3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Wednesday 12/15/21
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.
Wednesday brings a much smaller slate than Tuesday, but it still offers some nice stacks we can use.
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers have hit their first true skid of the season, losing three of their last four games. Two of them were against the juggernaut Colorado Avalanche, though. Tonight, they'll get a much better matchup that will give them a chance to bounce back.
The Rangers have five main players that you'll want to stack. The first line pairing of Mika Zibanejad ($6,800) and Chris Kreider ($6,600) has been out of form for a bit but is still capable of potting a few goals in any game. Kreider still leads the team with 17 goals this season.
The second-line combination of Artemi Panarin ($8,400) and Ryan Strome ($5,600) has been the better line of late; Panarin has put up 14 points in the last 10 games. This is the form we expected from the player who is fourth overall in points per game since joining the Rangers in 2019. The fifth piece is defenseman Adam Fox ($7,200), who leads all defensemen with 30 points this season. Fox can be used with any of the two line duos -- they all combine on the power play.
The Rangers are on the road against the Arizona Coyotes with a chance to end their slide. The Coyotes are still a team we want to pick on. They are dead last in the league in the standings and allow the most goals per game.
The Rangers have the highest implied team total on the slate tonight. You can add Kaapo Kakko ($3,900) to the first line or Dryden Hunt ($3,600) to the second as value pieces who won't be on the first power play. You can also stack the four power play forwards or substitute Fox in for one of them. All of these stacks make sense on this slate given the matchup.
The Washington Capitals keep chugging along this season. They are currently first in the Metropolitan division with 40 points. Their offense has been great (3.39 goals per game; fifth in the league).
The Capitals are of course led upfront by Alex Ovechkin ($9,500). We all know about his goal-scoring ability. He's second in the league with 20. Yet, his assists have also jumped off the page this year; he is on pace for a career-high 70 helpers this season. Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,100) continues to produce with Ovechkin, and he has a point and five shots on goal in each of his last two games. Aliaksei Protas ($3,200) continues to get time with this line. His production has been spotty, but he did play 18 minutes with this first line, so he is still a reasonable option.
The Capitals are facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks have been up and down since their coaching change, and even though they've been better defensively, it isn't something we should be scared of when rostering the Capitals.
We should always consider John Carlson ($6,400) when stacking the Capitals. Carlson is third on the team with 24 points and correlates perfectly with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov on the power play. $6,400 is a good salary for a defenseman who can score like Carlson.
The Anaheim Ducks are one of the pleasant surprises in the league this season. They are first in the Pacific division by points and look to be legitimate contenders for a playoff spot. Their young players are driving the bus, and they make for a fun stack tonight.
The second line on Anaheim is the line we want to target. Everyone saw Trevor Zegras ($5,800) make an incredible play last week, and he actually has been doing it all season long. He has 10 assists in his last 10 games with no goals, but he does have 30 shots on goal, so goals should be on the way.
Sonny Milano ($5,200) was on the receiving end of that pass from Zegras, and he's been in pretty good form as well, with eight points in his last 10. Rickard Rakell ($5,500) is the third member of this line, and he isn't afraid to shoot the puck, either. He's averaging over three shots on goal per game and should have great opportunities to score with a player like Zegras.
The Ducks face the Seattle Kraken after Seattle played last night. The Kraken won, but they've had some really tough games in which they've looked like an expansion team. They are allowing 3.5 goals per game -- the fifth-most in the NHL.
The Ducks' second line is a pretty affordable stack that comes with full correlation, so it's one of the best options tonight.
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