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  • Two is Usually Better Than One

    Sometimes in fantasy hockey you want to follow the old saying "don't put all your eggs in one basket." By that I mean you don't want too many players from one team on your fantasy roster because if they struggle, get shutout or go on a long slump, they can really hurt your fantasy standings. However, there are several special cases where it pays to have two players that play on the same line and show tremendous chemistry together. Chances are, when one player gets a point the other one will too. Yes, in weekly pools you run the risk of being shutout but more times then not, having a dynamic duo gets you more points then having two players from different teams. Here are a few of the leagues top duos as of Tuesday.

    Daniel and Henrik Sedin(Vancouver Canucks): Each twin knows where the other one is at all times on the ice. When they get their cycling game going they are very hard to get the puck from and it usually ends up in the back of the net. During the off-season there was talk that the twins were overpaid, that they were better suited as second-line players and that they were good but not elite players. I think all those arguments have been put to rest. Henrik took his game to another level when Daniel was injured and since being reunited both have taken their game up another notch. Henrik has already set a career high in goals and both are on pace for career years in points. The twins lead the league with 47 goals where both players received a point.

    Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley (San Jose Sharks): Heatley was the big acquisition of the summer and he hasn't disappointed Sharks fans. Thornton is an elite playmaker and having a great goal scorer like Heatley on his wing has proven to be an explosive combination. The Sharks are proving to be one of the top teams in the West again this season but the real test will come playoff time. This Sharks duo have both recorded a point on 43 goals so far this season. Sharks fans have seen this story before when Jonathan Cheechoo had a career year with Thornton and then disappeared. Heatley is a huge upgrade over Cheechoo so expect this duo to keep scoring together for many years to come.

    Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom(Washington Capitals): Despite missing several games to injury and suspension, Ovechkin is on pace for another Art Ross Trophy and Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy, and he can thank Backstrom for that. Ovechkin is headed towards another 50-plus goal season and career highs in assists, while Backstrom has already set career highs in goals and is on pace for a 90-point season. The scariest part about this duo is that Ovechkin is 24 and Backstrom is only 22, which gives Capitals fans a lot to be happy about. They both have scored points on 41 goals this season.

    Here are a few other duos that are 26 years old our younger that will help your fantasy squad along with the number of times when both have recorded a point on a goal this season: Zach Parise and Travis Zajac (New Jersey Devils) -- 32; Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) -- 29; Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) -- 26 and Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss (Florida Panthers) -- 25.
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