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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Washington
Sidney Crosby ($8,500) – Patric Hornqvist ($7,200) – Conor Sheary ($4,300)
After his six-game point streak to open the season was snapped, Crosby has started another streak with points in back-to-back games. He is coming off a goal and assist against the Maple Leafs where he fired six shots on goal (SOG). Hornqvist continues to be a solid contributor and has matched Crosby’s 13 points on the year. He is riding a three-game point streak, with power play points (PPP) in each of his last two. Sheary has great value playing here and has five points in his last four games. As long as he remains on this line he is a great target for your lineup.
Calgary Flames vs Arizona
Matthew Tkachuk ($3,700) – Sean Monahan ($5,800) – Troy Brouwer ($4,200)
With Gaudreau suffering a broken finger, this line will get a new look. Tkachuk is one of a few options that could be in place here, but monitor this line to see who slots into Gaudreau’s spot. Monahan has not had the season that many were expecting, but he is always a threat and without Gaudreau will be relied upon to put up points. Brouwer was bumped up to this line for last night’s game and put up two SOG. He has underperformed as much as anyone on this team, but on this line and in this matchup he could surprise a lot of people. This line faces the 28th-ranked scoring defense in the league tonight when they welcome the Coyotes to Calgary.
Superstar to Build Around
Alex Ovechkin ($8,400) – Despite not netting a point in his last four games, Ovechkin has continued to shoot the puck. He has 11 points in 15 games on the season and is averaging over four SOG per game on the year. He has 63 shots on the season, which ranks fourth in the league. On a limited night with not many superstars to choose from, and in a rivalry matchup like this, expect Ovechkin to come out firing to try and snap this scoreless drought against a Penguins team that he has 46 points against in 45 career games.
Value on Offense
Radim Vrbata ($4,800) – Vrbata has looked like his old self so far this season with 11 points in 14 games. He is proving to still be a solid scoring winger with six goals on the season and is currently running a four-game point streak. He has goals in back-to-back games and faces a weak Calgary defense tonight.
Bryan Rust ($3,600) – Rust has settled in well on the right wing for Evgeni Malkin and has picked up his shooting numbers to boot. He has three of his four points on the season in his last three games and is coming off his best outing of the year with a goal, and assist and six shots on goal against the Leafs over the weekend. I’m looking to take advantage of a great price in a prime position to see production on Malkin’s wing.
Brian Elliott ($7,800) – Elliott should get the nod tonight after Chad Johnson blanked the Wild last night. The Flames scoring defense ranks slightly higher than the Coyotes, who are only scoring 2.6 goals per game on the season, and this could be a very favorable matchup for Elliott to snap his five-game losing streak and put together a solid outing.
Matt Murray ($7,500) – While Marc-Andre Fleury could get the nod tonight, he has allowed 10 goals against in his last three outings while Murray has continued to be solid. Murray has won all four of his starts on the season and is coming off a 35-save performance against the Maple Leafs in his last outing. If Murray gets the nod tonight, I think he is a great pick, especially given his playoff run against Washington to close them out last season.
Value on Defense
Anthony DeAngelo ($3,400) – DeAngelo continues to be impressive in his early-going. Not only did he pick up his second point in three games, he added a SOG and two blocked shots against the Bruins. His assist in that game came on the PP, and he is seeing well over 20 minutes of ice time per night.
Dennis Wideman ($4,200) – Wideman is seeing his minutes go up as of late and has four points in his last eight games. He picked up a power play assist against the Rangers over the weekend and has three SOG in his last two games. On such a limited night, and seeing the third-most ice time on the Flames, Wideman could be a good option tonight.
Power Play Defensemen
Kris Letang ($7,200) – Letang is one of the best offensive defensemen in the league and has points in four of his last six games. Three of those games are of the multi-point variety. He has three power play points over the course of those six games, including a PPP in each of his last two.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($6,100) – OEL is one of the best offensive option the Coyotes have at the moment and he snapped a four-game scoring drought over the weekend with a power play assist against the Bruins. Ekman-Larsson leads team with three PPP on the year and they face one of the worst penalty-kill teams in the league.
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