Thanks to a jam-packed docket of 11 NHL games for tonight DFS DK players will have a hefty player pool for tonight’s slate of hockey action. Let’s take a look at some of the top, mid and value stacks that are at players disposals tonight:
Tyler Seguin ($8,700) – Jamie Benn ($8,400) – Valeri Nichushkin ($3,600)
My top line of the night from the Cheat Sheet earlier, the Stars first line has been very effective since Nichushkin was moved up there in place of Patrick Sharp, when the latter was dropped to the second line to spread around the offense in Dallas. In his first game there he posted a goal and two assists, and despite being held scoreless his last two, he brings a power game to this line that it lacked in that past. Benn and Seguin continue to battle for second place in the scoring race behind Patrick Kane. Both sit at 40 points on the season with Benn leading the league in goals with 20 and Seguin sitting third in the league with 25 assists as well as being top four in shots on goal with 125. They’re my top line of the night thanks to their production and their matchup. Tuesday night the Stars welcome the Blue Jackets and Columbus, coming off a loss to Tampa Bay last night, will presumably be starting Curtis McElhinney and his 3.11 GAA and .891 SV% and the Stars offense is putting up over 3.5 goals per game this season at home.
John Tavares ($7,900) – Kyle Okposo ($5,900) – Brock Nelson ($4,200)
The Islanders top line snapped out of their recent funk on Sunday night against the Devils as all three members of the line found the scoresheet. Tavares broke a four-game pointless streak with a goal and six shots. Okposo pushed his current scoring streak to three games and had a three-point, six-shot game against Columbus on Saturday on top of his assist against the Devils on Sunday. Nelson added an assist on Sunday after putting up only a lone point in his previous six outings. It was the best all-around game this line had in weeks, and the team as a whole looked solid, and they are a very solid play against the Panthers who have lost three of four and have allowed 12 goals against in that span.
Rick Nash ($6,900) – Mats Zuccarello ($5,700) – Derick Brassard ($5,500)
With the Rangers mired in a 2-6-2 slump in their last 10 games, Coach Alain Vigneault is turning to his top line, the only three Rangers to have broken the 20-point plateau, to start producing just like that, a top line. Zuccarello has seemingly found his scoring prowess from earlier this season and has points in back-to-back games while continuing to lead the Rangers in both goals and points. Nash has points in three of his last five games and had a three-point, five-SOG game against the Oilers on Friday night in Edmonton. Brassard, second to Zuccarello with 23 points, has points in four of his last five games and has two multi-point games in that span. Against the Oilers on Friday night this line posted four goals and three assists and the Rangers welcome Edmonton to MSG tonight where the trio has combined to put up 48 points on the season.
Zach Parise ($7,600) – Mikael Granlund ($4,500) – Jason Pominville ($5,200)
The Wild’s top line has seen an offensive resurgence as of late thanks to Parise finally shaking off the rust of missing almost a month of the season. Parise has points in four straight games and has put an impressive 20 shots on goal over that span. He had a multi-point game on Saturday night against the Sharks and is back to being a top fantasy contributor. Pominville is matching his linemate with a four-game point streak of his own and has a goal and three assists to go along with 15 shots on goal in his scoring span. Granlund was shutout against Arizona so he only has points in three of his last four but has always been a solid playmaker and will have great chances to produce as long as he is playing with Parise and Pominville. This is a tough line to keep off the scoresheet at the moment and have a very favorable matchup on Tuesday night against a Vancouver team who have lost six of their last eight and have dropped to 22nd in the league in scoring defense.
Victor Rask ($4,600) – Jeff Skinner ($4,200) – Phillip Di Giuseppe ($2,700)
The Hurricanes third line has been providing quite the offensive punch recently and is a fantastic play as a value stack tonight against the Flyers. Rask is outplaying his value at the moment and is continuing his hot breakout this season with 22 points in 30 games to lead all Hurricanes forwards in points despite seeing limited even strength time on their third line. He’s currently riding a four-game point streak and has two multi-point efforts in that span. Skinner is beginning to find his scoring touch playing with the equally young Rask and the two are forming quite the scoring duo for Carolina. Skinner has points in three straight games, including a hat-trick on Friday against the Ducks, giving him 14 on the season. Di Giuseppe was producing well in the AHL, 14 points in 20 games before his call up, and in five games with the big club in Carolina he has three points, all coming in his last three games. This line of young, talented scorers for the Hurricanes is beginning to form a good chemistry and should be heavily considered for your lineup tonight.
Andrew Shaw ($3,500) – Bryan Bickell ($2,600) – Dennis Rasmussen ($2,600)
Another third line that is performing well right now is the Blackhawks’ third line trio. This line combined on the Blackhawks second goal of the night against the Canucks on Sunday and then Shaw followed up with a tally of his own. Shaw has five points, two multi-point games and 12 shots on goal in his last four games. Rasmussen, recalled last week from the AHL, has made his presence known quickly with three points in four games and had two points, a blocked shot and three shots on goal in Sunday’s game. Bickell was sent down to the AHL after starting the season poorly for Chicago but 14 points in 12 games warranted a recall and he has looked solid with seven shots on goal and an assist since returning. The Blackhawks face the Avalanche in what could be a high-scoring matchup on Tuesday night and this line looks to continue its offensive ways in a favorable fantasy contest.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and NHL Targets posts today before finalizing your lineups. As always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey