This week we focus a bit more on the most frequently used line combinations in the last week or so. The middle of November is often when injuries begin spiking badly. There were 119 injuries as of Monday morning which is up from 102 last week. That is nearly a 17% jump which means there may be some new line combinations to keep an eye on. It is time to take a look at what Week 6 has to offer.
Alex Semin, RW/LW,Washington Capitals – The numbers were skewed a bit this week as Semin was benched for part of the second and all of the third period against New Jersey on Friday. However, his eight points in 15 games leave considerably more to be desired. Coach Bruce Boudreau has paired Semin with Cody Eakin and Marcus Johansson at a 22% clip (fourth most frequent line combination) in even strength situations. The power play has been a different animal with Semin seeing some time on both power play units (52.7% combined with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom but 15.8% with Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera). The trend this week seems to indicate that Semin will be off the top line but may still teeter between the first and second power play units.
Michael Cammalleri, C , Montreal Canadiens – Cammalleri did not have such a hot week with only one point and a minus-4 rating. His ATOI was 18:19 for the week and he was paired with Erik Cole and David Desharnais at a 14.4% clip for the most often line used. What becomes more fascinating is when you look at the power play for Montreal. The third most common line combination is Cammalleri who would be on that first unit 22.5% of the time. He seems to be interchanged with Max Pacioretty on that first unit (same exact frequency). Cole and Desharnais are the two guys that Cammalleri will be more than likely paired with this coming week.
Jannik Hansen, RW, Vancouver Canucks – Hansen has been the lucky beneficiary of being paired with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin at a 26.2% frequency during even strength scenarios. How has Hansen done? He scored three goals in as many games playing with the twins. When the man advantage came up is when Hansen saw a little less time (5.2% on PP1 which indicates occasional rotation). This explains the fluctuating ice time at around 15:00 per night. Alex Burrows has returned, but has lined up with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins.
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Dennis Wideman, D, Washington Capitals – It was not easy to take a second look at Wideman but with Mike Green's i