3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for 3/1/21
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.
We've got a nice seven-game slate to kick off the week, so let's look at some stacks that make sense for Monday.
The Calgary Flames were embarrassed on Thursday night, losing 6-1. They got their redemption on Saturday, winning 6-2. Both of these games were against the Ottawa Senators, and this game is as well. This is the same Ottawa team that has allowed 3.96 goals per game, the most in the league. Calgary switched up their lines on Saturday after the poor showing in the previous game, and it worked out for them quite nicely.
The first line for the Flames added Elias Lindholm ($5,900) to the right wing spot that had seen a rotating cast of players over the last two seasons. This is the same spot that Lindholm played during the 2018-19 season in which he recorded a career-high 78 points. Johnny Gaudreau ($7,200) will be on the other wing, and while he has cooled off since his hot start, he did have two assists on Saturday and still leads the team in points. Sean Monahan ($6,500) centers these guys and has two goals in four games since returning from injury.
These three all play on the power play together, so we get full correlation when using this line. The fourth piece you could add is either defenseman Rasmus Andersson ($4,300), who's definitely a good value for that salary, or forward Matthew Tkachuk ($6,000). Tkachuk is the fourth forward on the power play and is fine to play without his even strength linemates because he generates a lot of shots on goal.
However you want to do it, the Flames are definitely a stack to consider. Their implied team total is sitting at 3.58, the second highest on tonight's slate.
The Colorado Avalanche let us down a few times last week but got back on track over the weekend. They scored nine goals over two games on Friday and Saturday.
Tonight, they have a much better matchup that any of their games last week. They'll face the San Jose Sharks, who are fresh off allowing seven goals to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. They now have allowed the second most goals per game in the league, allowing 3.89 per contest. The underlying numbers don't make it look much better, as they allow the fifth most expected goals and the seventh most shots against per 60 minutes, according to Natural Stat Trick.
Colorado has their top line reformed, and it looks ready to explode. Nathan MacKinnon ($8,400) had a goal on Saturday after a quiet week, but he has been shooting a ton. He had seven shots on goal in that game and is second in the NHL in shot attempts per 60 minutes. Mikko Rantanen ($8,000) has been good as well, with back to back games with multiple points. He's averaging a point per game over the season, which puts him in the top 20 for players who have played at least 15 games. Gabriel Landeskog ($6,200) has yet to really get going this season, but he did have a goal in the last game and has a large sample size of being productive when playing on this line, so it's not something to be too worried about yet.
The news on Saturday was that Cale Makar was going to miss the game. That opened the door for more minutes and power play time for Samuel Girard ($5,100). He got two power play assists on Saturday, so he should remain on that top unit.
The Avalanche are implied to score the most goals tonight, with their total implied total all the way up to 3.85. We haven't seen a total explosion from the top line in a while, but this is a perfect spot for it to happen.
The Winnipeg Jets have been on a bit of a roll, winning four straight and seven of their last 10. That includes two wins over the Vancouver Canucks, who they will play tonight. Things are still not going well for the Canucks, as they are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. They have struggled defensively, allowing the most expected goals per 60 minutes and the second most high danger chances per 60 minutes. This has resulted in them allowing the third most goals per game, only behind the Senators and Sharks.
The Jets have made some changes to their lines, and it has worked so far. It's a bit curious to see Pierre-Luc Dubois ($5,300) playing the wing after the thinking behind the trade was that Winnipeg wanted more center depth. However, he has played well there, with five points in three games, including a three-point game against Vancouver. He's centered by Winnipeg's best player, Mark Scheifele ($8,200). He's on an 11-game point streak, with 19 points in that span. He's now up to sixth in the NHL with 28 points. There was a lot of negative talk around Blake Wheeler ($7,100) and his defensive game, but his 20 points in 20 games are nothing to laugh about.
The power play quarterback for the Jets is Josh Morrissey ($4,300). That's very affordable and it's a way to get a third piece of the top power play, as Dubois is not on that unit.
With Vancouver being an overall defensive disaster, the Jets are definitely a stack you'll want to get a piece of tonight. They are implied to score 3.46 goals tonight, and with their own defensive lapses, this could turn into a track meet like we've seen in the North Division throughout the season.
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