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
Jonathan Toews ($6200) – Andrew Shaw ($3800) – Marian Hossa ($5700)
Many people have been riding the Hawks scoring line with Patrick Kane all season but it might be time to take a serious look at their other top 6 unit for fantasy. This line, anchored by captain Jonathan Toews, has an impressive 16 points between them over their last four games and have clicking ever since Hossa returned from injury and young Andrew Shaw was made a permanent fixture on wing. The Hawks ride their top 6 lines hard but this line generally sees the most time together of any unit at even strength and is out there on the power play as a unit as well. There’s massive correlation scoring potential here ever night and they have a matchup with the Maple Leafs tonight, who are reeling after getting blown out by San Jose and losing the lowly Blue Jackets in consecutive games. I think this line has big game potential yet again and would target them tonight if looking for a high end stack.
Also check out: The Lightning’s top line of Namestnikov/Stamkos/Palat as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet
Ryan Spooner ($4600) – Matt Belesky ($4200) – Loui Eriksson ($5500)
It goes without saying that the Bruins have an above average matchup tonight versus the Sabres who ranked poorly in penalty killing, and are no better than middle of the pack in shots allowed and goals against as a team. 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. Since taking over second line centre duties Ryan Spooner has been fantastic recording 8 points in his last 7 games. He also has seen a lot of first unit power play time which makes him a great value play. He’ll have plenty of correlation opportunity for fantasy purposes with Loui Eriksson who also sees a lot of time on the PP with him. I like using these three as value plays or a value stack as most people will be targeting the higher priced first line of Boston. These three should all see similar ice-time though and are much better values.
Ryan Getzlaf ($5600) – Corey Perry ($6900) – Rickard Rakell ($4000)
This is a bit of a narrative play but I also like the matchup here enough to recommend this trio. Anaheim has struggled offensively pretty much all year and it came to a head last game when first line centre Ryan Getzlaf was effectively benched in the third period and demoted to the fourth line. Getzlaf responded with an assist however and should be back in his normal top 6 role tonight. The Ducks have been playing better of late and it’s likely that the benching lights some kind of fire under these three as they take on the Stars. As losers of three of their last four games Dallas has struggled lately to keep the puck out of their own net and makes for a good target tonight, especially since this game will be played in Anaheim. Getzlaf and Perry are always a big factor for the Ducks on the Power Play and I like targeting all three for tournaments, since they should be low owned.
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