Good morning everyone and welcome to my daily breakdown of the top NHL DFS stacks for daily fantasy hockey. We have a fine cash-playable 6-game slate on this sunny and slightly cool Tuesday.
Nevertheless, I trust that you continue to play light on cash games. If you skipped my article from Thursday, or simply glazed over my sage advice on how to balance your DFS budget early in NHL DFS, please go back and read or revisit the piece.
NHL DFS Stacks
The highest-rated NHL DFS stacks of the night per my Nils Model (a work in progress) are as follows: Winnipeg Jets 1 / PP1, Colorado Avalanche 1 / PP1 (assuming Gabriel Landeskog plays), Columbus Blue Jackets 1 / PP1, Calgary Flames 1 / PP1, and Winnipeg Jets 1 / PP1.
Note that the Carolina Hurricane do not rank high in my model, but you should have exposure to the home team that is facing off against a struggling Vancouver Canucks squad that has no shutdown line. The Canes top unit of Michael Ferland, Sebastian Aho, and Teuvo Teravainen should have the most advantageous matchups of the evening and are a fine GPP play.
Yes, I understand that the Hurricanes have the highest-implied goal total of the night (as of this writing), but I just want you to acknowledge that there are better offenses situated in better situations this evening, which is why Carolina’s top line is not a top five stack according to my model.
Part of the reason may be due to the fact that the team’s second unit (Warren Foegele, Jordan Staal, Justin Williams) has skated equally well and should also be considered in tournament given their shot volume.
Through the team’s first two games of the season, the Dallas Stars top line has been sensational with each of the three skaters recording at least four points, making them one of solid NHL DFS stacks on the night. Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, and Jamie Benn are at home with the third-highest implied goal total. Frederik Andersen will between the pipes and while he can stand on his head at times, he still has allowed six goals against through two games.
In a contest that should be the highest-event game of the evening, you certainly need exposure to both teams.
That said, the top six forwards from the Toronto Maple Leafs have looked sensational. Mitch Marner bounced back his second and third games out after a zero in the first game. He and his second line center, John Tavares, are in a position to post a multi-goal game against the Stars and Ben Bishop.
While the Stars have looked great through two games, as a team, they still surrendered over 31 shots in those contests. This opens the door for the entire Leafs offense, including the top line (the Auston Matthews line) and the defenders (Morgan Rielly).
Despite being on a bad team, do not overlook the rookie, Elias Pettersson, who went from just 10 minutes of ice time in game one to 16 minutes of ice time in his second game. His price on FD ($5,200) is more affordable than it is on DK ($5,600) and can used as a one-off play at the center or utility spot in GPPs as a differentiator.
The West Coast teams always go overlooked.
The Los Angeles Kings are on the road in Winnipeg and are facing an offensively tough Jets team, but they still give up a ton of shots. When the Kings are at home, you know to target the Anze Kopitar line. On the road, your target should be on the second line.
A Tyler Toffoli – Jeff Carter mini-stack should be less than 5% owned against Connor Hellebuyck.
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