They say defense and goaltending win Stanley Cups, and this week’s top 10 fantasy performers may have you ripe and ready for a long playoff run down the stretch as those typically known for keeping pucks out of the net continue putting up the points. Here’s the list:
Only managed a single win in three games this week, but it was a 39 save performance in a 1-0 win over the Coyotes. The shutout was his second in the month of March and he's now ranked fifth among all goaltenders.
Posted his first career shutout against the Coyotes on Thursday and also put up a 41 save effort against San Jose early in the week. He's now 8-1 in nine career starts during this rookie campaign. The former second round pick once stood out for Team Canada in the World Juniors, and now he's looking like a big time fantasy play in the NHL, at least in the immediate future.
Six points this week (5 goals, 1 assist). Three of the goals came via the power-play and he's now riding a five game point streak overall. He was one of the biggest reasons the Kings made the playoffs last year, and factored even bigger in helping them win it all. He's one of those players that seems to just turn it on down the stretch and will be a player to watch the rest of the season.
Won all three of his starts this past week and is now 15-5 on the season. He posted his first shutout of the season against the New York Rangers on Friday and it looks like he's out to prove that last year's poor performance in the playoffs won't be repeated. Hopefully that bodes well for fantasy owners as the regular season race to the finish begins.
5. Jake Muzzin - Los Angeles Kings (D)
Three assists and a plus-2 rating this week equate to nothing special, but the 25 minutes he took in penalties sure gave this second year defenseman a boost. A plus-12 rating and 11 points in 24 games (5 goals, 6 assists) make him a solid fantasy play on a Kings team that's turning on the mojo for the stretch drive.
Registered a point in all four games the team played this week (4 goals, 2 assists over that stretch). His goals included two via the man advantage and a game-winner, giving his performance an all around impact in multiple categories for fantasy owners.
7. Chris Stewart - St. Louis Blues (RW)
Seven points this week (5 goals, 2 assists) to go with a plus-5 rating. His career-high in goals is 28, set way back in his sophomore season, and he's got 14 already this year in just 28 games. He offers a rare combination of scoring touch and toughness, and on a Blues team that looks like a contender, should have a healthy plus/minus rating the rest of the season.
Two goals and one assist with a minus-2 rating wouldn't normally get anyone in the top 10, but the leader of the Predators scored both goals on the power-play and also managed 15 penalty minutes. Although the Preds are starved for goals and could definitely use Ryan Suter these days, Weber is still putting up decent numbers this year.
Six assists in four games this past week, two of which came on the power-play. He's been somewhat inconsistent this year, but it looks like his buddy Tobias Enstrom will return within the next week, so look for some more goals and power-play points from Dusty down the stretch.
10. Patrick Wiercioch - Ottawa Senators (D)
Two goals, one assist, a plus-1 rating and 23 penalty minutes in four games this week. He's seen increased power-play time with the Sens lately and seems to have benefited the most from the season-ending injury to team MVP Erik Karlsson. Since Karlsson won't be back this year and Sergei Gonchar is probably on a roster already, Wiercioch is a guy you'll want to add to your team, particularly in deeper fantasy leagues.
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