Wayne Simmonds has five goals in his past six starts, with totals of 7-5-12 over his last 11 GP. In that same span he's added 19 hits and 19 PIM. Linemate Danny Briere has collected 3-5-8 in his past eight outings, while Brayden Schenn can add an assist to his stellar February splits of 6-10-16 in 15 GP. This was also the third time this season in which he's registered five hits, bringing his overall total to 54 in his 22 starts. That's about the same strong pace he had last year.
The rave reviews continue to roll in for Jakub Voracek, who fired home his ninth goal of the season against the Sens. In his first four campaigns, he netted 38, 50, 46 and 49-point efforts. To date, he's on pace for a pro-rated 89-point season.
His first eight games saw sporadic production with only 1-2-3, but the Flyers kept the faith in him and continually rolled him out onto the first power play unit time after time. He and Claude Giroux found their way back together and they've been ripping apart opposing defences lately. Giroux's six-game point streak was stopped, but he had 4-8-12 in that short timeframe. He also ran up nine shots against Ottawa with another four blocked, so it's not like there weren't a lot of chances for him to extend that streak.
Simon Gagne had a goal and four shots in his debut earlier in the week. He had three shots and no points Saturday, beginning with the same Sean Couturier and Max Talbot, including secondary power play time.
Luke Schenn has quietly picked up points in four of seven, which can be especially helpful if your league counts hits. He rang up another six hits here, which brings him to 86 overall. With only six points on the year, his overall value may still be hidden a bit in most leagues.
Ilya Bryzgalov has stopped 23 of 24 in his past two starts now, so he's slowly chipping away at his fantasy owners' numbers. He has also won five of his past seven clashes.
Another outstanding goaltending performance in the books for an Ottawa Senators netminder. Ben Bishop turned aside 39 of 41 in the loss, which leaves his splits at 2.15/ .938 overall.
Colin Greening has 2-4-6 in his past six tilts. 14 hits too.
Alex Killorn has points in five of eight for Tampa Bay and it's worth noting that he jumped into the top six for quite a few shifts after Benoit Pouliot left the game hurt. Pouliot has been with Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis lately, with Cory Conacher and Teddy Purcell flanking Steven Stamkos. Killorn had already been seeing some quality power play time of late, even without Pouliot out.
Marc-Andre Bergeron has points in four of eight. He's also been seeing some power play time, as he tends to when he's in the lineup, and might be a short-term option in deeper leagues.
Bruins rearguard Dougie Hamilton has been a regular presence on the first power play unit with Tyler Seguin, David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic. The rookie has put up 10 points in his 18 starts, including six in his past seven alone.
Anton Khudobin has won three of the four times he's received the call and remains a strong win possibility as a spot-starter going for a contender like Boston and his peripherals aren't damaging either.
Andrei Loktionov has points in five straight after scoring against the Sabres. He has been Ilya Kovalchuk's centre the last couple of those games. Loktionov only played 12:54 and had some power play time.
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