Between the Lines – Malkin, Benn, Kessel and more…

Chris Wassel

2011-12-19

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Between The Lines heads into Week 11 with a renewed sense of urgency. We give you the lines that heated up Week 10 (12/10-12/17) that may do the same in this shortened Week 11.

 

 

Forward March…….


Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal (Pittsburgh) – Sidney who? The line itself combined for 13 goals alone in just four games. Evgeni Malkin had ten points (five goals, five assists) as Chris Kunitz and James Neal had six points each for the week (12/10-12/17). This line was even more effective considering they fired only 43 shots while converting 10 times. It will be interesting to see how they play in Week 11 (CHI, @WPG). This line in two games is likely to do more than most do in three.

 

Jamie Benn-Loui Eriksson-Michael Ryder (Dallas) – This line was a fantasy surprise in October and returned to prominence in Week 10 on the road of all places. Dallas benefitted from a heavy schedule (four games) but a point a game for Jamie Benn is headline worthy and a start. Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder had three points each but those points came mostly in the last two games. This line is getting hot at the right time with three games at home (ANA, PHI, NSH) during Week 11. Shot selection has been better which should lead to more results.

 

Erik Cole-David Desharnais-Max Pacioretty (Montreal) – Up until Saturday, this was the hottest line of the week until they ran into the New Jersey Devils. Then the boom was lowered on Jacques Martin. Randy Cunneyworth (Interim Coach) did play this line but much less as the third period went on. Their effectiveness was neutralized on Saturday but Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty had four points each then inexplicably went without a shot. David Desharnais is the key to the success of this line and the Week 11 schedule is somewhat favorable (@BOS, @CHI @WPG).

 

Tyler Bozak-Joffrey Lupul-Phil Kessel (Toronto) – The line leveled off a bit in Week 10 with only seven points and reports suggest that Tim Connolly could replace Tyler Bozak at the pivot. Connolly is a little more experienced and it seems the coaching staff thinks Bozak is making a few too many mistakes on the top line. If Connolly plays on the line, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul do not really get a significant bump up but Connolly might. Bozak was seen on the third line in practice on Sunday. Keep an