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
Alex Wennberg ($3400) – Scott Hartnell ($5800) – Brandon Saad ($6100)
This line isn’t exactly super expensive but they’re now the main scoring line for the Blue Jackets (with the departure of Ryan Johansen) and should be called on to play a few more minutes tonight. This line has played well recently too with Brandon Saad potting 4 goals in his last four games and Scott Hartnell riding a three game point streak. Tonight they get the Carolina Hurricanes who feature one of the worst goalie tandems in the league and are also in the bottom ten of the league in terms of penalty killing. This line should get a boost in confidence seeing as how the team just traded away their best young offensive player and will be in a position here to carry the load for tonight for Columbus. A road matchup doesn’t scare me against a team like Carolina and I think the Blue Jackets trio make for a great stack on tonight’s slate.
Also check out: The Hawks top line of Kane/Anisimov/Panarin as mentioned in the NHL Cheatsheet
Tyler Johnson ($4500) – Nikita Kucherov ($6100) – Ondrej Palat ($3600)
At the start of the season I never envisioned putting this trio here as a “value pick” but injuries and ineffective play has led us here. These three were the stars of daily fantasy many nights last year but injuries have really derailed them thus far in 2015-16. Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are both riding ugly pointless or near pointless streaks but are in a spot tonight for a possible breakout. The Oilers allow a ton of shots on net and still have one of the worst Goals against as a team in the entire league. While the three may be split up at times on the powerplay, the trio will still see a lot of time together at even strength and in 4 on 4 situations making them a good group for correlation purposes. They’re a bit risky given their past play but the matchup tonight makes them a good tournament target and a line I expect will be vastly under owned.
Ryan Johansen ($5600) – James Neal ($5800) – Colin Wilson ($3400)
The Predators made a huge trade recently nabbing the underperforming but highly talented centre Ryan Johansen from the Blue Jackets. While many will be waiting to see how it pans out, I’m suggesting that you consider using Johansen and his new linemates tonight before others do the same. The Predators have a road game which isn’t ideal but given that Colorado still struggles defensively many night (8th worst in GAA as a team) I think the matchup is their favour. Johansen should really benefit from being paired with James Neal and the two make a pretty formidable power forward combo. The speedy and versatile Wilson should also be a nice line-mate for these two and can help with some of the dirty work in the corners on the cycle. All in all, I love this trio for tournaments and won’t be shocked if Johansen starts his Predator career with a bang.
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