Stempniak scored a pair of goals -- including the game-winner -- in Thursday's 4-1 upending of the Canadiens. He's been on a roll of late, racking up seven points in as many games, although all the others were assists -- Stempniak hadn't scored a goal since March 3. The veteran skated 16:48 in this one, his second-highest usage in the last 15 games, which is nice. Still, we know who Stempniak is at this point in his career: a quality third-line scorer whose shortcomings tend to be exposed when he receives more premier assignments.
Stempniak set up the game-tying goal Tuesday in an eventual 4-3 road win over the Panthers. One of the NHL's most popular nomads, Stempniak has been on 10 different teams over -- what's soon to be -- 12 years of service time in the league. He's picked up an assist in four of the past five games, and while the shifty winger may technically reside in the bottom six, Stempniak consistently gets deployed on the second man-advantage unit, which adds to his fantasy appeal. View him as ol' reliable with the fantasy playoffs underway.
Stempniak scored a goal for the second time in his last three games Friday against the Coyotes. Stempniak is now just one point shy of the 30-point mark this season with roughly one quarter of the schedule left to play. He likely won't match the 51 points he posted last season, but a 40-point campaign isn't out of the question, which wouldn't be half bad for the 34-year-old grinder. That said, Stempniak should still only be counted on in deeper fantasy formats at this point.
Stempniak posted an assist with a plus-1 rating, a minor penalty and two hits in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss against the Avalanche. The veteran Stempniak has been fairly effective for owners in deeper fantasy pools, posting two goals with seven points over the past 12 games. His hits (76) can also be a boon for players in rotisserie formats.
Stempniak registered his 10th goal of the season in Saturday's 5-4 OT win over the Islanders. Stempniak has been a streaky scorer this season. He typically puts up a couple of points every game or two, followed by long pointless droughts of four, five games or more. He's really only worthy of fantasy attention in deeper formats at the present time.
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