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Top Lines of the Night
Washington Capitals @ Winnipeg
Alex Ovechkin ($8,300) – Nicklas Backstrom ($5,900) – Justin Williams ($4,200)
The Caps have re-united Ovechkin and Backstrom and to say the duo has dominated the Jets is an understatement. The two have combined for 127 points in their career against Winnipeg. The two combined on Marcus Johannson’s powerplay goal over the weekend, each picking up an assist. The tandem has put up prolific numbers together in the past and that should continue. Williams is looking for a spark with only a lone goal this season. He saw time in the top-six last season and could be a solid play tonight in in this position.
Edmonton Oilers @ Toronto
Connor McDavid ($8,600) – Jordan Eberle ($7,100) – Milan Lucic ($5,900)
Toronto is struggling right now and this line could have a field day against the Leafs. McDavid is tied for the league lead with 12 points but had his four-game point streak snapped over the weekend. Eberle has been solid but, despite putting up 15 shots in his last four games, has been held scoreless in that stretch. Lucic also had a two-game point streak snapped over the weekend but faces his old rivals in Toronto, against whom he has 29 points in 42 career games.
Superstar to Build Around
Patrick Kane ($8,300) – Kane faces the Flames tonight and he has dominated Calgary in his lifetime. In 32 games he has 37 points and 87 SOG. Kane is penciled onto a line again with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik, which could have a big night despite Calgary’s improved play as of late. Kane potted a goal against the Flames in their matchup last week and is a great play tonight.
Value on Offense
Ryan Dzingel ($3,800) – Dzingel has started the year hot for the Senators and is playing on a solid line with Derick Brassard and Bobby Ryan. This line has been bumped up to the Senators top line in practice recently. Dzingel was held scoreless against the Oilers but has points in five of eight games this season.
Shane Prince ($2,800) – After missing a handful of games with an injury, Prince returned strong to the Islanders lineup with back-to-back, multi-point efforts. The speedy winger has netted a goal and an assist in each of his last two games against the Penguins and Leafs. He is skating on the Islanders second line with Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd and is seeing time on the wing of the Islanders second powerplay unit.
Top Line Adjustments
• Danton Heinen ($2,700), Boston Bruins
• Jori Lehtera ($4,100), St. Louis Blues
• Chris Kreider ($6,600), New York Rangers
• Tom Pyatt ($3,200), Ottawa Senators
• Brayden Point ($3,300), Tampa Bay Lightning
• Anthony Beauvillier ($2,900), New York Islanders
• Kyle Connor ($3,600), Winnipeg Jets
Craig Anderson ($7,800) – Anderson had an emotional week with the cancer diagnosis of his wife, but he bounced back from that shock and posted a shutout against the Oiler on Sunday. Anderson was named the NHL First Star of the Week after he posted two shutouts last week.
Devan Dubnyk ($8,100) – What a start Dubnyk is off to and what a week he just had, which led to him being named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week. Not only is Dubnyk riding a three-game winning streak, he is riding a three-game shutout streak. He blanked the Bruins, Sabres and Stars all last week and faces Buffalo tonight at home, where he has only allowed five goals in three games this year.
Value on Defense
Brian Campbell ($3,800) – Campbell is playing solid hockey right now and finds himself in a cushy position in the Hawks lineup. He is running their first pair with Duncan Keith and is manning the point on the team’s potent second powerplay unit. The veteran blueliner has five points in his last four games.
Travis Hamonic ($3,700) – Hammer has been a source of offense for the Islanders in their last two games. He has two goals and a powerplay assist against the Pens and Leafs. Hamonic is seeing expanded time on the Islanders second powerplay unit and added 10 blocks, seven shots on goal and 16.5 FPTS in those previous two games.
Power Play Defensemen
Ryan Suter ($5,600) – Suter had a great week for the Wild, posting two multi-point games against Boston and Buffalo and adding an assist against the Stars. His goal against the Bruins and his assist against the Stars both came on the man advantage. He posted three blocks and nine SOG in his three games last week and is a solid play tonight against the Sabres.
Cam Fowler ($5,100) – With a lot swirling around the Ducks blueline, Fowler has been great to start the season. He has seven points in nine games this season and has points in two of his last four games. All his points in those two games have come on the powerplay. Fowler is manning the point on the Ducks top unit with Sami Vatanen and is playing on the Ducks first pairing at even strength as well.
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