Some great plays tonight on the Line Stack front for this Tuesday night of NHL action. With eight games on the docket and teams like the Capitals, Stars, Blackhawks and Kings all in action there are some fantastic superstar and value buys on the Line Stack front so let’s take a look:
Alex Ovechkin ($8,700) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500) – T.J. Oshie ($5,800)
The Capitals have ridden this line to the best record in the league and Ovechkin and Backstrom continue to prove that they are one of the best scoring duos in the NHL. Ovechkin snapped a two-game pointless streak with a PPG against the Rangers on an uncharacteristically low two SOG. Backstrom snapped the same two-game slide with an assist on that goal and he is now up to 42 points in 42 games and leads the team in that category. Oshie has been slumping lately with only four points in his last 10 games, including being held pointless his last three games, but he has always played well against Tuesday’s opponent the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his career, mostly with St. Louis when they were division rivals, Oshie has 18 points in 29 career matchups with CBJ. This line has a great matchup tonight with Columbus, who are the worst team in the league, and so far in seven January games they have allowed more than three goals per game.
Max Pacioretty ($7,300) – Brendan Gallagher ($6,100) – Tomas Plekanec ($5,200)
This line has been on fire their last seven games since they got Gallagher back from the IR against the Bruins at the Winter Classic. Pacioretty has points in five of those contests and has points in back-to-back outings with two goals, one assist and 10 SOG against two tough teams in St. Louis and Chicago. Gallagher has points in four of the seven games and has an assist in each of the last two games while adding 11 SOG of his own and one of his assists coming on the PP. Plek was kept off the scoresheet on Sunday against Chicago but he had a multi-point game with Pacioretty against the Blues on Saturday while adding a season-high nine shots on goal. The Canadiens have hit a slump losing four straight games, but on New Year’s Day this line combined for six points against the Bruins and will be leaned on heavily to turn things around to Montreal and to produce offense. They are a dynamic line stack who can put up points quickly and should be considered a top line stack tonight.
Jonathan Toews ($6,300) – Marian Hossa ($5,800) – Andrew Shaw ($3,900)
The Hawks top line also doubles as their second power-play unit and have been productive in both capacities as of late. Toews, arguably the top captain in the NHL, has been lighting up the scoresheet as of late with 12 points in his last 10 games. He is now up to 19 goals (second behind Kane on Chicago) and 35 points which sits third on the team. His offensive run has helped to turn around the poor season for Marian Hossa who has seven points, on three multi-point games, in his last five outings after netting only 17 points in his first 38. Shaw, who I wrote about on the Targets today, has become very fantasy relevant since being paired with Toews and Hossa and has eight points in his last eight games. The Blackhawks face the Predators tonight and just last Tuesday this line combined for two goals and three assists against Nashville making them a solid, mid-level line stack tonight.
Steven Stamkos ($7,500) – Ondrej Palat ($4,000) – Vladislav Namestnikov ($3,500)
The Lightning have been shuffling their lines this season because of injuries and inconsistencies and their current top line has been solid as of late. Stamkos has turned around his season and now sits second on the team with 35 points, only two behind Nikita Kucherov for the team lead. Stammer has 10 points in his last 10 games but was held off the scoresheet on Sunday against the Panthers. Palat has been hit with injuries and major inconsistent offensive play this season and is nowhere near his offensive output from last season. Still at his price and his current lineup position playing with Stamkos he has high upside fantasy potential and did have a three-point game last week against the Avs. Namestnikov has been a pleasant surprise for the Lightning this season playing in their top-six forward rotation and with eight points in his last five games he is now up to 23 points on the season. All eight of those points came in a four-game stretch before being kept off the scoresheet with the rest of this line against the Panthers on Sunday. This line faces the Oilers tonight and when these two faced off 11 days ago the Lightning top line produced a goal, an assist and seven SOG.
Ryan Johansen ($6,000) – James Neal ($5,900) – Kevin Fiala ($2,500)
Since coming over to the Predators in the blockbuster trade Johansen has been on fire. He has turned around the Preds offense and in his first five games with the team he has two goal, five assists, four PPP and 17 SOG all while playing more TOI on average than he was seeing with the Blue Jackets. Neal has settled in nicely with his new linemate and has points in back-to-back games and continues to put the puck on net with 20 shots in the five contests, adding to his team leading 142 on the season. Fiala was called up last week and made an immediate impact with a goal in his first game. He had 21 points this season while playing for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and so far in two games with the Preds he has the lone goal but has not been afraid to shoot while adding eight shots as well. Johansen added a point last week when Nashville faced Chicago and this line has the chance to put up the offense despite the tough matchup with the Blackhawks again this evening.
Derek Stepan ($5,000) – Chris Kreider ($4,200) – J.T. Miller ($3,300)
With Derick Brassard unlikely to play tonight due to flu-like symptoms, the Rangers have been forced to juggle their top-six forward rotation. Stepan has been inconsistent, like the Rangers as a whole, since his return from injury but is slowly turning things around with assists in back-to-back games. He assisted on one of Chris Kreider’s goals against the Capitals on Sunday in the Rangers 5-2 loss to Washington and has four points in his last six games overall. As was said Kreider accounted for both of NY’s goals on Sunday and has now scored goals in two straight games while riding a three-game point streak that has produced three goal, one assist and 13 SOG. He has seven points in his last 10 games and is seeing significant time in the Rangers top-six. Miller has been sporadic since being on the Stalberg/Lindberg line to open the season and only has four points in his last 10 games. He had a goal over the weekend on two SOG on Saturday against the Flyers before being held in check by the Capitals on Sunday. This line could play well and produce, but they are for sure a solid value-stack to be considered tonight.
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