3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Thursday 04/22/21
In everyday fantasy hockey, stacking is a key strategy in tournaments. We want to correlate our rosters with up to four players to maximize our advantage, like if a player on a line scores goals their teammates are likely to get assists as well. Ideally, we want players who will have a lot of ice time together on an even-handed line and a power play line. LeftWingLock.com and DailyFaceoff.com are two good resources for row combinations, so be sure to check these sites for up-to-date row information.
This 10-game slate offers plenty of ways to create lineups, but let’s take a look at three stacks that stand out from the rest.
Boston Bruins were considered winners by the trade deadline, and it played out on the ice. They’ve taken five straight wins since their moves and added some much-needed depth. They have scored 18 goals in five games and have a very good chance of extending that streak on Thursday night.
The depth of the front group now gives us options on which row to stack as well.
The line of perfection has been met for the last five games with good results. Brad Marchand ($ 7,800) has five goals in those five games. Patrice Bergeron ($ 7,500) has also been on a good run, scoring seven goals in his last 10 games. David Pastrnak ($ 7,600) was the worst of the three, but still has nine points in his last 10 games, so it hasn’t all been bad.
This line has been one of the most productive lines in the NHL over the past few seasons, so it is still one of the best rugs. However, they cost you a large percentage of your salary cap, which the second line won’t.
With Taylor hall ($ 6,300) in the mix, the second row was also productive. Craig smith ($ 4,900) and David Krejci ($ 5,300) each has five points in the five games they have played together, with Hall participating with three. This trio are also the attackers of the second power play unit, so they are fully correlated.
If you want an affordable defenseman to accompany that stack on the power play, Mike reilly ($ 4,200) also joined on the trade deadline and had three assists and 15 shots on goal in his five games as Bruin.
Bruins to face former Hall club Buffalo Sabers. Those teams played on Tuesday and Boston was able to generate 41 scoring chances and 3.61 goals expected, according to Natural Stat Trick. With their implied team total at 3.44, they shouldn’t have much of a problem dominating once again. Whether it’s the first or the second row, a stack of Bruins makes a lot of sense on this slate.
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are having a strange season on and off the ice.
The off-ice stuff involves players fighting their own teammates, a player missing games due to an allegation 10 years earlier that appeared to be a smear campaign on politics in Russia, and the coaching staff being forced to missing matches due to COVID.
On the ice they have shown flashes of being a great team, but sometimes they also look bad, like their 6-1 loss on Tuesday. They have the best goal difference in the East even though they’re not even in the playoffs. Much of it has to do with two games against an opponent, the same one they face on Thursday.
Rangers’ play was supported by excellent performances from some players. Mika zibanejad ($ 7,800) has been much better after a fight with COVID which slowed him down to start the season. He just had a six-game streak in points on Tuesday and has 11 points in his last 10 games.
He has a new left wing, as Rangers look to secure their first overall pick Alexis Lafreniere ($ 3,400) a little more ice time with better players. This gives a nice reduction if you want to play Zibanejad’s line, and you can include Pavel Buchnevich ($ 6,100), who is tied for the lead with 19 goals.
Another player wearing the Rangers was Artemi Panarin ($ 8,300). He didn’t get the MVP buzz he got last season, but he’s arguably been better this season. His 1.49 points per game are higher than the 1.38 he had last season and he is second in the league behind only Connor McDavid.
Its center, Ryan strome ($ 6,400), was written off by plenty before Panarin was placed on his line, and now Strome is one of the league’s most productive second-line centers. They are joined by Colin blackwell ($ 4000), who has collected 22 points this season and is a nice pay break option to add to a Panarin and Strome stack.
The Rangers face an opponent who has been kind to them this season. They have scored 27 goals in six games this season against the Philadelphia Flyers, including 9-0 and 8-3 wins. Mika Zibanejad has started in both of these games, with six points in each of them. Adam fox ($ 5,800) has eight assists in five games against Philly, and he’s usable in any Rangers stack given he’s third in points for league defensemen.
The Rangers’ implied total is 3.62, so they could have another offensive explosion against the Flyers tonight.
Colorado Avalanche were on such a roll that COVID was the only thing that could slow them down. They had won four in a row and nine of their last 10 games before their last three games were postponed. Their dangerous offense will return tonight as they average the most goals and most shots on goal per game in the NHL. They will be coin-less, but this opens up opportunities for other players with lower salaries who will be easier to fit into a lineup.
The best player in the Avs, Nathan MacKinnon ($ 9,000), will continue his streak of 11 games with one point in that game on Thursday. He has the second-highest shot attempt rate in the NHL, so when you combine that with his point production it makes him one of the top floor and ceiling players in the NHL’s daily fantasy.
Gabriel Landeskog ($ 6,500) has also been productive, averaging one point per game during the season. He’s been better than that in his last 10 games, with 12 points in that span.
With Mikko Rantanen unavailable tonight, André Burakovsky ($ 4000) will slide to his place on the top row and first place on the power play. Burakovsky is a capable offensive player, so it’s definitely worth playing for $ 4,600 less than Rantanen’s salary. This should allow you to play Wedge Makar ($ 5,700) in defense, which is really good as he leads all defenders in points per game this season.
Colorado to face St. Louis Blues and has a chance to land a playoff berth with a win. The Blues have been everywhere with their game this season, at times resembling the suitor we’ve come to expect and at other times bad. One of those times they looked bad was in the first week of the season when the Avalanche beat them 8-0.
In total, Colorado have won five of six meetings with St. Louis this season. Considering they are currently -164 favorites and have an implied team total of 3.57, they should have no problem winning and setting up some fantastic scores useful for our lineups tonight.
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