Maatta had an assist during a 5-2 victory over Columbus on Sunday. Maatta now has points in each of his last three games, which is his best streak since October, when he bagged assists in six straight contests. The Fin also has been filling in the statsheet by other means lately too, as throughout his last 10 games he's thrown 16 shots on goal and logged 23 hits. The fact that Maatta skates on the second power-play unit, and is only averaging 1:08 of time on the man advantage since the New Year certainly won't make it easier for the 23-year-old to keep up his recent streak, but with 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 60 games, he needs just nine more tallies to set a new career high.
Maatta failed to register a point against the Hurricanes on Tuesday, but did tally four shots and five hits. Despite a 16-game goal drought, Maatta is continuing to put pucks to the net, as he registered 32 shots during this stretch. In addition, the defenseman is finding other ways to contribute, including four assists (two on the power play), 31 hits and 17 blocks.
Maatta recorded a power-play assist during Sunday's 4-1 loss to Detroit. With Kris Letang and Justin Schultz both on injured reserve with lower-body injuries, Maatta quarterbacked the No. 1 power-play unit again Sunday. His fantasy value receives a notable boost with Letang and Schultz out, but both have been practicing, so Maatta's relevancy outside of deeper settings is likely fleeting.
Maatta scored a goal on three shots and added two blocks in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Stars. The 23-year-old defenseman now has 14 points on the year, with all three of his goals coming at even strength. Maatta is on pace for career highs in points, assists, shots, and power-play time, making him serviceable in most season-long leagues and daily formats.
Maatta was not at practice Monday as he continues to fight off the bug that nearly sidelined him Saturday. Considering Maatta was able to play through his illness in order to suit up against the Blackhawks on Saturday -- logging 18:10 of ice time -- fantasy owners shouldn't have to worry about his availability against the Canucks on Wednesday. The defenseman has notched assists in two of his previous three outings, which brought to an end a five-game pointless streak.
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