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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets @ Arizona
Patrik Laine ($6,800) – Mark Scheifele ($7,200) – Nikolaj Ehlers ($4,700)
This line continues to be one of the most productive in the league at the moment with all three members riding three-game point streaks. Scheifele is riding a three-game, multi-point streak that has propelled him to the league-lead in points. He has nine points in his last three outings with four goals and five assists. Laine continues to impress, leading the NHL in goals as a rookie with 11 after his second hat-trick of the season. Ehlers has multi-point games in two of his three games and has added one goal and six assists. The Jets’ top line has a great matchup tonight against the Coyotes last-ranked scoring defense.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York
Steven Stamkos ($8,000) – Nikita Kucherov ($7,000) – Vladislav Namestnikov ($4,100)
Despite being kept off the scoresheet against the Panthers this line will have a great opportunity tonight against the Islanders. Stamkos has 14 points in 13 games this year and is averaging almost four shots on goal (SOG) per game. Kucherov has been equally as impressive with 15 points in 12 games. The duo combined for six points against the Islanders just last week. Namestnikov has struggled, going scoreless in his last seven games. He is fantasy relevant because of his line placement, but Stamkos and Kucherov are the cream of this crop.
Superstar to Build Around
Tyler Seguin ($7,600) – Seguin has had a rather under the radar start to his season despite putting up 14 points in 13 games. Seguin has points in four of the last five games and has racked up a PP goal (PPG) in each of his last two. He has 11 SOG in his last two games and is averaging more than four per game this year. The Stars face the Flames 27th-ranked defense which is allowing 3.6 goals against per game on the season, and a team that Seguin averages more than a point per game against in his career.
Value on Offense
Paul Byron ($3,500) – Byron is reaping the benefits of skating on the Canadiens top line with Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov. He has points in back-to-back games and netted a goal and an assist against the Bruins, as this line put up six points. He has solidly put up eight points in 13 games and he will have great value as long as he’s skating here.
Nic Petan ($2,500) – I know I wrote about the Jets’ top line above but Petan is an amazing value tonight. He is centering the Jets’ second line at the moment with Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler and he racked up two assists, both on the powerplay (PP), centering the Jets’ second PP unit against the Stars on Tuesday.
Carey Price ($8,400) – Price pushed his win streak to open the season to eight games, beating the Bruins on Tuesday night. He is in the top-three in the league in wins (8), GAA (1.63) and SV% (.953) at the moment. The Habs face the Kings tonight, who rank in the bottom-half of the league in scoring offense.
Jimmy Howard ($7,900) – Despite leading the league in GAA and SV%, Howard had not won a game in his last three outings until Tuesday night. He held the Flyers potent offense in check, stopping 23 of 25 shots in the OT win. Howard has been phenomenal this year, allowing only seven goals against this season in his six outings. He continues to lead the league in GAA and SV% and if he gets the nod tonight, he’ll be facing the worst scoring offense in the league.
Value on Defense
Josh Manson ($2,800) – Manson is currently manning the top pair for the Ducks with Cam Fowler, but it is unknown if that will change with the return of Hampus Lindholm. At the moment Manson has points in three straight games, so it is reasonable to think he should continue to see time in the top-four if he plays this well.
Anthony DeAngelo ($2,500) – DeAngelo potted a goal on Tuesday night in his NHL debut and added two SOG. He put up prolific scoring numbers in junior hockey and the AHL and has a great opportunity to produce and grow on a developing team. He is currently skating on the Coyotes second defensive pairing and is running the point on their second PP unit.
Power Play Defensemen
Andrei Markov ($4,300) – Markov is seeing great top-four minutes and is manning the point next to Shea Weber on the Habs potent PP unit. He has three points and one PPA in his last two games, and he has three PPPs so far on the season and faces the Kings 24th-ranked penalty kill unit.
Victor Hedman ($5,500) – Hedman is starting the season on a high note with 10 points in 13 games. The bulk of that has come in the early part of November with five points in his first four games of the month. He has two goals and three assists, three PPPs and faces the Islanders tonight after he put up two powerplay assists against them 10 days ago.
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