NHL- Line Stacks, Value D-men and Goaltenders

What is up Grinders? As the NHL season winds down, we are all looking forward to MLB, but I am extremely excited for the NHL playoffs. There are just 2 weeks left in what has been a fantastic hockey season, and the intensity of the hockey games down the stretch will make DFS that much more fun. Another thing that makes DFS more fun is winning GPPs. This article will help you do that. To win a GPP, one must successfully choose a set of line combinations that do well, defensemen who contribute something and a goalie who can get you a win. If you can do that, you are in a good spot. Here are the combos that I think will help you win GPPs tonight.

Line Stacks

1) Max Pacioretty , David Desharnais , Thomas Vanek

This trio has made the Habs more than just another terrible Eastern Conference playoffs team. Thomas Vanek adds a new dimension to this Montreal team and that is a first line that can score goals and take over a game. David Desharnais is a perfect compliment to these two elite goal scoring wingers, as he is a great playmaker and puts his linemates in good positions to score goals because of that. Florida is using the human version of a slice of swiss cheese in goalie equipment in net. That piece of cheese with many holes would be Dan Ellis. Look for this line to pick those holes multiple times and have a monster night.

2) Ondrej Palat , Valtteri Filppula , Ryan Callahan

This trio is on the second line and that might make them less desirable to the average DFS NHL player. However, these three all play on the top powerplay, along with Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. Taking this entire line with Stamkos is a fantastic way to stack Lightning tonight, as you get exposure to the top 2 lines scoring and the top powerplay. Steven Stamkos is the best scorer on this team, but I think it’s safe to argue that this trio make up the 2nd, 3rd and 4th best fantasy options on this roster at an extremely discounted price compared to Stamkos. They are facing Buffalo, who by the way are REALLY BAD.

3) Alex Steen , David Backes , TJ Oshie

The St. Louis Blues are the best team in the NHL. For anyone who read my last article and questioned me saying the Ducks were, you were correct. I am stupid. The Blues are at home tonight against a Dallas team that is coming off a very nice win, but travelling to St Louis on a back to back is not a recipe for success for any NHL team. I expect Dallas to be in this game from start to finish, but I think this line will be too much for them to handle this evening. The Stars are in must win mode and if they get down early, they could start pinching a lot and taking risks. I see this being a 4-2 hockey game and this line doing most of the damage.

4) James Van Riemsdyk , Tyler Bozak , Phil Kessel

Yes, the Leafs suck. Yes, Randy Carlyle is a terrible coach. Yes, the Leafs get out shot by 20 every night. I understand all that. The fact of the matter is, even though they lost last night (and blamed unlucky bounces for some reason), the Leafs played a good game and the Kessel line was continuing to get overworked all night. Detroit is a possession team, but this line doesn’t need possession for long to do their damage. 22-23 minutes a night for this trio in a must win hockey game at home leads me to believe that this line finally has a huge night and the Leafs finally pull out a win to give the Stanley cup starved fans something to cheer for.

Defensemen

Marek Zidlicky – Zidlicky gets a lot of powerplay time for the Devils and is a nice cheap play tonight against the Islanders who will be using “goaltender” Anders Nilsson in the nets this evening. The Devils forwards are often hard to predict, but I’d like to get some exposure to them, and I think Zidlicky is the perfect guy to give you exposure.

Victor Hedman – Much like Shea Weber in his last game against Buffalo, I wrote that the only thing back from using him in every lineup was the price tag. Hedman has a big shot, and is back on the top powerplay unit. I expect Tampa to utterly dominate this hockey game and I think Hedman gets involved in at least 1 of the goals. If you can afford his steep price tag, plug him in.

Drew Doughty – Great defenseman at home against Winnipeg. The Jets are an awful road team and I expect Doughty to not be a risk at a negative rating. With the Jets often getting stuck in their own zone, I can see Doughty jumping into the play and creating chances for himself and I think he gets involved in 1 or more goals for the Kings.

Goaltenders

High TierCarey Price – Carey gets to face the Panthers who are using Dan freaking Ellis in net. I cannot see the Habs losing this game. For those who say, well he is on the road. Find me someone in the crowd tonight in Florida NOT cheering for Montreal? The Habs fans always take over that arena, so it will be very much like a home game for Price.

Middle TierJonathan Bernier – I predicted the Leafs get a win, and if they indeed do, I love Bernier since he’ll probably make his usual 40 saves. The more shots a goalie faces, the higher his floor is, assuming he doesn’t have an awful first period. Carlyle refuses to pull Bernier all year and I think if the Leafs continue to struggle, he could still lose and not hurt your team with all the shots he’ll have to deal with.

Low TierThomas Greiss – Greiss is at home against Minnesota who average just barely over 2 goals per game on the road, and the Coyotes are one of the best home teams in the league. Look for Greiss to get a win at a cheap price and allow you to spend on superstars this evening.

Good luck Grinders!

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  • Warren Kosoy (billsfan777)

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