Monahan finished with a goal, an assist and six shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Predators.
While Monahan's efforts fell just short of erasing a 4-0 third-period deficit, he did stretch his goal-scoring streak to four games. The 22-year-old has also attempted at least four shots on goal in five consecutive contests after reaching that mark just twice in the previous 12. Monahan will have to pick up the pace if he wants to top 60 points for a third consecutive season, but surpassing 20 goals for the fourth time in four professional campaigns shouldn't be a problem.
Monahan has lit the lamp in a season-high three straight games, and he's gone plus-4 during the impressive streak. He takes plenty of shots on goal, and after struggling toward the end of December, he's finally starting to find the back of the net with regularity. Monahan remains a must-start fantasy option in most pools, although his poor plus-minus can be a bit of a deterrent.
A visit from the league's worst team was exactly what Monahan needed to put an end to his five-game point drought. He now has 22 points in 40 games -- a disappointing number from a guy who topped the 60-point mark in each of the last two seasons -- and still has an ugly minus-14 rating, so the young center has his work cut out for him as the second half of 2016-17 approaches.
Monahan has collected 11 points -- and a whopping seven on the man advantage -- in the past 10 games.
The punchy pivot wasn't able to solve Sharks goalie Martin Jones on Tuesday, but there hasn't been anything for Monahan's owners to complain about of late. He's on the top line with Kris Versteeg and Troy Brouwer and averaging 3:07 on the power play on a per-game basis. While Monahan is struggling defensively as evidenced by his minus-11 rating, he generally sprinkles in enough offense to offset that category, which isn't universally used to begin with.
It's safe to say Monahan is happy to see Johnny Gaudreau back in the lineup. Not only has the 22-year-old notched back-to-back multi-point outings since being reunited with Johnny Hockey, but the youngster has also reached the scoresheet in five straight after going pointless in five beforehand. The star center is lagging behind his usual pace -- 15 points through 29 games -- but he's got a better chance to start to piling up the production now that his stud winger is healthy.