Between the Lines – Krejci, Eriksson and more

Chris Wassel

2012-03-12

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The latest “hot” line combos – There are just four weeks left in the fantasy hockey season. Whether you are in a head to head, points, or rotisserie league, the time is now. Time is of the essence as fantasy options dwindle somewhat. Let's take a look "Between The Lines".

 

Forward March……

David Krejci-Tyler Seguin-Milan Lucic (Boston) — This line has been a thorn in the sides of many fantasy GM's who oppose any of these three players. Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic both produced five-point weeks and Seguin had two assists on Sunday. David Krejci saved his best for last with two goals on the last day of most fantasy weeks. In the last few weeks, this is the only line that seems to be working consistently other than the blossoming Jordan Caron, who had seven points. The first line is a must start this week.

 

Loui Eriksson-Mike Ribeiro-Michael Ryder (Dallas) — When a line combines for 13 points on one of the hottest teams in the league, fantasy owners take notice. Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder had five points each and this line just seemed to click at every turn. Loui Eriksson also was double shifted a bit between the first and second lines which got a new wrinkle with the return of Brendan Morrow. The best advice to give for this week is for Dallas to keep rolling this first line out but expect some double shifting and mixing. They are still solid starts as Dallas could tail off a bit.

 

Pascal Dupuis-Jordan Staal-Steve Sullivan (Pittsburgh) — Though they had 11 points combined when on the ice together last week, this week may see a different center between the two wingers. Why? The reason is it appears like Sidney Crosby could be ready as soon as Thursday against the New York Rangers. Jordan Staal with five points and Pascal Dupuis nabbed four points on the week. Yes Steve Sullivan only had three points but remember the chemistry Dupuis and Sullivan have better chemistry with "The Kid". Even then two of the three are must starts either way.

 

Jussi Jokinen-Jeff Skinner-Chad Larose (Carolina) — Their frequency last week was 42% EV which was tops on Carolina but they did see little or no time on the man advantage. That did not seem to matter as they lit up the scoreboards for 12 points in all. Jokinen, Skinner, and Larose all had four points each. However, with the unknown extent of Jiri Tlusty's injury, it would be advisable to keep an eye on who moves up to the first line with Eric Staal. They still warrant a start with Carolina playing the role of spoilers from pretty much here on out.

 

Erik Cole-David Desharnais-Max Pacioretty (Montreal) — The line was beginning to show some signs of life again this week and then another injury reared its ugly head to David Desharnais sadly. Desharnais was out on Saturday and is considered day to day. Meanwhile, "Mad Max" had a huge eight point week for the Canadiens and tallied his first career 30 goal season. Honestly, this is o