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HIGH PRICED STACK
VGK 1: Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith
Possible add-on: Nate Schmidt
In the line’s last 259 minutes of ice time together, it’s been able to accumulate 19 goals and create 50 high danger scoring chances. Smith and company have really turned things around, and it’s been fun to watch. These three guys have combined for 27 points in their last six. While they do face Minnesota tonight, which has been known for being solid defensively over the last few years, I’m looking for Vegas’ top line to still produce. It’s on absolute fire, and Minnesota is entering this contest losers of four of their last five.
STL 1: Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly
Possible add-on: Colton Parayko
STL 1 will be the chalkiest stack of the night and rightfully so. They are going up against the Rangers, which are 2-8-3 in their last 13. Also, this line has logged 16 even-strength goals in 198 minutes of action and all play with the top power-play unit. This gives the top line a huge edge going up against a club that has been shorthanded 43 times in its last 13 contest.
DET 1: Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi
Possible add-on: Danny DeKeyser
In DET 1’s last 94 minutes of ice time together, it’s been able to log five even-strength goals and boasts a 55.17 CF%. It does a good job controlling the puck, which I believe gives them a huge advantage going up against the Devils. Since Feb. 28, the Devil’s own a 44.42 CF% and have allowed an average of 3.31 goals per game. I’m expecting this line to create many scoring opportunities and capitalize on those chances. Furthermore, you have to love New Jersey is playing on the road and they have allowed 3.92 goals per game when playing away from the Prudential Center.
STL 3: Tyler Bozak, Robert Thomas and Patrick Maroon
Possible add-on: Alex Pietrangelo
St. Louis’ third line has been solid together. In 113 minutes of action since Feb. 1, this line has been able to record seven even-strength goals. That means this line is averaging a goal every 16 minutes. That’s pretty impressive for a third line. Also, you have to like all three guys get time with the second power-play unit. As I mentioned in my STL 1 writeup, the Rangers have spent a lot of time in the box this month. Furthermore, Bozak and company will avoid Zibanejad’s line and should see some favorable matchups. Plus all three gentlemen are extremely cheap.
- Jordan Binnington
- Philipp Grubauer
- David Rittich
- Malcolm Subban