Stralman has been held without a point for 12 straight games. Stralman has been playing the role of crease clearer, so points have been the least of his worry. That's great for the Bolts, but awful for fantasy purposes.
Stralman appeared in his 600th NHL game Thursday. He has played for the Lightning, Rangers, Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs. Stralman has been a steady force on the Bolts back end this season, but points have been hard to come by. He has just one assist in his last 14 games and 15 points in 51 games. Stralman's minus-1 rating this season is his first negative tally in that category since 2010-11. His on-ice value remains high, but his fantasy value is sorely restricted.
Stralman continues to log heavy minutes on the Tampa Bay blue line and has 14 points, including 12 assists, in 40 games. Stralman missed a bit of time due to injury, but the reality is that his production has been on the decline regardless. At this point, he may not hit the 30 point mark. Stralman has value, especially in those that also count hits and blocked shots.
Stralman notched two third-period assists and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's win over the Blues. The Swedish blueliner hadn't posted a multi-point game all season prior to this one, so it's actually remarkable that he's managed to put up a moderately fantasy-relevant 11 points in 25 contests. Stralman's significant minutes include plenty of power-play time, so he should continue producing enough offense to hold down the back end of your fantasy blue line, particularly in deeper formats.
Stralman (upper body) will return to the lineup for Thursday night's game in St. Louis, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Stralman is likely to slot back into his spot in the top defensive pairing after missing the last nine games to injury. Tampa's defense has been slipping lately, as they've allowed at least four goals in each of their last four contests, so they'll be pleased to have the 30-year-old blueliner back in the lineup Thursday.
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