Ramblings: Laine Strikes Again, Washington Goalie Controversy?

Ian Gooding

2018-03-11

Laine Strikes Again, Washington Goalie Controversy? Plus more…

Patrik Laine scored his 40th goal of the season on Saturday, tying him with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead. No player is on the kind of roll that Laine is on right now. He has nine of the Jets’ last 13 goals, goals in each of his last five games with nine goals over that span, and 15 goals and 21 points over his last 11 games. Needless to say you don’t want to be the team that faces the Laine owner in head-to-head.

I know I mentioned this before and so have others, but the acquisition of Paul Stastny has helped both Stastny and Laine. With his assist on Laine’s goal on Saturday, Stastny now has seven points and a plus-8 in his six games as a Jet. The Jets are usually on a budget, so I have my doubts as to whether they can re-sign Stastny, who has traditionally been on the expensive side for his production level. So unless the Jets prove me wrong and can bring him back as a UFA, I’d have a hard time thinking Stastny can continue this kind of pace next season for a different team without a goal scorer of Laine’s ability.

In that same game, Nolan Patrick recorded an assist, giving him 10 points over his last 12 games. Patrick got off to a very slow start as he adjusted to life in the NHL, but now he’s turned into an effective fantasy option. An interesting question was posted on the Dobber Sports Facebook page recently: After almost one full NHL season in the books, who would you draft for your FantasyHockey team now? I’d still draft Hischier, but Patrick has clearly closed the gap. As a Patrick keeper owner, at least I’m less worried now.

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Brad Marchand was involved in another controversial hit on Saturday, this one involving Anthony Duclair. Does Marchand need to play the way he does in order to be a successful NHL player? Would he lose his competitive edge if he behaved himself on the ice