Between The Lines — Chicago Stacks Its Top Line

Chris Wassel



Chicago is rolling with three superstars on one line

A month has already passed in the 2013-14 NHL season and there are a few tendencies that are becoming crystal clear. One of them is that it will be a long season. A fantasy hockey owner must understand that in order to be allowed to adapt. Let's adapt and go "Between The Lines".


Lead Us Forwards


Marian Hossa-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane (Chicago) — Would someone cue up 'Chelsea Dagger'? The south side trio produced a dozen points in Week 5 and finally showed fantasy GM's a little reward for their patience. Marian Hossa had six points to tie among the leaders in production for a Week 5 that seemed to be a bit light schedule wise. Jonathan Toews also had five points and at least in Week 6, it would appear that Chicago plays three times (WPG, @DAL, EDM). This could be a favorable week.


Jason Chimera-Joel Ward-Mikhail Grabovski (Washington) — The Alex Ovechkin injury turned a few heads last week, but then the "Chimera Express" rolled up a half dozen points as the Capitals won big on Friday night against Philadelphia. In all, this line had 12 points and depending on Ovechkin's status for Tuesday, they could tally a few more against the New York Islanders. Their size, speed, and grit was a lot to handle and in small streaks could be worth having. The window is small so do not expect this much longer.


Mikael Granlund-Nino Niederreiter-Jason Pominville (Minnesota) — If it felt like most of their points came against New Jersey last night, you may not have been too far off. With a ten point week, the Zach Parise line was usurped for a bit in Minnesota. Jason Pominville will have six point weeks like this every so often, but just not often enough. This is an attractive second line going forward as Granlund and Niederreiter definitely have talent to combine for double digit weeks in the future. Their 36.8% EV frequency is likely to continue because of the first line's tendency to be in a state of flux.


Kyle Okposo-John Tavares-Thomas Vanek (NY Islanders) —