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HIGH PRICED STACK
EDM 1: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Zack Kassian
Possible add-on: Oscar Klefbom
The McDavid-Draisaitl-Kassian trio has seen 195 minutes of ice time together and has logged 17 even-strength goals. Edmonton’s top line has averaged a goal every 11.47 minutes, and I’m expecting this line to light the lamp this evening. It will be going up against the Kings, which are playing on zero days of rest. In games played without rest, the club has allowed an average of 3.22 goals per game and possesses poor Corsi number. Additionally, Jonathan Quick is expected to be in net. He hasn’t been good for the Kings this year, as he owns a save percentage less than .900 on the year and has allowed at least three goals in three out of his last four outings.
CHI 1: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat
Possible add-on: Erik Gustafsson
The Blackhawks have decided to put their three top players on a line together, and boy, are they fun to watch. Not only that, but they also have been outstanding. In 76 minutes of ice time, this line has been able to log seven even-strength goals. Additionally, it’s boasting a 56.49 CF%, which is an added bonus going up against a club that is boasting a 47.42 CF% since March 12.
BUF 2: Evan Rodrigues, Sam Reinhart and Jeff Skinner
Possible add-on: Rasmus Ristolainen
Stacking a Sabres’ line that does not include Jack Eichel isn’t something you find yourself doing very often. However, tonight’s just one of those nights where I’m feeling weird and like a line that does not include him. I’m looking at the Rodrigues-Reinhart-Skinner trio. These three gentlemen played well together against New Jersey. Their line was on the ice for an even-strength goal and posted a CF% north of 57 to end the night. Tonight, they will have plenty of opportunities to light the lamp, because they are going up against the Senators, which own a 45.57 CF% since Feb. 26. The club has also allowed an average of 3.45 goals per game this month.
OTT 1: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Brady Tkachuk and Max Veronneau
Possible add-on: Thomas Chabot
I just wrote about Buffalo and how I like Skinner’s line, but I also like Ottawa’s top line if you’re in need of some value. The Pageau-Tkachuk-Veronneau trio has not spent a ton of time together, but I love what these three guys bring individually and I believe they mesh well. Tkachuk and Veronneau are two wingers who are great with the puck and have great passing abilities. That’s a big reason why both guys recorded over 30 points in their college days. Also, Pageau has been in the league since the 2012-13 season and has cracked the 40-point mark once. He’s a solid hockey player who is finally getting a top-six role. He isn’t the most talented guy on the ice, but he plays harder than most guys. With all that being said, you have to like the matchup against Buffalo. The Sabres have allowed an average of 3.92 goals per game this month while allowing an average of 34.9 shots on goal per game.
MTL 2: Max Domi, Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen
Possible add-on: Jeff Petry
With Gallagher’s line most likely shadowing Barkov’s line this evening, Domi and his linemates should draw appealing matchups. It will see most of its time against Florida’s second and third line, which has been a liability for them on both ends of the ice. It’s struggled defensively and hasn’t produced much offense either. It also doesn’t help that Florida’s PK% sits at 71.9 this month and the club has not gotten great goaltending play. Domi, Shaw and Petry all play on the same power-play unit, which makes stacking this line an even more intriguing option.
- Mikko Koskinen
- Carey Price
- Sergei Bobrovsky
- Braden Holtby
- Jacob Markstrom