3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 11/13/19
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.
Vegas Golden Knights
The highest implied team total on the slate, a home favorite, and full ice-time correlation, the Vegas Golden Knights check all the boxes.
It seems like its been a few weeks since the Golden Knights made an appearance in this stacks piece, and it couldn't be a better time to jump back on board with them. A 3.82 implied goal total is tops on the slate and a spot where we can look for both cash game and tournament options.
They are facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks, who are one of the worst defensive teams in the league and offer a consistent floor of points along with plenty of upside. Chicago comes into this game with a 60.23 Corsi Against (fourth-worst in the league), a 2.72 xGA/60 (second-worst), and 12.8 High-Danger-Scoring-Chances-Against (second-worst) this season. They are bad on defense, and there is no hiding it for them.
The second forward line for the Golden Knights consists of the following players: Max Pacioretty ($7,100), who has four goals in his last five games and 20 shots, Paul Stastny ($4,700), who has no points in his last five games but has dropped below $5K, and Mark Stone ($7,500), who only has one point in his last five games but has seen his price drop under $8K. Despite the lack of production from two of the players, this line is still rated as the second-best second forward line. In a great spot with two players dropping in price, it's time to buy in.
New Jersey Devils
By no means are the New Jersey Devils a 'good' team, but they are in a great spot tonight.
The Devils are hosting the Ottawa Senators tonight in a game where the over/under is set at 6.5, and that might not be high enough. That's not because both teams are some offensive juggernauts -- they aren't -- but both teams are so, so bad on defense that we could see offense from both sides. Overall, it should be a sloppy game with penalties on both sides, but when push comes to shove, I'm taking the home team with a 3.60 implied goal total and the second line change.
The first forward line has full correlation, meaning they are all on the first power-play together, so the upside they bring from double-dipping on points is massive. We should be looking towards Jack Hughes ($5,100), Taylor Hall ($7,600), Kyle Palmieri ($6,300), and defender P.K. Subban ($4,800). The three forwards all have two or more points in their last five games, along with a combined 40 shots in that same time.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are dealing with a few injuries, but this is a spot worth attacking.
Toronto is without Mitchell Marner, which is a big blow to their offense, but it opens up some cheaper options tonight. They are on the road to take on the New York Islanders, who have been very hot as of late, but there are some concerning things when looking at their stats. The Islanders are the 3rd-worst in Corsi Against, the 8th-worst in High-Danger-Scoring-Chances-Against, and the 10th-worst in xGA/60 -- BUT they are actually number one overall in Goals Against per 60 minutes.
So, what does this all mean? Right now, they aren't giving up goals, but based on the shots they are allowing, they should be giving up more goals than they currently are. The best analogy I can give would be an MLB pitcher who is giving up an insane amount of hard contact and fly balls but doesn't give up home runs. That trend is bound to change soon.
If you can get a team like the Maple Leafs at lower ownership, you want to jump on that knowing what type of potential they have. Andreas Johnsson ($5,300), Auston Matthews ($8,900), and William Nylander ($6,000) are on the first forward line and are also all on the first power-play due to Marner being out.