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Top Lines of the Night
Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver
Brendan Gallagher ($7,100) – Alex Galchenyuk ($6,400) – Alex Radulov ($5,800)
Despite being shut out in his previous two outings, Gallagher has continued to shoot the puck – leading the Haps in SOG – and has seven points in nine games. Glachenyuk is riding a two-game point streak and is coming off a multi-point outing in the last game against the Maple Leafs. He had a solid night with a goal, a powerplay assist, a blocked shot and two SOG. He has powerplay points in back-to-back games. Radulov has been everything that the Habs hoped he would be so far and has notched seven points on the season. He tabbed a pair of assists against the Leafs and is due to start shooting more and finding the back of the net.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Detroit
Claude Giroux ($6,900) – Wayne Simmonds ($6,500) – Brayden Schenn ($5,700)
Giroux is off to an incredible start, notching at least a point in all but one game this season and currently riding a nine-game point streak. He has goals in back-to-back games and has added a league-leading 10 assists as well. He has dominated the Red Wings in his career with 16 points in 14 games. Simmonds is off to another solid start as well with points in eight of 10 games and is riding a four-game point streak of his own. He leads the team in goals with six and is one point back of Giroux with 11. They have become one of the best top-line duos in the league. It took Schenn a few games to get going after his suspension, but he has six points in his last four games. Roll at least Giroux and Simmonds until they cool off.
* Superstar to Build Around*
Sidney Crosby ($8,200) – Sid the Kid has been on an absolute tear since his return. In three games he has netted four goals, two multi-point games, one powerplay point in each game and 13 SOG. He is coming off his best game of the three where he notched two goals – one on the power play – on five shots against the Flyers. He faces a Ducks team tonight that is coming off a hard-fought shutout win over the Kings last night.
Value on Offense
Scott Wilson ($4,000) – It took Wilson some time to get going, but he has put up points in four of his last five games and is playing in a prime location. He finds himself on the left wing of Sidney Crosby and has points in two straight games. As long as he is here and is this low-cost, he is a great value buy.
Antoine Vermette ($3,700) – Vermette has come on strong lately with five points in his last six games. He is coming off a great game last night against the Kings with a goal and an assist and skated on a line with the returning Rickard Rakell last night. That line was very productive last night and could continue that again.
Carey Price ($8,600) – Price is off to another phenomenal start to a season, riding a five-game winning streak. He is 5-0-0 with a 1.40 GAA and .954 SV% and is coming off his best outing of the season, stopping 37 of 38 shots against the Leafs over the weekend. He is the best goalie in the sport right now and should be a consideration to start every night.
Matt Murray ($7,800) – Murray will get the nod tonight and make his much-anticipated season debut. After his performance in the playoffs last season much is expected of Murray this season and he has a solid matchup against a low-scoring Ducks offense, which played last night
Value on Defense
Brandon Manning ($3,500) – Despite playing limited minutes, Manning has been great to start the year. He is seeing third-pairing time but has seven points in 10 games and has points in back-to-back games. He has also put up 13 SOG and 13 blocks and is a great value.
Alexei Emelin ($3,100) – Emelin isn’t a fountain of offensive production but he is good for the occasional point and gets a lot of peripheral points from shots and blocks. He has three points on the year and only eight SOG, but he has 17 blocks in nine games and is playing on the first pair with Shea Weber.
* Power Play Defensemen*
Shea Weber ($7,100) – Weber just continues to tear through the league to start the season and is now up to 10 points in nine games. He has added four points on the man advantage and has netted three powerplay goals, two in the last three games, so far this year.
Mark Streit ($4,200) – No longer the impact offensive threat he used to be, Streit is still a very serviceable blueliner, especially on the PP. He has six points in 10 games this season and four of those have come on the man advantage. He is running the point on the Flyers’ potent first PP unit and is a solid value at that price.
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