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    • Martin Hanzal will play after baby's birth
      A night after his child was born, Martin Hanzal was able to make it so he'll play for the Arizona Coyotes against the Los Angeles Kings.

      Advice: The category-stuffing center could help in deeper leagues, at least if you're bereft of many center options. Adjust your lineups accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      50 minutes ago
    • Steen to play alongside Tarasenko
      Alexander Steen will skate alongside Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera Saturday night against the Sharks.

      Advice: The injury to Jaden Schwartz as well as some lacklustre play Thursday has motivated coach Ken Hitchcock to make some changes. The Blues will also have some different defencemen pairings. Jay Bouwmeester will not line up alongside his usual partner Alex Pietrangelo, but will instead skate with Kevin Shattenkirk, while Pietrangelo will partner with Chris Butler. Not sure if any of these changes alters fantasy values much, though. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:06 am
    • Derick Brassard will play for NYR on Saturday
      Derick Brassard confirmed that he'll be able to play for the New York Rangers against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

      Advice: The 27-year-old has been fantastic so far this season, scoring 24 points in 27 games. Obviously beware of the impact the mumps can have, as he admitted to not feeling so great after practicing on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:12 am
    • Talbot will play on Avs' top line Saturday
      If you are looking for a short-term pickup, consider Maxime Talbot for this weekend's games.

      Advice: He will skate on Colorado's top line alongside Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon. Not a bad place to be at all. The Avs' other lines will be as follows: Gabriel Landeskog-Ryan O'Reilly-Daniel Briere, Jarome Iginla-John Mitchell-Alex Tanguay. Winners in this alignment are Talbot and Briere. Losers are Iginla and Tanguay. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:02 am
    • Ryan Carter returns from shoulder injury
      The Minnesota Wild get Ryan Carter back in the lineup against the Nashville Predators after activating him from IR.

      Advice: Carter has 10 points in 26 games this season, which isn't anything special but does match the total he produced in 62 contests back in 2013-14. Carter was dealing with a shoulder injury. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:54 am
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    • Patrick Kane strong in the 3rd period
      Patrick Kane has been one of the most productive players in the NHL in the third periods of games.

      Advice: When it comes to crunch time, no one is better than Kane, who has scored 11 of his 15 goals in the third period. "Showtime, Mr. Clutch, whatever you want to call him. He's been playing really well," Jonathan Toews said. "When he gets hot and feels good about his game, you saw in the playoffs last year, he can make a huge difference especially when the game is tight. There's not much you can do to check him. He'll either score or he's going to create something if you try to take away his time and space." Well said. We have long been Kane boosters so his performance comes as no surprise to us. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:33 am
    • Nylander producing well in Sweden
      Maple Leafs' top prospect, William Nylander, has played very well for Modo in the Swedish Elite League this season.

      Advice: The 19-year-old has registered 19 points in 19 games and is competing well against larger men. We in North America will get another chance to see Nylander play as he will skate for Sweden in the upcoming World Junior Championships. If you are in a dynasty league and have room on your reserve list, Nylander should be an aquisition target. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 am
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    • Zibanejad white hot on effective line
      Mika Zibanejad has enjoyed tremendous success on a line with Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan.

      Advice: The three had a combined six points against the Ducks in a 6-2 win Friday night. Zibanejad has been white hot in the month of December with 11 points in nine games. If for some reason he is a free agent in your hockey pool, pick him up. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:15 am
    • Desharnais shifts to left wing
      Due in part to the injury to Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais will shift from center to left wing Saturday night against the Senators.

      Advice: Desharnais, who has not been terribly effective as a pivot but who has been playing better as of late, will line up as left winger alongside Lars Eller and P.A. Parenteau. It will be interesting to see if Desharnais, who is a quick but small forward, is better suited on the flank than in the middle. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:45 am
    • Eller back Saturday night v Ottawa
      Lars Eller will return to the Montreal lineup Saturday night against Ottawa.

      Advice: Eller, who has been out for the last two weeks with a lower-body injury, looked good in practice the past few days and seems good to go. He will center a line featuring P.A. Parenteau and David Desharnais. If you need Eller, get ready to activate him. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:37 am
    • Trocheck likely to play Saturday v Pens
      There is a very good chance that Vincent Trocheck will draw back into the Panthers' lineup Saturday night against the Penguins.

      Advice: Trocheck, who was a healthy scratch for the Cats' last game Thursday against Philadelphia, is a Pittsburgh native and has 50 family and friends coming to Saturday night's game. It would be incredibily bad form on the part of coach Gerrard Gallant to sit him for this contest. Trocheck has also played well and has been one of the more effective rookies this season. We would play Trocheck Saturday as he surely will want to impress those who have come to see him. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:17 am
    • Weiss likely to play Sunday v Colorado
      There is a very good chance that Stephen Weiss will play Sunday against Colorado.

      Advice: Weiss has progressed well in his recovery from a shoulder injury and looks ready to return. Get ready to activate him. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:46 am
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    • Grigorenko called up from Amerks
      Mikhail Grigorenko was recalled from Rochester of the AHL and will be in the Buffalo lineup Saturday night against Colorado.

      Advice: He was demoted Wednesday but was needed back in Buffalo as both Cody McCormick and Torrey Mitchell will be out until after Christmas. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:29 am
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    • J.T. Miller moves onto third line
      J.T. Miller has moved up to the third line, replacing Lee Stempniak who has the mumps.

      Advice: Miller will play alongside Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes on Saturday and will play on the right side after playing center and left wing earlier in the season. His versatility is allowing the Rangers to use him in a lot of different circumstances. He has three goals and an assist in 10 games this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:15 am
    • Jacob Josefson sits out with groin injury
      Jacob Josefson sat out Friday's game after tweaking a groin injury Wednesday.

      Advice: Just an FYI as Tim Sestito drew back into the lineup. Consider Josefson day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:35 am
    • Mikael Backlund back skating for Flames
      Mikael Backlund has skated for the last three days but there is no timetable for his return from abdominal surgery.

      Advice: Backlund has played in only 11 games this season and has a goal and three helpers. "The whole area around my abdominal wall has been a little messed up," Backlund said on Friday. "My right groin. My lower abdominal wall. So it wasnÂ’t just the abs when they looked into it." Backlund also said that the surgery was not a sports hernia surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:13 am
      Injured Reserve
    • Mathieu Perreault nets game-winner
      Mathieu Perreault was credited with the game-winner in Winnipeg's 2-1 win over Boston on Friday.

      Advice: Evander Kane and Perreault provided the goal scoring while Michael Hutchinson did the rest of the work for the Jets in this contest. For Perreault it was his fifth of the year. Dustin Byfuglien added an assist and was named the game's number one star. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Cody Eakin nets two assists in 2-1 Stars win
      Cody Eakin notched two assists in the Stars' 2-1 win in Calgary on Friday night.

      Advice: In particular on the second helper, Eakin drove the play up the left side and gained the offensive zone before dropping a pass to Jamie Benn who found a streaking Trevor Daley for the goal. Eakin now has seven assists and 13 points on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    • Ryan Getzlaf scores twice in blowout loss
      Ryan Getzlaf scored twice in the Ducks 6-2 loss to Ottawa on Friday.

      Advice: The Ducks captain continued his torrid points streak with his 11th and 12th on the year. Getzlaf now has points in five straight games and ten of his last 11. He ranks fourth in the NHL in points with 37 and doesn't need superstar winger Corey Perry to get his points it seems. He is again one of the most valuable players in NHL fantasy hockey. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:23 pm
    • Turris collects two points in Sens big win
      Kyle Turris scored a highlight reel shorthanded goal and added an assist in the Senators 6-2 win over Anaheim on Friday.

      Advice: Turris made a sweet move to beat two Duck defenders to score his seventh of the year in the Sens blowout win. Mike Hoffman also added two goals for Ottawa who scored the first four goals of this game to make it a blowout. Turris was one of five Senator players to collect two points on the night. Bobby Ryan had two assists against his old team and Mika Zibanejad added a goal and a helper as well. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
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