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
Nicklas Backstrom ($6600) – Alex Ovechkin ($8700) – TJ Oshie ($5800)
The matchup tonight with the Capitals and the Sabres looks a little bit like David versus Goliath. The Capitals have won five in a row as a team and scored 4 or more goals in each of their 4 games. Meanwhile Buffalo has lost 7 of 9 and has struggled to stop more high powered offenses like Washington, all season. This is also a matchup of a great Washington power play unit versus a not so great Sabres penalty kill. The Caps have a 26% conversion rate on the power play and feature one of the most talented units in the league on special teams every night. Their top line of Ovechkin, Oshie and Backstrom will see a lot of time together in all situations and are coming into this game in great form with 7 goals and 13 points between them in their last four games. This is an expensive first line but in tonight’s matchup the potential is there for all three to have a big game. They’re worth getting some exposure to.
Also check out: Washington’s second line of Kuznetsov/Burakovsky and Justin Williams who have been equally hot of late
Ryan Spooner ($4600) – Matt Belesky ($4200) – Loui Eriksson ($5500)
This was my pick from last night and boy did they produce, as the line scored 7 points between them for the Bruins. If you stacked them last night then you probably did OK, and if you didn’t you have another chance here to play them. The Bruins take on the Maple Leafs tonight who have been headed in the wrong direction lately. As losers of their last 4 games the Leafs have also allowed 16 goals during that span and are once again getting shaky goaltending. The Bruins have been merciless on the power play all season long and with a couple of injuries making them thinner than usual up front all three of these players should see time on the Power Play. The Leafs special teams have been OK but have been slipping lately and the Leafs now rank only 18th in the league in penalty killing as a team. I like using these three as value plays once again and think there’s every chance they once again take advantage of a weak matchup and get you a big fantasy night. Use them as your value stack tonight.
Sean Monahan ($5800) – Johnny Gaudreau ($7000) – Derek Ferland ($3100)
The Flames have been pretty disappointing this season but their first line has finally started to show some signs of life recently. This line has 8 points between them in their last three games and the Flames as a team now have scored 10 goals in their last 2 games. The matchup with the Oilers tonight is a great time to get on some of the Flames big guns as the inept Oilers have had a hard time keeping the puck out of their net all season. Edmonton still ranks 5th last in GAA as a team and 6th last in shots against. I expect both Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau to play together a ton at even strength and on the power play—like they do every night—and also expect you’ll see young Derek Ferland with them on the wing a lot too. Ferland may not be a high end sniper but he’s a decent two-way player who has played well with these two since his promotion. Get on these three in tournaments where I suspect they will be lower owned.
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