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 scored by his linemate, stacking players from the same line can prove very fruitful for fantasy purposes. Use these targets to help identify some of your best options tonight.
Anaheim Ducks (vs. Edmonton Oilers)
The Ducks have struggled a bit in their last few games, but it hasn’t been for a lack of goals. Anaheim is getting scoring from a lot of different sources right now, and their balanced attack has really made them a good source for fantasy production of late. This line was put together with the recent absence of Ryan Kesler and will likely stay together regardless of Kesler’s return. Jamie McGinn has been a great addition for the Ducks, as the gritty winger has made the most of his opportunities and the increased space he’s seen when playing alongside Corey Perry for the most part. Tonight he should pair up with Perry at even strength on a line that will be centered by Rickard Rakell. Rakell can be a little hit or miss offensively but has produced well lately, and in a matchup against the Oilers, definitely has upside for his price. The Ducks (like a lot of West teams) have killed the Oilers over the past few years, and this stack is definitely one that could score more than one goal here. The Ducks offense is rolling right now, and using these three together make for a great way to get maximum exposure.
Also check out: The LA Kings top line as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet
Tampa Bay Lightning (vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
The Lightning have been dealing with multiple injuries, so make sure you double check the line combos for Tampa Bay before rostering any of their players tonight. That being said, it’s likely these three players will be together tonight in a plus matchup against the Maple Leafs. Center Tyler Johnson is coming off one of his best games of the season in which he scored and had eight shots on goal (SOG). Winger Ondrej Palat has also been on a tear with seven points in his last four games. While it’s possible Jonathan Marchessault gets bumped from this line tonight (depending on who else suits up) there’s a good chance he gets to skate with these two again. Marchessault hasn’t put up huge point totals lately, but he does have 13 SOG over his last four games and would be a great value play if he’s getting top minutes alongside these two red hot players. I’d look to these three as a high upside value stack tonight in a great matchup. Roster all three of them at will.
Nashville Predators (vs. Colorado Avalanche)
The Predators have really been on a roll for most of the second half of the season, and their acquisition of Ryan Johansen mid-season has really paid off. Lately, this line has been pretty effective, especially winger James Neal who has 5 points and 13 SOG in his last three games. Johansen also comes in playing well with four points over his last three games and third wheel Calle Jarnkrok even started to get in on the action a bit in the Preds last game recording a goal and 4 SOG. The Preds take on the Avalanche who are desperate for wins but also are down two of their best players at the moment. I think the lack of depth up front might hurt Colorado here and allow this line to take advantage. They could be a bit overlooked on a larger slate, and I like this line as more of a tournament pick. Using two or all three tonight should help differentiate your rosters and provide you with a high upside stack.
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