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  • Kings' Marian Gaborik skates on Saturday
    While it doesn't necessarily mean his return is imminent, Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik was at least able to skate on Saturday.

    Advice: The 32-year-old hasn't played since Oct. 12. Virtually all fantasy owners know that Gaborik poses a big injury risk factor. He has one assist in three games in 2014-15.
    Today, 1:36 pm
  • Alex Killorn won't play for Bolts on Saturday
    The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without Alex Killorn against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

    Advice: Killorn is dealing with an upper-body injury. He has two goals, a +1, four hits and 12 SOG in five games so far in 2014-15.
    Today, 12:53 pm
  • Kuemper to start v Bolts Saturday
    It should come as no surprise that Darcy Kuemper will start in goal Saturday night against the Lightning.

    Advice: Well why not. He is only the second goalie in 71 years to earn shutouts in three of his first four games of the season. Talk about being white hot. Niklas Backstrom owners are going to have to wait a while before their guy gets even a whiff of regular playing time.
    Today, 11:03 am
  • Connauton & McKenzie likely scratches Sat.
    Kevin Connauton and Curtis McKenzie will likely be scratched Saturday against the Islanders.

    Advice: They were both on the ice for an optional skate.
    Today, 10:45 am
  • 3rd-line pivot Mitchell a key player for Avs
    Third-line center John Mitchell is an underrated but key player for the Avalanche.

    Advice: Although he doesn't contribute much offensively his possession rates are very high and he is an excellent defensive player who can shut down an opponent's top scorers. Mitchell is a great asset for a real hocky team, but not much value to a fantasy one. We just thought we'd Mitchell a shoutout for his fine work in Colorado.
    Today, 10:22 am
  • Henrik Lundqvist aims for rare win in MTL
    For whatever reason, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist hasn't had much success in road games against the Montreal Canadiens lately.

    Advice: He hasn't started a regular season game at the Bell Centre since Jan. 15, 2012 and hasn't won there since Marc. 17, 2009, according to's Arpon Basu.
    Today, 10:03 am
  • Islandes take Mikhail Grabovski off IR
    The New York Islanders took Mikhail Grabovski off injured reserve on Saturday. He's expected to play against the Dallas Stars in tonight's game.

    Advice: In four games, Grabovski - listed at all three forward positions in Yahoo - has two goals, one assist, a +3 rating, four blocked shots and seven SOG. With Josh Bailey injured, this is a welcome return for the Islanders.
    Today, 9:41 am
    Injured Reserve
  • James Neal, Patric Hornqvist have motivation
    Nashville Predators forward James Neal and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist both have added motivation for Saturday night as they face their respective former teams in the first head-to-head match since the big trade.

    Advice: Though not a guarantee, that motivation can often mean fantasy hockey dividends, whether it comes down to extra points or PIM. Neal is on a hot streak (all five goals in his last four games including Thursday's hat trick), while Hornqvist has been held off the board in his last two games. Both aren't shy about shooting, either.
    Today, 9:35 am
  • Kessel ready to face Chara-less Bruins
    Look for Phil Kessel to have a big night against the Bruins Saturday.

    Advice: As the Buds' number one offensive threat Kessel is always on the ice opposite the Bruins' top defender Zdeno Chara. With Chara injured, look for Kessel to have a lot more room to dart around and create offensive chances. If you have Kessel on your fantasy team, make sure he is active as he loves to play against his former club generally, and without Chara in the Boston lineup he might actually have some fun.
    Today, 9:28 am
  • Luongo to start Saturday v Arizona
    Look for Roberto Luongo to start in goal Saturday against Arizona.

    Advice: He is coming off a 4-3 OT win over Colorado Tuesday and has had a nice stretch of days to rest. Luongo should be fresh against the Coyotes.
    Today, 7:14 am
  • Patric Hornqvist to face former teammates
    Patric Hornqvist will face his former teammates from Nashville for the first time on Saturday.

    Advice: The Predators will host the Penguins as Hornqvist and Nick Spaling will make their first appearance back in Nashville since the off-season deal. The deal has worked out for both sides thus far with Hornqvist compiling four goals and eight points in six games while James Neal, who went to the Predators has five goals for Nashville in the early going.
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Travis Hamonic to miss Saturday's game
    Travis Hamonic will miss his second straight game on Saturday with an upper body injury.

    Advice: His injury made it an easy decision to see who sits with the return of Lubomir Visnovsky to the lineup. Consider Hamonic day-to-day for now.
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Devante Smith-Pelly continues to shine
    Devante Smith-Pelly continues to shine on the first line with the Ducks.

    Advice: Coach Bruce Boudreau is thrilled with the play of Smith-Pelly and it's going to take some effort in the short term to knock him off the top unit with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. "From the beginning of training camp until now, it’s night and day," Boudreau said. "And when he’s finishing checks and being involved in the game, he’s a real dynamic player. People don’t realize he’s almost 220 pounds." Smith-Pelly scored his second of the season on Friday and while he doesn't see a lot of time on the power play, he is still only 22. He led the Ducks in playoff scoring last season with five goals in 12 games so that should tell you a lot about his talent.
    Today, 12:58 am
  • Nikita Kucherov nets first three-point game
    Nikita Kucherov set a career high for points in a game with his three helpers on Friday night in Winnipeg.

    Advice: All three were beauties as Tampa Bay took the game over in the second period. Kucherov now has five points (all assists) through eight games this season. He skated 15:43 including 2:18 on the powerplay. The Bolts would go on to win 4-2.
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Blake Wheeler notches third goal vs. Tampa
    Blake Wheeler found a way to beat Ben Bishop on Friday night, unfortunately it was too little too late as the Jets fell 4-2.

    Advice: It was as though the puck and his stick were magnetically charged because Wheeler found a the puck, twice, in a crowd before whirling and scoring in the third. It was his third of the season. He led all skaters with eight shots and skated 20:58 with just under seven minutes of special teams play.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Mikhail Grabovski might be available Saturday
    Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) might return on Saturday.

    Advice: Grabovski had a positive skate on Friday, but his availability won't be determined until after he participates in Saturday's practice. He hasn't played since Oct. 16. Before being sidelined, he had two goals and three points in four games.
    Yesterday, 11:34 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Giving Darcy Kuemper's hot start some context
    Darcy Kuemper is the second netminder since 1943-44 to earn three shutouts in his first four games.

    Advice: The other player to accomplish that was Pascal Leclaire in 2007-08. Leclaire ended up recording a 2.25 GAA and .919 save percentage in 54 games that season. He also finished second in the league with nine shutouts. Of course, a hot start doesn't always lead to a good season, but Kuemper is certainly worth starting at this time.
    Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Marian Gaborik returned to action on Thursday October 23.
    Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Mikhail Grabovski was activated from the IL on Thursday October 23.
    Yesterday, 7:57 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Alex Killorn returned to action on Thursday October 23.
    Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Darcy Kuemper posts third shutout of season
    Darcy Kuemper stopped all 26 shots he faced on Thursday night en route to his third shutout of the young season in a 2-0 win over Arizona.

    Advice: Kuemper is having a special start to the year and is posting absolutely breathtaking numbers. Initially thought to be a three-man race heading into the season, Kuemper has taken the starting goaltending job in Minnesota and is running away with it. Through four starts, he is 3-1 with a .980 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average.
    Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • James Neal fires home three goals in NSH win
    James Neal lit the lamp three times for a natural hat trick on Thursday night as the Predators edged out the Blackhawks 3-2.

    Advice: Neal scored a goal in each period and now has five goals in his past four games, the only points he has through seven games this season. Acquired during the off-season in a trade from Pittsburgh, Neal is living up to the offensive hopes he brought to Nashville. Rookie Filip Forsberg notched assists on two of Neal's goals against Hawks goaltender Antti Raanta.
    Thursday, 8:45 pm
  • Alex Killorn skates, unlikely to play Friday
    Alex Killorn (upper body) was on the ice for Thursday's practice.

    Advice: He's unlikely to play Friday, but said he is feeling better. Killorn suffered an upper-body injury when he lost his footing and hit his shoulder/head hard into the boards. He said he didn't suffer any concussion symptoms on the play.
    Thursday, 3:14 pm
  • Travis Hamonic out Thursday due to UBI
    Travis Hamonic (upper body) won't play Thursday night.

    Advice: He logged 22:33 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Toronto and he finished with a minus-3 rating. Hamonic didn't travel with the team to Boston for Thursday's match. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Thursday, 8:52 am
  • Islanders move Mikhail Grabovski to IR list
    Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

    Advice: The move is retroactive to Oct. 16, so this doesn't actually say much about how long the Islanders expect him to be sidelined. He was able to skate on Tuesday.
    Wednesday, 9:57 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Nikita Kucherov returns after hard hit Tues.
    Nikita Kucherov was injured in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary, but he was able to return in the third.

    Advice: He was nailed by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on an open-ice hit and didn't return for the second period, so it was a bit surprising to see him back at the start of the final frame. Kucherov finished the match with 8:39 of ice time.
    Wednesday, 6:16 am
  • Roberto Luongo picks up win 375
    Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in picking up career win number 375 in the Panthers' 4-3 OT win over Colorado on Tuesday.

    Advice: It wasn't his best outing as he was shaky during the second period where he allowed three straight goals and gave away a two-goal lead, but was still solid enough to let his team get the win. Bobby Lu is now 2-2-1 with a 2.70 GAA to go with a .906 save percentage as Florida's unquestioned number one.
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Phil Kessel shines in win over Islanders
    Phil Kessel put on quite the show Tuesday as he potted a pair of goals and added a helper in Toronto's 5-2 win on Long Island.

    Advice: Though he entered the night with a respectable five points in six games, Kessel's season had been a mix of peaks and valleys until he exploded with this showing. James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Leafs in the win, as did Roman Polak and David Clarkson.
    Tuesday, 7:23 pm
  • King Henrik and Rangers beat Devs in OT
    Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers went into New Jersey Tuesday night and upended the Devils in overtime by a score of 4-3.

    Advice: King Henrik turned aside 28 of 31 shots in the victory and has shaken off a poor stretch to post three straight wins. His record now stands at 4-2-0 while his GAA is 3.15 and his save percentage checks in at .894.
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • M. Grabovski (concussion) resumes skating
    Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) was on the ice Tuesday morning.

    Advice: Grabovski hasn't played since Thursday due to a concussion. The fact that he's already back on the ice is very encouraging, but it remains to be seen if he'll return soon.
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
    Injured Reserve
  • James Neal got on the board Friday for Preds
    James Neal picked up his first goal as a member of the Predators last Friday.

    Advice: He has posted 16 shots and no assists in five games this season, but the goal may get him going now. "It felt good, get the monkey off your back," Neal said. "Gives you a little confidence, it was nice to get that first one."
    Tuesday, 8:11 am
  • Alex Killorn sits Monday due to UBI
    Alex Killorn sat out Monday's game against Edmonton due to an upper-body injury.

    Advice: He was a late scratch after he was injured during the morning skate. Killorn hit the boards hard when his skate got caught in the ice, but it was thought that he would be able to play. He had goals in each of his past two games prior to the injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Tuesday, 7:17 am
  • Travis Hamonic exits Monday's practice early
    Travis Hamonic wasn't able to complete Monday's practice.

    Advice: Hamonic seems to have sustained an undisclosed injury, but it's not known if it's serious enough to keep him out of the lineup. The Islanders will play against Toronto on Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 7:04 am
  • Henrik Lundqvist posts shutout against SJ
    Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced in New York’s 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

    Advice: After allowing six goals in back-to-back games, Lundqvist has now allowed just one goal in his last two starts. Despite the slow start, the Rangers goaltender should still be considered an elite goalie in the NHL.
    Sunday, 4:42 pm
  • Kessel frustrated against Detroit on Saturday
    Phil Kessel was targeted physically by the Wings' throughout Saturday's game.

    Advice: Detroit head coach Mike Babcock put Niklas Kronwall on Kessel throughout the night. Kronwall made sure to slash Kessel on the wrist a couple of times, making the Toronto forward lose his cool. His wrist was examined by doctors in the locker room. Because he is Toronto's most dangerous forward, the 27-year-old often takes physical punishment from the opposition. Kessel has two goals and five points in six games this season.
    Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Avs happy to have John Mitchell back
    After battling severe migraines since April, John Mitchell has played well for Colorado in his first two games of the season.

    Advice: The migraines forced Mitchell to miss last year's playoffs, as well as this year's training camp and some regular season action. In two games this year, Mitchell has recorded a goal and an assist. The 29-year-old is a very good penalty-killer, and although he won't continue to put up points consistently, he is a heart-and-soul player. Colorado is better with him in the lineup.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Travis Hamonic has big fantasy game Saturday
    Travis Hamonic had a big fantasy night on Saturday with 17 penalty minutes in addition to being a plus-one.

    Advice: Hamonic went after Steve Downie of the Penguins at the 4:23 mark of the third after Downie took some liberties with Frans Nielsen in the corner, earning Hamonic an instigating penalty as well as five for fighting and a ten minute misconduct. But coach Jack Capuano was behind him 100 percent although it meant the Islanders were in trouble on their backend for the last 15 minutes of the game. "I support that all day long," Capuano said. "I hope we have more guys to step up if it happens again."
    Sunday, 4:55 am
  • Devante Smith-Pelly skates on first line
    Devante Smith-Pelly skated on the first line in practice Saturday.

    Advice: Smith-Pelly joined Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the first unit as Patrick Maroon is out about a month with a sprained MCL and Dany Heatley is also out of action with a groin injury. "Watching them bring it every night [last season], you see what it takes to be an elite player," Smith-Pelly said. "Last year in the playoffs helped me, I feel much more comfortable with them." Smith-Pelly gets a fantasy boost with this move.
    Sunday, 3:44 am
  • Hornqvist a force again: 2G, 1A, 12 SOG
    Patric Hornqvist registered two goals, one on the power play, and an assist in the Penguins’ 3-1 win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

    Advice: It’s still very early, but the returns on Hornqvist with two of the best centers in the game in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are very promising. Granted, the final goal came via the empty net, but Hornqvist is clearly thriving in Pittsburgh, with points in all four games and eight in total. Oh yeah, he also had a whopping 12 shots on goal in Saturday’s win. Malkin also had a strong game with a power-play goal and an assist. Crosby had two assists.
    Saturday, 8:34 pm
  • Phil Kessel has four shots, penalty in loss
    Phil Kessel had four shots on goal in the Leafs’ 1-0 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.

    Advice: Kessel also finished a minus-one and had two penalty minutes. He’s among the streakiest goal scorers in the league, capable of winning weeks on his own for those who play in head-to-head leagues. Dion Phaneuf recorded a minor penalty and six shots on goal in the loss.
    Saturday, 8:03 pm
  • Concussion symptoms for Mikhail Grabovski
    After initial reports indicated that he avoided a concussion, it appears that symptoms surfaced for New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski.

    Advice: He received a thunderous hit from San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott. The team labels him out indefinitely and there won't be an update until early next week, according to New York Newsday. Grabovski seemed to be fitting in well with the Islanders, scoring three points in four games (including that abbreviated contest against San Jose).
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Luongo passes Roy on alltime shutout list
    With his shutout Friday night against the Sabres, Roberto Luongo passed Patrick Roy on the all-time leading shutout list.

    Advice: He is now 14th on that list with 67 shutouts. Luongo has taken a lot of criticism for his play over the past few seasons but there is no denying he has had a tremendous career to date. He also seems to love playing for a low-pressure team like the Panthers.
    Saturday, 7:15 am
  • Darcy Kuemper sets franchise shutout record
    Darcy Kuemper set Minnesota's franchise record for longest shutout streak to begin a season with 163:46, beating Niklas Backstrom's 157:44 set in 2011.

    Advice: Seven full periods plus nearly a quarter additional period of shutout goalkeepering is a fine away to begin one's season, and perhaps cement the idea that Kuemper is the real deal. Only Andrew Cogliano off a shorthanded rush and Corey Perry off a fortuitous bounce in his favor have managed to beat Kuemper through the young season, unfortunately for him, that was enough for his first loss as well.
    Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Roberto Luongo shuts out Sabres on Friday
    Roberto Luongo stopped all 26 shots he faced in Friday's 1-0 over the Buffalo Sabres.

    Advice: The win was Luongo's first of the 2014-15 season. The 35-year-old has played pretty well this season but probably isn't going to win many games this season. The Panthers are in the middle of a rebuild, but if they hope to make the playoffs, they will need Luongo to stand on his head for the entire season. Sean Bergenheim scored the game's only goal.
    Friday, 7:01 pm
  • Mikhail Grabovski (UBI) is out indefinitely
    Mikhail Grabovski is out indefinitely after he was hit hard by San Jose's John Scott on Thursday night.

    Advice: He won't travel with the Islanders to Pittsburgh for Saturday's contest. Grabovski is good at bouncing back after big hits, so he was clearly rocked badly from the collision. It's still unconfirmed what the "upper-body injury" is exactly, but the Islanders didn't think it was a concussion after the game.
    Friday, 3:43 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • John Mitchell scores SHG in return
    John Mitchell was moved up to the third line during Thursday's loss to Ottawa.

    Advice: He was playing in his first game since April 10 of last season, but didn't look at all rusty. Mitchell scored a shorthanded goal and he logged 13:02 of ice time in Colorado's 5-3 defeat against the Senators.
    Friday, 10:16 am
  • Mikhail Grabovski suffers upper-body injury
    Mikhail Grabovski was knocked out of Thursday's game after absorbing a hard hit by San Jose's John Scott.

    Advice: Grabovski has an upper-body injury, but the good news is that the Islanders don't think he has a concussion. He has two goals and three points in four games this season.
    Friday, 2:28 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Mikhail Grabovski was injured by John Scott
    Mikhail Grabovski played just 3:11 Thursday night after being trucked by John Scott of the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: It was a routine play off the wall as Grabo collected the puck on his offensive left wall. Scott met him with Grabo's head down on a clean, but devastating, shoulder-check. It appears Scott's shoulder met Grabovski's chin, however Grabo was not concussed on the play. The type of injury and how much time, if any, he's expected to miss has not been announced yet.
    Thursday, 9:25 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Carolina nets just one on Henrik Lundqvist
    Yes, "The King", Henrik Lundqvist allowed just one goal to Carolina Thursday night.

    Advice: The Rangers weren't great, but Lundqvist sure was. Stopping 29-30 shots in 65 minutes of play, plus all eight shots he saw while on special teams, and all three shootout attempts. In four starts this season The King has been beated 15 times, but 12 of them came in his second and third starts combined.
    Thursday, 8:24 pm
  • John Mitchell (head) will return Thursday
    John Mitchell will be in Colorado's lineup Thursday versus Ottawa.

    Advice: He has struggled with concussion-like symptoms since the end of the 2013-14 campaign and had migraine issues at the beginning of training camp. Mitchell is expected to start on the fourth line, but eventually coach Patrick Roy wants him back on the third unit.
    Thursday, 10:59 am
  • Patric Hornqvist benefiting from Crosby
    Patric Hornqvist is capitalizing on the opportunity to play alongside Sidney Crosby.

    Advice: "Oh yeah, for sure. Playing with Sid makes it easier out there," said Hornqvist. "He's one of the best players in the world. He can make things happen from nothing. He’s so strong on the puck, and you just have to skate a lot and try to get open when you play with him." Hornqvist has two goals and four points in two games. If he stays on the top line, Hornqvist should surpass his previous career-high of 53 points.
    Wednesday, 3:13 am
  • Grabovski starts Islanders tenure strong
    Mikhail Grabovski is off to a strong start with the Islanders.

    Advice: The entire Islanders' team has clicked early so Grabovski's success has been partially lost in the shuffle. Still it's worth noting that he has two goals and three points in three games. His addition as a free agent gives the Islanders some extra offensive depth, although New York certainly hasn't lacked that so far in 2014-15.
    Wednesday, 3:03 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Smith-Pelly gets his first goal of 2014-15
    Devante Smith-Pelly scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Smith-Pelly had two goals and 10 points in 19 games in 2013-14. He's been getting decent minutes so far this season and it wouldn't surprise us if he surpasses the 40-point mark as a result.
    Wednesday, 2:18 am
  • Phil Kessel's OT goal lifts Leafs over Avs
    Phil Kessel's picked up a goal and an assist Tuesday night to help the Maple Leafs upend Colorado by a score of 3-2 in overtime.

    Advice: Kessel's individual effort just 34 seconds into overtime cemented a come-from-behind victory for the Maple Leafs and brings his season total to five points in four contests. Despite not playing exceptionally well thus far, the sniper has managed to find a way to rack up points, as usual. James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul rounded out the scoring for Toronto.
    Wednesday, 1:02 am
  • Alex Killorn scores first of year for Bolts
    Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning in a 2-1 loss to New Jersey Tuesday night.

    Advice: Killorn is a useful depth piece in leagues that reward penalty minutes, but isn't a top-line offensive contributor. He's is the definition of a second line player. Tyler Johnson and Anton Stralman drew assists on the goal.
    Wednesday, 12:53 am
  • Phil Kessel scores overtime winner
    Phil Kessel scored the winner and added an assist in helping the Leafs to a 3-2 OT win over the Avalanche on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kessel scored a beauty as he cut in front of the Avalanche net to seal the deal for Toronto. The sniper followed up his three-point night against the Rangers in style with another multi-point effort. Kessel now has five points in two games after going scoreless in the first two games of the season. Line-mates Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyke also got in on the action as the Leafs' top unit combined for five points in the win.
    Wednesday, 12:11 am
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