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Evan Fournier Headshot

Fournier finished with 20 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two steals, one rebound, and one assist in 30 minutes during Monday's 131-112 loss to the Raptors.

Fournier has gone for 20 points or more in 25 of 61 appearances this season, and he is contributing career bests in points, rebounds, assists, made threes, and minutes per game. Despite the fact that the Magic are on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention, Fournier continues to see at least 30 minutes most nights as the team looks to gain some positive momentum heading into the offseason.
1:23 am (EST)
Vladimir Tarasenko Headshot

Tarasenko scored a goal and added two helpers in a 4-1 victory Monday over the Coyotes.

Tarasenko's 35th tally of the season came with 1:49 remaining in the contest and put an exclamation point on a relatively easy victory for the Blues. The Russian sharpshooter is now up to a team-high 68 points, and with seven games remaining in the regular season, he could very well challenge his career high of 74 set last year.
1:15 am (EST)
Aaron Gordon Headshot

Gordon registered 16 points (7-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), two steals, and one rebound in 36 minutes during Monday's 131-112 loss to the Raptors.

Gordon has been solid since sliding to power forward, exceeding his scoring average in 12 of 16 games after the All-Star break. The departure of Serge Ibaka has allowed Gordon to spend more time at his natural position, and he is thriving as a result. Expect him to continue playing plenty of minutes as the Magic look to build some momentum heading into the offseason.
1:13 am (EST)
Alexander Steen Headshot

Steen assisted on all four goals in a 4-1 win Monday over the visiting Coyotes.

Steen snapped a four-game point drought in style in this one, setting up each and every one of the Blues' goals at even strength for a plus-4 rating. He's now one point off cracking the 50-point plateau for the fourth straight season, but it's worth noting his 104 shots on goal have him on pace for his lowest in a full campaign since 2008-09 with Toronto.
1:11 am (EST)
Jaden Schwartz Headshot

Schwartz scored twice and chipped in a helper in a 4-1 win over Arizona on Monday.

Schwartz now has an even 10 points in his last 10 games, a span in which he's fired 32 shots on goal, as well. The sixth-year NHLer has now officially reached the 50-point plateau for the third time in his career.
1:06 am (EST)
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan delivered 36 points (13-21 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 9-14 FG), three assists, and two rebounds in 36 minutes during Monday's 131-112 win over the Magic.

DeRozan has gone for at least 30 points in seven of 17 contests following the All-Star break. He is contributing career highs in scoring, rebounding, and made free throws per game this season, but the absence of Kyle Lowry (wrist) doesn't appear to be having much of an impact on DeRozan's fantasy value.
1:02 am (EST)
Jake Allen Headshot

Allen allowed a single goal on 22 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Coyotes on Monday.

Allen has now emerged victorious in four of his last five starts, officially bringing him up to the 30-win plateau for the first time in his career. His .914 save percentage and 2.42 GAA are right in line with his career marks of .915 and 2.37, so it's been very much business as usual for the 26-year-old in his first season as the bonafide No. 1 netminder in St. Louis.
1:01 am (EST)
Erik Johnson Headshot

Johnson garnered a pair of assists in Monday's 4-2 loss to Calgary.

The pair of apples snapped a 14-game point drought. It's been a rough season for the 2006 first-overall pick, as injuries have limited him to just 39 games and 14 points, so Johnson will make for an interesting bounce-back candidate in 2017-18.
12:57 am (EST)
Cory Joseph Headshot

Joseph supplied 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 13 assists, six rebounds, and one block in 29 minutes during Monday's 131-112 win over the Magic.

Joseph dished out a career high in assists while delivering an efficient scoring performance, and he continues to fill in well for Kyle Lowry (wrist). This was Joseph's first career double-double, and he seems likely to continue producing quality counting stats as the team's starting point guard.
12:55 am (EST)
Sven Andrighetto Headshot

Andrighetto scored both goals in a 4-2 loss to the Flames on Monday.

The former Hab typically doesn't score often, as evidenced by his seven goals in 39 games this year. However, four of those have come in his last five outings, so you could do worse than take a flier on Andrighetto in daily formats while he's rolling.
12:53 am (EST)
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