Between The Lines – Sharks’ Top Group Clicking

Chris Wassel

2013-10-22

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The Sharks have been lighting it up so far, but will it continue?


Though only a few weeks into the regular season, there may be a few patterns emerging. Obviously, Sidney Crosby is still very good. San Jose's power play is still quite scary and a line that lit up the fantasy scoreboard made a return in Week 3. What might happen in Week 4? Let's go "Between The Lines".

 

Lead Us Forwards

 

Sidney Crosby-Chris Kunitz-Pascal Dupuis (Pittsburgh) — Honestly it is not fair that Sidney Crosby had 17 points going into last night's game against the Colorado Avalanche, but here we are. This trio had 15 points when playing together. Crosby led all scorers for the week with eight points, while Kunitz tallied six, and Dupuis five. The best line in hockey is Crosby's for a reason — the complimentary pieces. Kunitz and Dupuis proved they can still produce without Crosby last year (broken jaw). One now sees the results of their chemistry in all of their fantasy glory.

 

Logan Couture-Joe Pavelski-Joe Thornton-Patrick Marleau (San Jose) — That Sharks 7-0-1 start is not an accident as they have been able to operate with an, at times, lights out power play. Everyone but Logan Couture had six points (so he had four). It seemed like every opportunity this group had on the man advantage was converted. Last night's game versus Detroit was telling without "rover" Brent Burns in the lineup. With the road trip this week, something tells me production will be lower in Week 4. The home cooking is over so points are at a premium.

 

Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Rich Peverley (Dallas) — Benn and Seguin are just one hell of a duo. Something tells me Boston will regret this trade for decades. This line is not the highest frequency for Dallas (2nd— 28.9% EV) but they make an impact 5 on 5 like few trios have in October. It will be interesting to see if Peverley is worked into the man advantage for Dallas more often. The Stars do use four men exclusively, so the odds could eventually improve.