With under two weeks
to go in the regular season, playoff hopeful teams will be looking to solidify
their lines heading into the post season.
The time for experimenting is winding down. With that in mind, here are my picks for the
top 10 lines to target as the season comes to a close.
1) Malkin / Neal / Kunitz
There can be little
doubt in the league at this point as to which line is the most dominant in the
sport. With 2 of the top 4 goal scorers
in the league on one line, including the league's leading scorer and soon to be
MVP, there's no case against it. Kunitz
has 9 points in the last 9 games, proving he's not just along for the ride.
2) Foligno / Ennis / Stafford
The Sabres are in
the midst of an historic run to make to the playoffs. And it's not the traditional players like
Vanek, Pominville, and Roy getting it done for Buffalo. The new "top line" in Buffalo
features some lesser known, but up and coming offensive wizards. Rookie Marcus Foligno has 6 goals and 4
assists in 10 games this season. Ennis
has had multiple points in 5 of the last 8 games. Stafford completes the trifecta with 14
points in 8 games, including 4 goals in his last 3 games.
3) Crosby / Cooke / Dupuis / Kennedy
OK, so forget the
line above about experiment time being over.
With Crosby, you can break the mold.
Coach Bylsma will put him out with whomever he pleases, whenever he
pleases. He's been working magic with
Cooke, Dupuis, and Kennedy on regular intervals. Your safe going with any combination of the
above on any given night featuring the Pens.
4) Tavares / Moulson / Parenteau
If there was any
doubt before, it should be gone at this point.
Tavares is a star. He's set a
career high in goals and points this season, and could easily top 80 points
when it's done. He's not alone on this
line either. Moulson continues to set
the bar higher in terms of goal production, with his 3rd straight 30 goal
performance. With 4 tallies in his last
4 games, he's on pace for a new high of 36.
Meanwhile, Parenteau continues to provide the Isles with excellent value
for their meager investment. True, the
team continues to struggle for points in the standings, but this line is money
for fantasy production.
5) Eberle / Nugent-Hopkins / Jones
Taylor Hall won't be
skating for the Oilers until October, but the team still boasts a fine top line
of young guns. Eberle has topped 30
goals and 70 points, leading the charge.
Along side, he has the rookie
stud Nugent-Hopkins back to his early season form, with 4 points in the last 4
games. Ryan Jones patrols the other
wing. He's coming off a 3-point
performance against Columbus and has 3 goals in 4 games.
6) Stamkos / St. Louis / Purcell
The money line in
Tampa continues to roll with Stamkos running away with the Rocket Richard
race. He's making a go at 60 goals and
100 points with the help of St. Louis and Purcell. Marty has put together another point-a-game
season and has 6 points in his last 3 contests.
The third wheel in the equation (Purcell) has 27 points in 20 games
since joining the cast.
7) Richards / Gaborik / Hagelin
This is shaping up
to be more of a duo than a line, as Hagelin hasn't been contributing so much
offensively, but Richards and Gaborik have worked some magic since being united
on the top line. Richards is popping at
a point a game pace over the last month.
Gaborik is quickly closing in on 40 goals. His career high of 42 is not out of reach if
this chemistry persists.
8) Hornqvist / Legwand / Radulov
The return of
Radulov has been decent, giving the Preds a formidable top line. The Prodigal Son has been matched up with
Legwand and Hornqvist, who has put up 6 points in the last 6 games.
9) Zetterberg / Hudler / Filppula
to redeem himself from a slow start to the season. He has 6 points in the last 2 games for the
Wings. Filppula continues to rise in the
ranks for Detroit, giving them another solid 2-way offensive European
presence. Even Hudler has started to
come on strong with 4 points in the last 2 contests.
10) Kopitar / Williams / Brown
Justin Williams has
demonstrated a solid goal scoring ability over his 10 year injury-plagued
career. Lately, he's been adding up the
assists as well, giving him 12 points in his last 12 games. Kopitar is on pace for another 70 point
season, while Dustin Brown continues to contribute in all offensive categories.
Giroux / Jagr / Hartnell -- always a threat
Pavelski / Thornton / Marleau - three top notch
centers on one line
Little / Wheeler / Ladd - March magic has
started to wane, but still a threat
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