A stacked slate of hockey tonight means that there is a very deep player pool for DFS DK players to peruse so they can fill-out their rosters with some line stacks. There are superstars and value plays all over this evening, so let’s take a look:
Alex Ovechkin ($8,900) – Nicklas Backstrom ($7,100) – T.J. Oshie ($5,700)
My top line of the night from the Cheat Sheet, the Capitals top line continues to power this team to the top of the league standings and Ovechkin and Backstrom continue to be one of the highest producing point duos in the NHL. Ovechkin has come out of his rest period over the All-Star break with goals in five of his six games, including riding a current four-game goal-scoring streak. Ovechkin has seven goals in the six games while putting up 32 shots. Backstrom sits second on the team in points with 53, three behind Evgeny Kuznetsov, and has assists in three straight games. He is second on the team to Kuz in assists as well with 36 on the season. Oshie has had a solid season with 33 points in 54 games but he only has one point in his last five games. He will always have fantasy value playing with two of the top playmakers in the league and is always a threat to find the scoresheet. The Caps have a tough matchup tonight with one of the best teams in the West, the LA Kings, but very few teams this season have been able to keep this line in check and with Jonathan Quick still considered day-to-day and unsure if he’ll play, this could be a great matchup for this stack.
Tyler Seguin ($8,600) – Jamie Benn ($8,400) – Patrick Eaves ($4,000)
The Stars top line is one of the most expensive line stacks available on the evening. Led by the resurgent Tyler Seguin, who continues to prove his January slump was a fluke, this line has been producing at a very high level as of late. Seguin pushed his scoring streak to five games picking up the primary assist on the Stars game-winning OT goal last night against the Predators while also posting three shots. This gives him points in six of his last seven games with five goals, five assists and 27 SOG in that span. Seguin is now up to 63 points on the season, one behind Benn who also had an assist last night, and leads the team with 30 goals on the season. Benn is second in the league in scoring behind Patrick Kane with 64 points and leads the Stars in assists with 35 while sitting one behind Seguin in the goals column. He too is riding a five-game point streak that has produced five assists and a goal. Eaves has found himself sitting pretty on the Dallas top line with Seguin and Benn. He was held off the board last night in the Stars win against the Predators and that snapped a five-game scoring streak of his own. He had four goals, one hat-trick, four assists and 16 shots during the streak and will have high fantasy value, especially at that price, as long as he continues to be in such a prime position with top playmakers.
Tyler Johnson ($5,200) – Nikita Kucherov ($6,800) – Ondrej Palat ($4,300)
The “Triplets” line is back together and the Lightning are hoping that down the stretch they can put up the numbers they did from last season when they were one of the only line combos in the league that had all three linemates break the 60-point barrier. Injuries and inconsistencies are going to cost Johnson and Palat that mark this season but Kucherov is well on his way to hitting that mark. He has 11 points in his last 10 games and leads the Lightning in both points (48) and goals (23) and is second on the team to Hedman in assists with 25. He is also tied for fifth in the league with 22 power-play points. Johnson, up to 22 points on the season, has eight points (3G,5A) in his last 10 games. He has points in each of his last two with an assist against the Preds and a goal against the Blues over the weekend. Palat is in a slump at the moment and is pointless in his last four games and seven of his last 10. Coach John Cooper is hoping that by putting this line back together will spark something in Johnson and Palat, it seems to have with Johnson who has been playing with Kucherov for a while, and that they will power the Lightning back into strong position going into the playoffs. The Lightning are middle of the road this season offensively, sitting 15th in the league in scoring offense, but have a solid matchup tonight with the 17th ranked scoring defense of the Sharks and this line should see plenty of opportunity for production tonight.
Connor McDavid ($7,000) – Jordan Eberle ($5,700) – Benoit Pouliot ($4,800)
Amazing the amount of change in two weeks that can happen. With the return of McDavid this line stack has gone up $3,200 in value since his return on February 2. McDavid is now up to 24 points in 20 games on the season and joins Getzlaf, Tavares and Crosby for the points lead in the league so far this month with 12 points. He had the best game of his young career last Thursday against the Maple Leafs when he had a five-point game with two goals and three assists, good for a 16.5 fantasy point evening. Eberle and Pouliot contributed heavily to that game as well. Eberle netted a hat-trick and added an assist to go along with eight SOG for his best outing of the season. He’s up to 10 points in the month and 32 in 44 game on the year. Pouliot added four assists on the evening and ties him with Eberle for points on the month. Overall he has 11 points in his last 10 games and also is up to 32 points on the year. The Oilers face a tough matchup tonight against the Ducks tonight but they get Anaheim on the backend of back-to-back games, after their 6-4 win over the Flames last night, and might have a matchup with backup goalie Anton Khudobin after Andersen got the start yesterday and John Gibson is still day-to-day.
Ryan Getzlaf ($5,800) – David Perron ($4,500) – Mike Santorelli ($2,700)
Don’t look now but the Ducks are a playoff contending team and are all the way up to second in the Pacific division after the pathetic start to the season. They have juggled their lineups this season but they seem to have found a front line that is working for the moment and they come in as a great value stack at only $13,000. Getzlaf has points in nine of his last 10 games and is tied for the NHL lead for points this month with 12. He has three goals and nine assists in the month of February so far. Perron continues to be impressive after his lackluster performance this season in Pittsburgh before his trade. He has seven points in three games so far this month for the Ducks and is a point-per-game player so far in a Ducks uniform with 12 points in 12 games. Mike Santorelli has jumped around the league but had a solid 33-point season between the Leafs and Predators last season. He is able put up the offense and that has been the case lately for the Ducks. He has six of his 14 points in the last 10 games and he’s currently riding a three-game point streak with three goals and an assist playing with Getzlaf and Perron. He is coming off one of his best games of the season with a two goal, two SOG performance yesterday against the Flames. This line has another favorable matchup tonight against the Oilers in Edmonton and are a great target for a value stack.
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