Between the Lines – Boyes, Simmonds, Kessel and more

Chris Wassel





Looking at the hottest line combos in the league right now, including the Tavares, Kessel and Briere lines…

It was a chaotic fifth week in fantasy hockey that featured quite a few injuries along with some painful lessons. There were some pretty amazing performances mixed in with the usual suspects. This all leads into an even crazier Week 6. Now, we go "Between The Lines".


Forward March…..

Brad BoyesMatt MoulsonJohn Tavares (NY Islanders) — They seem to just keep on keeping on no matter how inconsistent the Islanders are. The trio combined for 17 points while Moulson had eight points and Tavares had seven. For fantasy owners, that is great. For the Islanders, the inconsistency abounds. Sadly, the rough part is figuring out when the point party ends with this first line. There will be a cold streak, so watch.

Tyler BozakPhil Kessel-James Van Riemsdyk (Toronto) — It is simple. This first line keeps it going with another ten plus point week. They just seem to all be around that point a game mark or darn close which is good, stable production. People forget how simply consistent Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel were last year. Now, Kessel is more of a facilitator. It is kind of an ideal line in a sense where the pivot exists along with the hybrid and then the finisher. That usually results in stable success.

Daniel BriereWayne SimmondsBrayden Schenn (Philadelphia) — Here is another line that found a way to the magic number ten as Simmonds continues to impose his physical play yet find points in timely ways. Each player produced seven points but keep in mind that the Flyers overall did have kind of an all or nothing week. Their defense is still porous but if you just need points then keep an eye on how their top six is mixed in. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek can be sprinkled in from time to time.

Claude Giroux