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NHL Playoffs Spotlight Stacks: Monday 15.04

The NHL Playoffs are in full swing with some results so far definitely raising a few eyebrows. Khan here, trying to navigate what is cooking up to be another fantastic night of hockey. Let us take a look at some promising line stacks and defenders for tonight's slate at FanTeam.


John Tavares, Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman have been a great line this season, posting 36 SF/60*, 37.6 SCF/60** and 14.7 HDCF/60***. Tavares led the team with 47 goals during the regular season, while Marner was the best player of the team in terms of overall points, putting up 26 goals and 68 assists. These two have already shown up in the first game of the series against the Boston Bruins, scoring 3 goals combined.

Tonight the Maple Leafs are playing at home, and this means the hosts can utilize their last change option. The top line perhaps will not see a lot of the Bergeron line and that significantly boosts their upside. Defenseman Morgan Rielly (13.2) makes a great addition here.


The Carolina Hurricanes are in desperation mode after losing two road games against the Washington Capitals. The underlying numbers say, however, that the Capitals were lucky to get a win in both games. Their 37.8 CF%**** in these two games are absolutely miserable, and tonight the Canes should finally get down to business.

Their top line consisting of Sebastian Aho, Nino Niederreiter and Justin Williams (39 SF/60, 33.8 SCF/60, 16.2 HDCF/60) is good and correlated, which gives them elite upside tonight. Justin Faulk (10.8) quaterbacks top power-play unit and stacking him also makes a sense.

Upd.: Teumo Teravainen will replace Justin Williams in the top line of the Hurricanes. This line gets even more appealing, since Teravainen is the second highest scorer of the team this season (76 points in 82 games).


The Dallas Stars' big names played together in the second game of the series against the Nashville Predators and will likely stay joint in game number three. Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov have been fantastic when playing together, by generating an elite 35.8 SF/60, 32.8 SCF/60 and 14.8 HDCF/60 this season.

This line was particularly dominant at home in the regular season, as 114 of the total 205 points (56%) they earned on home ice. Look out for this line to score a couple tonight. Defenseman John Klingberg (11.6) is an obvious supplement to the Stars' correlated top line.

Upd.: Jason Dickinson will seemingly return to the Stars' top line and replace Jamie Benn. You can still use Seguin-Radulov-Benn stack, as they are playing together in PP, and perhaps will get some offensive zone starts at even strength.

Defender of the slate

P. K. Subban (9.6)

The Nashville Predators' defenseman has been thriving recently, putting up 3 goals and 4 assists in his last 7 games (including 2 playoff games against the Dallas Stars). During this period Subban is averaging a monster 4.3 shots on goal and 24 minutes of ice-time. He is playing on the top power-play unit and should have plenty of opportunities to pay off his moderate price tag tonight.

* SF/60 – Shots for per 60 minutes 

** SCF/60 – Scoring chances for per 60 minutes

*** HDCF/60 – High danger chances for per 60 minutes 

**** CF% - Shot attempts for / (shot attempts for+shot attempts against). Shows % of shot attempts taken by a team in the game.



Khan, a Ph.D. student in Economics, loves studying advanced sports analytics and using it to his advantage in DFS. Having started to play daily fantasy sports in 2017, he currently has a net profit of over 70000 euros. Sits in the top-5 of DFS players in Europe, finished 3rd in FanTeam's WCOFF 2018 and WCOFF 2020.