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    • Josh Jooris played on Saturday
      Josh Jooris managed to play on Saturday despite wearing a protective boot in the morning.

      Advice: Jooris blocked a shot on Friday. He is having a surprisingly good rookie season in the NHL and apparently it's going to take more than a sore foot to keep him out of the lineup. Jooris was a minus-one with a boarding minor Saturday. He has eight goals and 13 points in 28 games but has not scored a goal in his last nine games, since his hat trick against Arizona on December 2. Rotoworld.com
      23 minutes ago
    • Devan Dubnyk surprised at 3rd straight start
      Devan Dubnyk was surprised that he has played at much as he has this season.

      Advice: OF course, when you take into account the poor start of Mike Smith, then it's not so surprising. "If you asked me at the start of the year, this would have been more opportunity than I would have expected," Dubnyk said. "I'm happy with that, and the main goal for me is to try not to change the way I've approached games. It's worked well for me, just not putting too much pressure on myself going into the game, just concentrating on the things I've been working on and using those in the game. This year was the first season in a while I wasn't expecting a heavy workload, so getting some games in a row feels more normal." Dubnyk is 6-3-2 with a 2.68 GAA and a .919 save percentage but is only 1-2-1 in his last four. Rotoworld.com
      32 minutes ago
    • Connor Murphy back in the lineup
      Connor Murphy was back in the Arizona lineup after sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch.

      Advice: The Coyotes first round pick and 20th overall in 2011, has two goals and four points in 28 games and although he does have some offensive upside, the Coyotes are strong on the blueline power play-wise with Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson so his effectiveness is limited at this time. If Yandle was to get dealt, as has been rumored, Murphy could have more fantasy relevance. Rotoworld.com
      35 minutes ago
    • Coach likes Pat Maroon on fourth line
      Coach Bruce Boudreau enjoys putting Pat Maroon on the fourth line because of his size and toughness.

      Advice: Boudreau likes playing Maroon with Nate Thompson and Tim Jackman as the trio gives the Ducks a very good fourth unit. "They’re a hard line to play against," Boudreau said. "And when they’re skating, they make it difficult. When they’re on and they’re pinning teams in the other zone, it really adds to the next line that comes on. I think it’s vitally important that you have four lines that can play. We’ve been lucky the last couple of years." While Maroon has far more fantasy value when a top-six forward, this could be the best thing for the Ducks as a team. Rotoworld.com
      44 minutes ago
    • Brad Boyes back after missing one game
      Brad Boyes (upper body) returned to action on Saturday.

      Advice: Boyes managed a shot on goal in 14:45 minutes of action. He has five goals and 14 points in 30 games. He has negligible fantasy value in shallow pools. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 pm
    • John Mitchell returns from leg injury
      John Mitchell (leg) was activated from the IL on Saturday.

      Advice: It was a big return for Mitchell who potted a goal and added a helper in the 5-1 win over Buffalo. The fourth liner has four goals and four assists in 18 games this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 pm
    • Mikhail Grigorenko was called up from the minors on Saturday December 20. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 pm
    • Lars Eller returned to action on Saturday December 20. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 pm
    • Canucks coach: Hansen OK after brief collapse
      Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said that Jannik Hansen is OK after collapsing on the bench.

      Advice: Hansen needed to be helped to the bench after a hit in the second period, then collapsed briefly on the bench. He didn’t return to the game as a precaution, but passed the tests at the hospital. "Everything looks good. Real good," Desjardins said. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:17 pm
    • Brent Burns scores GWG in OT against Blues
      Brent Burns scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help the Sharks defeat the Blues on Saturday night 3-2.

      Advice: Burns scored with 37.5 seconds left in the frame, a power play tally with assists from Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. The goal was Burns’ 10th of the season, to go with 26 points, so he’s clearly been one of the more valuable defensemen from a fantasy perspective. Andrew Desjardins and Marc-Edouard Vlasic picked up the other markers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:31 pm
    • Patrik Berglund pots fourth goal in OT loss
      Patrik Berglund netted a goal for the Blues in their 3-2 loss in overtime to the Sharks on Saturday night.

      Advice: While the Blues have gotten contributions from many of their younger players, Berglund continues to be a pretty big disappointment. He has just four goals and 11 points on the season. Steve Ott scored his first of the season in the loss, and he also had seven hits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    • Antti Niemi gives up two in second in win
      Antti Niemi blocked 18 of 20 shots in San Jose’s 3-2 victory against the Blues on Saturday night.

      Advice: Niemi gave up both goals in the second period. He did just enough to escape with his seventh straight win. Niemi has a 2.42 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Alex Stalock get the start against the Ducks on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    • Jake Allen makes 27 saves as Blues fall in OT
      Jake Allen gave up three goals on 30 shots in the Blues’ 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose on Saturday night.

      Advice: The overtime loss halts a mini three-game winning streak, though Allen has gotten the Blues at least a point in four straight games now. He was 21 seconds away from winning in regulation. Even with Martin Brodeur around, Jake Allen has firmly entrenched himself as the top netminder. He has a 2.49 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Ryan Miller snaps 3-game skid, wins in OT
      Ryan Miller set aside 26 shots in the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime win against Calgary on Saturday night.

      Advice: Miller needed a performance like this in a big way, as he had lost three straight and really hasn’t been all that great this season. Despite three shutouts, Miller has just a 2.65 goals-against average and .901 save percentage this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    • Radim Vrbata gets PPG goal in OT victory
      Radim Vrbata potted a goal for the Canucks in their 3-2 overtime win over the Flames on Saturday night.

      Advice: Vrbata’s 13th goal of the year came on the power play, his sixth power-play goal of the season. The 33-year-old now has 24 points in 30 games. Yannick Weber and Christopher Tanev, with the winner 18 seconds into overtime, picked up the other goals. Daniel Sedin recorded two helpers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    • Johnny Gaudreau scores seventh goal in loss
      Johnny Gaudreau got a goal for the Flames in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks on Saturday night.

      Advice: Gaudreau’s goal at 7:05 tied the game up at 2 in the third period. The 21-year-old rookie now has seven goals and 24 points this year, certainly solid numbers from someone with such limited experience at the pro level. David Jones scored the other marker. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Jonas Hiller makes 30 saves in OT loss
      Jonas Hiller made 30 saves as the Flames fell 3-2 in overtime to the Canucks on Saturday night.

      Advice: This effort should be plenty good enough to get Hiller the majority of the starts in the near future. Even though he hasn’t won since Nov. 18, Hiller has given up two goals in each of his last three starts. He has a 2.38 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Kevin Klein scores seventh goal in SO win
      Kevin Klein lit the lamp for the Rangers in their 3-2 shootout win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

      Advice: Klein tied the game with 2:23 left in the third. He now has seven goals this season, which is more than he’s had in his last two seasons combined. He’s riding an unsustainable 22.6 percent scoring rate, so potential fantasy owners beware. Still, he has 11 points on the year, so he should be able to set a career-high there. J.T. Miller scored the other goal in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:55 pm
    • Paul Martin to miss Saturday's game
      Paul Martin will miss Saturday's game against the Panthers due to an undisclosed injury. He's been placed on I/R as well.

      Advice: There is no word on what is ailing Martin, but we'll keep you posted as the news breaks. Through 31 games he had seven points, 10 PIMs, 18 hits, and 58 blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:25 pm
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    • Bartkowski returns to Bruins' lineup
      Matt Bartkowski was back in the Boston lineup Friday night against the Jets.

      Advice: He had been a healthy scratch for the Bruins' last five games. In 16:28 of playing time, Bartkowski was minus two and took four shots on goal. Boston coach Claude Julien didn't feel Bartkowski played badly despite being on the ice for both Winnipeg goals. Let's see if that means he will play Sunday against the Sabres. FYI, Zach Trotman sat in the press box Friay night. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:43 am
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