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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets @ Colorado
Patrik Laine ($7,000) – Mark Scheifele ($7,300) – Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,000)
I’m riding the hot line. I wrote about the Jets top line last night and they continued their dominance. Laine and Scheifele each picked up an assist and Ehlers notched his fourth goal of the season. Each member of this line is currently riding a four-game point streak and the Jets face another weak defensive team tonight when they travel to Colorado for a divisional game against the Avs’ 24th-ranked scoring defense.
Edmonton Oilers vs Dallas
Connor McDavid ($8,400) – Jordan Eberle ($6,700) – Patrick Maroon ($4,400)
McDavid had a small lull earlier in the month when he only managed one assist in four games. Since then he has points in back-to-back outings, including a three-assist game against the Penguins on Tuesday. He is now up to 17 points in 14 games on the year. Eberle has been equally up-and-down lately but has points in three of his last four games, coming off a three-point game against the Penguins as well. Maroon, never much of an offensive threat, has points in three of four and two of those outings are multi-point games. With Dallas being a bottom-five scoring defense, and playing on the second night of a back-to-back, this is a great matchup for the up-tempo and potent Oilers offense.
Superstar to Build Around
Claude Giroux ($6,900) – Despite not putting up droves of points in his games, Giroux is one of the most consistent point-producers in the league at the moment. He is averaging over a point-per-game on the season with 15 points in 14 games. Giroux has goals in his last two games and has found the scoresheet in nine of his last 10 games. Both his goals in those two games came on the power play (PP) and he is averaging just under three shots on goal (SOG) per game this season. I’m rolling him out tonight against a porous Maple Leaf defense.
Value on Offense
Travis Zajac ($4,500) – For someone who is centering a top scoring line, Zajac is a great price. He is right in the middle of Taylor Hall and P.A. Parenteau and is having a productive start to his season. He has eight of his nine points in his last 10 games and is currently riding a four-game point streak.
Ryan Dzingel ($4,100) – Dzingel has continued his strong start to his season as well. The relative unknown at the outset, Dzingel leads Senators forwards in scoring with nine points. He has points in back-to-back games and until his price goes up anymore, he represents a great value while seeing increasing amounts of ice time.
Corey Crawford ($7,900) – Another hot player to continue to roll until he cools off is Crawford. Perhaps the only goalie hotter at the moment is Carey Price as Crawford has reeled off six straight wins for the Hawks. He is near the top of the league in all major stat categories and get the start tonight at home, where his GAA is .60 lower than it is on the road.
Keith Kinkaid ($7,600) – On a night where a lot of backups are expected to start, Kinkaid is the best of the bunch. In two games this season he has looked solid, taking the Blackhawks to OT in a loss and besting the Hurricanes 4-1. He showed flashes last season and has continued that this year. He faces a banged up Buffalo team tonight who could be missing Ryan O’Reilly for a second straight game.
Value on Defense
Tyler Myers ($3,900) – After missing five game with an injury, Myers has come back strong. He has three assists in two games, has added four SOG and two blocked shots. Myers is averaging over 21 minutes of ice time in the two outings and should continue to see plenty of opportunity to produce with this lineup.
Mark Streit ($4,500) – Streit has continued to produce for the Flyers blueline with four points in his last four games. Always one of the more underrated puck-moving defensemen in the league, Streit has 10 points in 14 games this year. He is seeing significant even strength and PP time and is a very good mid-level salary choice on a night like tonight.
Power Play Defensemen
Erik Karlsson ($7,100) – Karlsson has not been the prolific point-producer this season as he has been in seasons past, but he has put up 10 points in 13 games. He seems poised to breakout and could do that against a weak defense for the Kings. Karlsson leads the team in scoring and he does have three power play points (PPP) on the season, which also is tops for Ottawa.
John Carlson ($5,600) – Carlson admitted this week to starting the season hurt after playing in the World Cup. That would explain his lack of production, and the uptick as of late after he proclaimed that he started to feel better. He has four of his five points in his last four games, one coming on the PP, and has started to shoot more. He is still playing at even strength with the Capitals top lines and still mans the point on their first PP unit, meaning the chance for more production soon is definitely there.
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