4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 12/10/19
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.
On a 12-game slate, it can be tough to say you need exposure to one team, but we might have an exception tonight.
That exception could be the Winnipeg Jets, who are at home sporting a slate-high 3.89 implied goal total. When they are in a spot as they are tonight, stacking them is viable for both cash games and tournaments. Why is this spot so good? Well, they are up against the Detroit Red Wings, who have lost 11-straight games -- haven't picked up a win since November 12th -- and are with a doubt, the worst team in the NHL. It's actually amazing at this point in the season to only have seven wins and being outscored by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
The Jets, on the other hand, have been -- somewhat quietly -- chugging along, picking up points at a consistent rate and have the offense to light up the Red Wings tonight. The Jets' top line consists of Mark Scheifele ($7,700), Kyle Connor ($6,700), and Patrik Laine ($7,800), who have a combined 17 points and 43 shots in their last five games. All three are on the first power-play together, giving us full ice-time correlation and maximum potential upside.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a 3.28 implied goal total tonight and have a weak opponent.
The Montreal Canadiens are that opponent and come in as the winner in only two of their last 10 games, allowing three goals or more in eight of those 10 games. There is no question the Habs are going through a rough stretch right now, and if that is the case, we want to pick on them with a more than capable offense in the Penguins. Speaking of their offense, Pittsburgh finds themselves sitting at top-12 or better when it comes to Corsi For, expected goals for, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances created per 60 minutes. Who would've guessed that an offense missing Sidney Crosby would still be this productive?
This is one of the more expensive stacks on the night -- but with 12 games total -- you can find the value elsewhere to fit them in your lineups. Evgeni Malkin ($8,600), Jake Guentzel ($8,100), and Bryan Rust ($5,100) are all on the first forward line and first power-play unit together, making them an ideal tournament stack. Add in Kris Letang ($6,600) as the fourth option, but makes it more expensive.
Los Angeles Kings
I always try to get the top stacks in my lineups to start -- Jets and Penguins -- then I look for a complimentary stack to go along with each lineup. A stack, that is generally cheaper, in a good spot, and can "fill the gaps" left by the expensive stack. The Kings might be that secondary stack tonight since they have two of the three players on the top line under $6K. Those players are Dustin Brown ($5,600) and Alex Iafallo ($4,400), who are paired off with one of the most under-appreciated players in the league, center Anze Kopitar ($7,200).
I've mentioned it before that the Rangers are a good team to attack since they are 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. We normally attack a team like this, so why not take the savings and ease roster construction tonight?
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights have been slightly underwhelming this season, but a nice spot to get right.
Vegas has been a bit up and down this season, struggling to find consistency against weaker opponents. They are coming off a bad 0-5 loss at home to the Rangers, and this is a clear bounce-back game for them against the Chicago Blackhawks. Vegas is holding a 3.72 implied goal total -- the second-highest on the slate -- and we should look towards them as a GPP option tonight. I prefer the Jets -- mentioned above -- for cash games, and Vegas as a team to take a stand on in GPPs. When I say take a stand, I mean you want to be overweight on them compared to the field, or you want to stay away completely.
With their recent struggles, they have mixed up their lines a bit and now have Chandler Stephenson ($3,300) on the second forward line -- but he isn't seeing any power-play time. You miss out on full correlation, but you gain a ton of salary relief -- which is always good. Max Pacioretty ($6,300) and Mark Stone ($6,600) are the other two players on that line and are due for a bit of puck luck soon.