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 linemate 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
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5200) – Alexander Ovechkin ($8700) – TJ Oshie ($5000)
With first line centre Nick Backstrom out of the lineup Evgeny Kuznetsov will step up and fill in between the Caps two top line wingers. This line has a ton of potential regardless of who’s at centre as Oshie and Ovechkin can both absolutely fly and don’t mind doing some dirty work in the corners when necessary either. The Caps will be seeing the Devils second string goalie tonight and are in a great spot to start off hot at home in their first game of the season. Target this line tonight as it’s very affordable considering Oshie and Kuznetsov barely scratch the 5k mark in salary.
Others: the Penguins should bounce against the lowly Coyotes so paying up for Crosby/Kessel/Kunitz is not a bad idea either, the Stars top line of Seguin/Eakins/Benn is also in a terrific spot.
Derek Stepan ($5400) – Kevin Hayes ($4200) – Chris Kreider ($5000)
This is effectively the Rangers second line but played top line minutes in game one. Both Kreider and Hayes are good young players who many expect to make big jumps in production this season and are both priced very fairly. The best part about using this line tonight is that they led the Rangers in powerplay time last game and look to be the main offensive trio that the team will lean on in 2015. The Blue Jackets defense is still a work in progress and can be pretty bad at giving up scoring chances. Look for this line to excel in their home opener tonight.
Others: the Ottawa trio of Kyle Turris/Mark Stone/Mike Hoffman is in a great spot tonight as they take on the Maple Leafs. They’re all pretty cheap and all have decent upside.
Matt Duchene ($5400) – Blake Comeau ($3000) – Jarome Iginla ($5200)
With the highest expected game total of the night being Dallas/Colorado many people will be targeting the Stars front lines for fantasy, but the Avalanche have some firepower too. Jarome Iginla opened the year with two goals in his first game and centre Matt Duchene is still an awfully skilled centre who could break out here against a very giving Dallas defense. This line saw the most even strength time of any line by far in game one and I’d expect that trend to roll over to game two. It’s very affordable with Comeau’s price tag and is in a good spot tonight to be a big tournament play.
Others: also consider the Detroit second line of Nyquist/Tatar/Richards for tournaments, they were a letdown last night but have another nice matchup tonight