Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Fantasy owners went the first 12 weeks of the season without seeing a player score four goals, and now owners have seen three four-goal games in the last 10 days.
Islanders right winger Kyle Okposo is the latest to “light the lamp” four times in one game as he beat Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for four goals on Friday.
The upstart Islanders showed promise in the first half of the season, but as the season enters the second half, New York is on fire, having won four straight and seven of their last 10.
New York has beaten Pittsburgh three times in three tries this season, passed the Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division and currently leads the Eastern Conference with 61 points.
And Okposo is a big part of the reason why.
The Islanders were an up-and-coming team at the start of this season because of their strong play before the Olympics last season. Okposo and center John Tavares combined for 125 points before the Olympic break last season.
As any decent winger would, Okposo has really benefited from playing alongside Tavares. In the 59 games before the Olympics, Okposo registered 59 points, including 24 goals. Despite not playing a full season, averaging a ppg for 59 games is an impressive feat in today’s NHL.
Tavares, however, tore his MCL and meniscus in Sochi, and Okposo’s fantasy value took a major hit in March of 2014. In the final 12 games without Tavares, Okposo did register 10 points but just three goals.
With the duo back together in the 2014-2015 season, they have really shined. Okposo and Tavares have combined to score 83 points in 44 games this season.
Over the last 11 games, Okposo has recorded six goals and seven assists with 46 shots on goal. The 26-year-old has shot the puck a lot in 2014-2015 and is tied for ninth in the league with 147 shots on net. He has more shots on goal than any other Islanders’ skater.
Okposo is also ranked in the top 15 in scoring with 41 points this season. His 28 assists leads the Islanders. That’s not bad for a skater with an average ADP of 77 coming into the season, according to Fantasy Pros.
The Islanders winger is well on his way to setting career-highs for assists and points. With four scores on Friday, Okposo is also close to the pace that would set a career-high in goals.
It will be fascinating to see what Okposo and the Islanders have in store for the rest of the second half.