A second straight night of 12 NHL games on the docket means that DFS DK players will have another stacked player pool for tonight’s slate of hockey action. There are superstars, and value buys a plenty to be had on the Line Stack front, so let’s take a look:
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800) – Alexander Steen ($6,400) – Paul Stastny ($5,200) – St. Louis Blues
This was my top line of the night on today’s NHL Cheat Sheet. St. Louis’ top line is back at full strength thanks to the return of Stastny after a month recovering from a broken foot and they have looked strong since his return to the lineup. Despite being held off the scoresheet in both games, Tarasenko is the superstar of this line and team and has 10 points and four multi-point games in his last 10 games. Steen had a multi-point game against the Penguins on Wednesday night and himself has eight points in his last 10 games. Stastny looked very good recording a multi-point game in his second game back against the Penguins on Wednesday night. In two games back he has six shots on goal, and overall has seven points in seven games on the season. The Blues top-line looks to continue their scoring ways with a matchup against the Blue Jackets who are coming off a tough overtime game against the Penguins last night.
Alex Ovechkin ($9,400) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,600) – T.J. Oshie ($6,000)
Another top-line of the night, the Capitals first line combined for two goals, an assist and 12 shots on goal last night in Washington’s 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. Ovechkin has points in two straight and goals in four of his last five games while putting 27 shots on goal in that span. Backstrom has one-upped his linemate with points in five of his last six and has a goal and two assists over his last two games and now has 19 points on the season in 19 games. Oshie snapped a six-game goalless drought with a tally last night on the power-play and he’s starting to shoot the puck more as of late with nine shots on goal in his last four games. The Caps front line should have a great chance for some production and to feast on the Maple Leafs defense Saturday night with Toronto starting Jonathan Bernier and his 3.17 GAA on the season.
h2. Mid-Level Stacks
Steven Stamkos ($7,400) – Ryan Callahan ($4,900) – Alex Killorn ($4,000)
The Lightning are beginning to turn things around after a slow start to their season. Stamkos has had a very un-Stamkos like start to his season despite leading the team with 11 goals, 63 SOG and 17 points in 24 games on the season. However he’s found his game as of late with five goals and eight points in his last 10 games, and has 10 points in 11 home games this season. Callahan recently broke a long scoreless drought and now has points in two of his last three games. In those three games he has managed seven blocked shots and seven shots on goal giving him excellent category coverage. Despite only nine points on the season, Killorn has seen his production pick up lately as well with a goal, four assists and 20 SOG in his last 10 games. The Lightning face the Islanders, both teams coming off tough games last night, and will most-likely face Islanders back-up Thomas Greiss who has dropped his last two appearances for New York.
Patrick Marleau ($6,000) – Joel Ward ($4,500) – Joonas Donskoi ($3,000)
The Sharks have been shuffling their top-six around but they may have found a combination that works with their second line at the moment. Marleau is riding a modest three-game point streak and all three games have been multi-point efforts and now has points in five of his last six games overall. He has nine points, 11 blocked shots and 28 shots on goal in his last 10 games. Ward is seeing great production numbers playing with Marleau, sitting third on the team with 18 points, and is on pace for a career offensive season in his first year in San Jose. He too has points in three straight games for the Sharks that has produced four points and has eight shots on goal in his last four games. Aside from an awesome name, Donskoi has a solid game too. He had a four-game point streak snapped Wednesday night against Chicago, but is beginning to brim with confidence now that he is being trusted with some of the Sharks top scorers. The Sharks welcome the Flames, who dropped a difficult overtime game last night against Arizona, to San Jose on Saturday night and Calgary is allowing 3.62 GA/G on the road this season.
Mike Cammalleri ($5,200) – Adam Henrique ($4,800) – Lee Stempniak ($3,700)
The Devils dropped a shootout game to the Canadiens last night, but get an immediate chance for revenge against the Habs tonight in Montreal. Cammalleri leads the Devils with 16 assists and 23 points on the season and is currently riding a three-game point streak that has pushed his last 10 games total to 12 points. Henrique leads the Devils with 11 goals on the season and he too has a three-game scoring streak with goals in each of his last three outings. Stempniak is one of those players out-playing his value at the moment with 18 points on the season and is a point-per-game player over his last 10 games with 10 points. He is coming off a multi-point game last night against the Habs and now has points in two of his last three games. The Devils will most likely face Montreal backup goalie Dustin Tokarski on Saturday night who, in his only appearance this season, allowed two goals against the Avalanche two weeks ago.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and the DraftKings Playbook 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