Ladd scored on a third-period power play Wednesday, and the goal held up as the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. It's been a tough first year in New York for Ladd, but at least he's now reached 20 goals for the sixth time in his career. Of course, he also has only eight assists and a minus-12 rating, so his fantasy owners haven't exactly been enjoying the ride. Ladd is only 30 years old, but he's got a lot of mileage, so it's far from clear that he'll ever return to his old 50-to-60-point level.
Ladd's 19th goal of the season against the Canucks on Thursday gave the Isles their second straight win. That's two consecutive games now in which Ladd has scored, bouncing back from an ugly minus-3 performance against Calgary on Sunday. With 25 points in 62 games, Ladd's first year on Long Island has been a huge bust. He was expected to help fill the void left by Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo, but despite his 17.0 shooting percentage, he's done very little for the Islanders offense. He's averaging the lowest ice time of his career since 2009, and his fantasy value has steadily declined over the past two seasons.
Ladd (back) took line rushes in pregame warmups and will play Thursday night's game in Dallas. Ladd won't miss any games as a result of the pesky ailment, so he's slated to skate on the Islanders' second line with Brock Nelson and Josh Ho-Sang on Thursday night. It will be interesting to see whether the addition of Ho-Sang will be enough to break Ladd out of his three-game point drought.
Ladd missed practice Monday due to a back injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. The injury is not considered to be serious and Ladd is fully expected to play when the schedule resumes for the Islanders on Thursday in Dallas. After a terribly slow start to the season Ladd has picked it up of late with four goals in his last seven games.
Ladd notched his 15th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Devils. Ladd has been awful with the Isles and has just 21 points on the season. But he may be starting to warm up -- Ladd has nine points, including seven goals, in his last 11 games. He's probably on the wire right now given his poor numbers. Ladd is a proven producer in the past and could be valuable down the stretch.
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