Thursday night in the NHL is a large one this week, with ten games of action across the league. It’s become increasingly important to pay attention to line combination updates — a few struggling teams have been more inclined to switch things up — and that diligence is especially relevant on a big slate like this one. There are a couple of injury situations to monitor as well, so there’s a lot to go through to prepare you for tonight’s slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.
Mark Scheifele ($6,400), Nikolaj Ehlers ($6,400), Andrew Copp (5,300)
Vegas Golden Knights
Chandler Stephenson ($4,300), Max Pacioretty ($8,300), Mark Stone ($7,000)
Luke Kunin ($3,500), Filip Forsberg ($6,700), Viktor Arvidsson ($5,500)
The Jets draw the strongest matchup a team can have in 2021, facing the Ottawa Senators at home. The Scheifele line hasn’t needed good matchups to produce this season — they’ve been strong in most of their games — so they should be able to take advantage of a Senators team that struggles on defense as much as any team in the NHL. The Knights are in a good spot as well, and although they should be popular after scoring five goals in this same matchup against the Ducks two nights ago, they’re still worth a look in tournaments. The Predators are the most difficult situation of these top stacks, and they’ve actually switched up their lines yet again with Ryan Johansen still out of the lineup. They’re in a great spot at home against the Red Wings, and Forsberg and co. should be able to produce plenty of scoring chances.
Paul Stastny ($4,200), Blake Wheeler ($5,700), Kristian Vesalainen ($2,500)
Phillip Danault ($4,400), Brendan Gallagher ($6,600), Tomas Tatar ($5,000)
San Jose Sharks
Tomas Hertl ($4,800), Timo Meier ($4,700), Ryan Donato ($3,400)
Sticking with the Jets, the second line is the clear value spot with Stastny and Wheeler priced down and Vesalainen making them even more affordable at the minimum price. The Canadiens are appealing here too at home against the Oilers, but it’s once again going to be a challenge to figure out which of their lines to use. The Danault line is clearly the best at 5v5, but the second and third lines generally get more power play time and are certainly viable options as well. The Sharks’ second line, centered by Tomas Hertl, is a clear value play on this slate too and they could go a little overlooked after their let down against the Kings the other night. $12.9K is too low for this group in general, and it’s even more of an appealing price tag in this matchup.
Aleksander Barkov ($7,000), Carter Verhaeghe ($4,800), Anthony Duclair ($4,500)
Sidney Crosby ($6,500), Jake Guentzel ($6,100), Bryan Rust ($5,900)
Elias Pettersson ($5,800), Brock Boeser ($5,800), J.T. Miller ($5,600)
The Panthers figure to be very low owned tonight for their game against the Lightning, but the Barkov line has been good enough that they’ll still have a good shot to produce even in the tough matchup. The Panthers have gotten a lot of success from their power play this season as well, so looking to Patric Hornqvist ($5,800) and Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,200) makes sense here too. For the Penguins’ game, Evgeni Malkin ($5,600) is actually questionable to play tonight with an eye injury, and his absence could mean heavier reliance on Sidney Crosby. Either way, the Crosby line is one of the best in hockey and should be pretty contrarian on this large slate. Lastly, the Canucks are in a spot where they figure to go under the radar again, and this team has become a pretty standard boom-bust type of play this season. The Canucks have been woeful at even strength, but their power play is among the best and this first line shares full power play correlation.
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