NHL Player News
Gabriel Landeskog picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Senators, while skating 23:45 in the contest.
Head coach Patrick Roy is maximizing Landeskog's playing time of late, and the decision is paying off, as the 23-year-old Swede has recorded five points in his last four games. Even so, the Colorado Avalanche 's captain sports a minus-3 rating on the season, and it's going to be hard for him to recover as long as the team around him continues to struggle.
Artemi Panarin recorded two assists in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
The rookie has benefited tremendously from playing alongside NHL points leader Patrick Kane. Panarin leads all NHL rookies with 23 points this season, and is currently the frontrunner for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
Rick Nash tallied the New York Rangers ' lone goal on a second-period power play in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Montreal.
The tally originally went to Ryan McDonagh, but was given to Nash after a review found that he'd tipped it past Carey Price. It may be a cheap one, but it's still the fifth goal in three games for the 31-year-old winger. He's still sitting on disappointing season stats, but things have certainly been trending upward for Nash since the end of October.
Max Pacioretty scored on the power play for the second consecutive game Wednesday, adding an assist and a plus-2 rating in a 5-1 win over the Rangers.
His mid-third-period tally was just the final nail in the coffin with the Habs already sitting on a nice lead, but it's no accident when Pacioretty gets on the scoresheet. He's been particularly on fire over the last nine games, racking up five goals and seven assists. With all the shots he piles up as well as strong plus-minus, there are few fantasy assets as well rounded as the Habs' 27-year-old star.
Alexander Steen dished out a pair of assists in Wednesday night's overtime loss to the Penguins.
Steen leads all St. Louis Blues skaters with 11 helpers this season. He's also second on the team in points with 19, only behind fellow winger Vladamir Tarasenko and his 22 combined goals and assists.
Benoit Pouliot provided the only goal for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Wednesday. It was a power-play tally.
Pouliot reached 100 career goals with Wednesday's marker. It was the winger's second point in the past five games.
Daniel Sedin posted a pair of assists in Wednesday's win over the Wild.
Those assists stretch Sedin's point streak to six games. He's been on a roll at large since a slow start to the season, putting up six goals and eight assists over the last eight games.
Thomas Vanek put up a power play goal and three shots in Wednesday's loss to the Canucks.
Vanek has had some success on the power play, scoring power play goals in back-to-back games. Overall, he's been solid offensively, scoring five goals and two assists with a plus-3 rating and 25 shots over the last seven games.
The New York Islanders assigned Taylor Beck to AHL Bridgeport following Wednesday's game.
Beck only appeared in two games for the Islanders after being recalled in late October, so the team sent him back to Bridgeport to give him a chance to see more ice time. He tallied seven points in 10 AHL games earlier this season, so he will garner consideration next time the Islanders need to add a forward to the roster.
Evander Kane recorded his second goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Predators. It was his first goal in three games after missing over three weeks with a knee injury.
Kane has had a tough start adjusting to his new surroundings, with just four points in 12 games as a Sabre. He continues to skate primarily on the top line alongside Ryan O'Reilly and Brian Gionta, but has shown little to no chemistry with his linemates thus far. He continues to boast modest fantasy value in deeper formats only.