After a solid eight-game slate last night, tonight’s six-game schedule gives DraftKings DFS hockey players another solid draft pool for their night of NHL action. There are some top players and lines available this evening with the Blackhawks, Capitals, Kings and Ducks all playing, some against each other, so let’s take a look:
CHICAGO BLACKHAWS (vs. St. Louis Blues)
There isn’t much more that can be said about the Hawks top line that hasn’t already been said this year, especially when it comes to Kane. Kane continues to dominate the league on his way to being the front-runner for the MVP this year. He is up to 90 points on the season, a new career-high, and has 13 points in his last 10 games. Panarin, the presumed front-runner for the Calder trophy, has 11 points in his last 10 games and has two multi-point games in his last three outings (2G, 2A) with both games against the Red Wings that he had points in. Anisimov picked up points for the second time in four games against Detroit on Sunday when he too chipped in a multi-point game with a goal and an assist, both points coming courtesy of the PP. This line has been clicking and lethal all season especially against their opponent this evening, combining for eight points in three games vs the Blues.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (vs. Los Angeles Kings)
Much like the Blackhawks top line, the Capitals top line has had everything that could be written about them this season written about them. They are the top line on the top team in the league with arguably one of the top three or four players in the league anchoring that line. This line is always lethal and always a threat, especially Backstrom and Ovie. Ovechkin has largely been held in check lately with only two points, and one goal, in his last six games while putting 22 SOG to add to his league-leading 329.
“Backstrom has been more consistent with seven assists in his last seven games, with four coming on the PP”
Backstrom has been more consistent with seven assists in his last seven games, with four coming on the PP. Oshie has not had the prolific season that many were expecting playing with two great playmakers but he has solidly put up 40 points on this lines RW this season and has five points over his last five games. The Capitals are in the midst of a western swing right now and face a dangerous Kings team, however this line has been very good against the Western Conference this season and has helped the Caps to a 14-4-2 vs the other conference.
LOS ANGELES KINGS (vs. Washington Capitals)
After falling behind the Ducks in the Pacific standings and in an effort to jump-start their offense with Marian Gaborik still sidelined, the Kings have turned to some high-powered assets on their top line. Daryl Sutter shifted Kopitar and Carter together, putting his two highest scorers on a line together with the physical Lucic and the trio had an immediate impact against the Canucks over the weekend. Kopitar pushed his points streak to four games after recording a PPG and two assists for an 8.0 fantasy point night. Carter had himself a game. He posted two goals, two blocks and put nine shots on goal in 18 minutes of ice time. Lucic pushed his own point streak to three games with an assist after having a multi-point game against the Ducks the outing before. This line looked very good over the weekend, even against a weaker opponent, but should be considered as one of the top stacks of the evening despite going against the Capitals tonight. The Caps have been up-and-down lately, so from a fantasy perspective this line could do some damage tonight regardless who is between the pipes for Washington.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS (vs. Calgary Flames)
Even with some big names available on the night I made Forsberg my superstar to build around for the Cheat Sheet and he and his linemates have been fantastic as of late. All three players on this line have posted double-digit point totals over their last 10 games. Forsberg is leading the way with 15 points in his last 10 and pushed his current point streak to three with an assist last night against the Jets. Ribeiro, I wrote yesterday, remains one of the best assist men in the league and continued that with his 11th assist in 10 games last night giving him 40 on the season, which puts him 11th in the league in assists. The assist last night pushed his point streak to five games.
“This line is as hot as any in the league and have another prime opportunity to see their production continue against the Flames 29th-ranked scoring defense”
Smith has been doing almost as much damage as Forsberg lately and is one of the best mid-level guys available tonight. He too is riding a five-game point streak that has seen him put up four multi-point games, goals in four of the five games, 14 shots on goal and posted a two-goal game last night in Winnipeg. This line is as hot as any in the league and have another prime opportunity to see their production continue against the Flames 29th-ranked scoring defense.
ANAHEIM DUCKS (vs. Vancouver Canucks)
I’ll finish today with a duo stack. Another line that I have written about lately is the Ducks top-scoring duo that has helped to power this offense and team back to the top of the Pacific division, ahead of the Kings. We all know the month of February that Getzlaf had, leading the league with 20 points in the month. He started March slowly as he was held off the scoresheet for his first two contests and sat out one vs the Coyotes. He broke that with Anaheim’s only goal and posted four shots against the Capitals in Monday night’s shootout loss. Despite the slow start to the month he still is a point-per-game player with nine points in his last nine games. He has settled in fantastically with Perron since the latter came over from the Penguins and Perron has been one of the Ducks most consistent scorers since. Perron has points in seven of his last 10 games, including his last two against the Kings and Capitals. Overall Perron has 19 points and a +14 rating in 22 games with Anaheim, compared to 16 points in his first 43 games with Pittsburgh early this year. Playing against the Avalanche tonight provides a favorable fantasy matchup tonight for this duo, who have also combined for 10 PPP in their last 10 games playing largely with Perry, Vatanen and Fowler on the Ducks potent first power-play unit.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and Eric Goodman’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