Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 8/29/20
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.
Let's jump in and look at some stacks to target for goals and plenty of fantasy points.
Update: This piece initially ran prior to Thursday's main slate, which has been pushed to Saturday at 7:00 pm.
Vegas Golden Knights
The good thing we see in this series is that the offenses are putting up plenty of goals, and that gives us fantasy points to capture. We also see this game coming in with an over/under set at 6.5, compared to the other game sporting an over/under at 5.5. The Golden Knights and Canucks also hold the two-highest implied goal totals -- 3.72 and 2.78 -- making this a clear spot to target for stacks.
The four forwards on the first power play for Vegas are an absolute powerhouse on offense and one of the best stacks to target on this two-game slate. The issue is the fact they are all expensive, and that will impact your roster construction, but you should still attempt to grab some pieces from this power play. The four forwards are Max Pacioretty ($7,800), Mark Stone ($7,300), Jon Marchessault ($6,800), and Paul Stastny ($4,600). Over their last five games, they have a combined 11 points and 55 shots -- which is simply amazing.
They are split on the first two forward lines, with Pacioretty and Stone on the first and the other two on the second. It's not 100% ice-time correlation, but the upside they bring is borderline unmatched on this slate.
The Canucks have changed their forward lines and power-play units a bit, so let's break it down.
Vancouver had full correlation between their first forward line and the first power-play unit, but that has changed in their most recent game. Tyler Toffoli ($5,600) returned from his injury and was put right back on the second forward line along with the first power-play unit. The Canucks shifted Elias Pettersson ($7,300) from the first forward line to the second forward line, but he remained on the first power-play unit. They also shifted Bo Horvat ($6,300) to the first forward line, swapping spots with Pettersson. With Toffoli now on the first power-play group, he bumped Brock Boeser ($5,900) to the second power play.
There are a ton of moving parts here, but it's all important to note since it changes who you should target for stacks. Except for Boeser, the other three skaters are the ones to target on the first power-play unit -- along with J.T. Miller ($6,400), who is still on that line. With the Canucks carrying an implied goal total of 2.78, we should see them in a spot to score, and the first power-play unit will likely play a role in that.