Between the Lines – Connolly, Zetterberg and more

Chris Wassel




Welcome to the wilderness of fantasy hockey that is January. Week 14 begins a stretch that we call the "dog days of fantasy hockey". Week 13 featured some interesting fantasy scoring and much more. Let's get down to business and quickly.


Forward March…..

Tim Connolly-Phil Kessel-Joffrey Lupul (Toronto) – With the injury to Tyler Bozak, Tim Connolly clearly was going to have to step up and he did as the Toronto first line teamed up for 10 points together in Week 13. Honestly a veteran like Connolly makes this line even more dangerous because it keeps Connolly protected and helps Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel roam free. A home and home against the Buffalo Sabres and a weekend tilt with the New York Rangers may mean a very good Week 14. These are teams Lupul and Kessel have excelled against this year.


Val Filppula-Jiri Hudler-Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit) – Detroit can just produce points at a frightening rate which is good if you own their players. This line combo produced 13 points during Week 13 when together. Henrik Zetterberg led the way with five points with Jiri Hudler and Val Filppula netting four points each. Detroit plays Chicago twice on the bookends of the week, at the Islanders, and home to the Phoenix Coyotes. This could be another nice Week 14 for this trio.


Lars Eller-Andrei Kostitsyn-Travis Moen (Montreal) – It is not often that you see a "Bottom Six" line here, yet here they are. Granted, Lars Eller had five points (four goals, one assist) in one game but the addition of Andrei Kostitsyn to this line helps the fantasy dynamic. This is the most featured line at EV for Montreal at 40.4% so do not be surprised to see them all of Week 14 and beyond even with the return of Brian Gionta and eventual return of Scott Gomez. If you are an Eller owner, one may not get consistent production but at least significant production going forward.


Joe Pavelski-Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton (San Jose) – They not only teamed for 10 points this week but this trio keyed San Jose to a hu