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This post looks at which teams will have an advantage at 5v5. It looks at which lines the home-team will try and match-up against and which line could have an edge. It does not take power-play or goaltending into consideration.
- All totals are per 60 minutes of 5v5 ice time.
- SCF/SCA- Scoring chances for and against
- CF/CA – Corsi for and against
- HDCF/HDCA – High-danger Chances for and against
- Which lines the Home team is expected to be matched up against.
1️⃣ – Indicates PP1 Usage
2️⃣ – Indicates PP2 Usage
Carolina Hurricanes @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Analysis: We got a pair of teams travelling on the tail end of a back-to-back to start the season. Of course, Torts doesn’t line match consistently so we should see an array of matchups in this one. Both top-6s are used to running the show at 5v5, so it should be a pretty even matchup in that regard. The skill of CBJ1 gives them the slight edge in both matchups, and you gotta love Panarin and company going against whatever goalie the Hurricanes throw between the pipes tonight. A full CBJ powerplay stack is a solid play on tonight’s small slate.
San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings
Analysis: The Kopitar line usually hard-matches against the opposition’s top line at home, so expect him to go head-to-head with Pavelski and Thornton tonight. Kovalchuk should provide a boost to Kopitar and Iafallo’s numbers from a year ago. Iafallo was a non-factor last year and doesn’t need to be included in your LAK1 stacks. SJS2 draws a pair of favourable matchups against the Kings’ second and third lines. They are the line to target tonight if you’re looking to play San Jose.
- 1. CBJ1
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