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
Tyler Johnson ($5200) – Nikita Kucherov ($6600) – Alex Killorn ($3900)
This line has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting for the Lightning of late and have produced 12 points between them in their last four games. The duo of Johnson and Kucherov seem to be finally clicking again and the fact that Alex Killorn has been joining them at both even strength and on the power-play makes this whole line a great target for correlation purposes. Tampa’s power-play struggled to start the year but has come on recently and they are now up to 12th in the league in terms of conversion rate. Tonight they face the Senators who have the second worst penalty kill in the league and also allow the most goals per game as a team. This is a great matchup for these three and a big game is certainly possible tonight. Target them if looking for a higher priced, high-upside stack.
Also check out: The Penguins first line of Crosby-Kunitz-Hornqvist as mentioned in the NHL Cheat Sheet
Ryan Getzlaf ($5600) – Chris Stewart ($4000) – David Perron ($4300)
The Ducks have been playing much better of late and as a team are now winners of six games in a row. Anaheim’s reshuffled lines have put the Ducks star centre alongside two offensively talented (albeit inconsistent) wingers in David Perron and Chris Stewart who—outside of their last game—have flourished since getting to play with Ryan Getzlaf every night. The Penguins aren’t the easiest opponent to score on but they have been allowing a few more goals than usual recently on the back of some shaky goaltending. Marc Andre Fleury got pulled half-way through his last start and has allowed three or more goals in four of his last five games. This line may not see a ton of PP time together but I love the fact that Perron should be motivated to play against the team that gave up on him a short while ago. If you need a cheap stack tonight these three make for a great option and I love the fact you can get a player of Getzlaf’s quality for under 6k… he and his linemates make for a great value play.
Kyle Turris ($5300) – Mike Hoffman ($5900) – Bobby Ryan ($5600)
The Senators got their top centre back from injury in their last game and he’s been plotted back in alongside their best two scoring wingers. The three didn’t have a huge game on his return but I expect the once automatic trio to start lighting things back up for fantasy purposes at some point. The Lightning have been playing very solid hockey of late but the Senators will be getting to see their backup goalie tonight which gives them a better shot at the win as a team and a better shot for their top line to post a big fantasy game. Tampa ranks above average overall in killing penalties but is actually the fourth worst team in that category while on the road this season, making them a better than expected target for fantasy. I’d think about the Sens big three if looking for a contrarian play in your tournament lineups tonight.
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