With eight NHL games on the docket tonight there are some fantastic line stacks for DFS DK players to take into consideration for their lineups. Let’s take a look at some of tonight top, mid and value stacks for players to ponder over:
Max Pacioretty ($7,300) – Brendan Gallagher ($6,300) – Tomas Plekanec ($5,200)
My top line of the evening on today’s cheat sheet, this line was re-formed at the Winter Classic and they made the offensive splash that the Canadiens had been missing since losing Gallagher for those 17 games to his finger injury. Playing his first game since before Thanksgiving Gallagher netted a gorgeous goal off a feed from Pacioretty and then added an assist on Pac’s goal while putting up three SOG as well as adding a blocked shot in just over 18 minutes of ice time. Pacioretty added a goal of his own, with Gallagher picking up one of the helpers on that marker, along with that assist to give him a team-leading 31 points. Plekanec, second to Pac on the Habs with 30 points, added an assist on both of his linesmates goals for his first multi-point game in over a month. Earlier this year this line was one of the most prolific and dynamic in the league and they picked right up where they left off when Gallagher was hurt. They have a great chance to see that level of production continue against the Flyers who are still sitting near the bottom-third of the league in scoring defense.
Jaromir Jagr ($5,600) – Aleksander Barkov ($5,700) – Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,200)
This line has been a huge cog in the wheel that has powered the Panthers on their current nine-game win streak that has lifted the team into first place in the Atlantic division. At 43, Jagr is still producing at a high level and leads the team in both goals and points and has three goals in his last three games and has managed at least a point in five of his last eight games, despite lower than average shot outputs. Even though Barkov has been kept off the scoresheet his last two games he is developing into one of the best young centers in the league and even without scoring in those two games has managed 10 points in his last 10 outings overall. Huberdeau doesn’t get the hype that the other two on this line receive, but he sits second on the team to Jagr in points with 26 and has three multi-point games in his last six. The Panthers go for 10 straight wins tonight against the Sabres and this line has a fantastic opportunity to produce against a weaker team. For a top line producing at the level they can, this line can be had at a discount and with their matchup they are one of the top stacks of the night.
Claude Giroux ($6,500) – Jakub Voracek ($5,900) – Wayne Simmonds ($5,300)
The Flyers have finally decided to put this line together in an attempt to spark some consistent production from all three players. Giroux is having a down season at the moment with only 29 points in 37 games putting him pace for just over 60 points which would be his lowest offensive output in six years in a full season. Voracek is being reunited with Giroux after his breakout 81-point season next to Giroux last season. He has 25 points so far, putting him on pace for just over 50 this year, but being back full-time with Giroux could lead to an offensive outbreak in production putting him back into that 60-plus point plateau by years end. Simmonds has had a solid season for him to date with 21 points putting him in line to hover around the 50 points he put up last year, but with playmakers like Giroux and Voracek he could heat up quickly as well. The three are the three leading scorers on the team and each has been a prime fixture on the Flyers’ top power-play unit in recent seasons, so their upside is high despite the Flyers’ lack of depth and favorable offensive matchup against the Canadiens tonight.
Jason Spezza ($6,000) – Valeri Nichushkin ($3,700) – Mattias Janmark ($3,100)
Not the Stars line that most would have expected, and while that line obviously deserves to be considered, this line has been producing individually before being put together against the Islanders over the weekend where they had a breakout game. Spezza has points in four straight games bringing his total up to 31 on the season making him the fifth player on the Stars to break 30 points. Nichushkin has seen inconsistent production this season being bounced around the Stars lineup with only 15 points in 38 games. He had a fantastic game against the Islanders on Sunday netting two goals while adding a blocked shot and three shots on goal. The Stars are very high on Janmark after acquiring him last year from the Red Wings and the rookie has 15 points in 41 games so far and is getting a long look in the Stars top-six forward rotation. Before he was kept off the scoresheet against the Islanders he was riding a three-game point streak and is beginning to see his offensive confidence grow in such a prominent role. With how vulnerable the Rangers have been as of late the Stars will have a good opportunity to produce outside the top line and this line could see an expanded role going forward after their solid all-around game on Sunday.
Brandon Saad ($6,100) – Scott Hartnell ($5,800) – Alexander Wennberg ($3,300)
I have written about this line coming together in the last few weeks and they continue to be the most consistent and effective line that they Blue Jackets are rolling out on a nightly basis. Saad is one of the hottest scorers in the league riding a seven-game point streak that has produced 11 points. Wennberg has found the scoresheet in five his last eight outings and is beginning to up his production after a slow start with only six points in his first 18 games. Hartnell brings a physical presence to this line, averaging almost two hits a game, but has been one of the most consistent point producers for the team this season quietly putting up 29 points while others like Saad and Johansen got the headlines. He has eight points in his last 10 games on this line and this line should be viewed as a solid producing line going forward. They have a tricky matchup with Minnesota on Tuesday night but this line has been consistent and will be leaned on heavily to produce making them an intriguing play tonight.
Tyler Johnson ($4,600) – Nikita Kucherov ($6,100) – Ondrej Palat ($3,600)
Make no mistake this is not a value line, but at the moment thanks to injuries and lineup shifts this line is a value stack thanks to their combined price of $14,300. The “triplets” line was reformed this weekend and paid immediate dividends when Palat picked up a helper setting up Kucherov’s second period goal against Minnesota. It was Palat’s first game in almost two weeks and in 17 minutes of ice time he has that assist, a blocked shot and three shots on goal. Kucherov saw great production playing with Stamkos on the Lightning top line while Johnson and Palat were injured and the three were separated and has 13 points in his last 10 games. Johnson has struggled mightily this season but he has seven shots on goal in his three games since returning. This line will begin to get again soon and all should see the levels of production from last season return that saw them as one of the only lines in the league to have each member break the 60-point plateau. They have a very favorable matchup against the Flames on Tuesday night who, despite improved play as of late, are still ranked last in the league in scoring defense.
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