A quick blog before the weekend gets underway, checking out some of the more interesting line combinations that have popped up recently.
Oh, and don't forget about the latest Fantasy Hockey Report.
- Sean Bergenheim is playing with Islanders veterans Doug Weight and Bill Guerin, while rookies Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey were paired with Andy Hilbert against the Senators. Also note that Isles C Mike Comrie is nursing a hip injury.
- Now that the Caps have loaded Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom onto the top line, that leaves Michael Nylander with Tomas Fleischmann and Viktor Kozlov on the far less valuable second line.
- The Kings continue to play Kyle Calder on the number one line with Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, while Patrick O'Sullivan languishes on the fourth line.
- Surprisingly productive veteran winger Jason Chimera has joined rookies Derick Brassard and Jakub Voracek in Columbus.
- A potentially promising line in St. Louis has David Perron skating with Patrik Berglund and Lee Stempniak.
- Back in the lineup, Coyotes C Kyle Turris is now skating with Shane Doan and Steve Reinprecht, while enforcer Todd Fedoruk has joined Peter Mueller and Olli Jokinen on the other scoring line.
- The Devils have moved Patrik Elias on the checking line with Jay Pandolfo and John Madden.
- Avalanche RW David Jones has joined Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny on Colorado's top line while T.J. Hensick is now with Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski.
- With Danny Briere out, Flyers rookie Andreas Nodl skated with Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul against the Penguins.
- Sam Gagner has moved to a line with Ales Hemsky and Ethan Moreau in Edmonton, resulting in Fernando Pisani playing with Shawn Horcoff and Erik Cole while Andrew Cogliano is with Dustin Penner and Marc-Antoine Pouliot. Each line has some scoring and some checking elements, but none of them inspires a lot of confidence in big production right now.
- Loui Eriksson has joined Brad Richards and Sean Avery now that Jere Lehtinen is back with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro. Newcomer Mark Parrish is skating with Steve Ott and Mike Modano.
- Max Talbot is faring well on a line with Sidney Crosby and Miroslav Satan in Pittsburgh.
- Pierre-Marc Bouchard moved onto a line with Mikko Koivu and a back-from-injury Owen Nolan against the Coyotes while the Wild have moved Brent Burns up front with Eric Belanger and Andrew Brunette.
- The Flames had moved Dustin Boyd onto Jarome Iginla's line, but in the debacle against San Jose, had reverted to Iginla with Daymond Langkow and Todd Bertuzzi.
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