3 NHL Player Stacks For Your Lineup
When building a salary cap lineup you will need to find the right NHL player stack to increase your chances of being in the pay zone. I have identified some of the stacks for this week and identified which stack I personally prefer. Most of the time you’ll only be able to fit a maximum of 2 different stacks in your lineup, so choose wisely which stack is for you.
Pittsburgh Penguins (Stack of The Week)
Line Stack // PP1
3 Games: @BOS, @OTT, @NJD
$63,600 Total // 31.8% of your salary
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a pleasant surprise this season with a record of 27-11-8, which places them 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. We should never underestimate the power of veterans such as Crosby, Malkin, Letang, and Jeff Carter. This week, the Penguins will face-off against the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, and the New Jersey Devils. It’s not ideal that all three of these games are on the road, but I still like the following stack;
Bryan Rust ($20,100) Jake Guentzel ($21,900) Kris Letang ($21,600)
All three of these players currently play on the Powerplay 1 for the Penguins, which is presently ranked #11 with a success rate of 22.06%. Rust and Guentzel are cheaper options compared to Crosby, which is the reason why I chose them over him. Guentzel and Rust not only play with Crosby on the Powerplay but also play with him on line 1. Bryan Rust has been blazing hot over the last 13 games, he has produced 24 points in 13 games and is averaging 16.8 Fantasy Points in his last 5 games. One of the things I noticed is he’s actually a disappointing -3 in his last 4 games, he should get a chance to enter the plus category this week with some easy matchups. Even if Rust hits a cold spell this week, he should see some decent production in the shots category, as he’s averaging 5.3 shots in his last 3 games. Guentzel on the other hand is having a really good season with 46 points in 40 games. I consider him pretty underrated in fantasy, as he really should be getting more love among the top players in the NHL. In the last 3 games, Guentzel has put up an impressive 6 points and logged 5:43 on the powerplay last game against the Capitals.
At the age of 34, Kris Letang is still a rock for the Penguins on defense. He’s averaging close to a point/game right now and is logging over 25mins/game. Recently, Letang has been on a heater with 21 points in 16 games. Letang is the 6th highest-priced defenseman on OwnersBox. but is ranked 4th in fantasy season average. There’s definitely some value in adding Letang to your OwnersBox lineups.
The Boston Bruins will be a really competitive game for the Penguins, I don’t expect any crazy production from this stack. If this stack accumulative achieve over 30 fantasy points in this game, I see this as a huge bonus to the week’s production. The real money will hopefully be won in the games against the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils. The Devils and Senators are in the bottom half for shorthanded percentage with a success rate of 81.9% and 80.65%. Before the all-star break, the Devils allowed the Leafs to score 13 goals in two games! The Senators have been playing better lately with a record of 4-2 in their last 6 games. This still will be an opportunity for the Penguins to fill the scoresheet, as we saw last time these two teams met on January 20th when the Penguins scored 6 goals.
The following stack will take up 31.8% of your week’s salary.
Washington Capitals Mega Stack
Mega Stack // Team Stack
3 Games: VS. CLS, @MON, VS. OTT
$82,900 Total // 41.5% of your salary
I’m bullish in betting on the Washington Capitals team, in general, this week, as they have the easiest schedule in the NHL. They face-off against the Blue Jackets, Canadiens, and the Senators. These 3 teams have a combined record of 42 – 73 – 12. These players should feast in the plus/minus category as the Capitals have a very strong chance at winning all three of these games.
Who’s Joe Snively??? He’s been replacing Ovechkin on line 1 as he’s currently on COVID Protocol. There is a chance Ovechkin returns for the Capitals first game against the Blue Jackets, but Joe is only priced at a minimum, so take a flyer on him. If you’d prefer not to take a chance on Joe, feel free to use this stack without Joe involved.
The goalie situation with the Capitals is pretty questionable this week on who will start. Vitek Vanecek has been dealing with an upper-body injury, which means Samsonov could see 2 out of the 3 games for the Capitals. Make sure you keep a good eye on the status of these goalies during the week.
The following stack will take up 41.5% of your week’s salary.
Tom Wilson ($16,800) Evgeny Kuznetsov ($22,500) Joe Snively ($10,500)
John Carlson ($21,900) Ilya Samsonov ($11,200)
Dallas Stars Stack
Line Stack // PP1
3 Games: VS. NSH, VS. WPG, VS. COL
$61,500 Total // 30.8% of your salary
This line has been elite all season long, which is why I am not concerning myself with who the Stars are playing this week. This line has been feeding off each other’s success, you can tell this through their fantasy season average. Robertson AVG. 12.2 Fpts, Pavelski AVG. 11.9 Fpts, and Hintz AVG. 11.2 Fpts. The most surprising part of this trio is how Pavelski at the age of 37 years old has 48 points in 43 games. This line currently has an expected goals of 18.7, which ranks #2 in the NHL, and has an expected goal per game of 3.27, which ranks #14 in the NHL.
The following stack will take up 30.8% of your week’s salary.
Joe Pavelski ($20,400) Roope Hintz ($20,400) Jason Robertson ($20,700)