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Fantasy buzz: Stars break up top line against Islanders

Benn, Seguin to center separate units; Marchand expected back for Bruins

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.

 

Stars break up Seguin-Benn-Radulov line

The Dallas Stars have one of the most productive line trios in the NHL this season, but coach Ken Hitchcock has split up his top two offensive players in the hope of boosting their secondary scoring.

The line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov has been broken up ahead of the Stars game against the New York Islanders on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG+, NHL.TV). Benn is moving to center, likely on a line with Gemel Smith and Radulov, and Seguin will center the second line with Mattias Janmark and Devin Shore. Jason Spezza, who has been stuck in a secondary even-strength and power-play role this season, will be Dallas' third-line center in these new combinations.

Video: BUF@DAL: Seguin blasts one-timer past Johnson for PPG

Dallas has scored 42 goals this season, with half coming from top-liners Benn (eight), Seguin (eight) and Radulov (five). They have the best power play in the NHL at 31.8 percent, but their 24 5-on-5 goals are tied for 26th in the NHL. Only the San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins (21 each) have fewer 5-on-5 goals.

Shore (C/LW/RW, 1 percent owned in Yahoo), the fifth member of Dallas' most-frequent first power-play unit with Benn, Seguin, Radulov and defenseman John Klingberg, could benefit from more even-strength exposure to Seguin. Shore has seven assists, five on the power play, and 24 shots on goal in 15 games but is minus-11 on the season. He is priced affordably at $3,600 in DraftKings on Friday.

 

READ: Projected starting goaltenders for Fri. Nov. 10

 

Marchand back for Bruins; Matthews out again for Maple Leafs

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand is expected to return against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TSN4, NESN, NHL.TV). He has missed their past two games because of an upper-body injury.

On the Maple Leafs' side, elite forward Auston Matthews will miss his second-straight game because of an upper-body injury. Toronto will go with the same lineup they had against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday: Patrick Marleau will remain at center on a line with Zach Hyman and Connor Brown, William Nylander will flank Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov, and last season's second line of James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Mitchell Marner will have another opportunity to get going.

Video: LAK@BOS: Marchand taps home McAvoy's feed in front

Marchand, 68th in Yahoo's performance-based rankings, is expected to rejoin Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, a trio that played together frequently prior to the Bruins' coaching change Feb. 7. Marchand is worth spending up for in DraftKings ($6,700) considering he has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 33 career regular-season games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto is allowing the third-most DraftKings points to opposing left wings this season.

 

READ: DraftKings targets at each position for Fri. Nov. 10 (7 p.m. ET contests)

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