NHL Player News
Gudas scored an empty-netter in a 6-2 victory over the Penguins on Sunday.
The 26-year-old has four times as many penalty minutes (84) than points (21) this season, so unless owners want him for the PIM category, then he really isn't fantasy relevant. Having said that, Gudas has been a well balanced fantasy contributor in March with two goals, six points, a plus-10 rating and 23 penalty minutes in 13 games.
Gostisbehere recorded a pair of points - a goal and an assist- a plus-3 rating and five shots in a 6-2 drubbing of the Penguins on Sunday night.
This snapped a five-game pointless streak for the young defenseman, and it was his first goal since his team's last trip to Pittsburgh for the outdoor game at the end of February. If he could play as he does against the Penguins all the time, fantasy owners would really have something, but overall, it's been a very disappointing sophomore campaign. Gostisbehere has already played more games than last season, and he has 10 fewer goals, 14 fewer points and a minus-21 rating. He has more shots than last season, but as some might have expected, he hasn't come anywhere close to repeating his 11.2 shooting percentage from 2015-16.
Stecher left Sunday's game against the Jets with an upper-body injury and did not return.
The 22-year-old rearguard skated just 4:10 before going down with the injury, which is a far cry from his average of 20:16. With 24 points in 65 games, Stecher has been rather productive for a rookie defenseman on an underwherming Canucks squad, so hopefully the ailment doesn't keep him out too long. After all, Vancouver only has seven games remember after Sunday.
Bieksa (face) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
The veteran blueliner sat out Friday's contests against the Jets after sustaining the injury two days prior against the Oilers. Bieksa has jumped back into his role on the Ducks' third defensive pairing with Sami Vatanen and looks safe to roll out for fantasy purposes going forward.
Klein (back) will slot into the lineup for Dan Girardi against the Ducks on Sunday.
So ends a lengthy 16-game absence for Klein, though it's entirely likely that his minutes will be limited upon his return to the lineup. Either way, Klein's 14 points on the season limit his offensive upside and thus prevent him from being a suitable option on the blue line in the majority of fantasy formats.
Daley (knee) participated in a portion of Sunday's game-day skate, though he won't play against the Flyers.
Coach Mike Sullivan singled out Daley's progress, saying the defender didn't skate "for the whole time but for an allotted period of time by design." He was expected to miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery Feb. 23 and appears to be on target within that timeframe. Daley has scored 19 points in 54 games after posting 22 points in 56 last year with Pittsburgh.
With the Red Wings in the peculiar position of having to play three games in as many days, Kronwall is slated take a rest for either Monday or Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes so as not to push his knee too hard. The veteran blueliner will take one of the days off and will likely be all systems go either way for Thursday's game in Tampa Bay.
Renouf was recalled from the team's AHL Grand Rapids affiliate Sunday on emergency conditions.
Renouf joined the organization as a free agent last March, posting 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) and 59 penalty minutes over 58 contests with the club. His addition to the defensive grouping suggests that Niklas Kronwall could miss time during the team's upcoming three-game road trip. However, it's unlikely he will be with the squad long enough for fantasy consideration.
Hamhuis (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Sunday's game against the Devils.
Hamhuis missed Friday's contest against the Sharks due to the lower-body issue, but the ailment appears to be behind the blueliner. He should slot in his normal spot in the lineup, but doesn't possess a ton of fantasy appeal other than as a sleeper option in daily lineups.
Prosser scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings on Sunday.
The 30-year-old has just five points in 36 games all season. He is routinely a healthy scratch, and when he plays, he averages just 12:38 per game. Obviously, there's very little, if any, fantasy value here.