A great slate of nine NHL games means that there is a deep player pool for DFS DK players to peruse so they can fill-out their rosters. There will be some new line combos thanks to the trade deadline and a couple of those might make the lists today. With that being said let’s take a look at some of the best top and value stacks tonight:
Alex Ovechkin ($9,100) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,700) – Justin Williams ($5,300)
The Capitals top line has not missed a step since Barry Trotz put this trio together earlier this month and has been as effective as could be, especially with Ovechkin now leading the league in goals. Ovie has been great this month, tying for the league-lead in goals for the month of February with 12. He was held off the scoresheet over the weekend against the Blackhawks, while still putting up five shots, and that snapped a five-game point streak that produced four multi-point games. Kuznetsov continues to put the stamp on his breakout season by leading the team in points, assists and +/-. Williams has been a fantastic signing for the Caps and sits fourth on the team in points with 43 and has eight points in his last 10 games and added a PP assist on Sunday against the Hawks. This line is clicking right now and they are getting ample opportunity to produce with all three seeing time on the PP. They face the Penguins, who are coming off playing last night, in a tough divisional matchup tonight but on the season this trio only has combined for a lone goal by Kuznetsov in two games against Pitt.
Tyler Seguin ($8,600) – Jamie Benn ($8,200) – Patrick Sharp ($6,400)
The Stars top line has a tough matchup tonight with the rejuvenated Predators and goalie Pekka Rinne. The Stars have hit the skids recently and have lost six of their last seven games, but their top line has continued to produce the offense. Seguin has points in seven of his last 10 games that has seen him put up four goals and six assists. Benn has been held scoreless his last two outings despite firing seven shots on goal. He has been effective against the Predators this season however with three points and 10 SOG in two games. Sharp, likewise, has been scoreless his last two games that snapped a four-game, six-point streak that he had going. Even though this line has struggled in their last few outings this line has seven points combined against the Predators this season and are struggling right now to keep their place in the playoff race. Look to this line to be proactive tonight on the offensive end trying to snap the Stars out of their funk.
h2. Mid-Level Stacks
Patrice Bergeron ($7,100) – Brad Marchand ($6,800) – Lee Stempniak ($4,200)
It hasn’t been confirmed yet but it is likely that Stempniak, acquired Monday from the Devils at the deadline, will slide into the Bruins lineup as the permanent fix for the RW on the Bruins top line. With as good as Bergeron and Marchand have been this season, they have not been able to keep a consistent winger with them. Stempniak was leading the Devils in points (41) and assists (25) and should see a boost in his fantasy stock playing with two great playmakers. Bergeron has eight points in his last nine games and continues to lead the Bruins with 53 points. Marchand just broke the 30-goal barrier for the first time in his career after tying Ovechkin and Filip Forsberg for the NHL lead in February with 12 goals. This line has the chance to be very productive and that will start tonight against the weak Flames scoring defense.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,200) – Jaden Schwartz ($5,500) – Paul Stastny ($4,600)
The Blue top line has hit the skids as of late but will have a great chance to bounce back against the Senators, who are ranked in the bottom-five of the league in scoring defense and have allowed nine goals against in their last two games. Tarasenko, once seemingly on pace to break the 40-goal barrier again, has cooled off considerably with only 15 points since the start of January after scoring 39 the first three months of the season. Still he seems destined to have some puck luck go his way with 36 SOG in his last 10 games. Schwartz has been held scoreless his last three games as well. He has been solid in his 16 games this season with 10 points and has seven points in his last three games. Stastny has been scoreless his last two games and five of his last six overall. However they have a great chance to put up production against a weak defense and both Tarasenko and Stastny has points against the Sens in the Blues previous game against them this year.
Nathan MacKinnon ($6,700) – Gabriel Landeskog ($6,100) – Mikkel Boedker ($4,800)
The Avs top line just got a big boost at the deadline when the team acquired Boedker from the Coyotes. Boedker is a very speedy winger who will slot in very nicely in the Avalanche up-tempo offense. He had 13 goals and was third on the Coyotes with 39 points (18 PPP), but the knock on Boedker in non-fantasy discussions is his -28 rating. He will be playing with the best playmakers of his career with Mack and Landeskog and this line has the potential to be a very dynamic. MacKinnon has points in his last two games and just broke the 20-goal barrier for the second time in his three seasons. Landeskog also has points in his last two games, both multi-point games, and has points in four of his last five games overall. This trade solidifies the Avs top-six and it will be interesting to see how Boedker produces with this talent around him.
Aleksander Barkov ($6,300) – Jaromir Jagr ($5,500) – Teddy Purcell ($4,100)/Jiri Hudler ($4,200)
Quinton Howden was on this line over the weekend but that will not be the case now that the Panthers have acquired both Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell on Monday before the deadline. It has not been confirmed if either of them will slot into the wing on this line but both were acquired from teams that they were effectively producing in top-line roles. Barkov is currently fourth in scoring on the Panthers with 39 points and has been picking up the slack with the loss of Jonathan Huberdeau to injury. Barkov has eight points (6G, 2A) in his seven February games and in his first three games back from an injury of his own he has points in all three. Jagr continues to be the ageless wonder and keeps chugging along and jumping up the all-time scoring list. He too has eight points in his last 10 games even though his pointless game over the weekend snapped a four-game point streak. Purcell was enjoying a nice season playing with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl and was fifth on the team in scoring with 32 points in 61 games. Hudler, one year removed from a 76-point season, had 35 points in 53 games playing mostly with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Monitor this line during the day to see who the Panthers tap to skate on the LW in a favorable offensive matchup against the Jets.
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