Lining Up: Prime Positioning for Tatar, Milano, Ruzicka, and Bean

Peter Ryell


Welcome back to another edition of Lining Up. With injuries continuing to mount across the league and decimating particular teams, players who are widely available in most leagues now find themselves in prime positions to produce. Keep an eye on the line combinations here as they can change quickly from game to game.

Let's dive in.

Tomas TatarFabian Zetterlund

Tomas Tatar has been the quintessential Lining Up candidate so far this season as he has played nearly 50% of his time so far with the red-hot Nico Hischier. More recently, this line combination along with Fabian Zetterlund are really clicking to the tune of nine points in seven games for Tatar and four points in four games for Zetterlund. The line has six goals for and only one against with a CF% of 66, dominating the competition. Tatar is currently on track to double his point output from last season and although his PDO is high, indicating he is currently lucky, his shooting percentage and secondary assist rate are actually within a normal range. This means that while Tatar likely cannot sustain his 105 point-pace from the last seven games, the regression when it comes will not be extremely severe and he should still to be considered worth rostering.

For his part, Zetterlund finds himself in a phenomenal position for a young forward, averaging 13:28 of TOI so far this season and taking nearly three shots per game. He comes with a high pedigree as a prospect, producing 52 points in 58 games in the AHL before debuting last season and making an early impression of eight points in 14 games. He is a shooter and has comparable upside to Viktor Arvidsson.

New Jersey is hot and will take a trip through the Atlantic division this week against Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. All are potentially high scoring games before playing four games next week. Tatar is still widely available in Yahoo leagues at only 17% rostered but if he happens to be taken or you are looking to stack, Zetterlund is rostered in 1% of leagues.