Player Notes

  • Andersen loses to Blackhawks at .886
    Frederik Andersen had a save percentage of .886 with four goals against 31 saves in Saturday night’s 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: Andersen now has three overtime losses in his 2016-17 record versus one win. With a little more help at the other end of the ice he could become a solid proposition for fantasy players and that could make him a great differentiator for anyone bold enough to be the first to climb on his bandwagon. 38 minutes ago
  • Darling modestly wins over Leafs
    Scott Darling blocked 30 shots but gave up four goals in the 5-4 victory of the Chicago Blackhawks over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Darling had a modest save percentage of only .882. The victory is what he will be remembered for, but the lack of productivity overall cost fantasy players points and should engender second thoughts when he next occupies the net. 44 minutes ago
  • William Nylander gets 1st two-goal game of yr
    William Nylander scored once in the second and again in the third as the Maple Leafs tied in regulation before losing to the Blackhawks in a 5-4 contest.

    Advice: Nylander had a power play goal at the 9:28 minute mark of the second and he lifted the Leafs to what appeared to be a safe two-point lead in the third. Nylander’s goal at the 4:46 minute mark of this period stood for more than 12 minutes until Artem Anisimov and Richard Panik tied the game in the closing minutes of the game. This is the first time this season that the sophomore scored two goals in a game 48 minutes ago
  • Holtby gives up three in Caps loss
    Brandon Holtby gave up three goals and watched as an empty netter sealed the deal in the Washington Capitals 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Holtby was riding a brief two-game winning streak with victories over the Panthers and Islanders in which he recorded save percentages well over the .900 mark. Saturday night he managed only a .880 in the loss 57 minutes ago
  • Ovechkin gives Caps early lead
    Alex Ovechkin gave the Washington Capitals a two goal lead in the first, but it was the last time the team would score in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers Saturday night.

    Advice: The good news for fantasy players is that Ovechkin has now scored in his last three consecutive games. His productivity has been limited to pretty much that statistic only, however, and he has only one more assist. Yesterday, 11:55 pm
  • Lundqvist gives Rangers 3rd win of season
    Henrik Lundqvist blocked 26 shots in New York Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Saturday night.

    Advice: Lundqvist’s night was highlighted by 19 saves in a row after Alexander Ovechkin scored the second of two goals for the Capitals late in the first. Lundqvist closed off the box for the remainder of the game and was perfect during the last two periods. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Stempniak scores 4th goal of season
    Lee Stempniak scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday night’s 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Advice: Stempniak has now scored goals in three of his five games and points in all but one match. He will face a big challenge this Tuesday night as the Avalanche close out their road trip against the red hot Red Wings. Yesterday, 11:39 pm
  • Schneider almost perfect in Win over Wild
    Cory Schneider blocked 28 shots and let only one past in the 2-1 victory of the New Jersey Devils over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night.

    Advice: Schneider has now won two of his last three contests with save percentages ranging from a low of .944 to Saturday night’s high of .966. Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Freddie Hamilton was called up from the minors on Saturday October 22. Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Dubnyk impressive in Wild loss
    Devan Dubnyk blocked 30 shots Saturday night in the 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Someone has to be credited with the loss, but Dubnyk was impressive nonetheless with a save percentage of .938. Dubnyk lost the contest 29 seconds into overtime when Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique combined on a crisscross pattern to score. "He's a dynamic player," Dubnyk said of Hall. "I was able to get over there on him. He likes to rip it, but he had his head up and saw that I was on my feet and moving out at him and he snapped it real quick.'' Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Dustin Brown dives in with three points
    Dustin Brown came through for the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in their 4-3 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks.

    Advice: Brown scored a goal and two assists with a +2 rating, one SOG and five hits. He has four points in his last two contests. A night like this could boost Brown, who's fallen into the high-20-point ranger since 2012-13, a drastic drop-off from the form he showed from 2011-12 and before that. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Craig Anderson gives up four in loss to Bolts
    Craig Anderson blocked 31 shots and let four get past in the 4-1 loss of the Ottawa Senators to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Anderson has at least been consistent. In three previous games this season he had a save percentage of .887 including a .886 against the Coyotes on Tuesday. Saturday night, he had a .886 again the Tampa Bay Lightning. Consistency allows fantasy players to make accurate predictions, which are often more valuable than riding crested waves. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Martin Jones tops .900 in Red Wings loss
    Martin Jones stopped 29 shots Saturday night against the Red Wings, but it was not enough to stem the tide of their 3-0 loss.

    Advice: After winning his first two games, Jones is not on a three-game losing streak as San Jose falls to 3-3. There is a little reason to be hopeful, however, because Jones reversed the tide of some fairly disappointing games. His last two games showed a save percentage of only .815 against the Rangers and .850 against the Penguins. Saturday night’s loss provided him with an improved save percentage of .906. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Flames woes continue with Chad Johnson in net
    Maybe the Calgary Flames' problems go beyond Brian Elliott, as Chad Johnson & Co. dropped a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

    Advice: One of the goals went into an empty-netter, but it was still a rough night, with Johnson being unable to turn away a hail of shots (34-for-39 saves). Calgary needs to find some answers after falling to 1-4-1 on the season. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Sam Bennett, Kris Versteeg produce in loss
    Sam Bennett (two assists) and Kris Versteeg (two goals) helped the Calgary Flames get within striking distance in an eventual 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Many expect Bennett to break out in 2016-17, so a night like this is a very good sign. Meanwhile, Versteeg is the type of player who produces nice totals, even without fanfare (or easy access to contracts). Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Nyquist gets two in victory over Sharks
    Gustav Nyquist scored twice in the second period as the Detroit Red Wings shutout the San Jose Sharks 3-0 Saturday night.

    Advice: Nyquist had a disappointing 2015-16 season with only 17 goals to his credit. He scored 28 in 2013-14 and 27 the following year. He got off to a slow start in 2015-16 to create questions about how he would fare. He had no goals and only three assists in his first four games. The Red Wings were experiencing problems across the board, and as they have begun to regain their composure, the rising tide is lifting all the ships in the harbor. After dropping two, the Wings are on a current four-race winning streak. Nyquist scored one goal and had an assist Friday night against the Predators. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Jake Allen wins as CGY - STL trade blows
    It wasn't the prettiest statistical night for Jake Allen, but at least he grabbed the W as the St. Louis Blues edged the Calgary Flames 6-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Allen grabbed his third win of this young season. He stopped 23 out of 27 SOG and hasn't faced 30 SOG yet in a game yet in 2016-17. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • David Perron gets third hat trick plus assist
    David Perron broke his scoring slump in a big way in helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 6-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: After going without a point in his first five games back with the Blues, Perron exploded against Calgary, generating the third hat trick of his NHL career while also posting an assist. It was a quiet start for Perron even beyond the lack of production, but he has the skills to occasionally take over a game, something the Blues sorely need. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Spooner gets 1st goal in Bruins loss to Habs
    Ryan Spooner scored a power play goal at the 8:09 minute mark in the Boston Bruins 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

    Advice: This was Spooner’s first goal and only his second points of the season. He had an assist in the October 13th matchup with the Blue Jackets. Two points in his first four games puts him on target to rise to his 2015-16 mark of 13 goals, 36 assists for a total of 49 points. Saturday night, Spooner had assists from David Backes and David Krejci. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Wounded Predators beat Penguins
    Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson led the scoring with two goals each as the Nashville Predators toppled the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 at home Saturday night.

    Advice: Food poisoning ravaged the Predators, causing Pekka Rinne, Mike Fisher, Craig Smith and Colton Sissons to miss the game. The depleted force caused the Preds to call forth five players from the Milwaukee Admirals, but it also galvanized the team. Pittsburgh scored barely 52 seconds into the game when Scott Wilson fired one past Juuse Saros—one of the replacement players. Arvidsson tied the game at the 3:08 minute mark, Fiala provided the game winner at 2:26 in the second. Calle Jarnkrok also got in on the fun with a goal at the 10:36 minute mark of the second. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
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