The Senators’ Top Line Finding Their Touch

Fred Poulin

2016-12-06

A look at the hottest lines in the National Hockey League since the beginning of the season, including a few defensemen producing offensively. You will also find below the "Cold as ice" line of the week.

 

Hot forwards

 

Milan LucicConnor McDavidLeon Draisaitl (Edmonton)

With 15 points in his last 10 games and 34 points this season, McDavid leads the NHL in scoring without any surprise. If he can stay healthy, he will battle with Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby for the NHL scoring title. After a brief stretch on another line, Lucic is back with Connor and now has 10 points in his last eight games for a total of 19 points on the season. Lucic is on pace to score between 55 and 60 points, which is his usual offensive output. As for Draisaitl, he is red-hot with 13 points in his last 11 games and now has 21 points this year. He should easily surpass his career best of 51 points amassed in 2015-16. All three forwards also get plenty of power play time for the much-improved Oilers, so they should keep recording points regularly.

EV Strength Production = 74 points

PP Production = 26 points

 

Conor Sheary – Sidney CrosbyPatric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh)

With 11 points in his last seven contests, Crosby is blazing hot for Pittsburgh. The all-star center has 27 points in only 20 games this year and is on pace to get 100 points for the first time since the 2013-14 season. With 15 points in his last 15 games, Hornqvist has 17 points in 20 games after missing some time with injury. Horny is on pace to improve on his last three campaigns of 51, 51 and 53 points respectively. The sophomore Sheary has found a niche on the Penguins' first line, recording four points in his last four games. With 13 points in 19 games, the youngster has already improved on his career best of 10 points in 44 games last season. If Sheary and Hornqvist can play alongside Sid the Kid for an extended period, they will continue to rack up plenty of points and please the poolers who selected them at the draft or picked them up on the waiver wire.

 

EV Strength Production = 58 points

PP Production = 15 points

 

Mike HoffmanKyle TurrisMark Stone (Ottawa)

After being cold for the first few weeks of the season and Hoffman missing a couple of games due to injury, this line has been reunited and is now on fire. Having potted 12 points in his last eight games, Hoffman is blazing hot and now has 19 points in 2