A limited night of only three NHL games on the docket means that DraftKings DFS hockey players will have a small player pool to wade through for their lineups. There are superstars plays available tonight, but it’s the mid-level and value guys that are important tonight, so let’s take a look:
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,000) – Sean Monahan ($5,800) – Jiri Hudler ($4,300)
Most would probably expect the Blackhawks top line here, and while they will make an appearance on the line stacks today the Flames top line is my line of the night because of their favorable matchup. Calgary takes on the Wild, who are fresh off firing their coach Mike Yeo, and are losers of 13 of their last 15. The Flames top line is one of the most dynamic in the league and has two burgeoning superstars in Gaudreau and Monahan. This line was fantastic in their last game on Monday against the Ducks. All three contributed three points in the Flames 6-4 loss. Gaudreau netted a power-play goal and added two assists on five SOG. He’s nearly on a point-per-game pace with 54 in 56 games. Monahan, who has 10 points in his last nine games, had three assists including two on the power-play and added two shots of his own. Hudler had two goals and added an assist on Gaudreau’s power-play tally. This line has been very solid since they were reunited weeks ago and will have a fantastic chance to produce tonight against a desperate and struggling Minnesota club.
Patrick Kane ($8,800) – Artemi Panarin ($6,400) – Artem Anisimov ($4,800)
The Blackhawks top line had themselves a night on Monday night against the Maple Leafs and it starts at the top with the best player in the league this season. Kane had his 21st multi-point outing of the season with a four point night against Toronto. It pushed his league-leading point total to 82 on the year. Kane now has points in three straight games and six of seven since the ASG. Panarin continues his run towards the Calder Trophy and extended his lead in the rookie scoring race. He’s up to 54 points on the year and has 11 points in his last 10 games. He has points in four of his last five games, with three multi-point games, and is coming off a one goal, one assist performance on Monday. Anisimov ended a three-game slide on Monday with an assist on Kane’s goal. The Hawks will have a tough matchup with the Rangers on Monday, who have points in their last six games, and a rejuvenated Henrik Lundqvist but I like this line to carry the scoring for Chicago, especially with the Toews line taking a hit due to the Marian Hossa injury.
Zach Parise ($7,600) – Mikko Koivu ($4,500) – Charlie Coyle ($4,100)
Minnesota’s top line has not been the reason they have been losing lately, but they could still produce more. Still, this is a dynamic line that can score and has been putting numbers on the stat sheet lately. Parise is one of the better wings in the league and has been for years. He is unquestionably the star of the Wild offense and despite his down season of 33 points in 47 games, he is averaging well over three SOG per game. The star winger has points in four of his last five games (1G, 4A) with 23 shots in that span. Koivu, the Wild leading scorer on the season at 38 points, has points in three of his last four games for Minnesota. Coyle sits second on the team in goals at 16, just two off Parise, and he has a goal in two of his last three games as well with one coming on the man advantage. Minnesota faces the Flames tonight in what could quickly turn into a high scoring affair and the Wild will be facing Jonas Hiller and his 3.22 GAA on the season. Despite their shortcomings as a team this line has great fantasy value tonight so look to them when filling in your rosters.
Derek Stepan ($5,200) – Mats Zuccarello ($6,100)
Without Rick Nash the Rangers offense hasn’t slumped much this season and if Stepan can get going that’s good news for the Blue shirts. Step has points in three straight and has posted multi-point games in consecutive outings against the Kings and Flyers. He has three goals and two assists in the three games and has added four blocks and 10 shots on goal. Zuccarello was the offensive cog for the Rangers much of the first half but has slowed down significantly. Still, he is a productive winger and has nine points in his last eight games. He still leads the Rangers in the three major offensive categories and is shooting at a 16.7% clip, the highest full-season total of his career. They will have a tough matchup with Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks tonight but this duo has been effective in the past and the Rangers will need to lean on them tonight to produce.
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