Spooner tallied a primary assist in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Anaheim, extending his point streak to four games. Spooner has been tearing it up since he was promoted to centering Boston's second line in the absence of David Krejci on Dec. 29. In the 14 games since, Spooner has recorded 15 points. With Krejci's return, Spooner has began to play wing on Krejci's line, and hasn't missed a beat. The 23-year old looks more and more confident with every game he plays, and is a likely candidate to score 60-plus points this season.
In advance of Monday's game against the Flyers, Spooner moved from the right wing on Patrice Bergeron's line to the left wing on a trio with David Krejci and Loui Eriksson, the Boston Globe reports. It remains to be seen how long Spooner plays on the wing, but the recent return to action of David Krejci created a situation where Spooner either needed to man the middle on the B's third line, or work as a top-six winger. Given the caliber of his linemates of late, as a winger, Spooner -- who has helpers in each of his last two games -- looks like a decent fantasy play at the moment. Overall, he has notched 10 goals and 35 points in 47 game to date.
Spooner scored a goal and chipped in two helpers while skating to a plus-3 in Friday's 4-1 win over Buffalo. Of all the players on a hot streak right now, this guy has got to be one of the most unassuming. Spooner now has 11 points in his last eight games and is up to 33 points in 43 games this season, his fourth in the NHL. The 2010 second-round pick has never played more than 29 NHL games in any one campaign, so it's no surprise that his 10 goals, 23 assists and 86 shots on goal are all career highs.
With David Krejci out and considered "week-to-week," Spooner has been elevated to Krejci's slot on a line centering Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson, CSN New England reports. Spooner, who has not recorded a point over his last four games, has tallied eight goals and 14 assists in 35 games overall this season. A top-six role while helping fill the void created by Krejci's absence should help re-ignite the speedy Spooner, who had been a roll earlier this month, in which he notched 10 points over a six-game span. It's an opportunity that should provide the 23-year-old pivot with added opportunities to produce in both power-play and even strength situations while Krejci is sidelined.
Spooner dished out four assists while skating to a plus-3 rating in Friday's 6-2 road win over the Penguins. Most impressively, all four were of the primary variety -- including all three of Frank Vatrano's hat-trick tallies. The four-point explosion gives Spooner a very respectable 22 points in 31 games this season, 10 of which have come in the last six games, so it's safe to say he's hot right now and makes for a strong fantasy play as long as he's streaking -- even if he is just a third-line center.
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