This article will identify the best line-stacking combos to use for fantasy hockey purposes every night. Considering that at least one player on a forward line will often get an assist on a goal when his line mate scores, stacking players from the same line can prove very fruitful for fantasy purposes. Use these targets to help identify some of your best options ever night.
High Priced First lines
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6600) – Alex Ovechkin ($9100) – Justin Williams ($5200)
Tonight’s a good example of why it’s important to keep track of line combos when playing daily fantasy hockey. The Capitals juggled their lines around a bit and essentially boosted the value of both Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov a ton when they paired them with Alex Ovechkin. This line played the most minutes of any trio at even strength in the last game for the Caps and produced two goals and four points between them. While they might be split up a bit on the power-play, all three men play an integral role in the Capitals special teams. More importantly, this line will play a lot tonight against a very weak defensive opponent who has allowed the most goals against in the entire league per game this season. With Ovechkin currently in the middle of yet another end of year hot streak, stacking him with his line mates (who are much more affordable) makes sense if you’re looking for a trio with monster potential tonight.
Also check out: The line of Krejci—Eriksson—Pastrnak for the Bruins and as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet.
Mike Ribeiro ($3600) – Filip Forsberg ($5700) – Craig Smith ($4100)
Tonight the Predators face the Canadians who have given up 17 goals over their last four games and are essentially just going through the motions at the moment as far as effort levels go many nights. The Predators are still in the playoff race in the West though and as a team have been scoring fairly solidly across their top two scoring lines of late. This line has 10 points over their last four games and been seeing a lot of ice in general for the Predators. While Ribeiro and Forsberg will often be paired together on the power-play—making them a great duo for stacking—I also like the fact versatile winger Craig Smith saw his ice time rise in his last game and won’t be shocked if he see’s some power-play time in this game as well. All in all, this line makes for a good value stack in a potentially great matchup. Montreal’s goaltending is a great target for your skaters at the moment.
Brandon Dubinsky ($4700) – Boone Jenner ($5000) – Cam Atkinson ($5000)
I really like the way this line has been trending for fantasy lately. All three men have been shooting the puck a ton and while the results haven’t been there (no goals in their last two games) if this aggression keeps up a big game can’t be far off. These three amassed a tidy 17 SOG between them in their last outing and against the Bruins, who are 19th in shots allowed in the league, I expect them to once again get their chances (and lots of cheap fantasy points). Boston is a solid team but they still play fairly wide open and are only 19th in goals allowed per game (below the league average). I like targeting this main scoring line for the Blue Jackets tonight and think they make for a great tournament play. They should be very low owned and have nice upside in the game with the highest O/U of the night.
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