Lining Up: Road tripping hot and cold lines around the league

Aaron Boyle

2020-02-18

Good day to the readers. Aaron here with this week's 'Lining Up'. If you read my goalie ramblings article this week then you would know that I am on a little vacation in Orlando, Florida. It was a long road trip coming from Ontario so I thought I would look at the top line for each team whose state we travelled. I have compiled a list of those teams over the last ten games at even strength.

 

Rank Team Line Points
1 T.B KUCHEROV,NIKITA – POINT,BRAYDEN – STAMKOS,STEVEN 27
2 NSH BONINO,NICK – GRIMALDI,ROCCO – SMITH,CRAIG 17
3 CBJ BJORKSTRAND,OLIVER – DUBOIS,PIERRE-LUC – FOLIGNO,NICK 10
4 FLA CONNOLLY,BRETT – HOFFMAN,MIKE – TROCHECK,VINCENT 7
5 DET HELM,DARREN – LARKIN,DYLAN – MANTHA,ANTHONY 4

 

We first travelled through Michigan and headed down the I75. Ok most of the driving was down the I75 but that is where we will start.

Detroit Red Wings

Darren HelmDylan LarkinAnthony Mantha

The Red Wings are the basement dwellers of the league and it shows in their top line points totals. Scoring four points in their last ten games is quite terrible. The good news is 2/3rds of the top line are still quite young and have a lot of good fantasy years ahead of them.

 

Darren Helm is a newer member to this line as they are trying to add a little bit of grit and a good veteran presence. He certainly won't tally a lot of points but he has scored three goals in his last four games. Still there isn't much fantasy relevance here so please don't run to the waiver wire to pick him up.

 

Dylan Larkin

The future captain of the Red Wings is having a ho-hum type season. You aren't going to rave about his scoring abilities this year and really he hasn't been great defensively as well. On the season Larkin has ten goals and 20 assists at even strength. His 54-point pace would be his lowest total over the last three years. He is still shooting the puck a lot but his shooting percentage is three points down from last season. Unless he g