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.
Minnesota Wild (vs. Ottawa Senators)
There’s no hotter team in hockey right now than the Minnesota Wild who have won six in a row and are on the verge of putting in the death blow to the Colorado Avalanche. On the flip side of the matchup tonight are the Ottawa Senators, who have been eliminated from playoff contention and are slowly limping towards the finish line. In a matchup like this, it’s hard not to like the top line of the Wild, especially when their best player comes into it smoking hot. Zach Parise has now scored five times in his last three games, and he and center Mikko Koivu have finally put together some chemistry as the season end draws near. All three of these men will be playing together on the powerplay tonight against a pretty horrid Senators defense, who has been ranked near the bottom of the league in terms of goals against and penalty killing all season. While Ottawa could play spoiler here, the more likely scenario is the Parise train keeps rolling and this line has another decent night for fantasy.
Also Check Out: The top line of the Dallas Stars (Benn-Eakin-Sharp) who have a nice matchup against the LA Kings
Buffalo Sabres (vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
It looks like Evander Kane will be out tonight which means the lines for the Sabres might get jumbled, but the combo of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart should remain together. This duo has been pretty solid of late for the Sabres with Reinhart particularly looking like a great value play. Eichel has been quiet lately for fantasy, but he’s still playing a ton (over 20mins in his last game) and will be in a nice spot against the Leafs to produce. Despite a horrid record, the Leafs have remained respectable defensively for the most part this year, but are still a pretty good target almost every night due to inconsistent goaltending and a thin D core. While Eichel remains fairly priced, I do think you’re getting a huge bargain on Sam Reinhart in this spot, as he’s averaging over 3 SOG per game over his last 4-5 starts and has already cracked the 20 goal mark in his second year in the league. You can pair Eichel and Reinhart together tonight or go for extreme value as the min-priced Deslauriers should skate with them at even strength and is a decent punt play considering the opponent.
New York Rangers (vs. Carolina Hurricanes)
While the Rangers have a playoff spot well sewn up at this point, there’s still plenty of jockeying to be done in the East. New York is finally fully healthy up front and rolling three very balanced lines at the moment. The one that has really produced over the past few games, though, is this one. Mats Zuccarello has been a consistent fantasy force all year, and centre Derek Stepan is back on a nice run since getting paired with Zuccarello and the emerging J.T. Miller. This line has amassed 12 points between them over their last four games and has been the main source of offense for the Rangers. With no reason to take their foot off the pedal, I’d expect these three to again feature prominently for the Rangers on the powerplay and be potentially very low owned given the matchup and a large slate. While Carolina is good at limiting their opponents’ SOG, this is still a game I expect the Rangers to dominate and eventually win which means this line will have a shot at a decent game. The fact they’ll likely be low owned makes them a good option for large tournaments as a result.
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