Tis the season for NHL teams to shuffle their lineups and we are seeing that with at least two of the teams playing tonight. And with only two NHL games on tap tonight DFS DK players will have a very limited player pool to deal with for Wednesday night’s slate of hockey action. Still, there are superstars, and value buys on the Line Stack front, so let’s take a look:
Alex Ovechkin ($8,900) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,400) – T.J. Oshie ($5,800)
The Caps front line is the top line of the night, especially with such a limited player pool to choose from. Backstrom has been fantastic with points in eight of his last 10 games and is coming off a three-point game on Monday against the Penguins. Oshie had possibly his best game of the season with the Capitals and snapped a four-game pointless streak with a two-goal, three-point outing. Ovechkin has been mired in a slight slump as of late with only six points in his last 10 games, and held pointless in back-to-back games. However, in his career against the Senators he has 37 points in 34 games. This is a very favorable matchup for this line on Wednesday night and with such a limited player pool, it’s feasible to get them all into your lineup.
Mike Hoffman ($5,900) – Bobby Ryan ($5,600) – Mika Zibanejad ($4,500)
In what seems to be an effort to spread out the scoring and production the Senators have tweaked their lineup by moving Kyle Turris to the second line and bumping Zibanejad up to top line duties. Hoffman is the one out of all of them you want to try and wedge into your lineup. Despite a brief appearance on the DL this season he has been one of the best point producers in the league and now has 30 points in 27 games. He is second on the team in points and leads the Sens in goals with 17 (T-4 in the NHL). Hoffman has goals in 12 in his last 12 games and is coming off a three-point night against LA on Monday. Ryan has excelled as well since being moved up to the first line earlier in the season when Hoffman went down and has stuck there ever since. His 29 points in 31 games put him on pace for his best statistical season of his career, but even a slight drop-off will give him his best season in Ottawa. Zibanejad had himself a three-point night on Monday as well after putting up only one point in his previous seven games. This line will have a tough matchup against Braden Holtby and the Capitals defense on Wednesday night, but with such limited resources at your disposal, they are a good bet to be the line for production against Washington.
Sidney Crosby ($7,100) – Chris Kunitz ($4,100) – David Perron ($4,000)
This line is a great value line tonight thanks to Crosby’s linemates, or presumed linemates, inexpensive salaries and the fact that they come in cheaper than the Senators top line above. Crosby has been held in check his last two games but has played well putting up eight shots on goal. He still has nine points over his last 10 games and for his career he has downright owned the Bruins with 38 points in 27 games vs Boston. Kunitz, Crosby’s long-time running mate, had his five game point streak snapped on Monday against the Capitals but he too put four shots on goal and has also seen good career success against the Bruins with 15 points in 22 games against. With all the injuries to the Penguins lineup, and the recent loss of Beau Bennett, it seems that Perron will jump up to man Crosby’s right wing. Perron has underwhelmed in his time in Pitt and on the season only has 11 points with only three in his last 10 games. Maybe the promotion to the top line will jump start him back towards his career averages of 16-21-37 lines of production.
Patrice Bergeron ($6,800) – Brad Marchand ($6,100)
Bergeron was my superstar to build around tonight on the Cheat Sheet and it’s easy to see why. He continues to be one of the most consistent point producers this season and has points in eight of his last 10 games and currently has a modest five-game scoring streak. Bergeron is tied with David Krejci for the team lead with 29 points and leads the Bruins with 97 shots on goal and he has 10 points, eight blocked shots and 34 SOG in his last 10 games. Marchand has played very well on his wing this season sitting fourth on the team in points and leading the Bruins with 15 goals. Marchand has points in five of his last six games with five goals in that span. The Penguins are missing Marc-Andre Fleury for a few games so the Bruins top duo of Bergeron and Marchand will have a great matchup with Pittsburgh backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff and his 2.43 GAA.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and Pete Jensen’s 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