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.
St. Louis Blues (vs. Calgary Flames)
This young guns line, which produced a lot of success for fantasy players last season, is back together and has been rolling along nicely of late. Vladimir Tarasenko has three goals and five points in his last three games, and Jaden Schwartz is showing signs of life after coming back from injury. The best thing about the Blues tonight, though, is that they play the Flames who are near the bottom in several defensive categories, including penalty killing. With the Blues on an offensive tear of late (4 or more goals in five of their last six games), a huge game for these three is not out of the question. Stacking this trio is a great idea on this slate, as all three men play together at even strength and will see time on the power-play together. This makes some correlation scoring very likely if one of them finds the twine. Keep attacking the Flames tonight with Blues skaters and consider stacking this line.
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Nashville Predators (vs. Edmonton Oilers)
This line disappointed in their last game, but they’re still good value and still have a matchup you should look to exploit tonight. The Oilers are mighty thin on their back end and without any stud defensemen, players like Flip Forsberg can have a field day against them. With the Oilers ranking fourth last in the league in shots against per game, Craig Smith and Mike Ribeiro will also hopefully benefit by producing a few more cheap fantasy points, possibly alongside Forsberg on the power-play. Edmonton has mixed good performances with bad ones lately and even if they do show up, a high scoring game isn’t out of the question between these two teams. I’d take advantage of the fact this line is still very affordable and the Preds’ best offensive unit right now. They make for a great value stack given the matchup.
Los Angeles Kings (vs. Chicago Blackhawks)
Targeting one of the best teams in the league with line stacks isn’t always the best idea but it’s possible the Blackhawks are showing some end of the season fatigue, as they’ve now lost five of their last eight games. The Hawks have also been giving up more goals than usual of late and given the way the Kings big line has playing recently, this may be a great time to deploy them in tournaments. Milan Lucic now has seven points in five games, which isn’t surprising now that he’s playing most of the game with two offensive dynamos in Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar. With post season momentum and positioning at stake here, don’t be shocked if L.A. (who has been the better team of late) comes out and puts it to Chicago. I expect this line to be low-owned tonight and think they’re a great tournament target as a result.
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