Schneider was activated off injured reserve Saturday after shaking an abdomen injury, and he needs to get back into hockey shape before returning to the NHL crease. The Devils don't have another game until Jan. 28 versus the Penguins, so it's reasonable that he could be back in the fold by then. With MacKenzie Blackwood and Keith Kinkaid both struggling lately, the crease is open to the next New Jersey goalie to provide a worthy showing.
Eller is expected to center the second line for Sunday's game versus the Blackhawks, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Coach Todd Reirden is clearly shaking things up after the Capitals scored just four goals over the last four games, so Eller will replace Evgeni Kuznetsov on the second unit. Eller's in a drought as well, going minus-3 without a point in the last five games, but this promotion lifts his fantasy potential.
Kuznetsov is expected to center Washington's third line for Sunday's game versus the Blackhawks, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Kuznetsov is not living up to his potential with just one goal in the last 21 games despite firing 61 shots on net. He does have 13 assists in that span, but the Capitals need to make a change now after they generated just four goals in the last four games. Kuznetsov is still expected on the top power-play unit, but Lars Eller will jump to the second line in his place.
Hartenstein was assigned to the G League on Sunday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After reaching an agreement with Kenneth Faried on Friday, Hartenstein was the odd man out and will be available to play for Rio Grande Valley starting Sunday. The Oregon product is currently averaging 8.0 minutes and 2.0 points across 23 games played for the Rockets this season.
Since Erik Johnson is dealing with an upper-body injury, Lindholm was brought up to provide depth on the Avalanche's blue line. He has suited up for just two NHL games this season and recorded less than 7:19 TOI in each outing, so he'll likely land on the bottom pairing if he enters the lineup and won't have appealing fantasy potential.