The NHL is slowly winding back up to full speed post All-Star break, with six games on the slate tonight. I’ve highlighted my top high-priced and value stacks of the night below. Good luck!
Tampa Bay 1 – Steven Stamkos ($7,600), Brayden Point ($6,100), Nikita Kucherov ($8,400)
You’ll have to pay an arm and a leg for this stack tonight, but there’s no denying Tampa Bay 1 is the top line to target on the slate. Stamkos, Point, and Kucherov are on a roll at 5v5, averaging 36 scoring and 13 high-danger chances per 60. The three have done nothing but produce since being reunited on Tampa’s top line a few games ago. They’ve combined for a remarkable eight goals and seven assists across their last four games, and they seem poised to keep things rolling tonight.
More often than not, the Kings opt to use the Anze Kopitar line against the opposition’s best on home ice. 2019-20 has been a bit of a renaissance for Kopitar, who has 17 goals and 26 assists on the year, but his line’s performance at 5v5 remains mediocre at best. Kopitar, Alex Iafallo, and Dustin Brown have struggled to sustain offensive zone time, posting a rather uninspiring 48.90 xGF% at 5v5. They can have a hard time getting out of their own end against elite competition, which is exactly what they’ll be facing tonight. Add in the potential power-play production along with the Kings’ sub-par goaltending, and it’s easy to get excited about Tampa Bay 1 tonight.
Vancouver 1 – Tanner Pearson ($4,500), Bo Horvat ($5,900), Loui Eriksson ($2,900)
While plenty of DFS players will be on Vancouver 2 tonight, it would be unwise to overlook the Horvat line. While his line’s offensive production pales in comparison to that of Elias Pettersson, Horvat is creating a ton of scoring chances at 5v5. With Pearson and Eriksson on his wings, Vancouver’s top-line is averaging a robust 33 scoring and 13 high-danger chances per 60. They surrender their fair share of scoring chances in the process, but they remain a safe bet to produce in cushier matchups, like the one they’ll see tonight.
Recently, Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner has opted to use a mix of his first and third lines against opposing top-sixes. While the Tomas Hertl line is a serious offensive threat, they too surrender a lot of quality chances to the opposition, not unlike the Horvat line. That kind of high-event matchup leaves Vancouver 1 with tremendous upside considering the low asking price. The few minutes of ice-time they’re expected to see against the Sharks’ third line, centered by Dylan Gambrell, only boosts Vancouver 1’s potential production tonight. At $13,300 for the full stack, you won’t find better value on tonight’s slate.