Zaitsev managed three points in the final seven games before the hiatus. Zaitsev just hasn't been the same kind of offensive threat since his rookie year, as he's become far more of a defensive player. He's cut back on his plus-minus deficit, but that's the only way his fantasy value has improved since 2017. He can be safely ignored in virtually all formats.
Zaitsev scored an empty-net goal and added four hits with two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Buffalo. Zaitsev scored his first goal of the season when he hit the empty net from the defensive zone with just six seconds left in the third period. He hadn't lit the lamp since March 2, 2019 with Toronto, a stretch of 59 games without a goal. Zaitsev enjoyed a 36-point rookie season in 2016-17 but hasn't come close to matching that production since.
Zaitsev (lower body) had one shot with two blocks and two hits in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago. Zaitsev was in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 14 and he finished his return with 17:30 of ice time on a defensive pairing with Mark Borowiecki. The 28-year-old wasn't much of a point producer over his final two years in Toronto and has just eight assists in 33 games in his first season with the Senators.
As expected, Zaitsev (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Callum Fraser reports. Zaitsev has been sidelined for nearly a month with a lower-body injury, so he'll definitely have some rust to shake off against Chicago. The 28-year-old blueliner, who's picked up eight assists in 32 games this campaign, will skate with Mark Borowiecki on the Senators' second pairing Tuesday.
Zaitsev (lower body) returned to practice Monday, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports. Zaitsev skated on his own Sunday, and he looked good enough to rejoin the team at practice. The 28-year-old is expected be ready for Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, but he'll need to be activated from IR first.
Last 7 Games
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