I don’t like stacking against Dallas, but we’re not exactly overflowing with options on tonight’s 3-game slate…
HIGH KEY STACKS
CBJ1: Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Cam Atkinson
Possible add-on: Zach Werenski
On paper, this is an elite line. They haven’t put it all together yet, but this seems like as good of a spot as any for that to happen. The Rangers are a defensive trainwreck. Over the last 10 games, they rank 29th in attempts against/60, 31st in chances against/60 and 31st in high-danger chances against/60. They’re giving up quantity and quality, and I think Columbus’ top line will be able to take advantage of that.
DAL1: Jason Dickinson, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov
Possible add-on: John Klingberg
With Seguin and Radulov on the ice at 5v5, the Stars average 64 attempts and 32 chances per 60. Those are insanely good numbers. They haven’t really played much with Dickinson, so it’s hard to say how much of an impact he’ll make one way or the other, but fully correlating and using him on your stacks is a good way to differentiate in GPPs. They have a great matchup against Chicago (they rank 31st in chances against/60 this season), and the Stars are still playing for seeding so they could ride the top line.
MID KEY STACKS
ANA1: Rickard Rakell, Sam Steel, Jakob Silfverberg
Possible add-on: Cam Fowler
The early returns on this line are really encouraging. Through a little more than 50 minutes, they’ve controlled 55% of the attempts, 54% of the chances, and outscored opponents 7-1. I like their chances of finding success again vs. a horrible Kings team that’s bled shot attempts and chances of late (they rank bottom-5 in both over the last 10).
CHI2: Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, Brendan Perlini
Possible add-on: Erik Gustafsson (PP1 with DeBrincat and Strome)
I don’t like stacking against Dallas, but we’re not exactly overflowing with options on tonight’s three-game slate. DeBrincat is an elite scorer, Perlini is a volume shooter (he leads the Blackhawks in attempts/60), and Strome is a quality playmaker who is more than capable of getting them pucks in dangerous areas.
LOW KEY STACK
LA2: Carl Grundstrom, Adrian Kempe, Tyler Toffoli
Possible add-on: Alec Martinez (PP2 with Kempe, Toffoli)
This trio averages 58 attempts, 29 chances and 14 high-danger chances per 60 minutes of 5v5 play. The goals haven’t really come yet, but that’s more due to unsustainably low on-ice shooting percentages than a lack of chances. I don’t know a date with John Gibson is the best recipe for positive shooting regression but, as a whole, Anaheim is not a team I’m afraid of stacking against. If you play this line, you can essentially plug in anyone you want for the remaining spots. I’d want some exposure if I’m MMEing.
Tonight is definitely a night where the high priced guys sit atop my rankings. If you want to spend down a little on DK, I think Corey Crawford is the best bet. On FD, I really like John Gibson in the second tier of pricing.
Beyond cheap names mentioned in my stacks, here are some values I like:
Roope Hintz (3.8 DK, 4.4 FD) – Top-6 minutes, PP1, quality matchup, and I doubt he’ll carry much ownership.
Pavel Buchnevich (4.6 DK, 5.4 FD) – Highly talented winger who generally produces if the minutes are there. Right now, that’s the case.
Drake Caggiula (3.5 DK, 3.5 FD) – Riding shotgun with Toews and Kane on the top line. Enough said.
Daniel Sprong (3.1 DK, 3.6 FD) – Volume shooter and very efficient scorer. Doesn’t get a lot of ice but is always a threat to pop one. If the coaching staff decides he’s on and gives him a couple extra minutes, he could crush.
Ben Lovejoy (3 DK, 3.5 FD) – Brings a very good peripheral floor to the table. If he can donk a point in a plus matchup, he’ll hit.