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    • Jamie Benn DAL LW
      Stars' Jamie Benn: Collects three assists in win
      1h ago

      Benn registered three assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.

      It's worth noting the 29-year-old logged a season-low 15:13 of ice time against New York. Despite his surprisingly scarce playing time, Benn managed to pick up a pair of secondary assists and added a third helper on Alexander Radulov's second goal in the third period. The Stars' captain now has 17 points in 2018-19.

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    • Alexander Radulov DAL RW
      Stars' Alexander Radulov: Dazzles with three points
      1h ago

      Radulov scored a pair of goals and registered an assist in a 6-2 win against the Islanders on Sunday.

      Give the 33-year-old Russian 15 points in 2018-19 (in only 10 games). Radulov has battled several injuries this year, causing him to miss 10 games as a result. Meanwhile, the Stars' forward has been effective when healthy and has recorded points in every game he's played in except for two.

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    • Ben Bishop DAL G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Bags road win in New York
      1h ago

      Bishop turned aside 37 of 39 shots in a 6-2 win over the Islanders on Sunday.

      Sunday's victory gives Bishop wins in back-to-back starts and boosted his record to 8-5-1 with a 2.37 GAA and .923 save percentage. Considering Dallas plays four games in six days, expect Bishop to start at least two of those contests.

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    • Brock Boeser VAN RW
      Canucks' Brock Boeser: Will skate Monday
      2h ago

      Boeser (groin) will skate Monday.

      Boeser has missed the last seven games with his groin injury and it appears he'll also be out Monday against the Jets. However, a return to skating is obviously a good sign for the 21-year-old sniper, who should be back sooner rather than later.

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    • Corey Crawford CHI G
      Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Starting Sunday
      2h ago

      Crawford will draw the start against Minnesota on Sunday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.

      Crawford is coming off a pair of incredible starts, allowing just one goal on 60 shots against the Kings and Blues. Of course, the Wild will be a much tougher test for the 33-year-old. On the year, Crawford owns a 4-6-1 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.58 GAA.

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    • Brett Pesce CAR D
      Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Missing third straight game
      2h ago

      Pesce (lower body) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's contest against New Jersey.

      Pesce has just two goals and three points in 17 games, but his presence will be missed again in the defensive zone where he has 37 blocked shots. The 24-year-old New York native will get his next shot to suit up on Wednesday against Toronto.

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    • Kyle Turris NSH C
      Predators' Kyle Turris: Power-play goal helps down Kings
      3h ago

      Turris scored his second power-play goal of the season in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Kings.

      Turris now sits third in team scoring with 15 points in 20 games this season. This keeps him on pace to challenge the career-high 64 points he posted back in 2014-15. The Preds are one of the elite offensive teams in the NHL right now, and given Turris' top-six role in their lineup, we think it makes sense for you to deploy him for fantasy purposes whenever you have the chance.

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    • Nico Hischier NJ C
      Devils' Nico Hischier: Missing fourth straight game
      3h ago

      Hischier (upper body) will not be in the lineup Sunday against Carolina, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

      Hischier has been solid this season with three goals and 12 points in 15 games, but will now miss his fourth consecutive game. His next chance to play will be Wednesday in a home contest against Montreal.

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    • Colton Sissons NSH C
      Predators' Colton Sissons: Seeing power-play duty
      3h ago

      Sissons had a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Kings, adding three shots on goal and a hit in a season-high 20:19 of ice time.

      Sissons is becoming king of the multi-point effort, as the last time he cracked the scoresheet was back on Nov. 7 when he scored a hat trick against the Avalanche. The good news is, Sissons has been averaging close to 20 minutes per game (19:32) over his last five contests, but that's mostly because the Preds have been using him on the power play ever since Viktor Arvidsson went down with an upper-body injury. Otherwise, Sissons continues to skate mainly on the third line with Austin Watson and Nick Bonino. Despite his uptick in minutes, Sissons still scores far too infrequently for us to recommend him for fantasy purposes.

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    • Sam Gagner VAN C
      Canucks' Sam Gagner: Recalled by Vancouver
      3h ago

      Gagner was recalled from AHL Toronto on Sunday.

      The 29-year-old journeyman has yet to appear in an NHL contest this season after a disappointing 31-point effort in the 2017-18 campaign. Vancouver is littered with injuries in its forward group, so Gagner might slot into the lineup at some point following his call-up.

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    • Rocco Grimaldi NSH C
      Predators' Rocco Grimaldi: Watching from press box
      4h ago

      Grimaldi sat as a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Saturday against the Kings.

      The 25-year-old center has had a tough time cracking the Preds' lineup with any regularity since being recalled from AHL Milwaukee in late October. He has only skated in six games since then, although he did score his first goal of the season Nov. 13 against the Sharks. Given that the Preds have a relatively healthy forward corps at the moment, Grimaldi will likely continue to be the odd man out for the foreseeable future.

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    • Maxim Mamin FLA C
      Panthers' Maxim Mamin: Heads to minors
      5h ago

      Mamim was assigned to AHL Springfield on Sunday.

      Mamim was a healthy scratch for five straight games before drawing into Saturday's game versus the Rangers, and he dropped a minus-2 mark in just 4:01 of ice time. With no points in seven games, Mamin's absence doesn't affect fantasy teams.

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    • Jamie Benn DAL LW
      Stars' Jamie Benn: Collects three assists in win
      1h ago

      Benn registered three assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.

      It's worth noting the 29-year-old logged a season-low 15:13 of ice time against New York. Despite his surprisingly scarce playing time, Benn managed to pick up a pair of secondary assists and added a third helper on Alexander Radulov's second goal in the third period. The Stars' captain now has 17 points in 2018-19.

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    • Alexander Radulov DAL RW
      Stars' Alexander Radulov: Dazzles with three points
      1h ago

      Radulov scored a pair of goals and registered an assist in a 6-2 win against the Islanders on Sunday.

      Give the 33-year-old Russian 15 points in 2018-19 (in only 10 games). Radulov has battled several injuries this year, causing him to miss 10 games as a result. Meanwhile, the Stars' forward has been effective when healthy and has recorded points in every game he's played in except for two.

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    • Brock Boeser VAN RW
      Canucks' Brock Boeser: Will skate Monday
      2h ago

      Boeser (groin) will skate Monday.

      Boeser has missed the last seven games with his groin injury and it appears he'll also be out Monday against the Jets. However, a return to skating is obviously a good sign for the 21-year-old sniper, who should be back sooner rather than later.

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    • Miikka Salomaki NSH RW
      Predators' Miikka Salomaki: Scoring slump continues
      4h ago

      Salomaki extended his current points drought to seven games Saturday against the Kings, recording just two shots and a hit in 7:44 of ice time.

      Now with just two points in 15 games, Salomaki isn't going to help you much with the kind of minutes he's getting skating on the fourth line. He had just eight points in 58 games last season, and there's no reason to think he will finish with much more than that this year. Even in ultra-deep fantasy formats, Salomaki's value is currently about as close to zero as it can get.

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    • Tomas Nosek LV LW
      Golden Knights' Tomas Nosek: Questionable for Sunday's game
      4h ago

      Nosek (undisclosed) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Oilers, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      It's unclear if this is, in fact, injury-related, as Nosek has two points and a horrid minus-14 rating through 18 games. If Nosek is scratched, expect Oscar Lindberg to enter the fold.

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    • Phillip Di Giuseppe CAR LW
      Hurricanes' Phil Di Giuseppe: Seeing minutes as injury sub
      4h ago

      Di Giuseppe skated in his fourth consecutive game Saturday against the Blue Jackets following a nine-game stint where he sat as a healthy scratch.

      With Valentin Zykov currently undergoing a conditioning stint in the minors for an undisclosed injury, Di Giuseppe will likely continue to see regular minutes for the foreseeable future. However, he's still very much a depth option for the Hurricanes at this point, and will likely return to healthy-scratch status upon Zykov's return. Di Giuseppe currently has just two points in six games played, and should not be a part of any fantasy lineups outside of ultra-deep leagues.

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    • Brett Pesce CAR D
      Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Missing third straight game
      2h ago

      Pesce (lower body) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's contest against New Jersey.

      Pesce has just two goals and three points in 17 games, but his presence will be missed again in the defensive zone where he has 37 blocked shots. The 24-year-old New York native will get his next shot to suit up on Wednesday against Toronto.

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    • Anton Stralman TB D
      Lightning's Anton Stralman: Doubtful for Monday
      2h ago

      Stralman (upper body) is unlikely to suit up in Nashville on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

      Assuming he doesn't play, it will be the fifth straight game that Stralman has missed with the upper-body injury. After Monday, the Lightning start a five-game home stand on Wednesday.

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    • Ryan Ellis NSH D
      Predators' Ryan Ellis: Pair of helpers in win over Kings
      3h ago

      Ellis snapped a five-game pointless streak with a pair of assists -- one at even strength, the other on the power play -- in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Kings.

      Although he's not producing at the same frantic pace as last season, when he returned to the lineup in January following knee surgery and proceeded to record 32 points in just 44 games, Ellis does have 10 helpers through 20 games this season putting him on pace to surpass the career-high 38 point total he notched two seasons ago. He continues to skate on the Preds' first defensive pairing opposite Roman Josi, averaging a healthy 24:44 in ice timer per game, including 3:11 on the power play. His scoring may continue to come in fits and starts, but Ellis has too prominent a role in the Preds' lineup to sit him. Stick with him during his cold spells, and you should be rewarded in the end.

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    • Anthony Bitetto NSH D
      Predators' Anthony Bitetto: Still not seeing regular minutes
      4h ago

      Bitetto skated 10:33 in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Kings, recording one shot on goal, a hit and a blocked shot.

      This was just Bitetto's eighth time in the lineup this season, as he typically watches from the press box most nights as a healthy scratch. He continues to battle Matt Irwin for a spot on the Preds' third defensive pairing, giving him little to no fantasy value in most formats.

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    • Justin Faulk CAR D
      Hurricanes' Justin Faulk: No longer a 40-point scorer
      5h ago

      Faulk has just three assists in his last 10 games, and just eight points on the season thus far (one goal, seven assists).

      Faulk scored a career-high 49 points back in 2014-15 and, at the time, looked to be establishing himself as an elite scoring defenseman for years to come. Unfortunately, it's been all downhill for Faulk since then, as his point totals have consistently landed in the mid-30's ever since that record season four years ago. Now skating on the Canes' second defensive pairing with Calvin de Haan, he is currently on pace for yet another 30-plus campaign, giving him only modest fantasy value in most formats.

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    • Scott Mayfield NYI D
      Islanders' Scott Mayfield: On pace for career high numbers
      5h ago

      Mayfield has two goals, five assists, and has a plus-7 rating in 16 games for the Islanders this season.

      Mayfield has been a steadying influence on the Islanders blue line this year. Mayfield will never be mistaken for an offensive dynamo, but 7-9 goals, 30 points, with a rating of greater than plus-20 would be a season that both the player and team would easily accept.

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    • Ben Bishop DAL G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Bags road win in New York
      1h ago

      Bishop turned aside 37 of 39 shots in a 6-2 win over the Islanders on Sunday.

      Sunday's victory gives Bishop wins in back-to-back starts and boosted his record to 8-5-1 with a 2.37 GAA and .923 save percentage. Considering Dallas plays four games in six days, expect Bishop to start at least two of those contests.

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    • Corey Crawford CHI G
      Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Starting Sunday
      2h ago

      Crawford will draw the start against Minnesota on Sunday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.

      Crawford is coming off a pair of incredible starts, allowing just one goal on 60 shots against the Kings and Blues. Of course, the Wild will be a much tougher test for the 33-year-old. On the year, Crawford owns a 4-6-1 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.58 GAA.

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    • Curtis McElhinney CAR G
      Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney: Protecting net against Devils
      2h ago

      McElhinney is in goal against New Jersey on Sunday.

      McElhinney has appeared in just two games since Oct. 20, allowing three goals and taking the loss in each of those contests. He's registered a respectable 2.81 GAA but a lackluster .884 save percentage. Scott Darling hasn't been great at the No. 1 goaltender and it's probably best to avoid all Carolina goalies for fantasy purposes at this point.

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    • Cory Schneider NJ G
      Devils' Cory Schneider: Starting in Carolina
      3h ago

      Schneider will draw the start in Carolina on Sunday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

      Schneider has been terrible to start the season, going 0-3-0 with a 4.81 GAA and .849 save percentage. He's clearly still trying to shake off some rust after undergoing offseason hip surgery. Until Schneider finds some consistency, he should be avoided in most fantasy formats.

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    • Jonathan Quick LA G
      Kings' Jonathan Quick: Skates Sunday
      3h ago

      Quick (knee) skated in full gear Sunday, Kevin Weekes of NHL.com reports.

      Quick is still recovering from a knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus back in October. The 32-year-old hasn't begun facing shots again yet, but it appears that his rehab is going according to plan. For now, it appears that he could return sometime in early December.

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    • David Rittich CGY G
      Flames' David Rittich: In goal Monday
      3h ago

      Rittich will patrol the crease against the Golden Knights on Monday, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.

      Rittich has been terrific in the early stages of this season, going 6-1-0 in nine appearances. He's registered a stellar 1.92 GAA and .933 save percentage, including a shutout win over the Kings on Nov. 10. As Mike Smith continues to struggle, Rittich should see more consistent playing time.

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