Lining Up: Week 28 (2015-16)

Coretti

2016-04-05

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A look at the hottest lines in the National Hockey League, including a few defensemen chipping in plenty of offense …

 

Lead us forwards…..

Artem AnisimovPatrick Kane Artem Panarin (Chicago)

The Blackhawks had one hell of a week and naturally this line piled up the points. Chicago has scored 11 goals in their last two games as all of the playoff bound Western Conference teams watch in terror. Next up… the Coyotes, who by the way played Monday night and head into this matchup with no rest. So, if you enjoy playing your DFS, then I recommend a healthy Blackhawks stack Tuesday.

I don’t really know how much more I can say about this line that we already don’t know. The Calder should and will go to Panarin who has come out of nowhere this season to out produce Jack Eichel and the rest of the field by over 20 points. Sure, Connor McDavid may have topped the “Bread Man” if healthy, but toughness and durability are part of the game. The Hart will go to none other than "Agent 88" who just eclipsed the 100 point mark for the first time in his career.

What Kane has managed to do this year is absolutely incredible considering he is coming off a Stanley Cup win. To comeback this season after a long playoff run and produce at the rate he has speaks volumes about his insane skillset. Not to mention all the offseason non-sense he had to deal with regarding the rape allegations. If you own Kane or Panarin… enjoyThis duo will be special for many many years.

EV Strength Production = 9 points

PP Production = 7 points

 

Nikolaj EhlersMark ScheifeleBlake Wheeler (Winnipeg)

True story. Late one night on February 18 of this year my brother asked me if he should drop Scheifele in his one year point’s pool. I told him to STAND PAT because with Ladd and Little out of the picture, Scheifele could potentially produce down the stretch. I was a big fan of Scheifele leading into the season, as I heard many reports about him adding several pounds of muscle and looking fitter.

Well guess what? Since then, Scheifele has amassed 27 points through 21 games, and in the process, he has set a career high already with 56 points. The moral of the story is patience. The most important things to look at are TOI, PP time, and SOG. Furthermore, if a player is not producing but his entire team is in the dumps… things can turnaround.

Wheeler is quietly having himself yet another solid year already posting a career-high 73 points already. What is most impressive about his season is of those 73 points only 16 have come on the man advantage, which makes me believe he can flirt with 80 points if the PP was better than a league-worst 14.6 percent.

As for Ehlers, he has had himself a decent rookie season, and with Ladd and Little out of the picture, he’s been able to garner more ice time. You could start Scheifele and Wheeler with confidence down the stretch, as they have been automatic as it gets in the last month.

EV Strength Production = 6 points

 

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