2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 10/9/19
When playing NHL DFS -- much like MLB DFS -- stacking is key. Having multiple players from the same team, who correlate together, can bring your lineup upside and help you maximize potential points.
You can roster up to four players from the same team in NHL, and you should look to have players from the same forward line or power-play unit together. Shared ice time is the key, as it will maximize their ability to contribute to real-life goals with each other, ultimately leading to more fantasy points for us.
Generally, we don't see late scratches in the NHL, and the team's lines are confirmed at practice or before the game. Two of the best resources for that are LeftWingLock.com or DailyFaceOff.com. That is where you can find updated forward and power-play lines for each team.
The Kings are coming off an overtime win against the Calgary Flames last night and will take on a fully rested Canucks lineup. Vancouver comes in as a solid -165 home favorite, with an implied goal total set at 3.03, so we should be seeing some goals from them tonight. There are only three games on the slate tonight and the other two games both have over/unders set at 6.0, while this game is at 5.5, which could present a bit of lower ownership. A small slate can make ownership condensed and getting away from that could be vital in tournaments.
The first-forward line offers a bit of value and brings us 100% ice-time correlation, as the three forwards are all on the first power-play together. That line is led by rising star Elias Pettersson ($6,400), winger Brock Boeser ($6,800), and a bit of value with J.T. Miller ($4,700). This is a moderately expensive stack, who should continue to see around 20 minutes of ice time per game. You can add defender Alexander Edler ($5,400) to that stack to round out the power-play, too.
Through two games this season, the Canucks are holding a 64.38 Corsi For this season, which is the fifth-best in the league. They likely won't end in that area at the end of the season, but if they are shooting the puck at a higher rate right now, we want to capture their upside.
The Montreal Canadiens have an implied team total set at 2.89, but can firmly hit the over on that tonight.
That 2.89 implied team total is pretty solid for a road team, and with this game having an over/under set at 6.0, the goals should be there for both sides tonight. What was true for the Habs last season is true for them this season -- they love to shoot the puck. They come in with a 66.64 Corsi For this season -- the fourth-best in the league -- which is right near where they ended last season, which was at 65.6. They shoot the puck a ton, offering a very strong floor of fantasy points on a nightly basis.
The Canadiens have multiple forwards who are very viable in DFS since they aren't too expensive, but their correlation is very jumbled. There are players on the second forward line who aren't on either power-play, a skater on the fourth forward line who is on the first power-play, and then a few skaters who are together on the same line and the same power-play. It's really all over the place, which can lead to a tough set of decisions. Do you stack the line or go for the power-play?
For me, the likely most consistent and highest-upside stack is on the first forward line with Phillip Danault ($4,700), Brendan Gallagher ($7,200), and Tomas Tatar ($6,600). The first two are on the first power-play together, while Tatar is on the second unit, which, in theory, gets you exposure to both. It doesn't maximize the potential upside, but it does provide a wider net of possibilities when it comes to capturing the offense.