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.
This Hawks finally moved around their top pieces up front a bit as Patrick Kane is back alongside Jonathan Toews. Riding shotgun with the duo is Tomas Fleischmann who himself is a pretty skilled forward and can certainly light the lamp enough to be useful for fantasy. The Hawks have been quiet as a team for the most part of late (lost 4 in a row) and might be suffering from a little end of year bit of burn out. That being said with the playoffs looming this funk likely won’t last much longer and a breakout is likely to come soon. The Jets present a pretty good opponent for fantasy purposes and have been in the bottom 5-7 teams all year as far as goals against and penalty-killing go. I like the fact that not many DFS players may be aware of the change in lines and so using Toews and Kane together might go overlooked as a correlation play today. I’d target this trio tonight and think a breakout is likely against a weaker Jets team.
Also check out: the Predators top line of Johansen-Jarnkrok-Neal as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet
Edmonton Oilers (vs. Vancouver Canucks)
The Oilers take on the Canucks tonight in what I think might be the best matchup of the night for skaters. The Canucks have lost a couple in a row and are generally giving a lot more playing time to AHL call-ups and unproven rookies down the stretch. Meanwhile the Oilers, despite their horrendous record, still have a ton of talent and have at least been more competitive down the stretch (including a big 6-4 win over the Blues their last time out).
“Connor McDavid and his linemates could really prosper.”
The Oilers have also played much better at home this season and against a weaker Canucks team, who doesn’t have a lot of size up front, I think Connor McDavid and his linemates could really prosper. I’d look for the young star to have a big night here and won’t be shocked if this line lights the lamp more than once. They make for decent value and have a great matchup overall.
Ottawa Senators (vs. Buffalo Sabres)
Overall I’m not sure if the average hockey fane realizes how well the top line of Ottawa has been playing of late. J-G Pageau has really stepped in nicely to fill the void at centre after Kyle Turris got shut down for the year and Mark Stone, and Zach Smith, have consistently gotten better as the season has worn on also. The Sens are pretty dead in the water as far as a making the playoffs go but they’re still playing pretty decently and have reeled off a couple nice wins. They get another weak team tonight in the Sabres who have really struggled as the season has worn down. The Sabres goaltending has gone down the tubes of late as well with poor play and now an injury to Robin Lehner. Don’t be shocked if this line takes advantage with a big game as they’re currently being given all the ice-time they can handle as Ottawa seems intent on getting their young players some serious experience heading into 2017.
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