3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for 3/2/21
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 eight games on Tuesday, and there aren't any obvious stacks that stand out as the clear chalk. That gives us a chance to experiment with some teams we might not normally look towards, which could be interesting.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Earlier in the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets appeared in this space when they hadn't shown much and had low salaries. Well, they've since had some big performances, which has seen those salaries rise.
Cam Atkinson ($6,500) in particular has seen his salary shoot up. It has been deserved, though, as he has seven goals and 34 shots on goal in the last 10 games. The player who was supposed to be the throw-in for the big trade, Jack Roslovic ($4,800), has arguably been the best part. He has 13 points in 16 games with the Jackets, leading them in points per game at 0.81. The prize acquisition in the trade was Patrik Laine ($7,600). Laine has been cold since his three-point game last Tuesday, but that's kind of the nature of his game. We've seen him score eight hat tricks in under five seasons in the league, so he's been one of the players with the most upside.
Columbus has a good matchup against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Detroit started off the season being better defensively than last season but has fallen off since then. After allowing 10 goals in two games to the Chicago Blackhawks over the weekend, they have now allowed the sixth-most goals per game in the league. Detroit was without two important forwards in Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri, who can help transition the puck out of their own zone, and that resulted in a 7-2 loss.
The Blue Jackets have an implied team total of 3.12 goals tonight. They aren't thought of as the most high-flying team in the NHL, but with the matchup against Detroit, they have a chance to put up some goals. You can definitely use this line that is fully correlated on the power play and at even strength and is up against the league's second-worst penalty kill.
Last night, the Winnipeg Jets seemed to be in a good spot against the Vancouver Canucks. They still are in a good spot, as it's the same matchup as last night, but perhaps we underestimated the spot the Canucks had for themselves. The Jets allow the fourth-most expected goals per 60 minutes and also allow the most high danger chances per 60, according to Natural Stat Trick. Vancouver was able to get the 4-0 win last night and faces the Jets' backup goalie, Laurent Brossoit, in tonight's game instead of last season's Vezina Trophy winner, Connor Hellebuyck.
The "lotto line" is usually the one we want to target for the Canucks. Elias Pettersson ($7,000) picked up a goal and an assist last night, which gave him his third multi-point game in his last four outings. Brock Boeser ($7,200) was quiet last night with just one assist, but is still tied for third in the league in goals with 12. Last season's team leader in points was J.T. Miller ($5,600). He got off to a slow start and heard it a bit from the Vancouver media, but is now back on track with 20 points in 22 games. This line is all on the first power play, and they are joined by sophomore stud defenseman Quinn Hughes ($5,500). Hughes leads all defensemen with 21 points on the season and also has the most power play points with 11.
The Canucks may be the more popular side of this game after they performed better last night than the Jets, but both sides are viable. Vancouver's edge is that you can get their best players all on one line and one power play unit, making the stack more likely to pay off if the team explodes.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a two-week layoff due to COVID but have cemented themselves as contenders in the East Division like many people expected. The offense has been exceeding expectations, as they are now up to fourth in goals per game. What's been most surprising is the players who are producing the goals.
James van Riemsdyk ($6,700) was sixth on the team last season with 40 points, and he already has 25 points in 18 games to lead the team, which is also good for seventh in the league. Joel Farabee ($5,400) is having a breakout season in his second year, as he is second on the team with 17 points. These guys are on a line with Flyers top center, Sean Couturier ($7,600), who missed time due to injury but has a solid 11 points in the eight games he has played in this season.
The Flyers will face their Pennsylvania rivals in the Pittsburgh Penguins. They catch a break, however, as this will be a Penguins team without Sidney Crosby, who was placed on the COVID list. That should mean this line won't spend as much time in their own zone as they would if they were to match up against Crosby's line. The matchup was already a good one, as the Penguins allow the fifth-most goals per game. They also have the third worst penalty kill in the NHL, and this line plays together on the Flyers' top power play unit.
The Flyers have an implied goal total of 3.37 tonight, tied for the second highest on the slate. They were able to score 11 goals in two previous meetings with Pittsburgh earlier in the season, and with the way the Penguins have been struggling defensively, another big game could be in store for Philadelphia.
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