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.
BOSTON BRUINS (vs. Carolina Hurricanes)
This line has been on fire ever since the Bruins acquired Lee Stempniak from the Devils. While Stempniak isn’t necessarily a game changer his offensive skill and smarts have blended well with the dynamic fantasy duo of Marchand and Bergeron, who hadn’t really had a consistent third wheel all year. This trio though have now accounted for 18 points over their last four games and are not a line I’d look to fade anytime soon as the Bruins have been near the top of many offensive categories all season.
“There’s a good chance they’ll [Bruins] keep up their torrid pace against the below average goal-tending of the Hurricanes”
The Hurricanes aren’t the greatest target for fantasy since they don’t allow a ton of shots on net, but they’re certainly a little easier matchup these days after trading away one of their best forwards in Eric Staal. Either way I’d want some exposure to this line tonight as there’s a good chance they’ll keep up their torrid pace against the below average goaltending of the Hurricanes.
Also check out: The Sabres top line of Kane – Reinhart – Eichel
FLORIDA PANTHERS (vs. Ottawa Senators)
The Florida Panthers young players have played well all year and there’s definitely some value in targeting them tonight against arguably the worst defensive team in the league. Ottawa has been near the bottom of the league in terms of penalty-killing percentage and goals against all year. This second line has been productive all season for the Panthers and with injuries affecting the team, centre Vincent Trocheck has taken on a huge role of late. Trochek is seeing over 20 mins of play on a regular basis and—like Jokinen and Smith—also plays a ton with the man advantage.
“In this matchup though they’re at a great discount and a line to target tonight if you need a cheaper stack with upside”
The Panthers roll their top two lines with equal prejudice in most offensive situations and this line has been consistent if not spectacular lately scoring 11 points in their last four games. In this matchup though they’re at a great discount and a line to target tonight if you need a cheaper stack with upside.
EDMONTON OILERS (vs. Minnesota Wild)
It took a while but the Oilers have finally decided to pair their best two players together for a stretch and see what transpires. Connor McDavid has been nearly unstoppable since returning from injury and will skate with Taylor Hall and bruiser Zach Kassian on the Oilers first line tonight. After a slow stretch Hall has picked up his game a bit in the past few weeks and is getting his shot through with more consistency again, a good sign and something that could benefit him immensely now that he’s playing with McDavid.
“They’re a boom or bust style of stack, but one that could give you a huge leg up in big GPPs”
And while Kassian seems like a completely punt play he has more offensive skill than the regular “enforcer” and will surely benefit form playing with these two studs, making him an interesting play at only $3000. Many people will likely be scared off these three due to the matchup tonight making them pretty low owned in tournaments. They’re a boom or bust style of stack, but one that could give you a huge leg up in big GPPs if they boom.
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