Player Notes

  • Nabs assist in loss
    Smith posted an assist and three hits in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.

    Advice: Smith has gone eight games without a goal, but he has four assists in that span. The 32-year-old winger is up to 26 points, 104 shots on net, 38 hits and an even plus-minus rating through 53 appearances. Smith is in a middle-six role for the Penguins, though he could be offloaded at the trade deadline if the team can find a contender that can fit all or part of his $5 million cap hit. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Collects helper in loss
    Rakell registered an assist, two shots on goal and three hits in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.

    Advice: Rakell is up to eight points over his last nine games, a warm streak that has at least partially offset the absences of Jake Guentzel (upper body) and Bryan Rust (upper body). The 30-year-old Rakell is up to 26 points, 116 shots on net, 78 hits and a minus-2 rating through 47 appearances. He should continue to see top-six minutes as long as he's scoring and the Penguins are missing wingers. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Prevents shutout
    Malkin scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.

    Advice: Malkin's goal came in the latter half of the third period, sparing the Penguins from the embarrassment of a shutout. The 37-year-old hadn't scored in 13 games, posting a meager six assists in that span. Malkin's not in danger of losing his second-line spot, but his offense hasn't been reliable. He's produced 17 goals, 46 points, 151 shots on net and a plus-3 rating over 59 appearances. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Little help in loss
    Nedeljkovic stopped 31 of 37 shots in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.

    Advice: Nedeljkovic had an unenviable position Sunday, starting behind a team that had lost in heartbreaking fashion in Calgary less than 24 hours earlier. The Penguins put together a punchless effort, and Nedeljkovic couldn't bail them out. He's lost four of his last five outings and is now at 9-5-4 with a 2.85 GAA and a .910 save percentage through 20 appearances. The Penguins return home for their next game Tuesday versus the Blue Jackets. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Manages helper in win
    Ekholm notched an assist, two shots on goal, three hits and a plus-3 rating in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Penguins.

    Advice: Ekholm has seven assists over his last nine contests. The defenseman's latest contribution was a secondary helper on Connor McDavid's third-period tally. Ekholm has 26 points, 117 shots on net, 109 hits, 69 blocked shots, 35 PIM and a plus-25 rating through 58 appearances this season. He's on pace to exceed 30 points for the sixth time in the last seven campaigns. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Contributes two points
    Namestnikov picked up a goal and one assist in a 5-2 win over Buffalo on Sunday.

    Advice: Namestnikov provided an assist on the game-tying goal early in the third period and scored an empty-net goal late as the Sabres attempted to put the game into overtime. This was Namestnikov's first multi-point game since Jan. 5 and only his fifth of the season. In his past 15 games Namestnikov has only produced three total points; he might not be a player worth rostering in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Gathers helper in win
    Kane notched an assist, five shots on goal and five hits in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Penguins.

    Advice: Kane helped out on Ryan McLeod's tally late in the second period. The assist snapped a six-game point drought for Kane, who had six goals over 15 outings since his last helper. The winger's offense has been streaky at best in 2023-24, but he remains in a middle-six role. He's at 36 points, 181 shots on net, 195 hits, 70 PIM and a minus-7 rating through 58 appearances. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Deals helper Sunday
    Bouchard registered an assist and went plus-3 in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Penguins.

    Advice: Bouchard has five points over his last five outings, including a pair of power-play assists. The 24-year-old defenseman is up to 58 points, 155 shots on net, 83 blocked shots, 53 hits and a plus-17 rating through 59 outings. Bouchard will remain an elite fantasy defenseman as long as he's on the Oilers' top power-play unit. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Dishes two assists
    Kulak produced a pair of assists, two shots on goal, four hits and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Penguins.

    Advice: Kulak helped out on tallies by Ryan McLeod and Cody Ceci in a span of 23 seconds late in the second period. This was Kulak's first multi-point effort since Feb. 25, 2023 versus the Blue Jackets. The 30-year-old defenseman is rarely a big scoring threat, but he has seven points over 14 outings since the All-Star break. The blueliner is at 12 points, 65 shots on net, 51 hits, 53 blocked shots and a plus-8 rating through 59 appearances on the year. Yesterday, 10:10 pm