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Ryan Donato has come back to earth somewhat after his scorching debut, managing “just” three points in his last six games. Curious to see if Rick Nash knocks him out of the lineup or if it’s Brian Gionta or Tommy Wingels. For it to be Donato, his play would have to really decline – but that could happen if Nash sops up all his PP time and good linemates. Sunday those linemates were David Krejci and the red-hot Jake DeBrusk (discounting his injury games missed, he has 12 points in his last 10). Donato doesn’t deserve to be scratched, but I see this all the time – the big name former star getting PP priority. Take Donato off that top PP line and he could feasibly go the final three games without a point. If that happens, does he see some playoff scratches? Proceed with caution on Donato in your playoff pool draft this weekend.
Rick Nash, by the way, is not on Boston’s road trip, so Donato’s PP spot is probably safe. Until the postseason starts. I’d expect Nash to be back in time for the first game.
Torey Krug may have been shut out Sunday, but he has 16 points in 17 games (0.94) without Charlie McAvoy in the lineup. He has 41 points in 55 games (0.75) with McAvoy in.
In 31 games Travis Konecny had 10 points to start the season. Since then, with two more Sunday, he has 37 points in 47 games. Even though he’s doing this all at even strength (just three PPPts), to me this bodes well for a 60-point season. Much will be dependent on Claude Giroux staying healthy and continuing to play out of this world. Because otherwise, without the PP time Konecny won’t hit 60. But assuming the same Giroux, I think Konecny gets there even without top PP billing. And yes, I know that’s pretty rare.
Speaking of Giroux, I wish I had a good explanation for what we’re seeing this year. Normall