Only four games tonight of NHL action means that there is a shallow player pool for DFS DK players to peruse so they can fill-out their rosters. There are superstars and some really solid value plays tonight, so let’s take a look.
Alex Ovechkin ($9,200) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,700) – Justin Williams ($5,300)
The Capitals new top line had a great outing on Monday against the Coyotes, providing the bulk of the offense in the Caps 3-2 win. Kuznetsov, as I have written before, could very well be the MVP of the Capitals this season. He has been the team’s most consistent player and scorer this year and he picked up right where he left off the last time he was paired with Ovie at the beginning of the season. He opened the scoring on Monday with a PP goal, assisted by Ovie, and then hooked up with Justin Williams to pick up the assists on Ovechkin’s goal in the third. This line accounted for five points in Monday’s win with Ovie and Kuznetsov picking up two each and Ovechkin adding an additional nine SOG. Ovechkin has overtaken Patrick Kane for the league lead in goals and Kuznetsov sits third in the league in assists. Williams is having a great season with 42 points in 58 games and is on pace to break to 50-point barrier for the first time in five seasons.
Sidney Crosby ($8,100) – Patric Hornqvist ($6,600) – Chris Kunitz ($4,900)
The Penguins top line continues to be one of the most productive in the league and it starts in the middle with Sidney Crosby. The Kid is tied with John Tavares for the second-most points in the league in the month of February with 15 each. After his abysmal start to the year Crosby has battled back to 56 points in 57 games. He did most of his damage early in the month and only has three points in his last five. Hornqvist has found his offensive touch as well playing with Crosby and he has points in two of his last three games. Kunitz has been held off the scoreboard his last two games but had 10 points in his eight games before that and is still capable of fantasy relevance playing with Crosby. The Penguins face the Bruins tonight who have allowed 11 goals against in their last three games and with the Penguins lacking depth scoring expect this line to be carrying the offensive load.
Ryan Getzlaf ($6,000) – David Perron ($4,700) – Mike Santorelli ($3,200)
This line has looked very good since they were formed earlier this month. Getzlaf has been the cog of the line, and has really powered the Ducks offense since the New Year with 24 points since the beginning of January. His 16 points this month are tied with Connor McDavid for the NHL lead, and I make my case as my superstar of the night in the Cheat Sheet today. Perron has turned his season around and settles in very well in the Anaheim lineup. He looks more fluid and comfortable with the Ducks and is showing the flashes of production from his Edmonton days with 14 points and 31 shots in 15 games in a Ducks uni. He is also +26 better with the Ducks in +/- posting a +13 rating with Anaheim while putting up a -13 mark in 43 games with the Pens. Santorelli spent most of the year in the bottom-six of the Ducks lineup but is getting his chance in a scoring role and is taking advantage of it. The centerman, who has shifted to the wing for now, has points (3G, 3A) in five of his last six games. He has assists in his last two games and has 13 SOG in this six game span. This line is clicking at the right time for the Ducks playoff aspirations right now, especially Perron and Getzlaf, and they will have a very favorable scoring matchup tonight against the Sabres.
Logan Couture ($6,300) – Joonas Donskoi ($3,800) – Melker Karlsson ($3,200)
Couture is picking up the slack on the Sharks depth scoring since his return and that has helped to keep the Sharks alive in their playoff race for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Couture, who missed most of the season with injuries, is back healthy now and has been very productive with 22 points in 28 games. He has 12 points in his last eight games (5G, 7A) and 27 SOG in that span. He’s one of the hottest scorers in the league right now and he’s playing primarily a third-line role while seeing time on the top power-play unit. Donskoi has steadily put up 27 points on the season playing in various roles all around the San Jose lineup. He snapped a three-game pointless drought with an assists against the Blues on Monday night on Tomas Hertl’s PP goal in the first period and is fantasy-relevant thanks to Couture’s return. Karlsson has not had the sleeper season that many expected after his 24 points in 53 games last year. He only has 13 points on the season but has three points in his last five games. Offensively he is the weakest link of this line, but they have the ability to be productive and at an affordable price tag. The Sharks have a great scoring matchup as they face the Avs and backup Calvin Pickard tonight, who has struggled against the Sharks in two games this season allowing seven goals against (4.23 GAA) and posting a .879 SV%.
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