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Dadonov back in Vegas, Durzi on PP1, Monahan a healthy scratch (March 26) – DobberHockey

Could Evgenii Dadonov’s clumsiness returning to the team that tried to trade him provide some motivation? The missing no-trade roster saga turned out to be the main story of the trade deadline, with Dadonov returning to the Golden Knights roster on Thursday night after a brief stint as Anaheim Ducks property. For his problem, Dadonov was reassigned to Jack Eichel’s line while receiving first-unit power-play minutes. He responded with a power-play goal and two assists, giving him six points in his last three games. Not bad for a player that Vegas seems ready to leave.

Dadonov can still end up being the odd man out once Mark Stone or Alec Martinez are activated. A post-deadline, mid-season trade for Vegas to free up cap space would end his season. Still, there’s some short-term value here as the Vegas lineup still isn’t in full health (Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith are also sidelined). It’s a bizarre situation, but it happened because the Golden Knights bit off more than they can chew in their quest for the Stanley Cup.

Also, I’m surprised the NHL didn’t have some sort of central registry for no-trade clauses. In a world where everything has to be written down and essential information has to be readily available, there should be one. While I understand the need for confidentiality (a player obviously doesn’t want fans of another team finding out that he’d rather not be traded there), this multi-party debacle could have easily been avoided. These types of scenarios often drive process improvements for the future so they don’t happen again.

Drew Doughty could miss the rest of the regular season with what is believed to be a hand injury. Since Doughty’s injury in early March, rookie Sean Durzi has recorded the bulk of the power-play minutes for the Kings. On Thursday, Durzi assisted on three goals while recording a career-high 27 minutes. Durzi is listed in just 3% of Yahoo leagues and 32% of Fantrax leagues, so it’s worth adding plenty of league formats for those who need help scoring the blue line. I mentioned last week that I added Durzi as a replacement for Thomas Chabot, so I felt the need to bring him up.

Just keep in mind that the Kings have a group of sidelined defensemen beyond Doughty, including Matt Roy, Sean Walker and Mikey Anderson. With Durzi’s role on the Los Angeles depth chart unknown next season, that opportunity may not continue. It might be strange to say about a 23-year-old rookie defenseman, but it’s a testament to the depth the Kings have and how they weathered the storm with all those injuries.

Phillip Danault scored two goals on seven shots on Thursday. That gives him four goals in his last four games and a career-high 21 goals this season. He’s been a valuable striker for LA, but the reason for his increased offense might have something to do with how he’s deployed for his new team. Danault’s 50.8 OZ Start% is the highest of his career. Last season in Montreal, Danault only received a Start%.

Cam York is another new power play d-man from the first unit to watch. The rookie defenseman has three assists in his last two games, including one on Friday. None of those assists have been on the power play, but four of York’s eight points this season have come with the man advantage. Currently, York is getting power-play minutes over more experienced options like Keith Yandle, Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim. York is readily available in the Yahoo league with just 1% roster (28% in Fantrax).

With Claude Giroux now in Florida and Sean Couturier out for the season, it’s up to Kevin Hayes to record important minutes for the Flyers. Hayes has hit the 20-minute mark in three of his last five games. His scoring has also started to improve, as he now has seven points from his last four games, including an assist on Friday. Hayes’ league standings could be misleading, as he has only played 31 games this season. However, his 21 points put him on a 56-point pace for the entire season. With all that in mind, Hayes might not be a bad option for the final quarter.

Nazem Kadri’s last line of stats for this match was one goal, two assists, seven penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. Not a bad roto day indeed. All of Kadri’s points came in the first half. After experiencing his first slump of any kind this season (no goals in 10 games), Kadri has now scored in three of his last four games. He’s also taken 13 shots in his last two games.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see any Draisaitl hat-tricks (goal, assist, negative odds) on Friday. Maybe next time.

Cale Makar scored a pair of goals, giving him 24 goals on the season. Not only does this lead all defensemen, but it also set an Avalanche franchise record for d-men.

Hope you didn’t unplug Bo Horvat earlier this season. Horvat now has goals in three straight games as well as eight goals in his last nine games. Thus, only four players have scored more goals than Horvat since February 21 (11 G). In an effort to shake up the score, Bruce Boudreau recently moved Horvat to a line with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser.

Sean Monahan was healthy scratched Friday. He was probably due for it, as he went 14 games without scoring and is team-worst minus 16 on a Calgary team full of league leaders in that category. With a cap of over $6 million until next season, Monahan should also be seen as a strong takeover candidate this summer. An injured hip from last season could still slow him down, but a fresh start elsewhere without the expectations of a big contract could also help.

The Flames have become strong contenders for the Stanley Cup due to the outstanding performance of other key players. They have also been blessed with incredible luck when it comes to avoiding the injury bug. It’s hard (or at least time consuming) to compare to other teams due to the different number of games, but the Flames entered Friday with what could be a league leader with 11 players who have appeared in every game this season. . With Monahan striped, that number was reduced to 10.

Injury avoidance also helped four Flames reach the 30-goal mark (Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau) with 18 games remaining. None of these players has missed a game this season.

With three points on Friday, Gaudreau has six points in his last three games. He also scored goals in three consecutive games.

In the Rocket Richard race, Chris Kreider scored his 43rd and 44and goals of the season, while Alex Ovechkin and Kyle Connor each scored their 41st goal of the season. Auston Matthews still leads the race with 46 goals, while Leon Draisaitl is tied with Kreider for second place. According to my calculations, all these players are on pace for 50 goals.

I won’t count last season as it wasn’t a full season, but the less short 2019-20 season had five players with at least 40 goals (none reached 50). The last truly full season (2018-19) saw 13 players reach 40 goals, with two reaching 50 (Ovechkin and Draisaitl). Offense is on the rise again, as 2005-06 was the last time there were five 50-goal scorers. You may recall this was the season following the lockdown and the rule changes that were implemented to spark the attack. 2005-06 was also Ovechkin’s first season in the NHL (he scored 52 goals that season).

Andrew Copp scored his goal as a Ranger in his second game with his new team. Plus, he’s been slotted into the Artemi Panarin – Ryan Strome line, which should help his value. Copp recorded two assists in his first game with the Rangers, and he also had six points in his last three games dating back to his time with the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Winnipeg trades Copp to Rangers

Frank Vatrano also scored a goal, his second for Rangers in the last three games. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s on the Kreider-Mika Zibanejad line, which is a big step up from the third- and fourth-line teammates he was usually stuck with in Florida.

Fantasy Take: Vatrano delivered to the Rangers

Josh Morrissey’s power play time has increased since the All-Star break, and it’s starting to show in his offense. With one goal on Friday, Morrissey now has four goals in his last six games, including two on the power play.

Kyle Connor’s point streak is now at 10 games. He has 20 points (8 G – 12 A) on this sequence. He also scored 80 points for the first time in his career and is on course for 102 points. Only Ovechkin and David Pastrnak had more shots than Connor (278 SOG). A pretty remarkable season that goes under the radar compared to some of the usual names.

Jeff Skinner has 26 goals this season, including two on Friday. He has also recorded eight multi-goal games this season. Only four players have registered more. I’m sure it’s something you didn’t expect. Like I said before, he’s back in the fantasy discussion.

However, he recently went on a six-game pointless streak, so the bouts of inconsistency haven’t completely gone away. Also, there’s not much for peripherals beyond shots. This could explain why he is only listed in 21% of Yahoo leagues and 42% of Fantrax leagues. That being said, Skinner might be worth turning to again if you need goals.

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