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    • Jeff Petry MON D
      Canadiens' Jeff Petry: Hits 40-point mark again
      5h ago

      Petry has 11 goals, 29 assists and 12 power-play points over 71 games in 2019-20.

      Petry increased his offensive production over the last three seasons, hitting the 40-point mark in each one. His contributions have been useful, particularly as injuries hit No. 1 defenseman Shea Weber over the previous two seasons and the team struggled to score goals. Petry has done this while maintaining defensive responsibility, leading Montreal with 177 hits this season. Including the partial season stats from 2019-20, Petry's averaged 178 hits and 113 blocked shots over the last three seasons. He has one year remaining on his deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 season.

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    • Artturi Lehkonen MON LW
      Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen: Has multiple long goal droughts
      6h ago

      Lehkonen has 13 goals and 14 assists with a 9.3 shooting percentage over 70 games.

      Lehkonen once again had trouble scoring consistently, but there was modest improvement relative to the previous two years. He had goal droughts of 16, 11 and eight games, but his shooting percentage was a three-year best. The Canadiens' hope that Lehkonen would eventually develop a scorer's touch hasn't materialized, so they are content with him being a third-line forward who plays the entire rink and is a staple on the penalty-kill unit. Lehkonen has one year remaining on a deal before becoming a restricted free agent.

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    • Shea Weber MON D
      Canadiens' Shea Weber: Bounce-back season
      6h ago

      Weber has 15 goals and 21 assists over 65 games in 2019-20.

      Weber's battled through injuries the previous two seasons, but was on a pace for 75 games played and another 40-point season. He appeared to avoid a significant foot injury, which was originally projected for him to miss four-to-six weeks. The 34-year-old blueliner has four years remaining and will return as a top-pair defenseman in 2020-21.

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    • Jonathan Drouin MON LW
      Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Injury wreaks havoc
      7h ago

      Drouin (ankle) has seven goals, eight assists and a 13.7 shooting percentage over 27 games in 2019-20.

      Drouin had an impressive start to the season, recording 15 points and a 17.9 shooting percentage over 17 games before wrist surgery put an end to what was looking like his best season since joining Montreal. He returned from the wrist injury after missing 37 games, but an ankle injury forced him to miss another seven games. He was on the verge of returning when the NHL pressed the pause button on the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. It can't be known if Drouin was taking his offense to another level because of the injury. That will most likely be answered in 2020-21, the first of three remaining years on a six-year deal he inked in 2017.

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    • Tomas Tatar MON LW
      Canadiens' Tomas Tatar: Team leader in 2019-20
      7h ago

      Tatar (upper body) has 22 goals, 39 assists and 14 power-play points over 68 games in 2019-20.

      Tatar, who missed three games due to the injury, was expected to miss significant time going forward before the NHL paused the season due to the coronovirus pandemic. At the time play stopped, Tatar was the team leader in all the major scoring categories, and his 61 points surpassed his previous season high set in 2018-19 over 80 games. As Montreal was hit with injuries to its forwards, Tatar stepped up his offense. He has one year remaining on his contact and will return as an essential, top-line forward in 2020-21.

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    • Nick Cousins LV RW
      Golden Knights' Nick Cousins: Chasing career-best total
      11h ago

      Cousins has a chance to establish a new career high in points if the 2019-20 campaign ultimately resumes; he's produced 10 goals and 15 assists between the Canadiens and Golden Knights.

      Cousins' role hasn't changed since Montreal traded him to Vegas at the deadline, as he's still averaging over a minute of power-play ice time to complement his third-line duties at even strength. The Golden Knights also sit atop the Pacific Division, which further suggests that Cousins has plenty of peer support in his new digs. We wouldn't expect him to suddenly emerge as a fantasy hockey darling, but Cousins checks out as a solid, budget-friendly flier to consider if and when the season picks up where it left off. He needs just three points for a new career high in points.

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    • Nick Suzuki MON C
      Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Sixth in rookie scoring
      1d ago

      Suzuki has 13 goals, 28 assists and is minus-15 while averaging 15:59 of ice time per game over 71 games in 2019-20.

      Suzuki, who hasn't missed a game, showed the typical signs of rookie fatigue prior to the NHL suspending the season, posting just one point over the final nine contests. He currently ranks sixth in rookie scoring. Immediately prior to the scoring drop, Suzuki won the team's player of the month award for February, when the 20-year-old forward led the Habs in power-play goals and points (two and five), tied for second in points (10), tied for third in goals (four) and shots (35), and ranked fourth in assists (six). He received ample time on the power play (2:10 per game) and is tied with Tomas Tatar on the team with 14 power-play points. Suzuki impressed head coach Claude Julien with his hockey IQ, and he'll return in a top-six role and as a member of the power-play unit in 2020-21.

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    • Max Domi MON C
      Canadiens' Max Domi: Has late-season surge
      1d ago

      Domi has 17 goals, 27 assists and is minus-3 while averaging 17:06 of ice time per game over 71 games.

      Domi fell back after a career year in 2018-19 and had a miserable midseason stretch, as he posted three points in 16 games between Jan. 9 and Feb. 14. Just when it looked like the Canadiens would let him walk as a restricted free agent following the season, Paul Byron returned from injury and ignited a scoring binge from Domi, who had eight points in a seven-game stretch. Before the coronavirus pandemic halted the season, he was in position to hit 50 points, which is acceptable production, but the 72 points he had the previous year may be an outlier.

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    • Phillip Danault MON C
      Canadiens' Phillip Danault: Emerging among centers
      1d ago

      Danault has 13 goals, 34 assists and is plus-18 while averaging 18:51 of ice time per game on Montreal's top line over 71 games in 2019-20.

      There's a narrative out there that Danault is not a legitimate top-line center, but he's grown into the position since joining the Canadiens. He wins faceoffs (57.9 percent, sixth among centers with 50 games played), is responsible defensively (plus-18, eighth), is productive in 5-on-5 situations (43 points, 16th) and leads all centers with a 59.2 shot attempts percentage. The Canadiens added him to the power play this season, giving Danault a career-high 1:34 of ice time per game on the PP. Prior to the suspension of the regular season, Danault was on the verge of establishing new career highs in goals and shots while his 119 hits are a new benchmark. He'll be entering the final year of his contact in 2020-21 and should return to the top line with scoring stars Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher.

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    • Jean-Gabriel Pageau NYI C
      Islanders' Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Five straight scoreless games
      3d ago

      Pageau scored goals in his first two games for the Islanders but has since gone five straight without lighting the lamp.

      The Islanders paid a heavy price when they acquired Pageau from Ottawa for first and second-round picks -- a price that many considered way too high at the time of the trade and will only look worse if the season isn't resumed or if the Islanders don't qualify for the playoffs. The good news is that Pageau signed a six-year, $30 million contract with the club and solidifies the Islanders up the middle, but it's yet another heavy contract for a player that isn't a star and doesn't have a proven track record of performing.

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    • Brock Nelson NYI C
      Islanders' Brock Nelson: Best season to date
      5d ago

      Nelson has posted a career-best 26 goals and 54 points this season.

      General manager Lou Lamoriello locked up three Islanders last offseason to new contracts. Those players were Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, and Nelson. While Lee and Eberle have disappointed this season, Lamoriello looks to have made a smart decision with Nelson. Remember, Nelson has posted these career-high marks in only 68 games, and if the NHL resumes the regular season, he may be able to hit the 30-goal plateau. Nelson has developed into a solid second-line NHL center.

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    • John Tavares TOR C
      Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Playing at high level
      5d ago

      Tavares racked up 26 goals and 60 points in 63 games before the NHL suspended its season in March.

      Some owners may be a bit disappointed with Tavares' production this year considering he put up 47 goals and 88 points in 82 games last campaign, but it's hard to complain about a near point-per-game pace. Assuming the NHL ultimately resumes regular-season play, Tavares could still eclipse the 70-point mark for a third consecutive campaign if he stays steady down the stretch, that is if all the remaining 12 games got made up.

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    • Artturi Lehkonen MON LW
      Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen: Has multiple long goal droughts
      6h ago

      Lehkonen has 13 goals and 14 assists with a 9.3 shooting percentage over 70 games.

      Lehkonen once again had trouble scoring consistently, but there was modest improvement relative to the previous two years. He had goal droughts of 16, 11 and eight games, but his shooting percentage was a three-year best. The Canadiens' hope that Lehkonen would eventually develop a scorer's touch hasn't materialized, so they are content with him being a third-line forward who plays the entire rink and is a staple on the penalty-kill unit. Lehkonen has one year remaining on a deal before becoming a restricted free agent.

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    • Jonathan Drouin MON LW
      Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Injury wreaks havoc
      7h ago

      Drouin (ankle) has seven goals, eight assists and a 13.7 shooting percentage over 27 games in 2019-20.

      Drouin had an impressive start to the season, recording 15 points and a 17.9 shooting percentage over 17 games before wrist surgery put an end to what was looking like his best season since joining Montreal. He returned from the wrist injury after missing 37 games, but an ankle injury forced him to miss another seven games. He was on the verge of returning when the NHL pressed the pause button on the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. It can't be known if Drouin was taking his offense to another level because of the injury. That will most likely be answered in 2020-21, the first of three remaining years on a six-year deal he inked in 2017.

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    • Tomas Tatar MON LW
      Canadiens' Tomas Tatar: Team leader in 2019-20
      7h ago

      Tatar (upper body) has 22 goals, 39 assists and 14 power-play points over 68 games in 2019-20.

      Tatar, who missed three games due to the injury, was expected to miss significant time going forward before the NHL paused the season due to the coronovirus pandemic. At the time play stopped, Tatar was the team leader in all the major scoring categories, and his 61 points surpassed his previous season high set in 2018-19 over 80 games. As Montreal was hit with injuries to its forwards, Tatar stepped up his offense. He has one year remaining on his contact and will return as an essential, top-line forward in 2020-21.

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    • Nick Cousins LV RW
      Golden Knights' Nick Cousins: Chasing career-best total
      11h ago

      Cousins has a chance to establish a new career high in points if the 2019-20 campaign ultimately resumes; he's produced 10 goals and 15 assists between the Canadiens and Golden Knights.

      Cousins' role hasn't changed since Montreal traded him to Vegas at the deadline, as he's still averaging over a minute of power-play ice time to complement his third-line duties at even strength. The Golden Knights also sit atop the Pacific Division, which further suggests that Cousins has plenty of peer support in his new digs. We wouldn't expect him to suddenly emerge as a fantasy hockey darling, but Cousins checks out as a solid, budget-friendly flier to consider if and when the season picks up where it left off. He needs just three points for a new career high in points.

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    • Brendan Gallagher MON RW
      Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher: Has third straight 20-goal season
      1d ago

      Gallagher has 22 goals, 21 assists and a team-high 226 shots while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game over 59 contests in 2019-20.

      Depending on the state of play in the NHL following the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like Gallagher's run of 30-goal seasons will end at two. However, three straight 20-goal seasons is a notable achievement for the forward, who was a fifth-round draft pick (147th overall) in 2010. Despite losing ice time to a head injury, the feisty forward leads Montreal in shots by a wide margin and is tied with Tomas Tatar for the team lead in goals. He's the goal-scoring star of the team, but the injury and a lackluster power play (17.7 percent, 22nd) have contributed to Gallagher's reduced scoring. The team could use scoring depth, but Gallagher is part of a top productive line. He'll return in 2020-21 along with Tatar and Phillip Danault, all of whom will be in the final year of their contracts, and Gallagher will be in a position to reach 30 markers again.

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    • Joel Armia MON RW
      Canadiens' Joel Armia: Sets new standard
      1d ago

      Armia has 16 goals, 14 assists and 146 hits while averaging a career-high 17:14 of ice time per game over 58 games in 2020-21.

      Armia has routinely undershot the expectations of a being a first-round pick (16th overall, 2011), but he showed some growth in 2019-20. The big-bodied Finn is known for being physical, but he added offensive flair this season. The goals and points are new career highs while his hits blew away previous career standards. Armia's scoring pace dropped off after a midseason hand injury cost him 11 games, but it was encouraging to see the first-round talent begin to emerge. The 26-year-old is entering the final year of his deal and could skate in a top-six role depending on Montreal's offseason moves.

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    • Jeff Petry MON D
      Canadiens' Jeff Petry: Hits 40-point mark again
      5h ago

      Petry has 11 goals, 29 assists and 12 power-play points over 71 games in 2019-20.

      Petry increased his offensive production over the last three seasons, hitting the 40-point mark in each one. His contributions have been useful, particularly as injuries hit No. 1 defenseman Shea Weber over the previous two seasons and the team struggled to score goals. Petry has done this while maintaining defensive responsibility, leading Montreal with 177 hits this season. Including the partial season stats from 2019-20, Petry's averaged 178 hits and 113 blocked shots over the last three seasons. He has one year remaining on his deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 season.

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    • Shea Weber MON D
      Canadiens' Shea Weber: Bounce-back season
      6h ago

      Weber has 15 goals and 21 assists over 65 games in 2019-20.

      Weber's battled through injuries the previous two seasons, but was on a pace for 75 games played and another 40-point season. He appeared to avoid a significant foot injury, which was originally projected for him to miss four-to-six weeks. The 34-year-old blueliner has four years remaining and will return as a top-pair defenseman in 2020-21.

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    • Filip Hronek DET D
      Red Wings' Filip Hronek: Fast launch to stardom
      11h ago

      Hronek has fashioned nine goals and 22 assists through 65 games in 2019-20.

      Only 19 blueliners across the league have more goals than Hronek, a second-year sensation from the Czech Republic. Selected in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Hronek turns heads with his supreme on-ice awareness and adroit skills on the power play, where he's generated 10 points. Keep him in mind for future fantasy campaigns.

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    • Ryan Pulock NYI D
      Islanders' Ryan Pulock: Solid season
      1d ago

      Pulock has 10 goals, 25 assists and a rating of plus-8 in 68 games this season.

      Pulock has already tied his career high in goals this season and was well on his way to setting a career high in points before the campaign was suspended. Pulock will be a restricted free agent after the season, but general manager Lou Lamoriello has already stated that he will match any offer that might come the blueliner's way. Pulock should anchor the second pairing for the Isles for years to come.

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    • Jacob MacDonald COL D
      Avalanche's Jacob MacDonald: Signs two-year extension
      2d ago

      MacDonald agreed to terms on a two-year, two-way contract extension with Colorado on Friday.

      MacDonald has spent the past five years playing in the minors following a four-year career at Cornell University. The blueliner did make his NHL debut with the Panthers back in 2018-19, scoring his only NHL goal during a two-game stint. With AHL Colorado this year, the 27-year-old racked up 16 goals and 26 helpers. The Portland native will almost certainly spend most, if not all of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors.

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    • Dougie Hamilton CAR D
      Hurricanes' Dougie Hamilton: Set to resume skating soon
      3d ago

      Hamilton (lower body) will look to get back onto the ice as soon as possible and could return to the lineup once the NHL season picks back up. Coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters, "I do know that he's been progressing, and he wanted to get on the ice, I heard, but there's no rinks, but he at least reached out about the possibility of that, so that's a good sign," Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

      Prior to the league stoppage, the Hurricanes were without both Hamilton and trade-deadline acquisition Sami Vatanen (leg), leaving their blue line stretched a little thin. Once cleared to play, the 26-year-old Hamilton should return to being a top-end fantasy option on a nightly basis, especially considering he figures to return to the top power-play unit.

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    • James Reimer CAR G
      Hurricanes' James Reimer: Good to go once games return
      3d ago

      Reimer (lower body) is healthy and available once the NHL season resumes. Coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters, "He was probably a week away, and Petr (Mrazek) was back, so we've got those guys back, which is good," Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

      Reimer had been traveling with the team prior to the league stoppage, which was certainly a good sign. If the league resumes a portion of the regular season, the netminder could share the early workload with Mrazek, though in a "direct to playoffs" scenario, Reimer probably wouldn't see much ice the rest of the way.

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    • Thomas Greiss NYI G
      Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Numbers heading in wrong direction
      5d ago

      Greiss has a 16-9-4 record along with a 2.74 GAA and .913 save percentage this season.

      Those are solid numbers for a backup goaltender but far from the 2.28 GAA and .927 save percentage that Greiss posted last year. Greiss will more likely than not find himself playing for a new team next season as Semyon Varlamov is signed with the Isles for three more years and Ilya Sorokin is finally expected to make his way to North America from the KHL.

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    • Ben Bishop DAL G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Enjoying another strong season
      5d ago

      Bishop has compiled a 21-16-4 record while posting a 2.50 GAA and .920 save percentage in 44 appearances this season.

      Bishop hasn't been able to replicate the numbers he posted a season ago (27-15-2 record, 1.98 GAA, .934 save percentage), but it's hard to complain about a third straight 20-plus win campaign and a .920 save percentage. If the NHL ultimately resumes regular-season play, the 33-year-old netminder could pick up 3-to-5 more victories down the stretch.

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    • Jordan Binnington STL G
      Blues' Jordan Binnington: Building on breakout campaign
      5d ago

      Binnington compiled an impressive 30-13-7 record while maintaining a 2.56 GAA and .912 save percentage through 50 appearances before the NHL postponed its season in March.

      Binnington's ratios have both sharply declined from the exceptional numbers he posted a season ago (1.89 GAA and .927 save percentage), but those figures were always believed to be unsustainable, and he's already racked up 30 wins and three shutouts to make up for it. As long as the Blues remain contenders, Binnington will remain a high-end fantasy option.

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    • Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
      Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Leading league in shutouts
      5d ago

      Hellebuyck currently leads the NHL with six shutouts in 58 appearances.

      Hellebuyck has enjoyed another strong season as the Jets' unquestioned workhorse in goal, posting a 31-21-5 record while maintaining a 2.57 GAA and .922 save percentage. The 26-year-old American will continue to be a top fantasy option at his position for years to come.

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    • Connor Ingram NSH G
      Predators' Connor Ingram: Signs three-year extension
      6d ago

      The Predators signed Ingram to a three-year contract extension Monday.

      Ingram has been brilliant at the AHL level this season, recording a 1.92 GAA and .933 save percentage alongside a 21-5-5 record. The 22-year-old netminder seems primed to compete for a spot on the NHL roster, and he could get that opportunity soon; both Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros are set to become free agents following next season.

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