3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Wednesday 10/19/22
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.
Wednesday's slate is small with just three games but has some stacks we can utilize on it.
This isn't the same Florida Panthers team of last season. They have a new coach and made lots of changes to their lineup. They still have talented players we can use, and are in a good spot tonight.
The Panthers are still led up front by Aleksander Barkov ($9,000), who will center the top line. This line looks similar to last season, with Carter Verhaeghe ($5,400) and Sam Reinhart (6,600) on the wings. All of these players are off to slow starts this season, but it's only been three games and we know they have been productive together in the past. Reinhart and Barkov will play together on the first power play.
The second line has the incoming star play in Matthew Tkachuk ($8,800), but his linemates aren't too inspiring and don't offer any correlation. For that reason, it might be better to use Tkachuk with Barkov and Reinhart on the power play. With Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour out of the lineup, Gustav Forsling ($4,800) should see power play time and can be used with this stack.
The Panthers are facing the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. We tried to stack against them last night and it didn't really work out, but the Flyers' defense is unlikely to hold up over the whole season. They allowed the sixth-most goals last season and didn't improve their blueline at all.
Florida's implied team total is above four tonight. Teams with high team totals have not worked out this week, but that isn't a reason to go against Florida tonight in a good spot.
The Colorado Avalanche have been picking up right where they left off last season, with one small hiccup in their second game. They are definitely still one of the most explosive offenses in the league, and one we can target on most slates.
The championship and new contract hasn't allowed Nathan MacKinnon ($10,000) to rest on his laurels. He has multiple points in all three games this season, with seven total. Mikko Rantanen ($9,400) is right behind him with six points in the first three games. Artturi Lehkonen ($5,000) remains a great value as a player playing on the top line and top power play with these two stars. Cale Makar ($7,900) has multiple assists in two of the three games this season and is a fine addition on the blue line with this stack.
Colorado will play against a Winnipeg Jets team that they dominated last season. MacKinnon had nine points in four meetings and Rantanen had seven points. Winnipeg didn't really make many improvements on their backend and just allowed four goals to the Dallas Stars on Monday. They will struggle to slow down this juggernaut of a Colorado team.
The Avalanche have the second-highest implied team total tonight, behind only Florida, and are a great stack on this slate.
St. Louis Blues
The quirks of the NHL schedule early in the season have made things interesting for the St. Louis Blues.
They've played just one game so far, while others have played five. They looked pretty good in that one game and will look to exploit a team they have an advantage over.
The Blues had one of the deepest forward groups in the NHL last season, and it's still true this season despite some losses in the offseason. The first line of Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,500), Pavel Buchnevich ($6,800), and Robert Thomas ($6,500) was very productive last season and will link up on the top power play again. Tarasenko and Buchnevich each hit the 30-goal mark, while Thomas had a breakout year with 57 assists
The second line is also talent-laden and has full correlation on the second power play. It includes Brayden Schenn ($6,100), Ryan O'Reilly ($5,800), and Jordan Kyrou ($6,300). Kyrou stepped up last season and was fourth on the team in points with 75. Schenn had 58 points in 62 games played, and O'Reilly still contributed even if his offense was down a bit from what we normally expect.
Either of these lines are good options against the Seattle Kraken tonight. Seattle has allowed four goals per game in the first four games. They have been weak on the penalty kill as well, with a success rate of just 58.8%. That's why the correlation with these power play lines can really hit tonight.
St. Louis and their up-tempo style has a lot of upside in this spot tonight.
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