3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for Thursday 04/29/21
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, because if a player on a line scores goals their teammates are likely to get assists as well. Ideally, we’ll want players who will spend a lot of time on the ice together on a even-matched 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.
There aren’t a lot of big slates with 10 games to go in the regular season, so let’s take advantage of all the options we have to stack on Thursday.
Carolina hurricanes sealed their trip to the playoffs on Tuesday. They will still have to keep winning to be able to finish in first place and avoid the other two strong teams in their division in the first round of the playoffs. They’re in a perfect place to do it on Thursday, now nearly healthy and facing a weak opponent.
The Hurricanes scored an impressive 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. In this game they welcomed again Teuvo Teravainen ($ 5,300) after missing 32 of the last 33 games. What was encouraging was that it slipped back to where we are used to seeing it. He played with Sebastian aho ($ 7,800) and Andrei Svechnikov ($ 5,700) at equal force. These guys each had three points, and for Aho it was his fourth consecutive multi-point game. Aho and Svechnikov form two out of five players in Carolina’s first power play, which was one of the best units we have seen recently. The other element of the power play that would make sense in this mat is the defender. Dougie Hamilton ($ 6,600), who is seventh on points and first in penalties among defenders.
Carolina gets a big game against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday. Detroit actually left the division’s basement on Tuesday, but obviously there’s still nothing to worry about for a team like Carolina. Detroit’s last 10 shots on goal should be something for the best power play in the league, giving the Canes a ton of advantage in this game. Carolina is a big favorite of -390 in this game, so they should have no problem scoring goals against the Wings tonight.
The Boston Bruins appear to have righted the ship past the trade deadline as it could have deviated from course for them. They lost the game just before the 8-1 deadline and had huge holes in their roster due to injuries and off-season starts. They have since gone 7-2 and should be in good shape to make the playoffs. One thing they’ve benefited from is playing a flexible schedule since then, and luckily for them that will continue tonight.
The Bruins’ solid first two lines are the source of their recent good play. The “perfection line” did its job, as Patrice Bergeron ($ 7,300), Brad Marchand ($ 7,800), and David Pastrnak ($ 7,400) all have averaged one point per game over the last 10 games. These three players all play together on the power play and have tremendous value playing with them as a defender. Matthew grzelcyk ($ 3,800). As usual, this makes a great stack with a lot of perks, which will have a ton of possession. However, there is another stack on Boston that we can use as well.
The second row for the Bruins gave them what they’ve been missing for years, a deep score. Taylor hall ($ 6,500) was exactly what they needed on the second row, as he scored four goals and seven points in nine games for the Bruins. David Krejci ($ 5,400) was also helped by the addition of Hall, as he has scored five goals since the trade and had only two goals previously. Craig smith ($ 4,700) had a good April with 13 points, and it completes that line. This row is also fully correlated as a second power play unit, which is rare for a second row. This gives them more advantages than most lines around the same total pay.
Bruins face off against Buffalo Sabers for the fifth time since the two connected for the Taylor Hall trade. Boston has won three of those four games, the only loss being with Patrice Bergeron out of the roster. Like Carolina, Boston is another team that’s a big favorite, the kind we don’t see too often in the NHL. FanDuel Sportsbook got them -420 to win this game, so one of the first two rows certainly has a chance of scoring a few goals on Thursday.
The Florida Panthers has to be one of the funniest teams in hockey this season. Most importantly, for us fantasy players, they went through a ton when we got them signed up. They beat the Nashville Predators Tuesday and asked some players to produce winning tournament releases. The interesting thing about Florida from a fantasy perspective is the number of different players who have been relevant to the fantasy. Tonight we can add a few.
Aleksander Barkov (8,100 dollars) has been a driving force for the Panthers for years, and this year is not much different. He scored two goals and got an assist on Tuesday, giving him six goals in his last five games. Even after this great performance, his teammates changed from Tuesday. Now he will play with it Anthony Duclair ($ 4000) and young Grigory Denisenko ($ 3,000). It’s an extremely affordable stack to play with a star player like Barkov, and you get a power play correlation with Duclair.
Two other players left for the Panthers on Tuesday, in Sam bennett ($ 4000) and Jonathan huberdeau ($ 7,500). Huberdeau had two goals and three assists, while Bennett had three assists. Bennett now has 10 points in seven games since joining the Calgary Flames. These two players will be playing with Barkov and Duclair in the first power play, so if you’re trying to capture the same magic we saw on Tuesday, playing those four forwards on the power play is an interesting stack to try tonight.
Florida have an even better game tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks than they did on Tuesday. Chicago has allowed the ninth most goals per game and has the fifth-worst penalty kill in the league this season. With how Florida have had some big games this season, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see them again tonight.
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