Between The Lines – Panthers have found a top line

Chris Wassel

2013-10-15

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Florida has found the right mix for an explosive top line


It is just two weeks into the season and fantasy hockey owners are screaming already. The panic is beginning to set in as some stalwarts are having a tougher time than usual this October. There is definitely some major sell high and sell low candidates, so let's go "Between The Lines" one more time.

 

Lead Us Forwards

 

Aleksander Barkov-Brad Boyes-Tomas Fleischmann (Florida) — This was the top line of the week with a whopping 13 points. Maybe the number two overall pick can hold his own. Granted, he may play around 15:00 a night, but he makes them count. Brad Boyes and Tomas Fleischmann both had five point weeks, but more importantly this line is the top group from a frequency standpoint (33.6% EV, 63.8% PP). Florida is a bit hit and miss so do not expect this to happen on a consistent basis. However, they are a line to watch in the early weeks of your fantasy hockey season.

 

Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel-James van Riemsdyk (Toronto) — Welcome to the Toronto Fantasy Express as Tyler Bozak rode the coattails to a solid Week 2 fantasy hockey fans. Overall, the trio had 11 points while playing together. Kessel and van Riemsdyk have formed a nice chemistry together. Using "Frozen Pool's Line Production", Tyler Bozak had three of his four points with his linemates (2 EV, 1 PP). Granted, Phil Kessel is the guy that makes this line go but his buddy seems to make him happy, which is good for fantasy owners.

 

Daniel Alfredsson-Todd Bertuzzi-Henrik Zetterberg-Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit) — This power play unit looked pretty good last week. They combined for nine points and looked like the power play unit fantasy hockey fans are used to seeing again. We are talking a balanced effort, but Todd Bertuzzi did take the worst of a nasty collision with Tuukka Rask today so keep an eye on this for Week 3.