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.
High Priced First lines
Claude Giroux ($7300) – Wayne Simmonds ($6900) – Brayden Schenn ($5400)
As I mentioned in the NHL cheat Sheet today, Philadelphia is coming off a poor performance on Friday (shutout by Edmonton of all teams) and should be raging for this game. The Flyers are still in a playoff spot and will need their big line to produce for them down the stretch if they have a shot at catching Pittsburgh for the last playoff spot. While these three did nothing against Edmonton, before that they were en fuego with 13 points across two contests. It looked like Brayden Schenn might miss this game but he did take the morning skate and looks likely to play now (but check updates to make sure people!). If Schenn does play he’ll be a great choice coming off a hat trick two games ago and could have another big game here against a weak Blue Jackets squad. I love this matchup and the potential for Philly’s first line. I would be fine paying up for these three who should play together for most of the game and always have great correlation potential.
Also check out: The Sharks line of Thornton-Pavelski-Hertl as mentioned in the NHL cheat Sheet
Michael McCarron ($2700) – Alex Galchenyuk ($4400) – Lars Eller ($3700)
The Canadians unloaded some of their talent at the trade deadline and as a result have been giving more playing time to their young players, including the big Michael McCarron who is likely to be centring their second line against the Jets tonight. McCarron has steadily seen his playing time and responsibilities increase, and playing alongside Eller and Galchenyuk he’ll be in a nice spot to produce for fantasy tonight. McCarron’s two line-mates have produced three goals over their last two games, and against a Jets team who has allowed the fifth most goals against as a team this year, and also have the fifth worst penalty-kill in the league, they make for nice plays on their own too. I love the cheapness of these three and the fact this line should be in for a big role in this game. Target them if you need a lower priced stack with upside tonight.
Patrice Bergeron ($7300) – Brad Marchand ($6900) – Lee Stempniak ($4400)
The Bruins may seem like they have a poor matchup here but there’s reason for hope this line could have a big night despite the matchup. Firstly, this line has connected nicely the last few games since Stempniak was added via trade, producing seven points in their last couple of games, and should be looking to continue building that chemistry here. The Capitals are perhaps the best team in the league but are down their best defenseman and haven’t exactly been blowing teams out of the water lately. With Braden Holtby struggling a tad, Washington is actually giving him the night off here and so Boston will see Philipp Grubauer who has been decent at times but is a clear downgrade most nights off Washington’s number one netminder. The Bruins have a great power-play and this line is a big reason why, look to them if you’re looking for a low owned tournament stack tonight.
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