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.
Spezza will serve as a healthy scratch against the Bruins on Monday. Spezza is currently bogged down in a 14-game goal drought as well as a five-game pointless streak, which likely factored into coach Ken Hitchcock's decision to bench him. Given the center's proven scoring ability, it's hard to imagine he will spend a significant amount of time in the press box, but fantasy owners will certainly want to check back ahead of Tuesday's tilt with Detroit.
Spezza didn't register a shot in regulation or overtime, but he did score the shootout-winning goal during Monday's 2-1 win over the Rangers. The veteran has just five goals and six points through 19 games dating back to the beginning of November, which is obviously a discouraging stretch. Spezza is still receiving top-six minutes and power-play looks, so he's in position to succeed, but fantasy owners should probably temper expectations moving forward. The offensive upside is still there, though, so don't write off Spezza just yet.
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