Nine NHL games on the docket for Tuesday night and there are superstars, and value buys to be had on the Line Stack front. Let’s take a look:
Tyler Seguin ($8,500) – Jamie Benn ($8,000) – Patrick Sharp ($6,000)
This line continues to fire on all cylinders with Benn and Seguin currently ranked as the top-two leading scorers in the NHL at the moment. This line combined for the Stars only goal last night, Benn’s league-leading 10th of the season, in a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs but look to rebound quickly with a Tuesday night tilt with the Bruins and their 3.1 goals against allowed per game. This stack will come in at a pricey $22,400 but the matchup is good enough to put at least two in your lineup.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,500) – Alexander Steen ($6,500) – Jori Lehtera ($4,000)
This line has shown well since Lehtera stepped in for the injured Paul Stastny a couple of weeks ago. Tarasenko is arguably one of the best pure scorers in the league and has looked solid this season averaging a point per game through 10 games, while posting 46 shots, good for sixth in the league. He snapped a three games scoreless streak over the weekend but is good for at least four shots a game and is always a threat to score. Steen has been a great scoring compliment to Tarasenko and he himself has nine points on the early season. Lehtera has filled in admirably for Stastny with four points in seven games since stepping up to the Blues top-line. This stack has a potentially favorable matchup against Kings backup Jonas Enroth with the Kings on the second game of a back-to-back and Jonathan Quick having started in Chicago last night. The Blues top-line will cost players $18,000.
Frans Nielsen ($4,900) – Kyle Okposo ($6,100)
The Islanders defacto top-line for the moment, with John Tavares still nursing an illness, has been arguably the team’s all-around most productive line. The Isles are juggling lines right now, and the third on this line could be either Josh Bailey ($4,100) or Anders Lee ($4,900), but Nielsen is an almost must-play right now. Even when Tavares was in the lineup, Nielsen was producing. He had a four-game point streak snapped on Sunday against Buffalo but had a goal against the Devils on Saturday and has another matchup with them on Tuesday night. Okposo has struggled over his last few outings, but he has nine points and is averaging over two shots on goal per night. This line will get plenty of opportunity to produce on Tuesday as the Isles first line against the Devils at home where the Islanders are averaging 3.25 goals scored per game. This duo comes in at a clean $11,000.
Milan Lucic ($4,600) – Jeff Carter ($5,700) – Tyler Toffoli ($5,600)
This line has been one of the offensive driving forces of the Kings great play as of late. Toffoli has come on strong and has moved into second in the league in goals with nine, trailing behind only Jamie Benn in that category. Carter looks like his old playmaking self but had a three-game point streak snapped Monday against Chicago. He is still almost a point per game player this season with 10 points in 11 games played. Lucic hasn’t settled into life in LA the way most has pictured at the beginning of the season, but he has come on strong and had a five-game point streak snapped Monday night. This line is the top-producing line at the moment for LA, so expect them to be heavily involved on Tuesday against a stingy Blues team and come in at a cost to DFS Hockey players at: $15,900.
Taylor Hall ($6,500) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4,700) – Leon Draisaitl ($2,600)
Hall has quietly has a fantastic start to his season with 13 points in the Oilers first 12 games and has a point in five straight with three consecutive multi-point efforts. Nugent-Hopkins is riding a five-game scoring streak with two multi-point efforts in that span. Draisaitl, Edmonton’s first round pick last year, had a rough outing his rookie year. He was placed on the Oilers top-line in last week and in his first two games of the season has managed three goals, two assists and seven shots. This line will only cost players $13,800 and have a potentially high-scoring tilt on top for Tuesday against Philly.
Patrick Marleau ($6,000) – Joel Ward ($4,300) – Tomas Hertl ($4,600)
The Sharks trio is my top line of the night from my Cheat Sheet and has a great matchup against Columbus on Tuesday night. Ward has been one of the best bang-for-your-buck value buys this season with seven goals and 11 points and costing less than $4,000 over his first eight games. Marleau has been one of the most consistent producing wingers over the last decade and has continued those ways with eight points in 11 games and four points in his last four outings. Hertl is still young and developing, which explains his up-an-down play, but he snapped a scoreless streak on Sunday against Colorado and will look to continue that Tuesday. Like I said they have a great matchup with the Blue Jackets who are last in the league in goals against giving up 4.8 GA/G. Roll this line stack for a great value of $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