There’s nothing more agonizing in hockey than watching a player of yours go on an extended cold streak.
A few games is fine, as it might only cost you a single matchup in weekly head-to-head leagues. But a cold streak that lasts for 10 or more games can lead to some panic moves.
Below are 10 players who are in the midst of a cold spell and a look at whether they can recover.
10. Tyler Toffoli
There was a lot of love for Toffoli a few years ago but his production has been dropping the past couple of seasons. He picked up an assist on Saturday, his first point in 10 games. He has been playing on a line with Anze Kopitar for the past few games, but it took a while for him to be rewarded. If he stays in that spot, there’s a good chance he’ll rebound. Or even if he plays with Jeff Carter once Carter returns from an injury. That’s a couple of big ifs. Toffoli is not on the top power play unit so it will be tough for him to reach 50 points.
9. Zach Parise
Technically speaking, Parise’s entire season has been a cold streak as he didn’t play his first game until Jan. 2nd because of a back injury. Since returning, he’s got three points in 13 games. There are some positive signs if you’re hoping for him to pick it up. In those 13 games, he’s top for Wild forwards in power-play time (even though he doesn’t have a man-advantage point), fifth in even-strength ice time, second in shots, and is starting in the offensive zone almost 61 per cent of the time. As long as he gets the opportunities, there’s a chance he can bounce back. At some point, though, the coach will have to start leaning toward players who are actually producing.
8. Henrik Zetterberg
Many Red Wings could have made this list. Gustav Nyquist and Anthony Mantha have one point in eight games. Dylan Larkin is pointless in five. Mike Green has two points in 11 games. Tomas Tatar has four points in 11 games. However, Zetterberg is the big name in fantasy circles, and his two points in eight games is especially hurtful to poolies. Zetterberg is no longer elite but he’s still a 65-point player. Expect a small comeback.
7. Kyle Turris
There was plenty written about Turris when he posted 17 points in his first 17 games as a Pred, but now he has five points in his last 18 games. The true Kyle Turris lies somewhere between his hot and