A stacked docket tonight with a nine-game NHL Slate means that there is a deep player pool for DFS DK players to peruse to fill-out their rosters. There are solid superstar and value plays on the line stacks front tonight, so let’s take a look:
Tyler Seguin ($8,600) – Jamie Benn ($8,400) – Jason Spezza ($5,800)
The Stars apparent new top line will feature the recently returned Jason Spezza playing the wing for Seguin and Benn. I have written about both Seguin and Benn many times this season. The continue to jockey for second place in the scoring race behind Patrick Kane with Benn holding the slight 67 points to 65 points edge at the moment. Seguin has been on fire since coming out of the break with 12 points and 37 SOG in his 10 games. Benn has been hot as well with nine points of his own. Spezza had missed about two weeks of action but returned Thursday with a pair of assists, one coming on Benn’s goal on the PP. The Stars have lost three straight games so this might be an experiment to see if it will jump-start the scoring, but the trio will be playing together on the Stars top power-play unit, regardless. Seguin and Benn, especially going against the Jets and their 24th ranked scoring defense, are in the conversation for must starts tonight no matter who their third linemate is.
Connor McDavid ($7,000) – Jordan Eberle ($5,900) – Benoit Pouliot ($5,000)
The Oilers have a tough matchup tonight with my goalie of the night, Craig Anderson, who is coming off “Player of the Week” honors. And while I think Anderson will pick up the win tonight, the Oilers top line has been hard to keep off the scoresheet since their formation and provide the best chance to find the scoresheet tonight against the Sens. McDavid is one of the leading scorers in the league this month with 15 points in 10 February games and is riding a three-game point streak at the moment. Eberle is nipping at his heels with 13 points this month and he too has points in three straight. Pouliot rounds out the line matching Eberle’s production with 13 points this month as well making the line as a whole one of the most productive offensively this month. They are one of the lone bright-spots for the Oilers right now and as I said earlier provide the best chance for Edmonton to find the scoresheet tonight.
Steven Stamkos ($7,200) – Ryan Callahan ($4,800) – Alex Killorn ($4,200)
The Lightning’s newly formed, or re-formed, top line has been paying dividends the last few games with Stamkos and Callahan especially finding their chemistry from season’s past. The trio was put together when Namestnikov missed two games last week and they have provided some much needed offense for the Lightning. Stammer has points in the last three games this line has been together with goals in all three and adding an assist on Sunday against the Hurricanes for his 12th multi-point game of the season. Callahan has points in three of the four games with three goals and two assists and is coming off his strongest game of the year with two goals on two shots against the Hurricanes on Sunday as well. Killorn was held in check against Carolina but had a three-game point streak before that. The trio has looked strong together so far and Coach John Cooper doesn’t look to be changing things up anytime soon. Expect this line to be together tonight when the Coyotes, who are traveling to Tampa after losing in Washington last night, come to town for their second game in as many nights.
Pavel Datsyuk ($6,300) – Henrik Zetterberg ($5,500) – Justin Abdelkader ($4,800)
There have been rumblings that Abdelkader has been shifted down the lineup, and if that happens then target this line as either a duo with Daty and Zetts or, pending who his replacement is, their third member as a trio too. Datsyuk has been kept off the board his last two outings but before that was riding an eight-game point streak upon which he added 11 points (6G, 5A). He’s all the way up to 35 points in 45 games on the season. Zetterberg has been equally as good with eight points in his last 10 despite being held pointless in his last two games as well. He has continued to shoot the puck piling up 32 SOG in those 10 games. I’ll pencil Abdelkader in here at the moment but he is definitely the weakest offensive link in this lines’ chain. He has chipped in eight points in his last 10 but he has struggled his last four games with only a lone assist even though he has 15 SOG in those four outings. This line has a great matchup tonight against the Blue Jackets which is why I like them as much as I do. I think both Datsyuk and Zetterberg get back to their scoring ways tonight and advise players to monitor the line situation to see who they are paired with.
Brayden Schenn ($4,900) – Wayne Simmonds ($6,900) – Sam Gagner ($3,100)
The Flyers top line was strong in their game against the Maple Leafs over the weekend and Gagner filled in admirably for the injured Claude Giroux, who will miss another game tonight against the Hurricanes. Gagner, all of eight points in 28 games on the season, has been used sparingly in Coach Hakstol’s offense but settled in nicely with his linemates on Saturday night. He netted his third goal of the season and added two SOG in 15:30 of ice time, more than three minutes more than his season average. Simmonds has been one of the more consistent players for the Flyers this season and posted his second multi-point game in three games with two assists on Saturday night while adding six SOG. He is up to 40 points in 58 games on the year, good for third on the team, and in three games against the Hurricanes this season he has a goal, two blocks and five shots on goal. Schenn has shifted back to his natural position of center for the time-being and had his second multi-point game in his last three as well with a goal and an assist against Toronto. Overall he has points in three of his last four games with three goals and three assists. He’s added 11 shots and three PPP in the four games and has two goals against the Canes in two games played this season. This is a great matchup tonight for the Flyers, who need a win and the divisional points to determine if they will be buyers or sellers at the deadline, and this line comes in at a very cost efficient value price of $14,900.
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