Top 5 NHL GPP Stacks for Saturday, December 31

John Tavares
John Tavares

There are 11 games on the NHL schedule tonight (with 2 during the day) and both DraftKings and FanDuel are offering some excellent contests to take part in. The best strategy to score big in these tournaments is to roster players that often skate together. When one scores, there is likely to be correlation as linemates are usually picking up assists. This correlation is usually the key to producing the big scores that are needed to top a large field.

Top 5 NHL Stacks for December 31

The Stack: C John Tavares, W Anders Lee, Josh Bailey

Expected ownership: Low

The Islanders offense has woken up in a big way lately, scoring 17 goals over their past 4 games. While this line has only been a modest part of that outburst, we like their matchup tonight against the Jets. The Jets penalty kill was rocked in their last game and while the Islanders don't boast one of the league's better power plays overall, it has looked good of late with goals in 3 of their past 4 games.

The Stack: C Tyler Seguin, C/W Jason Spezza, W Jamie Benn

Expected ownership: Medium

The Stars are looking like last season's division winning squad again as their studs have found their games. This trio combined for 2 goals and 6 assists on Thursday night and while expecting that output each game is a bit of a reach, tonight's matchup with the Panthers shouldn't worry people much. Without top defensive forward Sasha Barkov, the Panthers just don't match up as well in their attempt to slow this line down, so we'll be riding this line once again.

The Stack: C Nick Bjugstad, W Jaromir Jagr, W Seth Griffith

Expected ownership: Low

While Dallas' defense and goaltending have been better of late, we aren't going to pretend like everything is fixed there. Kari Lehtonen is riding a nice three-game winning streak and because his game log will look nice in that regard, he'll be rostered more than he should be.

This particular game script isn't foreign to the Panthers. They came into Dallas early last season mired in a losing streak, minus their top center in Barkov. What resulted was a 6-goal outburst and big games from Bjugstad and Jagr in that one. We expect history to repeat itself tonight in a high-scoring affair.

UPDATE (2:00pm) - The Panthers have made some lineup changes, as Vincent Trocheck will play center on the line with Jagr and Griffith. In limited time together last season, Trocheck and Jagr had nice chemistry. As for Bjugstad, he'll be centering a line between Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith. While Trocheck was injured for the first four games of the Panthers postseason in April, this line was very good. We like both of them tonight.

The Stack: C Evgeni Malkin, W Patrick Hornqvist, W Carl Hagelin

Expected ownership: Low

The Penguins in general will be lower owned than usual tonight since they are facing the Canadiens and Carey Price, but don't let that deter you. Price is not in peak form of late as he's allowed 7 goals in his previous two starts, both of which were losses. This recently tinkered Pens line looked good on Wednesday night, but obviously rostering Crosby and his linemates is also a good option. Any time you can get the Penguins at lower ownership than usual is a good thing.

The Stack: C Patrice Bergeron, W Brad Marchand, W David Pastrnak

Expected ownership: High (day slate)

For those who want to play the day slate, we recommend the Bruins' top line. Granted, it doesn't take a genius to recommend this unit in a nice matchup, but the Bruins just seem to have the Sabres number with 6 wins in a row and 10 wins in their past 12 meetings. They faced off on Thursday night and the Bruins, as usual, got the better of their division rivals. This line didn't exactly light it up, but they had solid games and expect more of the same today.

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Mickey Doft

Mickey Doft

Mickey Doft is a highly-ranked NHL DFS grinder who plays under the name "mickster53" on DraftKings. A diehard hockey fan, Mickey cheers for the Panthers as a Florida native but he is also a life-long New York Rangers fan. He has watched games at 18 NHL arenas and hopes to hit every one over the next few years.

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