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Top Lines of the Night
Montreal Canadiens @ Columbus
Brendan Gallagher ($7,200) – Alex Galchenyuk ($6,500) – Alex Radulov ($6,000)
This line had a great night against the Canucks on Wednesday, combining for five points on two of the Canadiens three goals on the evening. Galchenyuk and Gallagher both notched a pair of assists, the second for each coming on Radulov’s third period marker. The trio also fired six shots on goal as a line. They are quickly becoming one of the better top lines in the league and have a solid matchup tonight against the Blue Jackets, making them a very enticing option this evening.
Detroit Red Wings vs Winnipeg
Henrik Zetterberg ($5,000) – Tomas Tatar ($4,700) – Justin Abdelkader ($4,300)
The Red Wings have been struggling offensively, but this line had a solid outing against the Flyers on Wednesday night. The line scored what was, at the time, the go-ahead goal against Philly when Zetterberg netted a third period goal with Tatar and Abdelkader picking up the assists. They have a good matchup tonight facing the Winnipeg Jets, who are bottom-10 in the league allowing three goals per night.
Superstar to Build Around
Corey Perry ($6,900) – With Ryan Getzlaf unsure to play tonight, the Ducks will turn to Perry to shoulder the load in a very favorable matchup against the Coyotes. He has had a solid start to the year with eight points in 11 games and leads the team in shooting with 35 SOG. Arizona is allowing the most goals per game in the league and Perry has feasted on the Coyotes when he has played them in his career.
Value on Offense
Antoine Vermette ($3,700) – Vermette will skate against his former team tonight and he will do so centering Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell on the Ducks first line (if Ryan Getzlaf is scratched again). Even if he is back in his normal place centering the third line, I think he is a good value pick tonight after putting up four points in his last five games.
Sam Gagner ($4,000) – Despite a tough matchup with the Canadiens, Gagner has been great the last two games for Columbus. Gagner has three goals and 10 SOG in his last two games and four points overall in his last four games. He could be moved up the lineup and get more even strength minutes, but he is in prime position centering the Blue Jackets first power play unit. Two of his three goals in his last two games have come on the man advantage.
Al Montoya ($8,100) – The Canadiens are the best team in the league at the moment and Montoya has been a great pickup backing up Carey Price. Montoya has been almost perfect on the year with a 3-0-1 record and getting Montreal at least a point in every one of his starts on the year. He will guard the crease tonight for the Habs tonight sporting a 1.47 GAA and .955 SV% and allowing only six goals against in his four starts on the year .
Petr Mrazek ($7,800) – Despite back-to-back subpar outings by Mrazek, he will get the nod tonight in the net for the Red Wings. He has allowed eight goals in his last two outings but will have a great chance to bounce back tonight against the Jets. The saving grace for Mrazek tonight is that the game is at home, where he has posted better numbers this season, and he has always played well against Winnipeg in his career.
Value on Defense
Nathan Beaulieu ($3,500) – Beaulieu had a great outing on Wednesday against the Canucks, his second solid outing in a row. He now has a goal and an assist in his last two games and has added six blocks and three SOG in that span as well. He is seeing solid even strength time and even some PP action on the Habs second PP unit and could be a solid value on such a limited night of action.
Toby Enstrom ($3,400) – Enstrom netted his first goal of the year, a short-handed tally, while adding four blocks and three SOG last night. He played the second-most minutes in a game this season and with Tyler Myers potentially sidelined again tonight Enstrom could be in-line for another game with an expanded role.
Power Play Defensemen
Shea Weber ($7,300) – Weber has been held in check, being kept off the scoresheet in two of his last three games. He has still been productive with his peripheral stats, putting up solid blocked shots and shots on goal (SOG) numbers. Weber is still running the point on the Habs top PP unit, and he has always produced in his career against the Blue Jackets, a former division foe from his days in Nashville.
Cam Fowler ($5,200) – Fowler has continued his torrid start to the season with eight points in his first 11 outings. He has been particularly effective on the man advantage, leading all defensemen in the league with six powerplay points. He is tied with Weber for the league-lead among defensemen for powerplay goals with three and added his third in the Ducks loss to the Penguins on Wednesday night.
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