Only four NHL games on the docket means that DFS DK players will have a limited player pool for tonight’s slate of hockey action. Still, there are superstars, and value buys on the Line Stack front, so let’s take a look:
Aleksander Barkov ($5,800) – Jaromir Jagr ($5,800) – Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,600)
My top line of the night from today’s Cheap Sheet, this line was certainly not the reason the Panthers 12-game winning streak was snapped on Monday night. At the moment every member of this line is riding at least a four game point streak going into tonight’s tilt with Calgary. Barkov has points in five straight (1G, 4A) and with 28 points sits only four points back of the team lead despite missing 10 games to injury this season. Jagr is also riding a five-game point streak with four goals and two assists in those games. He is leading the Panthers is both goals with 15 and points with 32. Huberdeau has a four-game streak going and sits one point behind Jagr with 31 on the season while leading the team by a hefty margin with 24 assists. This line has been incredibly dynamic and dangerously productive with a combined total of 33 points in their last 10 games that helped propel the Panthers win streak and their ascent to the top of the Atlantic Division. Don’t expect a slowdown in production, especially tonight against a weak scoring defense in Calgary.
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,900) – Sean Monahan ($5,700) – Micheal Ferland ($3,100)
On the other side of the Flames/Panthers matchup is the Flames top line that has one of the top scorers in the league and one of the most dynamic scoring duos in the NHL. Gaudreau has points in back-to-back games with a goal against the Coyotes and two assists against the Sharks. The 22-year-old winger leads the Flames in all major scoring categories with 18 goals, 24 assists and 42 points. Monahan has a goal and an assist over his last two games after snapping his own four-game scoreless streak. Ferland, the 23-year-old former fifth rounder, has already out-produced his numbers from last year with eight points and is getting a shot on the top line lately with the Flames two best players. Ferland has the game, 211 career points in juniors and 33 AHL points in 57 games, and showed that quickly playing on this line on Monday against the Sharks with a power-play goal and adding an assist as well. The Flames have been searching for a young, dynamic player to put with these two since they moved Hudler down to the second line and they might have found him if they give Ferland a long run. Regardless this line will be together tonight and should be looked at a viable line for production despite a tough matchup with the Panthers.
Ryan Getzlaf ($5,600) – Corey Perry ($6,800) – Rickard Rakell ($4,000)
I like the Ducks top line a lot tonight thanks to their matchup with the Senators. In spite of their struggles this season, the Ducks are turning things around and even though they sit last in the league in goals scorer per game at 1.8, they are also a top-10 team in GAA defensively. However this line is beginning to turn their production around and they are facing the Senators who are the worst team in the league defensively on the road, allowing 3.32 goals against away from home this year. Getzlaf has points in back-to-back games, two assists, and has seven points in his last 10 overall. Perry is back to his scoring ways and leads the Ducks with 16 goals, the only scorer on the team in double-digits in goals. He has six goals in his last 10 games and he has a goal in three of his last four games against some strong defensive teams. Rackell has stuck on this line for most of the season and has not looked out of place. He has three points in his last four games with 15 SOG in that span. The Ducks have played a lot of low scoring contests, but this line is the one that does the most damage and I like them tonight in a favorable home matchup.
Brayden Schenn ($4,200) – Sean Couturier ($3,900) – Michael Raffl ($3,500)
Couturier has been one of the most consistent producers in the league over the last few weeks with 12 points in his last 10 games. He has four multi-point games in that span and is riding a three-game point streak at the moment. Despite being held off the scoresheet against the Islanders over the weekend Schenn was on a good run of offense with six points in his three games before that, including back-to-back multi-point games against the Wild and Canadiens. Raffl has never be known as an offensive threat, 61 points in 175 games, but he has been getting decent playing time in the Flyers top-six forward rotation this season and even though he has managed only 11 points he has settled in well on this line. He has six of his 11 points in his last 10 games, has managed at least a point in each of his last two games and is coming off his best game of the season with a goal, an assist and two SOG against the Islanders on Saturday. The Flyers had a great game against the Isles over the weekend and look to continue that against the Bruins who have lost two straight and are mired in a 3-6-1 slump in their last 10.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and Pete Jensen’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