3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Monday 12/6/21
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 updated line information.
Monday's six-game slate has some good spots to stack, so let's look at the three best.
The Colorado Avalanche are on a road trip that began in Canada and saw them go 1-1-1 and allow a whopping 15 goals. They also scored 12, which is a good sign for our daily fantasy purposes. Tonight, they'll get to face a team in disarray.
The fully loaded Colorado first line is back together. Nathan MacKinnon ($9,200) somehow has just one goal on the season but has six assists and 11 shots on goal in three games since returning. Gabriel Landeskog ($8,900) has points in seven-straight games -- including two on Saturday. Mikko Rantanen ($8,200) hasn't been producing much during the road trip but is still at over a point-per-game on the season. Cale Makar ($7,200) missed Saturday's game, but he leads all defensemen with 10 goals despite only playing 18 games.
The Avalanche will play the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. The Flyers just got dismantled 7-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, which led to their coach being fired. They have now allowed the most expected goals and most high-danger chances per 60 minutes, according to Natural Stat Trick.
The only knock you can make on the Avalanche is the salaries are a bit prohibitive. However, if you could make a lineup work with the big four, it's certainly something to consider. Colorado has the second-highest implied team total on the slate but likely has the most explosive upside given their talent and the matchup.
The Dallas Stars have turned things around in a large way this season. They were one of the last teams in the league to get a regulation win. Now, they've won six straight and look like a playoff contender and should be able to win their seventh straight tonight.
It's become clear which line we'll want to stack for the Stars, and it represents a bit of a changing of the guard. Youngsters Jason Robertson ($5,900) and Roope Hintz ($6,600) are joined by old veteran Joe Pavelski ($5,600) to form the first line. Robertson was the runner-up for the rookie of the year last season and is leading the team with 1.17 points per game. Pavelski leads the team in points and Hintz leads in goals, so this line has been doing most of the damage.
The Stars will face the Arizona Coyotes for the second time this season. In the first meeting, Pavelski and Robertson each had two points, and Hintz had a goal. Arizona has returned to dead last in the league standings, and they also have allowed the third-most goals per game.
The first line is fully correlated on the power play, so they have a chance to combine on a lot of goals. Arizona's penalty kill is fourth from the bottom in the NHL, so playing John Klingberg ($4,500) makes sense for the power play correlation as well.
The first two stacks likely will be popular tonight. If you want something spicy and off the board, you can stack up the Ottawa Senators. It might not feel comfortable stacking up one of the worst teams in the NHL, but that likely will keep their popularity down.
The Senators' first line compares very well to some of the best lines in the league. The trio of Brady Tkachuk ($7,100), Josh Norris ($6,300), and Drake Batherson ($6,300) has scored 12 goals together at five-on-five, with only two lines in the league scoring more. This is even more impressive when you consider Tkachuk and Batherson have both missed time at different points of the season. Batherson has had two games over 50 FanDuel points this season, so his ceiling is very high.
The Senators take on the New Jersey Devils tonight. The Devils aren't particularly scary for opposing teams; they allow 3.32 goals per game. Ottawa is a decent underdog in this game, but they have shown that they can still produce even when the betting odds aren't in their favor.
The salaries are a bit elevated on these players because they have put up good fantasy numbers this season. That likely will keep their popularity down, which is great for tournament players. Thomas Chabot ($5,100) leads the league in ice time per game and is a good value at defense that can be played with this line, too.
Ottawa's full correlation adds to their upside and makes them a good under-the-radar option to stack.
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