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Canucks' Alexander Edler: Gets in way of five shots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edler registered a game-high five blocked shots Wednesday in a 5-2 home win over the Flames.

Edler's top-pairing assignment should yield decent offensive totals, especially considering he's deployed on the No. 1 power-play unit, though a knack for redirecting shots has been the primary focus for Edler since the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The Swede recorded career highs in hits (157) and blocked shots (203) last season, reminding the hockey world that he's a sneaky two-way defenseman on a young team looking for traction in the Pacific Division.

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Bruins' Kevan Miller: Assertive despite big loss
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Miller doled out a game-high six hits to complement three blocked shots in Wednesday's 7-0 road loss to the Capitals.

Miller skated to a minus-1 rating and picked up a minor penalty for cross checking, but he otherwise kept a level head through a disastrous display from the Bruins. Miller is a no-frills rearguard who can contribute modestly on both ends of the ice. Last season, he produced 16 points and maintained a plus-16 rating through 68 games.

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Timberwolves' Keita Bates-Diop: Scores 11 points in Wednesday's loss
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Bates-Diop delivered 11 points (5-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 128-101 loss to the Clippers.

Bates-Diop was efficient offensively while using his size, length and strength to make an impact on defense. Coach Tom Thibodeau typically doesn't trust rookies to play significant roles, much less second round selections like Bates-Diop. With that being said, Bates-Diop's second preseason performance was much better than his first, in which he mustered up six points (on one-of-nine from the floor) to go with six boards, one dime, and one steal across 22 minutes versus the Warriors.

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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Makes appearance in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bergeron (back) went minus-2 over 15:23 of ice time in Wednesday's 7-0 loss to the Bruins to open the season.

This had to be an unsettling outcome for a guy who prides himself on being one of the best two-way players in the business. Of course, it was a total team collapse, and there actually wasn't a single Boston skater that posted worse than a minus-2 rating in this one. More importantly for Bergeron, he won 80 percent of his faceoffs (16 for 20) and didn't seem bothered by his back injury from the preseason.

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Timberwolves' Taj Gibson: Scores eight points in Wednesday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gibson collected eight points (4-6 FG) and four rebounds in 17 minutes during Wednesday's 128-101 loss to the Clippers.

Gibson committed five fouls and three turnovers despite seeing limited minutes in his regular starting role alongside Karl-Anthony Towns. Barring a Jimmy Butler trade that brings back a talented power forward or center, Gibson's spot in the rotation seems safe. With that being said, his ceiling for production isn't all that high anymore, leaving him with low-end starter value in most leagues.

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