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Top Lines of the Night
Washington Capitals @ Edmonton
Alex Ovechkin ($8,300) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,000) – Andre Burakovsky ($4,300)
Perhaps in an effort to jump-start some scoring, Barry Trotz shuffled his top-six and moved Burakovsky to this line and bumped T.J. Oshie. Both only had two goals on the year. Kuznetsov and Ovechkin have picked up their scoring as of late, each having at least one point in three straight games. Burakovsky is in prime position to put up some numbers, and he should considering his shooting numbers so far of 12 shots in five games. Edmonton is improved so far this season, only allowing 2.7 goals against per game, but this line is tough to keep off the scoreboard.
New York Rangers vs Boston
Rick Nash ($6,400) – Derek Stepan ($5,700) – Jimmy Vesey ($4,400)
The Rangers are the beneficiaries of the Bruins goaltending situation tonight and this could be a great game to jumpstart their top line. Despite only three points on the year, Nash has been shooting a lot lately. He has 14 SOG in his last three games, and if he continues that he is a solid option tonight. Vesey has looked inconsistent but did net two goals over the weekend against Washington and is at a good price. Stepan could be a good source for an assist or two tonight. With the Bruins presumably starting an AHL goalie again, I’m looking heavily at the Rangers top-six for your lineups tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Connor McDavid ($8,400) – McDavid has bounced back strong with points in back-to-back outings. He put up a multi-point effort against the Blues and added an assist in the Heritage Classic. His shooting numbers have been inconsistent this season with 10 shots in two games and the six shots across his other four. I expect those numbers to go up tonight and for the Oilers to lean heavily on their Captain and his line in a tough matchup against the Capitals.
Value on Offense
Anthony Beauvillier ($2,900) – No one expected this level of production from the Isles 19-year old rookie, but what a value he is tonight. Beau is tied for the Islanders team lead in both points (5) and assists (4) and is tied for fifth in scoring among NHL rookies. The more impressive feat is the fact that he is doing this while seeing less than 10 minutes per night.
Chris Wagner ($2,700) – Wagner has seen his ice time and responsibility increase so far this season and it’s paid off. He has netted goals in two of his last three games and was the best Duck on the ice last night with a goal and five SOG. He skated on the third line with Antoine Vermette and saw PP action as well.
Braden Holtby ($7,900) – Outside of his last game against the Rangers, Holtby has been great this year. He has continued his great form from last year, posting a 1.98 GAA and .924 SV% on the year. Even with Edmonton improved this season Holtby has dominated them in his career with a 4-1-1 record, expect that trend to continue tonight.
Pekka Rinne ($7,500) – Rinne is coming off fighting an illness but will get the nod tonight against the Ducks. Anaheim is coming off a hard-fought OT loss last night to the Sharks and Rinne is on five days’ rest. Despite his 1-2 record on the year, Rinne has looked solid in limited action and is a good option tonight in net.
Value on Defense
Ryan Ellis ($3,400) – Playing an expanded role this year, Ellis broke through in his last two games. He has netted a powerplay assist in each of his last two games and has four SOG and two blocks in those games. He’s playing top four and is on the second PP unit with P.K. Subban.
Dennis Seidenberg ($3,100) – Seidenberg has been a decent source of fantasy points over his last few games for the Islanders. He is averaging over three FPTS a game in DFS in his last three games. In that time he netted a goal and has added nine blocks and four shots. He is seeing solid ice time and that could bode well for him tonight.
Power Play Defensemen
P.K. Subban ($6,400) – Subban has settled into Nashville perfectly and has points in four of his five games this year. He has also put up a powerplay point in each game he has scored so far this season, netting two PPGs and two PPAs. He has also added 13 shots and 14 blocks this season.
Shea Weber ($6,500) – The other side of the Subban trade has settled into his new team fantastically as well. Despite only having two PPPs on the year Weber is running the point on the Habs top PP unit and has at least one point in five of his six games this year. He has also added great side numbers with 14 shots and 17 blocks in six games.
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