NHL Daily Line Stacks, Cheap Defensemen and Goalies

What is up Grinders? With MLB season in full swing (no pun intended) we have NHL and NBA taking a slight backseat. However, with a new sport comes a new edge for those who continue to pursue success in NHL. There are 11 games this evening and I’m really looking forward to breaking them down. To win a GPP, you must successfully hit on line combinations, cheap defensemen who contribute offensively and Goaltenders who get you wins.

Line Stacks

1) Joe Pavelski , Joe Thornton , Brent Burns

Does it get any easier than this? Probably the best home team in the NHL against the NHL’s edition of a circus on ice led by the coach, Dallas Eakins, who benches players for getting water on his jacket. The Oilers are really bad right now and they cannot beat teams that are above them in the standings (Not many of those exist). Look for San Jose to pummel the Oilers and the second line is in play as well.

2) Chris Kunitz , Sidney Crosby , Lee Stempniak

This line has been scorching since Lee Stempniak was acquired by the Penguins and Crosby has made Stempniak a fantastic value option for the past few weeks. The Penguins get to face a horrendous Hurricanes team that has nothing to play for. Pittsburgh is at home, they have the best powerplay in the NHL and Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL. Load up on Pittsburgh with confidence.

3) Alex Steen , David Backes , Tj Oshie

The Flyers are on a tremendous run, but they are not in the Blues’ class just yet. The Blues do not turn the puckover, but they force many giveaways and they are relentless on the attack. THe Flyers defense is very slow footed and I can see this line taking full advantage of that. Just to add to that, Ray Emery is in net, so the Flyers’ lack of speed on the back end will not be bailed out with great goaltending as Emery has proven all year that he is not a reliable goalie.

4) Islanders Powerplay Ryan Strome, Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey, Anders Lee

Talk about value. Here is a set of valuable players that get set to face one of the league’s worst penalty kills with Scott Clemmenson in net. You won’t find any set of players getting this much ice time for this cheap of a price. The Panthers surrendered 6 goals last night with Dan Ellis in net, and I don’t see Scott Clemmenson and his sub .900 sv pct changing their fortune. Use these guys and load up on the studs mentioned above.


Matt Niskanen – He plays the top powerplay for the Penguins and I expect him to be great cheap exposure to the Penguins top unit. Niskanen is producing like Letang did for so long at a discounted price.

Dan Boyle – Another great play on defense because of powerplay time and matchup is Dan Boyle. Boyle should be having a bigger season offensively considering his role, but the opportunity is there for a huge night every night. Against Edmonton, that opportunity is even better.

Morgan Rielly – Rielly has been the silver lining for the Leafs as he has been active offensively, creating chances by himself and setting people up with his fantastic playmaking ability and his vision. I wish he got top powerplay time unlike the slow footed Cody Franson, but I’m not the coach. Regardless, Rielly makes a great play, despite stupid Randy standing behind the Leafs bench.


High TierAntti Niemi – Good team vs bad team. Good team at home. Bad team on road. This equals a near lock at a win.

Middle TierMarc Andre Fleury – Fleury has lost just 5 games at home all year and has sparkling numbers. Don’t expect Carolina to reverse his fortunes.

Low TierThomas Greiss – Greiss gets the nod tonight against a Jets team that is all but eliminated. I expect Phoenix to win this one easily and for Greiss to be a low owned, high upside play.

About the Author

  • Warren Kosoy (billsfan777)

  • billsfan777 has had multiple live final appearances and has numerous tournament wins in MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA . Born and raised in Toronto, the Leafs fan can be found on twitter talking hoops, NFL and the NHL @billsfan777dfs.

  • astukas

    • Blogger of the Month

    thanks for this Bills. lol

  • maxdout

    2013 DFBC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Great picks and analysis Warren.

    On FanDuel, it’s too bad the NYI PP guys are all centers.

  • jjadamietz

    Look at Donovan at the D pos. for PP exposure on NYI. Love Nielsen tonight. Don’t overlook King Henrik in goal tonight. Unlike Schneider or Niemi who will be used a ton tonight, I think he will see a few more shots and in turn have more saves. History of shutouts as well vs. Vancouver. could put up double digit points in goal tonight. I expect 30 saves maybe one goal allowed and a win which is 8-9 pts. depending on which site you play. If he gets the shutout that bumps to 10-11 pts.

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