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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado
Conor McDavid ($8,200) – Milan Lucic ($5,000) – Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,700)
This line contributed four points in the Oilers 5-0 win over the Blackhawks on Monday night, and they have a great chance to keep the production going tonight against Colorado. McDavid continues to put up the points and had his second-consecutive multi-point game. Lucic snapped a long scoring drought with an assist on the power play (PP) and added two shots on goal (SOG) and a blocked shot. Puljujarvi now has assists in two straight games and should start to put up higher shooting numbers once he settles in. This line has a great chance to produce tonight against a bottom-10 scoring defense in Colorado.
San Jose Sharks vs Chicago
Joe Pavelski ($7,100) – Joe Thornton ($5,400) – Patrick Marleau ($4,900)
Pavelski’s starting to pick things up and has points in three straight. He has a goal and two assists while adding 18 SOG in those games. Thornton has been more up and down than Pavs, but he has two points in his last three games, including a power play assist (PPA) on Monday. Marleau is back on this line for the first time since last season because of the injury to Hertl. He looked very good against the Devils, promptly notching his third goal of the season and adding four SOG. The trio has a tough matchup with Chicago tonight, but the Blackhawks are coming off a poor defensive performance, a game in which they surrendered five goals to the Oilers.
Superstar to Build Around
Alex Ovechkin ($8,600) – Ovechkin hasn’t been as impactful this season as expected, but he has two goals in his last three games. In usual Ovechkin style, he is one of the league-leaders in SOG, sitting second to Brent Burns with 75 on the year. He is shooting right around his career average for shooting % on the season, so expect the goals to start coming soon. He has a favorable matchup against St. Louis, who are either starting Jake Allen on back-to-back nights or Carter Hutton who has allowed seven goals in his last two starts.
Value on Offense
Mikko Rantanen ($4,400) – Rantanen lit up the AHL last year in his first year there to the tune of 60 points in 52 games. He is starting to get comfortable in the NHL and is skating on a line with Nathan MacKinnon right now. The talented rookie has four points in his last four games, while seeing over 18 minutes of ice time per night. He needs to shoot more, but he has acclimated himself well so far.
Viktor Arvidsson ($4,800) – Arvidsson has been great for the Predators this season and is skating on a very underrated line with Ryan Johansen and James Neal. He has five points in his last seven games and is second on the Predators in both goals and SOG. Nashville has a great matchup tonight with the Stars, who are ranked 29th in the league in scoring defense.
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($8,000) – Vasilevskiy has been the better goalie in Tampa this season and is playing phenomenal hockey. He has won three straight games and has posted back-to-back shutouts in his last two outings. He faces the Flyers tonight, a team he shutout on Saturday.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,200) – Bobrovsky is showing the form that won him a Vezina a few years ago and is one of the best in the league at the moment. He’s riding a four-game winning streak and has allowed just five goals against in his last three appearances. He has 10 wins on the season and faces the offensively depleted Calgary Flames, who have scored only 18 goals in 11 games in November.
Value on Defense
Seth Jones ($4,400) – Jones was activated off of IR on Monday and logged over 23 minutes of ice time and fired four SOG to go along with a blocked shot. He was very productive before the injury with six points in 10 games and is back playing with Zach Werenski at even strength and running Columbus’ second power play unit.
Oscar Klefbom ($4,600) – Klefbom notched a goal for a third straight game with his tally against the Blackhawks. He also added an assist on Leon Draisaitl’s power play goal. That’s four points in three games to go along with 10 SOG and running the Oilers top PP unit.
Power Play Defensemen
Brent Burns ($8,400) – Burns is rolling in the green after his massive contract extension was announced yesterday. The new owner of $64 million is coming off a great game on Monday against the Devils where he put up a goal and a power play assist. It snapped a three-game scoring drought. On the year Burns has 16 points, four on the PP, and leads the league with 81 SOG.
P.K. Subban ($6,200) – Subban has been on fire lately with points in three straight games, and a two-goal outing against Tampa. He has two power play points in these three games and eight SOG and faces a porous Dallas defense tonight.
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