Gardiner racked up three assists and three shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Detroit.
The veteran defenseman has exploded for five points (one goal, four assists) and seven shots over the first two games of the week, helping carry the Hurricanes to a pair of decisive road wins. Two of his three helpers Tuesday came with the man advantage. Gardiner isn't asked to carry the offensive load from the blue line like he was at times in Toronto, but he's chipped in with a respectable 23 points in 68 games. His career-worst minus-24 rating, however, isn't doing fantasy owners any favors.
Gardiner scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
He helped set up rookie Morgan Geekie for Carolina's first goal of the afternoon, then blasted home what proved to be the game-winner late in the second period. Gardiner had only one assist in his prior 11 games, so this outburst was a welcome sight, but the veteran blueliner remains a risky fantasy option with four goals and 21 points through 67 games on the season.
Gardiner skated a season-low 12:23 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Canadiens, failing to register a point for the eighth time in the past nine games.
Gardiner's role on the Canes' blue line has been severely diminished since the team added Brady Skjei at the trade deadline, with Skjei averaging 21:25 in the past three games since his arrival, compared to 14:57 for Gardiner. Although he does still see decent minutes on the power play, Gardiner is currently skating on the Canes' bottom defensive pairing with Trevor van Riemsdyk, giving him limited fantasy value in most formats.
Gardiner posted three assists, two on the power play, in Saturday's 6-5 shootout win over the Golden Knights.
Gardiner played an instrumental role in the Hurricanes' comeback from two separate two-goal deficits. The defenseman is in a groove with five assists over his last four contests. He's up to 18 points and 69 shots on net with a minus-22 rating through 55 games.
Gardiner posted a power-play assist, two shots on net and two PIM in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Blues.
Gardiner is up to 15 points and 65 shots with a minus-20 rating through 53 games this season. He's picked up five assists with a man advantage. The 29-year-old has been better of late, but not enough to help most fantasy owners.
Gardiner picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Canucks.
Offense continues to come sporadically for Gardiner, who has a four-game point drought entering Sunday. The 29-year-old has 14 points, 63 shots and a minus-19 rating through 52 contests this season.
Gardiner produced an assist in Friday's 3-0 win over the Coyotes.
Gardiner had the secondary helper on Warren Foegele's opening tally at 14:20 of the first period. In his last four games, Gardiner has a goal, three assists and nine shots on goal. He's at 12 points, 57 shots and a minus-19 rating through 44 games this season. It's too soon to say he's turned a corner -- fantasy owners will want to see an extended run of success before trusting the 29-year-old again.
Gardiner notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Flyers.
Gardiner doesn't stack the scoresheet like this often. In fact, it's his first multi-point game since February of last year, but he has collected his third goal of the season, already matching last year's total. However, his lack of consistency -- 11 points and a minus-20 rating through 31 games -- makes him unreliable in season-long formats.
Gardiner managed a power-play assist in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Gardiner added four shots on goal in the game, which saw him snap a nine-game point drought. The 29-year-old defenseman has still disappointed with nine points and a minus-21 rating through 41 games. He never had fewer than 24 points in a full season with the Maple Leafs, but Gardiner is on track to fall short of the 20-point mark in 2019-20.
Gardiner was held off the scoresheet for the ninth consecutive game Tuesday against the Canadiens.
Now with just eight points through 40 games, Gardiner has obviously been a huge fantasy bust this season. To make matters worse, his minus-20 rating is fifth-worst in the NHL among defensemen. If you have been hanging onto Gardiner in the hopes of a career resurgence in Raleigh, it doesn't look to be coming anytime soon.
Gardiner currently has the fifth-worst plus-minus rating among NHL defensemen with a minus-17.
To put it mildly, Gardiner simply can't be trusted in his own zone. This partially explains why his average ice time has dropped by five minutes per game compared to last year (16:07 vs. 21:13), which is what happens when you are no longer a top-four blueliner. Not surprisingly, Gardiner's scoring totals are also on the decline. Now with just eight points in 34 games, he'll be lucky to hit 20 points at this rate. He does not deserve to be in your fantasy lineup right now.
Gardiner extended his current pointless streak to nine games Saturday against the Lightning.
What a rapid decline it's been for the former Maple Leaf, who scored a career-high 52 points just two seasons ago. Now with just six points on the season and an ugly minus-17 rating, his fantasy value is hovering dangerously close to zero. Bench him immediately or drop him outright if you have better options.
Gardiner skated just 12:48 in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win against the Sabres. He finished the game with zero points, two shots on goal and a minus-3 rating.
This is not a good sign for anyone who thought Gardiner would be a top-four blueliner with the Hurricanes this season. After averaging almost 18 minutes in ice time over his first 14 games, Gardiner has since been bumped to the bottom pairing, where he's averaged just 14:26 in the past two games. Offensively, he now has just six points in 19 games this season and is not in a prime position to add to that total given his current assignment. You are better off benching him for the time being.
Gardiner recorded his third assist in four games during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Devils.
Don't look now, but the former Maple Leaf may finally be rediscovering his game with his new team. Following a quiet start to the season, including a six-game scoring drought, Gardiner has suddenly become a steady offensive contributor for the Canes. Playing on the team's second defensive pairing with the stay-at-home Brett Pesce, he will be given a bit more freedom to wheel-and-deal, especially on the power play, where he's been seeing a decent amount of minutes lately (1:57 average TOI).
Gardiner has a goal and an assist in eight games this season, playing primarily on the third defensive pairing.
Gardiner was a top-four defender for the Maple Leafs during his last few seasons in Toronto, regularly averaging 21-22 minutes per game, but so far with the Canes he's seeing a significantly reduced role, averaging just 17:40 of ice time. However, he does still see a good chunk of time on the power play -- about 2:11 per game. For the time being, the Canes will be counting on him to play more of a solid defensive game rather than jumping into the rush, and that does not bode well for his fantasy value.
Gardiner (undisclosed) is "feeling good" ahead of Thursday's regular-season opener against the Canadiens.
Gardiner was held out of practice Friday due to a minor issue, but he was never believed to be in serious danger of missing Thursday's tilt. The former Maple Leaf is expected to skate on the Hurricanes' bottom pairing and No. 1 power-play unit against Montreal.
Gardiner (undisclosed) didn't skate Friday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
The Hurricanes have kept Gardiner off the ice for the past few days in an effort to ensure he's 100 percent healthy for their regular-season opener. The former Maple Leaf likely won't play in either of the team's two remaining preseason contests, but there's no reason to believe that he's in any danger of missing Carolina's Opening Night matchup with Montreal at this point.
Gardiner signed a four-year, $16.2 million contract with the Hurricanes on Friday.
It's surprising that it took Gardiner this long to find a new home, as he's emerged as a highly-effective scoring threat from the blue line over the past three seasons, racking up 17 goals and 125 points in 226 games over that span, but it's possible that he was holding out hope that Toronto would be able to re-sign him after sorting out the Marner contract situation. However, with training camp just a week away, Marner remains unsigned, so Gardiner likely decided that he couldn't afford to remain patient any longer. The 29-year-old Minnesota native will likely slot into a middle-pairing role for Carolina this campaign and will also get a long look on the team's top power-play unit. If he's able to remain healthy, he shouldn't have any trouble eclipsing the 40-point mark for the third time in four seasons in 2019-20.
Gardiner (back) is healthy heading into free agency, reports TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Gardiner played in the first round in obvious pain, but avoided surgery and LeBrun revealed Tuesday that the defender's MRI has now come back clean. There are rumors of where Gardiner will land in free agency and he might even re-sign in Toronto. But the latter isn't possible until Mitch Marner's extension is signed. Regardless of where he lands, Gardiner will remain a top-four, puck-moving defender with very good fantasy value.
Gardiner dished out an even-strength assist and had three hits and four blocks in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Gardiner was able to collect his second point of the series, and saw 15:47 of ice time in the game. The fact that the Minnesota native saw 1:13 of power-play ice time in the game would likely add to his fantasy value going forward. With Game 7 approaching Tuesday, the team will need Gardiner to keep up with his 10-hit, nine-block shot series performance thus far.
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