Let's have 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 and duo of the week.
Mathieu Perreault – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg)
Wheeler, the team captain, is a blazing inferno recently, potting two goals and eight assists for 10 points in his last seven games. The consistent right winger now has 22 goals and 44 assists for 66 points in 76 games. He is currently on pace to record 70 points for the second consecutive season. With four goals and 14 assists for 18 points in his last 15 games, Scheifele is having a career-year for the Jets. The dynamic center already has 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points in only 73 games; he is currently on pace for approximately 85 points, which is considered extraordinary in today's NHL. Their linemate Perreault is also en feu, recording 10 points, including four goals, in his last six matches. The Band-Aid boy has a respectable 11 goals and 27 helpers for 38 points in 59 games for Winnipeg. If he stays healthy (and that's a big IF), he'll be able to repeat his usual offensive production of 40+ points in 65 games.
Overall Production = 180 points
PP Production = 51 points
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Micheal Ferland (Calgary)
Monahan is definitely en fuego for the surging Flames, recording 10 points in his last five games. The pivot now has 26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points in 76 games. The past two seasons, the youngster scored over 60 points for the goal-starving Flames and he is on pace to hit exactly 60 points playing alongside Johnny Hockey. Gaudreau has two goals and seven assists for nine points in his last five games. With 17 goals and 41 assists for 58 points in 66 games, Gaudreau is on pace for a solid 65-point campaign, but he is still far from repeating last season's 78-point production. Against all odds, Ferland, the hitting machine, is sticking with them and has three points in his last three games. While Ferland has an impressive 142 hits, he only has 15 goals and nine helpers for 24 points this year. If your league compiles hits, he makes a solid waiver-wire pickup for the playoffs in deep leagues.
Overall Production = 138 points
PP Production = 35 points
Jeff Skinner – Derek Ryan – Lee Stempniak (Carolina)
Still hoping for a playoff spot, the Hurricanes is counting on this line to provide the offensive load. The unknown Ryan has four assists in his last four games for a total of 11 g