3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Wednesday 12/21/22
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 fun, seven-game slate on Wednesday night, with lots of interesting stacks we can use.
The Minnesota Wild are finally putting things together this season. They've won five games in a row and eight of their last 10. They haven't been the same high-flying team as last season, but their best players have been playing great lately.
Minnesota is led on offense by two wingers who have really been racking up the points lately. Kirill Kaprizov ($9,900) has 15 points in his last 10 games, including back-to-back games with three points. Mats Zuccarello ($8,800) has been even better, with 16 points in the last 10 games, including a hat trick last Friday night. Sam Steel ($4,700) has benefitted from playing with these two at even strength, putting up seven points in 10 games.
Once again, we are stacking a team playing against the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks gave up another four goals and 41 shots on goal on Tuesday and continue to allow the most of both on a per-game basis. Now they have to play a team that is rested, while they are on the second night of a back-to-back.
Minnesota's implied team total is 3.96, the highest on the slate. This stack can do a ton of damage, making them the best one on the board.
The main goal for the Colorado Avalanche lately is to stay afloat in the standings while they wait for some important players to get healthy. They've done a decent job at that, winning their last two games. They are currently sitting in a playoff spot, and they'll get a great matchup tonight.
Colorado had to get creative with Nathan MacKinnon out of the lineup, juggling their lines a bit. They've settled on these lines now for a few games, with Mikko Rantanen ($9,800) and Artturi Lehkonen ($6,900) still on the top line. Their new center is J.T. Compher ($5,000), who will play with them on the first power play, as well. The production hasn't quite been there for Compher since joining this line, but he does have 11 shots on goal in his last three games.
The Avalanche will face the Montreal Canadiens at home. Montreal allows the third-most expected goals per game this season, including allowing more than four expected goals to the lowly Arizona Coyotes on Monday.
Given that Compher has essentially replaced MacKinnon, the salaries in this stack are much friendlier than they normally are. This group still has enough upside to warrant rostering, as their implied team total is a high 3.66 goals.
The Nashville Predators got a good win on Monday against the Edmonton Oilers. They'll look to continue that tonight against a division rival, and they have a few things going in their favor to make them a good stack.
Nashville jumbled their lines again ahead of that game against the Oilers. They now have Mikael Granlund ($5,300) on the wing, playing with Filip Forsberg ($7,500) and Thomas Novak ($3,000), a newcomer at center. It's rare to get a player for the dead minimum who we can feel good about rostering, but Novak is on the first line and top power play, so he is definitely a fine play. He also makes it easier to fit in Roman Josi ($8,400), who you definitely want to try to play if you stack Nashville.
The Preds will face the Chicago Blackhawks, who are approaching the Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets as teams we always want to stack against. Since November 19th, Chicago has just one win and has allowed 4.54 goals per game.
Nashville has struggled offensively, but this matchup means they have an implied team total of 3.40 goals. They also get the benefit of facing Petr Mrazek, who has an abysmal .872 save percentage this season.
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