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
Claude Giroux ($7100) – Wayne Simmonds ($6800) – Brayden Schenn ($5000)
There’s a couple of really enticing matchups on the sheet today and one of the best is undoubtedly the one the Flyers top line has with the shaky goaltending and defense of the Calgary Flames. The Flyers now have top centre Claude Giroux back from injury which should help the production of wingers Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn. Since getting the promotion to play with Giroux, Brayden Schenn has really produced nicely and has five points in his last four games despite missing Giroux for a couple games. The Flyers face the Flames today who just traded away one of their best defensemen and are ranked dead last in goals against and penalty killing as a team. I look for this line to possibly dominate the now thin Calgary D and to also possibly put up a big fantasy night. This line has big upside today.
Also check out: The Lightning’s top line of Stamkos—Killorn—Callahan as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet.
Alex Galchenyuk ($4700) – Lars Eller ($3600) – Sven Andrighetto ($3400)
As far as second lines go this one has been very productive lately, with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller combining for a nice five points and three goals in their last two games. With trades making the Canadians thinner at forward expect all three of these players to see more ice time in general and to also see their power-play opportunities increase. This is key tonight as the Sharks have generally not been great at home this year and only rank 22nd in terms of penalty-killing overall. With Galchenyuk and Eller playing well this line should be able to take advantage of some softer matchups and could be in line for another decent game. I like them all as value targets and think you should capitalize on the fact the Canadians will be turning to these three for more offense down the stretch.
Pavel Datsyuk ($6100) – Henrik Zetterberg ($5500) – Justin Abdelkader ($4900)
I included this line in this slot in my last write-up and they didn’t perform but am giving them another chance today. The Dallas Stars are a solid team but they still give up a lot of goals overall (23rd in the league in goals against) and have the 7th worst penalty-kill in the league. While it’s disconcerting that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have gone pointless in four games it’s just a matter of when, not if these two stars breakout. Both men will see a ton of power-play usage and have been playing well over 20 mins a night so the opportunities are definitely there. From a strategy standpoint I think both will be well under-owned for tournaments and considering they play together almost the entire game have big correlation potential. Pair them with power forward Justin Abdelkadar if you’re looking for a full stack tonight as he should be with them at even strength and at times on the PP too.
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