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NHL News and Notes – October 25

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(Line percentages are 5v5 even strength)

Anaheim Ducks

No major changes.

ANA1: 28% ANA2: 19% PP1: 60% PP2: 40%. D-stacking: Fowler with ANA1.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes host the Canucks, who are on back-to-backs tonight. I can’t remember the last time they had a 3.4 implied total.

D-stacking: More spread out than you’d think. Oliver Ekman-Larsson with ARI1, barely.

Boston Bruins

No major changes: BOS1: 24% BOS2: 20% BOS3: 17% PP1: 67% PP2: 33%. D-stacking: Spread out. Chara and Carlo skate more with the third line.

Buffalo Sabres

No major changes: BUF1: 28% BUF2: 25% BUF3: 20% PP1: 73%, PP2: 27%, D-stacking: Rasmus Dahlin saw five more minutes with the top line last game than any other defenceman.

Calgary Flames

No major changes. Lots of shuffling last game – no Flames line saw more than a 16% 5v5 share. Tkachuk played 10% with the top line.

Chicago Blackhawks

No major changes. PP1 is actually PP2 and vice versa: PP1: 30% PP2: 70% D-stacking: Seabrook and Fustafsson with CHI2.

Columbus Blue Jackets

In their last game, Torts shuffled from the get-go. No three-man combo saw more than 11% of 5v5 ice time together. I always think you’re better off with two-man Blue Jackets forward stacks. New middle-six:



D-stacking: who knows. Opt for PPs.

Dallas Stars

The top-line RW rotation continues. Justin Dowling gets a crack after Tyler Pitlick failed to deliver. Dowling is a career AHLer and another uninspired choice. Pitlick is down on the second line now.

D-stacking: Lindell and Klingberg with DAL1

Edmonton Oilers

Puljujarvi is off EDM2. Alex Chaisson replaces him. Drake Cagguila draws in on the third line. Cooper Marody is on the fourth.

D-stacking: Klefbom with players on the PP1.

Los Angeles Kings

  • Tanner Pearson is back up on the second line with Kovalchuk and Carter. Sheldon Rempal is benched so make sure to get him out of your lineups ASAP (kidding).

LAK1: 27% LAK2: 21%. D-stacking: Doughty with anyone, Muzzin/Martinez with LAK2.

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Minnesota Wild

  • Matt Read is back to the third line, Nino Niederreiter returns to his top line role alongside Zucker and Staal.
  • Powerplays are all over the place. Staal-Zucker-Suter is your best PP stack.

D-stacking: Dumba and Suter with MIN2.

Montreal Canadiens

No major changes: MTL1: 25%, MTL2: 22% MTL3: 21%:PP1: 63%, PP2: 37%, D-stacking: Petry is stackable with any of Montreal’s top three lines.

New Jersey Devils

John Hynes was in-game shifting during the Devils October 20th loss to the Flyers. No three man combo saw more than 13% of 5v5 ice time together.

  • Jean-Sebastien Dea draws in and will play on the second line with Marcus Johansson and Pavel Zacha.

D-stacking: Sami Vatanen is your best bet with NJD1.

Nashville Predators

  • Big news out of Nashville: they’ve broken up their second line for the first time all season. Kevin Fiala is benched, Rocco Grimaldi will play with Turris and Smith. Grimaldi also replaces Fiala on the PP2.

D-stacking: PK Subban is the better defecenman to stack with NSH1. Given his status on the PP1, he gets about 3 more minutes per game with them than any other defenceman.

New York Rangers

No major changes.

  • Despite some sites having Shattenkirk listed on the PP1, it’s actually Neal Poink on the point– mainly due to his excellent Poink shot.

NYR1: 20% NYR2: 28% NYR3: 24%. D-stacking: Poink with NYR1.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Travis Konecny has replaced Wayne Simmonds on PHI1. Wayne Simmonds moves back to the third line, but remains on PP1.

D-stacking: Provorov and Hagg have been seeing the most minutes with PHI1. Gostisbehere and Voracek were the highest fwd/d ice-time correlation last game.

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Still drooling over that Crosby goal. No Major changes. Less line shuffling last game. Rust saw more time with PIT1, though Brassard saw a 10% 5v5 share with them in place of Rust.

PP2 QB Juuso Rikola is expected to ride the pine tonight, no word yet on who takes his place on the PP2.

PIT1: 21% PIT2: 25%: PP1: 70% PP2: 30%. D-stacking: Letang with PIT1 — twice as much ice time with them, over PIT2.

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St. Louis Blues

No major changes

STL1: 24% STL2: 24% STL3: 17%. D-stacking: Pieterangelo with STL1

Vancouver Canucks

Fresh off screwing me out of shit loads of money last night, the Canucks travel to Arizona for the second end of a back-to-back. No morning skate — keep an eye on their line rushes as both Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser could play. No beat writers reporting much without the morning skate. Adding Boeser or Pettersson to dead lineups is a viable, late switch strategy if they end up playing.

Washington Capitals

For the second game in a row, Devante Smith-Pelly is on WSH1, Stephenson is on WSH2 and Vrana is on WSH3. Their fourth line actually saw the most ice time

WSH1: 19% WSH2: 25%

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