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    • Wild G Niklas Backstrom loses one in overtime
      Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 22 shots before he and the Wild dropped a 3-2 decision to the visiting Boston Bruins in overtime Wednesday night.

      Advice: Backstrom is now 5-3-2 on the season. His goals-against average is 2.48 and his save percentage, .901. While he didn't have a bad game Wednesday, Backstrom's best days seem to be behind him. He's the No. 2 goalie in Minnesota, behind Darcy Kuemper (stomach illness) and we don't suggest you use him on your fantasy team unless you're absolutely desperate for a goalie. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:09 pm
    • No offense, Devils G Cory Schneider suffers
      New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider turned aside 14 of the 15 shots he faced in the Devils' 2-0 loss to the visiting Ottawa Senators Wednesday night.

      Advice: The Devils dominated play and kept the puck in the Ottawa zone most of the game but failed to score on any of their 34 shots against Sens goalie Craig Anderson. Schneider's record fell to 11-15-3. His goals-against average is 2.55 and his save percentage is .916. His fantasy value is dropping, too, if only because the Devils aren't winning. New Jersey is 3-9-4 with 30 goals scored since its most recent winning streak (Nov. 11-14). The Devils have lost five in a row (0-3-2). A new problem emerged for the Devils on Wednesday when their previously red-hot power play was shut down, going 0-for-5 with 11 shots on goal. New Jersey had scored power-play goals in three straight games and was 6-for-14 in its previous seven. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:05 pm
    • G Craig Anderson outstanding, posts shutout
      Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson turned in a gem in New Jersey Wednesday night during a 2-0 shutout of the Devils.

      Advice: Anderson made 34 saves. He nearly scored an empty-net goal, too. His shot from his own goal dribbled just wide to the right with 51.8 seconds remaining in the third period. With a second left in the third, Kyle Turris ended up with the empty-netter, his second goal of the game. Despite Turris' goals, however, it was the New Jersey offense that controlled most of the play in this one. The Sens were stuck in their zone for most of the game. The Devils (11-16-6) outshot Ottawa 34-16, but Anderson could not be beaten. It was his best performance of the season and improved his record to 7-8-4. His goals-against average is now 2.45 and his save percentage is .929. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:58 pm
    • Thomas Greiss will start Thursday night
      Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for Pittsburgh on Thursday.

      Advice: He will face Colorado because Marc-Andre Fleury is dealing with an illness. The Penguins' number one goalie is being tested for the mumps, so Greiss will occupy the crease in his place and Jeff Zatkoff will back him up. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:40 pm
    • Fleury ill, Penguins bring up Jeff Zatkoff
      Pittsburgh has summoned Jeff Zatkoff from the minors.

      Advice: Marc-Andre Fleury is being tested for the mumps, so Zatkoff will join the big club as a precaution. He could back up Thomas Greiss on Thursday if Fleury is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:49 pm
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    • Canucks will pit Eddie Lack against Dallas
      Eddie Lack will be in goal for Vancouver against Dallas on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hasn't played since Dec. 7 when he was beaten four times on 45 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa. Lack has a 2-3-2 record with a .911 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:37 pm
    • Marc-Andre Fleury being tested for mumps
      Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't feeling well on Wednesday, so he didn't practice.

      Advice: He was quarantined as a result and is being tested for mumps as a precaution. The Penguins have been the latest team to experience the illness that has made its way to several clubs this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:30 am
    • John Curry recalled from the minors
      John Curry has been recalled from the minors for Wednesday's game against the Bruins.

      Advice: Curry was pulled from his AHL start for the Iowa Wild in the second period of Tuesday's game to make it to Minnesota in time for their game against Boston Wednesday night. He will most likely serve as the backup to Niklas Backstrom, but Backstrom is battling through a similar illness as Darcy Kuemper, who will not be able to dress, so Curry may find himself starting Wednesday after all. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:16 am
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    • Hawks set to welcome back Corey Crawford
      Corey Crawford (lower body) is poised to return to Chicago's lineup.

      Advice: Crawford probably could've started Tuesday's game versus Minnesota, but coach Joel Quenneville decided to play Antti Raanta instead. The Blackhawks also sent Scott Darling to the minors after the contest. Crawford may be back in the crease on Saturday against Columbus or Sunday versus Toronto. He has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:36 am
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    • Avs plan to ride Pickard during road trip
      Calvin Pickard is slated to play all three games for Colorado on their upcoming road trip.

      Advice: That means he'll start Thursday's match against Pittsburgh and back-to-back contests on the weekend versus Buffalo and Detroit on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:11 am
    • Ben Bishop hopes to return later this week
      Ben Bishop (lower body) hopes to be back by the end of the week.

      Advice: "I just tweaked something at the (end) of the first," Bishop said referring to the lower-body injury he sustained on Monday. "I just figured there was a minute, 15 (seconds) left so I could just wait until the intermission. Nothing serious and hopefully I can be back by the end of the week. We'll take it day-by-day." The Lightning will practice on Thursday and Bishop wants to be on the ice to test his ailment. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:28 am
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    • Coach Darryl Sutter calls out Jonathan Quick
      Kings coach Darryl Sutter needs more from goaltender Jonathan Quick.

      Advice: Quick stopped just 18 of 22 shots in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday. Los Angeles had a 2-1 lead going into the third period, but Quick allowed three goals on seven shots in the final 20 minutes. "It's not the same team. It's quite a bit different team on the back end," Sutter said. "We've said it all along. We need great goaltending." It's also worth noting that the Kings fired just one shot on goal in the third period, so there's plenty of blame to go around for this collapse. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:44 am
    • Ondrej Pavelec cruises to win over Sabres
      Ondrej Pavelec had an easy time on Tuesday as he blocked 27 of 28 shots en route to a 5-1 victory over the Sabres.

      Advice: With a much-improved supporting cast around him, Pavelec is experiencing his best NHL campaign to-date, but continues to fend off the surging Michael Hutchinson. His 10-8-4 record is complemented by a 2.26 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Ben Scrivens outstanding in overtime loss
      Ben Scrivens made a season high 42 saves but it wasn't enough as the Oilers fell 2-1 to Arizona on Tuesday night.

      Advice: Scrivens couldn't handle a laser beam shot from Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 0.3 seconds to go in overtime as Edmonton a heartbreaker. The Oilers' netminder really kept his team in the game during a second period where the Coyotes fired 27 shots his way. It has been a tough year all-around for the Oilers but Scrivens was certainly not to blame on this night. If you are starting an Oiler goalie you really must be desperate in any format. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:17 pm
    • Michal Neuvirth torched by Winnipeg
      Michal Neuvirth struggled against the Jets on Tuesday night as he allowed five goals on 36 shots in a 5-1 defeat.

      Advice: The Sabres were dominated in all aspects of the game so it would be unfair to heap too much criticism on Neuvirth's shoulders, but this outing is good news for Jhonas Enroth's fantasy owners regardless. Neuvirth's record falls to 3-7-1 with the loss while his GAA rises to 3.06 and his save percentage tumbles to .915. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:11 pm
    • Devan Dubnyk helps Coyotes snap losing streak
      Devan Dubnyk stopped 31-of-32 shots faced in Arizona's 2-1 OT win over Edmonton on Tuesday night.

      Advice: Dubnyk helped the Coyotes snap a nine game home losing streak by standing tall through regulation and overtime against an equally desperate Oilers squad. With Mike Smith really struggling, it's highly likely we see more of Dubnyk in the near future. The 28 year-old is 6-2-2 on the season with a respectable 2.56 goals against average to go with a .922 save percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    • Tuukka Rask the hard luck loser vs. Preds
      Tuukka Rask was superb on Tuesday night, but was saddled with a loss despite stopping 38 of 40 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators.

      Advice: Rask hasn't delivered the type of fantasy production his owners have come to expect this season, but he remains a viable fantasy starter. The defeat drops his record to 12-9-3 while his GAA stands at 2.52 and his save percentage is .914. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • Jonas HIller spells Ramo in blowout loss
      Jonas Hiller stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Karri Ramo on Tuesday night.

      Advice: Hiller will surely get the next start as the Flames are in a six game tailspin. Ramo was unimpressive in getting the start in this one, allowing four goals on 13 shots. But it should be noted that Hiller hasn't earned a win since Nov.18. Next up will Dallas on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    • Pekka Rinne stymies Bruins in SO
      Pekka Rinne continued his stellar season on Tuesday as he blocked 33 of 35 shots en route to a 3-2 shootout win over Boston.

      Advice: Rinne has been sensational this season and has inarguably been the best netminder in the fantasy game. The win is his 20th of the season and raises his record to 20-6-1 thus far. His GAA is a sparkling 1.76 while his .937 save percentage is equally impressive. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    • Jake Allen and Blues come back to beat Kings
      Jake Allen and the Blues came from behind to upend Los Angeles Tuesday by a score of 5-2.

      Advice: Things got off to a rocky start for Allen as he gave up two first period goals and saw his team fall into a 2-0 hole, but his teammates bailed him out by scoring five consecutive markers. All told, Allen allowed two goals on 23 shots in the victory, which was his third in a row. The presence of Martin Brodeur might have given Allen owners a scare last week, but they don't have too much to worry about now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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