After a solid 10-game slate last night, tonight’s two-game schedule gives DraftKings DFS hockey players about as limited a night of hockey action as you can get. There are three playoff contenders on the ice tonight but their lines haven’t been super consistent as of late. Still there are some top players and hot scorers who are playing tonight so let’s take a look at some of the top stacks on the evening:
OTTAWA SENATORS (@ NEW YORK ISLANDERS)
On such a limited night of action and especially with teams that have offenses as inconsistent as these four have been as of late, the smart play is to roll the players who are hottest at the moment going in, and that is the duo of Hoffman and Zibanejad. Hoffman and Zibanejad come into tonight’s matchup against the Islanders both riding equal five-game point streaks. Zibanejad has goals in four of his five games and is up to 18 on the season. Hoffman has done the majority of his damage through assists and has put up back-to-back multi-assists game in his last two outings against the Habs and Caps.
Chiasson was put on this line recently to give it a boost of physicality after spending most of the season in the Senators bottom-six. He is capable of chipping in points occasionally and had a two-game goal streak snapped last night against the Capitals and is a solid value play while playing in such a prime position in the Senators top-six. The trio has combined for three points against the Islanders this season, and with the way NY has played lately, it’s hard to not pick against them at least fantasy wise.
NEW YORK RANGERS (VS BOSTON)
It’s not a stretch to say that offensively it has been a down season for the Rangers, especially with regards to Rick Nash. Yes, he missed time due to injury, but when healthy, he was not on pace to put up numbers close to the 42-goal, 69-point campaign of last season. Still he had a solid game on Monday night against the Panthers, his most solid in his six games back since returning from the IR. Nash posted a goal and three shots. He missed over a month and a half, not playing since January 22 until March 12, but the goal was his first since the end of December which was a span of 15 games played. He has looked solid playing with his old running-mate Brassard, who is the Rangers second-leading scorer on the year with 53 points, and he has assists in his last two games to go along with four SOG. Fast saw time with this duo in the playoffs last season and was solid there but has spent most of the season languishing in the Rangers bottom-six. He has shown flashes of being a capable scorer when given the chance and has 25 points in a bottom-six role this year. He could be a sparkplug for the Rangers if he gets going playing with Nash and Brassard again.
BOSTON BRUINS (@ NEW YORK RANGERS)
This line has been the Bruins most consistent line over the last couple of weeks. The B’s have hit a rough patch in their last three outings as a whole, losing them all and managing only a single goal in their last two. However, before this two game slump the trio was riding a three-game point streak together. On that streak, Krejci posted a goal and three assists, Eriksson netted two goals and three assists and Pastrnak had three goals of his own while adding an assist. The Bruins will have a tough matchup tonight against the Rangers, who have had their struggles as of late as well. For the Bruins to turn things around, this line will have to do part of the heavily lifting, and fantasy players should expect that with the trio seeing some of the most-extensive on-ice usage among Bruins forwards 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