3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Thursday 11/17/22
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.
Thursday's 13-game slate is a fun one on paper, and there are some great stacks we can utilize tonight.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. It demonstrates just how good they've been on their way to having the best record in the Western Conference. They have the perfect spot to end the brief losing streak tonight.
Vegas needs to have big production from their top two lines because they don't have a ton of depth in their forward group. Jack Eichel ($9,700) has 20 points in 17 games, 10 of them being goals. He is delivering exactly what the team needs from him. Chandler Stephenson ($6,300) has seven points in his last four games. He and Mark Stone ($6,000) combine with Eichel on the top line and top power-play unit for a fairly affordable total salary.
The Golden Knights are at home against the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Arizona has been getting better results than expected but is still one of the worst teams in the league. They've allowed the fourth-most goals per game and the fifth-most shots on goal per game.
Vegas is a massive -410 favorite at home here with a 4.20 implied team total. You can definitely add Alex Pietrangelo ($7,100) to this stack on the power play; he has four points and 13 shots on goal in his last three games.
Not much was expected out of the Winnipeg Jets this season. They did not finish last season strong, they made a coaching hire that many people questioned, and there were rumors that the locker room was toxic. They are off to a surprising 9-4-1 start and are in a great spot tonight.
The Jets' top two scorers from last season link up on their top line. Kyle Connor ($6,700) scored 43 goals last season but only has 2 so far. He is shooting a measly 4.2%, but that likely will regress closer to his 14.8% career shooting percentage. He is still picking up assists, though, and a lot of them have been going to Mark Scheifele ($6,900), who has 10 goals this season. With Mason Appleton injured, it looks like Sam Gagner ($4,100) will take his spot on the first line and power-play unit. Gagner is a power-play specialist and can definitely contribute to the man advantage.
Winnipeg has a fantastic matchup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim has yet to win a game in regulation and has allowed the second-most goals per game in the league. They've also allowed the most shots on goal per game and have the second-worst penalty kill in the league.
The Jets' have an implied team total of 3.52 goals tonight. To be able to get a fully-correlated top line for this low of a total salary is a gift -- especially in a matchup like this.
There were many questions about how exactly the Boston Bruins were going to perform this season. They are an older team with a new coach and several players coming off surgery in the summer. The answer to how they would perform was becoming one of the best teams in the league again and averaging the most goals per game.
The Bruins decided to reunite "The Perfection Line" recently. David Pastrnak ($10,300) has been excellent this season and is fifth in the NHL in points. Brad Marchand ($8,800) has points in each of his last five games with seven total. Patrice Bergeron ($8,000) continues to produce at age 37 with four goals in his last four games. This line is, of course, all part of Boston's top power-play unit -- along with Charlie McAvoy ($5,700) as a decent value on defense.
Boston will face the Philadelphia Flyers at home tonight. The Flyers have a decent record, but they are likely to come crashing back down to reality at some point. They allow the most shot attempts per 60 minutes and the third-most expected goals per 60.
Boston's implied team total only trails Vegas on this slate with 26 teams playing. If you are trying to fit in one premium stack, it makes a lot of sense for this line to be it.
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