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Fantasy Spin: Eriksson boosting Bruins line

by David Satriano

The Boston Bruins got David Krejci back seven games ago, and that has given a boost to a line he isn't on.

Loui Eriksson (60 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW, RW) had an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, and Carl Soderberg (33 percent owned, C, LW) had a goal and an assist. Chris Kelly (3 percent owned, C, LW) did not have a point, but the three forwards have combined for 25 points in the seven games.

Loui Eriksson
Right Wing - BOS
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 24
SOG: 70 | +/-: 11
Eriksson has four goals and nine points in his past six games, and six goals in his past 11. Soderberg has nine points, and Kelly has seven in the seven games.

The Bruins' top line of Krejci (three points in his past four after going scoreless in three after returning from injury), Milan Lucic (no goals in his past six) and Seth Griffith (two points in two after a 10-game drought) hasn't been scoring much lately.

Boston has games against the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes this weekend, so look for Kelly, Soderberg and Eriksson to continue their scoring streak.

-- New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome (25 percent owned, C, RW) had no goals and four assists in his past nine games. He matched that point total in a 5-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets with a goal and three assists, his first four-point NHL game. Strome never had more than two points in an NHL game.

New linemates Frans Nielsen (16 percent owned, C) and Anders Lee (1 percent owned, C, LW) combined for five points.

"The [past] couple of games, [the line] has been good for us," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "You have to get secondary scoring, obviously. For me tonight, that line was good. When we play on the road, they're going to get the matchups that they want against [the John] Tavares line. You're going to need other guys to step up."

-- Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader (21 percent owned, LW, RW) has seen an increase in playing time and scoring chances playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Abdelkader played 17:18 (2:20 power play) and had two shots in a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils after getting a point in each of the previous three games.

Zetterberg has seven points in his past six, and Datsyuk has a five-game streak.

-- Philadelphia Flyers veteran Vincent Lecavalier (7 percent owned, C, LW) had a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche to give him four goals in his past five games after some time as a healthy scratch.

He played a couple of third-period shifts with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, taking Matt Read's place.

-- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, who missed the past 10 games with a knee injury, played 16:21 (including 2:59 on the power play) in a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Perry was in his usual spot with Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon and had three shots on goal and two penalty minutes. correspondent Patrick Williams contributed to this report.

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