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.
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.
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).
No recent changes
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.
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.
Mark Streit and the first line (Tavares - Moulson - Parenteau) is really starting to cook. 13 PPP between them over the last five games.
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.
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.
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.
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.