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 every night.
High Priced First lines
Joe Thornton ($5500) – Joe Pavelski ($7500) – Thomas Hertl ($5200)
Tonight’s Sabres versus Sharks matchup is interesting since it will likely feature a hot goalie in Robin Lehner versus a talented Sharks line that has been rolling of late. I discussed Lehner in the NHL Cheat Sheet today, but still think there’s some value in playing the Sharks top line tonight as the Sabres are a wildly inconsistent team and so even a slightly off night by Lehner could lead to a big game from this line. The Sharks top unit has accumulated 10 points in their last two outings alone and Joe Thornton continues to go through a bit of a renaissance with 56 points in 59 games. With the Sharks having one of the best power-play units in the league and the Sabres allowing more goals against as a team on the road than at home I think there’s all the potential in the world for this unit to have a big scoring night if they can figure out Lehner. On a short slate they’re still one of the best top units out there in fantasy and a good stacking option for tonight.
Also check out: The Capitals big line of Ovechkin—Kuznetsov—Williams as mentioned in the NHL cheat Sheet
Ryan Getzlaf ($6000) –David Perron ($4700) – Mike Santorelli ($3300)
I’ve already mentioned two of these players in the NHL Cheat Sheet as recommended plays but I think using this line as a complete stack tonight makes sense too given their cheap overall price. Ryan Getzlaf has 14 points in his last nine games on his own while converted centre Mike Santorelli has six points in his last seven games as a part of this line. Both Getzlaf and Perron will see lots of power-play time together against the Oilers who are on a six game losing streak and have some of the shakiest goaltending in the league. Even though these three will only play together at even strength the fact the Oilers have the worst even strength goal ratio in the league (i.e. they let in a lot of even strength goals) means there’s still a ton of potential for correlation scoring here. I like the price and matchup and think this Ducks line makes for a good value target on this short slate.
Sam Reinhart ($4300) – Justin Bailey ($2900) – Evander Kane ($6400)
While the Sharks are no doubt the superior team tonight going into their matchup with Buffalo they’re also prone to playing flat at home and sport one of the larger home-away goal differentials in the league (2.77 GAA at home and 2.61 GAA on the road). As such, targeting Buffalo players may not be horrible tonight and the Sabres do have a lot of young talent up front. With Ryan O’Reilly hurt young prospect Justin Bailey has stepped in to play on the top line. And while this trio has not done much in the last few games both Kane and Bailey have been getting their shots through so a breakout may be coming eventually. Either way they make for an interesting tournament stack tonight and a line that can help you differentiate your lineup.
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