Demers went a whopping minus-5 with one shot, three blocks and two giveaways in Thursday's 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Canadiens. Well, that's about as poor a performance as you can deliver, being on the ice for almost all the opposition's goals; his partner on defense, Keith Yandle, went minus-4 himself. Demers has delivered a few major defensive duds this year, with the most recent one a minus-4 effort March 7 against the Rangers. Although the 28-year-old has set a new career mark with nine goals, his composite production (27 points, minus-13) doesn't move the needle in most fantasy formats.
Demers recorded a pair of assists Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Carolina. The former Star and Shark has three points in his last three games for a total of 25 in 72 contests this year. While Demers isn't likely to get back to his career high of 34 -- set in San Jose back in 2013-14 -- his 96 hits are a personal best, which helps sustain his value in the very deepest of leagues.
Demers logged just 16:47 of ice time and failed to register a point for the seventh consecutive game during Wednesday's loss to Edmonton. Further concerning is Demers has just six shots, three blocked shots and 14 hits during the pointless stretch. He's a solid real-world defenseman, but his mediocre offensive and peripheral statistics don't move the needle in most seasonal leagues. Demers should be left to deep leagues, and his current owners will want to monitor his ice time over the next few games.
Demers scored the game-winning goal and registered three shots on net during Wednesday's win over the Islanders. The veteran defenseman is having a serviceable fantasy season with eight goals, 17 points, 52 shots, 50 blocked shots, 37 PIM and 51 hits. However, he's also sporting an unsustainable 15.4 shooting percentage and outside of his eight tallies doesn't significantly tip the scales in any one category. Plus, 19 of his PIM came in a single outing. Be careful not to overvalue Demers.
Demers notched a goal and a power-play assist during Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to Detroit. Demers is in the midst of a solid stretch, earning points in three of the last four. It's the best span of the 28-year-old's season, as the blueliner has suffered through multiple lengthy pointless streaks. The 2008 seventh-round pick is seeing over two minutes on the power play (career-high ice time), which has translated to four helpers.
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