3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Thursday 1/27/22
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 -- 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 who 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.
We've got 10 games on Thursday, including five with a total of at least 6.5 goals. Let's take a look at some stacks to use.
The Carolina Hurricanes find themselves with the best points percentage in the Eastern Conference. They are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and are fourth in the league in goals per game. Tonight, they get a juicy matchup that should see them continue their success.
There has been some line shuffling throughout the season, but the Canes seem pretty set on the lines they have at the moment. The Finnish duo of Sebastian Aho ($9,000) and Teuvo Teravainen ($6,600) are united on the top line and top power-play once again. Aho leads the team in goals and points, while Teravainen sits fourth in both categories. Seth Jarvis ($4,900) joins this line, and the talented rookie has held his own with 17 points in 32 games.
The Hurricanes will face the Ottawa Senators in this one. Ottawa is second from the bottom in the east and is a weak defensive team. They are in the bottom five in shot attempts against, expected goals against, scoring chances against and goals against on a per 60-minute basis.
You can also do a second-line pairing of Vincent Trocheck ($5,300) and Andrei Svechnikov ($7,100), as the two are solid contributors who also play on the top power-play together. Tony DeAngelo ($6,500) can be used with either line, as he has quarterbacked the power-play well, totaling 33 points in 32 games.
Carolina's implied team total is at 3.91 goals, so they make for one of the best stacks on the board.
The Pittsburgh Penguins delivered for us on Tuesday, as their torrid stretch continues. They won 6-3 and extended their winning streak to six in a row. The Pens have won 17 of their last 19. They face another overmatched Western Conference team tonight.
The captain Sidney Crosby ($8,500) did his thing on Tuesday, with a goal and two assists. He remains a pretty good value compared to his peers at the center position. Bryan Rust ($8,300) was the beneficiary of Crosby's playmaking, getting a goal and tallying two assists of his own. Jake Guentzel ($9,100) was the only member of this line without a point, but he had a hat trick against Thursday's opponents back in December. Kris Letang ($7,300) had a great game from the blue line, as the defenseman scored twice and had five shots on goal.
The Penguins host the Seattle Kraken, as the Kraken make their first-ever trip to Pittsburgh. Things were looking a bit better for Seattle of late, but they lost 4-2 on Tuesday and now have to travel across the country to play just two days later. They have allowed 3.6 goals per game, which is the fourth most in the NHL.
Pittsburgh's implied team total is above four goals tonight. They have a first line that has been on fire and offers full correlation. They have been one of the best stacks for a good while now, and tonight should be no different.
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are experiencing a breakthrough season under new coach Gerard Gallant. They are fourth in the NHL in points and look set to take one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division. They are in a nice spot on Thursday night.
The Rangers' success has been driven by a few key contributors. Chris Kreider ($8,800) is definitely one of those, as his 30 goals lead the league. He has been on a tear of late, with goals in six straight games. Mika Zibanejad ($7,000) had his eight-game point streak snapped on Monday, but he still has been solid with 12 points in his last 10 games. Joining this line will be Julien Gauthier ($3,200), who has good individual underlying numbers and now gets a chance for more ice time with talented players. He'll keep down the average salary for this line if you want all three pieces.
The second line is also a decent stack and offers some good value. Ryan Strome ($5,900) is salaried modestly for a center who will play on the top power-play and second line with Artemi Panarin ($8,000). Panarin isn't quite having the MVP caliber season he had the past two years, but he is still averaging 1.18 points per game and has multiple points in four of his last five outings. These two work well with Adam Fox ($7,100), as the reigning Norris Trophy winner leads all defensemen -- and his team -- with 46 points.
New York gets an advantage here as they play the Columbus Blue Jackets, who just played last night. Not only did Columbus play last night, they got pummeled. They allowed 62 shots on goal, the most in a regulation game since 1984. Their six goals allowed means they are the third-worst in goals allowed per game. They'll have to turn to Joonas Korpisalo, a goalie who has allowed the third-most goals above expected.
With many good options available on this slate, the Rangers might not be too popular. Their implied team total isn't as high as the marks for some other teams, but they could potentially explode against a tired Columbus squad that is struggling at the moment. They also come in at reasonable salaries for their upside, making them a good team to stack in tournaments.
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