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.
Edmonton Oilers (vs. Arizona Coyotes)
The Oilers new first line didn’t have a huge game in their last time out but Connor McDavid did score another beauty goal, and it just happened to be the OT winner. The difference tonight is the matchup. In their last game the Oilers played the Minnesota Wild, a team ranked 11th in goals against with solid goaltending. Tonight the Oilers play the Coyotes who have been see-sawing with the Calgary Flames for last place in Goals Allowed per game all season. Just to put the cherry on top of this enticing matchup, the Coyotes will be playing the second of a back-to-back while the Oilers will be at home in a nationally televised game. I think the talent on this line alone makes stacking them a good idea and I won’t be shocked if one or both of Hall-McDavid end up having a big game and possibly even drag semi-enforcer Zach Kassian along with them.
Also check out: The line of Forsberg – Smith – Ribeiro as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet.
Toronto Maple Leafs (vs. Ottawa Senators)
This pick is also about matchups. The Leafs play the Senators tonight who have been see-sawing with Arizona and Calgary for the bottom three spot in both Goals Allowed per game and in Penalty-Killing futility. While the Leafs offense leaves much to be desired their first line has got a nice jolt recently with the inclusion of Nikita Soshnikov a young Russian winger who is bringing plenty of energy to the ice every night, something the Leafs need a lot of right now. On top of the matchup you have to love that both Kadri and Komarov (and more recently Soshnikov) are playing close to 20 mins every night now and will be in a good spot here to put up a big game against a weaker opponent. If you’re looking for value tonight these three are definitely it as they’ll lead the charge for the Leafs against one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Target two or all three if you need a cheap stacking option.
Minnesota Wild (vs. Montreal Canadians)
The Wild are finally healthy up front and while they haven’t been scoring in bunches, they have been more consistent as a team lately offensively. The Wild are coming off a tough 2-1 loss to Edmonton in their last game and are currently in a dog fight with Colorado for the last playoff spot in the West. While Montreal goalie Mike Condon has played OK recently he’s still prone to mixing bad games in after a few solid efforts and has a pretty thin defensive core playing in front of him at the moment. Montreal has fallen all the way to 20th in the league in terms of goals allowed per game and the Wild’s big line should benefit from their free-fall in this area. While Zach Parise hasn’t had a huge year he does have points in two straight games now and will be needed by Minnesota if they have a chance at making the post-season. He’ll play alongside Koivu and Coyle all night, at even strength and on the power-play, making this line a nice—and likely low-owned—stack for tournaments.
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