2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 2/14/20
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.
We have a small four-game slate tonight, and you should look to get plenty of exposure to the Carolina Hurricanes.
With a 3.89 implied goal total, the Hurricanes lead tonight's slate and make a clear stacking option. This means they will likely be very chalky, but it's truly a great spot, and they are not worth fading tonight.
They are at home to take on the New Jersey Devils, who are on the second night of a back-to-back and one of the worst defensive teams in the league. The Devils come in among the bottom 10 teams in the league in Corsi Against (shot attempts allowed) and Expected Goals Against per 60 minutes this season. They allow their opponents to take far too many shot attempts, and that leads to them giving up too many goals, as you could imagine. The Devils also see all three of their defensive pairings rated 28th or worse this season -- not great!
This truly sets up to be the ideal matchup for the Hurricanes since they have the sixth-highest Corsi For (shot attempts created) and the second-best Expected Goals For per 60 minutes this season. Two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum should point us to the Canes' top lines and grab as many fantasy points as possible.
Andrei Svechnikov ($6,300), Sebastian Aho ($7,600), and Teuvo Teravainen ($6,600) are all on the first forward line and the first power-play together. Getting full ice-time correlation brings you plenty of upside, and the Canes should be able to reach that with this matchup.
The Winnipeg Jets are the other clear stacking option on tonight's slate and have a great matchup.
This is an amazing matchup since they are taking on the San Jose Sharks, who will have Aaron Dell in net tonight. Listen, I don't like to pick on players, but I'll say this: Dell is rated as the 63rd goalie in the league this season. There are 31 teams in the NHL, so add a backup for each team and that is 62 goalies. He is bordering on not even being a legitimate backup.
Dell has been a bit better as of late, but the defense in front of him is still allowing the fifth-most High-Danger-Scoring-Chances per 60 minutes this season. That puts him in bad situations all night, further adding to the scoring potential of the Jets.
The Jets are a very top-heavy team and don't get a ton of offensive production from their secondary lines, so if you stack them, that requires spending all the way to their first power-play unit. Kyle Connor ($6,600), Mark Scheifele ($6,800), Patrik Laine ($8,200), Blake Wheeler ($6,400), and defender Neal Pionk ($4,700) are the five on the first power-play unit and clearly very expensive.
The Jets are more expensive than the Hurricanes and have a slightly lower implied goal total (3.49), which means they could come in at lower ownership. If no one wants to spend up for them, you should look to do so in tournaments.