Every week or two we'll take a look at the line combos around the league. We're looking for any recent changes and anything interesting for fantasy players. We're getting our line combinations from the always amazing (and free) FH911. Make sure you pay them a visit.
Today we'll take a look at the East. Click here for the West.
Visit our Updated Line Combinations page for a a complete list of each teams lines as of last night's games. All statistics up to and including game from Dec 2nd, 2010.
With Marc Savard returning we got some shuffling in Beantown. Savard lined up with Seguin (who should get winger eligibility eventually) and Michael Ryder. Savard's value is much lower if he doesn't eventually win the #1 C job back from David Krejci. Which doesn't look very likely to happen... at least from this scouts view.
Luke Adam may not be playing on a scoring line (he's with Gerbe and Kaleta) but he has been getting some good PP time (3:16 / gm) since his recall. With Tim Connolly out, Adam could get a look on the top line at some point. He has the talent to help those of you in deeper leagues if he catches on.
We like a lot of things David Booth has been doing this year... particularly his 94 shots. He hasn't really produced much this year (on pace for just 43 points) but there is hope. He switched spots with Micheal Frolik and lined up on top line with Weiss and Bernier. Yeah, it's not a great group but it's an improvement on Mike Santorelli and Shawn Matthias. Our fantasy team would really love to see a Booth-Weiss-Frolik line. Is that too much to ask?
With Markov out for the year I'm reading that P.K. Subban gets a nice jump in fantasy value. I'm not so sure. He was going to get the PP time anyway so Markov's injury actually hurts P.K. as he has less talent to play with. The guy who is benefiting is Roman Hamrlik. He's getting loads of action on the man advantage (second on the team the last five games), he's been hot lately (four points in last two) and is on pace for a surprising 42 points. It probably won't continue, but he might make a good stop gap if you're desperate.
New York Rangers
Torts has been shuffling his lines again lately. Check out FH911's Ranger page for the complete list. The big losers of the most recent change were Alexander Frolov & Artem Anisimov, who were playing 4th line minutes with Derek Boogaard. Ugly. Sean Avery was playing with Gaborik. That would be a nice boost in the super pest's value if the lines stick... we doubt they will.
Tampa Bay Lightning
With Downie's injured it will be interesting to see who gets his plum spot on the Stamkos-St. Louis line. Simon Gagne could get pushed into action a little bit quicker than the Bolts were planning or Teddy Purcell could slide into the spot. Whoever it is, they'll get a big boost in value.
Speaking of Purcell he's been getting a ton of time on the PP lately (3rd on team last five games). We like him as an add in deep leagues.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tyler Bozak is off the top line... probably for good. He was playing with Fredrik Sjostrom and Kris Versteeg on the third line... but it wouldn't surprise us to even see him in the AHL soon. Time to cut bait, if you haven't already. Nazem Kadri is the new #1 center for the Leafs... but he's been scuffling lately (zero points in last four) so who knows what the Leafs will do next.
Kris Versteeg may not be playing with the best talent at even strength but he's getting some big PP minutes (second most on team). He had an ugly start (2 points in first 11 games) but has been much better since (12 points in 14 games). Yeah somebody on the Leafs is actually scoring.
With no Tomas Fleischmann around the big question is who centers the second line? Whoever it is will get to play with Semin and Laich and get a big boost in value. The first game sans-Flash, saw Jason Chimera in the role. Well that's disappointing. Chimera has never scored more than 36 points in the NHL and isn't known for his scoring prowess. He'll give you a few PIM's (~100) and if he can stick on that line and play at a 50 point pace he would have some definite value. That's a big IF. Look for rookie Marcus Johansson to get an extended look in the spot sometime soon and he's much more intriguing. I still think the Caps eventually trade for somebody to fill this void.