Ramblings: Hot Zuccarello, Kessel, Smith; Cold Landeskog, Price (Feb 27)

Ian Gooding

2021-02-27

If you targeted Rangers this week because of their Wednesday/Friday/Sunday off days, you may have been rewarded. Ryan Strome scored a goal and added two assists with a plus-2 and five shots to power the Rangers to a 6-2 win over the Bruins. Strome is now riding a four-game point streak in which he has seven points.

Strome has been skating on a line with Chris Kreider and Colin Blackwell. Fresh off a hat trick on Wednesday, Kreider chipped in another goal and an assist on Friday. He's now scored goals in three consecutive games. I managed to add him to one of my teams just before Wednesday's game, so lucky me!

In case you've never heard of Blackwell, he's a former Predator who is taking advantage of time on a scoring line. He has seven points in 10 games, including points in four of his last five games. If you're looking for an end-of-week Sunday add and play in a relatively deep league, chances are he's available (owned in just 1 percent of Yahoo leagues). His icetime has increased a little bit since Artemi Panarin took his leave of absence, and he's also receiving power-play time.

The Rangers welcomed a limited number of fans in the stands on Friday. We'll have to wait and see whether this provides a real boost to teams, but hopefully it's a sign that life is returning to some sense of normalcy with vaccines starting to roll out.

In a losing cause, both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak recorded two points. All three members of the top line (Marchand, Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron) are scoring at over a point per game, so nothing to worry about there even though the Bruins have lost four of their past five games.

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Meanwhile, the Wild are hot again, having won five games in a row. Just at the right time for Cam Talbot, who saw his first action since February 2 after being in COVID protocol. Talbot was just under three minutes away from a shutout when Jeff Carte