3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Monday 3/28/22
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.
We've got five games on Monday with some really interesting stacking options.
The Edmonton Oilers suffered an embarrassing defeat on Saturday. They lost to their provincial rival, the Calgary Flames, 9-5 on Hockey Night in Canada. They'll look for a bounce-back performance tonight and have a perfect opponent to do that against.
It wasn't all bad for the Oilers on Saturday, at least on offense. Connor McDavid ($10,300) had two power-play assists, which was his third straight game with a pair of helpers. Leon Draisaitl ($10,100) had a hat trick and assist and now has six goals in his last three games. The thing that was evident on Saturday was that the power play was really clicking, even against an elite penalty-killing team like the Flames. With that being the case and with McDavid not having any linemate who correlates with him on the power play, Zach Hyman ($6,700) is a good option to play with the two superstars.
It looks like Jesse Puljujarvi ($5,300) will get the bump to the top line with McDavid. If you want to play these two and Evander Kane ($7,800) as a stack, it's an interesting angle as they could do damage at even strength. The Oilers seem to mix and match their lines if things aren't going well, and with how Kane has been scoring since joining the team, he could end up on the top power play at some point in this game.
Tyson Barrie ($5,800) is back on the top power play, so if you need a defenseman to correlate with McDavid and Draisaitl, he's a good option.
Edmonton will play the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. The Coyotes are on the second night of a back-to-back after losing in overtime last night. We've been targeting the Coyotes all season long, and we can keep doing so tonight. McDavid and Draisaitl have torched the Coyotes this season, combining for 11 points in two meetings.
The Oilers' implied team total is a whopping 4.19 goals. They are set up perfectly to score in bunches.
It hasn't been a banner year for the Chicago Blackhawks, on or off the ice. They made moves to contend this season, and it hasn't worked out. Luckily for us, they still have a fun line to stack and are in a good matchup.
In 2018-19, the Blackhawks were a bad team that was fun. They were led by a line of Patrick Kane ($9,100), Alex DeBrincat ($8,100) and Dylan Strome ($5,900). Well, it's funny how things repeat, as the same things can be said this season.
Kane leads the team with 78 points and has a massive 22 points in his last 10 games. Debrincat is looking to beat his personal-best of 41 goals from that 2018-19 season, as he currently has 37. Strome was left for dead earlier in the year and was a healthy scratch at some points, but he's rediscovered his game. He's tallied eight goals and 15 points in his last 10 games.
The Hawks are taking on the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss just last night and now have to travel to Chicago. They allow the fifth-most shots per game and seventh-most goals per game.
Chicago's top line is fully correlated on the power play and faces the league's ninth-worst penalty kill. Their implied team total is up to 3.29 goals, and this first line should be at the center of most of Chicago's production.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues are an inconsistent team, but they look set to make the playoffs. It may surprise people to learn that the Blues have scored the sixth-most goals in the league this season -- as many as Edmonton and more than the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Blues rely more on depth scoring than most of the teams among the league leaders in goals, and their lines shift around a bit more than most. Ryan O'Reilly ($5,100) has centered the top line pretty much all year. He isn't having his best offensive season, but 41 points in 60 games is still respectable. He's still on the top line and top power play with the red-hot David Perron ($6,300), who has 10 goals in his last 10 games. Brandon Saad ($4,600) is also on the first line and is fifth on the team with 19 goals. This line is certainly more affordable than most top lines.
The second line has two of the top scorers in Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,500) and Pavel Buchnevich ($6,400). They each have 21 goals on the season. Robert Thomas ($4,600) will center these two snipers and is having a breakout campaign with 50 points in 54 games. He'll link up with Buchnevich on the second power-play unit, while Tarasenko will be on the first.
St. Louis also has a solid value option on defense. Nick Leddy ($3,700) has filled in for an injured Torey Krug on the top power play since joining the team at the trade deadline. He's not a big shooter or shot-blocker, but if he can get multiple assists against the league's worst penalty kill, that will pay off his low salary.
The Blues host the Vancouver Canucks, and they will catch a bit of a break. Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Canucks, and he's a significant downgrade from starter Thatcher Demko. Halak's .894% save percentage is well below league average.
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