Between the Lines – Crosby, Carolina, Ryder, and more

Chris Wassel

2013-03-11

 

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Chris Wassel takes a look at the most productive line combos around the NHL.

 

The regular season is roaring along at breakneck speed. Scoring was definitely up in Week 7 as 11 different line combinations had ten points or more together. That is quite a jump from the previous weeks where one would see maybe five or six, sometimes less. Now let's go "Between The Lines" one more time.

 

Forward March…….

 

Sidney CrosbyPascal DupuisChris Kunitz (Pittsburgh) — There are three players who have more points than Crosby has assists. That is frightening! Pittsburgh has the 1st and 3rd leading scorers in the NHL and the second guy is not named Evgeni Malkin. By the way, Crosby had 11 points on the week and Kunitz had nine. This included Sunday night where the pair had five points each. Let's be honest Dupuis kind of cleans up and mucks around but the 18 points combined is tops on our list.

 

Alex SeminEric StaalJiri Tlusty (Carolina) — This line feels like a broken record but they floored it to the tune of 16 points as a trio in Week 7. Overall, the three players had 24 points which is mind boggling as they seem to buoy Carolina's offense and fantasy teams week after week. It is rare to see one player make such a difference but Alex Semin's ten points and work ethic just amaze everyone. Opponents do not matter and neither does matching lines. They are that good. This line will get its points.

 

Patrice BergeronTyler SeguinBrad Marchand (Boston) — Here is a line that should scare the opposition plenty. They had 14 points when on the same line in Week 7 and there's no reason to believe double digit production will not come from here on out. Claude Julien has put these three together before. They also only play at EV (#1 among line combos at 35.1%). It is just a part of the way Boston does business so don't expect much of a power play boost here. What they do is excel in gritty situations and that bodes well for Week 8.

 

Michael RyderTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta (Montreal) — If Montreal could play Florida every night, they would be fantasy domination. Ryder had nine points with seven assists and Tomas Plekanec chipped in five points while Brian Gionta provided the space needed to generate scoring chances. The East seems to be full of lines like this where the muck guy is a little shorter in stature. Montreal has two pretty big lines rolling along with the same basic philosophy. Take notes fanta