It was another exciting evening on the National Hockey League ice on Tuesday evening, with 24 of the league's 31 teams skating. There was plenty of scoring, too, as we saw an average of 6.0 goals per contest which equates to plenty of fantasy success. However, goaltending was a fantasy minefield on the relatively high-scoring night. Of course, one goaltender was able to pitch the shutout, and it came in the most unlikely scenario, too. We didn't have any hat tricks, but several players scratched out at least three points, while the stat sheets were littered with multi-point performances. Let's get started!
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Tuesday's Fantasy Five
Patrick Kane registered a goal with an assist and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's road win in Edmonton, as he remained red hot. Kane has posted 10 goals with 28 points and a plus-9 rating across the past 12 outings. He has managed four power-play goals and 10 points on the man advantage during the impressive run, too. He is now on pace for 49 goals and 119 points, as he inches toward his second 100-point season in 12 NHL campaigns. His previous career best was 46 markers back in the 2015-16 season.
Curtis McElhinney has spent his career as a backup, journeyman goaltender. However, he has made the most of his opportunity to start with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has done so well that he is battling with the higher-paid Petr Mrazek for the majority of the starts while a $4-million backstop, Scott Darling, languishes in the minors with Charlotte of the AHL. If McElhinney continues the way he played Tuesday, there's no looking back. The Hurricanes entered as huge underdogs in Pittsburgh, but McElhinney stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season, and the ninth of his career. It was the most unlikely result of the entire evening by far.
Anze Kopitar picked up three assists with a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's road victory in New Jersey. He and his Kings teammates have shown some signs of life on the road. The Slovenian pivot has managed three goals with nine points and a plus-2 rating during his five-game point streak. Kopitar has inspired those around him, too, as Tyler Toffoli registered his second straight game-winning goal, and he has three goals and four points with a plus-2 rating during the span. Adrian Kempe potted another goal, and he has three markers and four points with a plus-2 rating in the past two outings. Ilya Kovalchuk is also hot, going for another goal. He has two goals and four points in a three-game point streak in February.
Brendan Gallagher went for two goals with an assist and a plus-3 rating as the Habs thumped the Ducks at Bell Centre. The goals were No. 20 and No. 21 for Gallagher, and he now has at least 20 goals in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. He also has at least 19 goals in five of the past six years. It was his first multi-point performance since Dec. 22. His partner in crime, Jonathan Drouin, managed three helpers with a plus-3 rating, blocked shot. He has a goal and five points with a plus-4 rating over the past two, and he has back-to-back multi-point performances for the first time since Oct. 14-17, 2017. That was more than enough for Carey Price, who allowed just one goal on 25 shots to improve to 22-13-4 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.
The Swiss-born All-Star rearguard Roman Josi was at it again. He went for a goal, two assists and a plus-1 rating, giving him two goals, five points and a plus-3 rating in the month of February. Josi also added three blocked shots, a hit and a minor penalty to help out his fantasy owners and DFS players across the board. He and Ryan Ellis were the top rearguards in the Music City, as Ellis added a goal, an assist and a plus-4 rating with two blocked shots. That was all Pekka Rinne needed, as he yielded just two goals on 26 shots as the All-Star picked up yet another victory.
Fantasy Game of the Night
The Columbus Blue Jackets were on fire in the Mile High City on Tuesday night, doubling up the Colorado Avalanche by a 6-3 margin. Oliver Bjorkstrand opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season, and the marker came just 53 seconds into the game. It was Bjorkstrand's third straight game with a goal. Cam Atkinson managed his 29th goal of the season, as the All-Star went for a plus-3 rating, four shots on goal, a blocked shot and a hit. That's two goals and four points during a three-game streak since the break, as he hasn't shown any fatigue despite the fact he traveled to San Jose for the Skills Competition and All-Star Game. Pierre-Luc Dubois had a pair of goals, giving him No. 20 and 21 on the season. He surpassed his previous career best of 20 goals set in his rookie campaign last season, and he is now on target for 31 goals and 74 points. Needless to say, he has emerged as a must-start in all fantasy pools. Alexander Wennberg snapped a 34-game goal drought with a power-play marker and he added an assist. Dean Kukan, who was a healthy scratch last time out, went for two assists in 11:16 of ice time, as he looks to buy his way back into the lineup for Thursday's game in Arizona. It was more than enough support for Sergei Bobrovsky, who yielded just three goals on 30 shots.
The Avalanche didn't get any production from the cash line of All-Stars Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, as the trio combined for just one assist (MacKinnon) with a minus-8 rating. The cupboard wasn't completely bare, however, as the rearguards tried to save the day. Samuel Girard, Erik Johnson and Nikita Zadorov registered one goal apiece, and Johnson added an assist with a plus-2 rating for his first goal since Jan. 9, and first marker in front of the home fans since Nov. 28. He had his first multi-point performance since Oct. 6, too, which happens to be the second game of the regular season. The six Colorado D-men combined for 15 of the team's 25 hits, with Ian Cole and Zadorov leading the way with four apiece. Tyson Barrie was held off the scoresheet, but he led the way with three blocked shots. They were unable to keep Philipp Grubauer from continuing his slide, as he is 0-3-0 with a 5.44 GAA and .810 save percentage over the past three outings. He also has just one win over the past eight appearances.
Quick Hits: Robin Lehner was unable to push aside the Bruins, but he allowed just two goals on 26 shots in the loss. … The Bruins brought their scoring skates to the arena, as Patrice Bergeron went for two goals and a plus-2, while Brad Marchand and All-Star David Pastrnak managed two assists and a plus-2 rating each. … Tuukka Rask was good for a win, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced to cool off the previously red-hot Islanders. … Zach Parise was certainly not shy on the offensive end, taking a night-high 10 shots on goal, finding the back of the net once. … Jared Spurgeon was good for two goals, a plus-3, three shots on goal and a hit. … Jack Eichel registered a pair of helpers while squeezing off nine shots in his team's loss. … Jordan Binnington continues to play well for the Blues, stopping two of the 24 shots he faced to pick up a road win against the Florida Panthers. … All-Star Ryan O'Reilly scored his 20th goal of the season with a blocked shot. He has registered four straight 20-goal campaigns, and five overall for his NHL career. … Jack Campbell was sharp in a rare appearance, allowing just one goal on 30 shots to improve to 7-9-0 with a 2.13 GAA and .933 save percentage. The offensive support for Campbell was also pretty rare. … Jordan Martinook scored again, and his opening goal in the shutout counted as the game-winning tally. He has two GWG in three February outings. … Micheal Ferland scored a goal while posting a plus-1, and the Hurricanes likely love that as it drives up his potential trade value. The free-agent-to-be has a goal, two assists and a plus-4 over the past two. … Jakub Vrana struck for a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating, and the goal was a game winner. He has a goal and four helpers over the past five. … Braden Holtby picked up a win, giving up just two goals on 32 shots to move to 19-13-3 with a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage. … Marc-Andre Fleury yielded just two goals on 26 shots to snap an ugly three-game losing skid. He hadn't lost three straight in regulation since the first three games in 2015-16 when he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins. … Steven Stamkos had two assists with two blocked shots and three hits, giving him six goals and 12 helpers over the past 14. … Calle Jarnkrok was good for a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating, and he has a pair of markers with five points in the past five outings. … Drake Caggiula scored against his former team, the Oilers, in his first game back in Edmonton since being traded for defenseman Matthew Benning. The latter was scoreless with just one blocked shot in his 14:46 of ice time, serving on the third defensive pairing. … Cam Ward picked up his season-best third straight win, allowing just two goals on 27 shots. … Erik Gustafsson notched another power-play goal, his second in as many games, and he has three goals and an assist with a plus-3 rating in three February outings. … Leon Draisaitl scored two power-play goals in the 6-2 loss to the Blackhawks.