Anisimov went 7-for-9 in the faceoff circle and wound up with 6:27 of ice time on the man advantage in Monday's 6-1 road loss to the Coyotes, but he went minus-2 and was held off the scoresheet for the second consecutive game. Anisimov's effort was likely negligible in most DFS contests, and now the Blackhawks are mired in a season-worst six-game losing streak. At face value, fantasy owners must appreciate how the Russian is averaging roughly three minutes of ice time on the power play per game, but he can only do so much based on Chicago's weak conversion rate of 15.5 percent in that special teams spot. After notching a career-high 45 points through 64 games last season, Anisimov is shy of averaging a full point every other contest, so he's a candidate for the fantasy pine until coach Joel Quenneville gets his boys back on track.
Anisimov didn't register a shot on net and recorded a minus-2 rating through 15:30 of ice time (5:52 with the man advantage) during Monday's 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay. The Russian had missed the previous 10 games with an upper-body injury, and while being on the ice for both goals against wasn't ideal, it was encouraging to see him skate with the No. 1 power-play unit. Anisimov has recorded 20-goal, 40-point showings in each of his first two campaigns with the Hawks, but with 13 tallies and five helpers through 37 games this year, he'll need a strong second half to match those numbers for a third consecutive season.
Anisimov (upper body) will be activated from injured reserve and suit up Monday against the Lightning, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Anisimov will play for his first time since Dec. 28, and he'll look to rejuvinate a slumping Blackhawks team that has lost two straight games, allowing 11 goals in the process. His power-play wisdom could do the trick, as he has lit the lamp seven times this season with the man advantage.
Anisimov (upper body) practiced with the third line Sunday and is in line to play Monday against the Lightning, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports. Anisimov has missed 10 consecutive games after starting the season with 13 goals and 18 points through 36 games. Seven of those goals came on the power play, so should Anisimov return Monday, it's expected he'll slot back into that role. Still, Anisimov remains on injured reserve, so he'll have to be activated and another player will be assigned to minors before he can return to game play.
Anisimov (upper body) returned to practice with his teammates Friday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Anisimov's return to the practice sheet marks a huge step in the right direction in his recovery, but he didn't participate in line rushes Friday, which indicates he won't be in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Islanders. The 6-foot-4 pivot will almost certainly miss at least one more contest due to his upper-body ailment, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him make his return to game action Monday against Tampa Bay.
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