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  • Kevan Miller D | BOS

    Bruins' Kevan Miller: Dealing with a concussion

    Kevan Miller is dealing with a concussion, the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa reports.

    He had previously been reported to be dealing with an upper body injury, so this clears up the nature of the injury. Miller was practicing Thursday, so he could take the ice Friday.

  • Stars' Patrik Nemeth: Returns to NHL

    Patrik Nemeth completed his 14-day conditioning assignment in the AHL and has been recalled to the NHL club.

    Nemeth is healthy, but it's tough to trust him on your roster. He wasn't getting consistent ice time before he was sent to the AHL.

  • Canadiens' Alexei Emelin: Three hits in return to lineup

    Alexei Emelin returned to the active lineup Wednesday after missing five games with a lower-body injury. He skated 15:10 on the third defense pairing and had three hits, a blocked shot and was plus-1 in a 5-1 win over the Rangers.

    Preferring not to upset the chemistry Jeff Petry and Nathan Beaulieu have developed, head coach Michel Therrien put Emelin on the third grouping with Tom Gilbert.

  • Brent Burns D | SJ

    Sharks' Brent Burns: Posts two points in loss

    Brent Burns scored a power-play goal and added an assist in 27:49 of ice time Wednesday against Chicago.

    Burns has seven points in his last five games, but the bearded defenseman is only plus-1 over that stretch despite his team's 4-1 record in that stretch. His 19 points through 22 games are a major asset, but don't expect Burns to improve much on his current minus-4 rating after he finished minus-9 a season ago.

  • Blues' Alex Pietrangelo: Tacks on two more points Wednesday

    Alex Pietrangelo collected two points -- a goal and an assist --- in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

    Pietrangelo's own offensive efforts made him one of two skaters wearing a blue sweater to record a positive rating (plus-1) in this contest -- fellow blueliner Jay Bouwmeester was the other. Pietrangelo is up to 11 points (two goals, nine assists) this season but he needs to continue to tighten up defensively as the owner of a minus-2 rating despite the team goal differential currently at plus-5.

  • Sami Vatanen D | ANA

    Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Records two points in loss

    Sami Vatanen picked up a goal and an assist in 23:02 on ice in Wednesday's 4-2 loss in Arizona.

    Vatanen has been on fire of late, posting 10 points over his last nine games. The 24-year-old defenseman's slow start to the season is a thing of the past, and he is on pace to easily blow his 37-point output from a season ago out of the water despite Anaheim's offensive struggles.

  • Justin Faulk D | CAR

    Hurricanes' Justin Faulk: Stays productive Wednesday

    Justin Faulk went plus-3 with a pair of assists in Wednesday's win over the Oilers.

    The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling this season with an 8-10-4 record and minus-16 goal differential, but don't let that deter you from scouting Faulk in fantasy circles. The 23-year-old blueliner has eight goals -- all on the power play -- along with 10 assists which currently has him leading all Carolina skaters in the points department.

  • Dmitry Orlov D | WAS

    Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Contributes two points in win

    Dmitry Orlov dialed in a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win over the Jets.

    Orlov blasted the puck past Michael Hutchinson blocker side, effectively extending his goals streak to three games. Despite the absence of Brooks Orpik (lower body), Orlov was on the ice for 15:33 -- compared to his season average of 14:16 -- and maybe his fantasy owners were expecting more ice time than that in this contest. However, Orlov is bound to earn a bigger role if he keeps playing at such a high level offensively.

  • Colin Miller D | BOS

    Bruins' Colin Miller: Records two points against Red Wings

    Colin Miller recorded a goal and an assist in 18:54 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

    The rookie defenseman has displayed some serious offensive aptitude thus far, as his two goals and seven assists through 18 games put him on a 41-point pace when extrapolated to a full season. Miller was also plus-3 in this game, and has quietly turned into quite the fantasy asset with a plus-8 rating on the season to go along with his nine points.

  • Tyler Myers D | WPG

    Jets' Tyler Myers: Delivers 50th career goal Wednesday

    Tyler Myers found the back of the net in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals. It was the 50th goal of his NHL career.

    Myers is very skilled offensively, though he hasn't had a campaign that topped the 48 points he tallied as a rookie with the Sabres in 2009-10. Injuries are partly to blame as the blueliner has only averaged about 51 games played over the past seven seasons. He's a monster on the ice at 6-foot-8, 229 pounds, and it would behove the rearguard to consistently use that size to his advantage and be more assertive with the puck. After all, he's only averaging around a shot and a half per game over his career.

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