The exact opposite night of hockey tonight with only three games as opposed to last night’s stacked 12-game slate means that DFS Hockey players will have an extremely limited player pool to choose from. There are superstars and value plays all over tonight, so let’s take a look:
Henrik Zetterberg ($5,500) – Dylan Larkin ($5,300) – Justin Abdelkader ($4,600)
The Red Wings have put this line back together after it saw much success over the first two months of the season but they have been shifting their top-six around since. Larkin put himself on the map with any hockey fans who didn’t know him when he won the fastest skater competition over the weekend at the All-Star game breaking the event’s 20-year old record. He followed that up with three assists in the game itself. Going into the break he had five points in eight games and currently ranks third among rookie skaters in both goals and points. Zetterberg continues to be tied for the team lead with his teenaged linemate with 33 points on the year to match Larkin. He had points in three of his four games heading into the break with two goals, an assist and 15 SOG. Abdelkader, who started the season strong and then slowed down, has stayed on this line with Zetterberg for the season despite his offensive struggles. He did have points in two of his last three games before going into the break with eight SOG. Abdelkader isn’t the offensive sparkplug that his two linemates are, so if you are inclined to roll with the Wings look at Larkin and Zetts first.
Tomas Plekanec ($5,100) – Brendan Gallagher ($5,900) – Alex Galchenyuk ($4,200)
The Canadiens are in a bad way right now and look like a lost team. They dropped another game last night to the Flyers and are the only team playing tonight who played yesterday. Despite not putting up as many shots on goal as their top-line teammates, this line was productive last night and even provided a point to the scoresheet. Galchenyuk spotted Andrei Markov for a tally in the first period to pull the Canadiens within a point at 2-1. The Flyers would go on to take the game 4-2 but this line played well and should be in line for a solid night tonight against the Sabres. The Canadiens are too good of a team to not snap out of this funk soon and start putting up the scoring numbers they were at the beginning of the season. I like this pairing a lot, Gallagher and Galchenyuk can feed off each other once they get the chemistry and Plekanec is a very underrated center. On such a limited night putting a line stack like this will also give you great lineup flexibility to put at least one more top player in your rotation.
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,900) – Sean Monahan ($5,700) – Jiri Hudler ($3,900)
The Flames top-scoring trio from last season is back together after a rotating door of players on the wing with Gaudreau and Monahan this season. Gaudreau is my superstar of the night on the Cheat Sheet and it’s easy to see why. On the season he has 47 points in 48 games for the Flames and is well on his way to smashing his rookie numbers from last year’s campaign. Before the break in those five games he had managed two goals and five assists while putting up 21 SOG. He facing the surprisingly tough Carolina Hurricanes tonight, but the matchup is in Calgary and on the season Johnny Hockey has 34 of his 47 points on home ice. Monahan has been his pivot all season and despite his recent scoring funk, he is still a great offensive option tonight against the Hurricanes. Hudler, who had his best career season playing with these two last season, had points in two of his last three games heading into the All-star break while adding eight SOG. The Flames have struggled at times this season for scoring consistency sitting just in the middle of the league in scoring offense, averaging just over 2.5 goals per game, and hope this line can spark an offensive outburst coming out of the break.
Eric Staal ($4,800) – Kris Versteeg ($4,100)
On the other side of the ice from Calgary tonight is the Canes top-line duo of Staal and Versteeg who have developed a nice chemistry so far. Staal is having a down season and could potentially be moved before the end of the month if the Hurricanes fall further out of the playoff picture. Still he has 30 points on the season, he has six points in his last 10 games with 31 SOG and he went into the break with assists in back-to-back games. Versteeg stuck it to his former team last week right before the break with an assist against the Blackhawks. That followed up a multi-goal game against the Flames last weekend to give him points in back-to-back games going into the break. The Hurricanes have been playing very well lately and Versteeg and Staal have been picking things up lately. They play the Flames tonight in Calgary and as I said above just 10 days ago this duo posted a three-point night at home against the Flames.
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