HIGH PRICED STACKS
VAN 2: Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson and Josh Leivo
Possible Add-on: Alex Edler
It is still not confirmed, but there is a good chance Pettersson will be on the ice for Vancouver this afternoon. He practiced yesterday with Leivo and Boeser, which is always a good sign. These three gentlemen have seen 89 minutes of ice time together and have done a lot of damage. Vancouver’s top line is boasting a 57.14 CF% and has logged eight even strength goals. Vancouver will be going up against Detroit at home, which means they will be put in favorable situations against a club that has allowed an average of 3.74 goals per game on the road. Moreover, they have allowed 3.38 goals per game in their last eight while boasting a penalty kill percentage of 72.
CAR 1: Sebastian Aho, Justin Williams and Nino Niederreiter
Possible Add-on: Jacob Slavin
The McDavid-Chiasson-Draisaitl line should see the majority of its ice time against Aho’s line. The Draisaitl line has actually done a poor job with puck possession, as it is boasting a 46.60 CF%. Also, it has allowed 50 high danger scoring chances, which is why I really like the Aho line today. Although Aho and company have not seen much time together, I feel these three gentlemen will mesh easily. Aho is an excellent playmaker while Niederreiter and Williams are two veterans that can put the biscuit in the basket.
TOR 2: Auston Matthews, Connor Brown and Andreas Johnson
Possible Add-on: Jake Gardiner
After a disappointing loss to Florida in Toronto’s last game, Mike Babcock has decided to shuffle his lines. Matthews is now going to play alongside Johnson and Brown. Although these three gentlemen have only seen six minutes of ice time together, Matthews has skated with both guys in the past. Dating back to last year, Matthews has played at least 110 minutes which each of them. He’s had success playing alongside Brown and Johnson and I believe the three of them will do great together.
NYI 1: Brock Nelson, Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee
Possible Add-on: Nick Leddy
I do not normally to look to stack the Islanders, but I believe the Nelson-Eberle-Lee trio is a mid-priced option to consider. The Islanders’ top line all play on the top power play unit which is always a bonus. Also, New York will be going up against Anaheim, which is playing on zero days of rest. This means that Chad Johnson will likely be in net this aftermoom, and he isn’t a netminder to fear. On the year, the 32-year-old is boasting a .888 SV% and has three quality stats in 10 outings. Eberle’s line has recorded 11 even strength goals in 185 minutes, and I’m looking for them to add to that total today.
- Frederik Andersen
- Robin Lehner
- Jacob Markstrom