Monday night’s NHL slate looks to be a tough one to analyze with the league’s leading goal scorer, Auston Matthews, expected to be a game-time decision for his head-to-head with the NHL’s points leader, Connor McDavid. Injury status updates aren’t generally the biggest concern in fantasy hockey, but the status of Matthews could have significant implications for this slate. Outside of that game, there are still plenty of intriguing stack options to consider as we prepare for tonight’s contests, which lock at 7:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.
Sean Monahan ($5,500), Johnny Gaudreau ($6,200), Elias Lindholm ($6,500)
Mark Scheifele ($7,700), Blake Wheeler ($6,300), Pierre-Luc Dubois ($4,700)
Nathan MacKinnon ($8,500), Mikko Rantanen ($6,700), Gabriel Landeskog ($5,200)
The Flames have struggled over the last stretch of games, and they decided to change up their lines as a result. It had been more of a balanced approach to this point in the season, but they decided to add Elias Lindholm to the top line with Monahan and Gaudreau in their most recent game vs. the Senators. This move makes the team more top-heavy, but it also creates a better stack opportunity with more concentrated talent on the top line. The Jets have fared well in their games vs. the Canucks, and it’s another strong opportunity for their top line as they take on Vancouver at home. The Avalanche are on the road, but they’ll face a defensively inept Sharks team that should make scoring chances for the MacKinnon line even more frequent than usual.
Vegas Golden Knights
Chandler Stephenson ($4,000), Alex Tuch ($4,000), Mark Stone ($5,100)
Nazem Kadri ($5,400), Brandon Saad ($3,400), Andre Burakovsky ($3,500)
Bo Horvat ($5,300), Tanner Pearson ($3,800), Nils Hoglander ($4,000)
The Golden Knights have done a lot of line shuffling this season, and the current iteration has resulted in an underpriced unit led by veteran Mark Stone. Stone, Tuch, and Stephenson create a sufficiently-balanced combination, with Stephenson functioning as a passer, Tuch as a shooter and Stone somewhere in between. For the Avalanche, the second line remains severely underpriced as Kadri, Saad, and Burakovsky are potentially good enough to be first liners on many teams in the NHL. The Horvat line has arguably been the Canucks’ best this season — at least at even strength — and they’ll benefit from what should be a high-paced game in Winnipeg.
Aleksander Barkov ($6,900), Carter Verhaege ($4,400), Frank Vatrano ($3,600)
Elias Pettersson ($5,700), Brock Boeser ($6,100), J.T. Miller ($5,300)
Joel Eriksson Ek ($5,000), Kevin Fiala ($5,900), Jordan Greenway ($3,400)
The Panthers first line looks a bit different with Anthony Duclair out of the lineup, but this group should still be a decent tournament option — especially considering how low their ownership is likely to be. It’s not a good matchup vs. the Hurricanes, but Barkov always makes for a viable pivot with how much upside he generally has. The same is true for the Canucks with the Pettersson line being more of a boom-or-bust pick with how dependent they are on power-play success. This line hasn’t been great at even strength, but they’re deadly with the man advantage — and that always makes them worth a look when they’re less owned. Lastly, the Wild are in a tough spot going into Vegas vs. the Knights, but that should lead to them flying well below the radar for this slate.
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