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Johansson could return for Bruins on Monday; Hayes finds chemistry with Connor, Laine; Connolly having career year for Capitals

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

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MON. 3/25

Boston Bruins: Forward Marcus Johansson (lung contusion) skated on the second line with valuable forwards David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk at practice Sunday and could return when the Bruins visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. Johansson (2 percent owned in Yahoo) has missed the past nine games and has one assist and four shots on goal in four games since being acquired from the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 25. Johansson is worth streaming in standard leagues with Boston having four games this week.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Forward J.T. Miller had an assist against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday to extend his point streak to four games. Miller (33 percent owned in Yahoo) has five assists in the span and six in his past six games. He is playing with elite center Steven Stamkos and forward Ondrej Palat and is worth streaming in standard leagues and FanDuel DFS contests when the Lightning host the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Wing Zach Hyman (30 percent owned) scored his 19th goal of the season against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Hyman has goals in three of his past five games and continues to skate on a line with elite forwards John Tavares and Mitchell Marner, making him worth rostering in deep leagues and DFS contests. The Maple Leafs host the Florida Panthers on Monday, and Hyman has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 30 home games.

Vegas Golden Knights: Forward Reilly Smith scored a goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, extending his point streak to four games. Smith (57 percent owned in Yahoo) has nine points (four goals, five assists) during the streak and 13 points and 29 shots on goal in his past nine games. He continues to skate with William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault and on the first power play, making him a must-own player for the fantasy playoffs. Vegas visits the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Winnipeg Jets: Center Kevin Hayes had a four-point game in a win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Hayes (28 percent owned in Yahoo) scored a goal and assisted on all three of Kyle Connor's goals. Hayes, who's playing on a new second line with Connor and Patrik Laine, has five points in his past four games and an NHL career-high 34 assists in 64 games. Hayes is worth streaming with exposure to the Jets' top six for the rest of the season.

 

TUE. 3/26

Anaheim Ducks: Forward Jakob Silfverberg had a power-play assist and five shots on goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Silfverberg (26 percent owned in Yahoo) has points in back-to-back games and 14 points (seven goals, seven assists), four power-play assists and 29 SOG in 13 games in March. He has been skating with top forward Rickard Rakell on the first line and is a must-own fantasy player if available.

Ottawa Senators: Defenseman Dylan DeMelo had a power-play assist with four shots on goal and three hits in a win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. DeMelo has points in four straight games (one goal, five assists) and is covering categories with two power-play points, seven hits, nine SOG and 10 blocked shots. He is seeing time on the power play and skating on the top pair at even strength with fantasy-relevant defenseman Thomas Chabot, who returned Saturday and had a power-play assist and four SOG in 27:55.

Washington Capitals: Wing Brett Connolly had an assist against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Connolly (28 percent owned) has points in consecutive games and eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games skating on the third line with center Lars Eller. Connolly has an NHL career-high 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) and is worth streaming for a favorable matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

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