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Burns scored two power-play goals, recorded eight shots on goal and posted a minus-2 rating in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Wild on Sunday.
The reigning Norris trophy winner hasn't been himself this season, but at least he put the puck into the net a couple times Sunday. He has just four goals in 29 games, and his first power-play goal Sunday was his first of the season. Incredible considering we're about a third of the way through the season. But actually, Burns has experienced more issues at even strength. Burns only had eight goals on the power play last season, so he's not too far behind that pace, and he owns a minus-10 rating. Furthermore, he currently owns a 3.3 shooting percentage, which is less than half of his career norm in that category. Maybe Sunday's performance will get him going, but fantasy owners need more at even strength from Burns.
Jones allowed four goals on 24 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Wild on Sunday.
The Sharks goaltender started the season well, but he's suddenly ice cold, having allowed at least four goals in each of the last four games. In December, he owns a 1-2-1 record and .860 save percentage. That coming on the heels of a November to remember, where he recorded a 1.85 GAA and .935 save percentage. Jones will have a few days off and then try to right the ship against the Flames on Thursday.
Stalock allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Sharks on Sunday.
The stat line indicates he had an average night, but two of the goals Stalock yielded were to Brent Burns on the power play. At even strength, he was very sharp, stopping 22 of 23 shots. That begins to make up for the seven goals he allowed in his last start against the Jets on Nov. 27. With only eight appearances, that game has put his numbers completely out of whack - .905 save percentage and 3.09 GAA. In his first six games, he posted a .928 save percentage.
Niederreiter scored the game-winning goal in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Sharks on Sunday.
The 25-year-old's game-winner in overtime is his 10th goal of the season, putting him on pace to blow away his career-high 25 goals from 2016-17. However, there are definitely some concerns regarding Niederreiter's fantasy value. He's posted a career-high 18.5 shooting percentage through 23 games, which is likely not sustainable. His career norm in the category is 13.3 percent, so unless he increases his volume of shots to the net, then his goal scoring pace should slow. The second concerning stat is Niederreiter only has four assists. Last season, he had 32 on his way to a career-high 57 points. Niederreiter will not match his points total from a season ago unless he begins picking up more helpers.
Brossoit allowed one goal on 23 shots in a 1-0 loss against the Maple Leafs on Sunday.
For both fantasy owners and the goaltender alike, it's certainly disappointing to only give up one goal and fail to capture the victory. The Maple Leafs scored just over 30 seconds into the contest too, and Brossoit shut the door from there. But perhaps this performance is something Brossoit can build upon for his next start. Coming into the night, he was 2-5-1 with a 3.52 GAA and .880 save percentage. With Cam Talbot still nursing an upper-body injury, Brossoit should see most of the starts for the Oilers moving forward.
Eichel racked up 10 PIM and was a minus-3 in Sunday's overtime loss to the Blues.
It was a frustrating night for Eichel, who was on the ice for all three goals against, including the overtime winner in which Vladimir Tarasenko blew right past him. He did have points in three straight contests entering Sunday, but the young center posted a minus-6 rating in back-to-back overtime losses. Eichel is an automatic roll every game, and the 26 PIM are a nice bonus this season, but the Sabres overall struggles are leading to lackluster PIM and power-play totals for the 21-year-old. If the team can build off this recent strong stretch, Eichel will be one to watch in the second half.
Rodrigues scored both of the team's goals in Sunday's overtime loss to the Blues.
Rodrigues was doing well with AHL Rochester before his callup and he's continued that strong play with the Sabres. The 24-year-old had an assist against Chicago on Friday and struck twice, including once on the power play, Sunday against St. Louis. The 24-year-old only had six points in 30 games with Buffalo last season and isn't some type of saviour for the team's offensive woes, but Rodrigues is worth keeping an eye on if he sticks on that first power-play unit.
Lehner gave up three goals on 45 shots in Sunday's overtime loss to the Blues.
This was the second straight overtime defeat for Lehner, who played very well in both outings. He may only have one win in his last five appearances, but Lehner is doing everything he can to try and turn things around for Buffalo. The 26-year-old owns a decent .910 save percentage, but it's his 6-12-4 record that poses a problem for fantasy goers. Lehner holds some fantasy value due to his heavy workload, but it might be best to shy away from him until the team improves their play.
Edmundson dished out two assists in Sunday's win over the Sabres.
Edmundson has really surprised this season, racking up 12 points through 31 games. He's more known for his defensive contributions, so it's impressive that he's joining the rush more and has found the back of the net six times. The points come too infrequent for him to warrant a look in most shallow leagues, but his heavy ice time and multi-category contributions make him worth owning in many deep leagues.
Stastny recorded his seventh goal of the season, added a helper and fired seven shots on goal in Sunday's overtime win over the Sabres.
Stastny has been a reliable source of offense this season, managing 23 points in 31 contests. He's skating on the top line with Vladimir Tarasenko and has been logging steady minutes in all situations. Stastny did recently go through a five-game scoring drought, but don't let that distract you from his otherwise consistent offensive production this season. His prominent role and scoring abilities make him worth owning in most fantasy settings.