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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto
Connor McDavid ($8,700) – Milan Lucic ($5,800) – Jesse Puljujarvi ($5,100)
At the quarter mark of the year, McDavid is arguably the MVP of the league. He has 29 points in 23 games and has points in four straight games. He put up a goal and an assist in two games against the Coyotes over the weekend and has two goals and five assists on this four game streak. Lucic is beginning to produce the way people were thinking with McDavid and has his own four-game point streak. Lucic has two goals and five assists in those four games as well, with three power play points (PPP) and 17 shots on goal (SOG). Puljujarvi has looked very good despite limited playing time, and has two points and seven shots in his last four games.
Boston Bruins @ Philadelphia
Patrice Bergeron ($7,200) – Brad Marchand ($6,900) – David Pastrnak ($6,800)
This line played a great game against the Lightning over the weekend and have an equally great matchup tonight against the Flyers. Bergeron picked up an assist and added two SOG. It was his first point in four games, and only his second in his last 10. Marchand added an assist as well, giving him two points in his last three. The game tonight is on the road where he has 13 of his 19 points this season. Pastrnak has goals in three straight games and seven in his last nine. This line will have a great chance to produce tonight against the Flyers, who rank second-to-last in the league in scoring defense.
Superstar to Build Around
Joe Pavelski ($7,400) – Pavelski is starting to heat up and has a fantastic matchup tonight against the Coyotes. He is currently riding a six-game point streak that has seen him put up two goals and four assists. Pavs has points in eight of his last 10 games overall and is beginning to pick up his shooting numbers. He is averaging 3.9 SOG per game over his last 10 games and is second on the team to Brent Burns with 72 SOG. He faces the Coyotes tonight who he already has a point against in two games this year and has 48 points against Arizona in 57 career matchups.
Value on Offense
Mikko Koivu ($4,400) – Koivu provides great value and a great matchup tonight. Currently riding a four-game point streak, Koivu is coming off a solid multi-point outing against the Blues where he netted a goal and an assist on two SOG. He’s up to 11 points on the season centering the Wild second line and has a great matchup with the Canucks 25th-ranked scoring defense.
Bo Horvat ($4,200) – Horvat is starting to get hot for the Canucks, and despite a tough matchup tonight, I think he is a solid value play. Horvat has points in four straight games for Vancouver, netting six points and seven SOG in that span. He’s seen his minutes go up as of late and is a sneaky play tonight against Minnesota.
Top Line Adjustments
• Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres ($6,100) – Should return tonight from IR
Carey Price ($8,300) – It is almost to the point where I don’t have to write about Price because he is arguably the top goalie every night he plays. After sustaining his first loss of the season against Ottawa, he has posted back-to-back lights out starts. He has stopped 63 of 65 shots over those two games and faces the Ducks inconsistent offense tonight.
Craig Anderson ($8,200) – With everything going on with Anderson personally, he has seemingly not allowed it to affect him on the ice. Anderson has won four straight games and has lost in regulation only once in his last eight starts. He’s tied for second in the league with 12 wins and is top-10 in both goals against average (GAA) and save percentage (SV%).
Value on Defense
Jacob Trouba ($4,300) – It has taken Trouba nine games to finally put up a point, but he has been good otherwise. He picked up a pair of assists on Sunday against Nashville in 27 minutes. He’s averaging over two blocks and two SOG per game this year and should start to produce offensively.
Jamie Oleksiak ($3,200) – I wrote about Okelsiak last night, and he promptly netted a multi-goal outing with three SOG. He played his most minutes of the year last night and is seeing more offensive situations to play in. He now has three goals and four points in his last four games, so I’ll play him while he’s hot and a great value.
Power Play Defensemen
Roman Josi ($6,500) – Josi has two points on the power play (PP) in his last four games, with four points overall. He had seven SOG on Sunday and runs the point of the Predators third-ranked PP with P.K. Subban tonight against Colorado’s 27th-ranked penalty kill.
Victor Hedman ($5,700) – Hedman has points in four straight games and is second on the Lightning with six PPP. He has two goals and two assists in his last four games, including a power play goal (PPG), and is seeing major time in all situations with Tampa’s top offensive units.
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