Spezza (back) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News reports. Spezza has only tallied one assist in his last 19 games, so his absence shouldn't have much of an impact on the Stars' ability to produce offense against Washington. The veteran pivot will likely be reevaluated ahead of Friday's matchup with the Bruins.
Spezza notched an assist during a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. The tally broke a 14-game pointless streak, which was Spezza's longest in the last two seasons. The 34-year-old also sits at just 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 68 games, and is on pace to record the lowest points-per-game rate of his career. It's unlikely that Spezza will see another slump of this length, but with him currently skating on the third line and averaging 12:38 of ice time since the new year, it would be surprising to see Spezza start pouring in points this late in the season.
Spezza notched two assists in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Sabres. Spezza has responded with four points in his last three games after being deemed a healthy scratch by Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock on Monday against the Bruins. The recent surge gives the veteran center added value in daily leagues. If Spezza can sustain this output, combined with his continued usage on the power play, he will warrant more consideration across all formats.
Spezza scored two power-play goals during Tuesday's 4-2 win over Detroit. After watching Monday's overtime win against Boston from the press box, Spezza returned to the lineup and left his mark on Tuesday's win. Not only did he snap a 14-game goal drought, he also posted his first multi-point showing of the season. The veteran has the potential to be a solid secondary scorer for the Stars and fantasy owners, but until he begins to show more game-to-game consistency, it's difficult to recommend relying on him in the majority of settings.
Spezza will be back in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup in Detroit after serving as a healthy scratch Monday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. Monday's benching was likely an effort to allow Spezza to clear his head considering he hasn't recorded a point in five games and hasn't scored since Dec. 9. The veteran pivot is still a contributor on the power play, as his six points and 2:04 of average ice time with the man advantage will attest, so we'll see if the one game in the press box was enough to get him back to his scoring ways.
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