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Smith set aside 35 of 39 shots from host Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, hanging on for 5-4 overtime victory.
Smith dug himself a 3-1 hole in the first period, but he'd get bailed out by Sean Monahan, who notched his first career hat trick, as well as overtime goal-supplier Michael Frolik. This was the 10th win of the season for Smith, who was making his return from an upper-body injury.
Keith (illness) will be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Penguins.
Keith didn't practice Thursday or Friday due to a "minor" illness, but he was never in serious danger of missing Saturday's contest. The veteran blueliner will skate in his usual spot on the Blackhawks' top pairing and first power-play unit against the Penguins.
Elliott allowed five goals on 31 shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Flames at home.
This was a big letdown for Philly fans and Elliott's fantasy owners alike. The Flyers jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Sean Monahan tagged the team's top tender for three power-play goals in the the second frame, and then Michael Frolik dropped the dagger in overtime. Heading into this contest, Elliott hadn't allowed more than two goals in five appearances, so this could just be a minor bump in the road for him.
Murray will guard the cage in Saturday's home game against the Blackhawks, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Murray was sharp in his last start, turning aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced en route to a 3-1 victory over the Senators on Thursday. The 23-year-old goaltender will look to stay dialed in Saturday and pick up a third consecutive win in a home matchup with a Blackhawks team that's averaging 2.67 goals per game on the road this campaign, 16th in the NHL.
Monahan earned his first career hat trick in Saturday afternoon's 5-4 overtime road win over the Flyers.
Flyers goalie Brian Elliott could have nightmares about Monahan's gaudy performance in this one. The savvy pivot notched those goals in the second period and all three took place on the man advantage. Don't look now, but Monahan is averaging a point per game through 19 contests, and he effectively doubled his power-play total thanks to his exploits from this matinee.
Stalock will square off against the Capitals as the road starter Saturday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Stalock missed the past five games as starter Devan Dubnyk spun three shutouts -- including two straight against the Flyers -- to complement a .954 save percentage in that span. Stalock (1-1-1, 2.40 GAA, .925 save percentage) heads into the nation's capital to take on the league's 21st-ranked offense.
Kossila was sent down to AHL San Diego on Saturday, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.
Originally called up on Halloween once the Ducks knew they'd be without captain Ryan Getzlaf (face) long term, Kossila played in five of seven contests during this latest stint. The Finnish rookie added a goal, an assist against a minus-3 rating over that span. We're not likely to see Getzlaf until 2018, but Kossila heading back to the minors suggests that Jared Boll (undisclosed) and/or Ondrej Kase (upper body) could be available for Sunday's home clash versus the Panthers.
Vasilevskiy was named Saturday's home starter against the Islanders, NHL.com reports.
Backed by the NHL's top offense, Vasilevskiy currently leads all netminders in the wins column with 14 through 16 games. The Isles are actually second in the league for team scoring at 3.61 goals per game, so this might not be a scheduled walk in the park for the blooming Russian backstop. If you're nervous about the tough matchup for DFS purposes or simply want to avoid selecting a high-priced tender, consider that there will be at least 14 other goalies to choose from on this heavy Saturday slate.
Mitchell (illness) will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.
The 32-year-old pivot has gone scoreless in 11 games this season, and he's nothing more than a rotational player at this stage in his career, so he can be safely overlooked in all season-long formats.
Djoos (upper body) won't play Saturday against Minnesota.
Djoos will miss a second straight game Saturday, but his continued absence shouldn't impact many fantasy lineups, as he's only notched two goals and one assist in 16 games this campaign. His next chance to return to action will come Monday against the Flames.