Zaitsev scored a goal in a 5-4 victory over the Islanders on Friday night.
The 26-year-old has become a more defensively responsible player this season, but it's taken a toll on his fantasy value. While his goal Friday gave him one more than last season, he's still 26 points off his 2016-17 pace. Zaitsev missed a quarter of the 2017-18 season, but his points per game and shots per game averages have decreased dramatically. The biggest issue appears to be a lack of power-play production. Last season, Zaitsev posted 11 assists on the man advantage; this season, he has none. The good news is his plus-minus has increased from minus-22 to plus-9, but that jump probably doesn't offset the lack of point production for most owners.
|04/21||at BOS||W 4-3||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||22:10|
|04/19||vs BOS||L 1-3||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||21:07|
|04/16||vs BOS||W 4-2||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||22:47|
|04/14||at BOS||L 3-7||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||17:35|
|04/12||at BOS||L 1-5||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||20:49|