NHL All-Star - Lesson 02 - Stacking Strategy: Line Combos

Stacking players from one of a team’s top scoring lines is a popular strategy used in GPPs, and it is one proven to be very successful. The reason being, every time your line scores you are producing multiple points on one goal. Whether it is at even strength or on the power play, you are likely getting two or three of your players involved every time your line scores, and that is how you climb to the top in your GPPs.

There are many ways to go about line stacking. I will give you the three ways which I have found to be the most successful in large field tournament play.

Line Stack Number One: 4 Player Stack

You simply take the entire top scoring line from a team you expect to score a few goals that night. You then add in their top offensive defensemen (AKA their power play quarterback), and there you have a four player stack. This is a very popular and effective stacking strategy.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Carolina Hurricanes

The top line from most teams will also have at least two of the three players on the number one power play unit as well. In some cases, the full top line is also the top power play unit. So, not only are they playing together at even strength, but also on the top power play unit. Your top line may not play regularly with the defenseman at even strength, but they will join up on the power play, and this will maximize your chances of scoring more points. Chances are, if your team scores four to five goals that night, the top line and top power play unit are heavily involved, which is why you want the power play quarterback with your top line stack.

Line Stack Number Two: Five-Player Stack

One of the many great things about playing on DraftKings is that you are able to stack five players from one team; not all sites will allow this.

This line stack strategy is very similar to the first line stack strategy above. Not only do we use that particular team’s top scoring line, but we also add the team’s top two offensive defensemen, who should also appear on the first power play unit. There are a few teams in the NHL who have two stud offensive defensemen that are heavily involved in their team’s scoring at both even strength and on the power play. This gives you exposure to a ton of ice time between the five players in your lineup. We can be involved in every even strength goal with this strategy, and we will be involved in every single power play goal scored from the top power play unit. Assuming our team scores four or more goals and has success on the man advantage, we are looking at a very profitable night.

Line Stack Number Three: Power Play Stack

In this strategy we simply stack the five players from a particular team’s top power play unit. Now, to be different from the line stack strategies mentioned above, we want to use a team that has three lines where they spread out their top players. We want all three lines to have one guy that is on the power play. Rather than stack a regular strength line, we stack all of the power play players. This way every goal scored at even strength, we should be involved in, and we are loaded on the power play.

Not only do we have one player from each line, but we also include the defensemen who mans the point on the top power play unit, as well. The hope here is that the even strength scoring is spread out throughout all three lines, and that most of the goals are scored via the man advantage. Another variation of the same idea is using four forwards from two different lines and one defenseman. A lot of teams will pull four forwards from two lines for their power play and use just one defenseman as their power play quarterback. Every team is different and we need to adjust to their power play. At the end of the day, we want the top five players on that particular power play, regardless of what position or line they play on. If this team scores four or more goals and generates, say, two or more goals from the power play, our team is going off, and very few people will have a similar team.

This is a rarely used strategy, but it can be very effective for obvious reasons. It is not every night that a line stack will go off, so on those quiet nights where the scoring is spread out, this lineup strategy can take down a big GPP.