• Evgeny Kuznetsov struggles on the draw
    Evgeny Kuznetsov won just five of 15 faceoffs in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: While a lot of statistics are easy to dismiss during the preseason, Kuznetsov's struggles on the draw are something Capitals coach Barry Trotz wants him to focus on. "It's not really valued that high, I don't think, over there [in Russia] as much as maybe here," Trotz said. "I don't know that, but I don't know of other guys that have come over that have been very good except for maybe [Sergei] Fedorov." Kuznetsov has a lot of offensive upside, but it remains to be seen if he'll consistently serve as a top-six forward this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:57 am
  • Vancouver isn't alone in goalie obsession
    Ryan Miller is used to goaltenders being obsessed over.

    Advice: Vancouver has had no shortage of goaltender drama over the years and it's a position that's consequently gotten a lot of media attention in the city. That doesn't mean Miller is entering unfamiliar territory though. "A lot has been made of it here and that's because there are passionate fans," Miller said. "When you go to any NHL city and you talk about goaltending, it's all the same. I was compared to Dominik Hasek my entire career and there was always that shadow in the background because he was one of the greatest goalies ever, and you have to live up to that. People constantly compare you and they want to see you play to that level. And when you don't, it's: 'Dom was better.' You just do the best you can. It's the same in any NHL city and you guys don't have a monopoly on that here - sorry. You're under the microscope everywhere." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Matthew Nieto stronger, more comfortable now
    Matthew Nieto came into the Sharks' training camp stronger than he was in his rookie season.

    Advice: Nieto, who now weighs in at 190 pounds, feels more comfortable with the team too. "I'm not as nervous this year," Nieto said. "But, nothing changes as far as working as hard as I can and trying to leave an impression. No spot is guaranteed, and I really want to earn it." After recording 10 goals and 24 points in 66 games in 2013-14, he has an opportunity to play a significantly bigger role this time around. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:46 am
  • Crosby doesn't play in preseason opener
    Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) didn't participate in Pittsburgh's preseason opener.

    Advice: The good news is that Crosby did skate with the Penguins on Monday. It's not clear what Crosby is recovering from, but he's still day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:42 am
  • Jakub Voracek gets three points vs. Capitals
    Jakub Voracek had a goal and two assists in Philadelphia's 5-4 victory over Washington.

    Advice: Obviously, preseason statistics can't be read into too deeply, but it is worth noting as the Flyers try to get off to a stronger start than they had in 2013-14. Philadelphia struggled mightily out of the gate last season and Voracek was no exception with just four points in 11 October contests. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Jordin Tootoo takes head hit penalty
    Jordin Tootoo took an illegal check to head penalty during the Devils' 5-4 victory on Monday.

    Advice: The penalty didn't end up costing New Jersey and Tootoo isn't expected to receive any supplemental discipline. Still, if the Devils see it as an undisciplined penalty on Tootoo's part then it will work against him as he battles to make the team after agreeing to a tryout offer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:29 am
  • Scott Clemmensen rusty in preseason debut
    Scott Clemmensen admitted he was rusty in his preseason debut.

    Advice: Clemmensen stopped just eight of 10 shots in the Devils' 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers. He played in half of the game. "I was anxious to get out there and get a game in, but at the same time I was rusty and not the way I wanted to start it anyway," he said. "I let a bad goal in there. I should have had that one." He's competing for the backup gig. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Mason McDonald returns to junior squad
    Mason McDonald has been returned to the QMJHL Charlottetown Islanders.

    Advice: McDonald was part of Calgary's training camp roster, but he was an early cut. He was taken in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but he's not expected to play in the NHL for years. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 am
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  • Viktor Stalberg suffers LBI at practice
    Viktor Stalberg exited Monday's practice with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: He appeared to keeping the weight off his right leg when he left the ice. Stalberg is slated to be re-evaluated and then we should know about his status. He scored just eight goals and 10 assists in 70 games last season, but it's thought that he'll be better suited playing under new coach Peter Laviolette than he was with Barry Trotz in charge. Stalberg was skating on a line with Calle Jarnkrok and Olli Jokinen in the session. Consider him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 am
  • Curtis McKenzie fills stat sheet Monday night
    Curtis McKenzie had an eventful preseason game against St. Louis on Monday.

    Advice: He produced a goal, four shots, four hits and a fight in a 4-3 win over the Blues. McKenzie was the AHL Rookie of the Year last season and it's probable that he'll make his NHL debut at some point in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Ryan Kesler doesn't play in split squad games
    Ryan Kesler was held out of Anaheim's split squad contests on Monday.

    Advice: That wouldn't be noteworthy if not for the fact that the Ducks originally said he would participate. Still, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau cited a desire to watch Kesler's ice time as the reason for keeping him out and that's as good a reason as any at this stage of the year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Andersen earns shutout in preseason game
    Frederik Andersen earned a 27-save shutout over Colorado on Monday.

    Advice: Andersen is competing with John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera for the Ducks' starting job and this should obviously help him in that battle. Andersen had a 2.29 GAA and .923 save percentage in 28 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:58 am
  • Jonathan Drouin may be out as much as 2 weeks
    Lightning coach Jon Cooper indicated that Jonathan Drouin (upper body) might be sidelined for as much as two weeks.

    Advice: "Our guys want to check him out a little more thoroughly," Cooper said. "He'll be out a little bit of the preseason. Now, regular season or wherever that takes us, I'd be a little taken aback if that's the case, but what is bothering him, once it's better won't bothering him again. It shouldn't be a long term lingering thing." Drouin has skated on his own for the past two days. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:02 am
  • Jonathan Huberdeau built himself back up
    Jonathan Huberdeau added 17 pounds of muscle during the off-season.

    Advice: He also built up some confidence from his performance at the IIHF World Championships when he recorded a goal and four assists in eight games for Team Canada. "I finished up well at the World Championships, and when I got back to Montreal I really worked on getting my hip strong, so now I have a really good feeling about myself and my strength," Huberdeau said. "I'm looking forward to this year. It's going to be fun and I don't want to lose that." The 2013 Calder Trophy winner is expected to bounce back this campaign after a difficult sophomore season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:43 am
  • Tomas Fleischmann eager to bounce back
    It didn't take long for Tomas Fleischmann to put the 2013-14 season in his rearview mirror.

    Advice: "I forgot last season the day after it ended," Fleischmann said after practice Monday. "There's nothing I could do to change about it so I'm focusing on myself and how I can prepare for this season so it goes well. I know I can do it, so it's time to show it." He scored just eight goals and 28 points in 80 games last season. Fleischmann already has plenty of motivation to turn it around this year, but he's also eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:37 am
  • Babcock hopes for a consistent Nyquist
    Detroit coach Mike Babcock is trying to temper his expectations for Gustav Nyquist.

    Advice: "I don't know if he's going to score that many goals, but he's going to get that many points," said Babcock. Nyquist scored 28 goals and he had 48 points in 57 games last campaign. He's projected to start the season in the Red Wings' top-six group, which carries more responsibility and Babcock wants to see consistency. "If you're a top-six forward, you've got to play 200 feet and you've got to do it every single night and you've got to be mentally tough," said Detroit's bench boss. "And if you're a bottom-six forward, maybe you don't have to be dialed in as much. But those guys, even in the bottom six, they're worker bees." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:30 am
  • Marian Gaborik scores in preseason win
    Marian Gaborik scored twice for the Kings in a 4-3 preseason shootout win over the Coyotes.

    Advice: While Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and others were in Arizona to take on one of the Coyotes' split squads, Gaborik was in Los Angeles with Anze Kopitar and the other half of the Kings lineup. Andy Andreoff also counted for the Kings in the shootout win while Martin Jones and Jeff Deslauriers each played half of the contest in goal in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:26 am
  • Mike Richards nets a pair in preseason loss
    Mike Richards scored twice for the Kings, but it wasn't enough as they dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to Arizona in their preseason opener.

    Advice: Richards has become a forgotten man in Los Angeles but is trying to show he still has something left to contribute to the team that reportedly considered buying out his contract over the summer. Noc Dowd and Tanner Pearson also tallied for the Kings in the losing effort while goaltending duties were shared evenly by Jean-Francois Berube and Patrik Bartosak. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:21 am
  • Reto Berra struggles in opening start for Avs
    Goaltender Reto Berra was on the wrong end of a 4-0 decision against Anaheim in Monday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Berra allowed four goals on 30 shots in the defeat, which was his first in a Colorado uniform after he spent last season in Calgary. He's set to serve as Colorado's primary backup to Semyon Varlamov this year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:12 am
  • Andrew Cogliano scores in preseason win
    Andrew Cogliano scored a goal for the Ducks in their preseason-opening victory over the Avalanche Monday night.

    Advice: Cogliano is one of the league's most underrated commodities as his two-way game often goes unnoticed in fantasy circles. Brad Winchester also netted a couple of goals while Jakob Silfverberg and Patrick Maroon also scored goals. Jason LaBarbera received the start in goal and allowed two goals on 21 shots through two periods while Igor Bobkov stopped all five shots he faced in the third frame. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Jonathan Drouin may miss another week
    Jonathan Drouin could end up missing at least another week because of an upper-body injury.

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper made the unfortunate announcement on Monday after the potential rookie underwent further testing. Consider him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Sidney Crosby returns to the ice Monday
    Sidney Crosby was back on the ice Monday.

    Advice: The news was posted on Pittsburgh's Twitter feed via coach Mike Johnston. Crosby skated Friday, but he was a no-show on Saturday and Sunday. The Penguins captain has been dealing with an undisclosed ailment at training camp and his participation for the upcoming season has been limited as a result. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Sidney Crosby misses another scrimmage
    Sidney Crosby did not participate in the team's scrimmage on Sunday.

    Advice: Crosby hit the ice on Friday but hasn't taken part in any on-ice workouts since. The exact injury is unknown, but the Penguins don't expect their captain to play in their first preseason game against Detroit on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Jonathan Drouin (hand) sits out scrimmage
    Jonathan Drouin missed Tampa Bay's scrimmage on Sunday as he is dealing with an upper-body injury.

    Advice: Drouin is believed to be dealing with a hand injury. The 19-year-old is listed as day-to-day. The injury shouldn't affect Drouin's availability to play in preseason games. "He'll be in exhibition games," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. "I'm not sure about scrimmages, but in exhibition games for sure." The Lightning play their first preseason game at home against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:18 pm
  • Travis Zajac impressed by Jordin Tootoo
    Travis Zajac was impressed by what he's seen from Jordin Tootoo so far.

    Advice: "This was the first time I was on the ice with him (same group) and he looks pretty good," Travis Zajac said. "He's got great speed. He flies around out there. For the role he plays I think he can be effective." Tootoo is participating in the Devils' training camp on a tryout basis. If he makes the team, it will be as a third or fourth line player. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:34 am
  • Ryan Kesler impressing the Ducks thus far
    Ryan Kesler's play during the first two days of training camp has impressed coach Bruce Boudreau.

    Advice: And why shouldn't he as Kesler has been a strong center in the NHL for the past six seasons for the Canucks before the off-season trade that sent him to Anaheim. "He gives us new varieties of things to do," Boudreau said. "As far as matchups go, if a team was matching up against (Ryan) Getzlaf's line, we didn't have that other big center that you needed to match up against their number one line. That's one of the ways he's going to come in very handy." Look for a big season from Kesler as he is rejuvenated in Southern California. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:25 am
  • Richards was 'a little bit' worried of buyout
    Mike Richards was "a little bit" worried the Kings would buy out his contract this offseason.

    Advice: Richards had 41 points last season, and six more seasons left on a deal that carries a $5.75 million cap hit. "A little bit," Richards said. "I like it here, my family likes it here, my girlfriend likes it here, and I want to be here. Obviously, on the ice speaks for itself with the team that we have. You know, just everything about it, I wanted to be here. Whether I thought [a buyout] would happen or not, I don't know if I ever did; but there's always that possibility that makes you nervous." It wouldn't be a shock to see Richards return to the 20-goal mark and reach at least 50 points next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Jonathan Drouin skips practice due to UBI
    Jonathan Drouin didn't practice on Saturday because of an upper-body injury and he's listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: "This is by no means serious. ... He'll be back next week at some point," coach Jon Cooper said via the Lightning's Twitter account. He should see plenty of action in the preseason, as the Bolts get a feel of where to start him once the regular season begins. Drouin will have plenty of value if he can earn a spot alongside Steve Stamkos, but he started camp outside of the team's top-six group. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Sidney Crosby stays off the ice Saturday
    Sidney Crosby didn't take part in Pittsburgh's practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Crosby's linemates, Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz, didn't participate in the controlled scrimmage either. The Pittsburgh captain made a surprise appearance on the ice on Friday, but the team didn't give a reason for his absence on Saturday. Crosby was being hindered by an undisclosed injury, unrelated to his wrist, going into camp that was expected to keep him on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:49 pm
  • Scott Clemmensen returns to Devils' camp
    Scott Clemmensen is back with the Devils at training camp after five seasons with the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: "It doesn't feel strange at all," said Clemmensen. "In a way, it's a situation I look forward to. Ever since I re-signed here in July, I've been looking forward to coming back here and being in the atmosphere that I've grown accustomed to, especially earlier in my career. But, having said that, it, obviously, is a very transitional period for the organization, for the fans especially, being the first year that Marty Brodeur is not on the team. It definitely has a different feeling without him here." His main competition for the backup role in New Jersey is expected to come from Keith Kinkaid, but Scott Wedgewood has an outside chance as well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:46 am
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov leading contender for center
    Evegeny Kuznetsov leads the pack at this time to become the second line center in Washington.

    Advice: Kuznetsov is battling Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Laich for the job but right now it appears that Johansson will play on the first line with Ovechkin and Backstrom while Burkovsky will likely return to junior and play with Erie of the OHL. Kuznetsov has a ton of offensive skill but temper his point totals this year and be happy if he reaches the 40-45 point mark. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:43 am
  • Drouin starts camp on line apart from Stamkos
    Jonathan Drouin started training camp on a line with Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik.

    Advice: Steven Stamkos skated alongside Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat as he did for the last part of the 2013-14 season, while Valteri Filppula was slotted between Alex Killorn and Brett Connolly. Although this is very early in camp and things can change, it is noteworthy that Bolts' coach Jon Cooper said the following of the Stamkos alignment: "I don't think it's an open audition. We've got a group that had some success with him last year, and why wouldn't we go back to that again?'" This is obvioulsy not good news for Drouin owners. The Calder candidate would be much more valuable from a fantasy perspective on Stamkos' wing than as a third-line center. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:53 am
  • Sidney Crosby surprisingly skates on Friday
    Despite earlier expectations that Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) would miss the start of training camp, he was on the ice for 50 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The decision for Crosby to skate was made Friday morning. "I just talked to [trainer Chris Steward] and he said he was comfortable with me going out there for a little bit," Crosby said. "I was happy to hear that. Hopefully, I can put [together] a string of days here." In other words, it doesn't sound like Crosby is completely over whatever's bothering him, but he feels he'd probably be able to play in a regular season game in his current state, so this situation isn't too concerning. He might practice with the Penguins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:59 am
  • Reto Berra worked in the summer with Allaire
    Coach Patrick Roy said that Reto Berra went through the same off-season training with goalie coach Francois Allaire that Semyon Varlamov did prior to the 2013-14 season.

    Advice: "It worked really well for Varly last year, and we hope it has the same affect on (Berra)," Roy said. The Avalanche need Berra to be better than he was during his first NHL season if he's going to play 15-25 games as Varlamov's backup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:23 am
  • Sidney Crosby dealing with minor injury
    Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Crosby's ailment isn't related to his previously injured wrist. Whatever it is, it's considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain when training camp opens, so he'll be held out of on-ice workouts that begin Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:54 am
  • M. McDonald strong vs. University of Calgary
    Mason McDonald turned aside all 15 shots he faced as the Flames' prospects earned a 3-1 win against the University of Calgary.

    Advice: McDonald was only asked to play in the first half of the contest. "I felt good out there," McDonald said. "The first was kind of a weird period. The puck was bouncing off the boards, and there were some weird tips, but I settled down and felt pretty good." Obviously a prospects game, especially one that didn't even involve two NHL teams, isn't something you can really read much into, but in McDonald's case these rookie games have allowed him to settle down and get used to the idea of playing as a member of the Flames' organization. At 34th overall, he was the first netminder taken in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:50 am
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  • Boudreau feels Kesler's size addresses need
    Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau feels Ryan Kesler provides the Anaheim Ducks with something they lacked last season.

    Advice: "He's a big, strong centerman," Boudreau said of Kesler. "As much as I loved all of the players on our team last year, Saku (Koivu) wasn't very big, Nick Bonino isn't very big and Mathieu Perreault isn't very big. Now we have that big centerman who can play against every other team's top line, and allow Ryan Getzlaf's line not to have to play against them, especially at home." Kesler is expected to typically center the second line after being acquired from Vancouver. The Ducks are betting on the idea that the one-two punch of Ryan Getzlaf and Kesler will help Anaheim not only excel in the regular season, but also edge out top teams like Chicago and Los Angeles in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:29 am
  • Jakub Voracek says he dropped 10 lbs training
    Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek said he's coming to training camp down 10 lbs. from last season.

    Advice: He's opting to add quickness and the possible loss of strength. As long as he keeps firing pucks on net and skating alongside Claude Giroux, he should be a fantastic option in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:26 pm
  • Mike Richards is happy with offseason work
    It sounds like Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards worked hard during the offseason, possibly in part to silence those who believe he should have been bought out.

    Advice: "Obviously winning cures all, and you're happy about winning, but I don't picture myself as a fourth-line player," Richards told ESPN. The once-proud two-way forward is at least worth monitoring in leagues if he does find his old form once again, but for now take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:09 am
  • Ryan Miller stopped most pucks since 2009-10
    No goalie made more saves since 2009-10 than now-Vancouver Canucks netminder Ryan Miller, who made 8,278 the past five seasons (.919 save percentage).

    Advice: The only netminder with more than 8,000 in that time frame is Henrik Lundqvist, who made 8,153 (.924 save percentage) in that time. Only seven goalies went over 7,000 saves. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 13, 2:01 pm
  • Ed Snider thinks Jakub Voracek could be super
    Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider said that he thinks Jakub Voracek "could be a superstar."

    Advice: That might be a bit much, yet Voracek is a fantastic talent who just seems to be getting more confident. His shots-per-game have risen every single season, going up to an impressive 2.87 per contest (235 in 82 games played) last season. Voracek should be getting plenty of great looks to unleash his shot skating with genuine superstar Claude Giroux. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 13, 12:17 pm
  • Report: Jordin Tootoo gets PTO from Devils
    Josh Rimer is reporting that the New Jersey Devils are giving Jordin Tootoo a professional tryout offer.

    Advice: Tootoo played for the Detroit Red Wings last season and was bought out of his contract in June. There were rumors that the Winnipeg Jets offered him a two-way contract that he turned down before agreeing to go to camp with the Devils. Tootoo has value in pools that use penalty minutes but of course he will have to crack the Devils roster to have any value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 13, 5:32 am
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