Palat scored a power-play goal while launching a team-high five shots in 21:05 of ice time during Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to New Jersey. Palat entered this contest on a four-game point drought, but put those struggles in the rear-view mirror by beating Devils goalie Cory Schneider with the extra man 12:21 into the first period. He also set a season high in shots on goal while skating over 21 minutes for the second time this season.
Palat scored two goals in Tampa's 5-3 win over Florida on Friday night. He and Brayden Point are already showing fantastic chemistry -- the duo combined for five points Friday night. We had some concerns about Palat's production now that he's been shifted down the lineup, but so far, so good.
Palat inked a five-year, $26.5 million contract with the Lightning on Friday. Palat recently filed for salary arbitration in hopes of landing a long-term deal, and Tampa Bay was evidently happy to oblige. The 26-year-old winger has been quite productive during his first five seasons with the Lightning, totaling 218 points (74 goals, 144 assists) in 307 games, but the team also clearly values Palat's leadership ability, as he's served as an alternate captain for the past three campaigns. The Slovakian forward will likely return to his role skating on the Lightning's first line and top power-play unit in 2017-18 -- a role that should enable him to surpass the 50-point threshold for the fourth time in his six-year NHL career, making Palat a solid option in most season-long fantasy formats.
Palat filed for salary arbitration Wednesday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Palat is likely hoping to get a longer deal than the one-year contract that the Lightning gave him in their qualifying offer. The 26-year-old racked up an impressive 17 goals and 35 helpers -- including 15 power-play points -- and should again provide solid fantasy value in the 2017-18 campaign. If the two parties can't agree to a deal prior to the arbitration hearing, then the best the winger can hope for is a two-year contract.
Palat assisted on a pair of Brayden Point goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-1 win over Toronto. He helped Point open and finish the night's scoring, leading to Palat's fifth multi-point game in the last eight. You can track his hot streak even further into the past than that, though, as the Czech winger has a spectacular total of 19 points in his last 15 contests. Palat has now cleared the 50-point mark for the third time in his career, having again found the high-end passing touch that seemed to abandon him at times last season.
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