3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 8/11/20
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.
Let's jump in and look at some stacks to target for goals and plenty of fantasy points.
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas locked up the top seed in the Western Conference after the round-robin games and are set to take on the Chicago Blackhawks, who are the de facto eighth seed after the play-in series. Vegas also comes in with a 3.70 implied goal total, which is the highest on the slate. Everything points in their direction, and with their strong offense, they are an easy team to trust on this four-game slate.
Throughout the course of the regular season, Chicago was one of the worst defensive teams in the league, as they allowed a 59.54 Corsi Against (Shot Attempts Allowed) per 60 minutes in 5-on-5 situations, which was the seventh-most in the league. On top of that, they allowed 12.91 High Danger Scoring Chances per 60 minutes in 5-on-5 situations, which was dead last in the NHL. Without a doubt, they are one of the weakest defenses in the league, which will present Vegas with plenty of offensive chances.
Vegas will see Max Pacioretty ($7,600) return to the lineup after not playing in any of the round-robin games. He should be back on the top forward line and the first power-play unit, which is where you should look to stack. Alongside him, we have Mark Stone ($7,300) on the first forward line and first power-play, with both Jon Marchessault ($6,800) and Paul Stastny ($4,400) on the first power-play, but on the second forward line.
Carolina is sitting at +120 on the moneyline, which is only a slight underdog, but they have the second-lowest -- 2.58 -- implied goal total on the slate. The Canes were one of the best offensive teams in the regular season, as they finished in the top five or better in Corsi For (Shot Attempts Created), Expected Goals For per 60 Minutes, and the number of High Danger Scoring Chances For per 60 minutes -- all of which were during 5 v 5 situations.
On the other side, the Bruins had one of the best defenses in the entire league but looked terrible through their round-robin games, going 0-3 in the process. This gives us a great offensive team in the Hurricanes, who are coming off a 3-0 sweep against the New York Rangers, versus a strong defensive team that is struggling right now. If this is the current situation, I'm willing to stack the Hurricanes with their offensive potential.
The top line and top power-play is the best option for the Canes, and that consists of Sebastian Aho ($8,100), Andrei Svechnikov ($6,800), and Teuvo Teravainen ($6,300). They are fully correlated and have immense goal-scoring upside.
Tampa Bay Lightning
We all know what we get with a stack from the Lightning -- immense fantasy upside. But it comes at a very expensive price tag. We know that Steven Stamkos ($8,000) will not play for Tampa, which makes their stack only slightly more affordable. The first power-play unit is still the spot to look for fantasy points, and that line is led by Nikita Kucherov ($8,300), who also skates on the first forward line with Brayden Point ($7,400). A great two-man pairing with ice time correlation is always something to consider.
The rest of the first power-play unit consists of forwards Alex Killorn ($4,800) and Tyler Johnson ($4,400), who are on the second forward line together, bringing their own bit of correlation. This is four forwards spread out over two forward lines, but they are all on the same power-play unit.