This week Lining Up looks at how things are clicking after the first few games of 2013-14
The winds of change blew in yesterday with bad intentions. This seems much the same with some fantasy owners who want to cut a lot of bait early. Value can really be had right now at a lower than expected cost. Week 2 is like a storm blowing in for some owners, while it is a boom for others. Let's go "Between The Lines".
Lead Us Forwards
Evander Kane-Mark Scheifele-Devin Setoguchi (Winnipeg) — The Jets can score, but sadly they cannot defend. Fantasy owners care little about this as this trio racked up nine points this week. This is a top six that can produce right around a point a game when they play up tempo. If it feels like a few Jets had three points, then you are not mistaken. As a matter of fact, at least five forwards have three points while two defensemen have four. It is a team that is exactly what we thought they were. The offense appears likely to continue into Week 2.
Lars Eller-Alex Galchenyuk-Brendan Gallagher (Montreal) — People wondered when Lars Eller would begin to show that expected promise, well the answer may have been given during Week 1. Eller led the way with five points, but it was the fearless way he carried the puck and maintained possession that caught my eye. The youngster Alex Galchenyuk had four points while Brendan Gallagher tallied three. Looking ahead, Montreal heads on the road for the next four with favorable match-ups galore, particularly against Edmonton and Calgary.
Mikael Backlund-T.J. Galiardi-Jiri Hudler (Calgary) — Maybe the kids will be alright after all as these three players have embraced Bob Hartley's modified run and gun. Needless to say the Flames are not going to win that much, but they will likely be intriguing for fantasy purposes at the very minimum. Jiri Hudler had a four point week as the line garnered seven