Player Notes

  • Jonathan Toews scores two goals in win
    Jonathan Toews scored two goals in Chicago's 7-1 win over Edmonton on Saturday night.

    Advice: Toews was also a plus-three and he won 65% of his face-offs in the game. The 26-year-old has nine goals and 18 points in 20 games this season. He remains one of the most complete players in the NHL. He has value in all fantasy leagues.
    35 minutes ago
  • Jarome Iginla breaks goalless streak
    Jarome Iginla scored a goal and an assist in Colorado's 4-3 win over Carolina on Saturday.

    Advice: Iginla's goal was his first in his last 13 games. The 37-year-old has been a disappointment offensively for the Avalanche, but hopefully his performance against Carolina is a sign of things to come. "There's no question, that felt good seeing it go in," Iginla said. "It was a tough start for us, but guys played hard and we kept coming. (Gabe) Landeskog gave me a nice pass, not too hard, and I was just able to get it away quick and Landy was able to get a screen."
    52 minutes ago
  • Daniel Sedin to play in 1,000th game Sunday
    Daniel Sedin will play in his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday when the Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: Daniel has 311 goals and 825 career points with the Canucks in 999 games and one interesting stat is that he was a minus-player only once in his career when he was minus-three as a rookie. Even under John Tortorella last season, he was still even in the plus/minus category. Congratulations to Daniel Sedin on the accomplishment tonight.
    Today, 8:16 am
  • Hitchcock impressed with Steen's game on Sat
    Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock was impressed with Alex Steen's performance in Saturday's win against Ottawa.

    Advice: Steen had one goal and seven shots on goal in the contest. "I was really happy with Steener's game today," Hitchcock said. "That was the Steen that we saw play last year. He was really determined and he made a huge impact in the game." The 30-year-old has four goals and 12 points in 20 games this season.
    Today, 8:09 am
  • Alex Stalock skating on his own
    Alex Stalock (minor knee surgery) is skating on his own.

    Advice: Stalock had the surgery on November 13 and while there is still no timetable for his return, it's a good sign that he is skating. The heir apparent in San Jose has a 2-2-1 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
    Today, 8:08 am
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  • Wings' top line struggles in loss to Leafs
    The Detroit Red Wings' top line of Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen struggled mightily in Saturday's loss to Toronto.

    Advice: All three players were held pointless and they combined to be minus-9 on the night. It was just a blip on the radar for the top line. "Their line wasn't as good the last couple of games," Mike Babcock said. "You play 82 games and you go through a lot of ups and downs. They usually don't give up any goals but tonight they did."
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Roman Polak will be out for a while
    Leafs' head coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects "that [Roman Polak] will be out for a while."

    Advice: Polak was injured during Saturday's game against Detroit after he got tangled with Wings' forward Tomas Tatar. The 28-year-old has five points, is a minus-six and averages 21:07 of ice time for Toronto this year.
    Today, 6:52 am
  • Braydon Coburn finally scores
    Braydon Coburn finally scored his first of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a 24 game drought for the blueliner who last scored in the 2013-14 season. His fantasy value is limited although he did have some nice offensive stats earlier in his career. Coburn now has a goal and an assist in seven games as he has been bothered by injuries this season. We cannot recommend him in standard pools at this time.
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Johnny Boychuk not ready to talk contract
    Johnny Boychuk could become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season as he is not ready to talk about a new contract.

    Advice: While Boychuk is enjoying himself on the Island, he wants to make sure that his family enjoys it as well as his wife and twin daughters who are 11 months old, just moved from Boston last month. "I just want to see how my family is going to like it down here," Boychuk said. "It's all very different to me." We are unsure about how much say his daughters will have. Boychuk turns 31 in January and with two goals and 13 points in 19 games, now may be the best time to strike while he is still hot.
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Nick Leddy thriving with the Islanders
    Nick Leddy is thriving with the Islanders as he has five goals and nine points in 20 games.

    Advice: Leddy was dealt from the Blackhawks just before the start of the season and has been a force offensively for the suddenly respectable Islanders who are second in the Metropolitan Division with 28 points in 20 games. Leddy had 31 points last season for Chicago but is getting a much better chance to showcase his talents on Long Island than he would with the Blackhawks as he always had Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook in front of him on the depth charts. If available in deeper leagues, grab Leddy.
    Today, 6:05 am
  • Matt Martin does it again for the Islanders!
    Matt Martin scored his second goal in two games on Saturday as the Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-1.

    Advice: Martin obviously loves playing Pittsburgh as he has both goals against the division's top team. He added four hits to his NHL-leading total and now has 93 in 20 games.
    Today, 5:55 am
  • Evander Kane has struggled to score goals
    Evander Kane has just two goals in 13 games this season.

    Advice: Kane and the Jets had high hopes coming into this season. The 23-year-old did miss eight games because of a knee injury but his offensive production is still nowhere close to what it should be. Kane is currently on pace to score only 11 goals, but he should get that number up fairly soon. The Jets have struggled to score goals as a team, but Kane is their best sniper. "There's lots of hockey left this season and it's just the beginning," said Kane. "I think everybody would like to be scoring more and as a team we'd like to be scoring more, so it's going to be up to the top guys such as myself to try to produce more and obviously score a lot more." He is a solid buy-low category.
    Today, 5:50 am
  • Derek Stepan close to being at full strength
    Derek Stepan is getting close to 100 percent as he missed the first month of the season with a fractured fibula.

    Advice: Stepan will play his second game between Martin St. Louis and Chris Kreider on Sunday as the Rangers top line. "The strength is slowly starting to get back," Stepan said. "I think after game five I finally felt like I could go back in the weight room and I could have that balance of getting in a lift while still playing. I kind of expected it to be this way." Stepan has a goal and six points in seven games thus far and should do better with St. Louis and Kreider on his flank.
    Today, 5:30 am
  • Drew Doughty plays 33:07 on Saturday
    Drew Doughty played 33:07 minutes on Saturday as he surpassed the 30 minute mark for the seventh time in the last nine games.

    Advice: Doughty also extended his points streak to four games in a row as he picked up an assist. The defenseman now as a goal and 12 points in 21 games this season and is second in time on ice in the NHL to Ryan Suter as he is averaging 28:58, trailing the Wild defenseman by 21 seconds per game.
    Today, 5:07 am
  • Milan Lucic looking for revenge December 27
    Milan Lucic will be looking for revenge on Dalton Prout December 27, the next time the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet.

    Advice: Lucic was livid after the game Friday as he told Prout he did not want to fight as the overtime was ending, but Prout allegedly punched him, knocking the big man to the ice. "It’s the end of the game," Lucic said. "I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him. I wasn’t prepared, I let my guard down, and that’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights, and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready." Looks like Lucic will not enjoy Christmas as much as he should as he will be thinking about the first game back against the Jackets. It might be a good idea to have one or both in your lineup that night if you are looking for penalty minutes.
    Today, 4:14 am
  • Rene Bourque happy as a Duck in water
    Rene Bourque is happy to be a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Bourque is just happy to be back in the NHL after the Canadiens sent him to the minors a couple of weeks ago and then dealt him to Anaheim for Bryan Allen on Thursday. "I’m very excited," Bourque said. "I think I was looking to be moved after everything went down in Montreal so it was nice to get a good change to a new team. I think I have a lot left. And I think I have a lot to give to this team." Bourque will be a game-time decision on Sunday as coach Bruce Boudreau has seen him in one practice, but the Ducks could certainly use the two-time former 27 goal scorer, returning to form.
    Today, 1:02 am
  • Antti Raanta was sick Saturday night
    Antti Raanta didn't play Saturday because he was sick.

    Advice: The Blackhawks had to make a late change because of the illness. Coach Joel Quenneville is unsure who will start Sunday against the Canucks.
    Today, 12:05 am
  • Kris Russell back on the ice
    Kris Russell (lower body) returned to action on Saturday.

    Advice: Russell had an assist on Saturday, his ninth in 20 games as he returned from a two game absence. He is a four-five defenseman in deeper leagues so get him back in your lineup if you're playing that deep.
    Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Antti Niemi gives up three on 25 shots
    Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 25 shots in the Sharks’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Coyotes on Saturday night

    Advice: Not the best effort from the Sharks’ number-one netminder. Niemi gave up two goals in the first period to set the Sharks back, then gave up one early in the third to Shane Doan to give the Coyotes a short-lived lead. Niemi currently sports a 2.58 goals-against average and .915 save percentage this season.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Hossa notches 4 points in 7-1 rout of Oilers
    Marian Hossa led the Blackhawks' 7-1 rout of the Oilers with four points Saturday night.

    Advice: The 35-year-old scored once and assisted three teams. Even with the performance, Hossa still has three goals and 15 points on the season. The puck luck hasn’t been there just yet, but when it does come, watch out. He has points in three straight games, with seven over that span. Jonathan Toews (two goals), Kris Versteeg (goal, assist), Patrick Kane (goal, assist), Duncan Keith (goal) and Marcus Kruger all contributed to the offense. Brandon Saad notched two assists.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
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