A very limited night of hockey means that there is a depleted player pool for DFS DK players to peruse to fill-out their rosters. However, there are superstars and value plays on the line stacks front tonight, so let’s take a look:
Sidney Crosby ($8,100) – Patric Hornqvist ($6,600) – Chris Kunitz ($4,700)
The Penguins top line continues to be dominant for Pittsburgh and it is led by Crosby who has absolutely turned his season around after his slow first month-and-a-half. Crosby has climbed all the way back to being over a point-per-game player with 53 points in 51 games. He’s coming off one of his best games of the season with a four-point outing against the Ducks with two goals, two assists and seven SOG. It was his second straight multi-point outing. Hornqvist has come alive lately turning his season around playing with Crosby and has 12 points in his last 10 games. He has points in four of his last five games (1G, 4A) and 17 SOG. Kunitz, Crosby’s long-time linemate, has three multi-point games in his last four outings and four in his last six. He’s now up to 25 points on the season after an incredibly slow start that saw him moved around the Pens lineup and he as well has 12 points in his last 10 games. With Malkin out of the lineup, this line has been picking up the slack for the Penguins lineup in a big way and with the Rangers missing arguably their best defensemen in Ryan McDonagh for a second straight game, look for this line to take advantage on Wednesday night.
Pavel Datsyuk ($6,000) – Henrik Zetterberg ($5,600) – Justin Abdelkader ($4,600)
With a matchup with the worst scoring defense in the league, the Red Wings top-line are my top trio of the evening. Datsyuk had one of his best games of the season against the Panthers with two goals on seven shots. It was the Russian center’s second consecutive multi-point game after he had a two-assist night against the Islanders. Zetterberg, back with Datsuyk now on a line, added two assists of his own against the Panthers. Abdelkader had an assist against the Panthers and now has three points in his last three games. As was said above the Senators have the worst team scoring defense in the league and despite the acquisition yesterday of Dion Phaneuf, I don’t think it will be enough to keep the Red Wings and their potent offense in check.
Daniel Sedin ($6,300) – Henrik Sedin ($4,800) –Jannik Hansen ($4,000)
Despite the offensive struggles of the Canucks since they came out of the All-Star break., I like this line to break out tonight against the Coyotes. Daniel Sedin is the driving force of the line leading the team with 44 points on the season. Discounting the ASG, he has four points in his last 10 games. Henrik returned just after the break after missing two weeks with an injury. He has been held scoreless so far in two games back. Hansen has been a surprising member of this trio with 26 points on the year, mostly coming playing on this line. This line has been successful against the Coyotes this season with four points in two contests vs Arizona so far.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and Eric Goodman’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