3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Wednesday 12/8/21
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.
There are only four games on Wednesday, but we have some fun stacks that we can utilize on the slate.
The Boston Bruins are perhaps not where most people thought they would be in the standings at this point in the season. They are fifth in the Atlantic Division and behind the Detroit Red Wings. However, they have played four fewer games than Detroit and should be able to climb back into a playoff spot.
Boston will welcome back two key players who missed their last game. Brad Marchand ($9,300) will return from suspension tonight and face the same team that he got suspended against. He had a goal, an assist, and five shots on goal in that game. Patrice Bergeron ($8,300) didn't have any points with Marchand out of the lineup, but he had 16 shots on goal in three games. David Pastrnak ($8,700) has also peppered opposing goalies with 28 shots in his past five games and scored two goals. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy ($6,700) missed the last game due to illness but will be back on the top power play tonight.
The Bruins take on the Vancouver Canucks on the road. Vancouver appeared to be rejuvenated in their first game under new coach Bruce Boudreau, but this will be a tougher test. It's hard to think that they completely turned things around from the team that allowed 3.07 expected goals to the Bruins just 10 days ago.
Boston has been creating a good number of chances, but they aren't one of the league's top scoring teams due to a poor shooting percentage. There is enough talent on the team to think that their 7.78 shooting percentage will regress to something more normal, and they will have some big offensive performances. That could easily start tonight.
We liked the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, and they went off for seven goals. However, the goals were so spread out that they weren't tournament winners. That's the risk when you want to roster such a deep, talented team. We'll still like the first line, as they are the most likely to produce the tournament-winning scores on the team -- and some of the most likely in the league.
Nathan MacKinnon ($9,500) continues to run cold in the goal scoring department. He didn't score on any of his eight shots on goal. Those eight shots and an assist helped him put up a respectable 20.8 FanDuel points, but it easily could have been a bigger game. Gabriel Landeskog ($9,100) has goals in three straight games now after his goal on Monday. Mikko Rantanen ($8,400) had two assists in that game, as well.
The Avalanche take on the red-hot New York Rangers, but it's still a good spot for them. The Rangers are traveling back home after playing on Tuesday, while Colorado awaited them in New York with a day off.
Additionally, the Rangers are without stud goalie Igor Shesterkin and may turn to Adam Huska to make his first career start. The Rangers' winning streak has been buoyed by solid goaltending, and we don't know what we will get from a goalie in his debut against this high-powered Avalanche team.
Colorado is averaging a massive 4.14 goals per game this season. Their implied team total is the highest on the slate at 3.34 goals, but we know they are capable of exceeding that.
Cale Makar ($7,100) is a great play if you can fit him in with Avalanche stacks, as he leads the team and all defensemen with 11 goals this season.
New Jersey Devils
Some people were calling the New Jersey Devils dark horses in the Metropolitan Division, but it hasn't really happened. They are a pretty average team with a .500 points percentage thus far. Tonight, they are in a great spot and can provide the salary relief needed.
The Devils were supposed to be the Jack Hughes show this year, but his time missed due to injury allowed some others to shine. Jesper Bratt ($5,500) leads the team with 20 points. He is playing with two players who were picked in the top six of the draft in Nico Hischier ($4,800) and Pavel Zacha ($4,200). These two can be hit or miss in terms of fantasy production, but they have had some games with over 20 FanDuel points, which you would take at this salary.
New Jersey faces the struggling Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. Philly allowed seven goals on Sunday, fired their coach, and then allowed seven goals again on Monday. They've now allowed the most expected goals and most high-danger chances per 60 minutes this season.
The Devils have a great chance to capitalize on their matchup tonight, and their fully-correlated first line is very affordable. You can add Dougie Hamilton ($7,300) to the stack, as he is still one of the better offensive defensemen in the game despite his numbers being slightly worse on his new team.
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