East Line Combo Look: Corvo, Ennis, Kovalchuk, Dubinsky and more.

Ville Leino is on pace to make over $200K/point this season.

Welcome to LCL where we take a look around the league for recent changes to line combos or power play set ups.

I'm using quite a few resources to put this post together. FH911 (who power our Latest NHL Line Combo page) and Left Wing Lock are the two key ones. You should check them both out if you need some line combo info. Great, great stuff by both.

Today we'll look at the East... click here for the West. All statistics are for games up to Tues Dec 6th, 2011.

Boston Bruins
Joe Corvo's PP time has taken a dive. He was fifth on the team in PP TOI / game but over the last five he's down to 10th. He only has two points in his last 10 games.

Buffalo Sabres
Ville Leino got another shot on a scoring line. Failed again. He's back on the third. $6 mill for a 28 point pace... he's really giving Scott Gomez a run for his money.

Tyler Ennis is back and played with Derek Roy and Drew Stafford in his return. Speaking of Stafford, when healthy, he was seeing a bit of time on the fourth line. A 37 point pace will do that, I suppose.

Zack Kassian saw a bit of time on the 2nd line (with Stafford's demotion) but for the last two he's been with Leino and Luke Adam (who is still on pace for 56 points... he deserves some better linemates, methinks).

The guys taking the spot I would like Adam to fill is Jochen Hecht. He just returned from his concussion and has three goals in six games.

Carolina Hurricanes
It's looking like Kirk Muller is a fan of Jamie McBain. He's been playing a ton on the PP and has responded with four points in his last two games. Considering he was the occasional healthy scratch... things are definitely looking up here. He's on pace for a pretty decent 32 points (although a minus-17 as well).

Florida Panthers
No recent changes

Montreal Canadiens
The Habs have been shaking things up but it's much of a muchness as they are just moving around their top six forwards looking for a winning combination.

Yannick Weber has been leading the Habs in PP TOI / game but lately P.K. Subban has taken the reigns. P.K. has only two PPP this year so he has lots of room to grow in this area.

The Habs have only one PP goal over the last five games. Shameful.

New Jersey Devils
Ilya Kovalchuk is playing a TON on the PP... he's averaging 5:17 / game this year with the man advantage. That's tops in the league and minute and a half more than any Devil. Amazing that he's still on pace for just 61 points.

Adam Larsson is the PP QB (he's the guy who is a minute and half behind Kovalchuk). He's on pace for 28 points. Not bad for a teenager but he's not going to help much in the majority of leagues.

New York Islanders
Michael Grabner is out. Brian Rolston is on the second line. Meh.

Mark Streit and the first line (Tavares - Moulson - Parenteau) is really starting to cook. 13 PPP between them over the last five games.

New York Rangers
And down goes Brandon Dubinsky's value. He's been playing on the third line with Sean Avery and Brandon Prust. That's no good.

I hate Michael Del Zotto's shot total (on pace for just 95) but I'm liking pretty much everything else. He QB's a pretty talented PP (second on team with 4:20 PP min / game) and he's on pace for a respectable 33 points, plus-27 and 41 PIM's. You could do worse than him as your fourth d-man... especially for you leagues that don't count shots.

Ottawa Senators
Milan Michalek was moved down to the second line (with Nick Foligno and Daniel Alfredsson). We're guessing it wasn't due to a poor performance as Nikita Filatov replaced him. The second line as really been on fire as they have combined for 14 points in their five games together.

That last paragraph is not good news for Jason Speeza owners. He's been stuck playing with Colin Greening and Bobby Butler/Filatov.

Philadelphia Flyers
Scott Hartnell is still on Claude Giroux's line. Hartnell owners (like me) just keep praying this continues... he's on pace for 72 points and 91 PIM's. That's fantasy gold, baby!

Looks like Jakub Voracek has been playing the third the last few games. Wayne Simmonds manned the second with Danny Briere and Matt Read.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby has had a pretty successful return... but keep in mind his PP TOI is down a good amount from last year. He's averaged the fourth most PP TOI / game on the team so far this season. Yeah, so he could get even better.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Steve Downie is playing with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. You gotta like that, but he's been there for four games with only one point and he's only playing at a 21 point pace this year. Same deal with Ryan Malone. He's with Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell but has only two in his last ten and is on pace for just 39 points. Either one of Downie or Malone could go on a streak but no point worrying about them until they do.

Did you know Victor Hedman has averaged only 10 seconds of PP TOI / game this season? He's on pace for a six point season right now. That's not a typo... six miserable points.

Toronto Maple Leafs
Tim Connolly was supposed to be the saviour for Phil Kessel but that plan hasn't really gone accordingly. Lately Connolly has been playing with Clarke MacArthur, Matt Frattin, Joey Crabb and Joe Colborne with very little time on the PP. I'm sure that's not what his owners were expecting when they picked him up. He's on pace for 56 points.

Washington Capitals
Cody Eakin has been playing on the 2nd line (albeit with no PP time). He has only two points in his last nine games so don't go crazy but he does have some nice upside. Give him a year or two.

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