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
Tomas Plekanec ($5200) – Max Pacioretty ($7200) – Brendan Gallagher ($6200)
It’s true that this line hasn’t been that productive for the Canadiens the last few games but they have been coming close. The trio has 23 SOG between them in last two games and seems to be on the verge of a breakout. The Canadiens are coming off a huge and emotional win in their last game versus the Leafs where they broke out of a 5 game losing streak. The Canadiens have definitely been slumping since they raced off to one of the best starts in the league but with their top line finally back together and healthy better offensive outings could be coming soon. This line will see all the time it can handle most nights and also plays together on the PP nightly. Columbus is one of the best targets for your fantasy rosters and have let in 3 or more goals in 3 straight games, and are still dead last in goals against as a team. This is a great night to fire up this once reliable trio and hope for a revival.
Also check out: The Bruins top line of Bergeron—Marchand—Connolly (or Spooner) as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet. See below for note regarding Spooner who should still play with the Bruins top line on the PP.
David Krejci ($5900) – David Pastrnak ($4000) – Loui Eriksson ($5500)
**note, it now looks like Ryan Spooner ($4600) will play on this line and Brett Connelly ($3200) will play on the top line for Boston with Bergeron and Marchand.
The Bruins got their second line centre back in David Krejci recently and he’s already back up to playing close to 20 mins a night. His return really helps the upside of his two line mates, especially Loui Eriksson who will play with Krejci on the top PP unit. The Flyers have certainly played better of late as a team but also still have the 6th worst penalty kill in the league, a stat that could really come back to bite them against one of the best PP in the league. I like stacking this line as its very affordable and gives you plenty of upside. All three men should see plenty of time together and be featured on special teams for the B’s, a big night is certainly possible for this value trio.
Claude Giroux ($6800) – Jakub Voracek ($6000) – Wayne Simmonds ($5500)
The Flyers have been playing better of late as a team and a big reason for that is that they have gotten much more consistent production of late from their first line. Their top centre Claude Giroux has 7 points in his last 5 games and has 3 or more SOG in his last 5 outings as well, making him an intriguing nightly target. This line is always great for correlation purposes since they play a ton together at even strength and also make up the first line PP unit as well. The Flyers have a tough matchup with the Bruins tonight but might see backup Jonas Gustavsson, who has played well this year, but is still a slight downgrade from Tuukka Rask. With most people targeting the Bruins forwards, using the Philly first line is a great way to differentiate yourself in tournaments and could produce a big night.
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