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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus
Patrick Kane ($8,300) – Artem Anisimov ($5,300) – Artemi Panarin ($6,700)
This line had their breakout game on Tuesday against the Flyers. Kane posted his second-consecutive multi-point game, putting up a goal and three assists. Panarin snapped his three-game scoreless slump with two goals and a helper. The duo combined for 10 SOG. Anisimov had the best game of the trio with two goals and two assists, giving him points in two straight games as well. This line has a phenomenal matchup tonight against a Columbus team that has allowed nine goals in the two games that they have played so far.
Nashville Predators @ Detroit
James Neal ($6,100) – Ryan Johansen ($6,000) – Calle Jarnkrok ($3,400)
In an effort to spark the offense and spread out the scoring the Predators have shifted Neal to the first line with Johansen where the duo had great success last year. Johansen leads the team in points with four, all assists that have come on the PP. Neal is bound to start lighting the lamp, as he is leading the team with 12 SOG.
Superstar to Build Around
John Tavares ($7,600) – The Isles offense has struggled this season, but Tavares and Co. get a huge opportunity to break out tonight. Tavares is starting to find his touch, with points in two straight games, and he leads the team with 12 SOG. His linemates haven’t scored much to help him out, but the team gets a great matchup tonight against the Coyotes, who are starting Louis Domingue. Domingue has allowed seven goals on 30 shots this year and the Coyotes are allowing the most goals against per game in the league thus far this season.
Value on Offense
Alexander Wennberg ($3,500) – Wennberg had an impressive season last year and has carried that over so far. He is back centering the Blue Jackets’ best line between Brandon Saad and Nick Foligno. Through two games he has three points, two on the PP, and five SOG. He played well with Saad last year and the two could very well find that chemistry again this year.
Jordan Martinook ($3,200) – Martinook hasn’t let the fact that he’s playing bottom-six minutes hold him back from performing. After managing only 24 points in a full season last year, Martinook is blazing hot right now with points in all three games for the Coyotes. He has two goals, two assists and seven shots. He could see an expanded role if he keeps this up.
Top Line Adjustments
These are the players that have moved up the depth chart to play on a better line.
• Matt Calvert ($2,700), Columbus Blue Jackets
• Tyler Motte ($3,800), Chicago Blackhawks
• Anthony Duclair ($4,000), Arizona Coyotes
Corey Crawford ($8,400) – Crawford has struggled this season but has a great opportunity to get on track tonight against the Blue Jackets. Despite allowing 10 goals in his first three games, Crawford has a solid chance to pick up the win. He has dominated Columbus, his former divisional foe, over his career to the tune of an 11-3-2 record and a 2.19 GAA.
Pekka Rinne ($7,800) – Rinne has been great in his two games so far this season holding two of the best offenses in the NHL in check. He has allowed two goals against in each game against the Blackhawks and Stars and sports a 1-1-0 record so far.
Value on Defense
Ryan Pulock ($2,600) – With Nick Leddy hurt, Pulock is poised to make his season debut. The rookie was solid in limited action last season, and despite the possibility of not seeing many opportune offensive chances at even strength tonight, he practiced running the point on the Islanders top PP unit during the week and should slot in there.
Jakob Chychrun ($3,000) – It remains to be seen how long Chychrun will be with the Coyotes or if he will be sent back to Juniors. But while he is up he has potential as a DFS value play. He has looked impressive in both his games so far, and notched his first career goal last night. In two games he has a goal, an assist and four SOG, not bad for an 18-year old.
Power Play Defensemen
P.K. Subban ($6,400) – Subban seems like the perfect fit for Nashville and has looked great so far. In three games he has two points, both on the PP, nine shots on goal and nine blocked shots. He is a top defenseman every night he’s available, and playing on the blueline with Roman Josi will free both up to produce offensive numbers.
Brent Seabrook ($5,800) – Seabrook and Duncan Keith have looked great on the PP so far. They are paired together running the point on the Hawks’ dangerous first PP unit and both have two PPPs so far on the year. Seabrook has back-to-back multi-point games, with a PPP in each game, and looks poised to keep up this level of production.
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