With only four games on this Wednesday night, DFS Hockey players are forced to look at some lower-end line stacks for production with some potential high scoring matchups thanks to a slew of sub-par defenses playing on the evening.
Henrik Zetterberg ($6,700) – Dylan Larkin ($3,900) – Justin Abdelkader ($4,700)
I talked about this line in my Cheat Sheet and like I said there, ride this line for as long as you can while they produce. They are going to be together for the foreseeable future and have a great matchup against Edmonton on Wednesday night. The Red Wings top producing line will be a must own and comes with a total cost to DFS Hockey players of: $15,300.
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,000) – Gabriel Landeskog ($6,600) – Alex Tanguay ($4,300)
This line stack comes in a little bit pricier than Detroit’s but will have a fantastic opportunity to produce against the bottom-dwelling Hurricanes. This line was kept off the scoresheet over the weekend against LA, but look for the trio to come out firing on Wednesday against a Carolina team that ranks fourth-worst in the NHL in goals against per game. This line stack will count $17,900 against your cap.
Jack Eichel ($5,000) – Evander Kane ($5,300) – Jamie McGinn ($3,100)
Eichel hasn’t had the start to his season (2G, 12 SOG) like the equally-hyped McDavid but look for this line to be heavily involved in Buffalo’s Wednesday tryst with Toronto. Kane is still looking for his first goal as a Sabre but is averaging three SOG on the season. The other McGinn playing tonight, yes they’re brothers, was bumped up to the second line this week in practice and looks to get the shot there Wednesday night. Toronto is tied-fifth worst in the NHL in goals against per game so this matchup has the chance to be very high scoring. This line will come in at $13,400.
Nazem Kadri ($4,900) – James van Riemsdyk ($6,200)
Kadri comes into Wednesday night tied-fifth in the NHL in SOG and is due for a big night of production. Riding a two game point streak with 13 shots in that span, Kadri has a juicy matchup with the struggling Sabres. JVR, one point in his last four games, has struggled offensively on the season but is a great play tonight against Buffalo as he looks to breakout of his scoring slump. The Leafs top line duo comes into Wednesday game with an $11,100 price tag.
Connor McDavid ($5,400) – Nail Yakupov ($4,000)
So far on the season McDavid is living up to the hype. Through his first six games the rookie sensation has chipped-in five points (3G, 2A) but hasn’t produced the amount of shots many were expecting (12). He and Yakupov have formed a dynamic duo so far, and Yakupov has collected three points and eight SOG in his last two contests. Not much has gone well for Edmonton this season, but take advantage of the Oilers duo Wednesday night for $9,400.
Eric Staal ($5,600) – Kris Versteeg ($4,200) – Brock McGinn ($2,500)
The Avalanche are giving up the fifth-most goals against per game so far on the season, so this has the potential to be a high-scoring affair. Staal has four points in Carolina’s first five games, is averaging over three SOG per contest and he comes into tonight with a 3.9 DK fantasy points per game average on the year. Versteeg has settled in on Staal’s wing since his trade to Carolina before the season with a goal and three assists of his own. McGinn, who made his NHL debut on Friday against Detroit, was put on this line and promptly collected his first career goal and assist in that game and is value buy hard to pass on tonight. With a dearth of offensive depth expect this line to be leaned on to produce in this game and going forward. This mid-level stack will cost DFS Hockey players: $12,300.
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