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

Ian Gooding


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.


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