Lining Up: Top-Performing Lines in the East – December 18

by Brennan Des on December 18, 2018
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In this week’s instalment, I share a few quick notes about how some lines in the Eastern Conference have been performing this season. Using Dobber’s Line Production Tool, we compared even-strength point production around the league. ‘Time on ice’ represents how many minutes each trio has played as a line this season, values were retrieved from Natural Stat Trick. I compiled a list of the highest scoring line for each team at even strength. Here’s the list…

 

#

Team

Line

Points

Time on Ice

 1

Colorado

Gabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnonMikko Rantanen

83

506:25

 2

Toronto

Zach HymanJohn TavaresMitchell Marner

51

374:36

 3

Calgary

Johnny GaudreauSean MonahanElias Lindholm

50

387:13

 4

Columbus

Artemi PanarinPierre-Luc DuboisCam Atkinson

50

326:18

 5

Montreal

Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher

44

347:34

 6

Buffalo

Jeff SkinnerJack EichelJason Pominville

38

158:16

 7

Dallas

Jamie BennTyler SeguinAlexander Radulov

38

230:55

 8

Philadelphia

Claude GirouxSean CouturierTravis Konecny

37

238:30

 9

Winnipeg

Nikolaj EhlersMark ScheifeleBlake Wheeler

36

290:33

 10

San Jose

Timo MeierLogan CoutureTomas Hertl

33

192:42

 11

Tampa Bay

Tyler JohnsonBrayden PointNikita Kucherov

31

167:19

 12

Carolina

Micheal FerlandSebastian AhoTeuvo Teravainen

30

239:24

 13

New Jersery

Taylor HallNico HischierKyle Palmieri

28

251:10

 14

Minnesota

Jason ZuckerEric StaalMikael Granlund

27

233:16

 15

Boston

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

26

210:24

 16

Nashville

Filip ForsbergRyan JohansenViktor Arvidsson

26

147:34

 17

Pittsburgh

Carl HagelinEvgeni MalkinPhil Kessel

26

147:58

 18

Vegas

Max PaciorettyCody EakinAlex Tuch

26

190:27

 19

Los Angeles

Alex IafalloAnze KopitarDustin Brown

24

317:52

 20

Islanders

Anders LeeBrock NelsonJordan Eberle

23

184:15

 21

Ottawa

Brady Tkachuk – Colin WhiteMark Stone

22

184:31

 22

Edmonton

Alex ChiassonConnor McDavidLeon Draisaitl

21

147:00

 23

Florida

Jonathan HuberdeauAleksander BarkovMike Hoffman

19

91:39

 24

Washington

Alex OvechkinNicklas Backstrom – Tom WIlson

19

101:31

 25

Chicago

Alex DeBrincatJonathan Toews – Dominik Kahuwn

18

177:52

 26

Vancouver

Josh LeivoElias PetterssonBrock Boeser

16

67:42

 27

Detroit

Justin AbdelkaderDylan LarkinGustav Nyquist

13

87:43

 28

Anaheim

Max Comtois – Adam HenriqueJakob Silfverberg

12

51:52

 29

Rangers

Chris KreiderKevin HayesFilip Chytil

10

84:13

 30

Arizona

Brendan PerliniDerek StepanChristian Fischer

9

44:00

 31

St. Louis

Zach Sanford – Ryan O'Reilly – David Perron

9

65:46

 

  1. Zach HymanJohn TavaresMitchell Marner

 

Up until this point, they’ve outscored their opponents 27-16 at even-strength. Mitch Marner leads the team in scoring with 43 points in 33 games. He led the team in scoring last year with 69 points in 82 games (Auston Matthews had 63 points in 62 games).

 

  1. Artemi PanarinPierre-Luc DuboisCam Atkinson

 

As a line they’ve started about 82% of their shifts in the offensive zone (doesn’t include neutral zone faceoffs). Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson have been spectacular with 34 points each. But in my opinion, Pierre-Luc Dubois’ production in his sophomore season has been the most impressive – he has 27 points in 32 games.

 

  1. Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher

 

One of the best lines in terms of possession. They control 64% of shot attempts, 65% of scoring chances and 64% of high-danger scoring chances while on the ice. Tomas Tatar is on pace for a career-high 58 points.

 

  1. Jeff SkinnerJack EichelJason Pominville

 

This trio has outscored their opponents 18-8. As you probably know, Buffalo’s top line now features Sam Reinhart in Pominville’s spot. In fact, Reinhart has now played more minutes with Eichel and Skinner than Pominville has. It’s interesting to note that the Skinner-Eichel-Reinhart line has outscored their opponents 17-7.

 

  1. Claude GirouxSean CouturierTravis Konecny

 

This was a line that Dave Hakstol relied on heavily while he was coach of the Flyers, which makes sense considering they controlled about 62% of the shots taken while they were on the ice. Now that Scott Gordon is the new bench boss in Philly, it looks like Giroux and Konecny are playing with Nolan Patrick, while Couturier is playing with Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek.

 

  1. Tyler JohnsonBrayden PointNikita Kucherov

 

They’re an extremely talented line, but there’s nothing too exciting about their possession numbers. Tampa Bay is the only Eastern Conference team to have two players in the top 10 for scoring – Nikita Kucherov sits fourth with 48 points in 34 games, Point sits tenth with 43 points in 34 games.

 

  1. Micheal FerlandSebastian AhoTeuvo Teravainen

 

Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen are a dynamic duo, and I really want to see what Andrei Svechnikov can do beside them. I say that because the advanced stats suggest that Teravainen and Aho are just as good without Ferland as they are with him. Sure, maybe it won’t work having three offensive studs who lack in the physical department, but considering Ferland is out with a concussion, what do you have to lose?

 

  1. Taylor HallNico HischierKyle Palmieri

 

Another very good line in the NHL with the numbers to back it up. They control 56% of shots, 58% of scoring chances and 69% of high-danger scoring chances when they’re on the ice. Kyle Palmieri is on pace for 74 points this season. Shooting percentage is a bit high, but that’s still pretty good!

 

  1. Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

 

Patrice Bergeron has played in just 19 of the team’s 34 games, yet he’s still part of the team’s highest scoring line at even strength. David Krejci has been filling in for Bergeron recently, and Boston’s top line has actually seen their possession numbers improve slightly. With that being said, Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak were being trusted more in the defensive zone than Marchand-Krejci-Pastrnak.

 

  1. Carl HagelinEvgeni MalkinPhil Kessel

 

Carl Hagelin is now in Los Angeles. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel are still a dynamic duo. They now play with Zach Aston-Reese on their left-wing. The advanced stats don’t exactly favour Malkin, Aston-Reese and Kessel, but hey, Malkin and Kessel have combined for 72 points through 33 games this season. I for one have learned never to question Geno and Phil.