3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 12/2/19
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
We are back with a five-game NHL slate where a few road teams are in good spots for some offense. Let's take a look.
The Vegas Golden Knights are having a bit of a middling season compared to where they've been the past few seasons, but they still have a good offense and a fantastic matchup tonight. They are up against the New York Rangers, who -- despite winning six of their last 10 games -- still aren't a great team. The Rangers are dead last in the league when it comes to Corsi Against, expected goals allowed per 60 minutes, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed. Their defense is not good, and that is shown by the fact that Vegas has a slate-high 3.16 implied goal total tonight despite being on the road.
If we are expecting goals -- and a lot of them -- you should look to get plenty of exposure here. That should start with their second forward line, who are all on the second power-play unit together, giving full ice-time correlation. Those players are Paul Stastny ($4,500), Max Pacioretty ($6,500), and Mark Stone ($7,200). They have eight points and 37 shots in their last five games, which should only be on the rise given this matchup.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are back on the winning track after a three-game losing streak and have a great matchup tonight.
The Islanders grabbed a point in 17-straight games, then lost three in a row, and have won their most recent game. They have another chance to pick up a win tonight against a very bad Detroit Red Wings team. When I say bad, I really mean it. They've lost nine games in a row and are dead last in the league in points. Truth be told, I don't think the Islanders are a great offensive team, as they are bottom-10 in the league when it comes to Corsi For and expected goals for per 60 minutes. They truly don't generate a ton of offense or win games via their defense and goaltending.
With that said, their matchup tonight is too good to pass up, since the Red Wings have allowed four or more goals in six of their last seven games. If this is the case, we want to be rolling with the first forward line for the Islanders, which has Anders Lee ($5,400), Josh Bailey ($4,900), and Mathew Barzal ($6,600).
A 3.13 implied goal total for the Buffalo Sabres might be too low tonight.
The Devils have allowed four goals or more in four of their last five games and now face the tough test of shutting down the Sabres top line. Although the Sabres have struggled overall, their top line of Jack Eichel ($8,400), Victor Olofsson ($6,500), and Sam Reinhart ($5,200) is still producing. They have 16 points and 40 shots over their last five games, putting up numbers despite only have two wins in that span.
You can consider adding Henri Jokiharju ($3,500), who is the defender on the first power-play unit, and brings a bit of salary relief. The Golden Knights might be better for cash games and have a higher potential upside, but the Sabres are still in a good spot tonight.