Zetterberg collected two more assists Saturday -- including a power-play setup to Justin Abdelkader on the opening score -- helping his team to a 5-1 road win over the Avalanche. Detroit is on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but the captain won't go down with the ship, at least from a production standpoint. Zetty's fashioned 15 goals and 44 helpers to complement a team-best plus-13 rating. Expect some of your competition to start paying less attention to players on teams bound to miss the playoffs, providing an opportunity in daily leagues to reap serious rewards from lightly owned players with proven track records -- at the very least, that's a viable tournament strategy.
Zetterberg secured a goal and an assist Thursday night, coming up big in a 5-4 shootout win over the Coyotes. Big Z certainly put some mustard on the shot that lit the lamp, though the home commentators opined that it should've been easy enough for goalie Mike Smith to stop. Either way, the Swedish captain is up to 57 points (15 goals, 42 assists) -- that's already seven more than he produced in a full 2015-16 campaign.
Zetterberg collected two assists, three shots and a plus-2 rating during Friday's win over Chicago. Now up to five goals, 19 assists and nine multi-point efforts through his past 19 games, Zetterberg has been a high-end fantasy asset dating back to mid-January. What's most impressive is that the veteran has been able to provide reliable offensive production despite playing for a weak team. Zetterberg isn't going to pad the goals column, but has 41 assists, 55 points, 155 shots and a plus-14 rating through 66 games, so he's still moving the needle in all fantasy settings.
Zetterberg handed out two assists and went plus-2 with two PIM in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Leafs. Remember when Zetter was old and fading? Memories of those times may be foggy, as he's been on an absolute bender since late January. Over the Wings' last 17 games, he has a spectacular 22 points, a stretch that's already pushed him past last season's total. With 53 now in 64 contests, Zetterberg is nearly guaranteed to crack 60 points for just the second time in the last five seasons. The 35-year-old is turning back the clock in a major way.
Zetterberg fashioned a pair of assists in Saturday's 4-3 road loss to the Oilers. On Friday, the Detroit Free Press relayed this quote from Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill: "I believe we will make the playoffs because of Henrik Zetterberg." While that seems like wishful thinking with the Red Wings toiling near the basement of the Eastern Conference standings, it shows just how much trust the chief bench boss has in the captain. He's certainly leading by example as the owners of an active six-game points streak comprised of one goal and nine helpers. It seems as though Zetterberg is playing with a level head despite a frustrating campaign that should result in the team missing the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons -- barring the miracle that Blashill has outlined.
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