Burns collected two power-play assists in Thursday's 5-1 home win over the Sabres. The Sharks converted three of their seven power plays, with Burns doing his part on goals credited to the ever-dangerous Logan Couture and captain Joe Pavelski. Burns is still seeking his first goal of the season, though he does have six assists over that span. Remember, Burns didn't score until his 21st game of the 2017-18 campaign, yet he still lit the lamp 12 times on 332 shots to establish a reasonably safe floor from a fantasy perspective.
Burns recorded two assists -- one shorthanded -- in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers. Burns is still searching for his first goal of the season, but he now has three assists through five games. He looked noticeably more aggressive in this one, launching six shots on net after managing only seven shots over the first four contests. Look for Burns to get on a roll as San Jose gets more comfortable integrating offseason addition Erik Karlsson on the blue line.
Burns logged three shots on goal and three blocked shots in 26:06 of ice time in Monday's 4-0 loss to the Islanders. Burns has now been held without a point in his first three games to kick off the 2018-19 campaign. The Sharks fell to 1-2-0 after Monday's shutout loss, scoring just five goals in those three contests. The former Norris Trophy winner will likely get back to his usual self soon, but it's been a frustrating start for San Jose.
Burns lit the lamp in Saturday's 5-4 shootout road loss to the Golden Knights. Burns was paired with second-year skater Joakim Ryan in this game. Burns and Erik Karlsson -- who didn't play Saturday -- are expected to be on separate units, with Kevin Kurz of The Athletic adding that Marc-Edouard Vlasic figures to be the one to sync up with Karlsson, at least for Opening Night.
Burns skated to a minus-2 rating and was blanked on two shot attempts Sunday in a 3-0 playoff-elimination loss to the Golden Knights. The 2017 Norris Trophy winner went minus-4 and failed to record a point between Game 5 and 6. Clearly, the expansion club made the necessary adjustments after Burns rang up two goals and three assists to craft a three-game point streak earlier in the series, but credit Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for coming up huge with two shutouts in the series. Burns inked an eight-year, $64 million deal with the Sharks in November of 2016, so he'll have plenty more opportunities to try and lead Team Teal to its first-ever Stanley Cup championship.
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