A limited set of four NHL games 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:
Logan Couture ($6,500) – Patrick Marleau ($6,000) – Joel Ward ($4,700)
This was my top line of the night in today’s Cheat Sheet. Getting Couture back is a huge boost for the Sharks who have been inconsistent offensively with him out of the lineup. He immediately made an impact in his first game back last night on the power-play with an assist on Joe Thornton’s first period goal. Marleau picked up the other assist on that goal and he and Couture will be paired back together going forward again. Ward has been putting up great offensive numbers and had points in six of his last seven games before last night. This line has the chance to be very dynamic together and they have a fantastic opportunity for production right away with a matchup against Edmonton on Wednesday night.
Sidney Crosby ($7,500) – Chris Kunitz ($4,200) – Beau Bennett ($2,800)
The Penguins top line comes in as one of the best lines available for DFS fantasy hockey players tonight when the Penguins travel to the Denver for a showdown with the Avalanche. Crosby is continuing his strong play after his early season slump and now has points in seven of his last eight games and has nine points in his last 10 games overall. Kunitz has found his scoring touch again as well with a modest three-game point streak that has produced six points. Bennett had a two-game point streak snapped Sunday against the Ducks but comes in as one of the better value options tonight while on the wing with Crosby. The Penguins could turn things into a shootout quickly on Wednesday night in Colorado as the Avs own the worst home goals against average in the league allowing a league-high 3.36 GA/G on home ice this year.
Max Pacioretty ($7,700) – Alex Galchenyuk ($4,800) – Sven Andrighetto ($2,800)
With the recent offensive funk that the Canadiens have found themselves in, Coach Michel Therrien has shuffled his lines around and has moved Galchenyuk and youngster Andrighetto up with Pacioretty on the Habs first line, splitting up Pac and Tomas Plekanec for the first time this season. Galchenyuk and Andrighetto found a nice chemistry on the Habs second line with Galchenyuk putting up eight points in seven games with Andrighetto and the young winger adding three goals and 12 SOG in that span. Pacioretty continues to lead the Canadiens in goals (13), shots on goal (115) and is tied with Plekanec in points with 25. Therrien wants to spread the offense around and this could be the spark the Habs need to find their rhythm again. With Glachenyuk and Andrighetto coming in as in expensive as they are, this is a fantastic and not overbearing line stack tonight.
Rick Nash ($7,100) – Chris Kreider ($4,500) – Oscar Lindberg ($4,000)
Another team having to juggle their lines thanks to injury and inconsistency, the Rangers shuffled their lines with great success on Sunday against Ottawa and look to sustain that tonight when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks. Coach Alain Vigneault moved Lindberg to center and shifted him and Kreider to the top line assignment with Nash. The move had immediate impact as both Nash and Kreider picked up assists and played a solid game. Nash now has points in back-to-back games for NY. Lindberg was kept off the scoresheet but played very well in his new, expanded role logging over 17 minutes of ice time and putting up five shots on goal. This line will remain together as long as they continue to show the good chemistry they displayed over the weekend and have a favorable matchup one Wednesday night.
Taylor Hall ($7,100) – Leon Draisaitl ($4,400) – Teddy Purcell ($3,600)
The Oilers top line looks to continue their scoring ways with a matchup against San Jose tonight, who are coming off a 4-2 loss last night in Calgary. The Flames chased Martin Jones after three goals against and Alex Stalock finished the game playing 36 minutes so it will be interesting to see who San Jose throws out there tonight with both goalies seeing a lot of time last night, and that only bodes well for this trio. Hall is snapping out of his recent one point in six game span with points in two straight for the Oilers and is still inside the top-10 in scoring in the league with 28 points. Draisaitl too has points in back-to-back games after one point in his previous six games and has more than doubled his offensive production this year compared to last year in less than half as many games (20 points in 18 games this year). Purcell is finding ways to stay productive on this line and keep his spot on this line with a multi-point effort against Buffalo on Sunday night. This line will have a great chance to produce going against a goalie who saw significant playing time last night, so definitely consider this line stack for your roster tonight.
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