Forward Update: Radulov, Malkin, Ovechkin, Giroux, Heatley
(3/23/12) With a full slate of games on Thursday, and with the season winding down, there were a number of relevant performances to mention. Here are the fantasy hot spots.
In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin continued his dominance, scoring twice in the Pens' 5-1 home win over Nashville. James Neal had 4 assists (and now has 8 in the last 2 games), Crosby was held pointless, and Alexander Radulov scored in his first game for the Predators. Malkin is now up to 95 points, 10 points better than Claude Giroux. Giroux has been trying to keep pace of late with 5 points in his last 5 games, but it's nothing like Gino. In his last 6 games, Evgeni Malkin has 6G and 7A.
In Philly, Alex Ovechkin notched his 33rd of the season - his sixth goal in the last 5 games. Ovechkin is turning it up for the final round, and there is still an outside chance for him to challenge the 40 goal mark. With 8 games to go, and at his current clip, it could happen.
In Minnesota, Dany Heatley scored his 21st of the year, but the goal was only his first in the past 9 games and only his 2nd in 18 - yikes! Heatley's scoring prowess appears to have gone the way of the dinosaurs in Minnesota, and this will be his second straight season of decline. He is definitely not a keeper in most leagues for 2012-13.
Finally in Dallas, and with Daniel Sedin not in the lineup, Mason Raymond teamed up with Henrik Sedin for two points a piece in Vancouver's 2-1 win.