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Top Lines of the Night
St. Louis Blues vs Dallas
Jaden Schwartz ($5,800) – Paul Stastny ($4,600) – David Perron ($4,200)
Not only is this my top line of the night, but they are also a great value line. The trio has been on fire as of late, and in the Blues last game they combined for three goals and two assists in the win over the Wild. Schwartz potted two goals on six shots, with one coming on the power play (PP). He is riding a six-game point streak and has points in nine of his last 10. Stastny netted a goal as well and has his own three-game point streak. Perron has one-upped Schwartz with a seven-game point streak including adding two assists against Minnesota. This line will have a great matchup tonight against the defensively weak Stars.
New York Islanders vs Calgary
John Tavares ($7,300) – Josh Bailey ($4,600) – Anthony Beauvillier ($3,000)
Another top line that has a great matchup against a weak defense is the Islanders. Despite their struggles this season, as long as John Tavares is healthy, their offense will have the ability to produce. Tavares hasn’t been prolific this season, but he does have 15 points in 20 games and he has a point in seven of his last 10 games. Bailey has begun to look better as of late with three points on the Islanders west coast trip last week. He has begun to produce on the PP as well with two points on that road trip on the man advantage. Beauvillier has bounced around the lineup but he has looked good in limited time on this line. He is beginning to shoot more as he gets more comfortable and plays more minutes and could be a nice value pick alongside Tavares.
Superstar to Build Around
Jamie Benn ($7,600) – Another superstar player not having a prolific season is Benn. He has 17 points in 22 games, but Benn is only beginning to produce as of late. He has eight points in his last nine games and has a point in three of his last four. He is not shooting as much right now, but if he picks those numbers up he will be scoring in droves again. He had three assists in his only game against St. Louis this season.
Value on Offense
Radek Faksa ($3,600) – Not known to be a scoring presence, Faksa has points in three straight games. Centering the Stars third line between Antoine Roussel and Brett Ritchie has been good for him lately with a goal, two assists and six shots on goal (SOG) on his three-game burner.
Anders Lee ($3,800) – Lee has picked up the offense as of late. He notched the Isles only goals against the Kings and then followed that with a PP marker against the Sharks, giving him three goals in his last two games. He’s skating solid minutes on the Isles top PP unit and could be productive if he keeps shooting.
Jake Allen (8,000) – Allen is riding a five-game winning streak and has looked good in his first season as a number one goalie. His record is fantastic, posting a 10-3-3 line with a 2.36 GAA and a .913 SV%. He gets the start tonight at home against the Stars, and in St. Louis this season, Allen has posted a fantastic 1.42 GAA compared to a GAA over three on the road.
Thomas Greiss ($7,700) – Greiss has played second-fiddle to Halak all year but started two games on the west coast trip and will start again tonight. He played well enough to win both games, and put forth an incredible effort to beat the Ducks in a 14-round shootout. He faces the Flames 26th-ranked offense tonight in a great matchup.
Value on Defense
T.J. Brodie ($4,400) – Brodie has points in two straight games and is coming off one of his best games of the year. He had a multi-point outing last night against the Flyers with both points coming short-handed. He plays big minutes at both even strength and special teams.
Jamie Oleksiak ($3,200) – Oleksiak has looked solid in his three games back and has seen a significant increase in minutes each night. He has a goal and an assist since his return while putting up four SOG and adding an impressive 11 blocked shots.
Power Play Defensemen
Nick Leddy ($4,700) – Leddy had a great road trip out west picking up a goal and two PP assists. He is coming off a multi-point outing against the Sharks and was the shooter who ended the Islanders win in the shootout over the Ducks. He has six points in his last 10 games and is averaging two SOG per game this year.
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,200) – Pietrangelo has looked very strong in his last two games for the Blues. He netted a goal against the Capitals and added two assists in his last outing against Minnesota. Two of his three points came on the PP. On the year he has five PP points, as well as averaging almost three SOG and two blocked shots per game.
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