Recap: Yesterday’s article was pretty chalky but yielded some decent success. We saw 11 total goals scored in the St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks game. You basically needed a few players from either of those teams to have a chance at cashing. The guy I had the most shares of was Vladimir Tarasenko. He only recorded one SOG but he definitely made it count scoring the game winner in 0T. He also had an assist earlier in the game. His line mate Alex Steen recorded two goals in the Blues overtime win in Chicago. Tonight we have nine games going and some good matchups on hand. Some lines have changed after this article has been posted the last few days so make sure to double check leftwinglock.com or dailyfaceoff.com before lock. Let’s get to the stacks!
Top Line Stack- $20,900
Washington Capitals: Alexander Ovechkin ($9,400) T.J. Oshie ($5,900) Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,600). The Capitals are at home tonight vs the Boston Bruins and their struggling goaltending. The Capitals first line is tied for fifth in the league in combined goals as a line with 7. The Bruins are allowing the third least amount of shots in the NHL but they rank 3rd for goals against sitting at 3.27 goals allowed per game. Ovie is the most expensive player on the board tonight by a whopping $1,200. It’s always hard to build a roster with a player of his cost but his line mates do offer a little cap relief. Ovie has 13 points on the year with six goals and seven assists. I really think he lights the lamp tonight vs Tuukka Rask at least once as he tried for his 7th 50 goal season. Kuznetsov gets to center this line on a nightly basis and his stats are reaping the rewards (5G, 8 A). All three of these players get PP time and the Bruins just happen to have the worst PK percentage at 70%. Look for this line to contribute a few goals tonight in D.C.
Mid Line Stack- $16,100
L.A. Kings: Jeff Carter ($5,800) Tyler Toffoli ($5,700) Milan Lucic ($4,600). I play these guys on a regular basis because I feel that the price is just to soft for this line. Carter has 5 goals and 7 assists while Toffoli has 9 goals and 2 assits. Lucic has been the third wheel on this line totaling 7 points but he will continue to get opportunities for goals and assists while playing on the top line. The Kings are at home tonight vs a surprisingly bad Columbus Blue Jackets team that posts a record of 3-10-0. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected in net tonight for the Jackets and he has been downright miserable this year with a 3.77 GAA and a laughable .877 SV%. They rank second for most goals against at 3.69 and are third to last on the PK with a 73% PK rate. These west coast trips are usually hard on teams and I think they Kings go off tonight. Lets just hope that this line is front and center in terms of point production.
Other Options: Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Michael Raffl– I am not opposed to leaving Raffl off this stack. Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula– use caution with this line because the entire team has struggled on offense this year.
Contrarian/Value Line Stack- $12,300
Minnesota Wild: Mikko Koivu ($4,500) Nino Niederreiter ($3,700) Jason Zucker ($4,100). The third line for the Wild is tied for third in the NHL with goals at 9. Ownership will be low for all three of these guys simply because they are the “third line”. Mike Yeo is not afraid to throw this line out no matter what the game pace/score dictates as he has relied on them heavily this year. The Wild’s first line started off the season on fire (mainly because of Zach Parise) but has recently cooled down. Zucker’s speed allows him to get to loose pucks which in turn allows more offensive chances for him and his line mates. I think Pekka Rinne being in net will also suppress ownership for these guys making it a true contrarian stack.
As always you can leave comments below or hit me up on twitter @afish84. Happy NHL DFSing tonight and good luck!
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