Ramblings – McAvoy on Fire, Scheifele Hurt, Malkin Suspension? And More… (Apr 11)



With another point Sunday afternoon, Erik Haula has 12 in his last 10 games. His Boston stint got off to a tough start with just five points in his first 25 games. But since then, he has 32 in 44. A big part of that is obviously Boston breaking up The Perfection Line. David Pastrnak moving to the line with Taylor Hall has gotten Hall going – and Haula won the lottery to be their centerman. He's a good, steady faceoff man and he's always had this kind of talent. But he's such a Band-Aid Boy he could never really get it going. Boston really lucked out getting a full healthy season from him.

Charlie McAvoy is really going nutty out there. I know I'm focusing on the losing team here, as Washington beat the Bruins, but there was nothing from Washington that struck me from a fantasy standpoint so I'm going to stick with Boston here. McAvoy is on an eight-game points streak and has 24 in his last 23. Oddly enough, his PP production has actually gone down in the second half. So what's been the difference? Well, his partner has changed from Matt Grzelcyk to Mike Reilly or Hampus Lindholm. Or, in the case of Sunday – Derek Forbort. So…really just anyone but Grzelcyk. At any rate, McAvoy now has a full-season pace of 62 while facing the toughest Quality of Competition. He's still only 24. I didn't have him on my list of defensemen who could get a point-per-game, but I'm starting to open my mind to the idea.

Speaking of Grzelcyk, he left the game early with an upper-body injury. McAvoy ended up playing over 28 minutes as a result.


Evgeni Malkin got four minutes for this. But there is talk that he should get three games (using the Auston Matthews incident as a guide there):

Sidney Crosby scored the OT winner and it was a beauty. It marked point No. 1400, just three behind Alex Ovechkin for 21st on the all-time list. Ovechkin had a goal Sunday with two seconds left into an empty net. Crosby was in on all three goals. This is the TO one here, a real beauty.