Between the Lines – Abdelkader, Latendresse, Wheeler and more

Chris Wassel





There are just a week or two left in the regular season for the head to head leagues. This was one of the few weeks in the season where numbers seemed a little more spread out than usual. It is a strange time with oddities abound so let's go "Between The Lines once again as we recap Week 9 and head for Week 10.


Forward March……..

Justin AbdelkaderPavel DatsyukJohan Franzen (Detroit) — It just is funny how lines pop up out of necessity or necessary change. Whatever the case, this line worked to the tune of 16 points when as a trio in Week 9. Abdelkader had a hat trick the other night against Anaheim. When one combines a skilled puck handling wizard with a grunter and a guy who ends up in the right spots, good things happen. Can it continue Week 10? Time is going to tell.

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler (Winnipeg) — This little Winnipeg line started to produce a bit as a unit enough to rack up 11 points together in Week 9. That was second best of the week as a line and Blake Wheeler surprised many of us with four goals while Andrew Ladd had five assists. It seems like every team in the Southeast takes turns with hot lines so we cannot guarantee Week 10 success. Play It by ear please.

Daniel Alfredsson-Guilliame Latendresse-Kyle Turris (Ottawa) — Will Jason Spezza really be back soon? It would kind of be a shame as Latendresse's return has sparked the Turris-Alfredsson duo. It also helps that Kyle Turris is hitting net more than going wide. They have moved up to a frequency of 22.2% at EV and 38.5% on the PP. I have a feeling that the EV will go up for a bit in Week 10 but if Jason Spezza returns then all bets are off.

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