Maatta played all 82 games of the regular season and matched his career high in points (29). In addition to his point tally, Maatta set career highs for shots (164), power-play points (eight) and hits (131). Physicality had previously been one aspect missing from the Finn's game, but it appears he decided to take a different approach this season. The defenseman added a mere two helpers in his 12 postseason appearances, despite averaging 19:48 of ice time (including 1:23 with the man advantage). Looking ahead, 30 points is likely the ceiling for Maata, but he should be able to consistently push for that threshold.
Maatta snagged a helper in Sunday's 8-5 defeat of the Flyers. Maatta fired a shot from the point that was tipped in by Jake Guentzel to tie the game up at four goals apiece. The 23-year-old defender has a pair of points in six postseason contests. The Finn is bogged down in a 23-game goal drought -- dating back to March 1 -- which is an indication of the fact he is known more for his defensive prowess than his scoring touch.
Maatta added an assist to the Game 4 win over the Flyers on Wednesday. This was the first point of the conference quarterfinals for Maatta, who is averaging 1:42 of ice time on the power play. He may not come to mind as a viable fantasy option in playoff pools, but the Finn will surprise offensively every so often.
Maatta picked up the secondary assist on Derick Brassard's game-winning goal against the Canadiens on Wednesday. Maatta saw a significant drop in ice time Wednesday, as he logged just 16:37 -- over two minutes below his season average. With the Pens relying heavily on their No. 1 power-play unit, the defenseman has averaged a mere 25 seconds of ice time with the man advantage over his last three outings. Down the stretch, the Finn should be closer to 20 minutes per game, especially in the playoffs where Pittsburgh will try to keep its blue line as rested as possible.
Maatta scored twice in Thursday's 8-4 loss to Boston. Maatta's up to seven goals on the season. Four of those have come in the past six games following a 25-game drought.
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