3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 3/10/20
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.
It's a solid eight-game slate tonight, and the Carolina Hurricanes should be one of the top teams.
There are two things which make the Hurricanes a great stack tonight. First off, they hold a 60.3 Corsi For (shot attempts created) this season, the third-highest in the league. They are generating a ton of chances, and that provides the players with a solid floor of fantasy points. That it what shots bring to your lineup, but you should also be looking for upside.
Don't worry. The Hurricanes have plenty of upside and that comes from their first forward line, who have 100% ice-time correlation with the first power-play unit. Sebastian Aho ($7,700), Andrei Svechnikov ($5,800), and Teuvo Teravainen ($6,400) are the three players on the first forward line and come in with 9 points and 41 shots in their last five games. They aren't too expensive tonight and they have an elite matchup versus the Red Wings -- who are a disgrace of an NHL team.
The Dallas Stars aren't known for having a great offense, but they are in a great spot tonight.
This season, the Stars have scored the third-fewest goals in the entire league but are still holding down a playoff spot and looking for more. On top of having a very low-scoring offense, the Stars have allowed the fewest goals in the league this season. They are legitimately an unbelievable real-life hockey team in terms of defense. Due to all this, they play very slow, don't generate a ton of offense, and don't score a ton of fantasy points. They are a team I only look at in certain spots, and this is one of them tonight.
They are at home as -170 favorites to take on the New York Rangers, who struggle on defense. We've attacked the Rangers all season, so there is no reason to stop now. The Rangers find themselves in the bottom three of the league in Corsi Against, Expected Goals Against, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes. This should make sense from an opportunity perspective. The Stars don't normally generate offense but are in a spot to do that tonight.
Of the four forwards on the first power-play unit, two are on the first forward line and two are on the second forward line. They're lacking full correlation, but the four-man stack gets you exposure to three of their top units. Joe Pavelski ($4,800), Tyler Seguin ($7,400), Jamie Benn ($7,100), and Denis Gurianov ($3,900) are the four players, who are affordable tonight.
The Pittsburgh Penguins should be one of the chalkiest teams on tonight's slate.
With a slate-high 3.35 implied goal total, there will be plenty of ownership going towards the Penguins, who are on the road to take on the New Jersey Devils. The Devils aren't a 'good' team, but they've been playing much better as of late. Over their last 10 games, they've allowed two goals or fewer six times. That is truly great and thanks to the strong play of Mackenzie Blackwood.
A strong stretch of games, but the Penguins are still the better team -- it's as simple as that. You should be looking to trust Sidney Crosby ($8,500), Evgeni Malkin ($8,200), Jason Zucker ($6,400), and Bryan Rust ($5,500), who are on the first power-play together. They have 24 points and 46 shots in their last five games -- aka they put up fantasy points.