A stacked night of action on the ice tonight with nine games on tap means there are a plethora of quality line stacks at DraftKings DFS player’s disposal. Thanks to the flush player pool there are superstars, and value buys, on the Line Stack front so let’s take a look:
Patrick Kane ($8,900) – Artemi Panarin ($6,200) – Artem Anisimov ($4,800)
There really isn’t much more that can be said about this line aside from on a nightly basis when they are playing at least two of them should be considered for your lineup. Most people will pick Kane and Panarin but Anisimov has been no slouch this season either. Kane and Panarin hooked up for the Hawks first goal in their win Sunday vs St. Louis when Kane hit Panarin for the marker. Chicago Coach Joel Quenneville said their chemisty and anticipation is “Sedin-like” referring the the Sedin twins of the Canucks. That’s high praise for a duo who have only about 50 games playing together. Kane still leads the league in scoring with 73 points and Panarin is tied for ninth with 46. Anisimov currently has matched his point total from last season with 27 points in 52 games and is on-pace for one of his best statistical seasons of his career. A second-half scoring surge could push him over his career high of 44 points and that is very possible playing with the two playmakers on his line. The Hawks face the Hurricanes tonight and Carolina goalie Eddie Lack who will be starting his fourth game in five days and has allowed six goals against over his previous two starts.
Evgeni Malkin ($7,800) – Phil Kessel ($6,700) – Carl Hagelin ($3,500)
The Penguins are beginning to pick things up and this line has been very solid since the trade that brought Hagelin to the Penguins for David Perron from Anaheim. Even with Crosby picking things up lately Malkin has been the most consistent scorer for Pittsburgh this year. Malkin has 13 points in his last 10 games and is coming off one of his best games of the season with a hat-trick and five SOG on Saturday against the Canucks. Kessel has been disappointing this season after his big trade to Pitt but he has nine points in his last 10 and has points in four of his last five games including an assist and six SOG on Saturday. Hagelin has major fantasy value now that he is playing with the best playmakers of his career. He has assists in three straight games for the Penguins and in four games with the team has13 SOG. The Penguins have a tough divisional matchup against Devils starter Cory Schneider but this line has been difficult to keep off the scoresheet lately and I like them a lot tonight.
Joe Pavelski ($7,900) – Joe Thornton ($5,200) – Tomas Hertl ($4,700)
This was my top line of the night on the Cheat Sheet and I love this line and their matchup tonight. Pavelski is one of the more underrated players in the league, thanks to playing in a small market, and sits in a tie for fifth in the in scoring with 48 points in 47 games. If it weren’t for Patrick Kane, Pavelski might be my superstar of the night. He is currently riding a three-game point streak with two goals and three assists and had a three point game against the Wild on Saturday night. Thornton is one of the best value picks in the game right now. He’s riding a nine-game point streak and continues to be one of the savviest playmakers in the league, currently tied for seventh in assists with 30, and has two goals and 10 assists on his nine-game run. Hertl is beginning to show flashes of his rookie year and since being bumped up to the top line has been on fire. Since January 9 he has points in six of the Sharks nine games with two multi-point games and he has found the scoresheet in the last two games.
Aleksander Barkov ($5,900) – Jaromir Jagr ($5,700) – Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,700)
One of the more underrated top lines in the league resides in south Florida where the Panthers have won 14 of their last 17 games and this line has been a major driving force. Barkov is quickly developing into one of the best young centers in the NHL and was just rewarded for his great play with a new six-year, $35 million extension. He has 30 points in 38 games this season and has assists in back-to-back games. Jagr, the ageless wonder, just keeps creeping up the all-time scoring list and looks in no way like he’s slowing down. He added an assist and two SOG in the Panthers game against Tampa Bay on Saturday. Huberdeau has actually overtaken Jagr for the team lead in points with his multi-point outing against the Lightning with a goal and an assist and he now has points in two straight after notching an assist against the Blackhawks on Friday night. This line will look to send the Panthers into the All-Star break on a high note but it will be a challenging task with James Reimer occupying the Leafs net. Still I like this line stack tonight where Florida is 15-7-2 on the season.
Bobby Ryan ($5,600) – Mike Hoffman ($5,800) – Mika Zibanejad ($4,400)
Hoffman is quickly becoming one of the better young, goal-scoring forwards in the NHL and leads the Senators in that category with 22. He is now third on the team with 39 points behind Erik Karlsson and Ryan. Hoffman has goals in two of his last three games and is coming off a multi-point effort against the Rangers over the weekend. Ryan has managed at least a point in five straight outings with four goals and two assists. He has a goal in four of the five games including his last two against the Rangers and Islanders. He’s second on the team in scoring and is now up to 42 points in 48 games. Zibanejad is one of the better value picks out there right now matching Ryan with points in five straight as well. This line has been productive since they were put together and are one of the better top lines available at the moment. Ride the hot hands of the Senators top line especially in a matchup with the Sabres at home tonight.
Brandon Saad ($5,800) – Alexander Wennberg ($3,800) – Scott Hartnell ($5,600)
This line had a great night last night against the Canadiens and their starter Mike Condon. Saad got to him for two tallies which gave him the team lead on the season with 18. It also broke his tie for the team lead in points with Hartnell and now he sits with 34. Hartnell added an assist last night on Saad’s first goal to open the third period scoring. Wennberg picked up the lone assist on Saad’s second goal in the period and the Blue Jacket’s rout was on from there with a 5-2 win. The teams travel to finish a two-night, home-and-home tonight in Montreal and this line with have a great chance to keep their production going against Habs confirmed starter Ben Scrivens who has allowed 11 goals against in three starts for the Canadiens, making the Columbus top line a great value buy 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