has eight points (seven goals) in his last 10 games. He enters tonight scoring a goal in three of his last four games, one on the power play (PP), and firing off 13 SOG in those outings.
Mathieu Perreault ($4,600) – Perreault pushed his point streak to four games last night with his third straight multi-point effort. He scored a goal and added a PP assist, his third straight game with a power play point (PPP). He has three goals, four assists, three PPP and 10 SOG on this four-game run.
Jonathan Bernier ($8,300) – Bernier has been fantastic since he took over for the injured John Gibson, posting a 7-2-1 with a 1.78 goals against average (GAA) and a .944 save percentage (SV%). He has won back-to-back games and six of his last seven starts overall, and he won his only outing vs the Jets this season.
Jaroslav Halak ($6,500) – The minimum price for a goalie tonight, I think Halak is a great value option if he gets the nod for the Isles. Yes he had a bad season for the Isles before his AHL demotion, but he took it in stride and dominated the AHL the last few months. Halak is 7-5-1 with a 2.24 GAA and a .926 SV% in 13 career games against Pittsburgh.
Value on Defense
Mark Streit ($4,000) – Streit hasn’t scored consistently for the Penguins since his trade to Pittsburgh, but he does have four PPP in his last nine games. Two have come in his last four and he has posted solid peripherals in that span. In his last four games he has two PP assists, eight SOG and nine blocked shots. He’s seeing solid even strength and PP minutes for the Penguins right now.
John Klingberg ($4,400) – Klingberg snapped a two-game point drought with an assist against the Hawks last night. He added a block and three SOG for a 4.0 FPTs night. He has three points (one on the PP) in his last four games for the Stars.
Power Play Defensemen
Victor Hedman ($6,900) – Hedman had a big night last night for the Lightning, dishing out two PP assists and posting a 6.0 FPT game. Hedman’s two PP assists bring his total to 29 PPP on the season, tying him with teammate Nikita Kucherov for second in the NHL. He faces the Red Wings tonight, and so far this season Hedman has four points, three PPP, in three games against Detroit.
Nick Leddy ($4,000) – Leddy has had a very good season for the Islanders, tying his career-high of 40 points with 10 games still to play. He’s 16th among NHL defensemen in scoring, is tied for 13th with 27 even strength points, and has 13 PPP as well. He has a PPG and five assists in his last nine games, scoring in six of those outings.
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