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NHL Spotlight Stacks: January 9

The daily fantasy king of Europe Khan is back with a word of wisdom for today's slate. His deep analysis, line matchups, and advanced data will surely help both newbie and experienced players alike. Read on to learn from the best and use these pro tips to your advantage playing on FanTeam and Bethard

Tampa Bay – 1

Stamkos (12.8) – Point (11.5) – Kucherov (12.5)

The Lightning’ head coach Jon Cooper has finally concentrated all of his main offensive weapons in one line, and that worked extremely well. Stamkos, Point, and Kucherov are red hot right now, combining for 14 points in their last 2 games.

The matchup against Arizona looks good on paper, as the Coyotes find themselves in the bottom-10 of the league in terms of xGA/60 (2.43) and HDCA/60 (11.52) over the last month. The Coyotes are also struggling with the goalie injuries, so I am expecting a big game from the Lightning’ loaded top line tonight.

Florida – 1

Huberdeau (12.0) – Barkov (11.7) – Dadonov (10.6)

This line probably will not see a high ownership tonight, especially given that Barkov is pointless in 5 consecutive games, but the upside is as always there. Huberdeau leads his team with 57 points in 43 games, Barkov is second with 45 points, and Dadonov has registered 34 points to his name this season.

Tonight’s opponent – Vancouver – comes into this one giving up 9 goals in the previous game against Tampa Bay, and sitting dead last in xGA/60 (2.86) over the last month.

Keith Yandle is your power-play defenseman here, if you are using a 2+1 stack.

Boston – 1

Marchand (12.7) – Bergeron (13.4) – Pastrnak (14.1)

Yeah, I know it’s easy to say that the NHL’ best line is a good play tonight. In fact, since the budget is still not a concern on Fanteam, Boston-1 is a good play on any night, but tonight is the night of all nights. The home matchup against Winnipeg is a juicy one, and fading the Bruins is not what I recommend to do.

First of all, the Jets’ HDCA/60 (14.02) are the worst in the entire NHL over the last month, while their xGA/60 (2.63) is third-worst. Next up is the fact that it will be the second game of a back-to-back set for Winnipeg. Finally, the Jets possess an awful PK% over the last month (63.9%) which unsurprisingly lands them 31st in the league. It’s going to be a long night for Winnipeg.

Defensemen of the slate

Roman Josi (13.6)

Josi stands out as the best defensive play of the slate. The Predators’ defenseman has picked up points in 11 games in a row, putting up enormous 19 attacking returns in that period. Now he is ranked 2nd on the NHL defenseman scoring leaderboard, trailing only John Carlson. Tonight he will face a weak Chicago team, against who Josi should have no trouble finding the net at least once.


Shea Theodore (11.3)

Vegas is the biggest favorite of the slate according to the Vegas odds, and we have to have some of the Golden Knights’ coverage. Shea Theodore suits this role well, being the leading defenseman of his team. Theodore is averaging solid 2.8 shots on goal per game this season and registered 6 points in his last 5 games. He should be especially busy on the man advantage tonight against the Los Angeles team, who continue to be poor in the penalty kill department.


  • HDCF/60: High danger chances for per 60
  • HDCA/60: High danger chances allowed per 60
  • xGF/60: Expected goals for per 60
  • xGA/60: Expected goals allowed per 60


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 30000 euros. Sits in the top-3 of DFS-hockey players in Europe, finished 3rd in FanTeam's World Championship of Fantasy Football 2018.