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    • Anders Lindback NSH G
      Predators' Anders Lindback: Gets Sunday's starting nod
      1h ago

      Anders Lindback will start Sunday's preseason tilt against Columbus, Brooks Bratten of the Nashville Predators ' official site reports.

      The big Swede last played in the NHL during the 2015-16 campaign and is hoping a return to Nashville -- where he enjoyed two successful seasons as Pekka Rinne's backup -- will rejuvenate his career. While Lindback is currently toiling as the organization's third or fourth goaltender, it's certainly within the realm of possibility for Lindback to play himself into an NHL role in 2017-18.

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    • C.J. Smith BUF LW
      Sabres' C.J. Smith: Cut from camp
      1h ago

      C.J. Smith was cut from the Buffalo Sabres ' camp Sunday, The Buffalo News reports.

      Smith appeared in two games last year after wrapping up his NCAA career, notching an assist and averaged 11:32 TOI per game. The versatile forward is older and more mature than his rookie peers, but still needs more experience in the pros. He'll likely spend the entire season with AHL Rochester and make a run at a roster spot next season.

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    • Jacob Josefson BUF C
      Sabres' Jacob Josefson: Tabbed as shootout specialist
      1h ago

      Jacob Josefson will be one of the Buffalo Sabres ' top options in the shootout, The Buffalo News reports.

      The Sabres were 2-6 in the shootout last year and 6-for-27 in their attempts. Josefson, meanwhile, is 10-for-18 in his career, which will improve Buffalo's chances of winning. Josefson's also versatile enough to play center or wing and move up and down the depth chart with ease. He's slated to be either the third or fourth-line center, and may even see some power play time, but likely won't produce enough to be worth owning in most fantasy formats. Josefson's career high is 14 points.

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    • Andrew Shaw MON C
      Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Surprising participant in practice
      1h ago

      Andrew Shaw (neck) returned to practice Sunday, despite head coach Claude Julien stating that it was "far from guaranteed" the player would be ready for practice Monday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic Montreal reports.

      Sunday marked Shaw's first time practicing with teammates since Tuesday, as he's been dealing with soreness in his neck. Shaw's status for Monday's preseason contest against Toronto is unknown, though it wouldn't be surprising to see Montreal err on the side of caution and hold the player out until Wednesday's game, which is also against Toronto.

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    • Jakob Forsbacka Karlss BOS C
      Bruins' Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson: Practices Sunday
      1h ago

      Forsbacka-Karlsson (upper body) returned to practice Sunday, Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports.

      The rookie out of Boston University suffered the injury during Tuesday's preseason contest against Detroit and hadn't been on the ice since that time. While it's certainly encouraging to see Forsbacka-Karlsson back at practice, the Boston Bruins may exercise caution in returning him to game action. The team's next preseason game is Monday against Chicago, and Forsbacka-Karlsson's status should be disclosed before puck-drop.

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    • Anton Stralman TB D
      Lightning's Anton Stralman: Making progress towards return
      2h ago

      Anton Stralman (undisclosed) was a full participant in Sunday's practice but will not play in the team's preseason contest with Florida on Sunday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The Swedish defenseman was reportedly cleared for contact Friday, so Sunday's development is certainly positive despite the fact that Stralman isn't quite ready for game action. With Opening Night still over 10 days away, expect Stralman to be fully healthy by then.

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    • Jacob Josefson BUF C
      Sabres' Jacob Josefson: Tabbed as shootout specialist
      1h ago

      Jacob Josefson will be one of the Buffalo Sabres ' top options in the shootout, The Buffalo News reports.

      The Sabres were 2-6 in the shootout last year and 6-for-27 in their attempts. Josefson, meanwhile, is 10-for-18 in his career, which will improve Buffalo's chances of winning. Josefson's also versatile enough to play center or wing and move up and down the depth chart with ease. He's slated to be either the third or fourth-line center, and may even see some power play time, but likely won't produce enough to be worth owning in most fantasy formats. Josefson's career high is 14 points.

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    • Andrew Shaw MON C
      Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Surprising participant in practice
      1h ago

      Andrew Shaw (neck) returned to practice Sunday, despite head coach Claude Julien stating that it was "far from guaranteed" the player would be ready for practice Monday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic Montreal reports.

      Sunday marked Shaw's first time practicing with teammates since Tuesday, as he's been dealing with soreness in his neck. Shaw's status for Monday's preseason contest against Toronto is unknown, though it wouldn't be surprising to see Montreal err on the side of caution and hold the player out until Wednesday's game, which is also against Toronto.

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    • Jakob Forsbacka Karlss BOS C
      Bruins' Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson: Practices Sunday
      1h ago

      Forsbacka-Karlsson (upper body) returned to practice Sunday, Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports.

      The rookie out of Boston University suffered the injury during Tuesday's preseason contest against Detroit and hadn't been on the ice since that time. While it's certainly encouraging to see Forsbacka-Karlsson back at practice, the Boston Bruins may exercise caution in returning him to game action. The team's next preseason game is Monday against Chicago, and Forsbacka-Karlsson's status should be disclosed before puck-drop.

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    • Aleksander Barkov FLA C
      Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Making preseason debut
      2h ago

      Aleksander Barkov (back) will be in the lineup for Sunday's preseason clash with Tampa Bay, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The 2013 first rounder has been dealing with a back injury since the tail-end of the 2016-17 season, limiting him to just 61 games. Though Barkov has incredible potential, he's never played more than 71 games in a season due to a litany of injuries he's suffered in his four-year career. If Barkov's able to stay healthy, he could see his name amongst the top-10 scorers when the end of the season rolls around.

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    • Robby Fabbri STL C
      Blues' Robby Fabbri: Suffers setback
      2h ago

      Robby Fabbri re-injured his surgically-repaired knee during training camp and will be sidelined for the next 10 days before being re-evaluated.

      The St. Louis Blues have already been crushed by injuries to Alex Steen (hand), Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), and Patrik Berglund (shoulder), so the news about Fabbri is the last thing the team and its fans want to hear. The 2014 first-round pick was only able to play 51 games last season due to a torn ACL, but managed to record 29 points. Fabbri is supremely talented and a pleasure to watch, so you can only hope that everything is okay when he's re-evaluated in 10 days time.

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    • Jonathan Toews CHI C
      Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: Contributes in return to lineup
      2h ago

      Jonathan Toews (illness) chipped in a goal in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Columbus.

      Captain Serious was forced to miss practice Sept. 21, but as expected, the illness was nothing serious. In addition to the goal, Toews put five shots on goal, played nearly five minutes on special teams, and won 68% of his draws.

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    • C.J. Smith BUF LW
      Sabres' C.J. Smith: Cut from camp
      1h ago

      C.J. Smith was cut from the Buffalo Sabres ' camp Sunday, The Buffalo News reports.

      Smith appeared in two games last year after wrapping up his NCAA career, notching an assist and averaged 11:32 TOI per game. The versatile forward is older and more mature than his rookie peers, but still needs more experience in the pros. He'll likely spend the entire season with AHL Rochester and make a run at a roster spot next season.

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    • Chris Terry MON LW
      Canadiens' Chris Terry: Returns to health
      2h ago

      Chris Terry (abdomen) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, J-F Chaumont of the Journal de Montreal reports.

      The former Carolina Hurricane had missed close to a week with what the team called a "torso" injury but he now appears to be at least close to 100%. Despite a huge year in the AHL in 2016-17 -- when he scored 68 points in 58 games -- Terry faces an uphill battle to make the Habs' roster, as evidenced by the fact that he is skating on the "sixth line" during camp.

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    • Michael Dal Colle NYI LW
      Islanders' Michael Dal Colle: Sent down to Bridgeport
      4h ago

      Michael Dal Colle was sent down to Bridgeport of the AHL on Saturday.

      Dal Colle was always ticketed to begin the season in Bridgeport so this isn't a surprise. He is still considered to be one of the New York Islanders top prospects. Dal Colle had 15 goals and 41 points in 75 games for Bridgeport last year but is still waiting to play his first game for the Islanders.

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    • Jesse Puljujarvi EDM RW
      Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi: Impressive in preseason rout
      5h ago

      Jesse Puljujarvi recorded two goals (one with the power play) on three shots to complement an assist Saturday in a 6-2 preseason home win over the Jets.

      The fourth overall pick from the 2016 draft was incredibly efficient in this one, as he did all of that damage in 12:48 of ice time. Skating with Connor McDavid certainly helped his cause, but Puljujarvi is extremely talented in his own right. Expect natural growth in his game after he recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 28 games as a rookie last season.

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    • Charles Hudon MON LW
      Canadiens' Charles Hudon: Scores lone goal Saturday
      5h ago

      Charles Hudon had a team-high five shots and scored Montreal's lone goal in Saturdays' 5-1 exhibition loss to Ottawa.

      Hudon is on the fringes of the Montreal Canadiens ' roster during the preseason, but was on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Artturi Lehkonen, two players who are locks for the roster. That was the best line the Habs had to offer Saturday. Montreal has scored just six goals through four preseason contests, so Hudon's effort made an impression on head coach Claude Julien, who told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette, "he's a determined individual who wants to be here and as I stand here, there's no reason he can't be a great asset for us." If Hudon does secure a roster spot, it's unlikely skate among the top-nine forwards.

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    • Mitch Callahan EDM LW
      Oilers' Mitch Callahan: Waived by Edmonton
      14h ago

      Mitch Callahan was placed on waivers for the purpose of reassignment Saturday.

      Callahan is 26 years old and has yet to make a significant impact at the NHL level, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise. He'll likely spend most of the 2017-18 campaign with AHL Bakersfield.

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    • Anton Stralman TB D
      Lightning's Anton Stralman: Making progress towards return
      2h ago

      Anton Stralman (undisclosed) was a full participant in Sunday's practice but will not play in the team's preseason contest with Florida on Sunday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The Swedish defenseman was reportedly cleared for contact Friday, so Sunday's development is certainly positive despite the fact that Stralman isn't quite ready for game action. With Opening Night still over 10 days away, expect Stralman to be fully healthy by then.

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    • Ryan Sproul DET D
      Red Wings' Ryan Sproul: Returning Monday
      2h ago

      Ryan Sproul (knee) will make his preseason debut Monday against Pittsburgh, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

      The 2011 second-round pick has been out with an ACL tear in his left knee and there was uncertainty regarding whether or not he would be able to return in time for the beginning of the season. With Sproul's appearance in Monday's game, it seems to put these worries to rest and he will begin competing for an NHL job.

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    • Justin Faulk CAR D
      Hurricanes' Justin Faulk: Two points in exhibition road win
      4h ago

      Justin Faulk scored an empty-net goal and also chipped in an assist Saturday in a 4-1 preseason road win over the Capitals.

      The mobile power-play defenseman registered 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 75 games last season, albeit stacked against a minus-18 rating. He's a high-volume shooter having set at least 225 shots on goal in two of the past three years, and Faulk's been able to log serious minutes (23:38) ever since his rookie campaign in 2011-12.

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    • Seth Helgeson NYI D
      Islanders' Seth Helgeson: Lands on waivers
      4h ago

      Seth Helgeson was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Friday, Newsday reports.

      Formerly with the Devils, Helgeson signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Isles on July 1, the primary signing day for free agents. Assuming he clears waivers, Helgeson will wind up in AHL Bridgeport to start the season.

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    • Keegan Lowe EDM D
      Oilers' Keegan Lowe: Placed on waivers
      14h ago

      The Edmonton Oilers placed Keegan Lowe on waivers for the purpose of reassignment Saturday.

      The 2011 third-round pick hasn't appeared in an NHL game since the 2014-15 season, and he'll likely spend the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors.

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    • Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI D
      Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Injured in Saturday's preseason game
      15h ago

      Oliver Ekman-Larsson sustained a lower-body injury during Saturday's preseason game against the Sharks, Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic reports.

      The Swedish blueliner sustained the injury when he got tied up with San Jose's Mikkel Boedker in the overtime period of Saturday's contest. He had to be helped to the bench by teammate Alex Goligoski and a trainer after falling to the ice during the play. He'll be reevaluated Sunday, so more information regarding the severity of his ailment should be released then, but this is obviously not something the Arizona Coyotes or fantasy owners want to see less than two weeks before the regular season. If he was able to avoid a major injury Saturday, Ekman-Larsson will remain a prime bounce-back candidate for the 2017-18 season.

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    • Sergei Bobrovsky CLB G
      Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky: Starts preseason tilt
      44m ago

      Sergei Bobrovsky will be the starting netminder for Sunday's preseason game against Nashville, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

      Sunday marks Bobrovsky's second preseason appearance, having played only two periods in his first game. With the team's Opening Night less than two weeks away, it wouldn't be surprising to see the two-time Vezina Trophy winner get a whole game's worth of work in Sunday.

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    • Anders Lindback NSH G
      Predators' Anders Lindback: Gets Sunday's starting nod
      1h ago

      Anders Lindback will start Sunday's preseason tilt against Columbus, Brooks Bratten of the Nashville Predators ' official site reports.

      The big Swede last played in the NHL during the 2015-16 campaign and is hoping a return to Nashville -- where he enjoyed two successful seasons as Pekka Rinne's backup -- will rejuvenate his career. While Lindback is currently toiling as the organization's third or fourth goaltender, it's certainly within the realm of possibility for Lindback to play himself into an NHL role in 2017-18.

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    • Kari Lehtonen DAL G
      Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Pitches shutout
      3h ago

      Kari Lehtonen saved all 21 shots he saw in Saturday's 4-0 preseason road win over the Blues.

      Lehtonen has now appeared in two exhibition games, having faced divisional foes in the Avalanche and Blues. His cumulative ratios after those matches include a .902 save percentage and 2.40 GAA. Fantasy owners should expect this type of inconsistency to continue in the regular season as the Finn accepts a lesser role behind prized offseason acquisition Ben Bishop.

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    • Jimmy Howard DET G
      Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Shines in new arena
      17h ago

      Jimmy Howard halted 19 of 20 shots in Saturday's 5-1 preseason win over the Bruins.

      This was the first Wings game played at the brand new Little Caesars Arena, and Howard did a little testing of the acoustics by putting on a show in front of the raucous home crowd. Okay, so maybe the Bruins didn't pose much of a threat with such a light volume of shots, but nonetheless, Howard needed this one after yielding three goals on 25 shots in half of a game versus the Penguins on Wednesday. Secondary backstop Petr Mrazek has a putrid .869 save percentage through two preseason outings, and that's certainly not going to help him press Howard for starts once the regular season rolls around.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Slated to make Golden Knights debut Sunday
      18h ago

      Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in goal in Sunday's preseason game against the Ducks.

      Fleury is expected to be the face of Las Vegas' new franchise for the foreseeable future, so he'll hope make a good first impression with a solid showing in Sunday's contest.

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    • Alex Nedeljkovic CAR G
      Hurricanes' Alex Nedeljkovic: Will start season in minors
      19h ago

      Alex Nedeljkovic was reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.

      Nedeljkovic had a strong preseason for the Canes, appearing in two games and allowing just one goal on 29 combined shots. However, it wasn't enough to keep him from getting the axe, as the Canes have all but committed to a tandem of Scott Darling and Cam Ward between the pipes this season. Nedelkovic will surely receive a callup should one of those two falter, or get injured.

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