There is a deep player pool for DraftKings DFS players to choose from tonight, filled with some great line stacks. The Capitals, Stars, Lightning, and others are all in action with important playoff implications on the line. All that said, let’s take a look at tonight’s best available line trios.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (VS. CAROLINA)
The Capitals have hit a bit of a wall as of late, having lost three of their last five games, and they have needed to get to OT to win both of their games in that span. Ovie seemed to hit a wall with the team but has begun to put points back on the board with assists in three of his last four games, despite not scoring a goal in his past six. Backstrom has remained a solid contributor for the Caps in their down stretch, as well, with nine points in their last 10 games including points in three of his last four games as well. His run of offense has propelled him into the top-10 in the league in scoring with 63 points on the year, joining teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov as the other Capital in the top-10. T.J. Oshie has prominently been the RW for this line all season up to this point, but Beagle skated with the two top playmakers on Monday and could be bumped up to top-line duty in an effort to add some size and grit to the line. Beagle, all of 13 points this season, could see a decent amount of time with Ovie and Backstrom, but monitor this to see confirmation of him playing in that spot. If he does, he becomes one of the top value picks of the evening.
DALLAS STARS (VS. LOS ANGELES)
This is a power-play stack option for those DFS players so inclined to go that route. The Stars have juggled their top-six forward lines up a bit, and DFS players now find Seguin and Spezza paired together at both even strength and on the Stars potent first power-play unit, where they also play with Jamie Benn. Spezza has been the most productive forward for the Stars as of late with 10 goals and 11 points total in his last 10 games. He is riding a six-game goal scoring streak at the moment with four of those markers coming on the man advantage, while putting up 38 SOG in those 10 games giving him a phenomenal 26.3 shooting % in that stretch. He is coming off a two-goal, seven shot performance against the Blues over the weekend and has put up multi-point games in each of his last two outings.
“All told, this trio has 18 power-play points over their last 10 games combined”
Seguin has multi-point outings in each of his last two games as well, putting up one power play assist (PPA) in each of those games, while putting up 11 shots on goal (SOG), too. Benn is riding his own scoring streak with points in four straight and five of six. He also has multi-point games in his last two and has at least one power play point (PPP) in each of the five games he has found the scoresheet in those previous six games. All told, this trio has 18 power-play points over their last 10 games combined, and with Spezza and Seguin playing together at even strength, as well, this line is proving fruitful for all players, and each should be targeted either individually or in a stack of some kind.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (VS. TORONTO)
With Kucherov back tonight after leaving the Lightning game on Sunday thanks to a sucker punch by Dalton Prout, this line jumps into one of the top lines in the conversation for tonight. Despite only playing 10 minutes on Sunday, Kucherov snapped a two-game scoreless drought when he assisted on the first of Stamkos’ goal in the first period while also posting a SOG and a block. Kucherov did hit a small slump but overall has points in five of his last seven games. Stamkos snapped a four-game slide in a big way adding another goal and an assist, both on the penalty kill (PK), after that first period marker that Kucherov tallied a helper on. It was one of his better performances in his last 10 games, with six shots on goal, as well as taking over Kucherov for the team lead in points in the process. Killorn is mired in a slump with no points in his last four games. After a solid month of February playing with Stamkos and Ryan Callahan, Killorn has just a single point in March, but he has played solid against the Leafs this season with an assist and five shots on goal in three games.
FLORIDA PANTHERS (VS. MONTREAL)
I wrote about Barkov in the NHL Targets article today but this line as a whole has helped the Panthers get to where they are today and are arguably the most underrated top line in the whole league. Barkov, 20, has quickly turned into one of the premier young centers in the NHL and is enjoying a breakout season that will see him burst through the 50-point barrier for the first time in his career. All three players on this line are point per game players at the moment with 10 points in his last 10 games but Barkov has been arguably the Panthers most consistent point-producer this season. Barkov did everything he could with a goal and an assist last night against the Islanders, but the Panthers blew it late to lose 3-2.
Then there is the ageless wonder Jagr. He has those 10 points in his last 10 games despite being the only one on this line who was held scoreless last night against the Islanders. However, he continues to lead the team in scoring with 53 points on the year. Huberdeau sits in second on the Panthers in assists with 34 and third in points with 47. He is currently riding a four-game point streak that has produced two goals, five assists, ten SOG and three multi-point games. Regardless of who gets the start in net for Montreal tonight, this line has a great fantasy matchup having combined for six points in their lone game against the Canadiens this season, and is easily one of the top available stacks in the league. They should be considered with the upper-echelon stacks like the Stars and Capitals tonight.
OTTAWA SENATORS (VS. MINNESOTA)
A very surprising top line stack for a value stack tonight is the quietly productive Senators top line. Stone is one of the highest-scoring players over the last 10 games who is available tonight with 14 points in that span. He’s riding a five-game point streak right now and is coming off one of his best games of the season with a goal and two assists against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. He’s second on the team in goals, assists, and points, and with 57 points on the season, is well on his way to breaking the 60-point barrier for the second consecutive year.
“He’s riding an eight-game point streak and is in the middle of his most productive season in the league to date”
Smith and Pageau have been very pleasant surprises for the team. Smith had 19 points in his first 59 games of the year and playing here has propelled him to 11 points and seven goals in his last 10 games. He’s riding an eight-game point streak and is in the middle of his most productive season in the league to date thanks to a switch to the wing permanently. Pageau rounds out the trio with 10 points in his last 10 games, as well. He’s coming off a three assist game against the Leafs over the weekend, and, overall, he has points in six of ten. They do have an iffy matchup tonight against the Wild and their 9th-ranked scoring defense, but with a lack of depth scoring on the Senators, this line will shoulder the load and are a great value stack tonight with their high level of production as of late.
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