Just a two-game slate for Thursday, which will be the norm for the most part this round. We got a glimpse of these teams on Tuesday so we can reference that in helping build our lineups for tonight.
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Stacking can be essential to success on these tiny slates. If you think about a night with final scores of say 4-0 and 2-1, it almost a guarantee a stack of the team who scored the four goals will be what wins. And if your lineup is just two guys from Team A, two from Team B, etc. you're likely to be too spread out to beat the lineups that have four or five skaters from the four goal team.
Now if the final scores on the night are 6-4 and 5-3, well then you might be okay being spread out and not concentrated on one team. Unfortunately, we're not going to know how the night plays out until the games are over obviously. But reverse engineering your lineup by building based on the outcome you expect is something you should think about.
Team to Stack:
Florida – They let everyone down Tuesday but we need to have a short memory with this format. The loss of Brayden Point has to negatively affect the Lightning at some point and the Panthers have bounced back well from losses in the previous round. Carter Verhaege ($4,000) has been the best offensive player for the Panthers in the playoffs thus far and comes with a cheap price tag. You can stack him with Aleksander Barkov ($7,400) and Claude Giroux ($4,800) in the hopes the trio can combine for nine points again like they did in Game 5 against Washington. For a Panthers onslaught consider adding on Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,200) and Aaron Ekblad ($5,500) as well.
On the high end, no surprise here but Nathan MacKinnon ($9,000) is the best play on the board. Tough price tag to get to though so consider Nazem Kadri ($6,000) for a discount if you still want access to Colorado.
In the mid-tier, you have pretty much the entire Blues team. David Perron ($5,100) has been the highest volume shooter, and safest option for fantasy thus far in the playoffs.
At the bottom of the price range there are some solid values. These include Corey Perry ($2,600) who has taken Point's spot on the power play and capitalized with a goal on Tuesday.