Lining Up: Scorching Additions including Robert Thomas, Craig Smith, and Michael Bunting

Peter Ryell


Welcome back to another edition of Lining Up and a Happy New Year to everyone. This week we're going to take a look at some more recent hot lines throughout the league. In particular, we'll discuss the hottest even strength lines from the last week. Games and player status have still been in a state of flux but relatively speaking, the last week has had teams return to varying levels of play. As always though, be sure to monitor the schedule and your roster for last minute developments.

Vladimir TarasenkoJordan KyrouRobert Thomas

Tarasenko and Thomas have been playing together on a line for a significant portion of the season – over 200 minutes – with varying levels of success. Recently however, Kyrou has joined the duo and has taken off with seven points in his last two games. The trio have been the best line in the last week with five GF and only two GA.

Both Tarasenko and Kyrou are well known and each have been rolling along with stellar seasons. Tarasenko has 14 goals and 33 points in 33 games this year to go along with three and half shots per game. While Kyrou is right behind him at 12 goals and 32 points in 29 games this year in addition to his two and a half shots per game. Each are on particular hot streaks, especially Kyrou as mentioned, but Thomas is the third wheel that can be widely available in leagues.

At just 29% owned in Yahoo leagues, Thomas is being criminally overlooked. He has quietly put up three goals and 25 points in 26 games played on the season and even has received a solid share of power-play time with 42.5%. With no advanced stats screaming regression and Kyrou being red hot, expect Thomas to tag along for the ride.

STL is one of a dozen or so teams playing three games this fantasy week and all three games are on light days.

Logan CoutureTimo MeierAlexander Barabanov

Another hot line in the past week, is one coming out of S.J. Much like the line from STL, Couture and Meier have been attached for a large portion of the season. Over 300 minutes together and in particular they had 12 GF and 7 GA with a CF% of 52.5 when Jonathan Dahlen joined the pair. Recently however, Barabanov has replaced Dahlen and the results have been great.

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