NHL Fantasy Hockey Focus: Lines That Produce

Matt SitkoffCorrespondent INovember 30, 2009

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 25:  Dany Heatley #15 of the San Jose Sharks in action during their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at HP Pavilion on November 25, 2009 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The line that a player is on significantly affects their fantasy value.   A talented player could be buried on a third line and relegated to a check role, while a checking player could get a spot next to the Sedin’s and become a fantasy hero.  Let’s break down some of the best fantasy lines in hockey today and hopefully these players are on your team and if not go out and try to acquire them.

San Jose Sharks Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau:  
The Sharks made fantasy owners feel like they’re in heaven by putting all their top guns on the same line. 

This line has lived up to the hype as they have contributed 20 points in the month of November.  Heatley, in his first season in San Jose, has fit in nicely with team high 18 goals, Joe Thornton leads the NHL in assists with 30 and Patrick Marelau is playing for a contract with 17 goals and 31 points in first 28 games.

Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan:   Another west coast team putting all of their eggs in one basket.  Even though the team has been struggling for wins, this line has not been struggling to contribute to fantasy teams. 

Corey Perry is in the midst of a franchise best 18-game point streak.  Bobby Ryan had 7 goals in the month of November and Getzlaf has been an assist machine with 23 assists in 25 games.  This line was the hottest line in November contributing 35 points in the month.

Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin:
  I know Semin is hurt right now and that is not helping fantasy owners right now, but put these dynamic players together and fantasy nirvana happens.  I also know that any line that has the league’s top goal scorer will make the other line mates instant scorers, just ask the fill-in guy Chris Clark.  Bruce Bourdreau has bought into the philosophy of having his superstars all play together and they have contributed 20 points together this season.

Pickup of the Week:
Tomas Plekanec  Canadiens C:
The Canadiens have been hit with the injury bug, one player taken advantage of the increase playing time is center Tomas Plekanec.  The 27-yer-old center has filled in for Scott Gomez on the top line and has 14 points (3G, 11A) in his last 13 games including chipping in 3 power play points. 

The Czech forward has been a steady producer with three straight 20 goals he has even been a career plus player (+28).  Although Scott Gomez has returned to practice and seems ready to play and will hurt Plekanec power play time, I don’t think it will hurt his production for he was producing with second line minutes before the injury.