With the NHL pausing the 2019-20 regular season on March 12 due to the concerns surrounding the coronavirus, NHL.com is taking stock of each of the League's 31 teams.
Today, a fantasy recap of the Boston Bruins at the pause:
NOTE: Rank for fantasy most valuable player is based on standard-category production to date.
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Fantasy MVP: David Pastrnak, RW (rank: 1) -- He's not only the fantasy MVP for the Boston Bruins but also the top-ranked player in standard leagues. Pastrnak is tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the NHL lead with 48 goals, including a League-leading 20 on the power play and is tied for third with 95 points. This is beginning to look like the new normal for Pastrnak, who has scored at least 35 goals and reached 80 points in three straight seasons. His 38 power-play points are third in the NHL, his 279 shots on goal rank fifth, and his plus-21 rating is tied for 19th, showing his dominant fantasy category coverage.
Video: TBL@BOS: Pastrnak rockets one-timer in for 48th goal
Biggest surprise: Tuukka Rask, G -- He was coming off his worst save percentage in a full NHL season (.912 last season) but has risen to the top of NHL.com's goalie rankings this season. He's 26-8-6 with a .929 save percentage in 41 games. Rask's five shutouts are tied for second in the NHL with Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights and Elvis Merzlikins of the Columbus Blue Jackets behind Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets (six), and his save percentage leads NHL goalies with at least 35 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop were drafted as the top two goalies in many fantasy leagues, but it's Rask who has returned the most value, with his backup, Jaroslav Halak, also having an impressive season (18-6-6, .919 save percentage, three shutouts).
Video: Top 10 Bruins Plays ... Thus Far
Unsung hero: Patrice Bergeron, C -- He's a household name, but Bergeron never seems to get enough credit for being among the best in terms of fantasy category coverage. His 31 goals are tied for 15th in the NHL, his plus-23 rating is 15th, and his 20 power-play points are tied for 34th. Selected in the third round or later of most fantasy leagues, Bergeron has outperformed his average draft position and has 203 shots on goal (tied for 30th), 25 assists and 46 hits. Bergeron is one of the top five center-only players in all fantasy formats and completes the most-valuable top line in the NHL with Pastrnak and left wing Brad Marchand.
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