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Top Lines of the Night
Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,000) – Marcus Johansson ($5,200) – Justin Williams ($4,900)
The Capitals have a great matchup tonight and two on this line are coming off a big night in their last outing. Kuznetsov picked up a pair of assists against the Rangers, giving him points in four of his last five games. He’s up to 50 points so far this season. Johansson snapped a five-game scoreless drought with a big night, netting two goals and adding an assist on the power play (PP). He also had four shots on goal (SOG). Williams was held scoreless against NY, but had seven points in his nine games beforehand. This line has combined for six points in three games against NJ this season.
Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers
Brad Marchand ($7,400) – Patrice Bergeron ($7,200) – David Backes ($5,000)
This line continued its strong play on Tuesday night against the Coyotes and looks to keep it going against the recently struggling Rangers. Marchand pushed his point streak to three games with a goal and an assist. It was his third straight multi-point game, giving him 15 points in the month of February. Bergeron joins him with a three-game point streak of his own, with back-to-back multi-point games. Backes has points in back-to-back games and in four of his last six. They face the Rangers tonight, who have lost two straight and allowed nine goals against in the process.
Superstar to Build Around
Jack Eichel ($7,600) – Eichel has been on fire lately, scoring in nine of his last 10 games and is currently riding a seven game point streak. He has two goals, 10 assists, three power play points (PPP) and 37 SOG in his last 10 games. He faces the Coyotes tonight at home. He has 20 points in 21 games at home, and has two points in his only game against Arizona this season.
Value on Offense
Kevin Labanc ($3,800) – Labanc is enjoying an extended look on the Sharks’ top line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton. He has been a solid contributor this season with 19 points in 47 games, and has shown flashes of sustained offense. He picked up an assist in his last outing and added two SOG in just over 16 minutes of ice time.
Joshua Ho-Sang ($2,700) – Sporting number 66, Ho-Sang should make his NHL debut for the Islanders tonight in Dallas. The dynamic forward prospect was on a bit of a scoring run in the AHL lately, getting his point total up to 36 in 48 games before his call up. He could be a very solid option as a value flier.
Braden Holtby ($8,500) – Holtby played beautifully on Tuesday against the Rangers, stopping 29 of 30 shots to pick up his third straight win. He has allowed only one goal against in each of those games and continues his streak of not losing in regulation since Dec. 29. Holtby was named the NHL third star of the month for February, and faces the Devils tonight at home.
Aaron Dell ($8,100) – Dell will get the nod tonight for the Sharks when they welcome the Canucks to San Jose. Dell has been called on for limited action this season, but he has been fantastic when he has started. The Sharks’ backup is 7-3-1 on the season with a 1.95 goals against average (GAA). His last start was on February 18, when he beat the Coyotes, stopping 36 of 37 shots faced.
Value on Defense
Andrew MacDonald ($3,200) – MacDonald is enjoying an expanded role for the Flyers, manning their top defensive pairing with rookie Ivan Provorov. MacDonald has only 15 points on the season, but has assists in back-to-back games, with one assist coming short-handed. He’s added two SOG and five blocks in those two games. He is generating decent peripherals and is averaging 2.5 FPTS per game in his last 10.
Jake McCabe ($3,300) – Not much of an offensive presence, McCabe has points in back-to-back games for the Sabres. He has three points and six SOG in those two games, with one of those outings against his opponent tonight, the Coyotes. McCabe has seen over 21 minutes of ice time in his last two games, after seeing 17 minutes or less in his prior three.
Power Play Defensemen
John Carlson ($5,600) – Not only has Carlson been productive on the PP for the Capitals as of late, he has been shooting a ton. Carlson has three points in his last four games, with two on the PP. More importantly, however, Carlson has 20 SOG in the three games he has a point. He has 21 points, and seven special teams points, in 30 games at home this season.
Roman Josi ($6,400) – Josi pushed his point streak to six games, with four-consecutive multi-point games. He has two goals, eight assists, 14 blocks and 21 SOG on his six-game scoring streak. Josi has a PPP in three straight games, and has one assist in his only other game against Montreal this season.
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