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Abdelkader finished Monday's 2-1 loss to the Panthers with three hits and two blocks.
Abdelkader now has 14 hits and three blocks in his last four games. Once again, he is on pace to deliver triple-digit numbers in the hits category. Offensively, Abdelkader's numbers were down for the third year in a row last season. While the American winger had a productive November (11 points), he has since cooled off (one point in December). At this point, the veteran is not an attractive option in offensive-minded leagues.
Lowry garnered an assist in a 5-1 rout of the Canucks on Monday.
Lowry has two assists and one goal during his point streak -- bringing his season totals to three and four, respectively. He had a career-high 29 points last season but with a lack of offensive opportunities (three SOG during the streak), that appears to be his ceiling. On the plus side, the American winger has 12 hits in his last six games and is on pace to at least match 2016-2017's total (217).
Silfverberg scored a goal in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes.
Silfverberg made his presence known after missing five games with an upper-body injury. He now has seven goals and six assists on the season. While the Swedish winger broke out last year with 49 points, he may find it difficult to match those numbers in 2017-2018. However, playing healthy again and on a line with recently acquired Adam Henrique can only help. He is worth a speculative look in all leagues as Anaheim is appearing to return to form.
Hoffman recorded an assist and six shots on net through 18:45 of ice time (3:47 with the man advantage) during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Buffalo.
With everything crumbling around him in Ottawa, Hoffman has somehow managed to buoy his fantasy value. He's now up to a respectable nine goals, 22 points and 100 shots through 29 games for the campaign, and he's a rare Senator fantasy owners can still trust.
Hall suffered a lower-body injury Tuesday against the Kings, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
It appears the injury was to Hall's knee, but he will be re-evaluated Wednesday morning when more detail will be available. The 26-year-old winger had two goals in Tuesday's game, giving him 11 goals and 31 points through 30 games this campaign. His next chance to play will be Thursday against the Canadiens, and if his injury is long term, expect the Devils to call up an AHL player.
Giroux recorded a goal, an assist and three shots on net during Tuesday's 4-2 win over Toronto.
This was Giroux's third consecutive multi-point showing and his fifth through his past eight games. The cerebral scorer is in the midst of a bounce-back campaign with 13 goals and 34 points through 30 contests, and he should be locked into lineups while scorching hot. It's definitely important to note that Giroux's 22.8 shooting percentage is unsustainable, so without an uptick in shots, the goals won't continue to pile up as frequently.
Blais was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Tuesday, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
With Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve with an ankle injury, it was thought that Blais would be summoned into a heightened role, but instead Ivan Barbashev was called up and Blais bumped down. He has one goal and two assists through nine games in the big league, but Blais still makes youthful mistakes that make head coach Mike Yeo believe he could still use some AHL development. Still, this likely won't be his last NHL stint this season.
Anaheim's 2014 first-round (10th overall) draft pick has amassed nine points, 34 PIM and 81 hits through 27 games this season. The third-year winger's role has increased in power-play situations, and he's also getting acclimated with the penalty kill. Consider keeping close tabs on this situation, as Ritchie has the potential to make a noticeable fantasy impact upon his eventual return. At the very least, his playing time should be meaningful with Corey Perry (lower body) week-to-week with his ailment.
Bertuzzi was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
The agitating scoring prospect made his season debut Saturday night against the Blues, but it was a rude awakening, as he posted a minus-3 rating over 9:13 of ice time. Hopefully for the Wings, the wrist injury that cost Bert a spot on the Opening Night roster isn't still causing him problems.
Clifford (upper body) is expected to return Tuesday night against the Devils, NHL.com reports.
The power forward has missed the past 28 games, but the Kings -- who are currently in first place within the Pacific Division -- would have no reason to rush him back before he's ready, so feel free to deploy Clifford if you're involved in an extremely deep league or one that gives a big multiplier for accumulated hits; he's reached double-digits in that category in each of his first seven seasons.