2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 12/11/19
When playing NHL DFS -- much like MLB DFS -- stacking is key. Having multiple players from the same team, who correlate together, can give 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.
We have only three games on tonight's slate, so no time to get cute and fade the top team.
That team is the Colorado Avalanche, who comes in with a 3.58 implied goal total -- the second-highest on the slate -- making them a clear team to target tonight. They have the second-highest implied team total but are the top team to target simply for the fact their first power-play unit is just better compared to the Montreal Canadiens, who hold the top team total on the slate. The Avalanche have their first forward line reunited after all the injuries and will always make one of the highest-upside stacks you can find on any slate given their multi-point potential.
They have full ice-time correlation but are one of the most expensive stacks, and with only three games on the slate, it can be tough to find value, but I think it can be done on this slate. Nathan MacKinnon ($9,100), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,100), and Mikko Rantanen ($7,600) are the three players you want to be targeting. They have six points combined in the three games since they returned from their injuries, and it's a sign of things to come. With Cale Makar injured right now, Samuel Girard ($3,700) has been bumped up to the first power-play unit.
The other team to target tonight is the Canadiens, who are on the second night of a back-to-back.
They are at home tonight after a solid 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, hopefully giving them some momentum to take on a weak Ottawa Senators lineup tonight. This matchup is ideal for a few reasons, one of which should be very obvious. The Senators are a team we've attacked non-stop since they hold a 59.21 Corsi Against this season -- which is the fourth-worst in the league. That means they are allowing a massive number of shot attempts per game, creating opportunity for the opposing teams. That is what we are after, since opportunities lead to shots and eventually goals.
That is the first reason the Canadiens are a strong team to target tonight. The second reason? Their prices are very favorable tonight if you are trying to jam in the top stack from the Avalanche. Max Domi ($5,500), Joel Armia ($4,400), and Artturi Lehkonen ($4,000) are on the second forward line for the Habs, with Domi and Armia on the second power-play together. We not only get salary relief, but we get correlation with their power-play time. For having the highest team total on the slate, several players from the Canadiens are affordable.