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Capitals' Braden Holtby: Battle with Buds looming
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holtby will cover the road net against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

This game will feature a classic goalie matchup between Frederik Andersen and Holtby, who has had his share of struggles this season but still carries a respectable .917 save percentage through seven February contests. These teams are separated by only three points in the Eastern Conference standings, but the Leafs hold the slight advantage with their 76-spot, as derived from a 36-19-4 record.

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C.J. Fair: Plays 18 minutes in return to form
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fair (ankle) played 18 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Agua Caliente, finishing the contest with three points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one block and one assist.

Fair missed a handful of games prior to the G League All-Star break, but was able to take the court after the week-long down period. Fair is likely to see more than 18 minutes in the future, but perhaps not enough to warrant much fantasy consideration given the sterling success of JaKarr Sampson and Walter Lemon Jr as of late.

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Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Doesn't expect to miss more time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Love said Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate missing games down the stretch, reports. "I think you'll see me more on a steady basis and not miss games after the break, I'm hoping," Love said. "So just continue to improve the minutes and make sure that I'm feeling good and go from there."

Love made his return to action on Feb. 8 following an extended absence that cost him 50 games, and the veteran expects to be close to full strength coming out of the All-Star break. Love played 5-on-5 on Wednesday, and while he admitted his conditioning is still a work in progress, he confirmed that he's feeling no effects from the left toe injury. It's possible his minutes could still be limited for a few games coming out of the break, but all indications are that Love will not be held out for rest or lottery-odds-improvement purposes. "I know how bad he wants to be out there, but things happen and you have to push through them, which he has done," coach Larry Drew said. "Now he's able to play. He's gradually getting his legs under him and gradually getting to the point where he can play extended minutes. I'm certain that once he is able to get out there and really play extended minutes he's going to make the most of it."

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Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri: Won't see game ice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kadri (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Capitals, Kristen Shilton of reports.

Unfortunately, Shilton said that Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock does not have any more details on Kadri's injury. By default, the proven scoring pivot is day-to-day ahead of Saturday's clash with the Canadiens.

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JaKarr Sampson: Returns to form Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sampson tallied 25 points (11-22 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one block and one assist in the 111-107 loss Wednesday to Agua Caliente.

Sampson was suffering from an undisclosed injury prior to the G League break, but the big man evidently was able to shed the ailment and play 26 minutes Wednesday. That court time likely would have been higher if not for foul trouble, and should give fantasy owners some level of comfort Sampson's viability in future weeks.

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