Kopitar recorded a goal, an assist and finished with a plus-1 rating in Sunday's 3-2 win against the Islanders. After putting together his least productive full season to date in 2016-17, scoring 12 goals and 52 points, Kopitar has kicked off the 2017-18 campaign in a big way, with four goals and eight points from his first five contests. Los Angeles' No. 1 pivot has already logged three multi-point games and is currently riding a four-game point streak that he'll look to extend Wednesday against Montreal.
Kopitar scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames on Wednesday. He also posted a plus-3 rating and notched three shots on net. As anybody who drafted Kopitar highly last season surely remembers, thanks in part to an 8.0 shooting percentage, he was held to 12 goals and 52 points. So far this year he already has three goals and two assists. Fingers crossed that bad puck-luck doesn't return.
Kopitar scored a pair of goals and added a helper in Saturday's win over the Sharks. Kopitar is looking to rebound after putting up a lackluster 12 goals in 2016-17. The top-line center fired five shots on goal and was a plus-3 on Saturday, so he's off to a good start. He seemingly always comes to play against San Jose, with Saturday marking the eighth time in his career he's scored a game-winning goal against the Sharks. Kopitar remains an elite talent and is just two years removed from a 74-point season, so make sure you have him in your lineup as he looks to bounce back.
Kopitar will be protected from the expansion draft, John Hoven of Sirius XM reports. The 29-year-old center has a no-movement clause in his contract until the 2020-21 season anyway, when he'll then have to submit seven teams he could be traded to each year. Kopitar had three straight seasons with over 60 points, but he saw a drop off in 2016-17, only posting 52. As long as Kopitar is seeing over 20 minutes of ice time a game, though, coupled with significant power-play minutes, he'll continue to be a strong fantasy contributor for Los Angeles.
Kopitar set up all three Los Angeles goals in a 3-2 overtime win over Chicago on Saturday. Kopitar has eight points in his last nine games and 19 in his last 21. Unfortunately, that's 40 percent of his overall scoring. Kopitar's 33 points in his first 54 games put him, his owners and the Kings behind the proverbial eight ball this season. This was Kopitar's worst offensive season in the NHL, so more likely that it's the outlier and not a new norm. He should come cheaper next season and that means real value.
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