After acquiring him from the Avs the day before, the Preds didn't waste any time inserting McLeod into the lineup against his former team. The move paid immediate dividends as McLeod scored the first of Nashville's three unanswered goals, sparking his team's comeback from a 2-0 second-period deficit. Looking ahead, McLeod's fantasy value may be poised to take a bump upward if he continues to see more ice time with the Preds than he did in Denver.
Zolnierczyk has now skated in six consecutive games since being recalled from AHL Milwaukee earlier in January. However, he's only averaging roughly 10 minutes in ice time on the Preds' fourth line, so he offers very little by way of fantasy value right now.
Fiala was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Avalanche.
With just two points in his previous 14 games, the writing was on the wall for the 20-year old Fiala. On Friday, the Preds acquired Cody McLeod from the Avalanche and opted to start him Saturday against his former team, leaving no room for Fiala in the lineup. As a fresh-faced rookie on the Preds' roster, this was not the first time Fiala had served as a scratch this season, and it likely won't be the last. He has a very bright future ahead of him, but for now does not offer much value outside of very deep leagues.
After sitting out Thursday's game against the Bruins, Ribeiro once again found himself watching from the sideline versus the Avs. Currently on pace for the worst offensive season of his career with just 22 points in 41 games, it will be interesting to see if this two-game benching is temporary, or whether it marks the beginning of the end of Ribeiro's tenure in Nashville. For now, fantasy owners should be looking at alternatives to plug into their lineup until the situation is resolved one way or the other.
With P.K. Subban (upper body) and Roman Josi (undisclosed) both sidelined with injuries, Ellis has been the top dog on the Preds' blue line lately, averaging roughly 24 minutes of ice time per night. That said, with just 15 points in 35 games, Ellis has not seen much of a bump in his scoring this season and is on pace for another 30-35-point campaign, similar to last year's 32-point effort. Now with Subban's return looming, it will be interesting to see how Ellis' minutes and production are impacted going forward. Either way, we don't see much reason to own him outside of deeper fantasy formats right now.