Between The Lines – Bruins Top Group Starting To Gel

Chris Wassel

2013-10-29

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Between the Lines looks at how Boston’s top group finally started to click.


Halloween can be a spooky time but even more so for fantasy hockey owners. Week 5 is already upon us and if it feels like there are a lot of changes on rosters, that is because there is. Overall, there were 37 new injuries last week and it doesn't look like they're going to stop anytime soon. Let's go "Between The Lines".

 

Lead Us Forwards

 

Jarome Iginla-David Krejci-Milan Lucic (Boston) — It seemed like people whined about when this line would start producing. Well Week 4 provided a pretty clear and emphatic answer. This was the best line by far and away with 15 points when together. Iginla and Krejci had six points each while Milan Lucic tallied five. Keep in mind that Boston's schedule played a role (especially against NJ). It will be interesting to see if the momentum can continue. I would still start without hesitation but do not expect this kind of outburst this week.

 

Nicklas Backstrom-Marcus Johansson-Alex Ovechkin (Washington) — There is this lethal power play in Washington that provides the Caps and fantasy owners with a heck of a boost. Sadly they laid a huge egg on Sunday but they still cranked out a double digit Week 4. Ovechkin and Johansson led the trio with four points apiece. Their splits are not surprising either (29.9% EV, 70.3% PP). As long as Ovechkin is clicking, it really will not matter who is riding on either side of him. The road trip in Week 5 (@VAN, @PHI) should be a telling one.

 

Ryan Kesler-Henrik Sedin-Daniel Sedin (Vancouver) — This line made the most sense for the last few years yet Alain Vigneault forgot the memo. Enter John Tortorella and an Alex Burrows injury to get the desired fantasy result for Kesler owners who had been dying for points. The 10 points was awesome but Kesler hammering home seven points in Week 4 may have been the death nail for Burrows owners. The schedule appears pretty favorable