Price has stumbled out of the gate, going 1-4-1 with a 3.56 goals-against average and .885 save percentage. It hasn't helped that the offense is averaging 1.43 goals per game. Even if Price were in top form, he can't overcome that meager production.
Patrice Bergeron made his season debut against the Canucks and Marchand benefited from having him back as his center. Marchand is now riding a four-game point streak in which he's piled on an impressive three goals and five assists. After a career-high 39 goals and 85 points in 2016-17, Marchand has become an elite fantasy asset who produces in multiple categories. Make sure he's in your lineup every game.
Bjork skated on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, firing four shots on goal in 12:29 of ice time. One of his goals came with the man advantage, giving him two power-play markers on the season. The 21-year-old has some filthy hands and is worth a look in fantasy right now. His top-line role and spot on the power play has him set up for a promising rookie campaign.
Welcome back. The veteran didn't look at all out of place after returning from a lower-body injury, firing a team-high six shots on goal and leading the Bruins to their third win of the season. He resumed his spot on the top line centering Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork and played on the first power-play unit. Bergeron is one of the more reliable fantasy player in the game when he's healthy, so make sure you get him in your lineup.
With starting netminder Tuukka Rask out indefinitely with a concussion, Khudobin has the opportunity to step up for the Bruins. The 31-year-old wasn't great in his first 16 games with Boston last season, but his .916 career save percentage is enough proof that he's fairly reliable in fantasy. If you're searching for a goaltender to replace Rask, Khudobin doesn't make for a bad choice on a Bruins team that appears to be heading in the right direction following a strong outing Thursday.
Nilsson barely lasted 11 minutes in the game, but Markstrom was really not that much better in relief. The Canucks certainly find themselves in some goalie trouble considering Markstrom had given up eight goals in his previous two outings entering play Thursday. The 27-year-old own a .901 save percentage in five appearances and is once again dealing with consistency issues. Markstrom has some potential this season, but with the Canucks unlikely to do any major damage, he might have a hard time piling up victories.
Any ground Nilsson was gaining on Jacob Markstrom for the starting role has been taken back following an awful start in which he allowed four goals in less than 11 minutes. The 27-year-old is still capable of running away with the coveted gig, but he'll need to find a way to rebound and get back on track. Nilsson posted a .923 save percentage in 2016-17, but with the Canucks not expected to make the playoff this year and his playing time in jeopardy, he doesn't make for a very attractive fantasy option.
Benn got revenge on Arizona for snapping his three-game point streak Tuesday, starting a new one in style with this three-point effort. He's off to a hot start with the extra man, as Benn's first-period goal was his fourth power-play point in seven games. Both of Benn's assists came on third-period tallies by Tyler Seguin at even strength.
Seguin broke a 3-3 tie 8:20 into the third and added another goal later in the frame to secure a victory. The gifted sniper's three goals and two assists over the past three games have erased all traces of a slow start by bringing him back to a point-per-game pace for the season. With "only" five shots in this one, Seguin's season average dropped to 6.0 shots per game.
Keller and Derek Stepan both recorded identical lines, but got zero support from the rest of the team. The 2016 first-rounder's hot start has been a silver lining for a 0-6-1 Coyotes club that can't keep the puck out of its own net. Keller hasn't helped with that problem and sports an ugly minus-6 rating despite scoring five goals in seven games.
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