For the third time since Sunday we only have three NHL games on the docket for Wednesday night. That being said there are some great top, and value, buys to be had on the Line Stack front. Let’s take a look:
Alex Ovechkin ($9,300) – T.J. Oshie ($5,900) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,400)
I made the case for this line as my top line of the night in today’s NHL Cheat Sheet. Ovechkin in arguably the best offensive weapon in hockey as evidenced by his current six-game, nine-point scoring streak on which he has managed to amass 32 SOG. Oshie struggled his first two games in DC, but has settled in nicely on Ovie’s opposite wing with points in four of his last five outings and three-multi point games. Kuznetsov had a five point game on Friday against Edmonton and is himself riding a three-game, nine-point scoring streak of his own. This team is an offensive juggernaut and they will be looking to make an impact in a big early-season matchup with Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Evgeni Malkin ($7,000) – Phil Kessel ($7,200) – David Perron ($4,200)
By all accounts this line is not set as to who will be playing the left side on Wednesday with Malkin and Kessel but Perron looks to have that slot right now. Coach Mike Johnston is shuffling all his lines thanks to the Penguins sluggish 4-4-0 start to the year and their slumping offensive numbers with 13 goals for in eight games and has put Malkin and Kessel together while moving Pascal Dupuis and Patrick Hornqvist up with Sidney Crosby. Kessel has failed to settle in with Crosby the way people hopped when he was acquired, but he does have three goals on the season and is leading the Penguins with 30 shots on goal. Malkin is the leading scorer for the Penguins so far with seven points and 22 SOG. The Penguins are going to have to figure out a way to score and will need to against Washington. Johnston might be hoping the move to this line could spark Perron who is scoreless with 19 SOG on the season. This team has too much offensive fire-power and is primed for a breakout soon.
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,100) – Sean Monahan ($5,700) – Jiri Hudler ($5,100)
I have written about this line before and they have been a bright spot on the season for Calgary. Before being shut out by the Islanders on Monday, Gaudreau and Monahan were riding three-game scoring streaks. Gaudreau was the hottest scorer of the bunch in that span with five assists in the three games. They have a matchup with a bottom-10 scoring defense in Ottawa on Wednesday which provides a great bounce back opportunity for the line.
James Neal ($6,200) – Filip Forsberg ($5,800) – Mike Fisher ($4,400)
Neal is one of the hottest scorers in the game right now with nine points and 24 shots on goal in his last five contests. Forsberg is scoreless his last two games, but is too good to not have the impact he is capable of. Fisher is shooting the puck with six shots in his last four games and this line will need to produce against San Jose on Wednesday and at least Neal and Forsberg are worth rolling in your lineup.
Kyle Turris ($6,100) – Mark Stone ($5,700) – Shane Prince ($2,500)
The Flames are the second-worst scoring defense in the league giving up on average 3.89 goals against per game. Turris and Stone are both point-per-game players right now through eight games for the Senators and have combined for 17 points on the season. With Mike Hoffman doubtful for Wednesday, Ottawa has moved bottom-six winger Shane Prince to that line in practice the previous few days. Prince only has two points on the season, but was the Senators AHL leading scorer with 65 points last season, so he does possess a good offensive game and could thrive in a top-six role in Ottawa. Take advantage of the great offensive matchup and the great value price of having this trio in your lineup.
Patrick Marleau ($5,900) – Tomas Hertl ($4,500) – Joel Ward ($4,100)
San Jose is in for a tough matchup Wednesday going up against Nashville team that is tied for fourth in the NHL in goals against average per game. But the Predators have struggled against good offenses the last four games, giving up 11 GA in that span. Rinne is my pick for stud goalie of the night but this line has looked good with Marleau and Hertl ending scoreless streaks against Carolina on Saturday and Ward with points in four of his last five games and eight points on the season. Buyer be warned this line is comprised of three players who are only “wing” eligible in DK.
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