This week on Between The Lines, we change things up a bit. We will give you the lines heating it up and a quick look ahead. Also, there will be an eye toward anything that may change up those line combinations. Some will be very obvious and some not so much.
Adam Henrique-Ilya Kovalchuk-Zach Parise (New Jersey) – This is the hottest line in the NHL this week, producing 16 points overall. They are all on multiple game scoring streaks as well. The key component to the line is pivot Adam Henrique, who has six points in his last five games. Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise have complemented Henrique very well. This is New Jersey's offense it seems of late, so rolling with them into Week 9 is a very prudent idea.
Matt Moulson-Pierre Paranteau-John Tavares (NY Islanders) – What else can you say? All Matt Moulson (LW) did was score six goals last week. If Pierre Parenteau and John Tavares feed him well, the Islanders can win any game. Tavares, the pivot, had five points setting up five of Moulson's six goals. New York does not offer much in the way of secondary scoring so these guys have to produce. The Islanders have a favorable Week 9 schedule with games at home against Tampa, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. Each team has had their share of problems with this top line so they are a Week 9 lock.
Tomas Fleischmann-Kris Versteeg-Stephen Weiss (Florida) – This was the hottest line in November tallying 45 points and one of the hottest this week with 10 points. That was despite a tough road trip on the West Coast. This line has shown immense chemistry in helping Florida to the top of the Southeast Division. This line plays a better two way game than the previous lines above (combined plus-41), which is an added vital component. Week 9 has Florida facing big tests against Washington then at Boston and Buffalo. However they are all solid starts.
Mike Cammalleri-Erik Cole-David Desharnais (Montreal) – It is time to dig a bit deeper into the pile. Watching Saturday's game between the Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings, it was clear this line was generating chances from all over the offensive zon