Ramblings: Barkov Returns but Wennberg Gets the Hat Trick, Hart Back in Net, More Canucks on COVID List (Apr 4)

Ian Gooding

2021-04-04

If your fantasy lineup has any Bruins or Penguins, hopefully you were able to receive some helpings from the 7-5 score (sorry, any Kris Letang or Bryan Rust owners).

Brad Marchand had the biggest day of all, scoring a hat trick while adding one assist and a plus-4 and six shots. Marchand now has goals in three consecutive games. His 1.28 PTS/GP is on par with his scoring from his previous three seasons, so he's been exactly as advertised this season.

Even though he was separated from the Marchand/Bergeron even-strength unit, David Pastrnak still had his own great game with two goals, an assist, and five shots. Pastrnak is currently on David Krejci's wing with Nick Ritchie. Pasta also broke a three-game pointless drought and five-game goalless drought with his Saturday output.

Ritchie, by the way, has five points and 17 shots over his last five games. He's also second on the Bruins with 58 hits and receives decent power-play time, so he's worth a waiver-wire pickup in multicat leagues.

The new lucky winner of top-line duty is Craig Smith, who assisted on one of Marchand's goals. The Bruins play five games next week, three of which are against the defensively-challenged Flyers. Smith is one player to consider if you're looking for waiver-wire options to maximize your games played totals in weekly format. For more on next week's schedule, check out Looking Ahead.

Charlie McAvoy chipped in three assists, which gives him seven points over his last six games.

Casey DeSmith has been solid when given the opportunit