Garrison provided the game-winner in overtime Friday as Tampa beat the Islanders 2-1 in Game 4. The big British Columbia native unleashed a one-timer from the point 1:34 into overtime, beating Thomas Greiss to give the Bolts a commanding 3-1 series lead. Garrison has been a totally different player in nine games this postseason with five points, 22 shots on goal and 12 PIM -- a stark contrast to the 11 points, 99 SOG and 18 PIM he put up in 72 regular-season contests. With the way the veteran has been producing, as well as his role on the power play (2:35 on Friday), he could make for a sneaky value play in daily formats going forward.
Garrison worked the power play in Tuesday's practice, reports Tampa Bay Times. Garrison has a big shot and the Bolts' power play has been horrible this season, converting just 15.8 percent of its opportunities. That's third-worst in the NHL. Garrison could bring a much needed punch to the man advantage, but it may not be enough to help carry the injury-riddled lineup to the second round.
Garrison scored his fifth goal of the season and had two assists in Friday's win over the Islanders. It was a rare offensive outing for Garrison, who has just 10 points on the season. The Lightning exploded for a season-high seven goals Friday and Garrison was right in the middle of it, but the blueliner's three points in the victory were just his first points in 19 games. For a defenseman logging decent minutes, that's a long time to go without getting on the scoresheet. Don't expect much, especially considering he no longer plays on the power play.
Garrison (lower body) returned off injured reserve in Monday's win over the Lightning. Garrison ended up missing three weeks after sustaining the lower-body ailment, skating 15:54 worth of ice time in the victory. He'll help provide some depth on the blue line for the Bolts, but his seven points on the season leave a bit to be desired from a fantasy perspective.
Coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday that he's "cautiously optimistic" Garrison (lower body) will be able to return on the team's four-game road trip, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Cooper indicated it would be "huge" to get back the defenseman, but his fantasy purposes leave much to be desired. In past seasons, Garrison was a member of the power play, and finished with 30 points last season (11 on power play). The 31-year-old has just seven points (four goals, no power play points) over 52 contests in 2015-16, likely due to his removal from the units. While he'll be a consistent presence in the lineup, there's no indication he'll be added to the power play upon return, leaving Garrison's upside rather limited.
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