Rakell pitched in a power-play assist in Wednesday's 4-1 home win over the Islanders. Rakell was a secondary distributor on Ryan Kesler's first-period tally, linking up with rookie Sam Steel to get the job done. While Rakell has fashioned two consecutive 30-plus-goal seasons, he's only mustered one tally through the first seven games of the 2018-19 campaign. However, we believe the Swede will start picking up the slack in that department now that Kesler is rounding into form after dealing with a significant hip injury.
Rakell recorded a game-high six shots but failed to score in Sunday's 3-2 road win over the Blues. Rakell gets an 'A' for effort, as his heavy shot total alone probably made him worth the pick in most DFS contests using the two-game evening slate. However, poolies in season-long setups were burned by the Swede. Rakell has been held pointless in five straight contests after teasing the masses with his one goal, two-assist output to the detriment of the Sharks in the Oct. 3 road opener.
Rakell scored a goal and added two assists in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks. Having put up two consecutive 30-plus-goal seasons, Rakell has become an elite goal scorer at the NHL level. Despite tallying one more assist than goals last year, he remains best suited as a triggerman in the confines of Anaheim's offense. Rakell will be counted on to produce in 2018-19, especially with Corey Perry expected to miss a good chunk of the season.
Rakell has produced one goal and a minus-3 rating through four preseason games. This is not the best start for the wily pivot, but he should be just fine. Remember, Rakell produced career highs across the board last season -- including 34 goals and 69 points over 77 games. The Swede has a No. 1 power-play spot locked in as well, and it seems that only a serious injury could keep him from playing close to 20 minutes per contest in 2018-19.
Rakell's power-play goal was the only one his team got in Game 3, as the Ducks took an 8-1 loss to the Sharks on Monday. Things fell apart for Anaheim on Monday night, as the entire team looked out of sync after the Sharks took a 3-1 lead before the end of the period. From then on, Anaheim was one or several steps behind San Jose in falling into a 3-0 series hole. The entire team will have to be better than it showed Friday, or this series -- and Rakell's fantasy value -- will not last for long.
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