Four NHL games on the docket for tonight’s slate of hockey action means that DFS DK players will have a limited player pool to choose from before the NHL breaks for All-Star Weekend. Still there are superstars and value buys on the Line Stack front, so let’s take a look:
Alex Ovechkin ($8,800) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700) – T.J. Oshie ($5,800)
When you’re the top line on the top team in the NHL, most nights you’ll be the number one line for DFS players to consider for their lineups. The Caps top line is my number one of the night both here and on today’s cheat sheet. Well rested after eight days off since their last game against Columbus last Tuesday when this line looked nearly unstoppable against the Blue Jackets and all three found the scoresheet. Ovie has points in two straight games with a power-play goal in each of his last two games, with eight SOG, and adding an assist in the Columbus game. Backstrom found the back of the net twice in that game with two goals on three shots and he as well has power-play points in his last two games. Oshie added an assist in that game on one of Backstrom’s goals and is now up to 28 points in 46 games. This team has been very good this season with all three members averaging at least 3.1 FPPG and putting at least two of the three in your lineups tonight is a great play.
Claude Giroux ($6,800) – Jakub Voracek ($6,000) – Wayne Simmonds ($5,700)
On the other side of that matchup in Washington tonight, one cannot overlook the dynamic first line of the Flyers. They have been playing good hockey overall lately and as a line have combined for 26 points over their last 10 games. Giroux has points in five of his last eight games (2G, 6A) with 25 SOG in that span. Voracek, with 10 points in his last 10 games, has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six outings putting up eight points and two multi-point games in them. Likewise Simmonds has points in five of his last six and is coming off one of his best games of the year against the Bruins last night with two goals and nine SOG putting up 10.5 fantasy points. With a lack of depth scoring at the moment from the rest of their forward corps, the Flyers first line will be heavily relied on to produce tonight in a very tough matchup with the division-leading Capitals.
Anze Kopitar ($6,200) – Milan Lucic ($4,700) – Tyler Toffoli ($6,000)
Kopitar has been one of the top scorers in the league over the last month and a half and this line has been a powerhouse in pushing the Kings to the top of the Pacific division. Kop has been on fire lately with 12 points in his last 10 games. He broke a small, two-game scoreless streak with an assist and four SOG on Sunday against the Sharks while adding three blocked shots. Toffoli added an assist against SJ as well and has seven points in his last 10. Lucic sat out Sunday’s game serving a one-game suspension but before that was streaking with points in five of seven games. This line has been successful against the Avs, who they play tonight, this season in two games with Kopitar having an assist and Toffoli putting up two goals.
Tyler Johnson ($4,800) – Nikita Kucherov ($6,500) – Alex Killorn ($3,900)
Even though they are not the full “triplets” line, this stack is still dangerous especially with Kucherov playing at the level he is right now. Kucherov is following up last year’s breakout 65-point season with 41 points in 48 games and on-pace for another 60+ point campaign. The 22-year old winger has 12 points in his last 10 games and is riding an eight-game point streak putting up seven goals and five assists. Johnson has struggled mightily this season with only 16 points in 35 games after tying Stamkos on the Lightning with 72 points last year. He is beginning to pick things up lately with points in four of his last six games and he picked up a power-play assist on Victor Hedman’s goal Saturday against the Panthers. Killorn has bounced around the Lightning top-six this season between this line and the Stamkos line but for the moment is with Johnson and Kuch. Killorn has 23 points on the season and before being kept off the scoresheet on Saturday he had four points in his previous two outings. The Lightning get the Maple Leafs, who are on the second night of a back-to-back, tonight at home after their 5-1 loss to the Panthers last night. Tamps faces backup Jonathan Bernier after James Reimer surrendered all five goals last night, who is sporting a 3.13 GAA and an .899 SV%.
Make sure to check out my NHL Cheat Sheet and Eric Goodman’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