It’s a typically slow Wednesday night in the NHL with just five games on the slate. I’ve highlighted my top high-priced, mid-range, and value stacks below. Good luck!
Vegas 2 – Max Pacioretty ($7,000), Paul Stastny ($4,800), Mark Stone ($6,800)
There’s no safer bet in DFS hockey tonight than Vegas’ second line. Pacioretty, Stastny, and Stone are an elite force at 5v5, averaging 34 scoring and 12 high-danger chances per 60. Pacioretty and Stone’s shot production elevates the floor of the stack, while Stastny helps keep their price-tag within reason. They should have no problem generating their normal rate of offense against a defensively-inept Blackhawks team.
The bulk of Vegas 2’s 5v5 time tonight should come against the Jonathan Toews line. Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton opted to load up his second line of Patrick Kane, Dylan Strome, and Alex DeBrincat, leaving Toews with little to no support on his wings. Toews and line-mate Brandon Saad typically struggle in their own end. They’re surrendering a whopping 20 high-danger chances per 60. It’s hard to imagine Vegas 2 not breaking through at least once in this matchup. This stack also offers ideal power-play correlation, with all three players being featured on the top unit.
New Jersey 1 – Taylor Hall ($7,100), Jack Hughes ($4,400), Kyle Palmieri ($5,600)
Hughes receives a timely promotion to the top line as the Devils get set to take on the lowly Senators on home ice. Hughes and Hall have impressed in their brief time together, averaging 35 scoring chances per 60. New Jersey likes to match the Nico Hischier and Travis Zajac lines against opposing top-sixes, leaving the Hughes line with a ton of upside tonight. The majority of Hall, Hughes, and Palmieri’s even strength ice time should come against the depth of the Senators. Obviously, New Jersey’s top line is a heavy favourite over the @J.C. Beaudin line. They should spend a lot of time in Ottawa’s end tonight, and they’ll see plenty of quality scoring chances as a result. All three members of New Jersey 1 also skate on the top power-play unit.
Calgary 2 – Andrew Mangiapane ($2,900), Mikael Backlund ($3,400), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900)
Backlund’s price has seemingly plateaued despite registering four points and eight shots on goal over his last three games. He’s recovered from his slow start and his price tag will rise sooner than later, so you’ll want to take advantage of the value while you still can. His line should see a mix of the Stars top-nine at even strength tonight. Tkachuk and Backlund have proven to be a formidable duo at 5v5. They are creating 32 scoring chances per 60 while surrendering just 24 to the opposition. Dallas’ fragmented top-nine doesn’t have a line capable of keeping pace with them. Tkachuk’s hefty price tag is made much more affordable thanks to his dirt-cheap line-mates. You won’t find a better value stack on tonight’s slate.