Lining Up: The First Week of the 2018-19 Season

Brennan Des



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Here on ‘Lining Up’ we like to evaluate various line combinations during the season, analyzing whether or not they have the legs to survive a gruelling 82-game marathon. Since the season hasn’t quite started, this week our focus will be on waiver wire targets. More specifically, players who will be playing a lot of games alongside quality line mates. While the length of this opening week might vary depending on your league’s host platform, we’re going to consider the longer week, which runs from Wednesday October 3rd to Sunday October 14th.  During that span, teams play anywhere from three to six games. Here’s a more detailed look…


Six Games Played – Five Teams

Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights


Five Games Played – 16 Teams

Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets


Four Games Played – Six Teams

Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins,


Three Games Played – Four Teams

Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning


As you can see, most teams play five games over the next week, but there are a handful of teams that play six. Reviewing the line combinations of those five teams should help us identify a few players to target for this week.


Rickard RakellRyan Getzlaf – Troy Terry  

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