The Senators’ Top Line Finding Their Touch

by Fred Poulin on December 6, 2016
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A look at the hottest lines in the National Hockey League since the beginning of the season, including a few defensemen producing offensively. You will also find below the "Cold as ice" line of the week.

 

Hot forwards

 

Milan LucicConnor McDavidLeon Draisaitl (Edmonton)

With 15 points in his last 10 games and 34 points this season, McDavid leads the NHL in scoring without any surprise. If he can stay healthy, he will battle with Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby for the NHL scoring title. After a brief stretch on another line, Lucic is back with Connor and now has 10 points in his last eight games for a total of 19 points on the season. Lucic is on pace to score between 55 and 60 points, which is his usual offensive output. As for Draisaitl, he is red-hot with 13 points in his last 11 games and now has 21 points this year. He should easily surpass his career best of 51 points amassed in 2015-16. All three forwards also get plenty of power play time for the much-improved Oilers, so they should keep recording points regularly.

EV Strength Production = 74 points

PP Production = 26 points

 

Conor Sheary – Sidney CrosbyPatric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh)

With 11 points in his last seven contests, Crosby is blazing hot for Pittsburgh. The all-star center has 27 points in only 20 games this year and is on pace to get 100 points for the first time since the 2013-14 season. With 15 points in his last 15 games, Hornqvist has 17 points in 20 games after missing some time with injury. Horny is on pace to improve on his last three campaigns of 51, 51 and 53 points respectively. The sophomore Sheary has found a niche on the Penguins' first line, recording four points in his last four games. With 13 points in 19 games, the youngster has already improved on his career best of 10 points in 44 games last season. If Sheary and Hornqvist can play alongside Sid the Kid for an extended period, they will continue to rack up plenty of points and please the poolers who selected them at the draft or picked them up on the waiver wire.

 

EV Strength Production = 58 points

PP Production = 15 points

 

Mike HoffmanKyle TurrisMark Stone (Ottawa)

After being cold for the first few weeks of the season and Hoffman missing a couple of games due to injury, this line has been reunited and is now on fire. Having potted 12 points in his last eight games, Hoffman is blazing hot and now has 19 points in 24 games this season. He is on the same pace as last year (60 points). Stone's production is eerily similar to that of Hoffman with 11 points in his last eight games and 19 points in 25 games. Turris is keeping pace with his linemates with seven points in his last seven games and also 18 points in 26 games. All three players should reach the 60-point mark and will lead the way offensively for the Senators, especially with Ryan injured and Brassard struggling.

 

EV Strength Production = 54 points

PP Production = 20 points

 

 

Josh BaileyJohn TavaresBrock Nelson (NY Islanders)

With seven points in his last eight games, Tavares is finally heating up for the struggling Islanders. The talented pivot now has 19 points in 24 games and is on pace to replicate last year's 70-point season. With three points in his last five games, Nelson finally has the chance to play alongside JT and should easily match the point totals of his past two campaigns of 42 and 40 points. The last member of this line is Bailey, who has recorded seven points in his last seven games for New York. The unpredictable winger now has 15 points in 24 games and should be able to pot 50 points for the first time of his career. If Capuano keeps them together for more than a couple of games, all three players should provide good fantasy value going forward.

 

EV Strength Production = 49 points

PP Production = 11 points

 

Kris VersteegSean MonahanTroy Brouwer (Calgary)

The Flames are surging and with Johnny Hockey's return last night, they could very well make the playoffs. After a very slow start, Monahan is finally heating up with five points in his last four games and now has 13 points in 28 contests. He should be able to record 50 points, but it will be hard for him to replicate the past two seasons (62 and 63 points respectively). Since coming back from his injury, Versteeg has six points in his last six games for 10 points overall in 18 games. The training-camp pickup is as streaky as they come, so pick him up now if you need a temporary winger to help your team. With four points in four games, Brouwer now has 13 points in 28 games with Calgary. The rugged winger is usually good for a little over 40 points and he should be able to reach that mark again this year.

 

EV Strength Production = 36 points

PP Production = 7 points

 

Dynamic duo

Ian ColeJustin Schultz (Pittsburgh)

Not really known for their offensive acumen, these two rearguards have been providing some secondary scoring from the blue line for the Penguins. Schultz has six points in his last four games for 11 points on the season, whereas Cole has seven points in his last four games and also 11 on the season. Both defensemen also get some power play time on the second unit and don't forget that Schultz used to be a 30-point defenseman when he was in Edmonton. They might be useful and available if you are in a deep fantasy league as they will get their share of assists playing with the likes of Crosby, Malkin and Kessel.

 

EV Strength Production = 22 points

PP Production = 2 points

 

Cold as ice

Jussi Jokinen – Vincent Trocheck – Reilly Smith (Florida)

Almost everybody is cold under the Florida sun and it cost Gerard Gallant's job. Still, it's hard to be colder than Jokinen who is scoreless in his last eight contests. After a 60-point season in 2015-16, Jokinen only has four points in 16 games and has no chance of repeating last year's production. With only one point in his last seven games, Trocheck now has 14 points in 26 contests. He will be hard pressed to repeat last year's 53-point season. The last member of that disappointing line is Reilly Smith, who has a mere two points in his last six games. With only nine points in 26 games, Smith will not reach the 50-point plateau like he did last season. Stay away from Panthers players for now.

 

EV Strength Production = 27 points

PP Production = 5 points