With seven NHL games on the docket for this Monday night to start Thanksgiving week, we have another stacked player pool for DraftKings DFS Hockey players to choose from. So there are superstars, and value buys to be had on the Line Stack front. Let’s take a look:
Alex Ovechkin ($9,500) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700) – T.J. Oshie ($6,100)
This is was my top line stack of the night in my Cheat Sheet and it’s the same here. With Ovechkin mired in a scoring slump, Coach Barry Trotz put Backstrom and Ovechkin together for the first time at even strength this season and the move has paid immediate dividends. In the three games since being moved up Backstrom has put up points in all three. Ovechkin has points in back-to-back games putting up two goals and an assist on eight shots on goal. Oshie, who had been in a larger slump than Ovechkin, has found the scoresheet in his last two games as well with an assist in each of his last two and Ovechkin and Backstrom are the two best players he has consistently played with. This line can create offense very quickly and is guaranteed to put pucks on net so if you can afford to put all three in your lineup for the hefty price of $22,300, do it against Edmonton’s second-to-last ranked scoring defense.
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500) – Gabriel Landeskog ($6,900) – Matt Duchene ($5,600)
Had the Capitals not been playing tonight, this would have been my top line of the evening. Duchene is one of the hottest scorers in the league right now. He has put up 16 points in his last 10 games, with points in six straight. Duchene is now tied with MacKinnon for the team lead in multi-point games with five, and all five have come in this 10-game outburst. He is second on the team with 55 shots, leads the team in goals with 10 and also leads the team with seven power-play points. MacKinnon continues to prove that last season’s 38 points in 64 games was a fluke, putting up 21 points in his first 20 games this year. He has clicked with Duchene and has put up 11 points of his own over his last 10 games and leads the Avs with 21 points and 12 assists. His 71 shots are good for 12th league-wide. Since returning from his two-game suspension Landeskog has picked right back up with his offensive contribution posting assists in back-to-back games and putting eight shots on goal in his two games back. The Avs top line comes in at a heavy price of $20,000 but against Winnipeg’s 26th-ranked scoring defense it could be worthwhile.
Jeff Carter ($6,300) – Tyler Toffoli ($6,100) – Milan Lucic ($4,700)
Lucic was seen as the savior of the top-line for the Kings in the off-season when he was acquired by the Kings, but it’s the second line with Carter and Toffoli where he has found his stride. He has been held scoreless his last two, but was riding a three-game point streak before that and has 11 points on the year. Carter has been a near point-per-game player this year with 19 points in 20 games. He is averaging 4.2 FPPG, good for fifth among centers on the night. He has points in three of his last five games and has nine points and 35 SOG in his last 10 outings. Toffoli had his six-game point streak snapped on Sunday night against the Hurricanes, but during that streak had managed one goal and six assists. The Kings meet the Panthers, riding a two-game losing streak, and their middle of the pack scoring defense on Monday night and the Kings top scoring trio comes in at $17,100.
Rick Nash ($7,200) – Mats Zuccarello ($5,600) – Derick Brassard ($5,300)
The Rangers have looked fantastic as of late, 9-1-0 in their last 10, and this line has been a driving force of that. Zuccarello is showing the presence that the Rangers sorely missed during the playoffs last season. Zuccarello has managed 15 points in his last 10, and leads the team in all three scoring categories. Nash struggled early but is finding his offense as of late with 10 of his 13 points this season coming in his last 10 games and he capped that off with a hat-trick in the Rangers win over the Panthers on Saturday night. Brassard has had his own offensive inconsistencies this season, but he is the best offensive option the Rangers have at center and his 14 points are good for second on the team behind Zuccarello at the moment. The Rangers have a challenge on Monday night against the Predators and Pekka Rinne but they have shown the ability to score at will lately, and their top line comes in at a cap hit of $18,100.
Mark Scheifele ($4,600) – Mathieu Perreault ($4,000) – Drew Stafford ($3,900)
The Jets are mired in a 3-6-1 slump in their last 10 but they have won two straight. This line powered the Jets to a 4-1 win over the Canucks when Scheifele and Stafford both contributed two goals and an assist each, and Perreault tallied three assists. Scheifele and Stafford followed that up with a point each against the Coyotes on Saturday. The Jets have not seen the production from their top line as of late so this line has picked up some of the slack. The Jets face the Avalanche on Monday night, and with both teams ranked in the bottom-five in the league in scoring defense this could turn into a high-scoring affair quickly. If you’re looking for some value plays to off-set some of the heavy hitters out there tonight, this line comes in at a tidy $12,500.
David Krejci ($6,000) – Loui Eriksson ($5,200) – Matt Beleskey ($3,700)
The Bruins have been surprisingly more consistent than anyone projected them to be this season. Krejci currently sits in a tie for seventh in scoring in the league with 22 points and had a three-game scoring streak snapped on Saturday against the Maple Leafs. Before that game he has five points in those three games, and sits fourth in FPPG among centers on the night with 4.3. Eriksson is riding a four-game point streak at the moment, aided by an assist on an empty-netter on Saturday night. He has put up nine points in his last 10 and sits third on the team in scoring with 18 points. Beleskey was the Bruins big off-season signing and is beginning to find his game with points in back-to-back contests and four of his last five games overall. The Bruins will have a tough matchup with Maple Leafs starter James Reimer, who they only managed a one goal against on Saturday night, but this line has been creating offensive chances when on the ice lately and they come in at an affordable $14,900.
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