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  • Johnny Boychuk NYI D
    Islanders' Johnny Boychuk: Making return Thursday
    1h ago

    (lower body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's contest in Philadelphia.

    Boychuk's return comes after a 12-game absence in which the Isles went 5-6-1. The hard-shooting defenseman isn't a consistent producer of offense (21 points in 59 games), but is a plus-player that plays over 20 minutes per game while bringing an intimidating physical presence. Thomas Hickey will surrender his spot on the Islander blueline to Boychuk on Thursday.

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  • Reto Berra FLA G
    Panthers' Reto Berra: In goal Thursday
    1h ago

    will defend the cage against the Canadiens on Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

    Berra gets the starting nod due to injuries to both Roberto Luongo (lower body) and James Reimer (upper body). The 30-year-old has made just four appearances this year in which he went 0-2-0 with a 2.22 GAA. The netminder will square off against a Habs squad that is 3-1-1 in its last five while averaging 2.60 goals per game over that stretch.

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  • Rasmus Ristolainen BUF D
    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Suspension over
    1h ago

    has served his three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel in a March 21 contest.

    The power-play distributor from the blue line will be all systems go for Sunday's home clash with the Islanders. He'd been in a minor rut offensively -- one point (an assist) in five games -- leading up to the suspension, so with any luck, the brief ban has afforded him the chance to clear his head.

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  • Steve Mason PHI G
    Flyers' Steve Mason: Between pipes Thursday
    1h ago

    will tend the twine for Thursday's matchup with the Islanders, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Sitting six points back of the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference with six games remaining in the regular season, the face a daunting path to playoff qualification. After going through periods of the season when he appeared to be the No. 2 goaltender to Michal Neuvirth, Mason has played his way into being Philly's undisputed starter for the stretch run. While starting 13 of the team's last 15 games, Mason is 8-4-1 with a 2.10 GAA and .926 save percentage, both marks are improvements upon his season numbers of 2.70 GAA and .907 save percentage. Mason has been a streaky goalie since he entered the NHL in 2008-09, so it's certainly possible that he stays hot Thursday.

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  • Andreas Athanasiou DET C
    Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: Game-time call
    1h ago

    (ribs) is shaping up to be a game-time decision against the Lightning on Thursday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Athanasiou reportedly was involved in a rotation with Ben Street for morning skate line rushes. Captivating the masses with his blazing front-line speed and great hands, the second-year winger chipped in two goals and three points total in a pair of games that precluded his injury. He'll be an intriguing value pick in the season's final games, provided he can return to full strength.

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  • Steven Stamkos TB C
    Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Wont play Thursday
    2h ago

    As expected, (knee) will not return to the lineup Thursday against Detroit, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Stamkos has yet to be activated off injured reserve, but being described as day-to-day by coach Jon Cooper is the closest sign yet that he is almost ready. The 27-year-old, who hasn't played since mid-November, should offer an instant boost to Tampa Bay's offense as the team attempts to chase down Boston for the final wild-card spot.

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  • Frank Vatrano BOS C
    Bruins' Frank Vatrano: Won't play Thursday
    1h ago

    is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will miss Thursday's game against the Stars.

    With Vatrano out Thursday, Matt Beleskey will work on the ' third line, along with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes. Vatrano has gone seven games without a point and 14 games without a goal, so he's temporarily off the fantasy radar, but when the winger on, his eagerness to shoot and quick release are assets.

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  • Andreas Athanasiou DET C
    Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: Game-time call
    1h ago

    (ribs) is shaping up to be a game-time decision against the Lightning on Thursday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Athanasiou reportedly was involved in a rotation with Ben Street for morning skate line rushes. Captivating the masses with his blazing front-line speed and great hands, the second-year winger chipped in two goals and three points total in a pair of games that precluded his injury. He'll be an intriguing value pick in the season's final games, provided he can return to full strength.

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  • Steven Stamkos TB C
    Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Wont play Thursday
    2h ago

    As expected, (knee) will not return to the lineup Thursday against Detroit, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Stamkos has yet to be activated off injured reserve, but being described as day-to-day by coach Jon Cooper is the closest sign yet that he's almost ready. The 27-year-old, who hasn't played since mid-November, should offer an instant boost to Tampa Bay's offense as the team attempts to chase down Boston for the final wild-card spot.

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  • Marcus Kruger CHI C
    Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Marks goals column against Pens
    2h ago

    scored his fourth goal of the season during Wednesday's win over Pittsburgh.

    The 26-year-old pivot has established himself as a solid defensive pivot with a 50.4 Corsi For percentage despite beginning just 28.6 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the offensive zone. However, Kruger shouldn't be confused with a serviceable fantasy asset. He has just four goals, 15 points and 77 shots through 65 games, after all.

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  • Nathan MacKinnon COL C
    Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Earns pair of points in loss
    2h ago

    scored a goal and garnered an assist Wednesday in a 5-3 loss to the visiting Capitals. He also fired six shots on net.

    The 21-year-old has five points over his last four games, which has elevated him to the 50-point plateau for the third time in his four-year career. MacKinnon's minus-15 rating is a personal worst, though that's largely due to the struggles of the Avs as a whole rather than his individual performance, while his 20:00 of average ice time is a full minute more than his previous best.

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  • Marcus Johansson WAS C
    Capitals' Marcus Johansson: Riding four-game point streak
    3h ago

    had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Avalanche.

    The Swedish winger is on fire with a goal and seven assists in his last four games. His 54 points thus far in 2016-17 are a career high for the 25-year-old, who is rounding into form as a potent top-six forward. A late-round pick in most fantasy drafts this season, Johansson is all but assured to come off draft boards much earlier in 2017-18.

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  • Rene Bourque COL LW
    Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Earns helper Wednesday
    2h ago

    chipped in an assist in a 5-3 loss Wednesday to the Capitals.

    The veteran now has 18 points in 59 games this season, which is actually his most since 2011-12 with Montreal and Calgary (24 points combined). At 35 years old, Bourque is extremely unlikely to ever reach the heights of his back-to-back 27-goal, 50-plus point seasons with Calgary from 2009-11, but it's encouraging to see a bit of improvement from him, especially on such a dismal squad.

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  • Sven Andrighetto COL RW
    Avalanche's Sven Andrighetto: Tallies two more points
    2h ago

    dished out two assists in a 5-3 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday.

    Andrighetto has been quietly tearing it up lately, recording back-to-back two-point games while posting eight points in his last seven contests. He still only has seven goals and 12 assists in 40 games this year, but considering a significant chunk of his overall production has come in the last two weeks, Andrighetto is definitely one to key on for daily purposes in the final few contests of the season.

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  • Jarome Iginla LA RW
    Kings' Jarome Iginla: Fills stat sheet against Calgary
    3h ago

    registered a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating and received a five-minute major penalty for fighting during Wednesday's win over the Flames.

    While Iginla has a respectable five goals and seven points through 13 games since joining Los Angeles, he's also missed the scoresheet in eight of those contests. His minus-7 rating is also a crippling mark and limits the value of his other peripheral contributions (25 shots, 16 PIM and 25 hits as a King). The 39-year-old veteran checks out as a low-end fantasy option in most settings at this stage of his career.

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  • Marian Gaborik LA RW
    Kings' Marian Gaborik: Responds to being scratched
    3h ago

    recorded two assists during Wednesday's win over Calgary, after he was a healthy scratch against Edmonton on Tuesday.

    Don't overreact to the multi-point showing, as Gaborik has just 22 goals and 43 points through 106 games over the past two seasons. The 35-year-old veteran doesn't move the offensive needle like he did in his prime, and with only eight points -- four goals -- over his past 23 games, you'll want to aim higher in the majority of fantasy settings.

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  • Bryan Rust PIT RW
    Penguins' Bryan Rust: Scores lone goal against Hawks
    4h ago

    scored Pittsburgh's only goal during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.

    While it's encouraging that Rust scored his first goal since returning from an arm injury March 24, he also lost his job on Sidney Crosby's flank mid-game. Rust's fantasy upside is limited to begin with, so being demoted to a third-line role makes him an underwhelming asset in the majority of seasonal leagues. He's still worth keeping an eye on, though. Pittsburgh is dealing with multiple injuries and has been shuffling its lines frequently as a result.

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  • Artemi Panarin CHI LW
    Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin: Registers two first-period points
    4h ago

    scored a goal and added an assist in the first period of Wednesday's win over Pittsburgh.

    After posting 77 points during his rookie campaign, Panarin's followed it up with another strong showing. He's developed excellent chemistry with Patrick Kane, and the 25-year-old Russian has 26 goals, 43 helpers and 193 shots through 77 games. A second consecutive 70-point season is likely, and with Panarin in the middle of his offensive prime, 2017-18 projects just as favorably.

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  • Rasmus Ristolainen BUF D
    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Suspension over
    1h ago

    has served his three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel in a March 21 contest.

    The power-play distributor from the blue line will be all systems go for Sunday's home clash with the Islanders. He'd been in a minor rut offensively -- one point (an assist) in five games -- leading up to the suspension, so with any luck, the brief ban has afforded him the chance to clear his head.

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  • Justin Schultz PIT D
    Penguins' Justin Schultz: Offense drying up of late
    2h ago

    has registered just two assists through his past 10 games after failing to hit the scoresheet during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.

    Schultz has still logged huge minutes -- 24:28 with 3:43 on the power play -- during the scoring slump, and he's registered 30 shots, so there have been chances. He's likely to pick up his production sooner than later, especially considering Pittsburgh averages the most goals per game (3.37), to go with his own high-end 1.95 points per 60 minutes.

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  • Tyson Barrie COL D
    Avalanche's Tyson Barrie: Gets on scoresheet Wednesday
    2h ago

    earned an assist in a 5-3 loss to visiting Washington on Wednesday.

    The blueliner also fired five shots on goal, giving him 167 on the season. While he's off last year's 49-point pace, Barrie's 35 points are 33rd among league defensemen, and his 23:18 of average ice time is the highest of his career. That said, the 25-year-old's horrendous minus-29 rating is the worst in the NHL, making him nearly impossible to stomach in leagues that count plus/minus.

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  • Kevin Shattenkirk WAS D
    Capitals' Kevin Shattenkirk: Tallies assists in three straight games
    2h ago

    had two assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Avalanche.

    The 27-year-old defenseman has been outstanding for the since he was acquired at the trade deadline with 11 assists in 13 games, including six on the power play. Headed to the playoffs with unrestricted free agency drawing ever closer, Shattenkirk should be an excellent fantasy contributor in the home stretch and one of the top defensemen available in next season's fantasy drafts.

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  • Brady Austin BUF D
    Sabres' Brady Austin: Bumped down a level
    3h ago

    was returned to AHL Rochester on Thursday.

    Austin found his way into five NHL games after his call-up, recording eight shots, six hits and four PIM in that span. At 6-foot-3, 232 pounds, the 23-year-old is a behemoth of a defenseman set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

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  • Carl Gunnarsson STL D
    Blues' Carl Gunnarsson: Injured scratch
    20h ago

    was "dinged up" in his last game, so he'll be scratched for Wednesday's road match against the Coyotes, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Gunnarsson reportedly will be replaced by Jordan Schmaltz for the upcoming contest. The latter is comparatively more equipped to do damage with the puck, but the lack of experience makes him an unattractive fantasy play.

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  • Thomas Greiss NYI G
    Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Between pipes Thursday
    1h ago

    will get the starting nod versus the Flyers on Thursday.

    Despite a pair of decent outings -- both two-goal efforts -- Greiss came up short against both Boston and Nashville. While the German hasn't been great this year -- a 25-18-5 record and .914 save percentage -- he has frequently been let down by a lack of offensive support. The netminder's matchup against Steve Mason will go a long way toward determining the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

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  • Reto Berra FLA G
    Panthers' Reto Berra: In goal Thursday
    1h ago

    will defend the cage against the Canadiens on Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

    Berra gets the starting nod due to injuries to both Roberto Luongo (lower body) and James Reimer (upper body). The 30-year-old has made just four appearances this year in which he went 0-2-0 with a 2.22 GAA. The netminder will square off against a Habs squad that is 3-1-1 in its last five while averaging 2.60 goals per game over that stretch.

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  • Steve Mason PHI G
    Flyers' Steve Mason: Between pipes Thursday
    1h ago

    will tend the twine for Thursday's matchup with the Islanders, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Sitting six points back of the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference with six games remaining in the regular season, the face a daunting path to playoff qualification. After going through periods of the season when he appeared to be the No. 2 goaltender to Michal Neuvirth, Mason has played his way into being Philly's undisputed starter for the stretch run. While starting 13 of the team's last 15 games, Mason is 8-4-1 with a 2.10 GAA and .926 save percentage, both marks are improvements upon his season numbers of 2.70 GAA and .907 save percentage. Mason has been a streaky goalie since he entered the NHL in 2008-09, so it's certainly possible that he stays hot Thursday.

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  • Tuukka Rask BOS G
    Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Tabbed to start Thursday
    2h ago

    will be in the blue paint for Thursday's contest with Dallas, per Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald.

    After a poor performance against the Lightning on March 23, missing Saturday's win against the Islanders with a mysterious lower-body injury, and being lambasted by fans and members of the Boston media alike, Rask responded by turning in a stellar performance in a 4-1 win over Nashville on Tuesday. Head coach Bruce Cassidy commented on what he saw as Rask's improved compete level and desire to find pucks after beating the Preds, characteristics that every coach and teammate looks for in their goaltender. A Vezina Trophy winner in 2014, Rask has immense talent and the ability to get hot down the stretch as Boston looks to qualify for the postseason.

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  • James Reimer FLA G
    Panthers' James Reimer: Ruled out Thursday
    2h ago

    (upper body) won't dress for Thursday's road game against the Canadiens, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports.

    In response to Reimer and Roberto Luongo (lower body) being unavailable due to their respective injuries, the summoned Adam Wilcox from AHL Springfield on Thursday, presumably to back up Reto Berra in the upcoming contest.

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  • Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
    Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Receives starting nod Thursday
    2h ago

    will start in goal for Thursday's divisional matchup with Detroit, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    After a five-game stretch when he was absolutely lights out, going 4-0-1 with a 1.15 GAA and .964 save percentage, Vasilevskiy has allowed four goals in four of his last five outings. The single exception, stopping 29 of 30 shots and picking up a victory, was a game March 24 against the same Red Wings squad that he'll take on Thursday. Detroit sits 26th in the NHL in scoring and may be without 18-goal scorer Andreas Athanasiou (upper body) for the game.

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