Bobby Butler... from chump to champ!
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.
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Benoit Pouliot. With Nathan Horton's injury Rich Peverley got a chance to play on the B's 2nd unit. Now that he's out a few weeks it looks like Pouliot has earned the promotion. Jordan Caron may get a shot eventually as well.
The Sabres have tried pretty much every line combo possible the last few games. It really is a mess. Looks like they are trying to spread their scoring over all four lines which isn't good news if you own a key Sabre.
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Jerome Samson. With Tuomo Ruutu out injured Staal gets to play with these two chumps. Samson has a couple of nice AHL seasons under his belt but scored just two points in 23 NHL games last year. The fact that both Samson and Tlusty are seeing time on the top line (and top PP unit) shows you just how bad things are in Carolina.
According to FH911, Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber have been seeing a bit of time at forward on the fourth line over the last few games. It doesn't really change their value much but it is an interesting move.
Speaking of Kaberle, he's seeing a lot of PP time with the Habs so far (2nd on team behind P.K. Subban).
New York Rangers
Brandon Dubinsky - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust. Looks like the Rangers have finally settled on some lines as they haven't changed much lately. The big loser is Dubinsky as he doesn't have much talent to play with and isn't getting much PP TOI. I'm going to drop him in one of my leagues, you might want to do the same.
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler. Butler has had a miserable season so far (he had just nine points in 41 games a week ago) but he was promoted up to the top line and responded with six points in four games. I'd grab this guy ASAP in deeper and even some medium leagues. Just a warning though... he has zero PPP in 45 games.
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson. Turris is another Sen with zero PPPs. He scored 13 points in his first 16 games in Ottawa, since then just one point in 11. No excuse for production like that when you're the 2nd line C and getting decent PP minutes.
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek. With Jagr out day-to-day Voracek got a shot with the the big guns. The line had a big night and Voracek picked up 1+1=2. He needs a scoring line job to be useful so keep an eye on Jagr's injury.
Update: Jagr returned last night and picked up two goals. Enjoy the fourth line Jake!
Tampa Bay Lightning
Steve Downie - Steven Stamkos - Teddy Purcell. Downie has 10 points in his last 13 games but only has 10 PIM's in the same span. Would be nice if he could put it all together for a few weeks! He's definitely worth an add in deep leagues if these combos stick and your league counts PIM's.
Guess which d-man is leading the Bolts in PP TOI over the last five. Bruno Gervais. He picked up one PPP in that span, it was his second PPP of the season.