Ramblings: Top Even-Strength Lines and Pairings – Hall, Weegar, Moore (Jan 16)

Ian Gooding


The Midseason Guide is now available for download! If you've ordered it already, go to the Downloads section on the Dobber website. Then you'll see a link for both a spreadsheet for midseason projections and a PDF for the midseason guide itself. For more, see below.

Lots going on today at Dobber Hockey. The Top 100 Roto Rankings for January are also now up. Have a look, and feel free to leave feedback.

The only non-goalie that I decided to drop from the top 100 (aside from injury or COVID related) was Martin Necas. He entered Saturday's game without a goal in his last seven games and with just one point over his last four games. Sure enough, he broke out of that slump with a goal and an assist while on a line with Vincent Trocheck and Andrei Svechnikov. Both Trocheck and Svechnikov also finished the game with two points. Necas's icetime has fallen to the 13–15-minute range over the past few games, while his power-play time tends to vary.

By the way, Necas was a Tim Horton's NHL Challenge pick for me on Saturday, for those of you who like to play that game (Canada only, I believe). If you are also into that contest, you may want to join in on this Forum thread.

After reeling off seven consecutive wins, Thatcher Demko has lost three consecutive games, averaging four goals allowed. The Canucks are on what should be considered the new "road trip from hell" with stops in Florida, Tampa Bay, and Carolina (the old Southeast Division!) There's a very real chance Demko starts again today (Sunday) with Jaroslav Halak entering COVID protocol just before game time. The Canucks face yet another daunting matchup, this one against Washington, so you might be better off leaving an overworked Demko on your bench for that one.