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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Minnesota
Sidney Crosby ($8,600) – Carl Hagelin ($4,600) – Conor Sheary ($4,800)
This line had a night against the Rangers on Wednesday, and it was unsurprisingly led by Crosby. The Kid has continued his torrid start to the year by notching two goals and an assist with six shots on goal (SOG). He has 14 goals and 19 points in 14 games so far. Hagelin snapped a long scoring drought with an assist in limited minutes with Crosby. Sheary snapped a scoring slump with a goal and three SOG. This line with have a tough matchup this afternoon against the Wild, who lead the league in team goals against average (GAA). But still with Crosby leading the way this line will have fantasy value.
Washington Capitals vs Buffalo
Alexander Ovechkin ($8,600) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,900) – Andre Burakovsky ($4,900)
Ovechkin had his best game of the year on Wednesday night when he scored his 16th career hat-trick. He had one goal on the power play (PP) and put up five SOG. Kuznetsov has been very inconsistent so far this year, but he showed signs of life with a goal and an assist of his own which snapped a four-game pointless drought. His assist came on Ovechkin’s PPG and he had four SOG of his own. Burakovsky added a pair of assists and put three shots on goal himself. This line will have a very favorable matchup against the Sabres this evening, losers of eight of 12 games this month.
Superstar to Build Around
Connor McDavid ($8,500) – McDavid pushed him multi-point game streak to three in a row with a three-point outing against the Avs on Wednesday. McDavid scored his ninth goal of the season and added his league-leading 17th and 18th assists, one coming on the PP. McDavid now leads the league in scoring with 27 points, three clear of Nikita Kucherov. He leads the Oilers against the Coyotes, who have lost five of six and are allowing well over three goals per game this season.
Value on Offense
Bo Horvat ($3,900) – Horvat has been the best player on the ice for Vancouver their last two games. He has points in two straight games, is coming off a three-point game against the Coyotes on Wednesday, and has nine points in his last 10 games overall. He faces an equally as porous defense tonight against the Stars.
Leon Draisaitl ($4,700) – I know I wrote about McDavid, but Draisaitl needs some space too. He is more than backing up his breakout season from last year. He has 16 points in 21 games this season, is currently riding a five-game point streak and has back-to-back multi-point games. He has 11 SOG and four power play points (PPP) on this current run.
Philipp Grubauer ($8,300) – Grubauer will get the nod today against the Sabres, and he’s been great so far this year when spelling Holtby. He is 2-1-1 on the season with a 2.00 GAA and a .925 SV%. He held the Blue Jackets to two goals in an OT loss in his last outing. Grubauer has a fantastic matchup tonight against the Sabres’ last-ranked scoring offense.
Martin Jones ($8,300) – Jones has been fantastic in his last two outings, shutting out the Devils and holding the Blackhawks to one goal on 34 shots. He is once again among the league-leaders in wins this season and has a 2.05 GAA in his last 10 games. He has a prime matchup with the offensively anemic Islanders this afternoon.
Value on Defense
Ivan Provorov ($3,600) – Provorov has looked very good at times this season, and Wednesday night he played probably his best game against a tough Tampa team. The rookie blue liner scored his first goal and added an assist while putting up two SOG. He is worth a solid look as a value defender today.
Anthony DeAngelo ($3,600) – DeAngelo just continues to be impressive given expanded playing time in Arizona. He has five points in seven games and is currently riding a three-game point streak. He’s playing big minutes on their second pairing and is running the point on their first PP unit with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Power Play Defensemen
P.K. Subban ($6,300) – Subban is starting to pile up the points as he continues to get comfortable in the Predators system. He picked up an assist against the Stars on Wednesday to push his point streak to four games. He has a goal and an assist on the PP in his last four games and is tied for third amongst defensemen in the league with seven PPP this year.
Brent Burns ($8,400) – It’s a steep price to pay, but Burns is the best weapon from the blue line in the NHL at the moment. He has two points in each of his last two games, with one assist in each game coming on the PP. It’s hard for Burns to be kept off the scoresheet much and he always sees big minutes at both even strength and on the PP, so on most nights it’s worth it to pay up for him.
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