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Four of the best lines to key on for Week 13…


The holiday roster freeze is here but most importantly it is a crazy schedule. This will be a faster edition because Christmas is literally just around the corner and then the World Junior Championships. This is a busy time so let's get right to "Between The Lines".

Lead Us Yuletide Forwards……

Sidney CrosbyChris KunitzPascal Dupuis (Pittsburgh) — This was the best line from Week 12 with a total of 13 points together. However, if you watched the Monday game against the Senators, Pascal Dupuis looks to be out for a good while with a lower body injury and Sidney Crosby even got dinged up a bit. Last week they were world beaters however expect James Neal to step in, for now, in place of Dupuis. This is until Evgeni Malkin comes back (whenever that is). Just keep an eye out because it seems Pittsburgh cannot keep guys in the lineup consistently right now.

Claude GirouxJakub Voracek-Michael Raffl (Philadelphia) — Hey, it is a return for these guys who racked up 12 points in Week 12. Giroux and Voracek had 15 points combined overall during the week as Philadelphia clearly has a line that can find the back of the net. The real catalyst has been Michael Raffl, who for whatever reason was just the spark Giroux and Voracek needed. It continued a bit on Monday night as well so this is a line to continue to be bullish for Week 13 and beyond.

Nicklas BackstromAlex OvechkinTroy BrouwerMarcus Johansson (Washington) — Anyone disputer the power of this four man power play unit? I did not think so. That 61% PP number is quite high. Anything above 50% as a rule is a clear indication that the line plays together on the man advantage for more than 60 seconds per shift. They clearly generate the most scoring chances and a reason why Washington just has one of the best power plays in the post 2004-05 lockout era. The concern is the rest of the lines.