Welcome to LCL where we take a look around the league and any recent changes to line combos or power play set ups.
Today we'll look at the West tomorrow (hopefully) will be the East. All statistics are for games up to Feb 26th, 2011.
Rene Bourque has been kinda hot lately (six points in his last five games) which is even more impressive when you see that's he's been playing with Tim Jackman and Matt Stajan. Luckily he's still getting good PP TOI.
David Moss has taken Bourque's spot with Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross... for whatever that's worth.
Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been playing together for quite awhile now. Looks like Sharp is going to have a monster season.
Marian Hossa is the odd man out as he's only playing with Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell. New addition Michal Frolik is on the third line. Frolik hasn't been getting any PP time with the Hawks.
Erik Johnson has been playing a ton for the Avs (around 25 minutes a night with almost five minutes on the PP). He's got three points in those four games and it's looking like his fantasy value is going to rise.
With injuries and the trade a few scoring lines jobs have opened up. David Jones and Ryan Stoa are playing with Paul Stastny and Kevin Porter is playing alongside Matt Duchene and Milan Hedjuk. Give Jones a look but I wouldn't bother with Porter or Stoa.
Tough to know for sure until Brad Richards returns, but it's looking positive that Jamie Benn will be on the top line. He's been playing with Loui Eriksson (and a couple of mediocre centers) since he returned from injury so that's gotta be a good sign.
Alex Goligoski is logging some big minutes on the PP. Dallas needs a PP QB and they've handed Goligoski the keys which must make his owners quite happy.
New recruit Mike Fisher has played with five different wingers since he arrived but mostly with Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat. That's the best Preds have to offer in terms of talented wingers still not great for Fisher's value.
With Mikko Koivu out Matt Cullen gets the #1C job. He has only one assist in his the four Koivu-free games so the new job isn't helping yet.
St. Louis Blues
Chris Stewart played his first four games with David Backes and Andy MacDonald but the last two with T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund. You really can't go wrong with either of those lines. He's also playing a ton on the PP (third on team the last five games).
Brad Boyes and Alex Steen have been the big losers so far as they have been seeing third line duty (Boyes more than Steen). Both have also seen a drop in their PP TOI. Not good signs.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks have seven quality forwards (yeah I'm being pretty liberal with the term 'quality' with Devin Setoguchi around) that means one guy is the odd man out from the scoring lines. Lately that guy has been Joe Pavelski as little Joe has played the last three games on the third line. The Sharks shuffle their lines more than anybody so don't worry too much if you own Pavelski... hopefully just a short term thing.