Connolly scored the only goal for the Capitals despite skating just 8:25 in Thursday's overtime loss to the Predators. A six-game point streak in February earned Connolly some fantasy pickups, but limited ice time has kept him from rewarding fantasy owners for their faith. In the 14 games since that streak's end, Connolly has scattered three goals for his only points and averaged just a single shot per tilt.
Connolly scored a goal in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Red Wings. Connolly fired a shot from the goal line that redirected off a Red Wings defender late in the first period. The marker gives the British Columbia native four goals and seven points over the last five games. While this hot streak is unlikely to last, the regular ice time seems to be paying off so those in deeper leagues should keep an eye on Connolly moving forward.
Connolly skated a team-low 11:45 in Tuesday's 5-0 win over Carolina, but that was enough time for him to pick up a goal and an assist. Connolly now has a surprising four-game point streak going in which he's picked up six points and a plus-6 rating despite failing to clear 12 minutes of ice time in any of those contests. He's been hitting the scoresheet with something vaguely resembling consistency lately, offering the hope that Connolly might just start living up to the promise that made him the No. 6 overall pick in 2010. The team context certainly favors him in one respect -- that the Caps are scoring a lot more than they're getting scored on -- but their depth of forward talent means Connolly's role is likely to remain limited, as will his short-term fantasy upside. Let's not forget that he still only has 16 points in 40 games.
Connolly had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-0 victory over the Kings. His first multi-point game of the season gives him two goals and two assists along with a plus-4 rating over his last three games. The 24-year-old winger is inching towards a career-high in goals and has gone from a minus-1 rating in 71 games with the Bruins in 2015-16 to a plus-17 rating in his first year with the Capitals. Looking more and more comfortable on the third line with Lars Eller and Andre Burakovsky, Connolly may have some sleeper value in deep leagues moving forward, but his lack of overall ice time certainly limits his fantasy upside.
Connolly scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Bruins. The 24-year-old winger has nine goals and 11 points in 37 games on the year. More importantly, he's played in the last 20 games and is now seen as a regular in the lineup which was not the case earlier in the season. Logging regular ice time on an increasingly potent third line, he's starting to carve out some modest fantasy value in deeper leagues so keep an eye on him moving forward.
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