NHL

2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 1/17/20

The Penguins face a very weak Detroit team tonight and should be in for plenty of goals. Who can you stack on this three-game slate?

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.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the second night of a back-to-back, but in a great spot.

Last night, the Pens lost 4-1 in Boston, and I was big on them. The Bruins haven't been in top form, and the Penguins are primed for plenty of offense. They didn't get it done last night, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't look towards them tonight on a small three-game slate. They come in with a 3.50 implied goal total tonight -- the highest on the slate -- and are taking on the Detroit Red Wings, who are clearly the worst team in the league. When I say the worst team in the league, I truly mean it. The Ottawa Senators -- a team I preach about stacking against, have 40 points this season -- the Red Wings have 27 points. Detroit is also allowing 3.8 goals per game, as they feature three defensive pairings who are all rated 28th or worse.

Sidney Crosby ($8,100) is back from his injury -- has played only two games -- and has five points and six shots in that time. He hasn't missed a step and is back on the first forward line and first power-play unit for the Penguins. You've been able to trust him on a nightly basis for many years now in NHL DFS, and tonight is no different. The two wingers with Crosby --- Jared McCann ($5,100) and Dominik Simon ($4,100) -- aren't on the first power-play, which means they lack full correlation. In reality, the Penguins' first power-play with Evgeni Malkin ($8,300), Bryan Rust ($6,200), and Patric Hornqvist ($6,100) are spread among the top-three forward lines.

They have no correlation, but it technically gets you exposure to three different forward lines, and they simply have the best matchup tonight against the Red Wings, that much is clear.

Carolina Hurricanes

As a -240 home favorite tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes should be very popular.

The Hurricanes had a tough 3-2 loss last night to the Columbus Blue Jackets -- but more importantly -- lost their top defender Dougie Hamilton. He suffered a rather gross looking injury -- view with caution -- and is likely out for a long period of time. Hamilton is the defender on the Canes' top power-play unit, which means we should be getting some value tonight. They could shift Jake Gardiner ($3,900) from the second power-play to the first, or potentially put Jaccob Slavin ($3,800) on the first power-play. They both offer a bit of savings compare to Hamilton, which is great on a three-game slate.

Sebastian Aho ($7,300), Teuvo Teravainen ($6,400), and Andrei Svechnikov ($5,700) are the three forwards you want to be targeting on the Canes' first power-play unit. They come in with a combined 11 points and 38 shots in their last five games. Their recent production should put them in a good spot against the Anaheim Ducks, who are allowing the eighth-most High-Danger-Scoring-Chances per 60 minutes and holding the fifth-worst expected goals against this season. They are a very soft defense you can attack, and with only three-games, it should make the Hurricanes popular.