Orlov will represent Team Russia in the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Orlov was producing better offensively with four assists in seven playoff games before Washington was eliminated from Stanley Cup contention. The 27-year-old will join teammates Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on Russia's roster.
Orlov registered an assist and three shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime with against the Hurricanes in Game 2 of their first-round series. Orlov had gone without a point in four straight games, but provided a helper on Nicklas Backstrom's opening goal early in the first period. The blueliner had 29 points, 137 hits, 103 blocked shots and 101 shots on goal in the regular season. It's likely the non-scoring categories that could give him postseason fantasy relevance.
Orlov has posted five assists over his last five games. Orlov also added a plus-6 rating and eight shots during that span and seems to be rounding into form in the home stretch of the season. Those in need of a boost to their fantasy blueline might consider adding the 27-year-old Russian if he's still available.
Orlov finished Wednesday's 5-3 win over Philadelphia with two assists. Both were secondary helpers and move Orlov up to 22 points in 2018-19. The Capitals' blueliner hasn't scored since Jan. 20 -- a stretch of 19 games -- but does have seven assists over that span.
Orlov tallied two helpers and a plus-2 rating while logging 20:05 of ice time during Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Senators. Orlov had his best game in weeks and was a force at both ends of the ice on Tuesday. The Russian blueliner has had a down year with just 20 points and a minus-5 rating in 64 games, but he could be heating up just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Those in deeper formats should keep an eye on him moving forward.
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