NHL Daily Line Stacks, Cheap Defensemen and Goalies
How’s it going Grinders? I hope you all took some of my advice in last night’s article, as a lot of the players on lines I suggested put up big numbers. Tonight is a shorter slate than last night, but there are 6 juicy matchups and a lot of players that are definitely in play from the 12 teams in action tonight. To win a GPP, one must be able to pick a set of line combinations that go off, and compliment those with productive defensemen, and a winning goalie. Hopefully this article helps you do that.
Cheap Line Stacks
Edmonton is a very predictable team. Against teams under .500, they win their games. Against good teams, they usually get embarrassed. Anaheim is the best team in the NHL, and this top line is one of the best cycling lines in the entire league. I expect this line to have several scoring chances and bury them as they have been recently. Getzlaf and Perry are going to be worth every penny tonight against the awful Oilers.
The top line in Philly gets to face a slumping Leafs team that have seemingly tuned out their coach, and are playing terrible hockey. Getting badly outshot every night was a recipe destined for failure, and the Leafs luck seemed to run out at the worst of times. While I expect them to show up tonight, I also expect a scorching Flyers team to outslug the Leafs in what has the makings of a high scoring game. The Flyers top line has it all, and the Leafs will have a very hard time slowing this trio down.
Nashville is a team I used to be afraid of. I am not anymore. Pekka Rinne has returned from injury and does not look near 100%. He has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of his last 5 starts and I do not expect him to change his fortune tonight in Dallas, against a desperate Stars team. This is the line that scores all the goals for Dallas and getting exposure to it is a really good idea tonight.
Former Senator, Marian Hossa return to Ottawa to face a team that has had a truly terrible season. They take the most penalties in the NHL, and they cannot keep the puck out of their own net. Craig Anderson returns tonight after his injury diagnosed as Suck-itis has finally healed. It will be his first game back in a while, and I expect this top line to do a lot of damage against Ottawa. I also like Patrick Sharp and Andrew Shaw on the Hawks top powerplay unit.
Duncan Keith – Duncan Keith on the top powerplay unit, playing huge minutes gives him ample opportunity to record a point. The only thing holding me back from Keith tonight is his hefty price tag, but if he has a big night like he is certainly capable of, then sign me up.
Hampus Lindholm – With star defense man Cam Fowler sidelined due to injury, Hampus has taken over on the Ducks top powerplay unit, which will have ample opportunity to shine tonight against the Oilers’ horrendous penalty kill. Lindholm is a low risk high reward play, as I expect him to have a positive rating since Edmonton is really struggling to score during their eight year slump.
Kimmo Timonen – The Leafs love collapsing their wingers low on the penalty kill since Randy Carlyle has no idea what he is doing. The Leafs give up plenty of point shots and Timonen scored 2 goals against the Leafs in their last meeting. I expect him to continue to get shots on net, as the Leafs are on pace to giving up the most shots in a single season in NHL history.
High Tier – Corey Crawford – Crawford is a solid goalie on a solid team, on the road, facing a bad Ottawa team that has just about nothing to play for now. Expect Crawford to lock up a win tonight.
Middle Tier – Kari Lehtonen – Lehtonen gets to face Nashville at home, and the Predators are on a back to back, after destroying the Sabres 6-1 last night. The Preds usually struggle to score 6 goals in a month, so I expect Lehtonen to be a safe bet for a win tonight as Dallas simply isn’t Buffalo.
Low Tier – Curtis McElhinney – This is a GPP pick. McElhinney is facing a Penguins team that struggles mightily to score without Evgeni Malkin. They are on a back to back after a really tough game against the Kings. With WAY more to play for, I expect Columbus to out-will Pittsburgh, and I can even see McElhinney shutting Pittsburgh out tonight. Columbus needs this game tonight as they are in a clump of teams bubbling for a playoffs spot.