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
Boston Bruins vs. Minnesota
Patrice Bergeron ($7,000) – Brad Marchand ($7,300) – David Pastrnak ($6,100)
Bergeron made his debut last week and continued this line’s strong start. The trio was shut out against the Canadiens but have a great matchup to bounce back tonight. Marchand remains tied for the league lead with nine points and Pastrnak is nipping at his heels with seven of his own. This line should continue to see time together and gel, while the Wild are allowing more than three goals per game this season.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay
Auston Matthews ($6,700) – William Nylander ($5,300) – Zach Hyman ($3,400)
This rookie line has not looked out of place at all so far. Matthews has been better at this point than anyone could have expected and should be considered for your lineup every night. He has kept up the production with four points and 16 shots since his four-goal debut. He has a power play point (PPP) in three straight games as well. Nylander looks equally as impressive. He was solid last year with 13 points in 22 games and could be considered Matthews’ winger of the future. He has three multi-point games on the season and seven points overall. Hyman has not scored much – only one point – but he is starting to shoot more with three shots in each of his last two games.
Superstar to Build Around
Jakub Voracek ($6,000) – Voracek is one of the top scorers in the league right now. He has points in five of his first six games, has eight points overall, is averaging more than three SOG per night and has three power play assists (PPAs). Voracek is riding a four-game point streak with two multi-point outings and has 11 shots in his last two games. He has a great matchup tonight against the Sabres tonight.
Value on Offense
Jonathan Marchessault ($4,800) – Like Voracek, Marchessault is a bargain at his price tag right now. The winger is on a tear to start the season with seven points in his first five games. He has found the scoresheet in four of those contests and is leading the Panthers in most major scoring categories in the early going. With the Penguins defense depleted at the moment, tonight’s matchup is a solid one.
Nick Ritchie ($3,900) – Ritchie put up great scoring numbers in his junior career and the Ducks have high hopes he carries that over. He is playing on their top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry at the moment, and the trio combined for two goals and four assists against the Canucks over the weekend. As long as he has this top assignment, he is a great value pick on a top offensive unit.
Top Line Adjustments
• Mikkel Boedker ($4,400), San Jose Sharks
• Matt Moulson ($3,700), Buffalo Sabres
• Pavel Zacha ($3,300), New Jersey Devils
• Sidney Crosby ($7,900; Game-time Decision), Pittsburgh Penguins
• Alex Chiasson ($3,700), Calgary Flames
Cory Schneider ($7,900) – Schneider continues to impress early in the season. He has allowed two goals or less in four of his five starts and is coming off his best performance of the year on Saturday against the Wild, when he held Minnesota to one goal on 29 shots. He has a great matchup tonight against the Coyotes.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($7,300) – After allowing five goals on opening night to the Bruins, Bobrovsky has bounced back in a big way. Since then he has shut down three of the top offenses in the Western Conference, allowing two goals to the Sharks and then beating both the Blackhawks and Stars on back-to-back nights, shutting out Dallas. He faces a struggling L.A. team tonight which is starting its third goalie because of injuries.
Value on Defense
Zach Werenski ($4,900) – Werenski has been everything the Blue Jackets could have wanted so far. The rookie is living up to the offensive hype, recording a point in all four of his games so far. He has two goals, three assists, three PPPs and 16 SOG in four games. I’d recommend looking at him now before price shoots up even more in a great matchup against a weak L.A. goalie situation.
Matt Dumba ($3,700) – Dumba is looking solid on the Wild top defense pair with Ryan Suter. He has three points and 10 SOG so far this season and is facing one of the Bruins’ AHL goalies tonight with their top two goalies hurt.
Power Play Defensemen
Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,900) – Ghost and the Flyers are due to break out on the power play (PP). He has four points on the season and only one on the PP. He continues to shoot the puck a lot, and with the firepower that the Flyers have on their first PP unit, I think Ghost is worth a long look tonight against a weak Buffalo back end.
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,200) – Pietrangelo comes in at a decent price with solid production. He has four points on the season and three have come on the man advantage. He had his best game of the year so far on Saturday with two assists – one on the PP – two SOG and a blocked shot. He has a great matchup tonight against Calgary.
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