With NHL games on the docket for Wednesday night we have another 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:
Alex Ovechkin ($9,600) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700) – T.J. Oshie ($6,100)
Capitals coach Barry Trotz put Ovechkin and Backstrom back together on Monday at practice but did say he is not sure if it was just for practice, or if it is going to be for the game, so that leave Evengy Kuznetsov ($5,800) and his team-leading 17 points an option for this line and that would still makes this my top line of the night. Backstrom and long been a running-mate of Ovechkin and the two have put up big numbers in the past and will likely be put back together full-time at some point this season, potentially even tonight. Still, the two are on the Caps top power-play unit giving them more playing time together regardless. Oshie has been quiet with only four points in his last 10 games, so perhaps this will help him develop some chemistry with Backstrom and jump start his season.
Patrick Kane ($8,600) – Artemi Panarin ($5,500) – Artem Anisimov ($4,300)
This is the Blackhawks highest scoring line, and that helps when you have the leading scorer in the league on it in Kane and his 28 points. Kane is riding an absolutely ridiculous 13-game scoring streak right now and has a goal in seven straight and should be considered for your lineup every night, especially coming in at $1,000 less than Ovechkin at the moment. The real surprise is Panarin. The young Russian has made the transition to the NHL more fluidly than most expected, he has formed a great chemistry on the ice with Kane and currently finds himself tied for ninth in the league in scoring with 18 points of his own thanks to points in five straight games and eight of his last nine. Anisimov has not put up the same offensive numbers as his linemates, but he is no slouch either with 12 points on the season including five points in his last four outings. The Hawks take on the Oilers 28th-ranked scoring defense that is surrendering more than three goals per night, so roll Chicago’s second-line as one of the top lines of the night and reap the rewards.
Dylan Larkin ($4,500) – Pavel Datsyuk ($5,200) – Tomas Tatar ($5,100)
For a player that wasn’t thought to be making the team when training camp started, Larkin, 19 years-old mind you, has been a revelation for the Red Wings. He currently sits tied for second on the team with 12 points, is second in shots on goal with 42 and has shown superb defensive responsibility as he is currently third in the NHL in +/- with a +12 rating. He has points in two of his last three games and has six points on the season playing at home. Datsyuk is still trying to shake off the rust from missing the first month and a half of the season but he has looked good and should see his production pick up. Even though he is scoreless in his first three games back, he has seven shots and playing with playmakers like Larkin and Tatar will only help. Tatar is having another solid season to date with three points in his last three games and 12 points overall. This line has a lot of scoring potential, but the goals might be at a premium in their matchup with Washington on Wednesday night.
Daniel Sedin ($6,700) – Henrik Sedin ($4,800) – Jannik Hansen ($3,500)
The Canucks and their top line don’t get talked about much, but they have produced well this season and especially as of late. Daniel Sedin is still the offensive force for the team. His 6-11-17 line, with five power-play points and 72 shots on goal all leads the team and he has put up six points and 17 of those shots in his last four games. Twin brother Henrik has put up five of his 14 points in that span as well. Hansen is the latest linemate that the twins have has this season after Radim Vrbata was moved off the line again, and he has been solid lately with five points of his own in his last four games as well. At only $3,500 he is another player to look at as a value option for tonight. This line has been playing well and producing as of late and they look to continue that on Wednesday against the struggling Jets who have lost six straight and seven of eight in the month of November.
Taylor Hall ($6,800) – Leon Draisaitl ($3,600) – Teddy Purcell ($3,400)
Hall currently sits tied in fourth with four other players in the scoring race with 20 points on the season and is showing how lethal of a scorer he can be when healthy. The Oilers have been struggling as of late, but Hall and his line are still producing and he has four points and 15 SOG in his last three games. Draisaitl has already exceeded his offensive output from last year in only eight games and has found a great chemistry with Hall on the Oilers top line. Draisaitl has five multi-point games and has scored in six of his eight contests so far to give him 13 points on the year. Like Hall, he is riding a three-game scoring streak and has put up six points over that span. People forget that Purcell was formerly a top-line winger for Steven Stamkos and put up 116 points in two seasons in that role. He now finds himself playing with another elite-level scorer in Hall and he has put up four points in his last four games that includes a multi-point, six SOG effort against LA on Saturday. The Oilers have tough matchup with the Chicago on Wednesday but this line will be counted on to produce and will see plenty of chances to do so.
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