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It must be nice to have your second line become the hottest line in the league while your top offensive player battles through a slump. And that's exactly what's happening in Chicago. While Patrick Kane has managed just three points in his last eight games, the trio of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp is on fire. If you want to know why this team is a Cup contender every year, you can start there.
Meanwhile, as the Toronto Twitterverse whines about a lack of a No. 1 center, Tyler Bozak is going nuts on the scoresheet. And over in Tampa, the Lightning are saying "Steven who?"
Here's a report of the hottest lines in the NHL, courtesy of Frozen Pool:
There's no Sidney Crosby on this list because the Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis injuries had him switching linemates faster than Bob Murray denies Jonas Hiller trade rumors.
These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...
Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators (7-4-3-7, plus-3, 2 PIM, 20 SOG, and 2 PPPts) - The most interesting thing about those seven games noted above is not the production. We've known about Turris' potential for years. Actually, it's the fact that they include the four games that Jason Spezza was sidelined, as well as three games with Spezza back in the lineup - and yet Turris didn't lose any ice time. It's now Spezza playing the role of 'second fiddle'.
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues (6-2-7-9, plus-4, 0 PIM, 16 SOG, and 4 PPPts) - After a slump that saw Pietrangelo manage just six points in 17 games, he stepped it up, secured his spot with Team Canada, and continued on. He's back on the 60-point pace again.
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings (16-9-8-17, plus-7, 12 PIM, 63 SOG) - The man who will be know in Canada over the rest of January as "the guy who took Claude Giroux's spot" is showing why he deserves a look on Sidney Crosby's line in Sochi. He has 42 goals in his last 85 games playing for a team not big on scoring goals. And with Crosby feeding him pucks?
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