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Top Lines of the Night

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado

Steven Stamkos ($7,300) – Jonathan Drouin ($5,600) – Ondrej Palat ($4,700)

Each member of this dynamic trio has found the scoresheet at least once in each of Tampa Bay’s first three games. Both Stamkos and Drouin have recorded a multi-point game and have combined for three goals, five assists and 24 shots on goal. Palat has been solid with a goal, two assists and five SOG. They have a favorable matchup tonight at home against the porous Avs defense that has allowed 11 goals in three games.

Washington @ Florida

Alex Ovechkin ($8,600) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,400) – T.J. Oshie ($6,000)

This line finally broke-out the other night against the Avalanche. Ovechkin found the scoresheet for the first time this season with a PPG and an assist. Oshie busted out as well notching a multi-goal game, one on the PP and adding six SOG. Kuznetsov picked up his first point assisting on Oshie’s second goal of the night. This trio has the potential to put up big numbers this season, and despite the difficult matchup tonight against the Panthers and Roberto Luongo, they are a top line every night.

Superstar to Build Around

Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,400) – I think Tarasenko’s matchup is too good to pass on this evening. Tarasenko is tied for the league-lead with four goals on the season. He has added two assists, three PPPs and has two multi-point games in his first four outings. He is tied for second-most SOG in the league with 19 and has added four blocks to boot. He faces the weak Oilers defense tonight, a team that he has put up 11 points against in 11 career matchups.

Value on Offense

Charlie Coyle ($4,600) – Coyle has a point in each of the Wild’s three games. Coyle netted a PPG in the Wild game against the Kings on Tuesday, a game he saw almost four minutes of PP time in. As long as he remains on the Wild top line and sees that much PP time, I think he is a great value at this price and faces a Toronto team coming off a bad loss last night.

Travis Konecny ($3,900) – The Flyers youngster has stepped into a top-six role with the team this year and not missed a beat or looked out of place. He has managed at least one assist in each of his first three games of the season, four total, and is playing on an effective line with Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek. He has seen limited PP time so far, but that could increase in the games to come with his increased offensive use and output.

Top Line Adjustments

These are the players that have moved up the depth chart to play on a better line.

Jakob Silfverberg ($5,100), Anaheim Ducks
Patrice Bergeron ($7,200), Boston Bruins
Travis Zajac ($3,900), New Jersey Devils
Anthony Duclair ($4,000), Dylan Strome ($3,800), Arizona Coyotes
Chris Stewart ($3,800), Minnesota Wild
Tanner Pearson ($3,900), Los Angeles Kings
Alex Chiasson ($3,800), Calgary Flames

Stud Goalies

Carey Price ($8,500) – After practicing fully the last two days, Price looks on track to make his season debut tonight against the Coyotes. If Price comes in and plays the way he did at the World Cup, he will be right back in the conversation as the top goalie in the sport today. He gets a phenomenal matchup against Arizona to start his season, so I will be looking to target him if he gets the nod.

Cory Schneider ($7,900) – Schneider has become one of the most consistent goalies in the league, and so far this season he has kept that up. He picked up his first win in a great outing against the Ducks on Tuesday when he allowed only one goal on 24 shots. So far in three starts this season he is sporting a 1-1-1 record, a 1.99 GAA and a .935 SV%. He faces the Bruins on Thursday night on the road in Boston in a winnable matchup.

Value on Defense

Jeff Petry ($4,100) – Not known for his offense, Petry has surprisingly been productive for the Habs early on. He has back-to-back multi-point outings for the Canadiens with a two-goal game, one PPG against the Sens and two assists against Pittsburgh. He has also added three SOG and four blocks.

Michael Matheson ($2,800) – Matheson has been the Panthers best fantasy defenseman through three games. Playing on the second pair with Jason Demers, Matheson has two points in three games. He is seeing the third-most TOI of Panthers defensemen and is second on the team with nine SOG. He is seeing solid offensive zone time and at this price is worth a look as a low-end flier for your lineup.

Power Play Defensemen

Rasmus Ristolainen ($6,200) – Ristolainen continues to put up great numbers on the PP to start the season. He is tied for the league-lead with four PPPs, all assists. If he starts to shoot more those numbers could go up quickly, but I think he is absolutely worth a look every night.

Justin Faulk ($5,800) – Faulk is back at full-strength for the Canes and hasn’t looked rusty at all. He has at least one point in each game so far, two points on the power play and four SOG. He has a great matchup tonight against the Flames, who have allowed the most goals against in the league this season.

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