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Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins. He has at least a point in six straight games.
Juicy scored on a bad-angle shot from the goal line that ricocheted off Jeff Zatkoff's stick and high into the net while on the power play. He then set up Aleksander Barkov's shortie in the third. Jokinen's six-game point streak is nine points long and includes seven helpers. He's actually on a 55-point pace and that makes this winger a solid fantasy play the rest of the way.
Brad Marchand netted the game-winning goal over the Sabres on Saturday on a penalty shot in overtime. It extends his current goal streak to three games and four goals, and gives him nine goals in his last nine.
Marchand got the penalty shot after being grabbed by Rasmus Ristolainen, but it was an odd call -- the winger didn't really seem to have much separation from the big defender. But he made good on the penalty shot with a sweet move to his backhand that let him slip the puck inside the right post. Marchand is so hot he's burning holes in every goalie he faces, but don't get too comfortable with the winger. This is a prime time for you to see if you can truly sell high. This pace is unsustainable and you might score large from a fellow owner who's drooling over the boy in black and gold. It's worth a shot.
Jeff Skinner 's assist in the first period of Friday's 5-3 win over the Jets extended his scoring streak to four games (1G, 4A).
The good news is, with 18 goals and 12 assists in 53 games, Skinner is just one point away from the 31 he scored last season. The bad news? He's super streaky, and you just never know when that next point is going to come. Given his current pace, Skinner could wind up with 50 points this season, or 35. In reality, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Tomas Tatar found twine and dished out an assist in Saturday's 5-1 win over the visiting Islanders.
Tatar now has points in three straight and five over his last five games. He only played 11:37 in Saturday's matinee -- which was over three minutes less than his season average -- but there hasn't been talk of any type of injury so it's probably more to do with the fact the Wings were up by four goals midway through the second and giving their bottom-six forwards more ice time. Regardless, Tatar now has 32 points in 51 games and is on pace for 51 points this season, so he'll need to crank it up a notch down the stretch if he hopes to eclipse last year's career-high 56-point campaign.
Benoit Pouliot scored the Edmonton Oilers ' lone goal as they were lambasted by Montreal 5-1 on Saturday.
Pouliot could be a sneaky pickup in fantasy leagues as he continues to reap the benefits of playing on a line with Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle. Coach Todd McLellan has been known to tinker with his lines, however, so caution should be advised.
Andre Burakovsky tallied his 10th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Devils.
Burakovsky scored in the first period, and has amassed 10 goals and 21 points in 46 games this season -- although he has 12 of those points in his last nine games. Showing improved confidence and solid chemistry with Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov on a potent second line, the 23rd overall pick for the 2013 Draft is worth adding in all formats if available.
Thomas Vanek will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's matchup with the Blues, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
Head coach Mike Yeo has opted to send Vanek a wake-up call, as the veteran winger simply hasn't played well of late, tallying a single assist and just six shots on goal in his last eight games. He likely won't be held out of Minnesota's lineup for long, however, and could return to action as soon as Tuesday against Dallas. In the meantime, Minnesota's coaching staff will hope Saturday's scratch will encourage the former-first round pick to do everything in his power to return to form.
David Dziurzynski (undisclosed) is now on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Dziurzynski skated for just 3:21 in Thursday's game against the Oilers before colliding with Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse and ultimately sustaining an injury. A physical forward in his first NHL season, Dziurzynski has four points in 14 games this season and when healthy, brings size to the lineup at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. However, the Ottawa Senators have called up forward Nick Paul from AHL Binghamton and he has a similar stature as Dziurzynski, so opponents could still be faced with an imposing presence on the lower lines.
Patrick Maroon scored his second goal of the season and added two assists in Friday's win over the Coyotes.
Maroon only saw 11:33 of ice time, but he made the most of it, striking for a power-play tally and earning first star of the game honors. The 27-year-old has just 11 points in 45 games and doesn't see significant ice time, but if the Anaheim Ducks keep rolling, the former 34-point-getter could be worth grabbing in some deeper leagues.
Matt Calvert assisted on both of William Karlsson's goals in Friday's win over the Flames.
A strong showing from Calvert, who helped Columbus pick up their fourth win in five games. The third-liner now has seven goals and 10 points in 45 games, making him a decent depth scorer. He doesn't play on the power play and has never surpassed 24 points in his career, though, so Calvert really only holds value in very deep leagues.