Vlassic scored a career-high two goals and assisted on the overtime-winner Saturday against Dallas. Vlasic isn't a huge offensive producer, so if you're rostering him for ice time and blocked shots you got a big bonus the last couple games. He has three goals, an assist and 10 shots in the last two games.
Vlasic scored the Sharks' lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win against Edmonton on Thursday. Vlasic's goal came on a 2-on-1 midway through the first period, when he took the puck down the left wing and sniped a wrist shot off the post and in past Cam Talbot. Normally a very conservative two-way defender, Vlasic has 20 points on the season and could match or exceed his career-high of 36. He's a good depth defenseman to have on fantasy teams, but not an anchor by any means.
Vlasic had a big night in Saturday's 7-0 shaming of the Maple Leafs, posting two assists, a plus-4 rating, three shots and four blocked shots. Vlasic has been an animal blocking shots lately. Over the last five games, he's put himself in front of 15 opponent shots. Despite only crossing 30 points once in his career, Vlasic can provide a lot of value in the right format.
Vlasic (undisclosed) was able to suit up Tuesday night against the Kings, logging 26:09 of ice time in the 5-3 win. Vlasic's minutes were the most for a player dressed in teal, suggesting that his undisclosed issue heading into the contest was not enough to hold him back. Pickles went minus-2 in the game but still has a plus-3 rating on the season.
Vlasic is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday night's contest against the Kings, but Sharks coach Peter DeBoer believes the defenseman will play, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Vlasic reportedly missed practice Monday, and was not on the ice for the optional skate Tuesday morning. The Sharks should get a better read on his status for the evening contest once warmups are underway. If Pickles doesn't draw into the game, he'll have until Dec. 28 to get healthy for the next game. At this point, it's unclear exactly what is threating his availability for the next match.
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