Rodney Hood poured in a game-high 23 points (9-18 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, an assist and two steals over 41 minutes in Friday's 84-81 victory over the Bucks.
The second-year pro may be Utah's most pleasant surprise this season, with the consistency in his overall game taking a major step up from his rookie campaign. The Duke product has now posted 12 double-digit scoring performances in his last 13 games, including four outings in his last six with over 20 points. Hood's play has helped take some of the scoring load off Gordon Hayward's shoulders, particularly when Derrick Favors missed 16 games earlier in the season with a back injury. The 23-year-old's numbers figure to remain on an upswing the remainder of the campaign as his overall game continues its development.
Ryan Kesler contributed a pair of helpers in Friday's win over the Coyotes.
The surging Anaheim Ducks have won six straight games and Kesler has played a key role in the team's recent success, racking up three goals and nine points in that span. The two-way center now has 11 goals and 26 points on the season and should be rolled out with confidence right now.
Kevin Klein (thumb) is expected to play in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
Klein missed one game after fracturing his thumb in a contest against the Devils on Tuesday night, but it appears the defenseman is not going to let the ailment hold him out of further action. Klein reportedly wore a splint on the injured thumb and managed to get in a full practice Friday, putting him on track for what promises to be an intense Broadway versus Broad Street rivalry match Saturday.
Derrick Favors registered 11 points (4-15 FG, 3-6 FT), 15 rebounds, an assist, two steals and five blocks over 32 minutes in Friday's 84-81 victory over the Bucks.
The six-year veteran overcame some shooting struggles to put together his second straight double-double and serve as a force on defense for the third straight contest. Favors is now averaging an outstanding five blocks per game over three February contests, while also hauling in 11.3 rebounds per night. He's also posted six consecutive double-digit scoring performances since returning from his recent 16-game absence due to a back injury, unequivocally putting any doubts about his health to rest for the time being.
Doan now has 19 goals and 30 points on the season, as the 39-year-old continues to get it done in his 20th career NHL season. The veteran has put up points in back-to-back games and has scored nine times on the power play this season, making him a lethal fantasy threat in most formats. The
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