Rielly has struggled since the Christmas break, tallying just three assists in eight games. The Leafs as a whole have been scuffling -- the team has lost five of its last seven. And everyone has struggled to score. Rielly now sits second in scoring from the blue line with 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists) in 45 games. He's still an automatic roll and piles of points will come when the team gets its collective act together.
Rielly was named the NHL's second star of the week for Dec.17-23. All he did was lead the NHL with nine points (three goals, six assists) and a plus-10 rating in four games played. Rielly remains the top offensive defender in the league, leading all with 44 points, including 13 goals, in 37 games this season.
Rielly went plus-4 with two even-strength assists in Sunday's 5-4 overtime home win over the Red Wings. Rielly entered the 2018-19 campaign with a career rating of minus-70, but he's been a direct beneficiary of puck prodigy John Tavares joining the club over the summer. The top-pairing defenseman is on pace for a single-season rating of plus-58 to complement 98 points, which is incredible when you consider that he's destined to blow away his personal-best mark from 2017-18 -- even that was a hefty total comprised of six goals and 46 assists.
Rielly scored a goal and added an assist Saturday in a 5-3 victory over the Rangers. Rielly has nine points, including seven assists, on a four-game scoring streak. And he has at least a point in 10 of his last 11 games. Maple Leafs fans should pause to reflect on the dominance of Rielly this season -- he's on pace to hit the mid-90s in points if he keeps this up. Only 25 NHL blueliners have ever hit the 90-point mark and none have been a Leaf. Rielly is an absolute stud.
Rielly set up four goals Thursday night in a 6-1 win over the Panthers. He matched his career-high with those four assists. Rielly became the first NHL defenseman to score 40 points this season (11 goals, 29 assists). He's on a three-game, seven-point streak that includes six helpers. Roll Rielly -- he has already worked his way into the elite class of fantasy defenders.
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