Bourque notched his eighth goal on four shots as well as an assist in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Nashville. That makes 10 points in 19 games for Bourque -- not an amazing total, but far better than last year's eight points in 49 games with Columbus. A two-time 50-point winger in his golden years, the nearly 35-year-old Bourque is a long way from such production now and should only be utilized in very deep fantasy formats. That goal total is enticing, but the fact that it's come on only 37 shots (a 21.6 shooting percentage) is a major red flag.
Bourque (illness) will suit up for Saturday's game against the visiting Canucks, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports. Bourque ripped Edmonton for a pair of goals in his last game Tuesday, but he may have a tough time against the next Canadian foe. Over 35 career contests, Bourque's minus-13 rating against Vancouver is worse than any other opponent he's faced over his 11-year career.
Bourque was held out of practice Friday due to an illness. Hopefully the illness doesn't sideline him for long, as the veteran Bourque was starting to turn on the jets with a pair of goals in his last game. The Avalanche next play Saturday, when they welcome the Canucks to Denver. Borque should be considered day-to-day ahead of that one.
Bourque potted a pair of goals in a 6-3 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday. Bourque now has eight points on the season, seven of which have been goals. He also recorded five shots in this one to give him 32 on the year -- almost two per game -- so he could make for a sneaky play in daily contests or those in the deepest formats desperate for some scoring.
Bourque registered two goals -- including the overtime tally -- during Friday's win over Winnipeg. While Bourque was credited with two goals, the overtime winner actually came off the stick of Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers, so taking Bourque's multi-goal night with a grain of salt is advised. At this point the 34-year-old veteran is nothing more than a desperation own in deep leagues.
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