3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 2/19/21
In daily fantasy hockey, stacking is a key strategy in tournaments. We want to correlate our lineups with up to four players to maximize our upside, as if one player on a line is scoring goals, it's likely that his linemates are getting assists as well. Ideally, we'll want players that will get a lot of ice time together on an even strength line and a power play line. Two good resources for line combinations are LeftWingLock.com and DailyFaceoff.com, so be sure to check those sites for up-to-date line information.
Four games on a Friday give us less research to dive into before the weekend starts, so let's look at some lines we can stack.
The Florida Panthers lost some key forwards in the offseason, but their offense hasn't missed a beat.
Last season, they scored 3.30 goals per game, but this season, they are up to 3.36. Surprisingly, they are also tops in the league in points percentage. Part of this can be attributed to a weaker schedule, but the good news is that the soft schedule will continue on Friday, as they play the Detroit Red Wings. There are some ways the Panthers can exploit matchup, so let's look at which players we can stack to use the mismatches to our advantage.
A lot of the Panthers' early-season success has come through their power play. They have the seventh best power play in the NHL. They'll get to face a Detroit penalty kill that is the fifth worst in the league.
Florida's best player this season has been Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,300), who has been good on the power play and any time he's been on the ice. He leads the league in points per 60 minutes with 5.16, according to Natural Stat Trick.
Since Huberdeau’s been so good, we are going to focus our stack on his line, even if it’s technically the second line. He plays on this line and on the power play with Patric Hornqvist ($5,700), who has been good in his first year with the team. He has 13 points in 14 games, including four power play goals. Alexander Wennberg ($4,300) is the even strength center on this line but doesn't play on the power play.
If you wanted to add another power play piece to the stack, that would be defenseman Keith Yandle ($4,400). Yandle is second on the team with eight power play points, and comes at a very affordable salary.
The Panthers have an implied team total over three goals and are big money line favorites. This stack could be a unique way to stack Florida and has a lot of upside with the way the power play has been clicking.
The North Division has been a place we have looked to for stacks all season, and tonight is no different.
We're going to look at the Winnipeg Jets tonight. The Jets have scored the seventh most goals per game in the league, but they've been tricky to stack. Now, with their lines reconfigured, we have a clean stack of three forwards who all play together at even strength and the power play.
Mark Scheifele ($7,600) is the center on this line, and he's been great no matter where he's played this season. His 22 points are the sixth most in the league. Kyle Connor ($6,600) has cooled off since his start to the season, but playing with Scheifele should help him get back to scoring goals. The third wheel on this line is Blake Wheeler ($6,400), who has dealt with talk in the media that his play has declined this season. That may be the case, but he still has 14 points in 16 games and is a useful fantasy asset.
The Jets will play the Vancouver Canucks in a game that should involve little defense being played. The Canucks allow the most expected goals per 60 minutes and the second most actual goals per 60. So the Jets should be able to get their chances tonight, and with Vancouver's goalies combining for the second worst save percentage in the NHL, they shouldn't find it difficult to score.
Josh Morrissey ($4,200) is very affordable as the defenseman who plays on the power play with this line. He doesn't have a goal yet this season, but he has assists in four straight games. With this salary, he's easy to add to your Winnipeg stacks.
Winnipeg is a slight underdog in this game, but they have a good implied team total of 3.19 goals. We could see a lot of goals in this game so playing either side of it makes sense.
The all-Canadian North Division doesn't have much defense in their games, and it's made for both great entertainment and great fantasy environments.
The matchup for both teams is so good, that it's great for a game stack. The Canucks are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and the Jets are not much better and even worse by some metrics. Winnipeg allows the most high danger chances per 60 and the third most expected goals per 60. The Cancuks' top players are playing better of late and definitely can beat a weak Jets defense.
The "Lotto Line" has been Vancouver's main source of offense since it was formed last season, and their struggles earlier this season are what really hurt the team overall. Elias Pettersson ($6,600) had a disappointing start that was surprising to most fans, but he's picked it up of late with points in seven of his last eight games. The most consistent performer for Vancouver has been Brock Boeser ($7,200). His 12 goals are the second most in the NHL, and his 21 points rank seventh in the league. Right behind him in points is Quinn Hughes ($5,600), who leads all defensemen with 20 points this season. His salary is a nice value considering his point total, and he'll play on the power play with all of Vancouver's heavy hitters. Last but not least is J.T. Miller ($5,900), who led the team in points with 72 last season.
The nice thing about stacking Vancouver is the full correlation you can get, with all of the players you want on one line and one power play unit. So when Vancouver goes off and scores a handful of goals, it's likely this line did the damage and left the fantasy managers who stacked them satisfied with their output.
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