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  • Olli Maatta PIT D
    Penguins' Olli Maatta: Turning season around
    1h ago

    Olli Maatta snapped a 62-game goalless streak dating back to 2015-16, scoring his first goal of the season Wednesday against Montreal.

    He's part of a top defensive pairing with Trevor Daley while Kris Letang (lower body) recovers from injury. Maatta has only six points in 45 games, but four of those have come in the last seven. His early-season struggles are finally in the distant past.

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  • Nick Bonino PIT C
    Penguins' Nick Bonino: Points not coming easy
    2h ago

    Nick Bonino was held pointless Wednesday in Montreal and has just one goal in his last 10 games.

    On a team with the highest goals-per-game average, Bonino continues to struggle. He has seven goals and 19 points in 44 games. Bonino was dealing with injury early on but he appears to be healthier now. The third-line center does have eight hits and nine blocks in his last three games, so there's a modicum of utility. Bonino closed out 2015-16 with 16 points in 13 games, making him a potential pickup if and when he shows signs of turning his season around.

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  • Tuukka Rask BOS G
    Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Loses to Wings in ugly fashion
    8h ago

    Tuukka Rask saved just 20 of 25 shots and one of three shootout attempts during Wednesday's loss to Detroit.

    Game-to-game inconsistency has become the norm for Rask since late November. He's now a mediocre 11-9-3 over his past 24 starts while sporting an underwhelming .903 save percentage and has allowed three goals or more in 13 of the 24 games. If the sell-high window is still open, it is time to pounce. This shouldn't have set up as a difficult matchup, either. After all, entering Wednesday's game, Boston owned a league-best Corsi For percentage (55.09) and allowed the fewest scoring chances per 60 minutes (22.74), whereas Detroit boasts a middle-of-the-pack offense.

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  • Jared Coreau DET G
    Red Wings' Jared Coreau: Exits extra early against Bruins
    9h ago

    Jared Coreau allowed three goals on eight shots before being pulled just 8:50 into the first period of Wednesday's game against Boston.

    The rookie earned the start after shutting out Montreal on Monday and wasn't credited with a loss Wednesday because Detroit came back and won the game in a shootout. Still, Coreau will likely play second fiddle to Petr Mrazek going forward, and Mrazek turned away 23 of 25 shots in relief of Coreau on Wednesday. The freshman should return to being the backup for one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, which isn't a friendly fantasy situation.

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  • Matthew Benning EDM D
    Oilers' Matt Benning: Out Wednesday due to illness
    9h ago

    Matthew Benning didn't play Wednesday against the Panthers due to an illness.

    Benning was scratched at the last minute Wednesday, which opened the door for Eric Gryba to slot into his place in Edmonton's lineup against Florida. If Benning is forced to miss any more time with his ailment, Gryba will likely continue to play in his absence.

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  • Jujhar Khaira EDM LW
    Oilers' Jujhar Khaira: Dealing with upper-body injury
    9h ago

    Per coach Todd McLellan, Jujhar Khaira will be "out a little bit" with the upper-body injury he sustained in Wednesday's game against the Panthers.

    Khaira's recovery timetable remains a bit murky, but the young pivot's absence won't impact many fantasy owner's lineups, as he's only tallied a single goal while averaging just 8:27 of ice time in two games with the big club this season. A potential timeline for Khaira's return to game action should be established once he's able to return to practice.

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  • Nick Bonino PIT C
    Penguins' Nick Bonino: Points not coming easy
    2h ago

    Nick Bonino was held pointless Wednesday in Montreal and has just one goal in his last 10 games.

    On a team with the highest goals-per-game average, Bonino continues to struggle. He has seven goals and 19 points in 44 games. Bonino was dealing with injury early on but he appears to be healthier now. The third-line center does have eight hits and nine blocks in his last three games, so there's a modicum of utility. Bonino closed out 2015-16 with 16 points in 13 games, making him a potential pickup if and when he shows signs of turning his season around.

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  • Shawn Matthias WPG C
    Jets' Shawn Matthias: Notches helper in win
    9h ago

    Shawn Matthias collected a second-period assist and played 13:45 during Wednesday's win over Arizona.

    The 28-year-old forward brings plenty of intangibles to the table and has flashed some offensive upside for stretches over the years. However, at the end of the day, he's playing a bottom-six role for Winnipeg and entered Wednesday's game starting just 58.9 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone. You'll want to aim higher in all fantasy settings.

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  • Tyler Seguin DAL C
    Stars' Tyler Seguin: Grabs assist in win
    9h ago

    Tyler Seguin had an assist, four shots, a minor penalty and a minus-1 rating in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    With 44 points in 46 games, he's close to a point per game, even if he's posted only a goal and two assists over the last five games. He's reliable enough that a tiny downturn in production isn't likely to last long.

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  • Bryan Little WPG C
    Jets' Bryan Little: Collects two points against Arizona
    10h ago

    Bryan Little scored a goal and added an assist with two shots on net during Wednesday's win over the Coyotes.

    Aside from missing time with a lower-body injury, the 29-year-old veteran is having a nice season with eight goals, 19 points and 56 shots through 25 games. Little is locked into a top-six role with power-play time and should be owned in the majority of fantasy settings. He's also a viable consideration in daily contests because his salary is reasonable, and he will be overlooked at times because he's the No. 2 center for Winnipeg.

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  • Jake Guentzel PIT C
    Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Finds goal column against Habs
    10h ago

    Jake Guentzel scored a second-period goal and threw six hits through 15:30 of ice time during Wednesday's win over Montreal.

    Guentzel is currently pacing the AHL with 21 goals, and is now up to four tallies and six points through seven games with the Pittsburgh Penguins . Most encouraging, though, is the 22-year-old rookie has been seeing regular duty alongside Evgeni Malkin through his latest two games. In deep leagues, Guentzel is an immediate grab, but he's worth a look in some shallower settings, too. Additionally, he's an excellent source of cap relief in daily contests until he price catches up with his production and role.

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  • Ryan Strome NYI C
    Islanders' Ryan Strome: Drops gloves in practice
    14h ago

    Ryan Strome got into a fight with Calvin de Haan during practice Wednesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

    The easy joke would be to say that this is the most fight we've seen from Strome since the 2014-15 season. Strome is an enigma. The talent is there but recently fired coach Jack Capuano couldn't get it out of him. Perhaps Doug Weight will have more luck. Currently Strome hasn't scored in six games but did have two goals and four assists in the five games prior. If his play doesn't pick up shortly we could hear his named bandied about before the trade deadline.

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  • Jujhar Khaira EDM LW
    Oilers' Jujhar Khaira: Dealing with upper-body injury
    9h ago

    Per coach Todd McLellan, Jujhar Khaira will be "out a little bit" with the upper-body injury he sustained in Wednesday's game against the Panthers.

    Khaira's recovery timetable remains a bit murky, but the young pivot's absence won't impact many fantasy owner's lineups, as he's only tallied a single goal while averaging just 8:27 of ice time in two games with the big club this season. A potential timeline for Khaira's return to game action should be established once he's able to return to practice.

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  • Anthony Duclair ARI LW
    Coyotes' Anthony Duclair: Finishes with minus-3 rating against Jets
    9h ago

    Anthony Duclair posted a minus-3 rating and received just 10:21 of ice time during Wednesday's loss to Winnipeg.

    Over his previous 10 games, Duclair averaged 16:14 of ice time, so his dip in minutes is a concern for his already dwindling fantasy value. The 21-year-old winger is a fantasy afterthought in the majority of seasonal settings at this point, and while there could be optimism in keeper/dynasty formats, Duclair has shown nothing this season to provide any incentive to chase his name value. Things could get worse in the desert as the trade deadline approaches, too.

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  • Zack Kassian EDM RW
    Oilers' Zack Kassian: Nabs third goal of season
    9h ago

    Though he saw just 10:55 of ice time, Zack Kassian posted his third goal of the season in Wednesday's win over Florida.

    That's got to be a relief for Kassian, who scored two goals in the first six games of the season and hasn't seen the back of the net since. With an ice time average of 11:59 and only 12 points on the year, his utility in most fantasy formats is limited to hits (97) and penalty minutes (72).

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  • Jordan Eberle EDM RW
    Oilers' Jordan Eberle: Points in back-to-back games
    9h ago

    Jordan Eberle had a goal and a shot in Wednesday's OT win over the Panthers.

    After a six-game point drought, he's got points in back-to-back games. It's not just that drought that was worrisome, though. Prior to Wednesday, Eberle went 18 games without a goal. He's on pace to be under 20 goals this season after three straight years above. On an Edmonton Oilers team that's finding success, this is far less than is expected of the 26-year-old wing.

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  • Adam Cracknell DAL RW
    Stars' Adam Cracknell: Snaps slump
    9h ago

    Adam Cracknell scored on his lone shot in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    That's Cracknell's first goal in eight games. He's been difficult to trust this season, with multiple long slumps and little production in general. His ice time has been limited and he's posted just five goals and seven points in 39 games. Even if opportunities arise, he doesn't project to be the player climbing the depth chart.

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  • Jujhar Khaira EDM LW
    Oilers' Jujhar Khaira: Exits Wednesday's game due to injury
    10h ago

    Jujhar Khaira (undisclosed) won't return to Wednesday's game against the Panthers, Derek Van Diest of Postmedia News reports.

    The nature of Khaira's injury remains a mystery, but the 22-year-old pivot should be considered questionable for Friday's game against Nashville until more information on his status is available. The Canadian forward only logged 2:45 of ice time before exiting Wednesday's contest, and isn't much of a fantasy factor at this early stage in his career.

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  • Olli Maatta PIT D
    Penguins' Olli Maatta: Turning season around
    1h ago

    Olli Maatta snapped a 62-game goalless streak dating back to 2015-16, scoring his first goal of the season Wednesday against Montreal.

    He's part of a top defensive pairing with Trevor Daley while Kris Letang (lower body) recovers from injury. Maatta has only six points in 45 games, but four of those have come in the last seven. His early-season struggles are finally in the distant past.

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  • Matthew Benning EDM D
    Oilers' Matt Benning: Out Wednesday due to illness
    9h ago

    Matthew Benning didn't play Wednesday against the Panthers due to an illness.

    Benning was scratched at the last minute Wednesday, which opened the door for Eric Gryba to slot into his place in Edmonton's lineup against Florida. If Benning is forced to miss any more time with his ailment, Gryba will likely continue to play in his absence.

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  • Josh Morrissey WPG D
    Jets' Josh Morrissey: Collects assist against Coyotes
    9h ago

    Josh Morrissey registered an assist, a shot on net and finished with a plus-1 rating during Wednesday's win over Arizona.

    The rookie defenseman is a work in progress in fantasy circles, but he's showing well in the real game. Morrissey entered Wednesday's contest with a respectable 51.3 Corsi For percentage at five-on-five and is showing potential for a well-rounded fantasy profile as he acclimatizes to the highest level. After all, the 21-year-old defenseman has excellent pedigree and a track record of offensive success at the lower levels. Still, he's more of a keeper/dynasty target for now.

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  • Dustin Byfuglien WPG D
    Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Notches two helpers against Coyotes
    9h ago

    Dustin Byfuglien registered two assists, three shots on net, a plus-3 rating and logged 25:33 of ice time during Wednesday's win over Arizona.

    The 31-year-old defenseman kicked a dry spell Wednesday and was coming off a big outing last time out (six shots, two blocked shots, four PIM and five hits). Often times, offensive results follow a solid game from a slumping player, which is of particular relevance in daily contests. Byfuglien tips the scales across all fantasy categories and plays big minutes. Don't confuse him as anything other than a high-end asset in all fantasy settings.

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  • Calvin de Haan NYI D
    Islanders' Calvin de Haan: Only two points in his last 24 games
    14h ago

    De Haan only has two points in his last 24 games.

    The New York Islanders will have a tough choice to make in the expansion draft next season as it seems either Calvin de Haan or Thomas Hickey will be left exposed. Although de Haan only has two goals and nine points this season, he is also a plus 7 which is pretty impressive when you consider the team is a minus 8 overall. He will continue to anchor the second pairing on the blue line for New York.

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  • Andrei Markov MON D
    Canadiens' Andrei Markov: Remains on IR with lower-body injury
    14h ago

    Andrei Markov (lower body) remains out Wednesday against the Penguins, John Lu of TSN Montreal Bureau reports.

    Markov will miss a 15th consecutive game as he continues to battle lingering symptoms of a lower-body injury sustained in a game Dec. 17 against the Capitals. The Habs have missed his production as they've gone 7-5-2 since he went down following a 20-7-4 start to the season. The 38-year-old blueliner, who picked up 17 points (2G, 17A) in the last 20 games prior to hitting the shelf, remains without a definite timetable to return.

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  • Tuukka Rask BOS G
    Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Loses to Wings in ugly fashion
    8h ago

    Tuukka Rask saved just 20 of 25 shots and one of three shootout attempts during Wednesday's loss to Detroit.

    Game-to-game inconsistency has become the norm for Rask since late November. He's now a mediocre 11-9-3 over his past 24 starts while sporting an underwhelming .903 save percentage and has allowed three goals or more in 13 of the 24 games. If the sell-high window is still open, it is time to pounce. This shouldn't have set up as a difficult matchup, either. After all, entering Wednesday's game, Boston owned a league-best Corsi For percentage (55.09) and allowed the fewest scoring chances per 60 minutes (22.74), whereas Detroit boasts a middle-of-the-pack offense.

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  • Jared Coreau DET G
    Red Wings' Jared Coreau: Exits extra early against Bruins
    9h ago

    Jared Coreau allowed three goals on eight shots before being pulled just 8:50 into the first period of Wednesday's game against Boston.

    The rookie earned the start after shutting out Montreal on Monday and wasn't credited with a loss Wednesday because Detroit came back and won the game in a shootout. Still, Coreau will likely play second fiddle to Petr Mrazek going forward, and Mrazek turned away 23 of 25 shots in relief of Coreau on Wednesday. The freshman should return to being the backup for one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, which isn't a friendly fantasy situation.

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  • Ondrej Pavelec WPG G
    Jets' Ondrej Pavelec: Stops 30 shots to top Coyotes
    9h ago

    Ondrej Pavelec saved 30 of 33 shots during Wednesday's win over Arizona.

    It was the first outing of the season for Pavelec, and the 29-year-old netminder could receive a fleeting run of starts with Winnipeg searching for answers between the pipes. However, after posting a .904 save percentage in 2015-16 and a .904 mark over 169 games from 2011-12 through 2013-14, Pavelec likely isn't the answer for many fantasy clubs. Still, he shined just two years ago with a .920 save percentage and 2.28 GAA, so you'll want to keep tabs on the goaltending situation in Winnipeg. While expectations should be kept in check, it also isn't out of the question to take a speculative flier on Pavelec in deep seasonal leagues if you need help at the position.

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  • Mike Smith ARI G
    Coyotes' Mike Smith: Run from crease after allowing six goals
    9h ago

    Mike Smith allowed six goals on 35 shots and was pulled in the third period of Wednesday's loss to Winnipeg.

    The veteran is now 1-9-1 with an .883 save percentage dating back to mid-December. Those numbers alongside the current state of the Arizona Coyotes leaves no reason to roster Smith at this stage of the game. While he's likely still capable of stealing the odd game, figuring out which night that'll happen will be maddening. Additionally, with a no-trade clause and two more seasons at north of $5 million on the books, Smith is likely sticking with the 'Yotes for the remainder of 2016-17.

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  • Matt Murray PIT G
    Penguins' Matt Murray: Stands tall to top Habs in Montreal
    10h ago

    Matt Murray saved 19 of 20 shots during Wednesday's win over Montreal.

    This was the tidy outing fantasy owners -- and the Pittsburgh Penguins -- have become accustomed to from Murray. He had allowed 11 goals on just 61 shots (.820 save percentage and 5.47 GAA) through his prior two games, but beating the Canadiens on the road in a showdown of Eastern Conference powerhouses is an encouraging performance. There might be the odd rough patch going forward, but Murray has proven to be an excellent fantasy asset in all settings in his early career.

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  • Carey Price MON G
    Canadiens' Carey Price: Continues underwhelming run in loss to Pens
    10h ago

    Carey Price saved just 22 of 26 shots during Wednesday's loss to Pittsburgh.

    This was a tape-measuring matchup, and with an uncharacteristic .886 save percentage and 3.41 GAA through nine starts leading into Wednesday's game, Price flopped once again. It's likely just a bad stretch, and there is no questioning the former Vezina winner's talent. However, considering his recent form, it isn't out of the question to consider fading Price against top-tier opponents until he kicks his current slump. With that said, a date with either the Devils or Sabres during Montreal's upcoming back-to-back set is a nice spot for Price to post a bounce-back showing.

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