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    • Matt Murray PIT G
      Penguins' Matt Murray: Strong performance goes unrewarded Saturday
      2h ago

      Murray stopped 36 of 38 shots in Saturday's loss to Chicago.

      It was a goaltending duel in Pittsburgh on Saturday night and opposing netminder Corey Crawford was just that much better. While Murray likely deserved a victory for his outstanding individual performance, the Penguins had scored 12 goals in their last three games and simply ran into a hot netminder Saturday. Murray is now 11-5-1 on the season with a .909 save save percentage. The 23-year-old has been excellent in his last two appearances and should continue seeing a very heavy workload for a Penguins team that is playing some of their best hockey of the season.

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    • Corey Crawford CHI G
      Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Stymies Penguins with 35 saves
      2h ago

      Crawford stopped 35 of 36 shots in Saturday's win over the Penguins.

      Crawford really needed a bounce-back effort after a few recent rough outings and he delivered. The only goal that got past him Saturday was a shorthanded marker from Matt Hunwick in the third period. While it was a weak backhand shot that squeaked through, Crawford was able to shut the door the rest of the way and pick up his second consecutive victory. His ability to rebound after lackluster showings is what makes him such a reliable fantasy goaltender. Crawford is sporting a .933 save percentage this season and should be in your lineup whenever he gets the nod.

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    • Ivan Provorov PHI D
      Flyers' Ivan Provorov: Tallies third goal
      3h ago

      Provorov scored and added three shots on net in a 5-4 overtime defeat against the Flames on Saturday.

      That's already Provorov's third goal of the season, giving him half the total he reached in 82 games in 2016-17. Provorov is receiving nearly 3:00 additional minutes in playing time per game this season than his rookie year, which is clearly helping his fantasy value. He's on pace to surpass his totals in goals, points and shots from last season.

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    • Jakub Voracek PHI RW
      Flyers' Jakub Voracek: Posts two assists in overtime defeat
      3h ago

      Voracek picked up two assists and recorded five shots on goal in a 5-4 overtime loss against the Flames on Saturday.

      After a mini-cold streak, Voracek has heated up again, posting nine points in six games, including two points in the last two. He's also registered five shots on goal three times during that stretch. Voracek has 10 multi-point games already this season, which has helped place him among the leaders in points.

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    • Kris Versteeg CGY RW
      Flames' Kris Versteeg: Delivers two man-advantage helpers
      3h ago

      Versteeg registered two power-play assists in Saturday's 5-4 overtime road win over the Flyers.

      The veteran winger was instrumental in helping Sean Monahan record his first career hat trick, and now five of Versteeg's eight points this season have taken place with the man advantage. He's past his prime, but performances like this remind us there's still some gas in the tank.

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    • T.J. Brodie CGY D
      Flames' T.J. Brodie: Collects two helpers
      4h ago

      Brodie set up two goals -- including one on the man advantage -- in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Flyers.

      This was the third time this season that Brodie's recorded a multiplier in the points column, but he's been maddeningly inconsistent in the offensive zone on the way to 14 points (two goals, 12 assists). On a positive note, his 29 blocked shots through 19 games should at least partially compensate for the occasions where he's been held off the scoresheet, and 14 points is nothing to sniff at for a blueliner.

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    • Filip Chytil NYR C
      Rangers' Filip Chytil: Scores twice in return to lineup
      4h ago

      Playing in his first game in two weeks, Chytil (illness) scored twice in AHL Hartford's 4-1 win over Utica on Saturday.

      Chytil had been dealing with an illness and very minor undisclosed injury during his time on the sideline. The Rangers have been very cautious with their prized prospect since sending him to the minors early in the season. In instances in which Hartford plays three days in a row, Chytil has typically sat out the third contest as a healthy scratch. The 18-year-old now has five goals and 11 points in nine games for the Wolf Pack. The sky is the limit for the talented, developing forward.

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    • Nolan Patrick PHI C
      Flyers' Nolan Patrick: Lights lamp in loss
      4h ago

      Patrick picked up his second goal of the season in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the visiting Flames.

      The rookie fought for control of the puck in front of the cage and then backhanded it top shelf past goalie Mike Smith. Naturally, there's been growing pains with the second overall pick in this year's draft, but Patrick has shown flashes of brilliance on the way to two goals, two assists and a plus-2 rating through his first 11 games in the NHL.

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    • Nicklas Backstrom WAS C
      Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Warming up with helper Saturday
      6h ago

      Backstrom recorded a power-play assist during Washington's 3-1 win over the Wild.

      The Swedish playmaker has three points in his last five games after going point-less in the seven contests prior. Backstrom is off to a sluggish start after last season's 23-goal, 86-point campaign, but fantasy owners should expect him to finish closer to the 70-plus point mark he's been able to hit in recent seasons. The 30-year-old is an excellent buy-low candidate.

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    • Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
      Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Notches two-point night Saturday
      6h ago

      Kuznetsov finished with a goal, an assist, two shots and three hits during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

      The Russian playmaker has two goals and eight points in his last seven games, which is welcome news to a Caps organization that shelled out an eight-year, $62.4 million extension to him over the summer. Kuznetsov is well on his way to besting last year's 59-point effort, so make sure you play him every night.

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    • Mikael Granlund MIN C
      Wild's Mikael Granlund: Stays hot with helper
      6h ago

      Granlund recorded an assist during Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Capitals.

      The 25-year-old Finn has been on a hot streak of late with a goal and six points in his last seven games. Granlund is the top forward in Minnesota and will be given every chance to exceed 2016-17's 69-point effort, so play him regularly.

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    • Mikko Koivu MIN C
      Wild's Mikko Koivu: Records assist Saturday
      6h ago

      Koivu recorded an assist during Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Capitals.

      The 34-year-old Finn is off to a slow start with 10 points in his first 19 games -- including just two in his last eight contests. Koivu has always been an enigma in fantasy circles but has the talent and opportunity to finish in the 45-55 point range fairly reliably, so play him as you normally would.

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    • Jakub Voracek PHI RW
      Flyers' Jakub Voracek: Posts two assists in overtime defeat
      3h ago

      Voracek picked up two assists and recorded five shots on goal in a 5-4 overtime loss against the Flames on Saturday.

      After a mini-cold streak, Voracek has heated up again, posting nine points in six games, including two points in the last two. He's also registered five shots on goal three times during that stretch. Voracek has 10 multi-point games already this season, which has helped place him among the leaders in points.

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    • Kris Versteeg CGY RW
      Flames' Kris Versteeg: Delivers two man-advantage helpers
      3h ago

      Versteeg registered two power-play assists in Saturday's 5-4 overtime road win over the Flyers.

      The veteran winger was instrumental in helping Sean Monahan record his first career hat trick, and now five of Versteeg's eight points this season have taken place with the man advantage. He's past his prime, but performances like this remind us there's still some gas in the tank.

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    • Johnny Gaudreau CGY LW
      Flames' Johnny Gaudreau: Extends scoring streak to five games
      4h ago

      Gaudreau picked up a goal and a power-play assist Saturday, contributing to a 5-4 overtime road win over the Flyers.

      During the first period, Michael Ferland delivered a perfect pass to Johnny Hockey, who stormed toward the net on a breakaway and buried his ninth goal of the season. Gaudreau would also become the primary distributor on Sean Monahan's second of three power-play tallies. Gaudreau's producing at an incredible rate with at least one point in nine straight games, dropping seven goals and nine assists over that span. He's setting the bar so high that fantasy owners could start to be let down by his rare one-point performances.

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    • Michael Frolik CGY RW
      Flames' Michael Frolik: Makes only shot count Saturday
      4h ago

      Frolik posted the game-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers on Saturday.

      It was shaping up to be a disappointing game for Frolik, as he hadn't recorded a single shot until one-timing a Mikael Backlund pass in overtime to beat Brian Elliott. The Czech winger is notorious for turning in dismal shooting percentages, but he's converting at a 10-percent clip through 19 games this season, and that's at least his best rate since registering a 13.3 value as a rookie with the Panthers in 2008-09.

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    • Artturi Lehkonen MON LW
      Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen: Moves to IR
      5h ago

      Lehkonen (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, per the NHL Media Site.

      This move is only a formality, as the Finn had already been ruled out indefinitely Wednesday. After a season in which he scored 18 goals as a rookie, Lehkonen has struggled in 2017-18 thus far, with only two goals in 18 games. Expect the recently recalled Nicolas Deslauriers to continue to feature on the team's fourth line in Lehkonen's absence.

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    • Barclay Goodrow SJ LW
      Sharks' Barclay Goodrow: Pops up on IR
      5h ago

      Goodrow (undisclosed) is on injured reserve, per the NHL Media Site.

      There's no indication as to the nature of Goodrow's injury or when he suffered it, though the effective date given for his addition to the list is Nov. 16. Therefore, the next game Goodrow will be eligible to play in will be Nov. 24 against the Golden Knights, though the Sharks should give an update on his status in the coming days.

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    • Ivan Provorov PHI D
      Flyers' Ivan Provorov: Tallies third goal
      3h ago

      Provorov scored and added three shots on net in a 5-4 overtime defeat against the Flames on Saturday.

      That's already Provorov's third goal of the season, giving him half the total he reached in 82 games in 2016-17. Provorov is receiving nearly 3:00 additional minutes in playing time per game this season than his rookie year, which is clearly helping his fantasy value. He's on pace to surpass his totals in goals, points and shots from last season.

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    • T.J. Brodie CGY D
      Flames' T.J. Brodie: Collects two helpers
      4h ago

      Brodie set up two goals -- including one on the man advantage -- in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Flyers.

      This was the third time this season that Brodie's recorded a multiplier in the points column, but he's been maddeningly inconsistent in the offensive zone on the way to 14 points (two goals, 12 assists). On a positive note, his 29 blocked shots through 19 games should at least partially compensate for the occasions where he's been held off the scoresheet, and 14 points is nothing to sniff at for a blueliner.

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    • Chad Krys CHI D
      Blackhawks' Chad Krys: Finally finding groove at Boston University
      4h ago

      Krys picked up three assists in Boston University's 7-0 win over the University of Maine on Saturday.

      With 11 points in 14 games in 2017-18, Krys has already matched his total from his entire freshman season. It took Krys quite a while to adjust to rigors of collegiate hockey but he is now skating on BU's top defensive pair alongside Nashville's 2016 first-round pick Dante Fabbro. Krys isn't a physical player and he is going to need to continue to make smart plays with the puck, something that has been an issue in the past, if he hopes to eventually develop into an NHL regular.

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    • John Carlson WAS D
      Capitals' John Carlson: Notches helper Saturday
      5h ago

      Carlson recorded a power-play assist during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

      Carlson has been a rock for the Capitals (and fantasy owners) in 2017-18 with two goals and 17 points in 21 games. Only a minus-8 rating blemishes a remarkable effort to open the season, and improvements to that and his goal-scoring output are all that stand between the 27-year-old and Norris Trophy consideration.

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    • Matt Niskanen WAS D
      Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Picks up helper Saturday
      6h ago

      Niskanen registered an assist during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

      The 30-year-old blueliner has just two points in eight games of an injury-plagued season to this point. A reliable 30-40 point defender each of the last four seasons, expect Niskanen to improve once he gets back in the swing of things.

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    • Dmitry Orlov WAS D
      Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Lights lamp Saturday
      6h ago

      Orlov recorded a goal during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

      The goal gives Orlov a disappointing two goals and four points in 21 games. Languishing alongside a minus-3 rating, the 25-year-old blueliner has been very slow to start after signing a massive contract extension during the offseason. Fantasy owners should wait a little longer to see if he can right the ship, but it's not looking like a breakout campaign is in store for the young Russian in 2017-18.

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    • Matt Murray PIT G
      Penguins' Matt Murray: Strong performance goes unrewarded Saturday
      2h ago

      Murray stopped 36 of 38 shots in Saturday's loss to Chicago.

      It was a goaltending duel in Pittsburgh on Saturday night and opposing netminder Corey Crawford was just that much better. While Murray likely deserved a victory for his outstanding individual performance, the Penguins had scored 12 goals in their last three games and simply ran into a hot netminder Saturday. Murray is now 11-5-1 on the season with a .909 save save percentage. The 23-year-old has been excellent in his last two appearances and should continue seeing a very heavy workload for a Penguins team that is playing some of their best hockey of the season.

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    • Corey Crawford CHI G
      Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Stymies Penguins with 35 saves
      2h ago

      Crawford stopped 35 of 36 shots in Saturday's win over the Penguins.

      Crawford really needed a bounce-back effort after a few recent rough outings and he delivered. The only goal that got past him Saturday was a shorthanded marker from Matt Hunwick in the third period. While it was a weak backhand shot that squeaked through, Crawford was able to shut the door the rest of the way and pick up his second consecutive victory. His ability to rebound after lackluster showings is what makes him such a reliable fantasy goaltender. Crawford is sporting a .933 save percentage this season and should be in your lineup whenever he gets the nod.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Bounces back with win Saturday
      6h ago

      Holtby turned aside 30 of 31 shots during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

      Holtby exorcised some of the demons from a blowout loss to the Predators on Nov. 14 to give the Caps a much-needed win at home. The 28-year-old may struggle to finish in the Vezina Trophy conversation for a third consecutive season, but he's a workhorse netminder on a good (albeit underachieving) team, so play him with regularity.

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    • Alex Stalock MIN G
      Wild's Alex Stalock: Stops 40 in Saturday's loss
      6h ago

      Stalock stopped 40 of 43 shots during Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Capitals.

      The 30-year-old performed admirably in his first start since Oct. 31, but was unable to lift the Wild to a win. With Devan Dubnyk entrenched as the starter, Stalock's value is significantly capped outside of deeper formats.

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    • Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
      Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Saddled with rare loss Saturday
      6h ago

      Vasilevskiy turned aside 27 of 31 shots during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

      The Russian netminder suffered just his second loss in regulation this season and will fall to a stunning 14-2-1 record in 17 starts. Tampa Bay always believed it had a Vezina Trophy-caliber goaltender in Vasilevsky, and he is defending that belief well to start the season. The 23-year-old might cool off some, but is a must-start every night as a top goaltender on a Stanley Cup-contender.

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    • Antti Niemi MON G
      Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Appears in relief
      6h ago

      Niemi made his Montreal debut Saturday in relief. He allowed one goal on four shots in 11 minutes of work.

      The rout was on by that point and Toronto didn't take its foot off the gas in a game the Leafs ended up winning, 6-0. Niemi isn't a viable fantasy option this season -- his game has collapsed.

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