We go from a stacked 12-game slate last night all the way down to tonight’s three-game schedule giving DraftKings DFS hockey players a very limited night of hockey action. There are some top players out there tonight with teams like the Stars and Capitals playing and there are some decent value plays as well tonight, so let’s take a look:

Goaltender

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Braden Holtby ($8,700) – Holtby will get the nod on Friday night against the Rangers with a matchup against the Bruins looming for tomorrow night which should go to Philipp Gurbauer. Though the Caps have been up and down lately, they are still the best team in the league and Holtby has been a huge part of that. He handled the Penguins on Tuesday allowing two goals on 30 shots, to pick up his league-leading 40th win of the season. This year the Caps have had the Rangers number, in high-scoring games, and Holtby is 3-1-0 against NY this season despite giving up 13 goals in those matchups. With the Rangers potentially starting backup Antti Raanta, this could be a great matchup for the Caps to pick up another divisional win.

Laurent Brossoit ($6,500) – For those who subscribe to the buy-low theory for goal, Brossoit is your go-to guy for tonight. Edmonton is coming off a solid shutout victory over the Flyers last night and travel to Columbus for a tilt with the Blue Jackets this evening. The start will be Brossoit’s second of the season, with his first being an OTL against the Jets three weeks ago when he allowed one goal on 33 shots while taking the loss in the shootout. He is a very intriguing value pick for tonight in a favorable matchup against an equally bad offense, and for those who are looking to spend big elsewhere in their lineups look at the Oilers cost-effective netminder.

Others to Consider: Cory Schneider ($7,700)

Defender

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Brandon Davidson ($3,200) – Davidson is one of the future pieces on the Oilers blueline and is beginning to show the flashes of the game that made him a 50+ point scorer at the junior level. The rookie took a while to settle into the NHL game this season but had five of his 11 points in the month of February and four of his points have come in his last six games. He is seeing an expanded role in the Oilers offense with the trade of Justin Schultz at the deadline and is seeing time on the Edmonton power-play as well. For those looking for an inexpensive option who is seeing top-four minutes, look at Davidson.

Matt Niskanen ($5,200) – Niskanen continues to pick up the slack on the blueline for the Capitals with John Carlson out. He has shown in the past, when he was with the Penguins and last year with the Capitals, he is capable of putting up the offense when given the opportunity. He has points in three of his last four games for Washington, all have come on the PP, and had a great outing on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs with a goal and four blocked shots. In the four games he has a goal, two assists, seven shots and the four blocks. He is one of the top defensemen available on the night and at a solid price tag.

Others to Consider: John Klingberg ($6,400), Ryan McDonagh ($5,100), Seth Jones ($5,000), Brooks Orpik ($4,500), Alex Goligoski ($4,500), Andrej Sekera ($4,300), Dmitry Orlov ($3,800), David Schlemko ($3,700)

Forward

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Valeri Nichushkin ($4,000) – With Patrick Sharp being out of the Dallas lineup for the next few games, Nichushkin will get the bump up to the RW of Seguin and Benn, a spot he saw some success earlier this season. Nichushkin has not lived up to his draft billing but he can still be very productive and has not shied away from shooting the puck. With an increased offensive role in his last three games he has a goal and 13 shots. Playing with Seguin and Benn he should see ample opportunity to produce over the next few games and potentially cement a place in the Dallas top-six heading into the playoffs.

Nicklas Backstrom ($6,600) – Backstrom and Oshie have been moved back up to the top line with Alex Ovechkin and the two have been producing with or without their high-scoring LW. Backstrom is riding a four-game assist streak at the moment, with two multi-assist games, and is now only three assists shy of Evgeny Kuzmetsov’s team-leading 46. He is doing his most damage right now on the PP, garnering a PP assist in each game on his current streak. The Caps play the Rangers tonight who are likely to be without Henrik Lundqvist and on the season Backstrom has five points (1G, 4A) in four games with NY.

Connor McDavid ($7,000) – McDavid continues to set the league ablaze with his play since returning last month from injury. McDavid has 20 points since the start of February and currently has points in three straight games for the Oilers. He had an assist against the Islanders, followed that up with a two-goal game against the Sabres and added another assists last night against the Flyers. Overall he has seven goal and 13 assists since his return on February 2 with 38 SOG in that time span. His first game back in February was against Columbus, his opponent tonight, and in that game he netted a goal and two assists. He is one of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment so don’t hesitate to put him in your lineups.

Adam Henrique ($4,500) – The Devils offense has gone into a tail-spin over the last month of the season or so but burst out last night for a comeback 5-4 OT win over the recently hot Pekka Rinne and Nashville. Henrique netted two goals on six shots and now has goals in back-to-back games while putting up nine shots in the process. The Devils travel to face the Stars tonight in Dallas, who Henrique had two assists against earlier this year, and on the road this season he has 13 goals and 21 points in 31 games.

Nail Yakupov ($3,700) – The loss of Benoit Pouliot could be a fortuitous one for the former top-pick Yakupov. He one again finds himself with Connor McDavid as a linemate and has immediately begun to put up better shooting stats with a goal and eight shots in two games. The tally broke a six-game point drought for Yakupov and came off of feeds from McDavid and Jordan Eberle. He will have great value for fantasy going forward playing in such a prominent role with two of the Oilers top playmakers.

Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,400), Jamie Benn ($8,100), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,700), Alex Ovechkin ($9,100), Mats Zuccarello ($6,100), Jordan Eberle ($6,000), Taylor Hall ($6,500), T.J. Oshie ($5,600), Kyle Palmieri ($5,200), Cam Atkinson ($5,000), Eric Staal ($4,900), Andre Burakovsky ($4,900), Travis Zajac ($3,700), Patrick Maroon ($2,900)

Make sure to check out the Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey