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Necas scored a power-play goal on three shots and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
Necas extended his point streak to four games, and he's picked up three goals and two assists in that span. The return of Teuvo Teravainen (upper body) Saturday has the potential to impact Necas' role, but it won't right away, as the latter stayed on the top line. Necas has 12 goals, 16 helpers, eight power-play points, 83 shots on goal and a plus-2 rating through 25 appearances, putting him on track for a big career year.
Kochetkov allowed two goals on 33 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
Kochetkov and the Hurricanes gave the Kings nothing through two periods. The hosts battled back a bit in the third, but never enough to endanger Carolina's lead. Kochetkov has now won his last three outings, and he's up to 5-1-3 with a 2.27 GAA and a .919 save percentage in nine appearances overall. The 23-year-old has alternated starts with Antti Raanta lately, but Kochetkov has largely had the better performances and could command more time if he stays hot. The Hurricanes' road trip continues Tuesday in Anaheim.
Forbort earned an assist and registered a game-best plus-3 rating during Saturday's 5-1 victory over the visiting Avalanche.
Forbort, who registered a game-high plus-3 rating, earned the primary helper on Jake DeBrusk's 100th career goal, a third-period marker that capped Saturday's scoring. The 30-year-old defenseman has produced just 83 points in 419 career games and has yet to produce more than 18 points during any of his eight NHL campaigns. Against the Avalanche, Forbort received 15:21 of ice time, the least amount among the Bruins' blueliners.
Tanev registered an assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Tanev didn't appear set to be rewarded for a steady showing Saturday, but he ended up getting the secondary assist on Elias Lindholm's empty-net tally. The helper snapped a four-game point drought for Tanev, who is now at four assists, 17 shots on net, 46 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating through 19 outings this season. He'll continue to see top-four minutes as a defensive presence on the Flames' blue line.
Dube registered an assist, three hits and two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Dube and Andrew Mangiapane worked a 2-on-1 situation, with the former setting up the latter on the Flames' fourth tally. The second line is starting to heat up a bit, and Dube has recorded three goals and three assists in his last seven outings. For the season, the 24-year-old forward has 10 points, including two shorthanded goals, 35 shots on net, 39 hits, 10 PIM and a minus-1 rating through 24 contests.
Toffoli posted an assist and two hits in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Toffoli has found a bit of a groove with two goals and two assists over his last four games. The winger set up Elias Lindholm's empty-netter to seal Saturday's win. Toffoli has been a solid top-six presence this season, earning eight goals, nine assists, 74 shots on net, 27 hits and a plus-3 rating through 24 appearances.
Kadri notched an assist, four shots on goal and two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Kadri helped out on Andrew Mangiapane's second goal of the game. The assist ended a seven-game dry spell for Kadri, who has gone quiet after a positive start to his Flames career. The 32-year-old center is up to eight goals, eight assists, 75 shots, 26 hits, 12 PIM and a minus-6 rating through 24 contests, primarily working in a second-line role.
Bergeron drew an assist during Saturday's 5-1 victory over the visiting Avalanche.
Bergeron recently celebrated his own career achievement, posting his 1,000th career point. The 37-year-old center helped Jake DeBrusk create his own milestone. Bergeron was credited with a secondary assist on his teammate's 100th career goal, which capped Saturday's scoring. Bergeron, who has compiled three helpers in five contests, contributed five shots during 18:18 of ice time during the triumph.
Andersson notched an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Andersson made a clearing pass to Mikael Backlund, who then set up Adam Ruzicka for a third-period tally that stood as the game-winner. With three points in his last three games, Andersson is starting to steady on offense again. The blueliner has three goals, 14 helpers, 45 shots on net, 37 blocked shots and a minus-2 rating in 24 contests overall.
Greiss made 19 saves in relief Saturday after coming into the game in the second period. The Penguins scored once against him and they won, 6-2.
Greiss had won two consecutive starts, but had allowed eight goals in those two games. And 13 goals total in his three games before Saturday. The Blues were awful with Jordan Binnington in net, but better with Greiss. But the whole team has really been struggling of late. Neither goalie is a good option until they find better balance in their game.