3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Tuesday 3/22/22
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 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.
The trade deadline has passed and some teams have improved while others are weakened. Let's try to find three good stacks for tonight's slate.
The Calgary Flames let us down big time on Friday, getting shut out by the Buffalo Sabres. They bounced back nicely against the Vancouver Canucks the next night, though, winning 5-2. They used new lines in that game, and they look like they are going to stick for tonight's contest.
It's controversial to break up one of the best lines in hockey, but there is some logic behind it, and it also helps us in daily fantasy.
Tyler Toffoli ($6,200) moved up to the first line in Saturday's game. He was already on the top power play and comes at a $1,900 discount off Matthew Tkachuk, the player he replaced on this line. Johnny Gaudreau ($8,800) continues his march as a low-key MVP candidate, sitting fourth in points with 80. Elias Lindholm ($8,100) leads the team with 31 goals and leads all forwards in average ice time per game.
Calgary will face the San Jose Sharks tonight. The Sharks didn't do much at the trade deadline, as they are a team that isn't going anywhere this season but has a lot of assets tied down on long-term contracts. They are not a good defensive team, as they allow the second-most shot attempts per 60 minutes. That is not good for a matchup against Calgary, who attempt the second-most shots per 60 in the league.
The Flames are set up nicely to have a big game tonight. Their implied team total is 3.77 goals, the second-highest on tonight's slate.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are set up nicely for a postseason run. They made an addition to their lineup that helps them add another scorer. They'll get a good opportunity to test out their new lines on Tuesday.
The Penguins seem likely to reunite the powerful first line. Bryan Rust ($8,700) did slide down to the second line for a bit, but with Rickard Rakell now on the team, Rust will probably slide up to the first line once again. He'll play with Sidney Crosby ($8,500), who's been really good with 7 goals and 13 points in his last 10 games. Jake Guentzel ($8,600) has cooled off a bit, but his nine points in his last 10 is still useful in fantasy.
This line was one of the most dangerous in hockey when it was together, and the full correlation on the power play helps them become even more dangerous.
Pittsburgh will play the Columbus Blue Jackets at home tonight. The Jackets didn't make many trades because they aren't looking to push for a longshot playoff berth. This is good news for fantasy players who like to target their games, as they've allowed the most shots on goal per game and the third-most goals per game.
The Penguins' implied team total is over four tonight. That's the highest on the slate, so they are definitely a team to target tonight.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are a solid value stack tonight. They won't be the most exciting team on the slate, but they do provide salary relief to fit in other stacks. In the matchup they have tonight, they certainly can pay off their salaries.
The Islanders have been searching for the right line combinations seemingly all season. It looks like they've found something with the connection between Brock Nelson ($6,500) and Anders Lee ($5,300). Nelson has eight goals in his 10 games, including a hat trick on Saturday. Lee scored his first career hat trick on March 10th and has one-upped Nelson with nine goals in his last 10 games. Anthony Beauvillier ($4,500) has been along for the ride, picking up nine points in his last 10.
The Isles will face the Ottawa Senators tonight. Ottawa just lost 5-1 to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. It was the fourth time in their last five games that they've allowed four goals or more. They are second in expected goals against per 60 and allow the most shot attempts per 60.
Playing the Islanders can open up many possibilities. You can fit in other stacks with them, such as a full Flames stack. It also allows for one-off plays that have high salaries. They have upside against a bad defensive team as well making them a good target to build around.
Others to Consider: New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars
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