A solid six-game slate on the docket for tonight’s NHL action has some top teams and players who will be on the ice. The Blackhawks, Blues, Flyers and others headline some of the better team line stacks who are skating tonight, so let’s get right to tonight’s line stacks:
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (VS. PHILADELPHIA)
The Blackhawks have been struggling offensively lately and have been struggling to put W’s in the win column in the month of March with a 2-4-0 record in the month so far. I like this line tonight to snap out of their funk and begin to gel heading down the playoff stretch. This will only be the third game this line is together so their early struggles are understandable, but in their two games together they have combined to put 12 shots on goal. Toews has been held scoreless his last two games after having points in seven of his previous eight outings. Ladd opened with points in four of his first five games in a Chicago uniform before being held scoreless his last two as well. Hossa is only two games into his return from a month on the injured list but has not lost his shooting touch, putting seven SOG so far since returning. I like this line, and the Blackhawks as a whole, to break out of their slump against a tired Philly team that played last night in Philadelphia beating the Red Wings and then traveled to Chicago for their matchup tonight.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (@ CHICAGO)
On the other side of that Blackhawks/Flyers game tonight is the Flyers top line that has been very productive lately against some playoff caliber competition. Giroux, the Flyers Captain, is having a slightly down season with only 58 points, on pace for his lowest full-season total of his career. But he has been playing very well lately with nine points in his last nine games. He broke a two-game scoreless streak last night with an assist on Wayne Simmonds goal and added three blocks and four shots as well in a solid effort. Schenn has been the surprise of this line sitting fourth on the team in points with 47 and his next point will set a new career-high for him. He broke the 20/20 barrier for the second time in his career and has a new high in goals with 23. He’s been the most consistent Flyer as of late with 11 points in his last nine games overall and picked up the other assist last night on Simmonds goal. Simmonds is tied with Jakub Voracek for second on the team with 48 points and leads the team with 25 goals on the year. He added his 25th last night against the Red Wings in Philly and could conceivably break his career-high of 29 by the end of the year. This is a dynamic line and has been powering the Flyers to remain in playoff contention. The Flyers have a tough matchup tonight against the Blackhawks, having to travel to Chicago to play after playing in Philly last night, but they get Hawks backup Scott Darling in net and his 2.57 GAA on the year.
ST. LOUIS BLUES (@EDMONTON)
The Blues top line is anchored by the reigning NHL #1 Star of the Week for last week, and my top superstar of the night, Vladimir Tarasenko. In three games last week Tarasenko put up six points with two multi-point games. Despite being held scoreless on Monday night against the Flames he has feasted on the Oilers in his early career with 10 points in as many games against Edmonton, including two goals in two games vs them this year. He was the only member of this line who was not on the scoresheet on Monday. Lehtera and Schwartz found the sheet with assists on Kevin Shattenkirk’s goal to open the third period. The assist pushed Schwartz assist streak to three games and gives him seven points in his last six games overall. Lehtera continues his decent production playing between the two playmakers for the Blues with six points in his last niMatthiewune games and has three assists spread out over his last five. All told this line has dominated the Oilers this season, combining for eight points (3G, 5A) against Edmonton on the year.
WINNIPEG JETS (@ CALGARY)
The only downside about this line is that unfortunately for DFS players all three are categorized as centers but this line has been dynamic and productive for the Jets so far since they were put together. The top duo of Scheifele and Wheeler are a great stack tonight as well especially with Scheifele’s 16 points in 10 games, but the lack of a consistent winger to score on the LW pushed me to this line in a favorable matchup tonight against the Flames weak scoring defense. In his last four games Dano has put up three goals and two assists and is coming off his best game of the season on Monday night against the Canucks with two goals and an assist. Perreault, the fifth leading scorer on the Jets, hit the 40-point barrier for the third-consecutive season and has set a new career-high with 31 assists on the year. He is riding a three-game assist streak at the moment with four assists in his last three games and is coming off a multi-assist outing against the Canucks on Monday night. Burmistrov is getting his chance again in the Jets top-six, as Winnipeg hopes the former 8th overall pick in 2010 finally shows the form he was hyped to have, and has been solid lately against quality opponents putting up a goal and three assists in his last four games including multi-point outing against the Canucks on Monday as well. This line has been very solid for the Jets lately and with Winnipeg all but guaranteed out of the playoffs, expect this line to get plenty of playing time and opportunity to see what the future holds with the Jets down the stretch. That starts tonight against the Flames 30th-ranked 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