Lining Up: Prime Positioning for Pinto, Vilardi, Schwartz, and Mangiapane

Peter Ryell


Welcome back to another edition of Lining Up. This week will examine a couple of players who have been hot lately and as a result, have been rewarded with positions on their team's respective top lines. As always, keep an eye on line combinations as best you can as they fluctuate frequently. Staying on top of the latest news and developments can give your team that extra edge over your opponents when the margins for winning are slim.

Let's dive in.

Gabriel Vilardi

Gabriel Vilardi has been on a big scoring bender lately with four goals and six points in his last four games and eight goals, 13 points in 11 games on the season. His shooting percentage is quite high at 27.6% and is bound to regress closer to his average over the past three seasons of 8.4%. Due to his recent success however, Vilardi has been elevated to the top line and top power-play with Anze Kopitar and Andrian Kempe, bumping Kevin Fiala and Alex Iafallo off those units respectively.

The new deployment may not be enough to completely offset the impending shooting percentage regression but there is a clear upgrade here from Alex Iafallo and Quinton Byfield. In a short amount of time together the trio has already connected for two goals and none against while driving play at 55.2% Corsi For so it is already starting to show signs of paying off. His ownership is a bit high in Yahoo leagues at 67% so many savvy owners are not sleeping on him already, but if he is available in your leagues make sure to add him and ride the streak.

Shane Pinto

In a very similar situation to Vilardi, we have a hot goal scorer who is being elevated to one of the top lines on their respective teams in Shane Pinto. Following the injury to Josh No