2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 3/4/20
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.
Both of those teams have the highest implied goal totals tonight, and they are solid options. But I don't want to talk about the obvious answer here and would rather look at things from a tournament perspective and shoot for lower ownership.
The Philadelphia Flyers are visiting the Capitals tonight, and the over/under is set at 6.5. It should be an awesome game, as they are separated by only three points in the standings. On top of that, we should be seeing plenty of goals in this game, as six of their last nine games -- nice -- have hit the over, according to KillerSports.
Both teams are good and both teams can score, but the Capitals should be much higher owned. Let's pivot to the Flyers' top forward line, who are all on the first power-play together. That line consists of Claude Giroux ($7,500), Sean Couturier ($7,600), and Jakub Voracek ($6,000), who come in with 15 points and 48 shots in their last five games. That production can go head-to-head with nearly any three players on this slate, so why not aim for the lower-owned ones?
The Calgary Flames have been through it all this season, but they are holding down a playoff spot right now and can't let up.
With a 3.13 implied goal total tonight, the Flames are the third-highest on the slate, along with being the second-largest home favorite (-195). Despite being a large favorite, they shouldn't be as highly owned as the Capitals or the Avalanche, simply due to their matchup.
The Flames are hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have allowed the fifth-fewest goals in the league this season. So why attack them? Well, that is where they are for the season, and things are starting to change for the Blue Jackets' defense. In their last 10 games, they have allowed three goals or more in every, single, game.
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This recent slide might have something to do with the fact they have lost 380 man-games due to injury -- the next worst team is at 302. They have three of their four forward lines rated 23rd or worse and have a lineup filled with minor league players. They got blasted by injuries this season, and what was once a very strong defense has gone down faster than someone getting knocked out by Kimbo Slice.
Their first forward line has full ice-time correlation with the first power-play unit, so look to roster John Gaudreau ($7,600), Sean Monahan ($6,400), and Elias Lindholm ($6,100), who have 13 points in their last five games.