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
Mika Zibanejad ($4500) – Mike Hoffman ($5900) – Bobby Ryan ($5600)
There’s a couple games with high scoring potential on the slate tonight but the one that catches my eye the most is the game between Edmonton and Ottawa, as both teams rank at or near the bottom of almost every defensive category in the league. The Sens have lost their top centre for the time being in Kyle Turris due to injury, but have reunited their two best wingers in Hoffman and Ryan on their top line. Hoffman went through a bit of a mid-season slump but seemed to be pulling out of it before the all-star break. You have to love the fact he’s been shooting the puck a ton lately and is up to 21 SOG in his last four games. Ryan has been consistent almost all year and is now on pace to eclipse the 30 goal mark. These three will serve as Ottawa’s primary Power Play trio and have a great matchup versus the Oilers who have been one of the worst road teams all season, and rank second last on the road in goals allowed as a team. Target these three if looking for a high upside stack tonight.
Also check out: The Bruins top line of Bergeron—Marchand—Connolly (or Spooner). Spooner should see time with on the first power play unit, while Connolly will play with Boston’s top line at even strength.
Connor McDavid ($5800) – Jordan Eberle ($4900) – Benoit Pouliot ($4200)
We all saw the brilliance of Connor McDavid on display in his last game and even though I’d recommend not getting over excited by one highlight in McDavid’s case the talent really does match the visuals. Tonight the Oilers take on the Sens who are second last in the league in goals against as a team and last overall in shots allowed per game. Truth be told both of the Oilers top lines make for nice plays in this game but the price-tag you’re getting with McDavid right now is extremely cheap likely won’t last much longer. Don’t forget that McDavid is still averaging over a ppg in his limited playing time this season and will see ample Power Play time in this game with his two line-mates making them a nice stack. Both Pouliot and Eberle have the offensive skill to take advantage of playing with such a talented player and I won’t be shocked if this line once again goes off. They’re the value play of the night in my opinion.
Ryan Johansen ($5900) – James Neal ($5700) – Mike Ribeiro ($3500)
While its tempting to target the hot first line of the Philadelphia Flyers tonight the better and lower owned play might be to target the first line of their opponents the Predators. The Flyers are without the services of Michael Neuvirth right now (arguably their best goalie) and will be starting Steve Mason in net tonight. Mason has admittedly been better of late but still sports a GAA average of over 2.70 and has let in three or more goals in two of his last three starts. The Flyers allow a TON of shots on goal every game (2nd most in the league) and the top line of the Preds should benefit form their defensive ineptitude. I like the fact that Mike Ribeiro has been added to ride shotgun with Johansen and Neal as his offensive creativity should help open things up. If you’re looking for a low owned tournament stack, I think the Preds top line makes a great target tonight.
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