Lining Up: Drouin, Gallagher, Strome, the Oilers, and the Panthers

Aaron Boyle



Good day everyone. I hope you were able to take in some of the all-star festivities this past weekend. I was able to watch all the games on Saturday and even though it was the all-star game, three-on-three sure is a lot of fun to watch when there are a bunch of high caliber players on the ice at all times. Anyway, I am here with this week’s ‘Lining Up’. I am going to look at a couple of players that should be returning to their team’s lineup very soon. I have also compiled a list of the top lines over the last ten games at even strength. I’ll go over a couple of the top performing lines



Montreal Canadiens

It looks as though the Canadiens are about to get two of their missing players back very soon. Jonathan Drouin has been out of the lineup since November 15th with a wrist injury that had to be surgically repaired. Drouin has been skating with the club for a couple of weeks now and hopes to return to practice this week. His next chance to play would be this Thursday but if he doesn’t get in a couple of practices beforehand, it may not be until the weekend. On the season Drouin had 15 points in 19 games and when he does rejoin the lineup he will most likely be slotted back on a line with Max Domi. Who else joins him there is still unknown but I wouldn't be surprised if Ilya Kovalchuk is that player.

Brendan Gallagher is also nearing a return after suffering a head injury. When he returns he will most likely link back up with Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault. In 41 games this season Gallagher has 15 goals and 17 assists. He has spent 69 percent of his time on ice with this line, so it makes the most sense. The only player on this line that is somewhat available would be Phillip Danault. He is owned in about 66 percent of