For the majority of this season, we have been reviewing the league’s best line combinations and highlighting the numbers behind their success. At this point, many of us are fighting for championships without any regard for fancy stats. You need a good performance tonight, not consistent production for the next month. Who cares if William Karlsson can sustain his 23.8 shooting percentage over a full season, the real question is can he score in the next game? If you’re looking for short-term value you’ve come to the right place! This week we breeze through some low-key options who could help you snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Scott Wilson – Ryan O’Reilly – Sam Reinhart
The Buffalo Sabres have three games remaining this week – none of which are against playoff teams (Coyotes, Canadiens, Rangers). To sweeten the deal a little, two of those games are on off-nights (Wednesday & Friday). Don’t read too much into their shutout loss against the Predators on Monday – Pekka Rinne is 21-2-1 in 2018 with a 1.90 GAA and .939 SV%. Not many teams are scoring against Nashville. Sam Reinart has 29 points in his past 32 games! Ryan O’Reilly has eight points in his past 10 games. They’re owned in 45% and 58% of Yahoo! Leagues respectively, but an impatient owner might have dropped them last week considering Buffalo only played two games. Jack Eichel’s return certainly makes that power play unit more dangerous.
Andre Burakovsky – Lars Eller – T.J. Oshie
The Capitals play three games this week, and while the Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday schedule isn’t favourable, their opponents sure are. Washington takes on Dallas – a team riding a five-game losing streak during which they’ve conceded 20 goals, Montreal – a team riding a three-game losing streak during which they’ve been outscored 11-3, and Detroit – a team on a 10-game losing streak. Lars Eller could see an increased role as Evgeny Kuznetsov is out with an injury. While Eller’s season totals don’t scream superstar, he could very well put up a couple of points for you this week. Owned in just 4% of leagues! Burakovsky is also available in most leagues and is currently seeing time on the top power play unit!