The NHL Cheat Sheet is your quick-hit daily look into the top lines and line changes, fantasy studs, value picks and more to help you navigate your DFS Hockey lineups.
Top Lines of the Night
St. Louis Blues @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,400) – Paul Stastny ($4,900) – Alexander Steen ($4,800)
This line looked very good on Tuesday vs Ottawa, with all three contributing a multi-point effort, and this should be the Blues’ top line going forward. Tarasenko snapped a two-game point drought with a pair of goals to give him 25 on the season. It was his second multi-point game in his last five games. Stastny has been on fire since coming out of the break, with points in four of five games, also posting two multi-point outings. Steen has turned his season around with 12 points in his last 10 games. He too has points in four of his last five. This trio has a solid matchup against the defensively-struggling Maple Leafs tonight.
San Jose Sharks @ Boston Bruins
Logan Couture ($6,500) – Patrick Marleau ($5,400) – Mikkel Boedker ($3,700)
Couture has collected at least one point in eight of his last nine games. He has a goal in each of his last two games, one multi-point game, and has four shots on goal (SOG). Marleau has arguably been hotter than Couture, even with his demotion from the first line. He picked up an assist against Buffalo to push his point streak to seven games. While on this run, he has posted seven goals, 11 points and 27 SOG. Boedker is finally beginning to look like the winger the Sharks were hoping when they signed him. He has points in two straight games and has six points in his last seven games overall. This line seems to be clicking at the moment, and I think they are a solid value tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Sidney Crosby ($8,500) – It’s hard to not pick Crosby at the moment, especially with such an appealing matchup tonight. In four games since coming out of the break, Crosby has points in three of them posting two goals, three assists and 14 SOG. He’s up to 30 goals and 60 points, both tops in the league. He faces the Avs tonight, who rank 30th in the league in scoring defense, and against whom Crosby has 10 points in nine career meetings.
Value on Offense
Brett Connolly ($3,600) – I wrote about Connolly earlier in the week, and he posted his second-consecutive multi-point outing. Connolly has three goals in his four games and seven SOG over that span. He has 16 points on the season with six points in these last four games.
Brock Nelson ($4,300) – Nelson pushed his point streak to four games with a huge night against Toronto on Monday, including the game-winner in OT. Nelson netted two goals, had an assist and put up four SOG. He has goals in back-to-back games, and joins line mate Ryan Strome ($3,600) on a four-game point streak.
Braden Holtby ($8,500) – With his solid shutout performance against the Hurricanes on Tuesday night, Holtby moved into the league-lead in goals against average (GAA) and tied for the lead with his seventh shutout. He’s third in save percentage (SV%), second in wins and hasn’t recorded a loss since the end of December. He faces the Red Wings tonight, and he has already posted a shutout against Detroit this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,300) – Bobrovsky has been shaky as of late after his Vezina-caliber start to the season, but he posted a strong outing on Tuesday against the Red Wings. He stopped 24 of 26 shots to pick up his league-leading 29th win. Bob is still top-five in both GAA and SV%, and faces the 28th-ranked scoring offense of the Canucks tonight.
Value on Defense
Brady Skjei ($3,200) – Skjei is tied for second among rookie defensemen with 24 points on the season. The Rangers’ blue-liner has picked up an assist in three of his last four games and has seven points in his last eight games overall. He’s averaging two SOG and 3.0 FPTS per game over his last 10 games.
Matt Niskanen ($4,700) – Even with the return of John Carlson to the Capitals’ lineup, Niskanen has remained very productive, especially on the power play (PP). Niskanen has points in three of his last four games, all assists (5), with two multi-point games. He has four power play points (PPP) in those four games and has added eight blocks and nine SOG.
Power Play Defensemen
Brent Burns ($8,500) – Burns has 57 points and 209 SOG on the season, good for second in the league at the moment, and his 35 assists rank fifth. Burns has found the scoresheet in four of his last five games, and all four have been multi-point outings. He has a PPP in three of those games. He has 12 points, four PPP, 14 blocks and 34 SOG in his last 10 games.
Kris Letang ($6,000) – Letang is starting to get his groove back and is heating up at the right time for the Penguins. He has points in three straight games, one PPP, with one goal and three assists in that span. He has four blocks, 13 SOG and is running the point for the Pens on their fourth-ranked PP.
Make sure to check out the Cheat Sheet every day, and, as always, for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is HardingJ2) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.