Nathan MacKinnon

It’s a busier than usual Wednesday with six games on the NHL docket. Toronto, Philadelphia and Carolina are all traveling to play for the second time in consecutive nights, and there’s also the Battle of Cole Harbour as Sidney Crosby and the Penguins host Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche. Here’s a look at a number of stars, values and stacks to consider for Wednesday’s DraftKings lineups.

Top Line Stacks

Avalanche at Penguins

Gabriel Landeskog ($6,900) – Nathan MacKinnon ($7,700) – Mikko Rantanen ($7,000)
This is a reasonable cap hit for one of the league’s best lines. MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen skate together in all situations and have combined for an elite 5.5 goals per 60 minutes over the past three years. This could also prove to be a soft matchup for Colorado. Matt Murray ($7,700) has an underwhelming .911 save percentage and 1.19 goals saved above average to start the season, and the Pens have a number regulars injured.

Stars at Blue Jackets

Jamie Benn ($5,700) – Tyler Seguin ($7,000) – Alexander Radulov ($5,800)
Dallas is off to a disastrous 1-5-1 start and have a 28th-ranked 1.73 expected goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5. Columbus has also struggled to win games, but the Blue Jackets boast a second-ranked 1.89 expected goals against, so there’s potential for Dallas’ top line to be low owned Wednesday. Seguin, Benn and Radulov have combined for an impressive 5.55 goals and 17.3 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes over the previous two seasons, so call it a hunch they deliver against the Blue Jackets.

Superstar to Build Around

Sidney Crosby, PIT vs. COL ($7,200) – No. 87 has found the scoresheet in all six games this season while also registering four multi-point showings. His current shot volume is also down 2.5 attempts per 60 minutes from his 13.6 mark over the previous two years, and he scored three goals through two contests against Colorado last season.

Value on Offense

Timo Meier, SK vs. CAR ($5,200) – Another high-volume shooter from the Sharks, it’s been a quiet start to the season for Meier. He’s turned it around the past two games with scoresheet appearances, but his 1.07 points and 17.2 shots per 60 minutes are well below last season’s 2.99 and 20.1 marks.

Tom Wilson, WAS vs. TOR ($5,000) – Not only is Toronto in a tough schedule spot and likely starting backup Michael Hutchinson ($7,200), but power-forward types like Wilson tend to cause havoc for Toronto. Wilson also enters in solid form with two goals, two assists and 13 shots through his past four contests.

James van Riemsdyk, PHI at EDM ($4,200) – The veteran has been promoted to the No. 1 line alongside Kevin Hayes ($4,500) and Claude Giroux ($5,00), and van Riemsdyk and Giroux clicked for 3.87 goals per 60 minutes at even strength and 4.94 including power-pay time last season. Van Riemsdyk is also coming off a six-shot showing on Tuesday, so look for statistical correction to take its course.

Sam Lafferty, PIT vs. COL ($2,700) – With consecutive multi-point showings, Lafferty is worth a gamble this close to minimum price. It obviously would be more encouraging if he receiving power-play time and not skating on the fourth line, but Lafferty is still averaging 13:56 of ice time and has scored at the lower levels, so this mini-breakout isn’t completely out of nowhere.

Stud Goalies

John Gibson, ANA vs. BUF ($7,800) – The Sabres have surged out of the gates this year with a 5-0-1 record, but their only loss was on the road, and Anaheim has been stingy defensively. The Ducks have surrendered just 1.26 goals per 60 at 5-on-5 to start the campaign, and Gibson boasts a .941 save percentage and 1.82 GAA through five outings.

Philipp Grubauer, COL at PIT ($7,500) – Colorado is going to lose eventually, but a date with the injury-riddled Penguins shouldn’t be viewed as a daunting matchup, even in Pittsburgh. Grubauer enters with a .918 save percentage through 41 games with the Avs, including a .925 mark this year.

Value on Defense

Zach Werenski, CLS vs. DAL ($4,200) – After posting 1.46 points per 60 minutes through his first three seasons, there’s statistical correction ahead of Werenski’s current 1.09 mark. Additionally, with Dallas allowing eight goals through its past two games, his salary is all the more appealing.

Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI at EDM ($3,800) – This salary makes it easier to go back to the well for Gostisbehere. He’s still searching for his first scoresheet appearance of the season, but after posting a seventh-ranked 1.8 points per 60 minutes over the previous three years, it’s only a matter of time for the power-play quarterback.

Power-Play Defenseman

Brent Burns, SJ vs. CAR ($6,900) – The go-to defenseman was quiet against the Flames on Sunday, but Burns posted consecutive multiple-point showings in his two previous outings. While he’s recorded a rock-solid 1.88 points and 18.5 shot attempts per 60 to start the campaign, those numbers still trail his 2.2 and 21.8 marks over the previous three seasons. The Hurricanes could also be vulnerable after playing in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

John Carlson, WAS vs. TOR ($6,300) – Off to a sterling start with two tallies, nine helpers, four power-play points, 14 shots and 15 blocks through seven contests, Carlson stands out in what should be a favorable matchup against Toronto. His 2.12 points per hour over the past three seasons rank fourth among all regular defensemen, and he’s averaging a career-high 25:45 of ice time to start the campaign.

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