Williams notched a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs. It's hard to get too excited about Williams and the Canes this season. They didn't do much to upgrade their offense during the summer, and right now it shows, with the team relying a bit too heavily on bottom-six players like Lucas Wallmark and Jordan Martinook playing top-six roles. Lately, with Jordan Staal currently on the IR with a concussion, Williams has been skating with Wallmark and rookie Andrei Svechnikov on the team's second line. The good news is, five of Williams' six goals this season have come in the past 10 games. However, don't expect that to last given how thin the Canes are up front right now.
Williams scored his third goal of the season in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Now with 13 points in 21 games, good for fourth in team scoring, the newly appointed captain of the Hurricanes is proving to be the heart and soul of the team this year. After an embarrassing 4-1 defeat Nov. 17 against the Blue Jackets, Williams called the loss "unacceptable" and questioned his team's work ethic. The very next night against the Devils, Williams led by example and scored a goal just 22 seconds into the game. He followed that up with his second consecutive marker Wednesday against the Leafs. Now 37, Williams is certainly getting on in years, but he looks to be re-energized this season. Given his current scoring pace, he is on track to break the 50-point barrier for the third time in four seasons. Williams makes for a good addition to any fantasy roster if you can find him on your league's waiver wire.
Williams recorded a power-play assist for the second straight game in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. Williams still has just one goal through 16 games, but his 10 helpers put him on pace to finish somewhere in the 55-to-60-point range by season's end, which would be a career high for him. Williams has definitely surprised to the upside this season, and anyone who thought the 36-year-old's offensive production would tail off this year has (so far) been sadly mistaken. The greybeard continues to look awfully good skating on the Canes' second line alongside Jordan Staal and Brock McGinn, so keep him rolling.
Williams scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Wild. The points stretched his scoring streak to three games and seven points (one goal, six assists). His clutch reputation continues to grow. Williams found twine at the 18:51 mark of the third to force the game to overtime. And then he set up Sebastian Aho in overtime to win the game. Williams is proof-positive that old guys can deliver fantasy value. Check your wire. He might be lurking there.
Williams registered three assists in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Rangers. Carolina's captain also tallied two shots on goal, but neither found twine. Williams, after being held without a point in the season's first two contests, got back to a point-a-game pace thanks to a trio of assists Sunday against New York. The 37-year-old veteran continues to be a legitimate offensive threat despite closing in on 40 years of age, and early signs suggest the former Conn Smythe trophy winner has no plans of slowing down.
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