It’s a quiet Valentine’s Day in the NHL with four games on the slate tonight. I’ve gone over my two favorite line stacks — both in the mid-price range — to help you out. Best of luck!
Carolina 1 – Andrei Svechnikov ($5,900), Sebastian Aho ($7,100), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,500)
Carolina 1 draws a favorable matchup in their game against the Devils tonight. They’ll be matched up against New Jersey 2 and it will be high-event hockey. This Hurricanes trio has a 58.36 CF% in 165 minutes of ice time, while the Devils’ second line of Blake Coleman, Nikita Gusev and Travis Zajac owns a 52.66 CF%.
New Jersey comes into this game with some wildly inconsistent defensively play. In their last five games, they’ve pitched two shutotus but they’ve also given up five goals twice. Carolina 1 has good upside because the Devils played Thursday night and will be giving hot starter MacKenzie Blackwood the night off tonight. Backup Louis Domingue is getting the call for this game and he is an ugly 0-2-2 with a .858 save percentage in his last five appearances. When you also consider that each player in this Canes’ stack plays on the top power-play unit, it’s hard to find a better option than Carolina 1 tonight.
Pittsburgh 2 – Jared Mccann ($4,500), Evgeni Malkin ($7,500), Bryan Rust ($6,300)
It likely won’t be long before Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker start clicking on the Penguins top line, but I see the better value with Pittsburgh 2 in their game with the Habs tonight. Crosby and Zucker are going to draw the Kovalchuk, Suzuki and Armia line, which has put up some really strong numbers in a small sample size. The Malkin line will see a mix of Montreal 2 and 3 and will hold a slight five-on-five advantage in each matchup.
Malkin is one of the hottest players in the NHL right now with a five-game point streak and 14 points (5 goals) in his last 10 games. Rust is due for a big game after being held off the scoresheet in four straight games, while McCann continues to contribute steadily with three points in his last five games. Malkin and Rust also provide great extra value on PP1 against an average Montreal PK that has allowed a power-play goal in consecutive games.