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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis
Artemi Panarin ($7,000) – Artem Anisimov ($6,800) – Marian Hossa ($5,400)
Anisimov has never scored more than 44 points in a season, but he is on a tear at the moment with 17 points in his first 13 games – second in the league. He is currently riding an 11-game point streak. Panarin is proving he can do it with or without Patrick Kane and has 13 points in his last 10 games, finding the scoresheet in seven of them. Hossa is still productively rounding out this line with 11 points and two multi-point games in his last three outings.
Anaheim Ducks @ Columbus
Corey Perry ($7,500) – Ryan Getzlaf ($6,700) – Ryan Kesler ($6,000)
This is a powerplay (PP) stack for you to play tonight. Getz and Perry are together at even strength and on the PP and each nabbed an assist on three of the Ducks goals over the weekend. Two of those goals came on the PP by Kesler. Getzlaf and Perry both have points in back-to-back games and Kesler is riding a four-game point streak with points in five of his last six overall.
Superstar to Build Around
Patrick Kane ($8,400) – Kane has backed up his season from last year and, like Anisimov, has started the season on a tear. Kane has posted 16 points in his first 13 games, with 14 of those points coming in his last 10. He is riding a four-game point streak that has put up three goals, four assists, two powerplay points (PPP), and 12 shots on goal (SOG). The Blackhawks offense is on a roll at the moment and almost anyone in its top-six has fantasy relevance.
Value on Offense
Ryan Dzingel ($3,900) – Dzingel has been a nice surprise in Ottawa and has solidly put up eight points in his first 12 games of the year. He snapped a four-game point drought with an assist against the Predators last night, when he saw his most ice time in his last five games. He is not shooting much on the year, only 14 shots, but he is a decent value play tonight on a limited night of players.
Robby Fabbri ($4,200) – Fabbri finally broke through and scored his first goal of the season on Sunday against Colorado. He is playing on the Blues third line with playmaking center Paul Stastny, as well as being on the Blues second PP unit. Perhaps this goal will spring Fabbri and he will open the scoring flood gates.
Corey Crawford ($8,200) – Crawford started the season shaky but has come on as strong as ever. He allowed three goals or more in his first four games and has come back with six-straight outings of two goals or less. He is riding a five-game winning streak, with two shutouts, and has not lost in regulation in those last six games. He has lowered his GAA to 2.01 and his SV% is up to a fantastic .936.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($7,600) – Bob is back. Finally healthy again, Bobrovsky is flashing the talent that won him a Vezina trophy years ago. He has been fantastic this season, allowing more than two goals against only twice in his nine starts. He is top-five in both the GAA and SV% categories and is tied with Devan Dubnyk for the league-lead in shutouts with three. One of those shutouts came a few starts ago against the Ducks who Bob will face tonight at home.
Value on Defense
Ryan Murray ($3,600) – Despite not having a point so far on the year, Murray will have an opportunity to make his mark on the Columbus blueline with the unfortunate injury to Seth Jones. Murray is returning from his own injury in the last few games and should see an expanded role at Even Strength and on the second PP unit.
Dion Phaneuf ($4,200) – Even though Phaneuf only has three points on the season he is a top-10 fantasy defenseman tonight in DFS thanks to his SOG and blocked shots numbers. He has managed all three of his points, including one last night, in his last seven games and he is averaging over two blocks and almost three SOG per game.
Power Play Defensemen
Zach Werenski ($5,600) – Werenski has been everything that was expected of him and is averaging a point-per-game on the season at the moment. He has put up 10 points in his first 10 games, with five of those coming on the PP. As mentioned above with the Seth Jones injury, Werenski will be leaned on even more to be productive from the Blue Jackets blueline at both even strength and the man advantage.
Duncan Keith ($5,900) – Keith notched four points in three games last week for the Hawks. Despite only having two of his 11 points this season coming on the powerplay, Keith is always a great option thanks to his even strength play on Chicago’s top defensive pairing and his position running the point on the Hawks top PP unit.
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