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.
Los Angeles Kings (vs. Nashville Predators)
The Kings big line has been rolling of late even though it’s seen a few different player combos along the way. Anze Kopitar has seven points in five games and been showing great chemistry with Milan Lucic every step of the way who just ended an eight game point streak on his last time out. Tyler Toffoli is currently listed as the third linemate here, and he has shown the ability to put the puck in the net. He has 26 goals and 22 assists on the season. Keep an eye on Kris Versteeg, however. He is questionable today, but if he does play, he could see time with Kopitar and Lucic. He would make a great, cheap option at wing and someone who makes for a nice stacking option, as his salary makes this line incredibly affordable. The Predators have a below average penalty-kill (20th in the league overall) and with Kopitar and Lucic seeing a lot of time together with the man advantage a correlation goal or two is certainly possible here. I’d think about using both men plus Toffoli or Versteeg (if healthy) on this short slate, as there’s really no line playing tonight who is producing more consistently for fantasy at the moment.
Also check out: The Panthers line Bjugstad – Hudler – Purcell as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet
Calgary Flames (vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
The Flames and the Leafs have the highest over-under of any game on the slate tonight, and as a result, I think targeting some of the lower priced forwards from either team makes sense. That being said, Calgary has clearly been the better team of late, and their offense comes into this game having scored 18 times in their last four games. A big part of this explosion has been the increased production they’ve gotten from their secondary scoring lines. Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik have been great of late, with Frolik scoring four times over his last four games. While third cog, Lance Bouma doesn’t play as much, he’s been pretty productive of late, as well, with three assists in four games. I’d definitely consider targeting Backlund and Frolik tonight given their role on special teams and consider using all three if you really needed to save salary. The Leafs are a good target for this hot Calgary offense, and going with these three value plays can save you a ton of space.
New York Rangers (vs. Florida Panthers)
One assist between them over their last three games isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement for the Rangers top trio, but there’s at least some reason for optimism of a breakout for these three soon. The first (and main) reason is that these three all still play a lot of minutes and all feature on the power-play at some point for the Rangers. Florida isn’t exactly a prime opponent for fantasy since they don’t allow many goals against, but they can be prone to the odd bad game and will be lining up backup Al Montoya against the New York forwards tonight, instead of starter Roberto Luongo. These three players, and really all the Ranger players in general, should be low owned tonight, and as a tournament stack I think this trio makes for terrific breakout candidate. I’d target them if you need a boom or bust contrarian option for a GPP tonight.
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