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Highest Vegas Totals
- Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals – 5.5
- Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins – 5.5
- San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche – 5.5
Philipp Grubauer ($7,200): Not many options tonight with such a limited slate of games, but I’m taking Grubauer this evening over Corey Crawford thanks to the matchup against the Leafs and the fact he comes in $900 cheaper. The Caps played last night and took a hard-fought two points away from the Penguins in a solid performance by Braden Holtby, so Holtby gets the much deserved night off. Grubauer is no slouch either with a 2.11 GAA and .926 SV% on the season despite only being one game over .500 at 6-5-1. He has been very solid his last two outings allowing only two goals against on 56 shots faced in just over a game and a half. Grubauer has been very good this season in limited action and should be a solid start tonight.
Top Line of the Night
Ryan Getzlaf ($6,300) – Mike Santorelli ($3,300) – David Perron ($4,700)
There are some very good line stacks out there tonight even though it is such a limited schedule tonight. The Caps and Blackhawks had lines in the running, and they will be in the Line Stacks later on, but the Ducks line has been one of the most productive in the league lately and has a great matchup tonight. Getzlaf should be the player of the month for February after an impressive 20-point month (6G, 14A) that saw him lead the league in scoring and +/- with a +13 rating. He also managed six special teams points. Getzlaf finished the month on an 11-game point streak that he has carried over into March. Perron continued his impressive play with the Ducks by posting 11 points in the month of his own. He enters March on a two-game point streak with a goal and an assist, as well as four SOG, in his last two games and eight points in his last 10 games overall. Santorelli is the weakest offensive link of the group but he has six points in his last 10 games and can contribute occasionally. .
Top Upside at Defense
Matt Niskanen ($5,000): For the second time this season Niskanen will inherit the top defensive responsibilities for the Capitals with John Carlson out for a few weeks. In the three games since Carlson left the lineup Nisk has been very good with a goal, an assist and seven SOG. He will be a top option for defensemen on Wednesday night with such a limited player pool in a favorable matchup against the Maple Leafs. In two games prior against the Leafs this season Niskanen has an assist and three shots on goal.
Jake Gardiner ($3,700): On the other side of the Caps/Leafs matchup is Gardiner, who has taken on a much larger role since the Dion Phaneuf trade. He has had a solid offensive season so far with 22 points in 58 games and has six points in his last 10 overall. He, like Niskanen, has two points in his last two games, both assists, and has six SOG as well. So for those looking for a less expensive option who is guaranteed to play top minutes on a short night, Gardiner is that guy.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Patrick Kane ($8,700): Can has all but sewn up the MVP this season and is still on pace to be the first player in two years to break the 100-point barrier. He is at 86 points with 15 games remaining in the season and overall has 11 points in his last 10 games from February. In those 10 games he had points in eight of them and was a key to the Blackhawks victory of the Capitals to close out the month this past Sunday with his 37th goal of the season and adding three shots on goal. The Hawks play the Detroit Red Wings, their former heated division rival, tonight for the first time this season and for his career Kane has 32 points in 39 games against the Wings.
Andreas Athanasiou ($2,700): Athanasiou has been very serviceable in his time this year playing with the Red Wings. He’s put up a limited sample size, only 18 games, but in those games he has seven points. Six of his points came after he was re-called from the AHL at the All-Star break in his 12 games in the month of February for the big club. The rookie 21-year-old is coming off the best game of his young career on Monday against the Stars when he had his first NHL multi-goal game. He beat Antti Niemi twice on four shots for the Wings. He is right now centering their third line with another stud rookie, Dylan Larkin, and veteran Brad Richards.
Phillip Danault ($2,900): Danault was acquired by the Canadiens in the Weise/Fleischmann trade and has been solid in his two games with the Habs so far. He is centering the Habs third line at the moment and he picked up the primary assist on Torrey Mitchell’s goal against the Sharks on Monday in his second game with Montreal. Danault didn’t see many offensive opportunities with the Blackhawks but going forward very well could see more of an offensive role with the Canadiens.
Petr Mrazek ($8,000) Mrazek took a seat on Monday against the Stars with a groin issue. The move was precautionary on the part of Coach Jeff Blashill but it is believed that Mrazek, a Vezina trophy contender this season, will be back in the crease for the Red Wings tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.
P.A. Parenteau ($4,400) Parenteau sat out the Leafs game on Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning after not being traded at the deadline and is considered day-to-day. He could be back on Wednesday for the Leafs when they take on the Capitals and would presumably slot back into his normal spot in the Leafs’ lineup.