Scoreboard Watching: Hats off to Krejci

David Krejci (3G) led the way with a hat trick and this is what all the Boston fans were hoping for when they traded for Rick Nash (1G, 1A). Granted, it was against the Murray-less Penguins, but a hatty’s a hatty. It’s safe to say the duo are meshing well together. The top line without Bergeron is being filled by Riley Nash (2A) and he has recorded back-to-back two-point nights. The rest of the team was very productive with everyone chipping in: David Pastrnak (2G, 1A), Brad Marchand (2A), Charlie McAvoy (2A), Torey Krug (1G, 1A), and Zdeno Chara (2A). Boston’s next games are against Montreal, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago twice, and Carolina. Now is the time to stream.

Let’s look at the other performances from tonight:

Even though their team lost to Boston 8-4, Phil Kessel (1G, 1A), Evgeni Malkin (2A), and Olli Maatta (2G) filled the scoresheet. Kessel and Malkin are just filthy together. Maatta has 23 points and may finally surpass his career-high of 29 points he posted as a rookie.

It was an emotional game for Carolina’s Jordan Staal (1A) as he and his teammates banded together to beat the Flyers 4-1. Justin Williams (2G, 1A) led the way and it should be no surprise because he’s Mr. Game 7 and he shows up to play in the important games. Sebastian Aho (1G, 1A) and Teuvo Teravainen (1A) are the only bright spots on this team. For the Flyers, Travis Konecny (1G) has fitted seamlessly on the top line with Sean Couturier (1A) and Claude Giroux (1A). If Konecny is still somehow available, pick him up or stream him for the time being. Petr Mrazek (31SV, 4GA, .886SV%) finally lost his first game in the new uniform. He remains a good option since Philadelphia finished February tied with the second-best record going 10-2-2.

The Florida Panthers continue to climb towards a wild card spot with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Roberto Luongo (29SV, 2GA, .936SV%) looks fresh and locked in and finished February with a 4-1 record (2.58GAA, 926SV%). Florida has been rolling into March after having the fifth-best record in February going 10-3. Back to the game, Aleksander Barkov (2G) and Evgenii Dadonov (2A) led the way in the win. Dadonov is red-hot and should be owned if not already. Cory Schneider (26SV, 3GA, .897SV%) returned to the net after a 16-game absence. Taylor Hall (1G) extended his point streak to 16 games to set a New Jersey Devils record. I imagine some Hart votes will go Hall’s way if the Devils make the playoffs.

Louis Domingue (31SV, 4GA, .886SV%) out-dueled Ben Bishop (20SV, 5GA, .800SV%) in Tampa Bay’s 5-4 overtime thriller. Newcomer J.T. Miller (2A) recorded his first points as a Lightning, but sadly did not have a lot of power play time. Keep monitoring Miller’s PP time, he’s very talented and could eventually see more. On a positive note, Anthony Cirelli (1G, 1A) scored his first goal in his NHL debut. A third-round pick back in 2015, he’s been having a productive season in the AHL with 37 points in 51 games. Cirelli is not fantasy relevant in most formats. Tyler Seguin (2G, 1A) had three points for the Dallas Stars in the loss.

Viktor Arvidsson (2G) and Filip Forsberg (2A) led the way as Nashville edged out Edmonton 4-2. Nashville now moves ahead of Vegas for first overall in the West. Ryan Hartman (1A) collected another point and now has two in two games for the Predators. Of course scoring for Edmonton would be Connor McDavid (1G, 1A) and Leon Draisaitl (1G). Disappointing season for sure.

Don’t look now, but Arizona has won seven of their last 10 as they beat Minnesota 5-3. After Minnesota smoked the Blues the other night with eight goals, I am surprised they could not get past the coyotes. The top line that combined for 14 points was held off the scoresheet. Max Domi (3A) led the way with the three assists and Antti Raanta (32SV, 3GA, .914SV%) came away with the victory. Raanta has been posting good numbers since January going 9-4-4 and is continuing his strong finish to the season. Zach Parise (1G), Mikko Koivu (1G), and Matt Cullen (1G) were the goal scorers for the Wild.

Joe Pavelski (2G) scored two goals and the Sharks cruised to a 7-2 victory over Chicago. Evander Kane (1A) notched an assist while Martin Jones (32SV, 2GA, .941SV%)  continues his strong play. Jones, who had struggled for much of December and January, finished February with a 6-4-1 record with a 2.08GAA and a .932SV%. Joonas Donskoi (2A) assisted on Pavelski’s goals and Dylan DeMelo (3A) had three assists. Artem Anisimov (1G) and Nick Schmaltz (1G) would get the only goals for Chicago. They are missing Corey Crawford badly.

With three goals in the second period, LA completed the comeback to beat Columbus 5-2. Dion Phaneuf (1A) now has six points in nine games with the Kings. Jeff Carter (1G) scored his third goal of the season and now has goals in his last three games. His timing is slowly coming back, and that’s great news for fantasy owners. Cam Atkinson (1G) and Seth Jones (1G) had the goals for Columbus who are struggling at the wrong time.

 

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