4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 2/27/20
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.
Tampa Bay Lightning
A massive 3.82 implied goal total and missing one of their best players?
That team is the Tampa Bay Lightning, and that player is Steven Stamkos, who wasn't on the ice for practice this morning. Even though Stammer isn't likely to play tonight, we should still look to Tampa as an elite stacking option on this 10-game slate. The first line will now have Nikita Kucherov ($8,300), Brayden Point ($7,300), and Ondrej Palat ($4,700). We should see the first power-play changing as well, now with Alex Killorn ($4,800) and Anthony Cirelli ($4,800), alongside Point and Kucherov.
All of this leads to the Lighting being a bit more affordable tonight and a prime stacking against the horrible Chicago Blackhawks' defense. In fact, the Blackhawks have some of the worst defensive pairings in the league, all rated 22nd or worse this season. Stacking the Lightning tonight is like stacking the Kansas City Chiefs. You know what they are capable of on offense, and you don't want to miss that.
There is no reason the Montreal Canadiens shouldn't be able to score some goals tonight.
We have two teams at the actual opposite ends of the spectrum tonight, and it should only lead to plenty of fantasy points. What are they opposite in? The Canadiens lead the league in shot attempts created per 60 minutes, while the New York Rangers are dead last in shot attempts allowed per 60 minutes. These two teams literally couldn't be further apart. It'd be like bringing a vegan to an all-you-can-eat barbecue joint -- they are simply polar opposites. The Habs carry a 3.19 implied team total tonight -- which seems a bit low, it's the seventh-highest on the slate -- and if they are going overlooked, they could provide huge upside in tournaments.
Overall, the Canadiens have very affordable prices tonight and should be used in all formats tonight. Their first forward line has full ice-time correlation and stays together on the first power-play unit. This will help maximize your upside, so look to stack Phillip Danault ($5,300), Brendan Gallagher ($7,100), and Tomas Tatar ($6,400), who have only six total points in their last five games -- and that should change tonight.
I love the Vancouver Canucks tonight -- you should love them, everyone should love them.
They are on the road to take on the Ottawa Senators, who are doing their best impersonation of an NHL team. They are filled with mostly replacement level players and puts the Canucks as -165 road favorites -- which is very large for the NHL. Three of the four forward lines for the Senators are rated 26th or worse, along with all three of their defensive pairs rated 25th or worse. They are horrible -- there is no other way to put it. I'm not saying I could score against them, but it'd be close.
I'm borderline tempted to hit the lock button on a few players since they primed for a huge game, that's the level of confidence I have in this stack. Elias Pettersson ($6,700), J.T. Miller ($6,300), Tyler Toffoli ($5,700), and Quinn Hughes ($5,300) are on the first power-play together, and they can send you to the top of the leaderboard tonight.
I guess the Minnesota Wild are fine tonight?
Fine in the same way you'd take any kind of pizza after a night of overindulgence -- its not the best -- but it gets the job done. That's what the Wild are tonight -- they should get the job done. They are facing off against the Detroit Red Wings, who have a -113 goal differential and are allowing 3.7 goals per game this season. They are on a historically bad pace, and when they are on the slate, you should look to attack them.
The Wild also help the slate overall since their most expensive skater is Zach Parise at only $5.9K tonight. They are a very easy team to stack but should be used as a secondary stack for your lineups. Target the Lightning or Canucks as the primary, with the cheaper Wild being second. Look to add Kevin Fiala ($5,500) and Eric Staal ($5,600) to this stack, as they are all on the first power-play together.