Between the Lines – Moulson, Voracek, Yandle and more

Chris Wassel




The American Thanksgiving caused some fantasy owners to not be very thankful at all. The jump in injuries this week was troublesome. It is time to take a look at what line combinations may bring for Week 8. Now the gloves truly come off. As always, all frequencies are for the last seven days only.



Forward March…….

Matt Moulson, LW, New York Islanders – This is a tough choice but sometimes digging yields some fruit. Moulson only has 12 points in 21 games but scored an important goal against New Jersey on Saturday. His ATOI has been up around 20:00 and he does receive a lot of power play time (79.5% overall) plus 41.1% of even strength time. First line ice time dictates more chances but as the Isles have floundered, Coach Jack Capuano has tried other combinations a bit more. Clearly that has not worked. Going back to putting the eggs in one basket might be so take a shot at Moulson this week (BUF, CHI, DAL).


Jakub Voracek, RW, Philadelphia Flyers – The "Jagrless Effect" may be a blessing in the long run for Philadelphia. It seems Voracek and Claude Giroux do have some chemistry together as the duo was the only thing somewhat working in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Also, the ATOI spikes when Jaromir Jagr is out as evidenced with the 19+ minutes a night he has seen in the last three "Jagrless" appearances (two points, nine SOG). His 43.9% frequency at EV and 75% on the PP is a sign of things to come especially after the second Jagr groin injury. Voracek is a very good play for low pay in Week 8.


Cal Clutterbuck, RW, Minnesota Wild – Sometimes a progression dictates a look and Clutterbuck is a chance worth taking. His 88 hits in 22 games are enough to warrant his addition on fantasy rosters in itself. Add in his increased ATOI of 17:35 per night and spike in shot total (19 shots in his last four games) and there is no surprise that Clutterbuck is a worthwhile Week 8 addition. Furthermore, his low center of gravity and good hands makes him ideal on the power play and shorthanded which has also helped. The production will come as the frequencies are up (67.9% PP, 32.5% EV). Now can Clutterbuck finish? That is the question.


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