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Highest Vegas Totals
– Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – 5.5
– Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild – 5.5
– Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche – 5.5
Martin Jones ($7,100): Before taking the loss his last time out against the Blackhawks, Jones was riding a five-game winning streak for San Jose and only surrendered eight goals against in that span. Jones has been fantastic in his first year as a starter sitting tied for third in the league with 11 wins, is tied for the league lead in shutouts with three, and sits 10th in both GAA (2.14) and SV% (.925). He will have a great chance for a bounce back opportunity on Saturday when the Sharks welcome the Flames.
Top Line of the Night
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800) – Alexander Steen ($6,400) – Paul Stastny ($5,200)
The Blues top line is back to full strength now that Stastny has returned and they have looked strong since getting him back in the lineup. Despite being held off the scoresheet in both games, Tarasenko is the superstar of this line and team and has 10 points and four multi-point games in his last 10 games. Steen had a multi-point game against the Penguins on Wednesday night and himself has eight points in his last 10 games. Stastny missed a month with a broken right foot, but has come back strong with a multi-point game in his second game back against the Penguins on Wednesday night. In two games back he has six shots on goal, and has seven points in seven games on the season. The Blues top-line looks to continue their scoring ways with a matchup against the Blue Jackets who are coming off a tough game against the Penguins last night.
Top Upside at Defense
Brent Burns ($7,400): Despite being a defensemen, putting Burns in your lineup is the equivalent of adding an additional forward. He has 19 points on the season, including 11 in his last 10 games, seven multi-point games on the year, is averaging two blocked shots per game and sits second in the NHL behind Alexander Ovechkin in shots on goal with 102. He comes with a heavy price tag for a defensemen, but his level of production is great enough that you can make the sacrifice elsewhere to get him in your lineup.
Dmitry Orlov ($3,000): The Capitals are one of the deepest teams on defense in the NHL but they haven’t gotten the offensive production they have wanted outside John Carlson. Orlov has come on strong as of late and thanks to a recent four-game scoring streak he now has nine points on the season. He had his four-game point streak snapped last night against Tampa Bay, a streak that included goals in three straight games, and has nine shots on goal in his last four games. For a value-buy to pair with someone like Burns, Orlov is a perfect fit for your DFS DK lineup on Saturday night against the Maple Leafs.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Patrick Kane ($8,500): With an assist last night, Kane has now tied the record for points in consecutive games by an American player with a point in 18 straight games. Despite putting 18 shots on goal in his last five games Kane has not recorded a goal, but has managed to put up seven assists in those games and is tied for the NHL in multi-point games with 10 on the season. The Blackhawks with have a tough test against the Kings third-ranked scoring defense, surrendering only 2.1 goals against per game this season, but Kane has 13 points in 12 road games this season and is a point-per-game player in his career against LA with 28 points in 28 career games vs the Kings.
Mikael Granlund ($4,200): Before being kept off the scoresheet yesterday by Winnipeg, Granlund was riding a two-game point streak, and had seven points in his last seven games, including two multi-point efforts. Granlund is not known for being much of a shooter, only 29 on the season, but he is averaging two shots on goal per game over his last five and is centering a very dynamic scoring line for Minnesota between Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.
Mikhail Grigorenko ($3,000): Grigorenko has seen his offensive game take a spike in production since he had that brief two-game stint on the Avs top line when Gabriel Landeskog was suspended. Since those games Grigorenko has put up six points in seven games despite being shuffled back down into Colorado’s bottom-six forward rotation again. He is not shooting much and would see even more opportunities if he would put the puck on net more but he is producing and creating chances for the Avalanche and is a great value buy on Saturday night when Colorado faces Winnipeg.
Derek Stepan (5,300) The Rangers lost a key cog of their forward group late in Friday’s game against Boston when Stepan suffered a set of broken ribs on a hit from Matt Beleskey. With Stepan set to miss significant time, look elsewhere for center options like Kevin Hayes, who has been centering the Rangers third line, who looks poised to jump up in the lineup.
Tyler Johnson ($5,300) Johnson left the Lightning game last night after only one shift with an undisclosed injury, this being only his second game back after missing three games with an upper-body injury. Monitor this situation to see if Johnson plays against the Islanders on Saturday night. On the season Johnson has four goals and seven assists in 20 games played for Tampa Bay.
Make sure to check out my NHL Line Stacks and the DraftKings Playbook NHL Targets posts today before finalizing your lineups. As always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey