3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Friday 1/14/22
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 three games on Friday night, but we can definitely stack some teams confidently tonight.
The Colorado Avalanche continue to be one of the most impressive teams in the NHL. On Tuesday, they played a back-to-back against a tough Nashville Predators team without one of their top wingers, and were still able to score four goals. Tonight, they'll be in a much better spot.
Colorado will still be missing Gabriel Landeskog in this game, but their forward depth is strong. Andre Burakovsky ($6,200) will be bumped up to the top line again, and he has three points in his last two games with Landeskog out of the lineup. He'll play alongside Nathan MacKinnon ($10,300) and Mikko Rantanen ($9,000) to make a first line that remains dangerous. These two both have 17 points in their last 10 games.
The second line for the Avs can also be stacked. Nazem Kadri ($9,900) is having an unbelievable season, leading his team in points and the entire league in assists with 35. He's got a linemate who he correlates with on the power play in Valeri Nichushkin ($6,400) and one who has three goals in his last two games in Nicolas Aube-Kubel ($4,400). The matchup and the fact that there's only three games on the slate makes the second line a fine option.
Colorado will face the Arizona Coyotes, who recently climbed out of last place in the NHL but barely. They did so by winning their last game but allowed 5.89 expected goals in that game. That's the second most allowed by any team this season. Arizona has also allowed the most actual goals per game, and they are going up against the team that scores the most per game.
This is a huge mismatch and will stand out on this slate. You'll likely want four Avalanche in your lineup if stacking because the potential for goals is so high. Cale Makar ($7,500) could be one of them, as the defenseman has been on fire, scoring 16 goals. That's tied for the most on the team and more than the likes of Aleksander Barkov, Sebastian Aho, and John Tavares. If you can fit Makar into a stack with some other high-powered Avs, it's a good option.
The Florida Panthers trail only the Avalanche in goals per game. Tuesday night was their seventh straight game scoring at least four goals. This game on Friday could be another high-scoring game.
The Panthers' best player, Aleksander Barkov ($9,400), has been great of late. He has 6 points in his last 3 games and 12 in his last 10. He's missed some time this season, but his 15 goals in 23 games are seriously impressive. His linemates are Carter Verhaeghe ($5,200) and Sam Reinhart ($7,100). Reinhart plays on the power play with Barkov and scored two goals on Tuesday in the same role.
Florida is deep enough to have a second line in play. Jonathan Huberdeau ($9,100) has been red hot, with 16 points in his last 10 games. He's found chemistry with Anthony Duclair ($6,100) now on his line, as he's scored five times in his last 10 games. Sam Bennett ($6,500) returned from suspension last game and didn't do much, but he will be dangerous between these two wingers.
The Panthers are taking on the Dallas Stars in a rematch of last Thursday's game. That was a wild, 6-5 overtime game in which the Panthers won. Lately, most Panthers games have been turning into fire wagon, back-and-forth games, and this likely will be the same. Even against a good defensive team like Dallas, the Panthers' potent offense should be able to score some goals.
Florida's implied team total is 3.78 goals tonight, meaning the oddsmakers expect them to be able to score once again. Aaron Ekblad ($7,400) has scored three points in two of his last three games, including against Dallas last week, so he's the defenseman to add to Florida stacks if you can fit it in.
Dallas was perhaps the third-best stack on Wednesday on a three-game slate, just like tonight. They demonstrated why correlation is so important, as they were slate winners despite the other good options on the slate. Tonight, we could see something similar.
The Stars top line has really been the driving force for the team. Roope Hintz ($7,100) had three points on Wednesday night, including his 14th goal. Jason Robertson ($8,000) had two points and extended his point streak to eight consecutive games. Last but certainly not least is Joe Pavelski ($7,300), who had five points on Wednesday and leads the team with 35 on the season.
This line was kept fairly quiet when Dallas played Florida last week, but Robertson did have a goal. Florida has not been too strong defensively of late, as they've allowed 3.5 goals per game in their last 10 games.
The advantage that this Stars stack has over the Panthers and Avalanche is full correlation. Hintz, Robertson, and Pavelski play together at even strength and on the power play, which you can't say about any three-man Florida or Colorado stack. This could give them a leg up if they are able to hit on multiple goals with all three involved, as it is unlikely that can happen for the other two teams.
Florida and Colorado are likely to score more goals, but if Dallas' first line combines on a few, they could be slate-breakers again, even in a losing effort.
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