Only four NHL games on the docket means that DFS DK players will have a limited player pool for tonight’s slate of hockey action. Still, there are superstars, and value buys, on the Line Stack front so let’s take a look:
Blake Wheeler ($7,100) – Bryan Little ($5,400) – Andrew Ladd ($5,200)
I have written about this line in the past, and Wheeler is my superstar to build around tonight. Wheeler is a point per game player this season, and is riding a four-game point streak with a goal and three assists in his last four. Ladd was in an offensive funk, a four-game pointless streak that he seems to have snapped out of with points in three of his last four games. Little has slipped into an offensive slide with only two points in his last six games, but he has continued to shoot with eight shots on goal in that span and seems like he’s about to breakout. This line is also together and productive as part of the Jets top power-play unit with a combined 17 PPPs on the season.
Patrice Bergeron ($6,400) – Brad Marchand ($5,400) – Frank Vatrano ($3,100)
The Bruins top line was my line of the night on the Cheat Sheet earlier today. His 22 points sit second on the team behind David Krejci’s 24. Bergeron has been the hottest scorer on the Bruins as of late with 11 points in his last 10 games. He had an eight-game scoring streak snapped last week against Detroit but bounced back right away with a two-point night against the Rangers on Friday. He also leads the NHL in power-play points with 13 on the man-advantage. Marchand was riding a five-game point streak before being held scoreless his last two games and he currently leads the Bruins with 10 goals on the season. Vatrano has been up and down since his call up from Providence of the AHL. He has however shot the puck a lot and posted his first multi-point game last week against Detroit. He is averaging almost three shots per game so far (23 SOG in 8 games) and this line should see its fair share of offensive chances on Wednesday night against the Oilers.
Steven Stamkos ($7,500) – Valtteri Filppula ($3,300) – Alex Killorn ($4,000)
John Cooper saw something wasn’t working with the Lightning’s top line and decided to make a change. That change was to drop Ryan Callahan from the line, move Filppula back up to pair with Stamkos and move the Lightning’s captain to the wing to free him up offensively and it seems to have worked. Stamkos snapped a two-game pointless streak with a multi-point game and five SOG against the Islanders. Filppula had a fantastic game as well with an assist, a blocked shot and six shots on goal in his first game back with Stammer against NY. Killorn added a goal against the Islanders as well and this line has a great chance to continue to gel and produce against the Ducks who have lost three of five and lost to Tampa Bay two weeks ago in Anaheim 5-0.
Ryan Strome ($4,400) – Mikhail Grabovski ($3,000) – Nikolay Kulemin ($3,200)
The Islanders and Rangers square off for this first time this season, and the first time at Barclay’s Center, tonight and both teams have question marks going in. However the Islanders third line has been solid as of late and after his demotion for three weeks to the AHL, Strome seems to have found his game. In three games back with NY and playing on the line with Grabovski and Kulemin, Strome has four points and has found the scoresheet in all three games. Grabovski is always one of the best possession forwards in the league and over the three games with Strome on the line he has a goal and an assist, while adding five shots on goal. Kulemin snapped an eight-game pointless streak with an assist against Colorado on Monday night in one of his stronger showings in the month of November. This will be a tough matchup for the Islanders, but the team is seeing an increase in depth scoring from their bottom-six forward lines and this line looks good so far in their short time together.
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