Tavares kept streaking Thursday, racking up his 20th goal to go with an assist in a 5-2 win over the Kings. Over the Isles' first 42 games of the season -- 39 of which Tavares appeared in -- the 25-year-old pivot put up just 29 points, a highly disappointing performance for a guy who was right in the mix for the Art Ross Trophy last season. But over his last 11 games, Tavares has lit up the scoresheet to the tune of five goals and 14 total points. Now that's more like it. Now that he's back on the horse, there's no reason to expect him to slow down anytime soon.
Tavares tallied a goal and two assists in Sunday's win over the Oilers. The Islanders' offense exploded for eight goals Sunday, and Tavares was a major part of that as he recorded what would end up going as the game-winner early in the first period before setting up a pair of power-play tallies. The 25-year-old continues to roll with six points in his last four games and is now up to 40 on the season.
Tavares blasted a one-timer that turned on the goal light Saturday against the Red Wings, but the Islanders were strapped with a 5-1 loss. Tavares scored early in the third period but the Isles were already down five goals by the time he found twine - too little, too late for the perennial fantasy stud who now has 37 points in 47 games this season.
Tavares picked up a goal and an assist Tuesday in a 5-3 win over the Wild. That's now five points in the last three games for Tavares, and it's nice to see him exit the All-Star break looking good. The addition of Mikhail Grabovski to the top line alongside Ryan Strome and Tavares has paid dividends recently, but the jury's still out on whether that's a sustainable arrangement. Owners of the star center have to be hoping it is, as they've been disappointed by statistical regression in practically every meaningful fantasy category this year.
Saturday's matchup between the Islanders and Flyers has been postponed. Winter storm Jonas has now forced the NHL to postpone a total of three games. Assuming the weather cooperates, Tavares and the Isles will be back in action Monday against the Red Wings.
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