The hottest line combinations in the NHL – including the Kessel line, the Wheeler line and more
It is the dreaded Week 13. Now superstition does not reign supreme in fantasy but this is a pivotal week. In 12 short days, the fantasy season will all be over. Will it prove to be fruitful for you? Let's go "Between The Lines" for a little insight.
Tyler Bozak-James Van Riemsdyk-Phil Kessel (Toronto) — This line has been pretty consistent most of the year and a 13 point week is proof. The guy to watch is the guy everyone should watch out for and that is Phil Kessel. Kessel had nine points last week in all while James Van Riemsdyk had six. Here is the problem. Frequency rates will likely chance once Joffrey Lupul comes back and that is very close to happening. The Lupul and Kessel show will help Bozak owners along at some point in Week 13. With a favorable schedule, the goals and points will come too.
Andrew Ladd–Bryan Little–Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg) — If Winnipeg is going to make the playoffs, they may have to go all in with a line that does not include Bryan Little. However, this trio did pile up 13 points last week before Little's injury. Fortunately it was not serious. Now Little had six points while Ladd tallied five points. There is an interesting wrinkle when Evander Kane is added as an occasional fourth forward on the man advantage which adds assist potential.
Jamie Benn-Alex Chiasson-Ray Whitney (Dallas) — Dallas has two line combinations pretty high on the list for Week 12. Alex Chiasson is the real surprise here as he has six goals in his first six games. While that production may not continue, his upside is too high not to snag him as a keeper. Let's be honest. Ray Whitney can still pass with the best of them and Jamie Benn is a budding star. Whitney put together an excellent seven point week with four assists. The wildcard is obviously Chiasson. Can they come near 11 points again? They did play at 27.5% EV and 50% PP so it is possible.
Nicklas Backstrom–Alex Ovechkin–Marcus Johansson (Washington) — The phone booth has lit up again with the wrath of Ovechkin as he slammed home seven more goals in Week 12. He led the NHL with nine points overall and Nicklas Backstrom had five secondary assists to go along with his eight points. It just seems little can slow d