3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 2/10/20
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.
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 Calgary Flames are at home as modest -120 favorites, and we should see some scoring here.
Calgary is having a bit of an underwhelming season, but they are holding down a Wild Card spot right now and have a winnable matchup tonight versus the San Jose Sharks. They come in with a 3.07 implied goal total -- which seems a bit low to me --, and they might need to try and exceed that in a big way. The other day, the Flames announced that former Norris Trophy winner and their best defender -- Mark Giordano -- is headed to injured reserve. This is a big blow to a team which is around the middle of the league in defense.
If they are lacking on defense, their offense might need to pour in some extra goals to help secure them the win. They are in a good spot to do that tonight since the Sharks are holding the ninth-worst Expected Goals Against and allowing the fifth-most High-Danger-Scoring-Chances per 60 minutes. I've said it before -- the Sharks are a team worth attacking, and we should stick with that tonight. John Gaudreau ($7,400), Sean Monahan ($6,800), and Elias Lindholm ($6,300) are on the first forward line and first power-play together. They come in with 10 points and 29 shots in their last five games.
They aren't super expensive, and given their matchup tonight against the Sharks, you should be looking to stack them in tournaments for some nice upside.
With a 3.45 implied goal total, the Philadelphia Flyers sit at the top of the slate and should be stacked tonight.
The past two games for Philadelphia have been quintessential Flyers hockey. On Friday, they lost 5-0 to the New Jersey Devils -- one of the worst teams in the league. Then on Saturday, they beat the Washington Capitals -- one of the best teams in the league -- 7-2. They are showing off a bit of Jekyll and Hyde, but this isn't anything new. Hopefully, we get the goal-scoring version of the Flyers tonight, since they have the highest implied goal total on the slate and in the only game -- against the Florida Panthers -- with an over/under sitting at 6.5 tonight.
Both teams are in the top-15 of the league in goals scored this season, the Panthers are in the bottom-six in goals allowed, along with being league average or worse in Corsi Against (Shot Attempts Allowed), Expected Goals allowed, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes. This should put us in a spot for plenty of scoring, and a game stack should also be considered for tournaments.
The Flyers' first forward line has full correlation with the first power-play unit, granting us the always important shared ice-time. That line consists of Claude Giroux ($7,300), Sean Couturier ($6,900), and Jakub Voracek ($6,600), who are finally reunited and have 13 points in their last five games.
That goal total is the seventh-highest on the slate, putting them right in the middle. They don't jump off the page -- but with them being at home -- it seems a bit low considering they are at home against a very average Predators lineup. Overall, I like the Canucks tonight for their player's salaries, their matchup, and the fact they shouldn't be too highly owned with that implied goal total -- given the other options on the slate. It's not one thing, it's the combination of everything and how they relate to the rest of the slate.
The Canucks first power-play has two players from the first forward line and two from the second forward line, split in half. I think all options are good, and it really comes down to who you have the salary for. Elias Pettersson ($7,000) is the best overall option, but if you can't afford him, look to J.T. Miller ($6,200), Bo Horvat ($6,000), Tanner Pearson ($5,400), or Quinn Hughes ($4,900). Modest salaries tonight and fit well as a secondary stack in lineups.