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Top Lines of the Night
Florida Panthers @ Buffalo Sabres
Aleksander Barkov ($6,100) – Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,900) – Jonathan Marchessault ($5,200)
The Panthers were forced to shuffle their lines when Jaromir Jagr went down in their weekend game against Chicago, but Jagr will slot back into the lineup tonight after leaving the game against the Blackhawks with a lower-body injury. He played 10 minutes against Chicago before he was hurt. In that matchup with the Blackhawks, Huberdeau netted a power play goal (PPG), three assists and five shots on goal (SOG). Barkov had a goal and two assists against the Hawks and comes into tonight with a three-game point streak.
Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,600) – Sean Monahan ($6,200) – Michael Ferland ($3,500)
Gaudreau and Monahan are playing dominant hockey lately, helping to power the Flames into playoff contention. Gaudreau comes into tonight with a four-game point streak that’s seen him score a goal and dish out four assists. He has three goals and 10 assists in his last 10 games. Monahan has points in three of his last four games and has 11 points in his last 10 games. He is coming off a multi-point game on Saturday against the Blues. Gaudreau and Monahan have combined for six points in two games vs the Avs this season. Ferland is bringing up the bottom of this line. He had one point in two games last week and has four points in his last 10 overall.
Superstar to Build Around
Jeff Skinner ($6,000) – With so many good players to choose from tonight it’s easy to overlook Skinner’s recent form and his favorable matchup. Skinner enters tonight riding a six-game point streak and having put up 12 points in his last 10 games. He has scored nine points and has at least one goal in each of his last five games, with three multi-point games and 17 SOG. Skinner and the Canes face the Red Wings tonight, who are allowing almost three goals against per game this month.
Value on Offense
Ivan Barbashev ($2,800) – Barbashev has eight points in 22 games in the NHL this season, with five points coming in his last six games. He goes into the Blues matchup with the Coyotes tonight with a three-game point streak and scored a goal against the Flames on Saturday.
Craig Smith ($3,500) – With five games this week the Predators are one of the teams to watch for production. They have a solid matchup with the Islanders tonight, and Smith comes in riding a three-game point streak. He has six assists in his last three games and has assists in four of his last five games.
Brian Elliott ($8,500) – After seeing his 11-game winning streak snapped against the Capitals, Elliott bounced back with a great outing against the Blues over the weekend to pick up the win. Elliott is 12-0-1 with a 1.89 goals against average (GAA) and a .937 Save (SV) in his last 13 games. He’s 2-0-0 and has allowed only four goals against in two games against Colorado this season.
Jake Allen ($8,300) – Allen took the loss in OT over the weekend against the Flames but continued his string of impressive outings lately, stopping 28 of 31 SOG. It was only the third time he has lost in his last 10 games. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak, but Allen looks to get back to his winning ways tonight against the lowly Coyotes. He posted a 31-save shutout in his only start against Arizona this season.
Value on Defense
Mike Green ($4,800) – Green is a streaky defenseman who is prone to long scoring slumps. However, when he scores, he normally goes on a run for a few games. He snapped a two-game pointless drought with a goal over the weekend and has five points, 10 blocks and seven SOG in his last six games.
Dmitry Kulikov ($3,100) – Kulikov returned over the weekend and immediately doubled his point total on the season from two points to four with a two point game. Both his points came on the power play (PP). With Rasmus Ristolainen still suspended, Kulikov has slotted into the top four and onto the point of the Sabres top PP unit.
Power Play Defensemen
Victor Hedman ($6,700) – Despite being kept off the scoresheet over the weekend against Detroit, Hedman still posted a solid 3.0 FPTS with two blocks and four SOG. He has three points, two power play points (PPP), four blocked shots and nine SOG in his last three games. He has seven points and four on the PP in his last 10 overall.
Dougie Hamilton ($5,300) – Hamilton is enjoying the best season of his career so far, already setting new highs in assists and points and tying his career-high with 12 goals. He’s two PPP shy of tying his career-high of 16 as well. Hamilton has nine points and two PPP in his last 10 games, and has one assist and seven SOG vs Colorado this season.
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