Artemi Panarin (FDraft: $13,300 DK: $6,500 FD: $7,300): After being acquired from the Blackhawks in the offseason, Panarin has quickly become the Jackets’ most productive offensive weapon, leading the team in assists, points and ranking third on the team with 127 shots on goal. He also leads the team in both power play goals and power play assists, and he draws a nice special teams matchup in this game against Buffalo’s 25th ranked penalty kill. They also rank 19th in terms of shots against/60 minutes in all shorthanded situations. With Columbus currently dealing with a number of injuries at forward, Panarin has logged a ton minutes recently, playing a whopping 22+ minutes in seven of his last ten games. The Sabres rank 30th in the NHL in terms of goals allowed per game and they’ve surrendered 24 goals during their recent five-game losing streak. They’ve also allowed at least one power play goal in each of those games. It’s a great matchup for Panarin and the Jackets on this short three-game slate, and he should get plenty of scoring chances as the focal point of their top line and top power play unit.
Tyler Johnson (FDraft: $13,300 DK: $6,300 FD: $6,400): Tyler Johnson burst onto the scene with Tampa Bay back in 2013 and he tallied a career-high 72 points during the 2014-’15 season. Since then, his production had fallen way off, and he’s failed to eclipse 50 points in any season. This recent resurgence feels like it’s been a long time coming, and with Johnson’s hat trick on Tuesday night, he’s now on pace for 66 points for the year. Johnson has tallied 12 goals and 11 assists in 17 games since December 1st. In fact, Johnson notched a point in every game he played in December and has gone pointless only twice since then. He’s also starting to get more consistent shot volume, with 33 shots on goal in his last nine contests. His price across the industry has slowly started to climb, but he’s still fairly affordable given his current level of production, and he draws a decent matchup at home against Calgary tonight. The Flames have given up 34.2 shots per game over a recent seven-game stretch and Tampa Bay ranks 2nd in the league in home scoring, behind only Winnipeg. Johnson has found line consistency and comfort playing on the right wing with Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point and he’s in a good spot tonight to keep his torrid scoring pace going.
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