4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 3/3/20
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 Pittsburgh Penguins have been an absolute roller coaster of a team lately, but they're in a great spot tonight.
Riding a six-game losing streak is no way to start the final full month of the season, but that is where we find the Penguins. In this six-game losing streak, the Penguins have scored two or fewer goals five times, and that is a tough look. A team who was contending for the top spot in the toughest division in the league -- the Metro -- has now fallen to third place, but they can get back on track in this one. They are at home to host the Ottawa Senators, which has the Penguins coming in as the largest home favorite on the slate -- -300 -- and with the highest implied goal total (4.02).
Regardless of their recent form, the Penguins are in a phenomenal spot, and we should be trusting them. Since their offense has been struggling, no one player or line is standing out with their numbers, so we simply want to rely on the first forward line tonight. That line consists of Sidney Crosby ($8,300), Jason Zucker ($6,300), and Conor Sheary ($3,700). Crosby and Zucker are on the first power-play unit, while Sheary is on the second power-play unit. A stud, a value play, and exposure to both power-play units in this matchup is a strong option.
Vegas Golden Knights
Despite losing one of their best players, the Vegas Golden Knights are a top stacking option tonight.
That player is Mark Stone, who is going to be out for a few weeks -- leaving an opening among their top-six forwards. He was on the second forward and the first power-play unit, which changes things when it comes to stacking. Nicolas Roy ($3,000) is the minimum salary and is now seeing time on the second forward line but not on either power-play unit. If you want to take the immense savings he offers, you should pair him with Max Pacioretty ($7,700) and William Karlsson ($6,400), who are on the second line with him.
I like the savings that Roy brings, but he isn't going to produce a ton of offense by himself. Ideally, he falls into an assist since he is on the ice with much better players. Then you get some power-play correlation with Pacioretty and Karlsson, who are in a great matchup versus the New Jersey Devils' weak defense.
Two teams who aren't going to be in the playoffs -- why would we look at this game?
As it gets later in the season, it can be tougher to trust teams who have nothing to play for, but the Chicago Blackhawks are worth considering when it comes to tournaments tonight. They are carrying a 3.37 implied goal total and are at home to take on the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are sitting at the bottom-eight of the league in Corsi Against (Shots Attempts Allowed), Expected Goals Against, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes. The Ducks aren't a good defensive team by any measure; this isn't new news.
Sure, the Blackhawks aren't an amazing team, but the matchup is great tonight, and the prices on the Chicago players are affordable. Jonathan Toews ($6,600), Brandon Saad ($5,200), and rookie sensation Dominik Kubalik ($5,800) come in with 13 points and 39 shots in their last five games. With consistency like this and the matchup they have tonight, there is no reason to think they won't be able to continue posting strong fantasy points.
The Minnesota Wild, a good offensive team?
Well, they are good recently, and I'm not sure how much stock to put in that. OK, put some stock in it as they are a viable tournament option tonight. On a slate with 10 games, the Wild and their 3.16 implied goal total shouldn't be too highly owned -- that is at least a bit interesting. Over their last six games, they have won four of them and scored five goals or more in each win. That ... is something. They aren't known as a "good" offensive team, but things are starting to change after firing their head coach on February 14th.
They are a single point out of a Wild Card spot and are facing the Nashville Predators, who are on the second night of a back-to-back and gave up eight goals last night -- yikes. It also helps that the most expensive skater on the Wild is Zach Parise ($6,200), giving us a moderately priced stack tonight. He is on the first power-play with Kevin Fiala ($5,900), who has nine points in his last five games, along with Eric Staal ($6,100) and Jared Spurgeon ($5,400). They aren't expensive, and their offense is on fire right now.