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Highest Vegas Totals
– Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild – 5.5
– Vancouver Canucks vs. Dallas Stars – 5.5
– Calgary Flames vs. Arizona Coyotes – 5.5
Game at 5 PM
Ben Bishop ($7,800): Bishop has been fantastic as of late, riding a three-game winning streak over the Rangers, Ducks and Kings. He shutout the Ducks and has surrendered only two goals on 87 shots face during the streak. He’s moved up to third in the league in GAA at 1.99 and has bumped his way up to sixth in SV% with a .929 mark. He’s been able to shut down some dynamic offenses lately, and looks to continue his solid play against the Capitals tonight.
Top Line of the Night
Game at 1 PM
Rick Nash ($7,200) – Derick Brassard ($5,200) – Mats Zuccarello ($5,600)
With so many good lines out there, it was hard to say one is the top line of the evening, but the Rangers top trio has been very good as of late and have a great matchup coming out of the Thanksgiving Day break. Nash had an uncharacteristic start to the season with three points in his first 10 games, but has come on strong with 12 points in his last 10 and is riding a modest three-game goal streak that has produced five goals including a hat-trick against Florida last weekend. Brassard had been cold from late October to early November, but has found his scoring touch as of late as well with five points in his last seven games. Zuccarello continues to lead the Rangers in all the major offensive scoring categories, and despite a two-game scoreless streak, he continues to average over two shots on goal per game this season. The Rangers are coming off a tough game Wednesday against Montreal, but Brassard and Nash did linkup for a goal. They face the Bruins 24th-ranked scoring defense, surrendering almost three goals per game, on Friday night in Boston.
Top Upside at Defense
Ryan Suter ($6,000): Suter has quietly put together a fantastic offensive start to his season and is currently tied for the Wild team lead in points with 20, good for second in the league for defensemen behind Erik Karlsson and John Klingberg’s 24. Suter, who’s riding a nice four-game point streak, has points in eight of his last 10 games. He is getting great category coverage with 16 blocked shots and 25 shots on goal in his last 10 games.
Cam Fowler ($3,900): Fowler has always had offensive upside but has struggled to show it. This season he showing his all-around game with 31 blocked shots and 42 shots on goal in 23 games, while only managing nine points. However he has found his offense as of late with points in four of his last five games, including points in back-to-back games at the moment. Fowler is on the Ducks top-pair defense tandem and is manning the point on their power-play. All three of Fowler’s points in his last two games have come on the power-play, and at $3,900 is a huge steal to put in your lineup for a top-pair defensemen who gives you extra production potential on the power-play.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Jamie Benn ($8,400): There are so many players that you could choose from tonight, but my pick is Benn. Benn sits second to Patrick Kane in the scoring race with 32 points after a three point outing on Tuesday against Ottawa. He has points in six straight games, including back-to-back multi-point outings, and has points in eight of his last 10 games that has seen him produce 14 points and 30 shots on goal. It’s hard to go wrong with many of the big names available on Friday night, but Benn is my pick of the lot.
Mikko Koivu ($4,700): Koivu has joined teammate Ryan Suter in quietly putting together a very solid 20 point season to this point in the year. He has been an offensive cog for the Wild this season, especially as of late with points in seven straight games (1G, 7A) and eight of his last 10 overall. Minnesota welcomes Winnipeg on Friday who sport one of the worst goals against averages in the NHL, and Koivu has 11 points in 10 games on home ice this season.
Anthony Duclair ($4,100): Duclair has seemed to have come through his freshman slump and has re-established his scoring form from the beginning of the season. The Coyotes talented rookie scorer has points in five straight games (2G, 4A) and six SOG in that span. His 14 points are fourth among rookie skaters, and he sits fourth in scoring on the Coyotes this season as well. With a looming matchup with Calgary’s worst in the league scoring defense, Duclair and the Coyotes will have a great chance to continue their production on Friday night.
Carey Price ($8,000) In only his third game back from a knee injury Price left the Canadiens game against the Rangers on Wednesday night with another knee issue that will likely sideline him for at least a week. Coach Michel Therrien said that the injury was to the same knee that cost him nine games earlier this month.
Nail Yakupov ($4,000) After finding good chemistry with Connor McDavid before his injury, Yakupov has seen his scoring take a dramatic dip with only two points in his last 10 games. He suffered a serious knee injury after putting up an assist Wednesday against Carolina, but not will be sidelined for at least two weeks.
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