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
Tyler Seguin ($8600) – Jamie Benn ($8500) – Valeri Nichushkin ($3500)
There’s a few big lines going tonight but matchup-wise, and from a general value standpoint, I like stacking this one the best. The Jets (the Stars opponents) have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league all season and are now 25th in goals against as a team and 28th in the league on the penalty-kill. The goaltending situation for Winnipeg is shaky at best and likely starter Ondrej Pavelec has now let in nine goals in his last two games. The Stars will be without Patrick Sharp which means Valeri Nichushkin will play on the top line and top power play unit tonight with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Benn has been rolling recently with three goals and five points in his last three games and Nichushkin played well with these two for a stretch earlier in the season. The savings you’re getting on Dallas’ big line tonight makes using them as you’re big priced stack a nice play. They’re my top choice of the night
Also check out: The line of Schwartz—Tarasenko—Lehtera which has been reunited recently for STL.
Travis Zajac ($3700) – Kyle Palmieri ($5300) – Reid Boucher ($3300)
There’s no mistaking the Devils for a high scoring team but tonight their top players still get a bump for fantasy today due to the matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have improved defensively a bit as the season has worn on but are still 27th in the league in goals against and will be starting their third string netminder Joonas Korpisalo tonight. He’s now allowed 4 or more goals in each of his last two starts. The Zajac—Palmieri connection has produced some decent fantasy outings this year and Palmieri has quietly been one of the biggest surprises offensively of the season. These two will be joined by Reid Boucher who’s been productive at the AHL level in 2016 and had a three point a couple games ago playing with these two. All three men will see power-play time and there should be good correlation potential here against one of the weaker defensive teams in the league. This is a good line to target for skaters who won’t cost you much in salary tonight.
Frans Nielsen ($5800) – Kyle Okposo ($5600) – Anders Lee ($5000)
With John Tavares playing well you might not see a ton of combos of this line tonight, despite the good matchup with the Flames. Calgary has now allowed 20 goals in their last five games overall and are still last in the league in killing penalties (a position they’ve held almost all season). The Flames poor special teams should really benefit this group as all three will see time together on the power-play together with the aforementioned Tavares. While Lee tends to skate on the third line at even strength Nielsen and Okposo play together nearly all the time and will have good correlation potential on their own. Given the opponent however I don’t think rostering all three of these players is a bad idea tonight given the state of the Flames special teams. Nielson especially often gets overlooked for fantasy but he’s playing 17-18 minutes a night and scores quite a bit for a second line centre, which gives him better upside than most people realize. This is definitely a stack to target for tournaments as the matchup could dictate a big game.
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