With only two NHL games on the docket for Wednesday night we have another very limited player pool for DraftKings DFS Hockey players to choose from. But fret not, there are superstars, and value buys to be had on the Line Stack front. Let’s take a look.
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Max Pacioretty ($7,900) – Tomas Plekanec ($6,200) – Brendan Gallagher ($5,700)
This is one of the top lines in all the NHL and as consistently been one of the most productive all year. Plekanec leads the Canadiens with 15 points on the season, and is followed closely by a group of five players on the team tied with 14 points and that group includes both Pacioretty and Gallagher. Plekanec is the second highest DFS FPPG scoring center available on the night behind Leon Draisaitl, while Pac and Gallagher sit second and third respectively among wingers. In what could be a high scoring matchup on Wednesday against the Penguins, look for this line to be heavily involved early and often. The Habs top line stack will come in at a cap hit for DFS players at $19,800.
Evgeni Malkin ($7,200) – Phil Kessel ($7,300) – David Perron ($4,300)
The Penguins are an anomaly this season. They are 9-5-0 and are third in the league in goals against per game giving up only 2.0 goals per game. However, the team currently sits 26th in the league in scoring offense with a 2.2 goals for average per night. This line has been one of their most consistent lines on the season, despite their recent troubles. Malkin and Kessel have found a good chemistry and have combined for 17 points and 53 SOG in their last 10 games. Perron has come on lately and has three points and 14 SOG in his last four games. A tough matchup looms against the Habs, and this line will be relied on to drive the Penguins offense with the sluggish start of Sidney Crosby and the top line. The cost of this line on Wednesday comes in at $18,800.
Taylor Hall ($6,700) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4,900) – Leon Draisaitl ($3,200)
This was my top line of the night in my Cheat Sheet. This line has been great since being put together when Draisaitl was put in the lineup. They were briefly separated thanks to the much needed return of Jordan Eberle to the Oilers lineup. However, coach Todd McLellan has moved Eberle down the order until he gets his speed back up, and so this line looks to be back again in their Wednesday matchup with the Ducks. The only change here is that Draisaitl will take the center role while RNH shifts to the wing. They will have a good chance to produce against an up-and-down Ducks team and Frederik Andersen, who blew a two-goal lead Monday and lost to Arizona in OT. The Oilers top line stack comes in with a price tag of $14,800 on Wednesday night.
Ryan Getzlaf ($6,600) – Corey Perry ($6,700)
This could easily turn into a high scoring affair in Anaheim on Wednesday, and the Ducks top duo has a chance to produce big and continue to turn around their awful start to the season. Getzlaf, who missed four games early in the season, only has five points on the season but four of those have come on home ice where Wednesday night’s game is being played. Perry is currently leading the Ducks in points with eight and on the season five of those have come at home. The Ducks top line has a prime production matchup against the Oilers and their 26th-ranked scoring defense giving up more than three goals per game. Despite their struggles this season, put the duo in your lineup Wednesday night for an affordable $13,300.
David Desharnais ($4,100) – Tomas Fleischmann ($3,900) – Dale Weise ($3,700)
You don’t normally see a team’s third line all have double-digit points only 16 games into a season, but the Canadiens are as deep a scoring team as there is in the entire league. At the moment seven of the team’s top-nine skaters have 10 or more points, with six players having 14+ points. As was said this entire line has hit double-digits in only 16 games and Desharnais is leading the line with 14 points (5G, 9A) and has seven of those points in his last five games. Fleischmann has bounced around the league, but has seen production in the past with two 50+point seasons in his career. His production so far this year is surprising but he could sustain it and has put six points on the scoresheet over his last five games. Weise is the most surprising of the trio to date. He has 11 points on the season, and only has had two seasons where he has scored more than 12 points in his career. It’s hard to tell if this is an anomaly or not, but right now ride this line for the great value until they cool down and they come at a very affordable $11,700.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and Pete Jensen’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