2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 11/26/19
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.
The Stars got off to a slow start this season but have turned things around in a big way, combined with the fact they got two important players back from injuries in just the past few days. That 2.75 implied goal total is too low for them tonight, considering they are facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks, who are one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Chicago is allowing a 61.33 Corsi Against this season -- second-worst in the league -- along with the second-most High-Danger-Scoring-Chances per 60 minutes. Not only are the Blackhawks allowing a ton of shot attempts, but many of those shot attempts are the highest equity ones that can produce goals.
When it comes to stacking the Stars, the first forward line or the first power-play is the spot to look. They have some, but not full correlation, which shouldn't be highly-owned tonight. Roope Hintz ($5,800) is one of those players back from an injury and is the center on the first forward line. The issue is that Tyler Seguin ($8,100) is listed as a center on FanDuel, but is, in fact, playing as a winger. So, if you were to go to a first forward line stack, you would have to take up both center spots, something most people won't do. As you can tell, that is where I'm leaning tonight. Add Jamie Benn ($7,000) into the mix, and you have a full first forward line stack, along with defender John Klingberg ($5,100), who is also back from his injury, on the first power-play unit, and way, way too cheap given how good he truly is.
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils are -135 home-favorites, and with an implied goal total sitting at 3.16, they make a clear stacking option.
A home-favorite on a small slate is an obvious spot to stack, and we don't want to get too cute in this situation, making the Devils a team to strongly consider tonight. They are going up against the Minnesota Wild tonight, who will have Kaapo Kahkonen in net, a goalie making his first-ever NHL start. That's never an easy situation to navigate, even with the Devils not being a powerhouse on offense. When this situation comes along -- a goalie making his first-ever start -- I side with the opposing offense 10 times out of 10.
The Wild are on the second night of a back-to-back, and we want to target the Devils first power-play unit in this situation. That unit consists of Taylor Hall ($7,500), who has a two-game goal streak in the works, Nico Hischier ($5,400), who has a point in four-straight games, Kyle Palmieri ($6,300), with points in three of his last four games, and Sami Vatanen ($4,900), who brings a solid floor due to shots and blocked shots. They should be popular tonight, but they are in a strong spot.