Between the Lines – Gagner, Grabovski and more

Chris Wassel




Now that the 14-day week is over for some, there is a return to fantasy normalcy. "Between The Lines" returns with the best from the last week in fantasy hockey.



Forward March……

Jordan Eberle-Taylor Hall-Sam Gagner (Edmonton) – Yes two games can evidently make or break a fantasy week. If you want to really know, just ask Sam Gagner. Gagner had 12 points in the last seven days, including 11 in just four periods. Lost in the shuffle was Jordan Eberle who had seven points and Taylor Hall's five points. The question is what happens to Gagner when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is inserted back into the top line. It’s bound to happen once he cools off. Please keep an eye on this because no amount of points can make up for the lack of a good second line in Edmonton.


Mikhail Grabovski-Clarke MacArthur-Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto) – This "second" line really deserves first line status. Their point totals are balanced, they play together frequently, and Toronto is relying more on them than the Joffrey Lupul-Phil Kessel duo. Yes Mikhail Grabovski only had five points but with second line ice time that looks more like six or seven points. Grabovski is your classic second half performer and the rest of the line will continue to ride the wave in Week 17.


Daniel Cleary-Darren Helm-Andrew Miller (Detroit) – It always seems to be those top two lines normally for Detroit but the reason why Detroit is so good is tertiary scoring. Daniel Cleary and Andrew Miller had four points each while Darren Helm scored three. When the two top lines get bottled up, this third line does have the talent to be a top producing trio some weeks. That is a luxury most teams do not enjoy. Expect more of the same in Week 17 as defenses continue to key hard on Detroit's top six.


David Clarkson-Alexei Ponikarovsky-Dainius Zubrus (New Jersey) – New Jersey scored 15 goals in three games this week. David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus had six points each in a week that saw them grab some of the headlines from guys like Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. Do not