Lee recorded a goal, a power-play assist and seven shots in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Rangers. Lee's assist on Jordan Eberle's power-play marker may still be changed to a second goal, as the power forward appeared to be the last man to touch the puck before it went in. Either way, this was an excellent season-opening performance for Lee, who's looking to bounce back after scoring just 20 goals last season. He had averaged 34 goals over the previous three campaigns.
Lee seemed to be on a career downswing last season after scoring just 20 goals in 68 games for the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. The 20 goals are a far cry from the 40 he potted in 2017-18 and a handful from the 28 he netted in 2018-19. Sure, he would've added a couple more to that total should the pandemic not had shut down the end of the NHL's regular season, but Lee was still unlikely to reach the 25-goal plateau. Yes, the 40 goals came with playing alongside John Tavares. The latter's defection was going to take its toll, but a 40-50 percent goal loss is a bit much to stomach for a player that is making $7 million per season in Lee. It also doesn't help matters that Lee is 30 years old and plays a physical style, which could hinder his play as his career moves along. Fantasy managers should approach Lee with caution this season.
Lee notched an assist and three hits in Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 6. Lee set up Devon Toews for a wrap-around goal in the first period, but that was the extent of the Islanders' offense. In the Eastern Conference finals, Lee was limited to four helpers in six games. The winger had seven goals, four assists, 72 shots on net and 58 hits during the Islanders' 22 postseason games.
Lee had a pair of assists and three hits in Monday's 8-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1. Lee set up Jordan Eberle on the power play in the first period and Nick Leddy for an even-strength goal in the third. Somewhat surprisingly, those were Lee's first two assists of the playoffs. He's scored seven goals with 58 shots and 40 hits through 17 contests.
Lee scored a power-play goal on seven shots and doled out six hits in Thursday's 5-4 double-overtime loss to Philadelphia in Game 6. Lee followed up a Mathew Barzal rebound 3:06 into the second period to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead. It was Lee's seventh goal of the playoffs, moving him into a three-way for the team lead. The New York captain has four goals in the series, with three of those coming on the power-play. Lee scored just twice with the man advantage during the regular season despite enjoying the fifth 20-goal campaign of his career.
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