Happy Thanksgiving!

Michael Finewax
Rotoworld

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and readers this week! It’s a busy schedule that is heavily weighted to Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday unlike the usual week where it is slanted to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

There is only one game on Thanksgiving Thursday and that one takes place in Canada as New Jersey visits Montreal.

Enjoy the holiday and The Week Ahead!

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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 1

4 Games – Boston, Buffalo, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Vancouver

3 Games - Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Edmonton, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Toronto, Vegas, Washington, Winnipeg

2 Games – Florida

Columbus, Los Angeles, Montreal and Tampa Bay play three games at home.

Ottawa, St. Louis, Vancouver and Winnipeg play three games on the road.

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INJURIES

Nikita Kucherov is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

ANAHEIM

Games this week

vs. New York Islanders, @ Arizona, vs. Winnipeg

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Just like last season, John Gibson got off to a hot start this year but has crumbled of late. Gibson is regarded as a top-ten goaltender but he has given up 21 goals in his last five games, on only 162 shots. Last season, he was great until Christmas with a 15-11-4 mark to go with a 2.52 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He is currently 7-10-1 with a 3.02 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Ondrej Kase was supposed to be a top scorer this season for the Ducks but he was made a healthy scratch on November 16. He returned to action this week and scored his second of  the season Thursday, while adding an assist to give him nine points in 17 games.

 

 

ARIZONA

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, @ Vegas, vs. San Jose

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Coyotes are in second place in the Pacific Division with a 13-8-2 record despite dropping a 3-1 decision to Toronto at home on Thursday. We discussed the best goaltender in fantasy at the quarter pole in The Roundtable this week, and Darcy Kuemper swept the votes as the best thus far. He has 9-5-0 with a 1.85 GAA and a .937 save percentage and deservedly received the honor. Barrett Hayton was a healthy scratch for six straight games but an injury to Michael Grabner put him in the lineup Thursday to give him 10 games this season and burn a year in his entry-level contract. Phil Kessel has struggled this season offensively with only three goals and 13 points in 23 games. He is also a minus-eight.

BOSTON

Games this week

@ Montreal, @ Ottawa, vs. New York Rangers, vs. Montreal

Tired: @ Ottawa (Wednesday)

Rested: vs. Montreal (Sunday)

Notes

The Bruins play four games this week including three games in four nights. It’s possible that Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak share the net, but if someone is going to play three games, it is going to be Rask. Boston takes on Montreal twice this week and look for Brad Marchand to add to his penalty minutes total if there are any fisticuffs. Marchand has also taken over the points lead from David Pastrnak on the Bruins with 37 in 22 games, one better than Pastrnak. Patrice Bergeron returned to action Thursday after missing a couple of games with a lower-body injury. He had an assist and has eight goals and 20 points in 20 games. Torey Krug has been out a couple of weeks with an upper-body injury but is expected back on November 23. The Bruins need more offense from Charlie McAvoy who has only seven points in 22 games after picking up 28 last season in 54 contests.              

BUFFALO

Games this week

@ Tampa Bay, vs. Calgary, vs. Toronto, @ Toronto

Tired: @ Tampa Bay (Monday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Sabres play three games in four nights as part of their four-game week. Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton have been sharing the net of late so don’t be surprised this week if they split it again. Hutton is 0-4-2 in his last six starts after starting the season at 6-0-0. The Sabres play a home-and-home series against Toronto following Thanksgiving and should tempers flare, Jimmy Vesey and Curtis Lazar are the only Sabres with a fighting major this season. The Sabres got off to a very hot start as they were 8-1-1 but they have faltered since as Buffalo is 2-8-2 since the hot start. I thought this would be a breakout season for Casey Mittelstadt but thus far he has proven me wrong with only three goals and seven points in 22 games, including none in his last 12 games.

CALGARY

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, @ Buffalo, vs. Ottawa

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Ottawa (Saturday)

Notes

The Flames are another team who are flustered at the moment as they have lost six straight games and are 10-12-3 after finishing last season with 105 points. The team held a players-only meeting after Thursday’s 5-0 loss to St. Louis so expect a bit of a rebound this week. Bill Peters is the next coach who is on the firing line as the expectations were high in Calgary heading into this season. Sean Monahan and Jonny Gaudreau have similar stats this season and it is not on the good side of the ledger as they both have five goals and 13 assists in 25 contests with Monahan a minus-12 while Gaudreau is slightly better at minus-11. T.J. Brodie was finally back on the ice to skate Thursday, albeit with close medical attention. It was the first time since he collapsed on the ice in practice a week earlier.

CAROLINA

Games this week

@ New York Rangers, vs. Nashville, @ Tampa Bay

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Hurricanes three games in four nights so expect to see Petr Mrazek in the cage on two occasions with James Reimer getting the call once. Joel Edmundson has been a nice find on the blueline of late as he is on a five-game points streak, Andrei Svechnikov continues to excel as he has 10 goals and 24 points in 22 games and is on a six-game scoring streak. Sebastian Aho had three goals in his first 12 games but has eight in his last 10. Martin Necas continues to be undervalued in fantasy as the former first round pick in 2017 has five goals and 15 points this season.  Dougie Hamilton continues to have a great season as the defenseman has nine goals and 23 points in 22 games with a plus-11 rating.

CHICAGO

Games this week

vs. Dallas, vs. Colorado, @ Colorado

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Dallas (Tuesday)

Notes

The Blackhawks play the Avalanche in a home-and-home series this week. Erik Gustafsson has the Blackhawks only fighting major (that occurred on Sunday) so don’t expect a lot of rough stuff. Gustafsson has three goals in his last five games after not scoring in his first 16 matches. In a minor league deal, the Blackhawks acquired Joseph Cramarossa from Pittsburgh in exchange for Graham Knott.  Rookie Kirby Dach was some time with Patrick Kane on Tuesday but was back on the third line Thursday in a loss to Tampa Bay. Kane extended his points streak to 11 games on Thursday with an assist. He has 11 goals and 29 points in 22 games thus far and is headed to his third 100-point season in the last five seasons.

COLORADO

Games this week

vs. Edmonton, @ Chicago, vs. Chicago

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Avalanche play three games in four nights so expect Philipp Grubauer to play twice while Pavel Francouz should get one start. The Avs also play Chicago in a home-and-home series so expect to see Nazem Kadri get involved as he has two fighting majors to date. Nathan MacKinnon continues to shine without his two injured linemates as he has 13 goals and 32 points in 22 games. Gabriel Landeskog has not started skating and has been out since October 26 with a lower-body injury. Cale Makar is the heavy favorite for the Calder Trophy at this time as the rookie defenseman has seven goals and 25 points in 22 games including a pair of goals Thursday. Andre Burakovsky is finally having his breakout season with 10 goals and 20 points in 22 games. The former Capital has five goals and eight points in his last four games. Matt Calvert is out indefinitely with a head injury after taking a puck to the head Saturday.

COLUMBUS

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Pittsburgh, @ New York Islanders

Tired: @ New York Islanders (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Blue Jackets play four games this week including three games in four nights. Expect to see Joonas Korpisalo in net for three games with Elvis Merzlikins playing once. The Blue Jackets are in sixth place in the Metropolitan with 22 points in 21 games. They hired coach Paul McLean this week to help out with the power play and the Blue Jackets were two-of-five with the man-advantage in his first game Thursday. Nick Foligno returned to action Thursday after missing three games with a suspension for elbowing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of the Avs. Emil Bemstrom saw his five-game points streak end on Thursday.

DALLAS

Games this week

vs. Vegas, @ Chicago, vs. St. Louis, @ Minnesota

Tired: @ Chicago (Tuesday)

Rested: None  

Notes

The Stars are red hot at this time as they are 12-1-1 in their last 14 games after starting the season at 1-7-1. They are definitely moving up the rankings this week. Dallas plays four games this week so Ben Bishop should see two or three games in goal with Anton Khudobin getting the rest of the action. Bishop continues to be a top-three goalie as he is 8-5-1 with a 2.25 GAA and a .926 save percentage. Tyler Seguin has 19 points in 22 games and that has been bolstered of late by his four-game points streak in which he has three goals and eight points. Defenseman Miro Heiskanen has been hot of late as well with two goals and eight points in a six-game points streak that has him at 17 points. He is only 20 and is going to be a stud in the NHL for a long time.

DETROIT

Games this week

vs. Toronto, @ Philadelphia, vs. Washington

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Red Wings play three games in four nights and look for Jimmy Howard to play twice with Jonathan Bernier getting the other start.  Mike Green was supposed to be the offensive star on the blueline but he has only a goal and three assists in 19 games thus far. He is out of action and day-to-day with an upper-body injury. First round pick Moritz Seider, scored his first AHL goal this week. Keep an eye on him but not for this season.  The Red Wings are floundering in the Atlantic Division standings and are at 17 points, four in arrears of Ottawa. Detroit could be looking at the first overall pick in the 2020 Draft and that will definitely help their future as Alexis Lafreniere is projected to be a superstar.

EDMONTON

Games this week

@ Colorado, vs. Vancouver, @ Vancouver

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Oilers play a home-and-home series with Vancouver and only two Oilers have managed to accumulate fighting majors as Zack Kassian took on the Avs Matt Calvert and the injured Brandon Manning fought San Jose’s Barclay Goodrow. Adam Larsson returned to action on Thursday after missing 22 games with a foot injury. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are tied for the NHL scoring lead with 44, seven better than Brad Marchand of Boston. McDavid has a nine-game points streak in which he has 10 goals and 21 points. Jujhar Khaira has three goals in his last three games to give him four goals this season.

FLORIDA

Games this week

@ Washington, vs. Nashville

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Nashville (Saturday)

Notes

The Panthers are the only team in the NHL to play twice this week so don’t be afraid to sit some of your Florida players if you have better matchups elsewhere. The Panthers are 5-0-1 in their last six games and that includes a couple of wins after trailing 4-0. Aaron Ekblad had a couple of goals and an assist Thursday as he doubled his goal count to four. If you play only wins, Sergei Bobrovsky has been good for you with a 9-4-4 record, but if peripherals count, his 3.47 GAA and .886 save percentage, leave plenty to be desired. Jonathan Huberdeau continues to excel with 10 goals and 30 points in 22 games. He had 92 points last season so this should not be a surprise.

LOS ANGELES

Games this week

vs. San Jose, vs. New York Islanders, @ San Jose, vs. Winnipeg

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Kings play the Sharks twice this week and if there is any rough stuff, look for Kyle Clifford to be in the middle of things. Los Angeles plays four games this week including three games in four nights. Jonathan Quick is expected to play three times with Jack Campbell picking up one start. The Kings were hoping that Mario Kempe stay in the minors but he wanted to return to the KHL so he was placed on unconditional waivers. Anze Kopitar’s six-game points streak came to an end on Monday. Ilya Kovalchuk was a healthy scratch for his sixth straight game Thursday. It is looking more and more that he may never put on a Kings jersey again in a regular season game.

MINNESOTA

Games this week

@ New York Rangers, @ New Jersey, vs. Ottawa, vs. Dallas

Tired: @ New Jersey (Tuesday)

Rested: None

Notes

It’s a busy week for the Wild but they do not play three games in four nights. Alex Stalock has started nine of the 22 Minnesota games but has five of the nine wins as he has outplayed Devan Dubnyk this season. Eric Staal leads the team with 16 points but has a minus-11 rating. Greg Pateryn is close to returning to action. He has yet to play this season due to core muscle surgery on October 1, but should receive medical clearance to play this week. Zach Parise had a couple of goals Tuesday in a win over Buffalo to give him four in three games. He has eight this season but only three assists thus far in 22 games.

MONTREAL

Games this week

vs. Boston, vs. New Jersey, vs. Philadelphia, @ Boston

Tired: @ Boston (Sunday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Canadiens play four games this week including three games in four nights. Carey Price will get three starts while Keith Kinkaid will get one. The Canadiens play Boston twice this week and Nate Thompson has been the only Hab to have a five-minute major for fighting. That occurred on October 17, so it has been a while. Montreal sent Charles Hudon back to the minors. Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in points with 20. Nick Suzuki’s transition from junior hockey to the NHL has been a good one as the youngster has six goals and 10 points in 22 contests. Max Domi has only one goal in his last 17 games.

NASHVILLE

Games this week

vs. St. Louis, vs. Vegas, @ Carolina, @ Florida

Tired: @ Florida (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The stumbling Predators play three games in four nights as part of a four-game week. Look for Pekka Rinne to play three games with Juuse Saros getting one start. The Predators are 0-5-1 in their last six games and are only one point out of the Central Division basement, heading into action Friday. Their goaltending stats are terrible at this time as Rinne is 8-4-2 but has a 3.06 GAA and a .889 save percentage while Saros is 1-5-1 with a 3.34 GAA and a .888 save percentage.  Kyle Turris has been a healthy scratch in his last two games and had only two points in his previous 10 games before that. Mikael Granlund has four points in his last four games and is playing with Calle Jarnkrok and Matt Duchene.  

NEW JERSEY

Games this week

vs. Minnesota, @ Montreal, vs. New York Rangers

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Minnesota (Tuesday), vs. New York Rangers (Saturday)

Notes

The big news in New Jersey this week was the demotion of Cory Schneider to the minors. He cleared waivers as no team was going to take a struggling netminder with two-plus years still left on a contract that pays six-million per season. Schneider was 0-4-1 this season with a 4.59 GAA and a .852 save percentage. Mackenzie Blackwood is the number one goalie while Louis Domingue was recalled from the minors to be the backup. Taylor Hall still can’t find the back of the net and has only two goals in 20 games and none in the last three weeks. The Devils are in the basement of the Metropolitan Division with 18 points in 20 games.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Games this week

@ Anaheim, @ Los Angeles, vs. Columbus

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Columbus (Saturday)

Notes

The Islanders continue to be the best team in the NHL as they are 15-0-1 in their last 16. They continue to get outstanding goaltending from both Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov as Greiss is 9-1-0 with a 2.07 GAA and a .934 save percentage while Varlamov is 7-2-1 with a 2.70 GAA and a .912 save percentage. The Islanders were 2-of-7 on the power play Thursday after getting only 37 chances with the man-advantage in their first 19 contests. Brock Nelson played in his 500th NHL game Thursday while Casey Cizikas played in his 500th game Tuesday. Anthony Beauvillier has six goals and eight points in his last four games.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Games this week

vs. Minnesota, vs. Carolina, @ Boston, @ New Jersey

Tired: @ New Jersey (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Rangers play three games in four nights this week as part of a four-game week, so expect to see Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes three times with Alexandar Georgiev playing once. After a slow start to the season, rookie Kaapo Kakko has three goals and five points in his last three games played. He missed a couple of contests in that time period with the flu. The Finn has six goals and 10 points this season. Mika Zibanejad could return this week from an upper-body injury that has forced him to miss the last 10 games. The Rangers sent 2017 first-round pick Lias Andersson to the minors. The seventh overall pick had only one assist in 17 games with New York this season and really needs to regain his confidence. I would grab him, if available, in dynasty leagues.

OTTAWA     

Games this week

@ Columbus, vs. Boston, @ Minnesota, @ Calgary

Tired: @ Calgary (Saturday)

Rested: vs. Boston (Wednesday)

Notes

The Senators play three games in four nights as part of a four-game week. Craig Anderson and Anders Nilsson have been sharing the net so there is no reason to think that won’t continue this week. Brady Tkachuk has eight goals and 13 points in 22 games but has yet to pick up a point on the power play despite playing on the first unit. Vladislav Namestnikov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered Wednesday. Bobby Ryan has left the Senators to take part in the NHL/NHLPA assistance program and will be gone an undisclosed amount of time. He had only one goal and four points in 16 games before the Monday announcement. Scott Sabourin has started working out as he recovers from a concussion but has yet to don his skates.

PHILADELPHIA

Games this week

vs. Vancouver, @ Columbus, vs. Detroit, @ Montreal

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Flyers play four games this week including three in four nights. Carter Hart should get the net three times with Brian Elliott seeing the crease once. After picking up only one assist in his previous six games, Claude Giroux finally broke out and had two goals and four points Thursday. Scott Laughton has been out since October 26 with a broken finger but is expected back in the lineup on November 23. Morgan Frost made his NHL debut Tuesday a memorable one with his first goal and then followed it up Thursday with another goal plus an assist. He is worth a pickup at this time. Carsen Twarynski was sent to the minors when Frost was recalled.

PITTSBURGH

Games this week

vs. Calgary, vs. Vancouver, @ Columbus, @ St. Louis

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Penguins play three games in four nights in a four-game week, so look for Matt Murray to get a trio of starts with Tristan Jarry getting the call once. Injuries once again are piling up on the Penguins who already had Sidney Crosby missing from the lineup. Nick Bjugstad is out eight weeks with a core muscle injury while Justin Schultz will be out ‘longer-term’ after suffering a lower-body injury during practice Wednesday. Jared McCann is having a nice season with seven goals, 13 points and a plus-14 rating in 20 games. Evgeni Malkin has 13 points in 11 games including three goals and 10 points in his last seven games.

ST. LOUIS

Games this week

@ Nashville, @ Tampa Bay, @ Dallas, vs. Pittsburgh

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blues play four games this week including three in four nights. Jordan Binnington should get the call in goal three times with Jake Allen making a rare start as well. Binnington has not suffered a sophomore slump at all this season (at least so far) as he is 11-3-4 with a 2.19 GAA and a .926 save percentage. Sammy Blais will be out of action for 10 weeks as he needs wrist surgery. The Blues signed Troy Brouwer this week to one-year/two-way deal. The contract signing was announced after the Blais injury was disclosed. Robert Thomas is back at center for the first time this season and it is definitely helping his confidence. Tyler Bozak has moved up to the top line with Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz. David Perron leads the Blues with 10 goals and 21 points this season.

SAN JOSE

Games this week

@ Los Angeles, vs. Winnipeg, vs. Los Angeles, @ Arizona

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Sharks play four games this week including three games in four nights. Martin Jones will get the crease three times with Aaron Dell playing once. The Sharks take on Los Angeles for a pair of games as well and Barclay Goodrow and Dalton Prout are the only two Sharks to pick up fighting majors. It doesn’t seem right that Evander Kane has yet to drop his gloves this season. Melker Karlsson is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered on Thursday. Radim Simek was also injured in the same game and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Tomas Hertl is day-to-day with an apparent ankle injury. The Sharks have won seven of their last eight games. The Sharks penalty kill is the best in the NHL as they have allowed only eight goals on 82 chances and have scored four shorthanded.

TAMPA BAY

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, vs. St. Louis, @ Washington, vs. Carolina

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Buffalo (Monday)

Notes

The Lightning play three games in four nights as part of a four-game week. Andrei Vasilevskiy should play three times with Curtis McElhinney getting the call once. Mikhail Sergachev scored his first of the season Thursday in a win over Chicago. Steven Stamkos re-aggravated his lower-body injury Thursday and did not play after the first period. He is day-to-day for now. Stamkos scored his 400th career goal on Saturday and is the second quickest current player to that milestone as it took him only 763 games. Only Alex Ovechkin was quicker, as it took him only 634 to do so. Wayne Gretzky was the fastest at only 436 games. Nikita Kucherov is also day-to-day as he suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday and sat out against the Blackhawks. Victor Hedman has 18 points in 17 games.

TORONTO

Games this week

@ Detroit, @ Buffalo, vs. Buffalo

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Maple Leafs became the first team to fire their coach when Mike Babcock was shown the door Wednesday. Sheldon Keefe takes over behind the bench and Toronto quickly snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a 3-1 win in Keefe’s debut. This week, Toronto has a home-and-home series against Buffalo but no Maple Leaf has been in a fight this season. Congratulations go out to Pierre Engvall who scored his first career NHL goal Thursday. Tyson Barrie got off the schneid as he scored his first to open the scoring. He really had a tough time under Babcock and the coaching change could be the best thing that has happened for the defenseman. He moved to the first power play Thursday, playing alongside Morgan Rielly.

VANCOUVER

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, @ Pittsburgh, @ Edmonton, vs. Edmonton

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Canucks play four games this week, including a home-and-home series against Edmonton. Three Canucks have been involved in fights this season, including Jordie Benn, Brandon Sutter and Micheal Ferland. The injury-prone Brock Boeser has yet to miss a game this season and has 10 goals and 23 points in 23 games. Loui Eriksson was a healthy scratch yet again Thursday and has yet to pick up a point in 12 games. That was not a good signing as Vancouver inked him to a six-year/$36 million deal four seasons ago. Elias Pettersson has nine goals and 28 points in 23 games with half his points coming via the power play.

VEGAS

Games this week

@ Dallas, @ Nashville, vs. Arizona

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Marc-Andre Fleury continues to keep the Golden Knights in contests but a lack of goal scoring is really hurting Vegas who many thought would be the team coming out of the Western Conference to play for the Stanley Cup. Vegas has scored only 71 goals in 24 games thus far. William Karlsson had seven points in three games to take over the Golden Knights scoring lead with 23 points but has been held off the scoresheet in the last two games.  Mark Stone snapped a seven-game goalless drought with a power play effort on Sunday and then scored Tuesday versus Toronto. Cody Glass has a goal and an assist in 10 November games with both coming Tuesday in a win over the Maple. Leafs.

WASHINGTON

Games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Tampa Bay, @ Detroit

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Capitals play three games in four nights so expect to see Braden Holtby in goal twice with Ilya Samsonov playing once.  John Carlson has an eight-game points streak and is fourth in the NHL with 36 points. What a year the defenseman is having! Garnet Hathaway was suspended for three games by the NHL for spitting on the Ducks Erik Gudbranson. He was lucky he didn’t get more. Nicklas Backstrom missed Wednesday’s game and Lars Eller took his spot on the second line between Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie. Carl Hagelin was placed on the long-term injured reserve list, retroactive to November 7. He suffered an upper-body injury.

WINNIPEG

Games this week

@ San Jose, @ Anaheim, @ Los Angeles

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Jets play three games in four nights, getting only Thanksgiving Day off, so expect to see Connor Hellebuyck play a couple of games with Laurent Brossoit starting once. Patrik Laine has goals in back-to-back games and is up to six this season. The NHLPA filed a grievance on behalf of Dustin Byfuglien as the Jets suspended him and he contends he had an injury. Andrew Copp is seeing time on the first power play unit with Josh Morrissey, Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers. Blake Wheeler heads up the second unit with Patrik Laine. Wheeler has only two assists in his last five games and 12 points this season in 23 games, a far cry from the last two seasons when he had a pair of 92 point campaigns.

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