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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets vs St. Louis Blues
Patrik Laine ($6,900) – Mark Scheifele ($6,500) – Mathieu Perreault ($4,000)
This line continues to dominate their opposition on a nightly basis, led by their superstar rookie Laine. Laine pushed his point streak to six games on Tuesday with a goal, an assist and four shots on goal (SOG). It was his fifth multi-point game on his six-game point streak. Scheifele has a three-game streak going, with points in five of his last six. All five of those games were multi-point efforts. Perreault has a five-game point streak, with three multi-point games, that has seen him put up three goals and six assists. This trio has dominated the Blues this season, combining for 10 points in three games.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Arizona Coyotes
Sebastian Aho ($5,400) – Victor Rask ($4,900) – Elias Lindholm ($4,600)
This is the Canes’ best line at the moment led by Aho, who is having a solid rookie season. Aho is second on the team with 18 goals and third with 35 points, and has three points and 17 SOG in his last four games. Rask is riding a four-game point streak with a goal, three assists, two power play points (PPP) and 10 SOG in that span. Lindholm has points in three of his last four games, including a multi-point game in his last outing. He has eight points in his last 10 games overall. Arizona is allowing the second-most goals against per game in road games this season.
Superstar to Build Around
Patrick Kane ($8,100) – Kane is on another one of his tears, with a hat-trick in two of his last three games and is riding a three-game multi-point streak. He has seven goals and one assist with 13 SOG in his last three games. Kane has 11 goals, 17 points, four PPP and 43 SOG in his last 10 games. He’s owned the Isles in his career to the tune of 16 points in 11 career matchups.
Value on Offense
Frans Nielsen ($4,600) – It has been a largely down season for Nielsen in Detroit, and a down season for the team as a whole, but he has been solid in his last number of games. Nielsen has four points in his last four games, three goals and two assists, and has added 14 SOG and three PPP. Despite a tough matchup against the Flames tonight, Nielsen could be a solid value flier.
Teemu Pulkkinen ($2,700) – Pulkkinen was acquired by the Coyotes before the deadline and made his Arizona debut in style last night. Skating on the Coyotes’ second line with Max Domi and Christian Dvorak, Pulkkinen netted a goal on a beautiful passing play with Domi. He added three SOG in about 11 minutes of ice time. If he stays here he could be a very intriguing value pick with a good matchup against the Hurricanes tonight.
Corey Crawford ($8,400) – Crawford gets the nod tonight against the Islanders at home, who are on the second night of a back-to-back. Crawford has won six of his last seven starts, including back-to-back games. He is 12-5-3 with a 2.30 goals against average (GAA) in 20 starts at home this season.
Brian Elliott ($8,000) – Elliott has been very good lately for the Flames, going 7-1-1 in his last 10 games, posting a 2.24 GAA. Elliott has won four straight starts and he has allowed a total of four goals against in his last three starts. The Flames face the Red Wings tonight, who are bottom-five in the league in scoring offense this season.
Value on Defense
T.J. Brodie ($3,800) – Brodie has points in back-to-back games for the Flames with a goal and two assists. He has added four SOG and four blocked shots against the Kings and Hurricanes. He’s playing on the Flames’ second pair and is running the point on the Flames’ top power play (PP) unit.
Mark Streit ($3,600) – I think Streit is a great value play tonight, and he is slated to slot in on the Penguins’ second defensive pairing and on their second PP unit. He had an assist in his final game with the Flyers before being traded to Tampa Bay and then finally ending up in Pitt.
Power Play Defensemen
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,000) – Pietrangelo takes on a larger role on the Blues’ defense with the trade of Kevin Shattenkirk. Pietrangelo has points in back-to-back games, one with Shattenkirk and one without. He had a PPP in each game. Pietrangelo has five points in three games against Winnipeg this season.
Victor Hedman ($6,700) – Hedman continues to have a fantastic season for the Lightning, especially on the PP. Hedman has 12 points in his last nine games, has back-to-back multi-point games, and has at least one PPP in each of his last three games. Hedman has six PPP in his last six games. Hedman leads all NHL defensemen in PPP this season.
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