Eleven games on the slate, with three starting in the afternoon. Four goalies recorded shutouts, while three games contained a team that scored at least five goals. Let's get right to the recaps.
PENGUINS 4, FLYERS 1
— It doesn’t seem long ago that we were wondering whether the Penguins’ streak of reaching the playoffs would end at nine seasons. Now, after their fifth win in a row, they are two points behind the Rangers for second in the Metropolitan Division.
— They can thank Sidney Crosby (assist) for a big role in that. The captain has a point in 11 consecutive games, the second such streak of this season for him. He has 31 goals and 74 points this season.
— Chris Kunitz (goal, assist) hasn’t been the same asset he’s been throughout his career with the Penguins. He does have four points over his last five games, though. On the year, he has only 15 goals and 36 points. Not really someone I’d look to add for your playoff push.
— Kris Letang (goal) is a player who could lead you to a fantasy championship, though. He also had four shots on goal. Letang has had a brilliant season, with a career-high 14 goals and 54 points, which ties him with his career best set last year.
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— Carl Hagelin (goal) has certainly found a home in Pittsburgh. He’s worked well in the top-six there because he can be a puck retriever and allow the other creators to do the work. Hagelin has 18 points in 26 games with the Penguins. He’s eight points shy of tying his career high of 38.
— Marc-Andre Fleury (16 saves) has won four games in a row, allowing seven goals in that span. The Penguins are playing well, making him a good bet to start moving forward. He has a .922 SV%.
— Not a standout game for Steve Mason (31 saves) at a time when the Flyers need him to be his best. Mason gave up three second-period goals as the final one went in with the net empty. Mason has given up at least three goals in three games in a row. He has started six of the past seven games.
WILD 3, HURRICANES 2 (shootout)
— David Jones (goal) was not the addition I believe the Wild needed at the deadline. But he has played decently, with two goals, three assists and 21 shots on goal in eight games. I would not be rostering him, though.
— Jason Zucker (goal) is a player who could break out next season. He has 13 goals on 151 shots; that is great volume, but not the best rate of getting them in the net. Remember him next year as someone who could get 20 goals and 40 points.
— Devan Dubnyk (31 saves) needs to be the Wild’s best player. They are one game out of the playoffs. Dubnyk has not been at his best in March as he’s posted a .908 SV%.
— Jordan Staal (goal) is always going to be a better real-life player than fantasy one. He is an excellent defensive center, though his offense hasn’t quite matched up to his brother Eric’s in his career. Staal has 19 goals and 42 points.
SHARKS 4, SHARKS 1
— Yes, it’s time to hit the panic button if you're a Rangers fan. This team is simply not good enough to win without Henrik Lundqvist (43 saves on 47 shots) standing on his head. The forward group is a strength, but the defense is subpar. There is no way a team should give up 52 shots in a game (Antti Raanta came in at the end). The fact that players such as Dan Girardi and Marc Staal are used so heavily still speaks to poor coaching, too.
— The Sharks, on the other hand, are sitting pretty in the Pacific Division, with 86 points. They are 7-3-0 over their past 10 games. The ageless Joe Thornton (goal) was a beast; at even strength, he was on the ice for 20 shots for and five shots against — 80%. He has at least a point in four games in a row.
— Joe Pavelski (goal, assist) was a 77.8% possession player. Another incredible player who doesn’t get enough praise for how elite he is. Pavelski has 33 goals and 68 points. It will be his fourth (full season) in a row with at least 30 goals, and third in a row with 70 points.
— The Sharks got Joel Ward (two goals) to firm up their middle-six. He’s done just that this year, now with 19 goals and 40 points. He will reach the 20-goal mark for the second time in his career. Ward tends to have a positive effect in the playoffs, so the rewards will keep coming.
— Tomas Hertl (three assists) has quietly had a great season. The 22-year-old has 17 goals and 41 points, both of which are career highs. Target him in drafts next year as a big season could be on its way.
— Martin Jones (25 saves) has given up two or fewer goals in nine games in a row. He has six wins in that stretch. Very good time to be playing your best hockey.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 1
— William Nylander (goal, assist) notched his first multi-point game of his career. While he only has three goals and a helper, the fact he has 26 shots in 11 games bodes well for him. He seems like a guy who could make at least a 20-goal impact next season. Which is saying something since he’s only 19 years old.
— Milan Michalek (goal, assist) was once a fantasy asset. But at age 31, it has all but dried up. In fact, that probably came a few years ago. He has seven goals and 13 points this year.
— A lot of sneaky value plays on this Maple Leafs team for next season. Connor Carrick (goal) is one of them. He has two goals over his past three games. The 5-10 blueliner has shown some offensive aptitude in the minors.
— Brian Gionta (goal) has 10 goals on the season. That’s not saying much, and he’s certainly not a fantasy option. But he’s posted at least 10 goals in 12 seasons of his career. Not too shabby.
SENATORS 5, CANADIENS 0
— Let’s just get this out of the way. The Canadiens gave up three shorthanded goals for the first time in their history, which began in 1909.
— Nobody is doubting the Senators’ ability to score. Their problem is their defense and play away from the puck — which, in turn, means their goaltending needs to be brilliant. Andrew Hammond (30 saves) recorded his first shutout of the season. He had three last year in 23 starts.
— Could we see a breakout from Curtis Lazar (goal) next season? Hard to forecast one as he’s not exactly generating a lot of shots; his four Saturday were the same amount he’s had in four previous combined games. He had 92 in 67 games last year, but has only 70 in 2015-16. He’s definitely talented enough to be a factor in the future.
— Hard to see Jean-Gabriel Pageau (goal) being a major fantasy contributor. The former fourth-round pick has 17 goals and 36 points, though he’s never displayed elite offensive skills. A 20-goal, 45-point player is still valuable, though.
— Mika Zibanejad (goal) has three goals over his four-game point streak. He has 272 games of NHL experience, but is just 22 years old. There could be a 25-goal, 55-point season here soon.
— Ben Scrivens (39 saves) was a busy man, but he was not up to the task. Five goals is the amount he gave up total over his last two games, both of which were wins.
RED WINGS 5, PANTHERS 3
— Huge win for the Red Wings, as it gave them a three-point cushion on the Flyers, who have two games in hand.
— Pavel Datsyuk (two goals) is still a remarkable player. The 37-year-old is still one of the best defensive forwards in the game. He might not power offense like he used to, with 16 goals and 42 points in 56 games, but he can still affect a game. A 14.1% shooter, Datsyuk has scored on 9.7% of his 165 shots … so it’s not like he’s not getting rubber on net. We could see a mini hot streak as the season winds down. He is still the Red Wings’ most important player.
— Dylan Larkin (goal, assist) has hit a bit of a wall lately, with four points in March after six points in 13 February games. The good sign is that he has 22 shots this month, so he’s due to record his best month in that regard. A second-wind from Larkin could propel owners in the playoffs, that’s for sure.
— Tomas Tatar has a goal in two of his past three games. While he has recorded 20 goals for the second consecutive season, it has been a down year for the winger. He has only 42 points after getting 56 last season.
— Jimmy Howard (23 saves) has won two games in a row, giving up four goals in that span. When Petr Mrazek gets healthy — he was out with the flu — Howard is likely to get only a few starts down the stretch.
— Huge fan of Nick Bjugstad (goal, assist). He has heated up after a quiet start to the season. Not going to lie, though, I expected more than 13 goals and 29 points in 57 games after he had 24 and 43, respectively, the season before. Remember him in your drafts next season.
— Roberto Luongo (25 saves) needs to be the Panthers’ best player for them to have playoff success. Lately, he has not been. He has allowed at least three goals in five of his past seven games.
BLUE JACKETS 6, DEVILS 3
— Welcome to the big show, Oliver Bjorkstrand (two goals). The 20-year-old forward from Denmark scored his first goals in his second NHL game. He also had six shots on goal. Obviously monitor him the rest of the way, but it’s hard to outright say he’s worth scooping up after one game like this.
— Is there a player who better exemplifies the John Tortorella style? Boone Jenner (goal, assist) is a physical, hard-nosed player who always plays with a lot of energy. He has become a fantasy asset, too, with 25 goals, 42 points and 65 points. The 199 shots on goal are really nice, too. He has five points over his past five games.
— Cam Atkinson (goal) has also become a coach’s favorite. He has six points over his past five games. Another guy who fires a ton of pucks on net (201 this season). The 26-year-old has a career-high 25 goals and 46 points this season.
— It’s going to take time, clearly, for Sergei Bobrovsky (27 saves) to find his rhythm. This was his first win since Dec. 5 (six starts) and first win sin four since returning from a groin injury. He has given up at least three goals in all of those games, though. Not good enough to recommend for those in head-to-head leagues.
— Kyle Palmieri (two goals, assist) has to be up there with one of the best offseason acquisitions. Imagine what he’ll be able to do with better talent around him. A restricted free agent this offseason, Palmieri is likely to get an extension to remain in New Jersey long-term, too.
STARS 3, ISLANDERS 0
— In their first game without one of the game’s best players, all the Stars did was shut out the Islanders — thanks to Kari Lehtonen’s 27 saves — and get contributions from a guy who will need to step up, big time. Cody Eakin (goal) played between Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp, so there could be worse situations for him. Eakin has never really been a top-six player, and that shows one of the Stars’ weaknesses right now. Eakin’s performance will be key.
— Ales Hemsky has two goals over his past five games, along with four points. One of those players with so many skills who make you wonder how he has only 12 goals and 31 points on the season.
— Thomas Greiss (33 saves) deserves better. He gave up two goals in this one as the final one was scored with him pulled late. He is 1-3-1 over his past five games despite posting at least a .917 SV% three times in that span. I’d feel more comfortable with him as your No. 2 than many others, even with the Islanders struggling. Go after the skills here.
BLUES 3, CANUCKS 0
— If you could draw up a better return scenario, it would be this for Brian Elliott (19 saves). Not a lot of action but just enough to start to get into the flow again. Elliott hadn’t played since Feb. 22 because of a knee injury. Expect him to be the guy moving forward. Start him.
— Vladimir Tarasenko (goal) could’ve had more than one goal in this game. He fired eight shots on net, too. He has four goals over his past five games, improving his statistics to 34 goals and 63 points. He’s three away in goals and 10 away in points from matching last season. He’ll be plenty motivated the rest of the way.
— Jaden Schwartz (goal, assist) scored with the net empty. The major point is that he has eight points during his five-game point streak. St. Louis looks like it could finally get out of the first round of the playoffs this year.
— Can’t fault Ryan Miller (47 saves) for this loss. Despite posting a SV% of at least .912 over his past three games, he has won just once. Don’t count on him helping you down the stretch.
LIGHTNING 2, COYOTES 0
— Ondrej Palat (goal) has found his game in a big game in March. Six of his 13 goals and eight of his 28 points have been recorded over the past 19 days. The 24-year-old is plenty talented, so don’t write this off as just a lucky hot streak.
— Nikita Kucherov (goal) scored an empty netter, his first goal since March 3, a span of six games without one. With 26 goals, he’s three away from his career high.
— Ben Bishop (32 saves) should really be getting some Vezina love. He has two of his five shutouts over the past three games. Bishop has a 2.02 GAA and .928 SV%.
KINGS 2, BRUINS 1
— Thanks to their fourth win in a row, the Kings became the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth.
— Jonathan Quick (27 saves) had a strong game in net. If the season ended today, Quick’s .921 SV% would be the second best of his career. Most other years, he’s been pretty average.
— Tuukka Rask (18 saves) has been hot and cold lately. He has posted a SV% above .900 just once in his past four games.