A limited slate of NHL action tonight with only five games on the Horizon means that DFS hockey players will have to deal with a restricted player pool. Still, there are superstars and value buys on the Line Stack front, so let’s take a look:
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,900) – Alex Steen ($7,200) – Paul Stastny ($4,900)
Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock has reportedly moved Tarasenko down to the second line In an effort to spread out scoring but he will still see shifts with with Steen and Stastny at both even strength and on the Blues potent first power-play unit. After being shutout in his final three games of December Tarasenko has points in his first two games of January. Steen is coming off a two-assist game against the Senators on Monday night as well as putting up four shots on goal and a blocked shot. Stastny is riding a four-game point streak with an assist in each of his last four games. This line has been productive no matter the circumstance and have a combined six power-play points in their last four games. The Blues have the Avalanche on Wednesday and have a great scoring matchup facing the 22nd-ranked scoring defense in the league giving up almost three goals per game.
Patrick Kane ($8,800) – Artemi Panarin ($5,700) – Artem Anisimov ($4,600)
It’s never a bad thing when you have the best player in the league producing on your line and this line was the key to Chicago taking the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series with the Penguins last night. Kane extended his lead in the points race last night over Jamie Benn to seven points thanks to two assists that now give him 59 points on the season. He has points in four straight games, and this was his third multi-point game in that span. Those assists came on two goals by Panarin who extended his lead in the rookie scoring race and now sits with 13 goals and 36 points through 41 games. He now has five points in his last four games. Before being kept off the scoresheet last night Anisimov was riding a three-game goal streak and is beginning to shoot the puck more with 10 shots in his last four games after only posting eight in his previous six contests before that. This line will have a chance to get right back to it against the team they bested last night when the Penguins travel to face the Hawks in Chicago tonight in what could be a high-scoring matchup should both teams start their respective backup goalies.
Max Pacioretty ($7,300) – Brendan Gallagher ($6,300)
Doing a duo stack here with Pac and Gallagher for the Canadiens tonight against the Devils. I think that Cory Schneider will play well for the Devils tonight and is one of the top goalies to play but these two are back to clicking as linemates and it will be difficult to keep them off the scoresheet right now. Pacioretty has points in four straight games and is beginning to turn the corner for the Habs after a great start to his season. Once he lost Gallagher as his linemate his production slipped but he has seen an uptick as of late and has three points in two games with Gallagher back. Gallagher made his presence to the lineup known right away when he returned for Montreal at the Winter Classic and netted a goal and an assist. He followed that up with a goal last night against the Flyers and in two games since returning he has two goals, an assist and five SOG. They have a tough matchup against the Devils like I said above but these two have a natural chemistry that they have displayed all season and are one of the best duo stacks that are available tonight.
Ryan Kesler ($4,400) – Chris Stewart ($4,400)
Another duo stack here that has been good lately, the Ducks duo of Kesler and Stewart have hooked up in each of the Ducks last two outings for a power-play goal. Kesler has had a down season with 14 points in 38 games, but with back-to-back games of having a power-play goal he is relevant tonight at that price tag. Stewart, another one having a down season after being signed this off-season, has assisted on both of Kesler’s power-play goals in the last two games. This duo is being suggested as purely a power-play stack for those looking at that, this is a great matchup for the Ducks power-play units going against the Maple Leafs and their 18th-ranked penalty kill.
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