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Highest Vegas Totals
– Winnipeg Jets vs. Washington Capitals – 5.5
– Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders – 5.5
– Ottawa Senators vs. Colorado Avalanche – 5.5
Carey Price ($8,000): Price has shaken off the rust from his near-month out of action thanks to injury. In his two games back since, he took back-to-back outings against the Islanders. On the season Price has posted a 2.10 GAA and a .933 SV% with a 9-2-0 record. The Canadiens face the Rangers on Wednesday night and in his career against the Rangers, Price has an 11-5-1 record with a fantastic 1.75 GAA and a .943 SV% with seven shutouts, including one already this season. The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment, but with his history against the Rangers Price is an excellent play for your lineup on Wednesday night.
Top Line of the Night
Since being moved up to the Avs top line Duchene continues to be one of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment. Duchene has points in nine of his last 10 games, and is riding a seven-game scoring streak that has seen him put up 13 points and 23 shots. MacKinnon continues to lead the team in points with 21, but was kept off the scoresheet Monday against Winnipeg despite four shots on goal. He has still managed 11 points in his last 10 games. Landeskog has returned strong from his suspension with points in three straight games, as well as putting up 10 shots on goal. The Avs take on the Senators Wednesday night who are coming off a tough game on Tuesday night against the Stars in Dallas, and are traveling to Colorado to finish a two-night back-to-back.
Top Upside at Defense
Justin Faulk ($5,900): Faulk has been one of the lone bright spots for the Hurricanes this season, and is quickly becoming one of the best all-around defensemen in the league. He’s currently riding a six-game point streak, posting three goals, four assists, five blocked shots and 19 shots on goal. He has the third-highest FPPG of all defensemen on the night at 4.2 points and the Hurricanes welcome the Oilers, and Faulk has put up 11 points at home this season.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($2,800): I wrote about Gostisbehere on Monday and he continued his hot start with a game-winning goal in overtime against the Hurricanes. He now has three points in five games at the NHL level and is seeing well over 18 minutes of TOI per night so far. The Flyers visit the Islanders, losers of two straight games, on Wednesday in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Patrick Kane ($8,500): Kane is the best player in the league at the moment and is currently on a 16-game point streak, extending back to October 15. He leads the league in points with 32, is second in multi-point games with nine, and has put up 18 points in his last 10 games as well as 39 of his 77 shots. He leads all skaters on Wednesday night with 5.6 FPPG, and while Kane has not done as much damage on the road this season as he has at home, he has managed 10 points in 10 road games and the Blackhawks travel to San Jose tonight.
Boone Jenner ($4,500): Jenner has seen an uptick in his all-around offensive game as of late for Columbus. After starting out with seven points (6G, 1A) in his first 12 games, he has balanced his production and has put up nine points (5G, 4A) and 28 shots in his last 10 games. A promotion to the Blue Jackets top line has helped with that production that has propelled Jenner to the team lead in goals with 11.
Joonas Donskoi ($3,000): Donskoi has come on out of nowhere for the Sharks top-six and skating on the team’s second line with Patrick Marleau and Joel Ward. He has points in four consecutive games, one goal and three assists, that has capped off six of his seven points this season in his last 10 games. The Sharks are shuffling lines more lately, but Donskoi has shown very good offensive prowess so far and as long as he remains in the Sharks top-six rotation he should be on your DFS hockey radar as a great value play.
Tyler Johnson ($5,300) Johnson has not had the start to the season he or the Lightning would have hoped for and has now missed three straight games with an upper-body injury. He was able to skate over the weekend so it’s very possible that he finds his way into the lineup Wednesday. At the moment he’s listed as day-to-day so monitor his status tonight before you decide on playing him.
Evander Kane ($5,100) Kane is dealing with a lower-body injury that is reportedly not connected to his MCL injury he suffered earlier in the season. He did not practice on Tuesday for the Sabres but Coach Dan Bylsma considered him probable to go on Wednesday. Treat him as day-to-day at the moment and consider him a game-time decision for your fantasy lineup.
I hope everyone out there has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Make sure to check out my NHL Line Stacks and Pete Jensen’s NHL Targets posts today before finalizing your lineups. And as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey