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TOP 10 NHL Lines

by chewy 29. March 2012 07:29

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

Zetterberg continues 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.



Honorable mentions:


Giroux / Jagr / Hartnell -- always a threat with Giroux

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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