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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets @ New Jersey Devils
Blake Wheeler ($6,800) – Mark Scheifele ($6,700) – Mathieu Perreault ($4,600)
Perreault comes into tonight riding a six-game point streak, with four multi-point games in the span. He has a power play point (PPP) in five straight games and has four goals, six assists and 13 shots on goal (SOG) on his run. Wheeler has points in back-to-back games and in six of his last seven games overall. He has three multi-point games in his last five games and has PPPs in four of those five games. Scheifele has points in eight of his last 10 games, with 10 points and four PPP. They face the Devils who are allowing the third-most goals per game in the NHL this month.
New York Rangers @ San Jose Sharks
Mika Zibanejad ($5,300) – Rick Nash ($5,100) – J.T. Miller ($4,600)
Zibanejad and Nash have been very hot as of late for the Rangers and they have a great matchup tonight against a shaky Sharks team. Nash enters tonight having scored in four straight games. He has one power play (PP) goal and nine SOG on that streak and scored against SJ his first game against them this season. Zibanejad has points in his last three games, two straight multi-point outings, and in four of his last six games. Miller is riding a three-game scoreless drought but is still fourth on the Rangers in both goals and assists and sits second on the team in points. They face the Sharks tonight who have lost six in a row, allowing almost four goals against per game.
Superstar to Build Around
Connor McDavid ($8,400) – McDavid had points in both games against the Avalanche over the weekend to push his point streak to seven games, and he has points in eight of his last nine overall. He’s used this seven-game streak to extend his lead in the NHL scoring race to six points with 88 points on the season. Overall he has 14 points, four PPP and 25 SOG in his last nine games and is averaging 4.9 FPTs per game in that span. He faces the Kings tonight at home where he has 40 points in 37 games.
Value on Offense
Jonathan Marchessault ($5,300) – Marchessault is one of the best scorers in the NHL over the last week and is vastly outperforming his price tag. He has scored six goals in his last three games and has fired off 12 SOG in the three games. Marchessault has five points in four games against Toronto this season.
Brock Boeser ($3,100) – Boeser joined the Canucks after North Dakota was eliminated from the NCAA tournament last week and promptly made an impact in the NHL. He scored a goal in his first game and through two games he has one goal and six SOG. He’s skating on a potentially dynamic line with Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,300) – Bob has been incredible over his last 10 games posting an 8-2-0 record and a sterling 0.99 goals against average (GAA). He has allowed only 10 goals in that span, stopping 320 of 330 shots faced and posting four shutouts. He has allowed more than one goal in a game only twice in the six games he’s allowed a goal.
Jonathan Bernier ($8,100) – Despite the return of John Gibson, expect Bernier to get the nod tonight while he’s still hot. Bernier enters tonight with a four-game winning streak and has won eight of his last nine games. He has not lost in regulation since March 5, when he lost to the Canucks 2-1. He has allowed eight goals against on his current four-game winning streak. The Ducks could give the start to Gibson tonight, but with Bernier this hot they may go with the hot hand.
Value on Defense
Andrej Sekera ($4,600) – Sekera has the benefit of playing with McDavid in Edmonton, so that gives him value. He has had two straight big outings for Edmonton with a goal and four assists in his previous two games. He had two PPP against Colorado and has been getting great peripheral category coverage as of late.
Keith Yandle ($4,500) – Yandle is another value defender who is getting exposure to top lines and a top PP unit. He has three points in his last four games and has picked up a PP assist in each of his last two games. He faces the Maple Leafs tonight, who he has four points against in four games against this season.
Power Play Defensemen
Erik Karlsson ($7,100) – Karlsson has been a beast all season but he is out-performing his averages in his last 10 games. He’s averaging 4.8 FPTs this season but is putting up a 5.3 FPT average in his last 10. He has nine points (four PPP) 25 blocked shots and 38 SOG in that time span and is seeing over 28 minutes of ice time per game.
Shea Weber ($5,800) – Weber snapped a short, two-game point drought with a PP goal and six SOG over the weekend against the Senators. He has two goals, two assists and 18 SOG in his last six games. Weber is seventh among NHL defensemen with 22 PPP this season.
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