Staal scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Jets in Game 3. All the Thunder Bay, Ontario native needed to get his first (and second) points of the series was a little Minnesota home cookin', as the Wild dominated the Jets after dropping the first two games north of the border. Staal was one of five home skaters to put up two points against Winnipeg netminder Connor Hellebuyck.
Staal scored a third-period goal -- his 40th of the season -- during Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville. This was the veteran's first 40-goal showing since the 2008-09 campaign. Staal has easily been one of the most valuable fantasy contributors this year, which is especially true considering where he was being ranked and selected entering the season. Duplicating his 18.3 shooting percentage in 2018-19 will be nearly impossible, so it's probably wise to bank on some negative regression in the goal column, but Staal also has room to decline before it's a major concern.
Staal scored his 39th goal of the season in the second period, but his team fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Kings on Monday. Staal probably won't catch Alexander Ovechkin for the Richard Trophy, but he'll likely break 40 goals for the third time in his career, now that he's up to 39 on the year. At 33 years old, that's a pretty strong campaign by anyone's standards.
Staal potted two goals -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Carolina. Staal was the only man to light the lamp in the first period, and he also beat backup Scott Darling just 15 seconds after Cam Ward was pulled in the second. The veteran forward has 30 points in the past 22 games, including a whopping 17 goals. His recent scoring binge has the two-time 40-goal scorer up to 36 in that category, just four off Alex Ovechkin's league-leading total.
Staal scored three goals and added two assists during Tuesday's 8-3 win over St. Louis. It's been a throwback season for Staal, and he's now collected 14 tallies and 13 helpers through his past 18 games. His 33 goals are tied for third in the league, and he's been especially dangerous of late centering a new-look line with Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker. The trio isn't going to continue scoring 10.81 goals per 60 minutes, but the fantasy arrow is pointing straight up for all three for the time being.
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