With a hefty scheduling of 10 NHL games on the docket tonight means that DFS DK players will have a stacked player pool for Tuesday’s full-plate of hockey action. With some great matchups and high scoring line stacks out there at the both the superstar and value levels let’s take a look at some options for your lineups.
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,000) – Sean Monahan ($5,800) – Jiri Hudler ($4,400)
The Flames top trio is my line of the night thanks to their recent scorching production and their very favorable matchup against the Ducks. This line has come alive for the Flames thanks in large part to the offensive explosion that we have seen recently from Gaudreau. “Johnny Hockey” has been the best scorer in the league as of late with 17 points in his last 10 games, besting the likes of Benn, Seguin, Kane, Hall and Tarasenko in that time span. Gaudreau has five multi-point games in his current scoring run and is now up to 39 points on the season (T-6th in the league). Monahan has been a solid compliment to Gaudreau as of late with nine points in his last 10 outings. Hudler has had some inconsistencies this season with his offense but has five points in his last 10 games and is currently riding a three-game point streak. This line has been very potent as of late and their matchup with the Ducks tonight at home is too good to pass up. At the Saddledome this season this line has produced 56 points and at a salary hit of $17,200 they are an affordable line stack trio.
Tyler Seguin ($8,400) – Jamie Benn ($8,500) – Patrick Sharp ($6,600)
It goes without saying how good this line is, but for the sake of saying it, this line is really good. Benn is one of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment, and has been all season, and thanks to his current five-game point streak now sits at 49 points on the year. His 49 points sit one behind Patrick Kane for the league lead of 50. Sharp has found his offensive game against after being moved back onto this line and has a five-game scoring streak of his own. On his current tear Sharp has three goal, five assists, three multi-point games and 12 SOG as well as five power-play points. Seguin has points in three of his last five games and is right behind Kane and Benn in the scoring race with 47 points and face Columbus tonight who Seguin had a multi-goal game against two weeks ago. This line has been lethal no matter who they are playing and have been near impossible to keep off the scoresheet. As I said they face the Blue Jackets tonight who second-to-last in the league in scoring defense.
Anze Kopitar ($5,300) – Tyler Toffoli ($5,700) – Milan Lucic ($4,600)
This line has been highly productive all season since they were put together and last night was one of their best, most complete games of the year in the Kings 5-0 thrashing of the Canucks. Toffoli netted a hat-trick, including one PPG, and seven shots which now gives him a large lead on the team in goals with 17 and ties him with Jeff Carter for the team lead in points with 28. Kopitar and Lucic assisted on Toffoli’s first goal of the game and Kopitar added assists on his next two while also tallying a helper on Brayden McNabb’s second period marker. Kopitar’s four point game was his second consecutive multi-point effort and he added three SOG in the game as well. Lucic had the lone assist but it ended a three-game pointless streak. The Kings face the Oilers on Tuesday night who have lost five of their last six games after their six-game winning streak and sit 27th in the league in scoring defense.
Filip Forsberg ($5,900) – Craig Smith ($4,400) – Mike Ribeiro ($3,500)
The Predators have been inconsistent all-around this season, but specifically on the offensive side of things despite being in the top-half of the league in scoring offense. However this line has begun to see its production increase as of late since Ribeiro and Forsberg were put back together by Coach Peter Laviolette. The former linemates have found their offensive chemistry and it’s sparked them with Ribeiro currently riding a four-game point streak that was stamped with a three assists outing last night against the Rangers. On his current streak he has three multi-point games. Forsberg has one-upped his veteran center with a five-game point streak and has three goals and seven SOG in his last two games. Smith has bounced around the Predators top-nine rotation for years but has points in back-to-back games on this line, which snapped a four-game pointless streak, and has eight fantasy points in that span. This line faces a tough matchup for the second night in a row when they face the Blues, but with their affordable price as a top line they are worth the flier to see if the streak scoring run continues.
Jussi Jokinen ($4,800) – Reilly Smith ($4,300) – Vincent Trocheck ($4,000)
This line is arguably the reason the Panthers are on their current run that has seen them roll off six straight wins and take the top spot for the moment in the Atlantic Division. All three have broken the 20-point plateau this season with Jokinen tied for second on the team with 23 points and Smith leading the Panthers with 11 goals. Trocheck has points in four of his last six games and is fourth on the team in scoring with 22 points. Smith had a four-game point streak halted by a back-to-back pointless games, but he added an assist on Sunday against Columbus while adding three SOG as well. Jokinen has been held without a point for four games despite tallying nine SOG. This line has been very effective lately with 20 points in their last nine games overall and have a favorable matchup with a Montreal team who has been struggling both offensively and defensively all month and are coming off a hard-fought shootout win last night against the Lightning.
Brandon Saad ($5,900) – Scott Hartnell ($5,700) – Alexander Wennberg($3,300)
Not many things have gone right for the Blue Jackets this season, but this line has come on as of late as a bright spot. Wennberg, the 2013 first round pick, is settling in nicely on the Columbus second line with Scott Hartnell and Brandon Saad. After a 20 point season last year in 68 games, Wennberg has 13 points in only 26 games this year and has 10 points in his last 10 games, including three on the man advantage. He has points in three straight games and five of his last six games overall. Saad has had his inconsistencies this season but has come on strong lately with points in four of his last five games (3G, 4A) as well as 18 SOG on the current torrid streak. Saad faces his former division rival from his Blackhawk days when Columbus hosts Dallas tonight and Saad has nine points in 16 career meetings with the Stars. Hartnell has eight points in his last 10 games to go along with 22 shots on goal in that span and is averaging well over 3.0 FPPG which is very solid for a second-line, power forward role. The Blue Jackets face the Stars tonight in what could quickly turn into a high-scoring affair in Columbus.
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