An absolutely stacked night of hockey means that there is a massively deep player pool for DFS DK players to peruse so they can fill-out their rosters. There are superstars and value plays all over tonight, so let’s take a look:
Joe Pavelski ($7,900) – Joe Thornton ($5,200) – Tomas Hertl ($4,800)
This line has been one of the more productive in the NHL since they were put together and Pavelski is the driving force that keeps them going. With 49 points in 50 games this season, the 31-year-old American is on-pace to potentially break the 80-point plateau for the first time in his career. He sits fifth in the league in the scoring race coming out of the All-Star break. Thornton entered the All-Star break as one of the hottest scorers in the league with a 10-game point streak and putting up 14 points in that span. His shot output was low, only 10 in 10 games, but he managed to net two goals while adding 12 helpers. A few of those helpers went to Hertl who has six goals and 11 points in his last 10 games. The young Czech forward is beginning to see an uptick in production playing with the two veteran playmakers and has a three-game point streak and points in seven of his last 10 games overall. This is a dynamic scoring line that shows no signs of slowing down tonight and they come in at an affordable $17,100 for the trio.
Tyler Seguin ($8,500) – Jamie Benn ($8,600) – Patrick Sharp ($7,100)
The Stars top line is the most expensive line stack available on the evening. It looks like after briefly breaking this line up the Stars will put the explosive trio back together in an effort to spark a run out coming out of the All-Star break after dropping eight of their 11 games in the month of January and dropping behind the Blackhawks in the divisional standings. Benn and Seguin have hit a wall with their production over the last month after challenging Patrick Kane for the scoring lead for most of the season. The duo has fallen at least 15 points behind Kane but after solid outings at the All-Star game should see a confidence boost coming back to games that count. Before the break Benn had six points in his previous nine games with four goals and 34 SOG. Seguin has slumped harder than his linemate with only three points in the month of January. He had a three-point night playing in the All-Star game over the weekend so let’s hope that jogged his confidence back up and he gets back to his form that put up 53 points the first three months of the season. Sharp is having a strong first season for the Stars and had stayed with Benn as a linemate over the last couple of weeks without Seguin. He has managed seven points in his last 10 games and before the break had points in three of four outings. The Stars are struggling mightily at the moment so this line will be coming out with a chip on their should and something to prove against the Jets tonight.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,300) – Brad Marchand ($6,100)
Bergeron continues to drive the Bruins offense and Boston has been one of the more surprising teams this year after all the changes to their personnel last off-season. Bergeron, who is my superstar of the night on the cheat sheet, has 44 points in 49 games and had four goals and six points in his last six games before the All-Star break. Marchand was held off the scoresheet in the Bruins final game before the break and that snapped a six-game scoring streak for him. He had an assist on January 15 against the Sabres and then scored a goal in five straight games before the Ducks game. The Bruins have struggled to find a consistent winger for this duo this season, and right now that duty goes to Brett Connolly ($3,100). He has not contributed as much with only 16 points, so if you are looking for a stack take the Bruins top two. The Bruins face the Maple Leafs tonight and two weeks ago Bergeron and Marchand combined for three goals against Toronto.
Evgeni Malkin ($7,600) – Phil Kessel ($6,800) – Carl Hagelin ($3,700)
This line has looked very good since the trade that brought Hagelin to Pittsburgh for David Perron. In the five games since Hagelin came over he has scored points in his last four with four assists and 11 SOG. Malkin has points in three of the five games with four goals and two assists with 16 SOG. He posted a hat-trick against the Canucks last weekend and this past weekend at the All-Star game he posted a goal and an assist on five shots. He continues to lead the team with 49 points in 49 games and has been the most consistent player for the Penguins this season. Kessel entered the break riding a three-game point streak with three goals and an assist, including a multi-goal game against the Flyers on the 21st. He has peppered the net with rubber, firing 16 shots in these last three games. Despite not putting up the prolific scoring numbers he is still averaging well over three shots on goal per game this season and over his last 10 games he has nine points and a 3.7 FPPG average. Pittsburgh is right in the middle of the playoff hunt and need to come out strong against the Senators tonight and their starter Craig Anderson, who has allowed three goals against or more in five of his last six starts.
Connor McDavid ($5,600) – Jordan Eberle ($4,700) – Benoit Pouliot ($4,000)
With the return of Connor McDavid, this value stack immediately becomes one to target tonight. It’s possible that Nail Yakupov could see time on this line before the night is over, and could even start the night there after his success with McDavid earlier this season. But this is the projected line and it could be a very good one for the Oilers against an equally inferior opponent. Before the injury cost him 37 games, McDavid was living up to the hype with 12 points in his first 13 games. I would expect him to want to come out and get right back to work. Eberle could see a huge boost in fantasy value playing with McDavid. He’s been held scoreless his last three games after scoring six points in his previous seven. He has all the skill to be a top-scoring winger in the league and playing with a young, elite-level talent like McDavid could be just what he needs to turn his season around. Pouliot was centering this line but now shifts back to his natural position at the wing. He has five points in his last 10 games and like Eberle could see a great bump in fantasy value playing with a playmaker like McDavid. They have a very favorable matchup against the Blue Jackets, despite the recent solid form from Joonas Korpisalo in their net, who are still allowing a league-worst 3.2 goals against per game.
Tomas Plekanec ($5,100) – Brendan Gallagher ($6,100) – Alex Galchenyuk ($4,400)
The Canadiens are struggling badly at the moment, losing eight of their 11 January games and now sit only two games above .500 after dropping back-to-back 5-2 games against the Blue Jackets last week. They have begun to shuffle their lines and their newly formed second line could be very good. Gallagher has been one of the most consistent skaters for the team this season when he’s played putting up 26 points and 106 SOG in 33 games. He had two points heading into the break in the two games against Columbus. Plekanec has had a solid season with 34 points in 50 games despite being held scoreless in his last five contests. He seems poised to get some puck luck to go his way with 33 SOG in his last 10 games. Galchenyuk really took off when Gallagher went down with 15 points from mid-November through the end of December. He went into a long slump in January with only two points but he had his best game of the month last week in his final one before the break with a power-play goal and six SOG vs Columbus. The Habs have a tough matchup against the Flyers tonight but with the uncertainty throughout the lineup, this line looks primed to be the most effective offensively for Montreal.
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