We have a small slate of games with only two taking place Wednesday night, so we are going to try and take advantage of that by “stacking” some line-ups. Stacking is a strategy used in NHL DFS contests. It allows you to maximize points by drafting 2 or more players on the same line. If one scores, the other PROBABLY has an assist to go with it.
The Vancouver Canucks at the New York Rangers.
The Minnesota Wild at the Dallas Stars.
Best Stack for Rangers
Artemi Panarin ($6,000) may not have as many goals this season with 12 total at the break, but he is an apple machine, meaning he gets tons of assists. Since he and Mika Zibanejad ($7,100) are both on the same line AND the powerplay, we are going to stack them on the same lineup tonight. Chris Kreider and Adam Fox are also on the Powerplay unit, so they should be strongly considered for your DFS stack as well in this game.
Best Stack for Canucks
I don’t want to say this one seems pretty easy, but it is just the facts here. With the Canucks trading away star Bo Horvat just last week, you are now looking at 2 first liners in Andrei Kuzmenko and Elias Pettersson. With 14 multipoint games this season Kuzmenko looks to step up even more now that Horvat is gone, and with his recent extension he just signed this past week it is worth a cheap play for an NHL first liner.
Best Stacks For Wild
We are looking at Kiril Kaprizov and Zuccarello on this one. With 19 total combined points in their last 5 games, these boys seem like a solid play. The only caution I’d take a look into is the opponent in the net being Jake Oettinger with a 2.26 GAA.
Best Stacks for Stars
To take a different angle, I would consider Miro Heiskanen here as a defensemen. He has about an assist a game in his last 10 with 9 assists, and he shoots the puck a lot. Pick your favorite between Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz when considering the stack for the Dallas Stars.
Cheap Players to Consider
Jamie Benn ($5,600)
Andrei Kuzmenko ($5,200)
Filip Chytil ($5,000)
Esa Lindell ($3,400)
A Roster Example that Might Work
C- E. Pettersson
C -M. Zibanejad
W -J. Benn
W -A. Kuzmenko
W -A. Panarin
D- O. Ekman-Larson
D- E. Lindell
Util- A. Beauvillier
G- J. Oettinger
In this Roster, we stacked Zibanejad and Panarin, as well as Beauvillier, Pettersson and Kuzmenko. We also have a power play stack with both those pairings. Time on ice is always a factor, and with these picks and strategies hopefully you can win some your DFS contest.