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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Riding pine

Stepan was not in the lineup for Friday's 3-2 win over the Penguins. It was the seventh time in the last nine games he's sat out as a healthy scratch. Given that the Hurricanes have a healthy forward roster at the moment, Stepan's role on the team has essentially been reduced to that of depth forward. Going forward, he will likely only see ice time as an injury replacement or if one of the team's regulars needs a night off.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Pockets goal in overtime loss

Stepan notched a goal on two shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. Stepan put the Hurricanes ahead 3-2 at 9:23 of the third period, but the lead didn't hold. The 31-year-old has rediscovered his scoring touch a bit since the start of January -- he has four goals and four assists in his last 12 games. For the season, Stepan's at 14 points, 61 shots on net and a plus-2 rating in 35 appearances. He'll continue to play in a bottom-six role that makes steady contributions on the scoresheet hard to count on.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Two points in rout

Stepan scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Bruins. The veteran forward is stuck in a bottom-six role for Carolina, but Stepan has found a way to be productive lately. Over his last seven games, he's picked up two goals and five points, accounting for half of his scoring on the entire season.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Puts away goal

Stepan scored a goal on five shots and added two hits in Friday's 6-3 win over the Flames. Stepan put the Hurricanes ahead at 7:40 of the second period, and they didn't look back. The 31-year-old has a goal and two assists in his last four games, providing some rare scoring from the fourth line. The American forward is at eight points, 44 shots on net and a plus-4 rating in 25 contests this season, so he's not really doing enough to be of interest in fantasy.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Adds rare helper Saturday

Stepan added an assist for the second consecutive game Saturday against the Blue Jackets. Stepan continues to center the Canes' fourth line, averaging just 11:23 in ice time this season. Now with just seven points in 24 games, his days of being a regular 50-point player are well behind him.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Two-point performance Saturday

Stepan scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Kings. A healthy scratch the prior two games, Stepan drew back into the lineup Saturday and was able to make an impact despite seeing limited minutes on the fourth line. Despite that performance, the 31-year-old has only three goals and five points through 14 games, and the Hurricanes simply have too much depth to expect Stepan to see a more prominent role.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Puts together multi-point night

Stepan tallied a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. Stepan got Carolina on the board at 6:25 of the first period, hammering a one-timer in the slot for his second goal of the year. He later drew the lone assist on Seth Jarvis' first NHL tally during middle frame. It was the first multi-point effort of the year for the veteran Stepan, who had just one goal in his first eight appearances as a Hurricane.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: Still searching for first point

Stepan failed to register a point for the fourth straight game Saturday against the Blue Jackets. Stepan continues to center the Canes' fourth line in between Jordan Martinook and Steven Lorentz, an assignment that is not expected to generate many opportunities to contribute offensively. The 31-year-old Stepan's best days are clearly behind him, as his overall numbers have been trending downward following a 56-point season four years ago with the Coyotes. His fantasy value remains limited to ultra deep leagues only.
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Hurricanes' Derek Stepan: On ice for camp

Stepan (shoulder) centered the Hurricanes' fourth line during Thursday's training camp practice, Adam Gold of The Adam Gold Show reports. Stepan was limited to just 20 games with the Senators last season due to a shoulder injury, picking up six points over that span, but his presence on the ice Thursday suggests he's no longer dealing with that issue. The veteran center will likely see bottom-line usage while also killing penalties in 2021-22.
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