• Chips in on power play
    Matheson had a power-play assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres. He also had two shots on net and one blocked shot over 29:58 of ice time.

    Advice: Matheson picked up the primary helper on Nick Suzuki's tally midway through the second period. With an average of 25:01 TOI per game (4:03 on power play), the blueliner is in position to generate offense for the Canadiens. Matheson's 11 power-play points are tied for fifth among defensemen, and his 19 overall points are tied for 13th. Rotowire.com 33 minutes ago
  • Back from conditioning loan
    Joseph (lower body) was recalled from his conditioning loan with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.

    Advice: Joseph contributed one assist in two contests during his minor-league stint. He has one helper, six shots on goal and three blocked shots in five NHL outings this season. Rotowire.com 41 minutes ago
  • Sets up blueline partner
    Kovacevic logged an assist, one shot on net, one blocked shot, one hit and two penalty minutes over 20:50 of ice time in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo.

    Advice: Kovacevic and blueline partner Jayson Struble combined to produce Montreal's first goal. Struble passed to Kovacevic in the neutral zone and continued toward the net where he was in position to redirect Kovacevic's return feed past Devon Levi midway through the second period. The helper was the first of the season for Kovacevic, who also has four goals. He's logged all five points in the last 11 games, as Montreal's blueliners continue to be a significant source of offense. Rotowire.com 52 minutes ago
  • Ready to rock
    Gudbranson (illness) will be back in the lineup Sunday against the Panthers, per Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.

    Advice: Gudbranson will return to action following a three-game absence. He has accounted for two goals, nine points, 29 shots on net, 64 blocked shots and 21 hits across 26 contests this campaign. Gudbranson will replace Andrew Peeke in the lineup. Rotowire.com 55 minutes ago
  • Supplies pair of power-play assists
    Chychrun posted two power-play assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.

    Advice: Chychrun avenged for his Nov. 16 outing against the Wings, when he skated to a minus-2 rating and marked the beginning of a seven-game point drought. He's performing quite well overall, based on five goals, 10 assists and eight power-play points through 22 games. Casual fantasy managers just might have to look past Ottawa's conference-worst record (11-11-0) to realize that Chychrun is holding his own. Rotowire.com Today, 6:28 am
  • Generates helper Saturday
    Hakanpaa provided an assist in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Advice: Hakanpaa has earned all four of his helpers this season over five games in December. The Finnish blueliner is up to 52 hits, 46 blocked shots, 27 PIM, 14 shots on net and a plus-6 rating through 26 contests. His playing style is mostly physical, so any offense he chips in is a bonus -- and not something fantasy managers should be relying on regularly. Rotowire.com Today, 12:37 am
  • Helpers in consecutive contests
    McNabb recorded an assist, two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Stars.

    Advice: McNabb has a helper in each of the last two games after going nine contests without a point. The physical defenseman is up to 10 points through 28 contests this season, a strong scoring pace for a player who hasn't topped 20 points since 2014-15. He's added 29 shots on net, 35 hits, 92 blocked shots and a plus-13 rating while filling a top-four role. Rotowire.com Today, 12:31 am
  • Helps out on power play
    Orlov notched a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks.

    Advice: Orlov has a helper in each of the last two contests. His assist Saturday was his first power-play point since Oct. 21 -- he appears to be on the second unit over Jaccob Slavin. Orlov is up to 11 points (three on the power play), 42 shots on net, 35 hits, 23 blocked shots, 20 PIM and a minus-8 rating through 27 games this season. While it's encouraging that he's getting time with the man advantage, his third-pairing role at even strength doesn't inspire confidence in his long-term success. Rotowire.com Today, 12:09 am
  • Keeps rolling with assist
    Slavin managed an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks.

    Advice: Slavin has an assist in three straight games, and he's collected six helpers over his last six outings. The 29-year-old defenseman helped out on Jordan Martinook's first goal of the campaign at 7:23 of the second period. Slavin had a rough stretch in early November, but he's putting together a strong season with 17 points, 62 shots on net, 38 blocked shots and a plus-10 rating through 27 appearances. Rotowire.com Today, 12:01 am