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
Thomas Plekanec ($6100) – Branden Gallagher ($5600) – Max Pacioretty ($7800)
For such a solid team the Canadians are really thin up front and have been relying on their top line to carry the load for them offensively. This trio has seen close to 30% of the time for the Canadians at 5v5 over their past three games and should once again be in a good spot to produce against the Bruins. Boston has allowed 4 or more goals in their past two games and will be starting their backup net minder tonight. I like this game to be high scoring and won’t be shocked if this line once again does most of the scoring for the Habs. I think using the trio in a tournament is a fine play and would suggest getting at least some exposure to them regardless of what contests you’re playing.
Others: The other top line I’d recommend looking at tonight is Little/Wheeler/Ladd of the Jets, whom I also mentioned in my NHL Cheat Sheet article
Derek Brassard ($5100) – Mats Zuccarello ($5300) – Emerson Etem ($2700)
The Rangers top 6 gets a great matchup tonight versus the weaker Coyotes and their perpetually streaky goalie Mike Smith. Brassard and Zuccarello have really been the only source of consistent offense for the Rangers this year and with Rick Nash out the young Etem will be joining this trio tonight in even strength situations. I like targeting all three men tonight as the price means that even an above average night will see these three hit value. Both Brassard and Zuccarello are main stays on the PP for the Rangers and with Etem’s price being so cheap using him and hoping for some even strength production is fine too. Don’t be shy about rostering any of these three players tonight.
Tyler Johnson ($5700) – Nikita Kucherov ($5500) – Alex Killorn ($3900)
**note: Killorn may not play on this line, check updates before lock
The Wild are a solid team but the Lightening’s scoring duo of Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov have been seriously heating up of late and look like they’ll be joined again at even strength by Alex Killorn (although that could change if Jonathan Drouin returns). Regardless of who plays with them I would recommend targeting Johnson and Kucherov in tournaments as they’ve proven to be matchup proof over the past season and half and are both mainstays on the Tampa PP. On a big slate I expect these three to be overlooked and very low owned in tournaments tonight making them a nice upside target.
Also consider my pick from last night: Evgeni Malkin–Phil Kessel–David Perron
As always hit me up on twitter as @thefantasygrind with lineup questions or other DFS questions GL!