Some big time line stacks are available thanks to 10 NHL games on the slate on this Tuesday night, the last night of DraftKings DFS hockey until after Christmas. With Blackhawks vs Stars the big matchup tonight but there are superstars, and value buys on the Line Stack front, so let’s take a look:
Tyler Seguin ($8,800) – Jamie Benn ($8,500) – Patrick Sharp ($6,500)
This line had a solid night last night against the Wild posting four points and 10 SOG. They have been one of my top lines all season and they have what could potentially turn into a very high-scoring matchup against the Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Benn and Seguin will have some extra motivation tonight against Patrick Kane, the man they are chasing in the scoring race. Seguin sits four points back with 46 points and has teammate Benn a point in the race. Benn jumped Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko over the weekend to re-take the league lead in goals with 22. Seguin posted his league-leading 14th multi-point night last night. Sharp now had points in back-to-back games with the top-line after a brief demotion to the Stars second line and has looked solid with a goal, two assists and four shots. Chicago starter Corey Crawford has looked vulnerable his last two outings allowing five goals against to lesser offenses than the Stars so if you can afford this line stack, or even just two of them, put them in your lineups.
Patrick Kane ($8,800) – Artemi Panarin ($5,700) – Artem Anisimov ($4,400)
Kane, tonight’s top player to build your lineup around, is the best player in the league at the moment and should definitely be in your lineup against a porous backend of the Dallas Stars who are 17th in the league in scoring defense. This line consists of three of the Blackhawks top-five scorers and Kane (50 points) and Panarin (31) are the only players on Chicago that have eclipsed the 30-point plateau. Anisimov has 19 points on the season and added his first point, a goal, in his last nine games on Sunday against San Jose, while adding three blocks and a shot on goal. Kane and Panarin are the ones to play on this line stack, but the line as a whole has great value and comes in almost $5,000 cheaper than the Stars top line with arguably a better potential for offensive production. Both offenses will be super motivated in this important divisional showdown on Tuesday night in what could quickly turn into a shootout.
Blake Wheeler ($7,000) – Bryan Little ($5,400) – Andrew Ladd ($5,200)
This line was my top line of the night on today’s Cheat Sheet despite the all-star matchup talked about above. The Jets trio continues to be one of the most underrated scoring lines in the league and despite a rough outing last night Wheeler and Little were able to find the scoresheet. Little netted his 13th goal of the season last night against the Oilers. Wheeler picked up his 24th assist of the season and his 34th point on the year, both good for the team lead on the Jets. Ladd had snapped out of a scoring slump with a multi-point game against the Rangers last week but was held in check on Monday night against Edmonton. This line has been the driving force of this offense this season and despite being tied down as they were on Monday night, they and the Jets have a great matchup against the Flames on Tuesday night.
Steven Stamkos ($7,400) – Nikita Kucherov ($5,900) – Vladislav Namestnikov ($3,400)
While he tries to convince the world that his contract status is not bothering him off the ice, Stamkos is heating up on it with three goals in his last two games and had one of his most complete games of the season on Sunday against Ottawa with two goals, one on the power-play, and seven shots on goal. Kucherov, with his normal linemates on the triplets line Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat on the shelf, has bumped up to the top line with Stammer and has points in six of his last eight games, including four multi-point contests. He is riding a modest three-game point streak at the moment that has seen him put up a goal and four assists with six SOG. Namestnikov has two multi-point games in his last three outings and now sits just one point from tying his career high of 16 points he set last season. At $3,400 he helps bring this line down to mid-level status while being a great option for your lineup tonight as a top line in a favorable matchup against Vancouver, allowing just under three goals against per game.
Ryan Spooner ($4,300) – Frank Vatrano ($3,700) – Jimmy Hayes ($3,600)
The Bruins third line checks in as my value stack of the night. They have a tough matchup against the Blues but this line has been solid as of late. Spooner has exploded and sits fifth on the team in scoring behind the Bruins biggest offensive skaters. Before being held off the scoresheet on Sunday against the Devils, Spooner had 10 points in his previous six games with 14 shots on goal and two blocked shots in that span. Vatrano had a hat-trick on Friday against the Penguins which broke a long scoring drought for him but he continues to shoot the puck a lot and seems due for a breakout averaging almost three shots on goal per game this season. Hayes likewise snapped a long scoreless streak with points in back-to-back games against the Penguins last week before being held in check by the Devils on Sunday. The Blues are 2-2-0 on the second day of a back-to-back this season and have lost their last two games in that situation allowing seven goals against in those games. I think this line could do some damage for the Bruins tonight when St. Louis travels to Boston.
As this is the last night of hockey action before Christmas, I want to wish everyone out there a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 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