Lining Up: Stacked Lines and Trade Deadline Analysis

Brennan Des

2019-02-26

 

This week is the second of two installments in which we’ll be trying to assess whether certain teams are more likely to stack their top lines or opt for a more balanced attack going forward. We’ll also take a look at how the trade deadline affected certain line combinations around the league.

For the purposes of this article, a ‘stacked’ line includes three players that were in the top 50 of NHL scoring (as of February 12th). In the ‘To Stack’ section, we’ll be looking at lines that aren’t currently rolling their best three forwards on the same line, while the ‘Not to Stack’ section will focus on lines that are currently stacked and may be broken up to spark scoring throughout the lineup. In the table, Left Wing, Center, and Right Wing are general placeholders and represent how the line fares when a certain player is off the ice. So, if you see Center instead of Crosby, it means we’re considering how Guentzel and Kessel perform when their line does not include Crosby. Hopefully everything makes sense as you keep reading, but feel free to ask any questions if something is unclear.

 

To Stack?

 

Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyPhil Kessel

 

Combination

Goals For

Goals Against

Corsi For %

TOI

Guentzel – Crosby – Right Wing

49

22

56.04

721:27

Guentzel – Center – Kessel

0

2

42.34

51:57

Guentzel – Crosby – Kessel

6

2

57.50

50:39

Left Wing – Crosby – Kessel