3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 1/21/20
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.
The Carolina Hurricanes come in with the highest implied team total on the board and make for a clear stacking option tonight.
That implied total is sitting at 3.40, as they are at home to take on the Winnipeg Jets -- who have allowed five goals or more in three of their last five games. This shouldn't come as a surprise, since the Jets are struggling on defense and come in with each of their three defensive pairings come in rated 27th or lower. This should present a big opening for the Hurricanes with their 60.58 Corsi For per 60 minutes (Shot Attempts Created) -- the fifth-highest in the league. With only five games on the slate, the Hurricanes should be very popular since they are also the largest home favorite (-190) and bring plenty of upside.
It's all great for the Hurricanes except the fact they have been mixing up their lines lately. They have lost almost all ice-time correlation between their forward lines and their first power-play unit, but you should still look to stack them today. Sebastian Aho ($7,100) and Teuvo Teravainen ($6,500) are on the second forward line and the first power play and should be the core of the stack. Then look to add Andrei Svechnikov ($5,800) and newly promoted defender Jaccob Slavin ($4,100), who is taking over for the injured Dougie Hamilton.
The Boston Bruins have faltered a bit as of late, but they are still a strong team to stack.
Sitting at the top of the Atlantic Division, the Bruins hold a six-point lead and need to get things going in the right direction. They were winning games at will earlier in the season but have stumbled a bit in the past few weeks. The first forward line is still rated as the top line in hockey. They still have full ice-time correlation, too, being on the first power-play unit together. Even with a slight step back, their prices haven't decreased, so you will have to find some savings if you are looking to stack up their top line.
Tonight, they take on the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Bruins own a 3.21 implied goal total, the third-highest on the slate. Vegas is a team that generates plenty of offensive chances, so we should see both teams playing a fantasy-friendly pace in this game. Patrice Bergeron ($7,800), Brad Marchand ($7,600), and David Pastrnak ($8,800) are on that first forward line and come in with 12 points and 47 shots in their last five games.
New York Islanders
For the third time in two weeks, we have another installment of the Battle of New York.
The New York Islanders are taking on the New York Rangers, looking to rebound after a rough few games. The Islanders lost both games last week to the Rangers. It wasn't the best week for them, but they have a chance to post some goals tonight. The Rangers are sitting in the bottom three of the league for Corsi Against, Expected Goals against, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes. They have a weak defense, and you should look to stack against them any chance you can.
What the Islanders bring to the table tonight is full ice-time correlation and modest price tags, which is always helpful. Anders Lee ($6,600), Mathew Barzal ($6,300), and Jordan Eberle ($5,400) are all on the first forward line and the first power play for the Islanders, giving them some nice upside. They come in with 12 points and 46 shots in their last five games -- right on par with the Bruins -- and are much cheaper.