Lining Up: Top-Line Options like Farabee, Verhaege, Stastny, and Jeannot

Peter Ryell

2021-12-28

Given that a COVID shutdown in addition to the regularly scheduled Christmas shutdown means that hardly any games have been played since the last iteration of this column, let's take another look at some top even-strength lines that can help fill some holes in your roster for the upcoming week or two.

Once again, be sure to keep an eye on scheduling changes as it is looking everything is still changing by the hour. This data will be from Frozen Tools.

Derick BrassardCam AtkinsonJoel Farabee

It's no secret that the best line in PHI right now does not include Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier or Travis Konecny. However when comparing the numbers the two lines are much closer together than one would guess.

The Atkinson line is currently working with nine GF and only two GA compared to the Couturier line which also has nine GF but seven GA. The big difference is that despite being outplayed with a CF% of 43.7, the Atkinson line has been significantly outscoring opponents. Whereas the Couturier line has a CF% of 58.1 but has not been faring nearly as well. The likely culprit is Offensive Deployment, the Atkinson line has been receiving a higher percentage of starts in the opponent's end of the ice. It follows that it would be more difficult to score on a line if you have to start in your end of the ice, so this could be an explanation for the difference.

Regardless, so long as this type of deployment continues it could be a good time to snatch up these players. Atkinson has been the straw that stirs the drink on this line. He currently has 12 goals and 20 points in 29 games played on the season including six points in his last four games. Atkinson is also putting up nearly three shots on goal per game and seeing time on the power play with a 48.4% share. At 60% owned in Yahoo leagues though, this may not come as a surprise.

However, if you have been waiting on a time to grab Farabee, now might be your chance while everything is quiet. Farabee is (was?) on a hot streak with four points in his last five game