With eight NHL games on the docket for Tuesday night we have, DFS hockey players have a player pool flush with top talent and great line stacks. So 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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Tyler Seguin ($9,000) – Jamie Benn ($8,200) – Patrick Sharp ($6,200)
Like I said in the Cheat Sheet today, until this line gets shut down they will be the top line stack on a nightly basis. The Stars are the best team in the Western Conference, they have the highest scoring offense in the league and this line is a major contributing factor to that having combined for 66 points this season. Sharp was not with Seguin and Benn for the first couple of weeks but since he has moved up has been almost unstoppable and has found the scoresheet in nine of his last 10 games, managing 12 points in that stretch. This is an incredible expensive line-stack, with Seguin and Benn being the two highest-priced players available tonight, coming in at a hefty $23,400 but if you can finagle all three and make your lineup work then do it.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600) – Alexander Steen ($6,600) – David Backes ($4,600)
Another very solid top line available tonight with a great matchup is the Blues top trio of Tarasenko, Steen and Lehtera. Tarasenko continues to be one of the best pure scorers in the league and has four goals in his last three games putting up 14 shots in that span. Steen has managed points in back-to-back games after being held scoreless for two games before that. Backes has been up to the first line due to Jori Lehtera’s recent scoring struggles, and immediately made an impact with two goals and one assist last night skating with Tarasenko and Steen and on the Blues top power-play unit. He had his best game of the season and also contributed three shots and a block on the night. Steen and Backes have a history of playing together in past seasons, and this line looks to have quickly put together a good chemistry ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Columbus and their 29th-ranked scoring defense and they come in as a trio on the night at a cost of $18,800.
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500) – Matt Duchene ($5,400) – Mikhail Grigorenko ($2,700)
The Avs top line did not see any fall off missing Gabriel Landeskog to his two-game suspension as all three of these players scored three points each against the Canadiens on Saturday night. MacKinnon is one of the best, young scorers in the league and currently sits seventh in the league in scoring with 19 points. Duchene has eight points in his last three games since Patrick Roy moved him up to the top-line assignment with MacKinnon. Grigorenko has filled in the last game and a half for Landeskog and has put up four points in that span. A Tuesday matchup with the Maple Leafs looms for the Avalanche and this line, despite all being only center eligible, comes in as one of the top line stacks on the night at a cost-efficient $15,600.
David Krejci ($5,900) – Loui Eriksson ($5,000) – Frank Vatrano ($3,000)
The Bruins have been another surprising team this season with the difficulties this off-season that forced them to trade Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton. Their offense ranks third in the league at the moment and Krejci, who sits tied in the top-10 in scoring with 18 points in 16 games, leads the B’s in both goals (8) and assists (10) and has points in three of his last four. Eriksson snapped a two-game scoreless streak on Saturday and now has eight points in his last 10 games to give him 13 total on the season. Vatrano made his NHL debut last weekend and immediately notched a goal in his first game. He has been held off the scoresheet since, but he has put an impressive 17 SOG in his first four games. Before his call-up he led the Providence Bruins of the AHL in scoring and shots on goal with 10 goals, 12 points and 37 SOG in 10 games. He is worth a look for the price tag with players knowing he will shoot the puck. The Bruins second line comes in at a price tag of $13,900.
Mike Cammalleri ($5,000) – Adam Henrique ($4,700) – Lee Stempniak ($3,700)
The Devils top-line, and the Devils as a whole, have been a pleasant surprise to fantasy players this season and have quietly put up impressive numbers. Cammalleri is a point-per-game player on the season with 17 points in as many games. He is a streaky player, going a number of games in a row where he will score followed by a string of games where he won’t, but he is coming off a three-point game against the Penguins on Saturday night where this line showed well. Henrique added two points in that Penguin game and now has five points in his last four outings, with two of those being multi-point efforts. Stempniak broke a two-game scoreless streak on Saturday with a multi-point game and now has three multi-point games in his last five. The Devils have a strong potential scoring matchup against a Flames team on Tuesday night that possesses the worst scoring defense in the league, giving up almost four goals per game. The Devils top trio comes in at a very reasonable $13,400.
Mikko Koivu ($4,700) – Jason Zucker ($4,600) – Nino Niederreiter ($3,700)
The Wild second line has been a driving force of their offense since the loss of Zach Parise and this line has stepped up and seen an uptick in their production. Koivu has been an impressive playmaker this season and leads the team in both assists (12) and points (15). He has points in his last three games and is really clicking centering this line. Zucker, who I wrote about in my Targets article, has 10 points and 34 SOG in his last 10 games and is second on the team in points to Koivu and has really been the winger who has stepped up his scoring production since the loss of Parise. Nino has picked up his shooting more recently and has two goals and eight SOG in his last three games. Scoring will be at a premium on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh’s 4th-ranked scoring defense, however the Penguins have given up 14 goals against their last four outings so this line stack should get a look from DFS players at a $13,000 cap hit.
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