Good morning everyone and welcome to volume 22 of the Top Shelf Knucklepuck Stacks! We have a cash-playable 9-game slate on this beautiful Monday morning here in sunny San Diego, California.
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If you skipped my article from Friday, October 5, 2018 or simply glazed over my sage advice on how to balance your DFS budget early in the NHL, please go back and read or revisit the piece. Let’s continue our Tuesday streak!
The easy top stack of the night, which is sure to be the most heavily-owned is the Winnipeg Jets top line (and top power play unit with Kyle Connor). The line of Blake Wheeler – Mark Scheifele – Nikolaj Ehlers is expensive on both sites, but my model has them connecting on the most goals. They may be on the road but they will be facing a Vancouver Canucks team that has dropped five in a row and will probably match the Jets first line up with their own first line featuring the defenseless Bo Horvat, Tim Schaller, and Markus Granlund. I want all of the top line for the visiting team this evening against a home squad that is surrendering the third-most goals against and a bottom six puck control score.
How awesome did the Dallas Stars look on the road in Brooklyn? I’ll answer. They looked fantastic. I am going to go back to the team’s top line again so I’ll happily stack Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alexander Radulov against a New York Rangers team that is allowing over three goals against per game on the fourth-most shots against.
The last main team stack that I want is the Florida Panthers top line on the road against the Ottawa Senators, who despite somehow building a stud offense, still rank dead last in shots against per game and goals against per game.
Other Notable Stacks
On the road, I want some exposure to the third Buffalo Sabres line (Conor Sheary – Casey Mittelstadt – Kyle Okposo) against a Pittsburgh Penguins team that is allowing the eighth-most shots against and the sixth-most goals against. Additionally, I do want exposure to the visiting team’s top line (Jeff Skinner – Jack Eichel – Jason Pominville) as they should matchup favorably against a Pens team that struggles in shutting down opposing high-octane offenses.
Lastly, I want exposure to Montreal’s top line of Tomas Tatar, Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher and Jeff Petry.
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There were some questions in the Slack chat over the first month of the season about how to find the lines that I list as my top stacks on the Top Shelf Knucklepuck Cheat Sheet. Head over to either DailyFaceoff.com or LeftWingLock.com to see which skaters are on each of a team’s lines and then build your line stacks. For example, if you see that my top stack of the day is “PIT PP1 / 1”, look at one of the two sites listed above and you will see that the top power play unit of the Pittsburgh Penguins consists of Patric Hornqvist – Evgeni Malkin – Sidney Crosby – Kris Letang – Phil Kessel. The team’s top line features Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist. I decided to leave off the players’ names from the line stacks because of the fact that they may change before the game or after the team’s morning skate (if applicable). Both sites I mentioned are updated regularly and typically accurate. If you’re ever lost, just ask questions in our Slack chat.
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