Muzzin scored the game-winning goal and added an assist Thursday against the Jets. Like everyone else on the team, Muzzin's had a difficult season with 26 points in 73 games and a minus-20 rating. It's a pretty sharp drop in production after scoring 40 points in each of his past two seasons, and his plus-minus is absolutely garish. The good news for fantasy owners is that Muzzin continues to pile on the hits and blocked shots, but it's still not enough to make him particularly valuable in standard formats.
Muzzin was fined $2,000 for embellishment Friday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. This infraction, also known as "diving," is assessed when a player falls down to deliberately get the attention of an official with hopes of drawing a penalty. Muzzin reportedly received a warning for doing this in a game against the Flyers on Oct. 14 and then he broke the rule again in last Saturday's home match with Vancouver. His fine will increase by $1,000 for each subsequent embellishment call, and even Kings coach Darryl Sutter could be docked if the defenseman repeats the offense five or more times.
Muzzin collected a goal and an assist during Monday's overtime loss to Minnesota. After hitting the 40-point plateau in consecutive seasons, Muzzin has registered just eight goals and 12 assists this year. He's seen a slight dip in ice time (including on the power play), and his shots, hits and blocked shots per game are all down from the 2015-16 campaign. Muzzin shouldn't be viewed as a universal fantasy asset and is best left to deeper settings at this stage of the game.
Muzzin was scoreless with a minus-4 rating in Tuesday's 5-0 loss against the Lightning. It was a rough night for Muzzin and the Kings defensive corps, although he was able to salvage the stat line for fantasy owners a bit with three blocked shots and a hit. The rearguard appeared to be turning a corner and providing much-needed offense in early- to mid-January, but he has struggled lately. Muzzin is scoreless with a minus-6 over the past two outings, and he has been held off the scoresheet in eight of the past 11 contests.
Muzzin picked up his 100th career assist with a plus-2 in Saturday's 3-2 victory against the Jets. Muzzin is heating up in the month of January, posting three goals with six points in six games. He has struggled mightily for his disappointed fantasy owners, but he is starting to come alive. The rearguard is a nice buy-low candidate for those looking to bolster their defensemen corps.
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