Rask scored a power-play goal Monday against the Rangers, but saw his ice time dip to a season-low 10:50 in the 6-3 loss. The good news is Rask has been much more consistent of late, with nine points in his last 13 games, putting him just one point shy of the 30-point mark. However, his reduced ice time does not bode well in terms of future production. Rask was seeing 15-20 minutes a game in a top-six role just a few weeks ago, but now finds himself centering the team's third line.
Rask skated a season-high 20:04 Saturday against the Red Wings, collecting an assist in the 3-1 loss. He spent the majority of the game centering the top line between Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. Rask now has five points (all assists) in his last six games, bringing him to 25 points on the season. That said, he is unlikely to crack the 40-point barrier as he did the previous two campaigns, but something in the mid-30's is still within reach, especially if he continues centering the top line with his team's two best wingers. He's worth a look in daily leagues right now.
Rask recorded two assists and four shots through 16:14 of ice time (2:39 with the man advantage) during Tuesday's 7-3 win over Los Angeles. After posting consecutive 40-point campaigns, this has been a letdown showing from Rask, especially since he appeared poised to take another step forward offensively. He's collected 12 goals and 10 assists through 55 games, which has him off the fantasy radar outside of deep settings. While there's potential for Rask to make more of an impact down the stretch, he's settled into a secondary-scoring role, so it's likely best to expect more of the same moving forward.
Rask scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Senators. The tally was his 12th of the year, although Rask has only 19 points through 48 games. The 24-year-old typically hasn't been a better sniper than a playmaker in his career, so don't be surprised if his assist total catches up with his goal-scoring in the second half as he tries to record his third straight 40-point campaign.
Rask assisted on two goals in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Canadiens. Aside from Brock McGinn, Carolina's second line came out swinging, as both Justin Williams and Rask collected two points in the victory. The Swedish center now has four assists in his last five games, bringing his point total to 18 throughout 47 contests in 2017-18. Rask will be hard-pressed to match his production from last season (45 points) and is probably best left on the waiver wire at this time.
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