It was a busy night on the ice across the National Hockey League on Saturday night with 18 teams in action. In Vegas there is a thing called the 'Grand Salami', where you can wager on the total number of goals on any given night from all of the games. On Saturday, the Salami went way over the total, and when that happens you know it was a good night from a fantasy perspective. In fact, 11 of the 18 teams scored three or more goals, with four clubs going for six or more markers. On the flip side, it wasn't a banner night for goaltenders, and Saturday featured no shutouts.
Boston's Patrice Bergeron caught fire against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, potting four goals with an assist and plus-4 rating, while partner in crime Brad Marchand chipped in with four helpers and a plus-4 rating. Those were the two biggest contributors for fantasy owners and DFS players, but there were many other productive players, too. Ottawa's Craig Anderson received plenty of support against the league's highest-scoring offense, the Tampa Bay Lightning. He needed it, as he faced 46 shots in the 6-3 victory.
After having just one multi-goal scorer last Saturday, it was a fantasy fiesta on this weekend. Hopefully you were able to catch some pucks and didn't waste your day watching that sport with the brown oblong ball. Just kidding, I did that, too. Anyway, let's get started!
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Sean Couturier's magical season continues, as he bagged two more goals to get him up to 21 goals and 40 points across 41 games. His previous career best in goals was 15, back in 2014-15, and his second goal helped him to a new career best in points, besting his previous highs of 39 set in 2013-14 and 2015-16.
Claude Giroux picked up a goal and three points, his second straight multi-point outing. Since Dec. 6 he has one goal and 10 assists on the man advantage, and a total of three goals with 20 assists over the past 14 games since Dec. 6.
Paul Stastny is starting to show signs of life, picking up a goal and assist in Philadelphia. He has posted two goals, four points and a plus-4 rating in three games since flipping the calendar from 2017 to 2018 after closing out December when no goals and two assists over his final 10 games.
Ivan Barbashev picked up a goal and assist on Saturday. It doubled his overall offensive production, as he entered the game with just one goal and two points over his first 15 outings.
Vladimir Tarasenko picked up two assists and a plus-2 rating for his first multi-point game since Dec. 16, and his best plus-minus rating since also posting a plus-2 back on Nov. 25.
Brian Elliott allowed three goals on 31 shots in a victory against the Blues, his former team. It is his first time with back-to-back wins since rattling off six consecutive wins from Dec. 4-16.
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Cam Ward allowed two goals on two shots in just 5:43, getting the quick hook from bench boss Bill Peters in Boston. Scott Darling wasn't much better, coughing up five goals on 28 shots as the Bruins were just too much.
As mentioned above, Bergeron and Marchand posted big nights, but they weren't the only ones. David Pastrnak recorded a power-play goal with a pair of assists with a plus-3 rating. Kevan Miller also finished with an assist, three hits and a plus-4 rating.
On the flip side of those big performances, there were some awful stat lines for the guys in red. Derek Ryan and Jeff Skinner were each scoreless with a minus-5 rating, while Elias Lindholm was blanked with a minus- 4.
Anton Khudobin received all the offensive support he needed in the first few minutes of the first period, allowing just one goal on 28 shots to pick up the victory. He improved to 9-2-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average while posting a .925 save percentage in 15 appearances.
It might be overlooked in the box score, and not the sexiest fantasy stat, but Sean Kuraly won 10 of his 11 faceoffs.
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Both Frederik Andersen and Jacob Markstrom were locked in a goaltender duel in Toronto on Saturday, as both netminders allowed two goals on 36 shots. The game was decided in a shootout, with Tyler Bozak sending the home crowd away happy. Bozak also scored in regulation while winning 11 of his 17 faceoffs.
Auston Matthews has been red hot since returning from a two-week absence due to an upper-body injury. He has six goals and seven points in seven games since returning. The Big Cactus remains on pace for a 40-goal season.
Brock Boeser flicked the switch for the 22nd time, burying a first-period goal to open the scoring in Toronto. He has scored at least one goal in nine of his past 13 outings, as he has come out of nowhere to lead the team in goals. He nearly had another goal, the potential game winner in overtime, but he rang it off one post, it hit the other and never crossed the line. Replay confirmed.
Sam Gagner continues to play well. He posted a power-play goal, giving him four goals with eight points over the past nine outings.
Gagner's marker on the man advantage snapped an 0-for-15 skid on the power play.
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Seguin also chipped in with a pair of assists and a plus-4 rating. Meanwhile, Radulov has 16 goals through 43 games after lighting the lamp 18 times across 76 outings last season as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
John Klingberg continues to roll right along, extending his point streak to five games with a goal, two assist and a plus-4 rating. He has managed two goals and eight points with a plus-9 rating during the impressive stretch, while totaling two goals and 15 assists over the past 17 games dating back to Dec. 3.
Al Montoya made his debut with the Oil in the middle of the second period after Cam Talbot was yanked. Montoya allowed just one goal on 14 shots across 35:15 after Talbot was peppered for four goals on 19 shots.
Julius Honka was thrust into the lineup with Marc Methot (knee) scratched with a sore knee. Honka had a plus-1 rating and a hit in 16:34 of ice time. Methot had just returned Thursday after a 26-game absence due to a knee issue.
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The Senators, not the Lightning, looked like the top offense in the NHL on this day. Erik Karlsson snapped out of his funk with three assists and a plus-5 rating while also stepping in front of four shots and delivering a hit. He still has just three goals and a minus-15 rating overall, but he has posted seven helpers over his past five outings.
Ryan Dzingel potted his 12th and 13th goals of the season. Ever since ringing in the new year, Dzingel has been hot, posting at least one goal in each of his three games with a plus-4 rating. He had managed a total of just three markers in his previous 17-game span from Nov. 24 to Dec. 30.
Mark Stone bagged a goal with two helpers and a plus-2 rating in the victory, duplicating his production from Friday's game against San Jose.
Yanni Gourde struck on the power play for the Lightning, giving him his first goal since Dec. 21, also against Ottawa.
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Rantanen has been particularly hot lately, scoring in three straight outings while posting three goals, eight points and a plus-5 rating. He also has at least one point in 11 of the past 12 contests.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced, receiving ample support in place of the injured Semyon Varlamov (lower body). Bernier has filled in admirably since Varlamov went down Tuesday against Winnipeg, rattling off three consecutive victories.
Alex Kerfoot picked up two assists and he was in the middle of a dust-up with Devan Dubnyk in the Minnesota crease.
In a losing effort, Eric Staal bagged his team's only two goals, serving as the only Wild player to solve Bernier. It was Staal's second two-goal game of 2018 already, and he has five two-goal games over his past 18 outings dating back to Nov. 30.
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Micheal Ferland opened the scoring in the home win against the Ducks, and he added an assist with a plus-2 rating, the same exact stat line he put up Thursday against the Kings. He also lit the lamp Dec. 29 in the last meeting in Anaheim.
Ryan Kesler checked out of the game in the first period due to a lower body injury. He received treatment and didn't play in the second period, but was able to come back and finish up in the third period. Kesler ended the evening with a minus-2 rating in just 8:40 of ice time.
Garnet Hathaway didn't get onto the stat sheet for his offense, but he was able to rack up a shot on goal, a hit and four penalties for a total of 19 PIM.
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Austin Watson erupted for two goals and a plus-2 rating, snapping a 12-game point drought and 16-game goal drought dating back to his last marker on Nov. 28.
Tyler Toffoli popped in a power-play tally while posting a plus-1 rating. There's something about Saturday night that's all right with Toffoli, as he has scored a goal in four of his past five games played on Saturday.
Roman Josi entered with just one goal over his past 16 games, but he sailed a shot past Quick on the power play for his eighth tally of the season. He also drew back to even on the season in the plus/minus department.
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Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 38 of the 39 shots he faced, and he stopped all three chances in a shootout, too. The Coyotes outshot the Rangers 39-25, posting at least 11 shots in each period during regulation.
Jimmy Vesey posted an unassisted goal in the second period, and the Rangers were able to hang on to force the extra session. He has lit the lamp three times over the past seven outings.
For the home team, Anthony Duclair opened the scoring with a power-play tally, giving him two goals in two games in 2018. He had managed just one goal and two assists in his previous 15 games since his hat trick in Ottawa on Nov. 18.
Antti Raanta was on the short end of the 2-1 shootout loss, stopping 24 of the 25 shots he faced. He has allowed three or fewer goals in 10 of his past 12 appearances, but he has just four wins to show for his efforts.