Jensen logged 20:10 of ice time in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Jets. Jensen didn't surface on the scoresheet, but he's now cleared 20 minutes in nine consecutive games. This is what happens when Detroit has to compensate for a rash of injuries on the blue line, but even with the increased responsibility, Jensen doesn't have the offensive chops necessary to make a splash in fantasy pools.
Jensen was quiet in Sunday's 2-0 home loss to the Avalanche, marking the second time all season that he'd be left out of the scoring, hit and blocked-shot columns in a single game. Jensen is by no means a reliable offensive producer -- he's collected only six points through 26 games -- but the industrious blueliner does have two goals on 28 shots for a robust shooting percentage (7.1) to complement 44 blocked shots. It's safe to leave him as a free agent in virtually any fantasy hockey setting, but know that Jensen is held in high regard by the management staff, which explains why he's rarely seen in the press box.
Jensen set up an Andreas Athanasiou goal in Saturday's 4-3 shootout road win over the Hurricanes. Jensen's apple gives him four points through 16 games. He's been terrific with puck possession based on a Corsi For percentage of 54.0 in even-strength situations, but the Wings are content with the Minnesota native logging about 19 minutes per game and limiting mistakes from the back end.
Jensen scored twice Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. What a game. Before Thursday, Jensen had just four goals in 132 NHL games. It was a great game, but not one that should entice you to the wire to grab him.
Jensen is no lock to be a regular with the Red Wings this season, MLive.com reports. There are a handful of blue-line prospects that could render Jensen the odd man out as soon as training camp rolls around. He's a low-end contributor, having collected four goals and 24 assists over his first 130 games at the top level, and fantasy owners similarly have found no use for his cumulative minus-15 rating over that span. Prospect Joe Hicketts sampled life in the NHL last season and is considered a leading candidate to break camp with the Red Wings. Jensen would then be placed on the trade block and/or relegated to the minors with AHL Grand Rapids.
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