There’s three games on the NHL slate tonight and it features a Pacific Division matchup between the Canucks and Sharks. The Kings travel to Washington D.C. to square off against the Capitals. Here are some value plays, top line stacks and stud goalies you should consider when building your DFS hockey lineups.
Top Line Stacks
Penguins at FlyersJake Guentzel ($5,900) – Sidney Crosby ($7,300) – Bryan Rust ($5,100)
The Penguins’ No. 1 is led by Crosby and he’s still nightmare fuel for opposing teams. Crosby has 23 goals this season and is averaging 4.6 FPPG. He scored in their last game against the Flyers, and 16 of his 23 goals have come on the road. Guentzel is on a two-game point streak and is producing 4.0 fantasy points per contest. Rust recorded a goal and an assist in their last game and is averaging 2.8 FPPG.
Capitals vs. KingsAlex Ovechkin ($7,900) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,300) – Tom Wilson ($4,600)
Ovechkin has been a goal-scoring machine for the Capitals. He has 37 goals this season, and four assists in the last three games. He’s averaging 5.3 FPPG and has collected 10 goals on the power play. Kuznetsov has totaled three goals and three assists in the last three games. Wilson is producing 3.3 FPPG and has produced four points (2G, 2A) on the power play.
Superstar to Build AroundTomas Hertl, SJ at VAN ($6,400) – Hertl has been dominant as of late and should continue to produce points against the Canucks. He has collected three goals and two helpers in the last two contests. Hertl is producing 4.2 FPPG and has sniped eight goals with the man-advantage. He has recorded nine goals and five assists in the last 10 games.
Value on OffenseAnze Kopitar, LA at WSH ($5,400) – The Kings top-line center has been a lone bright spot for LA this season. Kopitar has tallied 17 goals and 24 assists this season. He has collected three goals and four helpers in the previous five contests. Kopitar has dished out 10 assists on the power play.
Bo Horvat, VAN vs. SJS ($4,800) – Horvat potted a goal in his last game and is averaging 3.8 fantasy points per game. He has produced five goals and six assists on the power play. Horvat has collected two goals and five helpers in the last 10 games.
Stud GoaliesPheonix Copley, WSH vs. LAK ($8,100) – Copley has produced a GAA of 2.97, a save percentage of .904 save percentage and 11 wins this season as the backup to Braden Holtby ($8,300). Copley is averaging 4.3 FPPG and has tallied one shutout. He’s 4-1-2 at home and is recording 4.7 fantasy points per game in front of the Washington faithful. Whether Copley or Holtby gets the nod, each are a strong option vs. a Kings team which still ranks in the bottom of the league in goals per game.
Matt Murray, PIT at PHI ($7,500) – The Penguins’ No. 1 netminder has lost two straight games so it’s a perfect time for a bounce-back game. He has a GAA of 2.97 and a save percentage of .909 while averaging 4.8 fantasy points per contest. Murray has recorded three shutouts this season and has three career wins against the Flyers.
Value on DefenseShayne Gostisbehere, PHI vs. PIT ($4,700) – Gostisbehere has collected five assists in the last 10 games. He’s producing 2.8 fantasy points per game and has sniped five goals this year. Gostisbehere has collected two goals and seven assists on the PP. Thirteen of his 17 points have come at home.
Drew Doughty, LAK at WAS ($4,400) – Doughty has tallied two assists in the last three games. He’s producing 2.9 FPPG and has potted five goals this year. Doughty has totaled five goals and 11 helpers on the PP. He’s recorded one goals and five helpers in the last 10 games.
Ben Hutton, VAN vs. SJS ($3,700) – The Canucks defenseman has dished out two assists in the last three games. He’s producing 2.4 FPPG and has sniped five goals this season. He has recorded eight points (1G, 7A) on the power play. Hutton’s tallied two goals and seven assists at home, and has stepped up with top defenseman Alexander Edler (concussion) sidelined.
Power-Play DefensemenJohn Carlson, WSH vs. LA ($6,000) – Carlson has been an awesome quarterback for the Capitals’ power play. He has dished out 20 assists while potting one goal on the PP. Fourteen of his 21 power play points have come at home. Carlson’s averaging 4.2 FPPG and has sniped eight goals this season.
Kris Letang, PIT at PHI ($5,500) – The Penguins top defenseman is an offensive weapon. He has recorded 12 goals and 34 assists this season. Letang has tallied three assists in the last four games. He quarterbacks their deadly power play and has produced 17 points (2G, 15A) with the man-advantage.
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