In this week’s Eastern Edge, we finish up our analysis of fantasy hockey storylines with a review of the latest in Pittsburgh, Tampa, Toronto and Washington.
Last week, we talked about Adam Fox, Tony DeAngelo, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Carter Hart (among others) while analyzing storylines from New York, Ottawa and Philadelphia. The article came out later than usual so make sure to check it out over here if you haven’t already. If there’s anything you want me to discuss in future articles, feel free to DM me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza!
Pittsburgh’s Injury Woahs
The Penguins have played 30 games this season. Justin Schultz was sidelined for seven of those games, Kris Letang was absent for eight, Patric Hornqivst missed 10, they’ve been without Evgeni Malkin for 11, and Sidney Crosby has been out for 13. The list goes on and on as Nick Bjugstad, Brian Dumoulin, Alex Galchenyuk and Bryan Rust have also been bitten by the injury bug this season. Yet by some miracle, Pittsburgh has managed to post a 17-9-4 record so far, going 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. The Penguins are one of three teams that rank in the top-10 for both goal scoring (3.40 goals for per game) and goal prevention (2.70 goals against per game), with the other two teams being Boston and Colorado. It wouldn’t be fair to discuss the team’s success without highlighting a few outstanding individual performances.
Jake Guentzel is one of just six players on the roster who’ve appeared in all 30 of Pittsburgh’s games, he leads the team in scoring with 31 points. Phil