3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Thursday 10/27/22
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 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 a 10-game slate on Thursday with some of the league's best teams to stack.
The Boston Bruins were perhaps expected to take a bit of a step back this season. They have an older core and had injuries carrying over from the previous season. A 6-1 start with 4.14 goals per game suggests that the fork was stuck in them a bit too early, and they will get one of their stars back tonight.
It was surprising to many when it was announced that Brad Marchand ($6,900) would be back in the lineup tonight, as he was expected to be out until after Thanksgiving. He will slot right back into the top line with Patrice Bergeron ($8,400) and Jake DeBrusk ($6,000). This line will also play together on the top power-play unit.
The Bruins' second line actually has three of their top four scorers so far this season. David Pastrnak ($10,400) is tied for the league lead with 12 points. David Krejci ($5,800) has been great in his return to the NHL, with eight points in seven games. Adding in former league MVP Taylor Hall ($5,900) to this line makes it usable even as a second line on a large slate.
Boston is at home against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit was one of the league's worst defensive teams last season and have allowed the fifth-most shots on goal per game this season. With Boston averaging over 35 shots, they should put a lot of pressure on Detroit's goalie.
The Bruins have the highest implied team total on tonight's slate and either of their top two lines are great options.
Toronto Maple Leafs
There's never a dull moment with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even with just three losses this season, each one has caused a bit of a stir with the fans and the media. That's because this team has some high expectations, especially for some of their top players.
It's been a bit of a slow start for Auston Matthews ($9,000), but that has caused his salary to drop. His underlying metrics are all good, as he ranks first in individual scoring chances per 60 minutes. He's still tied together with Mitchell Marner ($7,900) at even strength and on the power play.
Toronto has switched things up and now has put Alexander Kerfoot ($4,400) on the top line with these two, making him a good value play.
The Leafs are on the road against the San Jose Sharks tonight. San Jose is 2-7-0 in nine games this season and should be no match for Toronto's talent up front.
Toronto has the third-highest implied team total on this slate. If you want a fourth piece of the stack, Morgan Rielly ($6,700) has five assists in seven games and is a good power-play quarterback to add at defense.
The perpetually-rebuilding Buffalo Sabres are off to a good start to the season at 4-2-0 after a difficult trip to western Canada, which is something for this team to build on. They can also build on a decent end to last season when their top line was productive.
We saw a breakout campaign from Tage Thompson ($5,500) last year, which resulted in 38 goals for the big forward. Jeff Skinner ($4,900) had a bounce-back season after his contract was looking like one of the worst in the league.
While these guys haven't had much luck this season, Alex Tuch ($7,200) has been great with six goals in six games. We also need to talk about Rasmus Dahlin ($7,500), who leads all defensemen with five goals and nine points.
Buffalo now gets a home matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal has allowed the third-most expected goals per 60 minutes this season. They also will be starting Sam Montembeault in goal, who allowed 14.52 goals above expected last season.
Buffalo has a solid implied team total and has decent value for their stack. If you leave out Dahlin, you should be able to fit in most other stacks that you would want, and the Sabres should have upside on their own in this matchup.
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