Between the Lines – Zetterberg, Lucic and more

Chris Wassel

2011-12-12

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This week on Between The Lines, we trudge onward and upward. We will give you the lines heating it up and a quick look ahead to the next week. What will be found this week? Let's find out.

 

Forward March……..


Val Filppula-Jiri Hudler-Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit) – We had to look back at this one but they were hot in Week 9 totaling 11 points. Henrik Zetterberg has produced in his last 10 games at a 12-point clip. He had five of those points in the last week. More importantly, the key cog in Zetterberg’s play has been Val Filppula. Filppula also had five points in Week 9 and three goals (18 pts in his last 16 games). Filppula can pivot or score from almost anywhere while Jiri Hudler sets the other two players up by creating space where few can. Week 10 could feature more of the same as this line benefits from a favorable schedule.

 

Nathan Horton-Milan Lucic-David Krejci (Boston) – This line bounced back in Week 9 racking up 10 points. Nathan Horton has kind of been a decoy (one goal). What he has done is set up Milan Lucic and David Krejci. However, this line did have the benefit of playing five games in the seven-day period (12/3-12/10). This trio plays the most out of any line combination (41.8% EV) in Boston but is the second line because of their inconsistency. Week 10 will be tough with three games that end with a Saturday clash against Philadelphia.

 

Claude Giroux-Scott Hartnell-Jaromir Jagr (Philadelphia) – When healthy, this is the best line in the NHL. Also Giroux, right now, is the best player in the NHL. Though they only had seven points in Week 9, Week 10 could be even better (@WSH, @MTL, BOS) with a schedule that features teams who have had problems with combinations like this in the past. The only question is if Jagr and Giroux can steer clear of injury because when this line is on, Hartnell and company are at their most dangerous.

 

Martin Hanzal-Radim Vrbata-Ray Whitney (Phoenix) – It is a line that finds a way to make it work. This line is led by 39-year-old Ray Whitney, who had four points last week and keeps creating ways to acquire points. Some call him "The Wizard". Fantasy players call him consistent and like a wizard he is magically turning Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata into productive talent for your team. Both had two points each but are very speedy cogs that let Whitney execute. Week 10 looks good but this line will have a tough time with the New York Rangers on Saturday.

 

Ryane Clowe-Martin Havlat-Logan Couture (San Jose) – This line has found the sledding a bit bumpy of late but showed some signs Sunday that they may be finding that spark again. Martin Havlat had two assists this week but has started creating more scoring chances. Logan Couture has the ability to make Havlat and Ryan Clowe better. The key is on the man advantage where these guys play together mostly as the second power play unit (33.3