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.
High Priced First lines
Joe Thornton ($5700) – Joe Pavelski ($7500) – Tomas Hertl ($5400)
The Sharks top line has been pretty productive lately with 14 points scored in their last four games. What makes them extra attractive tonight however is their prowess on the power-play. Both Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton are top 20 in power-play scoring and as a team the Sharks have the fourth best conversion rate in the league. Tonight this unit will get a matchup with the Flames who are really just playing out the string and have occupied last spot in terms of penalty-killing in the league all season. These later season mis-matches are often when blowouts can occur and with the Flames traveling home off a big win over Pittsburgh I think you could see a letdown from them here. This line plays together at regular strength a ton, with both Thornton and Pavelski seeing a ton of PP time together as well. They make for a great stack tonight and could produce a big night.
Also check out: The Bolts line of Johnson—Kucherov—Palat as mentioned in the NHL cheat Sheet
Matt Duchene ($6400) – Jarome Iginla ($4700) – Mikhail Grigorenko ($3200)
Another great target for fantasy right now is the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes broke out of their seven game losing streak in their last game with a big win over the Panthers but now have to travel to Colorado for the game tonight and, like Calgary, could be in for a big letdown here. Arizona now sits in last in terms of goals against per game as a team and also has the 6th worst penalty-kill in the league. The Avalanche sit just two points back of the last playoff spot in the West right now and need a win bad. Their second line has been fairly productive since being put together and should be in a good spot for a decent game against the Coyotes. This line has been playing as unit at both even strength and on the power-play giving them great correlation potential, and in this matchup I think they have big potential overall for their price. I’d target them if you need a cheaper stack, the Avalanche-Coyote game has one of the highest O/U on the slate.
Jack Eichel ($5900) – Evander Kane ($6400) – Sam Reinhart ($4200)
At this time of year, I think it makes real sense to target those teams with poor defense and goaltending who are out of the playoff race and just playing out the string. The Toronto Maple Leafs fit this description to a tee right now and I think the Sabres top line makes for a great contrarian play as a result tonight. With Buffalo also out of the playoff race their young guns have been seeing a lot of playing time together and should be in a great spot here to produce against a Toronto team who is basically fielding a team of AHL players every night in an attempt to secure the number one overall pick. This line will see a lot of time together at even strength and on the PP giving them good correlation potential. They could feast against this incredibly weak Toronto team and make for a great gpp play.
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