Before you set your lineups, make sure to check out our NHL Optimizer, Starting Goalie Page, and ask any questions you have in our new NHL Chat Room. Happy Wednesday ladies and gentlemen! We have a small three-game slate on Wednesday slate that includes some intriguing options. I’ll provide you with the different high, mid and low-priced stacks I’m looking at on this slate.
Happy Wednesday ladies and gentlemen! We have a small three-game slate on Wednesday slate that includes some intriguing options. I’ll provide you with the different high, mid and low-priced stacks I’m looking at on this slate.
HIGH PRICED STACKS
CGY 1: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm
Possible Add-on: Mark Giordano
Calgary’s top line is going to be tough to afford, but I love the idea of getting exposure to them. They will be going up Colorado at home, which means Bill Peters is going to put Johnny Hockey and company in the best situations to light the lamp. In addition, Colorado has struggled mightily in their own zone. They have allowed over 3.50 goals per game since Dec. 1. Also, they have allowed five power play goals in their last 10 penalty kill situations. Monahan and his linemates are in a wonderful situation to do some damage tonight.
COL 1: Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen
Possible Add-on: Tyson Barrie
MacKinnon’s line is another stack that will be nearly impossible to get complete exposure to. However, I do think it’s a good idea to try and get exposure to them. Colorado’s top line has recorded 36 even strength goals on the year. They will draw a lot of ice time against the Backland line, which has the ability to slow their opponents down. However, we all know Colorado’s top line is another animal. Additionally, all three guys play on a top power play unit that is just lethal. They move the puck well and just know how to find the back of the net. Penalty killing is a department Calgary has had a rough going in as of late. Colorado’s top line may fly under-the-radar due to their price and other great options to choose from tonight.
ANA 1: Daniel Sprong, Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell
Possible Add-on: Hampus Lindholm
It’s important for me to start off the write up by mentioning that Rakell is a game-time decision for tonight’s contest. We will not know if he’s in or out of the lineup until the Ducks’ take the ice for warm ups, which will be at 10:00 p.m. ET.
My guess is that he does play tonight and skates with Sprong and Getzlaf. These three guys have not seen ice time together, but I just like their matchup way too much. They’ll be going up against a squad in Ottawa that’s boasting a 4-14-1 record on the road this year. Furthermore, the ‘Sens are boasting a 44.11 CF% since Dec. 1, which ranks dead last in the NHL. I know the Ducks haven’t been great on the ice as of late, but with Rakell [hopefully] returning tonight and Fowler back into the mix, these two guys will provide Anaheim with the spark the club needs.
NSH 2: Kevin Fiala, Craig Smith and Colton Sissons
Possible Add-on: Roman Josi
The Sissons-Fiala-Smith trio has only seen 18 minutes of ice time together on the year, so we don’t have a large sample size. They have; however, recorded three even strength goals in that span. Tonight, they will likely see the majority of their ice time against the Anisimov-Strome-Kane line. This is a line that’s had their moments offensively. However, they have been a huge defensive liability. They have allowed five even strength goals and 39 high danger scoring opportunities in 123 minutes together. Moreover, they are boasting a 39.66 CF%, which is why I like the Fiala line as a nice value stack. Look for them to get plenty of opportunities to light the lamp tonight.
ANA 3: Ondrej Kase, Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie
Possible Add-on: Cam Fowler
I know Kase, Ritchie and Henrique have less than 25 points on the year, but I’m looking at their line tonight. They are extremely affordable and have played well together. In just less than 100 minutes of ice time together, they have recorded four even strength goals and 19 high danger scoring chances. Moreover, all three gentlemen see time on the power play. This is a huge advantage as Ottawa has allowed four power play goals in their last 10 penalty kill situations.