Duchene No Longer A Dud, Sateri Shines Again, plus more…
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel continued to do their thing, each scoring two points. Malkin has an eye-popping nine goals and four assists over his last five games, which puts him just outside the top 5 in scoring. Kessel, meanwhile, is two points out of the scoring lead while riding a six-game point streak.
In spite of their struggles during the first half of the season and a tenth-ranked overall offense, the Penguins’ 26.8 percent power play leads the league. That has benefitted all three scorers, as they are 1-2-3 in power-play points (Kessel 33, Crosby 30, Malkin 28). All three scorers now also find themselves in the top 10 in scoring. Even though the Pens are probably gassed from back-to-back Stanley Cup runs, don’t write this team off yet as a possibility to threepeat.
Here’s one more Kessel stat for you:
Here is the video tribute (what returning star or fan favorite doesn't receive one nowadays) and long standing ovation for Marc-Andre Fleury in his return to Pittsburgh.
We should be okay giving Fleury a pass if he wasn’t at his finest on Tuesday. Fleury allowed five goals on 38 shots in a 5-4 loss. Prior to Tuesday, Flower had won six of his last seven starts while not allowing more than three goals in any of them. Since we can now say that Vegas is a Stanley Cup contender, Fleury is a must-start.
Matt Duchene had another solid game, scoring a goal and adding two assists. If you’re a Duchene owner like I am, let’s just throw away his 2017 numbers as a Senator. Since January 5, Duchene has been scoring at a point-per-game pace with 14 points (6g-8a) in 14 games.
If you had been patient enough with Duchene because his shooting percentage showed that he was snakebitten, you are finally being rewarded. Combine that with the Sens’ favorable schedule during the last few weeks of the season (the playoff weeks in fantasy), and you have yourself a potential buy-low candidate. Maybe even a waiver-wire pickup, since Duchene is still unowned in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues.
The one potential hiccup to Duchene enjoying a strong second half, though, would happen if the Sens trade sniper