The Boston Bruins are two wins shy of their franchise record for consecutive wins, 14 set in 1929-30; let’s look at the streak from a fantasy aspect.
SOG: 113 | +/-: 6
The Bruins have four games this week (MTL, CHI, @WSH, @PHI); expect their red-hot players to keep pacing your fantasy teams.
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David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens (owned in 16 percent of Yahoo Leagues) -- The Canadiens No. 1 center is producing at a point-per-game pace the past two months (17 points in 18 games) and gaining great chemistry with new linemate Thomas Vanek and old friend Max Pacioretty. This season, Desharnais and Pacioretty have teamed up and recorded a point on the same goal 24 times. Meanwhile, in only eight games played Vanek and Desharnais have combined for three goals where both players had points. Montreal has four games scheduled this week (@BOS, BUF, @DET, @FLA), all against division opponents, against which Desharnais has 15 points in 22 games.
SOG: 65 | +/-: 12
Jeff Zatkoff, Pittsburgh Penguins (owned in 5 percent of Yahoo Leagues) -- The Penguins are marching toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs and relying on their 26-year-old backup goaltender more often to keep Marc-Andre Fleury fresh. He has won three of his four starts in March with a 2.32 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. Pittsburgh has four games this week (PHX, LAK, @CBJ, CHI); expect Zatkoff to start at least two of those games and produce for your team in the fantasy playoffs.
Category hogs -- The key to a fantasy championship is having players who hit many categories, or category hogs. Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has been the best category hog this season, being the only player with over 100 penalty minutes, 20 goals, 10 power-play goals and 50 points. Other players that are available that could help this week are Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel (178 penalty minutes, 24 points, two game-winning goals) and Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer (88 penalty minutes, 11 power-play goals, 35 points, 137 shots).
SOG: 100 | +/-: -4
Chris Kreider, New York Rangers -- The long-awaited arrival of Chris Kreider as a fantasy contributor is upon us. After bursting on the scene during the 2012 playoffs right out of college and producing five goals and seven points in the Rangers' run to the Eastern Conference Final, the former Boston College standout struggled to replicate that production. This season, playing on a line with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan, the 22-year-old is tied for fourth in rookie scoring with 37 points in 65 games. Still only owned in 31 percent of Yahoo leagues, he would be a perfect addition to your fantasy playoff run.