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Fantasy buzz: Power-play points up for grabs

Hartnell, Green productive on promising man-advantage units

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.

 

5:30 p.m.
Milano scratching surface for Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Sonny Milano (9 percent owned in Yahoo) continues to make a case for deep-league fantasy ownership.

Milano, 21, has scored at least one goal in each of his first three games this season, totaling four goals, a plus-2 and seven shots on goal. The rookie scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in a 2-1 win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

He has played the majority of Columbus' first three games this season alongside center Nick Foligno and right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Milano nets second goal on breakaway in OT

 

Subban, Hartnell thrive in first power-play role

With defenseman Roman Josi sidelined against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, P.K. Subban quarterbacked the first power-play unit and looked more like the fantasy player he was for years with the Montreal Canadiens.

Subban had three assists, two on the power play, playing on a man-advantage unit that included forwards Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, Scott Hartnell and defenseman Samuel Girard. Subban had an 82-game pace of 50 points last season despite not playing on Nashville's first power-play unit, so his ceiling could be even higher if Josi (lower body; day to-day) misses any additional time.

Hartnell (LW, 15 percent owned in Yahoo) is certainly worth monitoring in fantasy given his track record as a category coverage asset and the exposure to Subban on the power play. Hartnell, who played on an even-strength line with Nick Bonino and Pontus Aberg on Tuesday, scored two goals (one on power play) with six shots on goal, two penalty minutes and two hits.

The 35-year-old forward has three goals, two power-play goals (tied for second in NHL), 18 penalty minutes, nine SOG and eight hits through three games this season after signing a one-year contract with Nashville on July 1.

Video: PHI@NSH: Hartnell blasts rebound past Elliott

 

Green tied for scoring lead among D-men

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (47 percent owned in Yahoo) has seen a spike in fantasy ownership as a result of his throwback start to the season.

The 31-year-old is tied with Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues for the most points among defensemen (six) entering Wednesday. Three of Green's six assists have come on the power play; he patrols Detroit's second unit with young forwards Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Martin Frk.

The veteran defenseman has not scored more than 40 points in a season since he had 45 for the Washington Capitals in 2014-15. He had back-to-back seasons of at least 70 points in 2008-09 (73) and 2009-10 (76), but has failed to reach 50 points in a single season since.

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