An extremely limited player pool tonight thanks to three games, means that DFS hockey players will have to be smart with their picks and look to put at least one stack, duo or trio, in their DK hockey lineup. Despite the limited amount of games there are still superstars, and value buys, on the Line Stack front so let’s take a look:
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,000) – Matt Duchene ($6,700) – Alex Tanguay ($3,700)
The Avs top line is my top line of the evening and it’s easy to see why with the way MacKinnon and Duchene have played together this season. Despite their struggles as of late these two are capable of being dynamic, top of the league players and both are sitting inside the top-25 in scoring. MacKinnon has been held in check the last two games even though he has added six SOG. Duchene likewise has also been held off the scoresheet in his last two while adding 11 SOG of his own in that span. Both have an excellent matchup against the Sabres tonight, a team each has had success against in their young careers. Mack has four points in three games against Buffalo and Duchene has added nine points in eight career meetings. Tanguay, the seasoned vet of the group, added an assist on Jerome Iginla’s PP goal on Monday night against the Jets and now has points in two of his last three games. This offense, and this line in particular, can get hot quickly and put up points in droves and currently rank 7th in the league in scoring and face the Sabres scoring defense which ranks in the bottom-half of the league.
Pavel Datsyuk ($5,900) – Dylan Larkin ($5,500) – Tomas Tatar ($5,000)
The Red Wings have shifted their lines around this season in their top-six but it seems like they have found something that has worked and their current second line is quite possibly the best line they have iced all season. Larkin burst onto the scene this season as a 19-year old to make the team out of camp and all he has done so far is put up the second-most goals and third-most points among rookies this season. He has 30 points (tied for the team lead) and 120 SOG in 44 games so far and has looked solid with the different linemates he has played with this season. Datsyuk still continues to produce despite being older and more injury prone. He missed a significant chunk of time earlier this season but has come on strong with 22 points in 30 GP this season. He has 10 points in his last 10 games and is riding a three-game point streak that has produced six points and eight SOG. Tatar has bounced around the Wings top-nine forward rotation but he’s third on the team in scoring with 27 points, second in SOG with 99 and with a hot scoring run could match or pass his 56 point output from last season. St. Louis is icing Brian Elliott in net at the moment with Jake Allen on the shelf and he has allowed 10 goals against in his last four starts, so look at this line to have an impact offensively.
Paul Stastny ($4,900) – Alexander Steen ($6,700) – Troy Brouwer ($3,800)
Another top line in the Blues/Wings matchup is the Blues top line of Stastny, Steen and Brouwer which has quite the night in St. Louis’ last game on Monday night against the Penguins. Stastny has struggled to return to his 70+-point form he saw in his early career with Colorado, but he is still a very capable and savvy playmaker. He missed time earlier this season but has come back from the injury and been an impact player. He has made his biggest impact his last two games with five points and six SOG, including a four-point night against the Penguins on Monday night. Steen, the Blues second-leading scorer, added two points and a SOG against Pittsburgh as well and has not seen a drop in production not playing with Tarasenko. Brouwer has struggled to have the impact that many expected him to have after his trade from the Capitals but he has points in four of his last eight games and like his linemates he is coming off a multi-point game (1G, 1A) with six SOG on Monday vs Pitt. The Blues do have a tough matchup with Petr Mrazek and his 2.10 GAA on Wednesday night but this line, and the Blues top-six as a whole, have been playing well lately and should crack the Czech netminder tonight.
Ryan Kesler ($4,500) – David Perron ($4,100) – Jakob Silfverberg ($4,100)
The Ducks struggles offensively this season have been well documented. The Ducks rank seventh in scoring defense but are dead last in the NHL at 30th in scoring offense. They needed a shake up and they got one when Carl Hagelin was traded for Perron. In his first game with the Ducks, Perron snapped a month-and-a-half long goalless drought with his first marker since Dec. 1. Kesler was kept in check on Sunday after two straight games with a point before that last week, but he did manage three SOG against the Kings. Silfverberg has been hot lately with six points in his last five games. All six points have come via three multi-point games that have produced two goals and four assists and he has put 23 SOG in those five outings. Two of those points also came by way of the power-play. Like I said the Ducks have had their struggles this season but they get the Wild tonight who are riding a four-game losing and five of their seven games this month. This line will be leaned on to produce tonight and at $12,700 they are a great value stack on such a limited night of action.
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