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Top Lines of the Night
Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa
Alex Galchenyuk ($7,100) – Alexander Radulov ($5,900) – Paul Byron ($4,400)
Galchenyuk has been one of the surprises of the year so far, bursting out with 19 points in his first 19 games. He has been on an absolute tear as of late with 11 points in his last 10 games overall. Radulov returned after missing two games with an illness over the weekend and notched two assists. It gives him a six-game point streak and 16 points in 17 games. Byron has come out of nowhere to be an offensive force for this line with seven points in his last eight games. This line has a great matchup against the Senators who have lost three of four.
Anaheim Duck vs Islanders
Corey Perry ($7,200) – Ryan Getzlaf ($6,600) – Rickard Rakell ($6,300)
All Rakell has done in his first ten games back from his new contract is produce. He has six goals and four assists and is riding a three-game point streak at the moment. He has been bumped up to this line to help Getz and Perry pick up their scoring. Both have struggled for consistency this season despite both having 15 points. Perry has nine points in his last 10, but has points in only four of those games. This trio was lethal last season and they have a prime opportunity to produce tonight against the struggling Islanders.
Superstar to Build Around
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600) – Tarasenko has quietly had the best start to a season of his career. He is on pace for his first 80-point season, and is averaging a point-per-game at the moment with 19 points in 19 games on the year. He’s tied for third in the league with 71 shots on goal (SOG) and has 10 points in his last eight games. He netted a goal and three shots over the weekend in St. Louis’ win over Nashville.
Value on Offense
Teuvo Teravainen ($3,800) – Teravainen is on fire his last few games and is skating on a very underrated Hurricanes second line. The young forward has seven points in his last five games, with two power play assists (PPA) and 16 SOG. He has another favorable matchup tonight against Toronto’s 27th-ranked scoring defense.
Robby Fabbri ($4,300) – Fabbri has caught fire for the Blues since moving to a line with Tarasenko. He has points in four straight games (3g, 2a), with four coming on the power play (PP). As long as he is skating with Tarasenko and at this great price, Fabbri will carry a lot of fantasy value.
Carey Price ($8,400) – That didn’t take long. After suffering his first loss of the season, an OT loss at that, Price bounced back quickly over the weekend to hold the Leafs to one goal on 32 shots. He is now 11-0-1 on the year with an incredible 1.58 GAA and .950 SV%.
Cam Ward ($7,300) – Ward has been absolutely filthy lately and is arguably the best bang-for-your-buck goalie tonight. Ward has won four straight outings and in his last 10 games has posted a 1.87 GAA and .934 SV%. He has allowed more than two goals in a game only twice in those 10 outings. He faces a strong Maple Leafs offense tonight, but is playing great hockey and is at an amazing value price.
Value on Defense
Shea Theodore ($3,500) – With Clayton Stoner banged up the Ducks re-called Theodore from San Diego. He was inconsistent in his six games earlier this year with Anaheim, producing only one point. However, in eight games back in the AHL he put up seven assists. Theodore could slot into the lineup against the Isles and see solid PP time as well.
Andrei Markov ($4,600) – Markov leads all defensemen in the NHL with 10 points, three on the power play, in the month of November. All 10 came during a seven-game stretch that was snapped over the weekend. Still the veteran is one of the best puck-moving defensemen in the league and comes in at a great price on a night where impact defense options are limited.
Power Play Defensemen
Keith Yandle ($5,100) – Yandle is finally starting to pick up his production, and that is a good thing for fantasy players. It took a while for him to settle in, but he has seven of his nine points in his last 10 games. He has points in consecutive games, including a power play goal (PPG) against the Rangers on Sunday. He has a very favorable matchup tonight against the porous Flyers defense.
Justin Faulk ($5,500) – Faulk has struggled for consistency this season but has been solid in three games back from injury. Faulk managed a power play assist over the weekend against the Jets while adding four SOG. He has nine SOG and four blocks in his three games since returning. On the year Faulk has managed four power play points and will continue to see time and opportunity to produce while manning the point on the Hurricanes top unit.
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