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Top Lines of the Night
Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Marchand ($7,500) – Patrice Bergeron ($7,100) – David Backes ($5,100)
Coming off yet another multi-point outing in his last game, Marchand is arguably the best player on the ice tonight. Marchand posted his third consecutive multi-point game on Thursday, his fourth in his last five games, giving him 37 goals and 79 points on the season. Bergeron took a maintenance day on Sunday, and he’s day-to-day going into tonight. But if he plays, he enters tonight riding a four-game point streak with 16 shots on goal (SOG) in those games. Backes continues to bring up the rear of this line as the more defensive element, but he does have three points and 12 SOG in his last four games. This line has combined for seven points in three games against the Leafs this season.
Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings
Connor McDavid ($8,200) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,200) – Patrick Maroon ($5,200)
McDavid notched his 25th goal of the season and has ridden a three-game point streak to 80 points on the season, tying him for the league-lead with Sidney Crosby. McDavid has two goals and three assists on his three-game run. Draisaitl has taken off on this line again, posting three straight multi-point games. He has a goal and six assists in his last three games, including a power play point (PPP) in each outing. Maroon has two multi-point games in his last three games and has settled in nicely this season on McDavid’s wing, leading to his career season.
Superstar to Build Around
Jack Eichel ($7,300) – Eichel has been dominant lately, scoring 13 points and firing off 41 SOG in his last 10 games. He has really been dominant all season since his return from injury, averaging almost a point-per-game on the year with 49 points in 51 games. Eichel has a great matchup tonight with the Red Wings, who he has four points against in two games this season and six points against in seven career meetings.
Value on Offense
Dylan Larkin ($4,300) – Larkin is wrapping up a disappointing sophomore season, but he is trying to finish the year out strong. He enters tonight on a three-game point streak with two goals, two assists and 10 SOG. Larkin has a power play goal (PPG) in back-to-back games and has eight points in his last eight games.
William Nylander ($5,300) – A little pricey for a value pick, but it’s hard to overlook Nylander tonight. He comes into the Leafs’ matchup with the Bruins riding a seven-game point streak and has points in nine of his last 10 games. He has one goal, eight assists, four PPP and 24 SOG in that span, and has four points in three games against the Bruins this year.
Martin Jones/Aaron Dell ($8,300/8,100) – On the first night of a back-to-back, and with Minnesota looming tomorrow night, Jones or Dell could get the nod tonight. In his last game, Jones posted his eighth consecutive game allowing two goals or less, and the ninth time he has allowed two goals or less in his last 10 games. Dell continues to be one of the best backups in the league, posting a 1.90 goals against average (GAA) in 16 games this year. The Sharks face the Stars tonight, who have lost five of eight games this month and are bottom-10 in the NHL in scoring in March.
Pekka Rinne ($8,400) – It has been a tough stretch for Rinne lately, but he posted a strong outing in his last start and gets the Coyotes tonight. He has won his last two starts, including an impressive OT win against the Capitals on Thursday. He’ll face the Coyotes tonight at home, where he’s 17-5-4 this season.
Value on Defense
Andrej Sekera ($4,000) – Sekera has an assist in three straight games and faces his former team, the Kings, tonight at home. He has assists against the Stars, Bruins and Canucks, with one PPP, and has added 10 blocked shots and four SOG. He’s running the Oilers’ top defense pair and their top power play (PP) unit.
Jake Muzzin ($4,500) – Muzzin has points in three of his last five games and is getting solid peripheral category coverage in that time span. He has three assists, one on the PP, seven blocked shots and 11 SOG in those five games. The Kings’ defense isn’t great offensively, but Muzzin is a good price and option tonight.
Power Play Defensemen
Torey Krug ($5,100) – Krug has established himself as a very good offensive defenseman this season, taking the reins of the Bruins’ blue-line from Zdeno Chara. He has two PP assists, three blocks and 10 SOG in his last three games, and has five points and four PPP in his last seven games.
Mike Green ($4,600) – Green has points in back-to-back games for the Red Wings, helping Detroit win both. He netted his 11th goal of the season and added a PP assist against the Coyotes on Thursday and added an assist against the Avs over the weekend. He has a PP assist in two games against Buffalo this season.
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