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Horvat assisted on both of Sven Baertschi's first two goals of the season Sunday against Detroit.
It certainly a good sign for Horvat fantasy owners that his linemate Baertchi is off the schneid. Horvat has been solid this season, managing three goals and five points through eight games, so look for his production to increase now that Baertschi is scoring again. The 22-year-old isn't on the power play right now, but that trend shouldn't continue much longer, as he's tallied seven power-play markers over the last two seasons and is one of Vancouver's best offensive players.
Baertschi potted his first two goals of the season in Sunday's win over Detroit.
Baertschi finally got on the board in the eighth game of the season after failing to cash in on some prime opportunities in his previous outings. The second-line winger has had a mediocre start to the year, posting five points and a plus-4 rating. Having Bo Horvat has a linemate is a great perk, so look for Baertschi to turn it up a notch. The 25-year-old is known for being streaky, but he put up a career-high 18 goals last season and when he gets going, he can be a lethal fantasy threat.
MacKenzie recorded four hits and blocked five shots in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Washington.
MacKenzie is still searching for his first point in 2017-18, but Florida's captain is still filling out the stat sheet with his physicality and defense. Look for another season of 15 or so points from the 36-year-old veteran.
Howard surrendered four goals on 37 shots in Sunday's loss to the Canucks.
Howard was the much busier goaltender and he actually played quite well despite the loss. The 33-year-old isn't helping fantasy goers lately, however, having been burned for at least three goals in each of his last three starts. Howard has otherwise had a strong start to the season and is currently sporting a .916 save percentage, so don't be too concerned. The veteran should continue to split time with Petr Mrazek in the cage and makes for a decent play in most fantasy leagues.
Markstrom stopped 20 of 21 shots in Sunday's win over the Red Wings.
Markstrom has now put up back-to-back wins, bringing him up to 3-2-1 on the season. His .908 save percentage certainly leaves lots to be desired, but things appear to be trending in the right direction. Markstrom hasn't been great this season, but a strong showing against Detroit should be good for his confidence moving forward. He makes for a decent fantasy option in the cage considering the back-to-back victories and the fact Anders Nilsson hasn't really impressed since arriving in Vancouver.
Lovejoy recorded three hits and blocked one shot during Friday's 3-0 defeat to San Jose.
After appearing in all 82 games for New Jersey last year, this was only the third time Lovejoy has played in the 2017-18 season, as he was scratched four of the previous five games. Although the 33-year-old has never been a consistent point scorer -- his career high is 18 -- he's reportedly looked lost on defense recently, so don't expect him to gain any fantasy relevance anytime soon.
Brodziak was able to collect a secondary assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Vegas.
The 33-year-old made a slick zone entry pass, which Magnus Paajarvi buried seconds later on a wraparound. Brodziak has now recorded two points in his last three games after going pointless over the first six games of the season. Still, with Brodziak only averaging 11:26 of ice time and a bottom-six role seemingly set in stone, he'll be hard-pressed to sustain consistent offensive production.
Bellemare has posted one assist in seven games to start the season, averaging 12:03 of ice time.
Bellemare has never been known for his offensive prowess, but he has still been playing well and taking on a penalty-killing role with Reilly Smith.
Coburn notched a primary assist while blocking two shots during Saturday's 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
That brings Coburn to three points in nine games. Still, since the stay-at-home defensemen doesn't have a power-play presence and is averaging similar ice time to last year, so don't expect a prolonged scoring outburst from the veteran.
Lagace was summoned from AHL Chicago on Sunday.
With Malcolm Subban (lower body) going on injured reserve, Vegas will call upon Lagace to serve as the backup to Oscar Dansk. After Lagace appeared in 32 games last season for AHL Texas (posting a 3.56 GAA and .886 save percentage), the 24-year-old hasn't fared much better this season in mustering a .870 save percentage through three AHL games. Lagace will likely remain with the team until Subban or Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) return to the action.