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    • Dougie Hamilton CGY D
      Flames' Dougie Hamilton: Two-point effort in Wednesday's loss
      1h ago

      Hamilton scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Golden Knights.

      He also added four shots, a hit, a blocked shot and a minus-1 rating to his ledger. Hamilton now has three multi-point performances in his last four games, giving him six goals, 12 points, 39 shots, 19 hits and 13 blocked shots through 11 contests in February, but the Flames' sagging fortunes have saddled the blueliner with a minus-5 rating on the month despite his scoring binge.

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    • David Rittich CGY G
      Flames' David Rittich: Busted by Vegas on Wednesday
      1h ago

      Rittich stopped only 19 of 26 shots in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Golden Knights.

      The rookie netminder actually kept things close through the first half of the game, but Vegas scored four unanswered goals -- including three on only seven shots in the third period -- to put things away. Rittich now has a brutal 4.47 GAA and .861 save percentage over the last five games, winning only one of them, and with Mike Smith (lower body) still lacking a timetable for his return, the Flames may have little choice but to give Jon Gillies a chance to hold down the fort instead.

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    • Ryan Getzlaf ANA C
      Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Two-point performance Wednesday
      1h ago

      Getzlaf scored a short-handed goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Stars.

      He rounded out his night with three shots, three hits, two PIM, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating. Getzlaf's production has been erratic since the calendar flipped to 2018 -- he's had two separate four-game scoring droughts over the last month -- but he's still managed two goals and seven points in his last nine games, and as long as the 32-year-old is seeing top-line minutes at even strength and on the power play, he'll have a solid fantasy floor.

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    • Ryan Miller ANA G
      Ducks' Ryan Miller: Blanks Stars on Wednesday
      1h ago

      Miller made 41 saves in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Stars.

      It was the veteran netminder's third shutout of the season and 42nd of his career. The long-time Sabres star has turned back the clock this week, putting together an 80-minute shutout streak since John Gibson (lower body) got injured in Monday's win over the Golden Knights, and if Gibson is unable to return to the crease Saturday, Miller could be a solid DFS play on the road against the Coyotes.

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    • Ben Bishop DAL G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Drops another decision Wednesday
      2h ago

      Bishop stopped 15 of 17 shots in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Ducks.

      He's now lost three of his last four starts, posting an ugly 4.17 GAA and .845 save percentage despite facing fewer than 30 shots in each of them. Bishop will take a seat Thursday against the Kings in the second game of a back-to-back, giving him a chance to clear his head, but he'll need to snap out of this slump quickly if the Stars are going to hold onto a playoff spot in the tight Western Conference standings.

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    • Brett Pesce CAR D
      Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Contributing offensively in recent weeks
      2h ago

      Pesce has five points over his last six games, along with nine shots on goal, five hits and eight blocked shots.

      Pesce has looked re-energized over the past few weeks, ever since returning from a five-game absence due to an upper-body injury in late January. It;s worth noting that roughly half of his offensive production this season (six of 15 points) has come in the last 13 games. This still only gives him modest fantasy value in most formats, especially since he doesn't see any time on the power play, but if you're looking for a guy who regularly sees 20 minutes of ice time per night, Pesce's not a bad play right now.

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    • Ryan Getzlaf ANA C
      Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Two-point performance Wednesday
      1h ago

      Getzlaf scored a short-handed goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Stars.

      He rounded out his night with three shots, three hits, two PIM, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating. Getzlaf's production has been erratic since the calendar flipped to 2018 -- he's had two separate four-game scoring droughts over the last month -- but he's still managed two goals and seven points in his last nine games, and as long as the 32-year-old is seeing top-line minutes at even strength and on the power play, he'll have a solid fantasy floor.

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    • Joakim Nordstrom CAR C
      Hurricanes' Joakim Nordstrom: Fantasy value hovering close to zero
      3h ago

      Nordstrom has averaged just 7:00 in ice time over his last two games.

      It's hard to imagine any player's fantasy value falling by as much as Nordstrom's this season. He's currently riding an excruciating 41-game pointless streak that dates back to mid-November -- that's half a season worth of zeros, folks. Two seasons ago, Nordstrom scored 24 points while averaging 15:38 per game in a top-six role. Now, however, he's essentially a fourth-line player who spends what little ice time he sees blocking shots and killing penalties. Needless to say, Nordstrom is best left on the fantasy scrap heap even in the deepest of formats.

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    • Andrew Shaw MON C
      Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Skips practice Wednesday
      5h ago

      Shaw (lower body) did not practice Wednesday because of the flu, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

      Shaw has been dealing with a lower-body injury, but recently returned to practice and is nearing a return. The flu bug may delay his eventual return, which was expected to happen early next week.

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    • Martin Hanzal DAL C
      Stars' Martin Hanzal: Questionable to return with lower-body injury
      11h ago

      Hanzal is dealing with a lower-body injury that leaves him questionable to return to Wednesday's game against the Ducks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

      Hanzal was suffering from an undisclosed issue coming into the day that left his status in doubt, but he was ultimately able to give it a go. It wouldn't be surprising if his current issue is related, but it's difficult to know if that's the case. The 31-year-old saw just 4:09 of ice time before his exit, failing to make an impact on the box score. If he's unable to return, Hanzal's status could be in doubt for the quick turnaround Thursday against the Kings.

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    • Ryan Strome EDM C
      Oilers' Ryan Strome: Finds back of net
      11h ago

      Strome scored an unassisted goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Bruins.

      Strome had gone two months without scoring a goal but has now found twine in back-to-back games. The Oilers got most of their offense from the third line consisting of Strome, Juhjar Khaira and Anton Slepyshev in the contest (two goals, one assist). Perhaps coach Todd McLellan will keep them together, but either way Strome (24 points in 59 games in 2017-18) only has value in the deepest of leagues for now.

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    • Tobias Rieder LA C
      Kings' Tobias Rieder: Shipped to LA
      14h ago

      Rieder was dealt from the Coyotes to the Kings along with Scott Wedgewood on Wednesday in exchange for Darcy Kuemper, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

      Rieder's 2017-18 campaign has been rather uninspiring with the Coyotes, owning just 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) through 58 games this season. Now that he's joined a more talented squad in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old could be a solid buy-low candidate in some formats -- especially if he cracks the power play.

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    • Reilly Smith LV RW
      Golden Knights' Reilly Smith: Stays hot Wednesday
      35m ago

      Smith scored his 20th goal of the season and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Flames.

      He rounded out his line with two shots, two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-1 rating. Smith now has an incredible eight goals and 17 points in his last 12 games, posting six multi-point performances during that stretch, and with Vegas surging back to the top of the NHL standings on the strength of their offense, the 26-year-old may not slow down any time soon.

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    • David Perron LV LW
      Golden Knights' David Perron: Two helpers in Wednesday's win
      45m ago

      Perron picked up two assists in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Flames.

      After taking a couple games off, Perron was back to his multi-point ways in this one. The 29-year-old now has two goals and 13 points through 11 games in February with five of the assists coming on the power play, pushing him over a point-a-game pace on the season. That success with the man advantage has come at a price, though, and despite Vegas' high-powered offense, Perron has a minus-4 rating on the month.

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    • Anton Slepyshev EDM LW
      Oilers' Anton Slepyshev: Notches helper
      9h ago

      Slepyshev recorded an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Bruins.

      The assist was Slepyshev's first point in the last four games. With only seven points on the season, the 23-year-old Russian is having a difficult time carving out a role in Edmonton -- he spent time alongside Connor McDavid on Feb. 17 yet was on the third line in this contest. Until Slepyshev can skate on more guaranteed opportunities, he is best left on the wire.

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    • Patrick Kane CHI RW
      Blackhawks' Patrick Kane: Two-point night Wednesday
      9h ago

      Kane scored a goal and an assist while adding five shots, one hit and a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Senators.

      The 29-year-old has been held off the scoresheet entirely in six of the last eight games, but his 57 points in 61 games so far still gives him a chance at his third straight point-per-game campaign. Kane's also just two goals shy of his fifth straight 25-goal season, although his current minus-12 rating would by far be his career worst if it doesn't improve dramatically down the stretch.

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    • Mark Stone OTT RW
      Senators' Mark Stone: Two helpers in Wednesday's loss
      10h ago

      Stone picked up two assists while adding one shot, one blocked shot and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

      He's now got six points (one goal, five assists) in five games since returning to action from a knee injury. Stone's already reached the 50-point mark for the fourth straight season, but if Derick Brassard gets dealt at the trade deadline it could have a big impact on his winger's production for the rest of the campaign.

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    • James Neal LV LW
      Golden Knights' James Neal: Unavailable Wednesday
      12h ago

      Neal (illness) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Flames, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      Neal was considered a game-time call for the matchup, but he will ultimately sit out for a second straight game. The veteran's next opportunity to take the ice arrives Friday against the Canucks, while Alex Tuch remains in the top six and Tomas Hyka draws in again Wednesday.

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    • Luca Sbisa LV D
      Golden Knights' Luca Sbisa: Two-point performance Wednesday
      39m ago

      Sbisa scored a goal and an assist while adding a shot, five hits, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Flames.

      He's been productive since returning to the lineup from a hand injury that cost him 17 games, scoring three points (one goal, two assists) with eight hits, four blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in three contests. Sbisa's physical style will leave him susceptible to further injuries -- he's played 80 or more games in a season only twice in his career -- but with Vegas' offense flying high right now, he'll be an intriguing DFS option as long as he can stay in the lineup.

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    • Dougie Hamilton CGY D
      Flames' Dougie Hamilton: Two-point effort in Wednesday's loss
      1h ago

      Hamilton scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Golden Knights.

      He also added four shots, a hit, a blocked shot and a minus-1 rating to his ledger. Hamilton now has three multi-point performances in his last four games, giving him six goals, 12 points, 39 shots, 19 hits and 13 blocked shots through 11 contests in February, but the Flames' sagging fortunes have saddled the blueliner with a minus-5 rating on the month despite his scoring binge.

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    • Brett Pesce CAR D
      Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Contributing offensively in recent weeks
      2h ago

      Pesce has five points over his last six games, along with nine shots on goal, five hits and eight blocked shots.

      Pesce has looked re-energized over the past few weeks, ever since returning from a five-game absence due to an upper-body injury in late January. It;s worth noting that roughly half of his offensive production this season (six of 15 points) has come in the last 13 games. This still only gives him modest fantasy value in most formats, especially since he doesn't see any time on the power play, but if you're looking for a guy who regularly sees 20 minutes of ice time per night, Pesce's not a bad play right now.

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    • Shea Weber MON D
      Canadiens' Shea Weber: Visits with specialist
      4h ago

      Weber (foot) was scheduled to see a foot specialist Wednesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

      Weber, who was shut down for a second time earlier this week, has missed 26 games and counting due to the injury. We'll await details on his visit with the specialist, but it could be that the Canadiens will shut him down for the rest of the season.

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    • Darnell Nurse EDM D
      Oilers' Darnell Nurse: Breaks out of slump
      11h ago

      Nurse notched an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Bruins.

      Nurse snapped his 12-game pointless drought by collecting an assist in the second period. The 23-year-old defenseman now has 19 points in 59 games this season. While the offensive drought is concerning, Nurse still has value in most formats given his opportunities on the first power-play unit -- especially in formats that respect the physical part of the game (110 hits and 110 blocks in 2017-18).

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    • Markus Nutivaara CLB D
      Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara: Lands on IR
      16h ago

      Nutivaara (upper body) was transferred to injured reserve Wednesday.

      The move was retroactively made to Feb. 16 when Nutivaara suffered the injury in a loss to Philadelphia, meaning he can be activated as early as Friday. Nutivaara, who's already improved his point total to 18 after scoring just seven last season, is yet to practice with his teammates since getting injured, so he faces a tight timetable if he's to get back into the lineup Saturday against Chicago.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Cruises to another win Wednesday
      1h ago

      Fleury made 28 saves in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Flames.

      Calgary kept it close early, and Matthew Tkachuk's power-play goal midway through the second period tied the score at 3-3, but Fleury locked things down after that and turned aside all 11 shots he saw in the third period. The veteran netminder hasn't been at his sharpest this month, posting a 2.70 GAA and .906 save percentage through 10 games in February, but the potent Vegas offense has still allowed him to rack up seven wins in that stretch. The Knights are in the hunt for the NHL's best record, but even so look for backup Max Lagace to get a bit more action down the stretch as the club tries to keep Fleury fresh for the playoffs.

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    • David Rittich CGY G
      Flames' David Rittich: Busted by Vegas on Wednesday
      1h ago

      Rittich stopped only 19 of 26 shots in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Golden Knights.

      The rookie netminder actually kept things close through the first half of the game, but Vegas scored four unanswered goals -- including three on only seven shots in the third period -- to put things away. Rittich now has a brutal 4.47 GAA and .861 save percentage over the last five games, winning only one of them, and with Mike Smith (lower body) still lacking a timetable for his return, the Flames may have little choice but to give Jon Gillies a chance to hold down the fort instead.

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    • Ryan Miller ANA G
      Ducks' Ryan Miller: Blanks Stars on Wednesday
      1h ago

      Miller made 41 saves in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Stars.

      It was the veteran netminder's third shutout of the season and 42nd of his career. The long-time Sabres star has turned back the clock this week, putting together an 80-minute shutout streak since John Gibson (lower body) got injured in Monday's win over the Golden Knights, and if Gibson is unable to return to the crease Saturday, Miller could be a solid DFS play on the road against the Coyotes.

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    • Ben Bishop DAL G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Drops another decision Wednesday
      2h ago

      Bishop stopped 15 of 17 shots in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Ducks.

      He's now lost three of his last four starts, posting an ugly 4.17 GAA and .845 save percentage despite facing fewer than 30 shots in each of them. Bishop will take a seat Thursday against the Kings in the second game of a back-to-back, giving him a chance to clear his head, but he'll need to snap out of this slump quickly if the Stars are going to hold onto a playoff spot in the tight Western Conference standings.

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    • Anton Forsberg CHI G
      Blackhawks' Anton Forsberg: Turns aside 32 shots in Wednesday's shootout win
      9h ago

      Forsberg stopped 32 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime, and five of seven attempts in the shootout, during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Senators.

      He recorded just his seventh win in 25 games this season and second through seven games in February, but Forsberg's .895 save percentage on the month doesn't exactly suggest those results have been unlucky. Corey Crawford still doesn't have a timetable for his return from a concussion, leaving Forsberg as Chicago's No. 1 netminder despite his struggles.

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    • Mike Condon OTT G
      Senators' Mike Condon: Makes 36 saves in shootout loss Wednesday
      10h ago

      Condon stopped 36 of 38 shots in regulation and overtime, but got beat three times in the seven-round shootout, during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

      The 27-year-old has now taken the loss in his last four games, managing a paltry .893 save percentage over that stretch. Condon hasn't come close to duplicating last season's form, and while the defensive woes of the team in front of him have played a large part in his struggles, his fantasy value as Craig Anderson's backup remains very low.

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