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:
Patrick Kane ($8,600) – Artemi Panarin ($6,500) – Artem Anisimov ($5,100)
The Blackhawks trio had quite the game on Saturday against the Stars. Kane added to his league-leading points totals netting his 32nd goal of the season and upping his points on the season to 76. Panarin continues his march towards the Calder trophy with two assists of his own, giving him 34 on the season, which upped his season total to 52 points in 56 games. The big game came from the unlikely of the trio in Anisimov. He had a short-handed goal and added three assists of his own for one of his best games of the season. Both Panarin and Kane have points in all three of Chicago’s games since coming out of the All-Star break and Anisimov has points in two straight. This is one of the most lethal scoring lines in the league and has been all season and they face the up-and-down Sharks on Tuesday night in a very favorable matchup.
Alex Ovechkin ($8,700) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700) – T.J. Oshie ($5,900)
The Capitals have ridden this line to the best record in the league and Ovechkin and Ovechkin has goals in two of his last three games, after sitting out the Caps first game after the break due to him missing the All-Star game. He’s now up to second in the league in goal scoring with 30 markers on the season and is quickly closing in on the league-leading 32 that Patrick Kane has put up. He’s also added 48 SOG in the last 10 games to push his leading total in the NHL to 248. Backstrom has been held in check his last two games with no points in either. Still, he has 48 points in as many games this season and is too good playing with Ocechkin to be kept off the scoresheet for this long. The same goes for Oshie who is also scoreless in his last two. However the trio plays the Predators tonight and even though they have begun to turn things around, Pekka Rinne is still vulnerable lately and I think he has a tough time with the Capitals high-powered top-six attack.
Anze Kopitar ($6,300) – Milan Lucic ($4,500) – Dustin Brown (4,000)
Kopitar continues to be one of the hottest scorers in the league since mid-November. He has not slowed down at all since signing his massive extension to stay in LA. He has points in four straight games and has back-to-back multi-point outings. He’s up to 46 points in 51 games on the year. Lucic will have an extra jump to his step tonight as he returns to Boston for the first time since the trade that sent him to LA this past off-season. He only has one point in his last five games but I expect him to have a good night tonight. Brown has apparently been bumped up to this line as well and has played great his last two games. He had a multi-goal game against the Coyotes last Tuesday and then followed that up with an assist against the Ducks. He has points in four of his last five games with 18 SOG in that span.
Connor McDavid ($6,400) – Jordan Eberle ($5,400) – Benoit Pouliot ($4,500)
This line has been fantastic since it was formed last week when McDavid returned from his long injury absence from his broken collarbone. McDavid has six points and has found the scoresheet in three of his four games back. He was the only Oiler to score against the Islanders over the weekend but came back with a bang last week when he posted back-to-back multi-point games. Eberle has been held scoreless his last two but has looked very good playing next to McDavid. He had five points in their first two games playing together with 15 SOG so far in the four games. Pouliot had a three-game point streak snapped by the Islanders but he and Eberle have been playing together for the last few weeks and have developed a nice chemistry, and is quickly settling in next to McDavid. This line has a great matchup tonight with the Devils who are coming off a hard-fought division loss to the Rangers last night.
John Tavares ($7,800) – Ryan Strome ($3,800) – Mikhail Grabovski ($3,300)
This line has looked very good since for the Islanders since Jack Capuano put them together. Strome is a gifted passer who is quickly maturing into a top-flight play-maker in the league. He had a great assist Sunday against the Oilers. Tavares, my superstar of the night on the Cheat Sheet, has hit his stride and is beginning to round into the offense form that the hockey world is used to from him. He has points in three of his four games coming out of the break with goals in all three and two multi-point games. Grabovski had a solid four-game run going before being held scoreless in his last two. Both Grabovski and Strome have seen an uptick in production playing with Tavares and when both are on a line with him are great value-buys. The Islanders face the Blue Jackets tonight and on the season this line has produced three points against Columbus in three matchups.
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