Player Notes

  • Milan Michalek has 2 goals in 19 games
    Milan Michalek has produced two goals in 19 matches.

    Advice: On the bright side, he has been playing well defensively and has done a good job on the penalty kill for the Senators. Michalek has been better lately, with one goal and two assists in his past four games.
    Today, 8:25 am
  • Derek Dorsett picks up two assists Sunday
    Derek Dorsett recorded two assists in a 4-1 win Sunday night.

    Advice: Dorsett has two goals and eight points in 19 contests in 2014-15. That's impressive numbers for him given that he just got eight points in all of 2013-2014. He's a decent source of penalty minutes that can chip in offensively, but he shouldn't be counted on to maintain anything close to his current point-per-game pace.
    Today, 6:20 am
  • Johnston wants Downie to take less penalties
    Steve Downie has been taking too many penalties for Penguins coach Mike Johnston's liking.

    Advice: Downie leads the NHL with 79 penalty minutes and 17 minors. "We talked about that last week," Johnston said. "We talked to [Downie] about cutting down in that area, for sure. Especially the minor penalties. If you're engaging — if there's a fight or something like that — that's different. But the minor penalties, we've got to cut down." It doesn't seem realistic for Downie to maintain his current pace of roughly four penalty minutes per game, but as long as he's getting regular minutes with Pittsburgh, he's likely to spend a fair amount of time in the sin bin.
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Rick Nash nets his 14th goal of 2014-15
    Rick Nash found the back of the net in the Rangers' 5-0 win against Montreal on Sunday.

    Advice: It was Nash's 14th marker of the season, which puts him in a tie for second place with Steve Stamkos. Nash had just 26 goals in 65 games last season, but it's not unreasonable to believe that Nash can flirt with the 40-goal mark in 2014-15.
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Jesper Fast gets his first career point
    Jesper Fast had an assist in the Rangers' 5-0 victory over Montreal on Sunday.

    Advice: It was Fast's first career point in 19 games. That being said, he did register an assist in a playoff contest on April 17. He has no fantasy value in standard leagues at this time.
    Today, 5:54 am
  • Martin Erat picks up an assist Sunday
    Martin Erat had an assist in the Coyotes' 2-1 loss on Sunday.

    Advice: Erat snapped a four-game point drought. He has a goal and just five points in 13 November contests this season.
    Today, 5:19 am
  • Palmieri scores second goal in four games
    Kyle Palmieri scored a goal in the Ducks' 2-1 victory over Arizona on Sunday.

    Advice: Palmieri missed the start of the season due to a high ankle sprain, but he's done pretty good since his return. He now has two goals in just four games in 2014-15.
    Today, 5:14 am
  • Jannik Hansen scores hat trick vs. Hawks
    Jannik Hansen scored a hat trick in Vancouver's 4-1 win over Chicago on Sunday.

    Advice: The 28-year-old had five goals in 20 games coming into this one, so the hat trick was a little unexpected. Hansen opened the scoring in the first period, and then gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead in the third before scoring an empty netter to ice the game. He has scored five of his eight goals in his last three games. Hansen was the game's first star. Radim Vrbata scored the other goal for Vancouver.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Kris Versteeg scores goal in loss to VAN
    Kris Versteeg scored Chicago's only goal in their 4-1 loss to Vancouver on Sunday night.

    Advice: Versteeg tied the game at one in the second period before the Canucks exploded offensively in the third period. The 28-year-old has collected a point in each of his last four games. He has seven goals and 14 points in 17 games this season. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook collected the assists on Versteeg's goal.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Emerson Etem, Tim Jackman healthy scratches
    Emerson Etem and Tim Jackman will be healthy scratches Sunday night against Arizona.

    Advice: Rene Bourque will fill in for Etem while Jackman is simply being sat.
    Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Bryan Little snaps goalless streak in loss
    Bryan Little scored a goal in Winnipeg's 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: The goal was Little's first in 14 games. He hadn't scored since October 26th against Colorado. The 27-year-old now has six goals and 12 points in 22 games this season. If he stays healthy, Little should score between 40-50 points for Winnipeg. The Jets don't score many goals so their forwards fantasy upside is limited. Jim Slater scored the other goal for Winnipeg.
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Lee Stempniak a healthy scratch vs. Montreal
    Lee Stempniak will be a healthy scratch against Montreal on Sunday night.

    Advice: Coach Vigneault said that Stempniak is healthy enough to play but decided it was best to "give him [an] extra day of rest" instead as the Rangers don't play again until Wednesday. Jesper Fast will get another game in his place.
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • David Perron on trade block
    According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Edmonton Oilers are looking to trade winger David Perron.

    Advice: Oilers' GM Craig MacTavish is reportedly looking for a top line center in return. The 26-year-old has two goals and 10 points in 21 games this season.
    Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Filip Forsberg scores shootout winner
    Filip Forsberg scored the shootout winner for Nashville in their 3-2 win over Florida on Saturday.

    Advice: Forsberg has been awesome for the Preds this season. The 20-year-old leads all rookies in scoring with nine goals and 22 points in 20 games. Forsberg was acquired by Nashville from Washington in one of the more lopsided trades in recent history. Forsberg looks like he'll be a great player for a long time. He also put up nine shots on goal in the win.
    Yesterday, 9:37 am
    Player Note
    Filip Forsberg Nsh - C,LW,RW
  • 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."
    Yesterday, 8:28 am
  • Tyler Seguin scores league-leading 15th goal
    Tyler Seguin scored his league-leading 15th goal of the season in Dallas' 5-4 win over Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Advice: Seguin received a pass from Stars' goaltender Kari Lehtonen and he scored to make it 4-0 for Dallas. Seguin is currently on pace to score 56 goals this year. He has 26 points in 21 games. He is an elite fantasy option in all leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:19 am
  • Mike Brown close to returning to the lineup
    Mike Brown (hand) is close to a return.

    Advice: Brown suffered the injury on October 9 and since he has enforcer tendencies, the Sharks want his hand to be at 100 percent before he returns to the lineup. His fantasy value consists of his penalty minute total but he will chip in with an occasional point.
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Big game from Claude Giroux at faceoff dot
    Claude Giroux was an outstanding 23-of-28 at the faceoff dot on Saturday.

    Advice: Fifty-five percent is considered outstanding so you can imagine the superlatives being thrown around when someone goes over 82 percent in a game, especially on 28 chances. Giroux also picked up a couple of assists and has 24 points in 19 games. He is one of the top fantasy players around when it comes to points and efforts like Saturday on faceoffs only help his fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • Nail Yakupov wearing full face shield
    Nail Yakupov is wearing a full face shield after getting cut inside his mouth for stitches on Friday.

    Advice: Yakupov was hurt in Friday's loss to New Jersey when he took a stick to his mouth, but played on Saturday with the protection. Yakupov has only three goals and seven points in 21 games with a minus-eight rating and likely does not warrant any time on your roster at this stage of his career.
    Yesterday, 4:35 am
  • Tommy Wingels pots goal in shootout loss
    Tommy Wingels tallied a goal for the Sharks in their 4-3 shootout loss to the Coyotes on Saturday night.

    Advice: The 26-year-old is a valuable hockey player, but his offensive side is a bit limited. With six goals and 11 points, though, he appears set to topple his 16 goals and 38 points from last year, which were both career highs. It's worth noting that his year began with eight points in 12 games, too. Joe Pavelski and Andrew Desjardins also scored in the loss.
    Saturday, 10:43 pm
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