Four Goals In Three Games For Flyers' Raffl
, LW, PHI
News: Michael Raffl
found the back of the net for the third consecutive game in Thursday's loss to the Lightning.
He's got four goals on nine shots over that three-game span and six markers on the year. Michael Raffl
's sky-high shooting percentage says this luck is bound to balance out, but it's hard to ignore the offensive contributions he's made early on here. The Flyers' offense has awoken, and that should only help Raffl, so he's worth a speculative add at minimum.
Four Straight Two-Point Games For Flyers' Voracek
, RW, PHI
News: Jakub Voracek
scored a goal and added an assist Thursday against Tampa Bay, giving him two points for the fourth consecutive game.
Yep, that's called being red-hot. Jakub Voracek
has only failed to hit the scoresheet one time so far this year, and with an impressive 15 points in 10 games, it's looking like he could blow last year's career-best 62 points out of the water. He's always had point-per-game talent.
Hawks' Hossa Hits 1,000 Points
, RW, CHI
News: Marian Hossa
picked up a goal and an assist Thursday in a shootout win over the Senators, giving him exactly 1,000 points for his career. He went plus-2 with five shots on goal.
It took him just 1,100 NHL games to reach that milestone, emphasizing just how good a career Marian Hossa
's had. The 35-year-old started the year slow, with just a lonely goal in his first six games, but has warmed to the task more recently, with four points in his last four contests. Even with a disappointing performance out of the gate, Hossa remains a must-start in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
Canucks' D. Sedin Pots OT Winner
, LW, VAN
News: Daniel Sedin
scored Thursday's game-winning goal against Montreal on an overtime power play off a feed from his brother Henrik.
It's just the winger's third goal of the year, but that modest total has been offset with nine assists, giving him a cool dozen points in 10 games so far. Although his goal-scoring production has been down over the last couple seasons, Daniel could return to his 30-goal ways this year, as the twins have looked revitalized.
Avs' McLeod Shows Up In Box Score
, LW, COL
News: Cody McLeod
scored his first goal of the year, added his first assist, went plus-2, collected two PIM and dished four hits Thursday against the Islanders.
A nice and easy game for Cody McLeod
, who'd (rather typically) collected 26 PIM, but no points over the first 10 games of the year. Don't expect too many offensive outbursts like this from the 30-year-old winger, whose main value lies in his toughness.
Canes' Semin Likely To Be Scratched Saturday
, RW, CAR
News: Alexander Semin
is expected to be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Coyotes.
Like many of his teammates, Alexander Semin
has been deplorable this season offensively, contributing only two points, 12 shot attempts and a minus-7 rating over his eight contests. With both Nathan Gerbe (lower body) and Patrick Dwyer (lower body) expected to return to action Saturday following lengthy absences, coach Bill Peters plans to drop Semin from the lineup to clear up room. The move to the press box shouldn't be a permanent one for Semin, who remains one of the Hurricanes' top talents, his early struggles notwithstanding.
Blues' Oshie Has Illness On Top Of Concussion
, RW, STL
In addition to a concussion, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that T.J. Oshie
(concussion) is dealing with a bacterial infection, according to GM Doug Armstrong.
The infection is making it more challenging to determine the status of his concussion (the more serious issue). Once the illness clears T.J. Oshie
will go through the normal concussion protocols before returning to the lineup.
News: Evander Kane
(knee) contributed no points and attempted three shots in his return to action Thursday against the Devils.
It was probably unrealistic for Evander Kane
to deliver immediately upon returning from an injury that knocked him out of action for two weeks, and the Jets were likely just happy that the forward made it through the contest without any setbacks. He saw 17:07 worth of ice time while skating on the second line with Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele.
News: Blake Wheeler
tallied the Jets' lone goal in Thursday's loss to the Devils.
Analysis: Blake Wheeler
has a respectable six points in 10 games, but three of the them came in the season opener, making his more recent production fairly unimpressive overall. He did welcome back Evander Kane (knee) to his second line on Thursday, which may allow Wheeler to deliver more frequent points over the games to come.
Blues' Reaves Scores Thursday
, RW, STL
News: Ryan Reaves
picked up his second goal of the season Thursday against Anaheim.
Analysis: Ryan Reaves
is known for his tough play, but the Blues will take the goal. The veteran's ice time is down a bit early this season, which will limit any fantasy contribution he might make even further.