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Nine games were on tap Monday evening, and there was no shortage of goals.
The Panthers defeated the Senators 7-5 in one of the early affairs. Florida was led by perennial all-star and fantasy stalwart, Juho Lammikko and his four assists. Wait, do you not know who Lammikko is? Well fret not, you’re not alone. The 22-year-old forward is working on a quiet rookie season but had some fun on Monday. But please, don’t race to add him.
However, the win came with a cost. Vincent Trocheck left the game after a nasty looking ankle injury. He needed to be stretchered off the ice and it’s expected he’ll be out long term.
This likely means we see a player like Jared McCann getting a look up the lineup. But more importantly, it should also spell the promotion of Henrik Borgstrom. The team’s top prospect has been playing quite well in the American League thus far. He’s recorded 14 points in as many games.
There's also an opening on the top power-play unit. Mike Hoffman makes some sense, but we'll see.
Matt Duchene recorded a goal and two helpers to continue his tremendous season. He’s up to 27 points in 21 contests. That’s good for a share of fourth most in the league. This guy is going to get paid.
Speaking of UFA’s to be, teammate, Mark Stone has 24 points in 21 games. Jeff Skinner is rolling in Buffalo with 14 goals and 22 points in 21 contests, and Artemi Panarin is up to 22 points in 20 games.
It’s my expectation that three of these players will be in different uniforms next season. Likely by March.
Speaking of Panarin, he’s been reunited with Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois of late and the Blue Jackets’ top line has been dangerous. The trio came together for five points on Monday evening but it wasn’t enough against the Maple Leafs.