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Fantasy Hockey Picks: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Stacks for March 18

Matt Meiselman gives his top NHL stacks for Thursday’s fantasy hockey slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Thursday night’s NHL schedule has already had some twists and turns, as the game between the Sabres and Bruins was in limbo for most of the morning. It appears as though the game is still on, and it makes for a 10-game NHL slate. Connor McDavid and the Oilers look to be the focus today after their seven-goal performance last night in Calgary, but there are a few other high-end teams that warrant strong consideration too. Read on for a breakdown of stacking options for Thursday’s slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

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Top Stacks

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho ($7,000), Nino Niederreiter ($5,500), Martin Necas ($5,100)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Brayden Point ($6,500), Ondrej Palat ($6,400), Anthony Cirelli ($5,600)

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid ($9,200), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,800), Jesse Puljujarvi ($3,600)

The Hurricanes have gone with a more top-heavy approach in their lineup since the injury to Vincent Trocheck, and the current first line includes three of their four best scorers. The Canes are in a good home matchup against the Blue Jackets, and Aho and co. are substantially more affordable than some of the other top lines on Thursday’s slate. The Lightning are in an even better spot against the Blackhawks, and while they should control the game at even strength, there’s potentially even more appeal in their power play stacks. This means looking to players like Steven Stamkos ($7,000) and Victor Hedman ($6,800), who play on the top unit with Point and Palat. The Oilers are appealing in their home game against the Jets, but they’ve actually gotten more affordable too with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl ($8,800) being split up once again. The currently constructed first line is much cheaper, and has sufficient talent to make the prices well worth considering.

Value Stacks

New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal ($5,700), Jordan Eberle ($4,800), Kieffer Bellows ($3,700)

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov ($7,700), Carter Verhaeghe ($5,200), Mason Marchment ($3,100)

Arizona Coyotes

Nick Schmaltz ($4,300), Clayton Keller ($4,700), Tyler Pitlick ($3,600)

The Islanders’ first line continues to be underpriced, especially since Kieffer Bellows and his low price tag took over for the injured Anders Lee. Barzal and Eberle are only $11.5K combined too, and the Islanders are playing at home against a Flyers team who just lost 9-0 last night against the Rangers. The Panthers draw an injury depleted Predators team, and Barkov continues to skate with linemates who are much cheaper than he is, making him much easier to afford while the production has stayed high. Barkov is almost up to $8K at this point, but the Panthers’ top line is still underpriced overall with the wingers being more cost-effective. The Coyotes’ lines have been in flux all season, but whether it’s this exact combination or something similar, the majority of the forwards are dramatically underpriced considering the matchup against a defensively porous Ducks team.

Contrarian Stacks

Detroit Red Wings

Dylan Larkin ($6,100), Robby Fabbri ($4,500), Anthony Mantha ($5,500)

Minnesota Wild

Victor Rask (2,900), Kirill Kaprizov ($6,600), Mats Zuccarello ($6,000)

Winnipeg Jets

Mark Scheifele ($6,200), Paul Stastny ($3,800), Blake Wheeler ($5,400)

The Red Wings are in a tough matchup against the Stars, and they’re not exactly the best scoring team either, but they do have their top talent concentrated on one line and the upside is there considering the moderate prices. This also figures to be a low-owned spot, and it’s one of the more intriguing low-owned stacks of Thursday’s slate. The Wild are far more spread out and have three potential lines to go to, but they all figure to be contrarian for a road matchup against the Avalanche. The Wild generally are too good of a team for how unpopular they tend to be, with Kaprizov in particular being their highest upside player. Lastly, the Jets are on the road in Edmonton, and the semi-difficult matchup is likely to keep their ownership in check too. Both of their top two lines always have sufficient upside, and the power play stack which correlates across those two lines is a viable play as well.

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