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.
Dallas Stars (vs. Arizona Coyotes)
The Dallas Stars lost Tyler Seguin for the rest of the regular season it appears, but truth be told, their top line hasn’t really missed a beat without him. The Stars are riding a three game winning streak, and this line has 13 points between them over that span. A big reason for the surge is how well Cody Eakin has fared as the fill-in for Seguin at center. Over his last five games, Eakin has four goals and seven points and helped the Stars to knock off a few big teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks. While Patrick Sharp has slowed towards the end of the year, Jamie Benn is still producing nicely with Eakin (five points in three games), and the trio gets a great matchup tonight against the young Coyotes whose young defenders might be in over their heads against the likes of Benn. Arizona’s still got one of the worst penalty-kills in the league, and I’d expect the Stars big line to take advantage of this at some point tonight. Target these three if you’re looking for a higher priced stack with big upside tonight.
Anaheim Ducks (vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
This line has quietly been killing it of late for the Ducks, who are really putting the pedal to the metal down the stretch as a team. Jakob Silfverberg is finally starting to show some of the potential people had been talking about when he was traded to the Ducks in 2014. He now has six goals in his last five games and is giving the Ducks some elite scoring presence on their second line. Ryan Kelser has also really stepped his game up of late and is coming in with four points in his last three games. And while Andrew Cogliano doesn’t play on the power-play, he does have assists in three straight games and is still seeing over 15 mins of ice time many nights. It’s a prime matchup tonight, and I love that Kesler and Silfverberg have been featured on the second unit power-play of late for Anaheim. Against the weaker Maple Leafs defense, I expect this line to keep up their recent production and think they make for a great value stack with bigger than normal upside.
Philadelphia Flyers (vs. Colorado Avalanche)
I’m not sure how contrarian this line will actually be tonight, especially after they put up three points in their last game. However, on a deep slate and on the road against a decent Colorado team, I do not think they’ll be over-owned, but I still really like them for a big game in this spot. The Avalanche have been playing well recently in their quest for a playoff spot but are going into tonight without their two best forwards (Matt Duchene and Nate MacKinnon), a factor that will only help the likes of Claude Giroux and company. The Avalanche have been a tighter defensive squad this season but are still only 20th in goals against as a team on the year. Meanwhile the Flyers’ big line has been incredibly consistent down the stretch for fantasy purposes, recording multiple points between them in four of their last five games. These three play together a ton and are always good correlation targets. Against a weakened Avalanche team, they could be in for a bigger than normal night here and make for a good tournament stack as a result.
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