Player Notes

  • Kyle Clifford (UBI) is close to returning
    Kyle Clifford (upper body) should be able to rejoin the Kings in the near future.

    Advice: "Cliffy’s close. He’s getting close," Kings coach John Stevens said. "He’s fully integrated into practice. Started to get some more reps in and more battle stuff today. I haven’t talked to the trainers yet, but he’s definitely getting close." We still don't have a precise target date yet, but it's possible that Clifford will return at some point during the Kings' four-game road trip, which begins on Tuesday. Clifford has an assist in three games in 2017-18. 17 minutes ago
    Injured Reserve
  • Marian Gaborik closes in on 1,000 games
    Marian Gaborik is just two games shy of 1,000.

    Advice: If all goes well, Gaborik will reach the milestone on Friday against the Rangers. That would be a nice touch given that he spent parts of four seasons with New York. "It’s definitely a milestone," Gaborik said. "To play 1,000 games is definitely special. It looks like it falls on to play in New York. That’s one of the best places to play in the world. And it’ll be cool." Reaching 1,000 games is always a great accomplishment, but it's particularly noteworthy for Gaborik given all the injuries he's had to overcome over the years. He didn't even make his season debut until Nov. 24 due to a knee injury and he hasn't logged more than 60 games in a season since 2014-15. 19 minutes ago
  • Drew Doughty isn't concern with critics
    Drew Doughty isn't concerning himself with whether or not the Kings have won over critics with their success.

    Advice: Los Angeles wasn't a favorite of many going into the season, but the Kings hold a 20-8-3 record and is red hot with its eight-game winning streak. Still, that's led to questions about how legitimate a contender they are. "Yeah, you know, obviously, people are still going to doubt us," Doughty said. "There’s always going to be people who don’t believe in the success we’re having, but we’re not too worried about those other people. We believe in each other in here and we know that what we’ve done isn’t by mistake and it’s come through hard work and improving every single day." The Kings do have another noteworthy test ahead of them. Their next four games are on the road against New Jersey, the Rangers, the Islanders, and Philadelphia. With the exception of the Flyers, all of those teams have winning records so far and even Philadelphia has been looking tougher lately thanks to its three-game winning streak. 24 minutes ago
  • Jaromir Jagr (LBI) skates on Monday
    Jaromir Jagr (lower body) skated on his own Monday morning.

    Advice: As previously reported, Jagr has been ruled out for Tuesday's game. However, he might practice with the Flames on Wednesday. 35 minutes ago
  • Corey Perry (LBI) was hospitalized
    Corey Perry was taken to the hospital with what might be a leg injury.

    Advice: Perry was hurt in the first period after crashing into Jeff Skinner and Kevin Bieksa. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Perry was still being evaluated, but he did add that Perry hadn't been cut by a skate. 42 minutes ago
  • Ryan Getzlaf logs nearly 20 minutes in return
    Ryan Getzlaf was used heavily in his return from a fractured zygomatic bone.

    Advice: Getzlaf had been sidelined for about a month and a half. He had a minus-one rating and two penalty minutes in 19:55 minutes in his return. "As the game went on, I felt a little bit more comfortable out there," Getzlaf said. "I was losing a few pucks in my feet, those kind of things. Overall, I was happy with the way our team played." 47 minutes ago
  • Erik Johnson (undisclosed) plays on Monday
    Erik Johnson (undisclosed) was able to play on Monday.

    Advice: Johnson was hurt during Saturday's contest, but he didn't end up missing any games due to the ailment. He registered an assist in 26:51 minutes of ice time Monday night. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Jakob Silfverberg scores in return to lineup
    Jakob Silfverberg scored a goal with three shots on net in Monday's 3-2 victory against the Hurricanes.

    Advice: Silfverberg missed five games with an upper-body injury before getting back into the lineup on Monday night. After breaking out for career highs of 23 goals and 49 points, he is on pace for just 18 goals and 38 points. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Logan Shaw snaps lengthy goal drought
    Logan Shaw snapped a 20-game goal drought in Monday's 3-2 win against the Hurricanes and he added an assist for good measure.

    Advice: Shaw finished with a plus-2 rating, two blocked shots and a hit, too, but he still has managed just two goals and six points across 30 contests. There isn't much reason to own Shaw outside of the deepest formats rewarding hits. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Logan Shaw Anh - C,LW,RW
  • John Gibson stops 28 in win vs. Carolina
    John Gibson allowed two goals on 30 shots in Monday's 3-2 victory against the visiting Hurricanes.

    Advice: Gibson allowed a late goal to Victor Rask in the third period, making the home fans and his fantasy owners nervous, but he was able to pull it together to notch the victory and move to 9-10-3 overall. Unfortunately for Gibson and the Ducks, the team lost Corey Perry to an injury early after it looked like the team was just starting to turn a corner on the health front. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Justin Williams gets on the board early
    Justin Williams opened the scoring Monday at Anaheim on an assist from Trevor van Riemsdyk just 1:37 into the game.

    Advice: Williams and his teammates were unable to hang on, eventually losing the game 3-2. He was able to snap a four-game goal drought, and he has just three points through six games in the month of December. Hopefully this early goal will be a confidence builder and he'll get going after a rather slow start in the goals department. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk helps out twice in loss
    Trevor van Riemsdyk chipped in with a pair of assists, a plus-1 rating, a hit and a minor penalty in Monday's 3-2 loss in Anaheim.

    Advice: Van Riemsdyk isn't really known for his offense, and he entered Thursday's game in San Jose with three helpers over his first 23 games. He has equaled that mark over his past three contests while posting a plus-4 rating. Still, there shouldn't be a huge move to pluck him off the waiver wire outside of the deepest of pools unless the points start to become more regular over a longer period of time. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Victor Rask showing well on road trip
    Victor Rask knocked home his seventh goal of the season in the third period of Monday's 3-2 loss at Anaheim.

    Advice: The goal with 2:40 left in regulation gave the Ducks fans and fantasy owners of John Gibson some heart palpitations, but the home team was able to hang on for the victory. Rask has had a knack for timely goals on the road trip so far, bagging a power-play mark Saturday in L.A. to spark a comeback, too. In fact, he has scored in each of the past three games, especially endearing himself to DFS players using him as a mid-tier value. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Scott Darling comes up short in Anaheim
    Scott Darling allowed three goals on 23 shots in Monday's 3-2 loss at Anaheim.

    Advice: It has been a tough road trip for the Hurricanes so far, as they have lost three consecutive one-goal games in San Jose, Los Angeles and now Anaheim. It's not like they're playing poorly, they're just having some bad luck at inopportune times. They'll head to Vegas for their first-ever meeting with the Golden Knights on Tuesday. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Brock Boeser scores in loss to Winnipeg
    Brock Boeser scored a goal in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

    Advice: Boeser's goal right before the seven-minute mark of the first period tied the game at one, but it was all downhill from there. The Canucks rookie has now found the back of the net in three consecutive games. Boeser has an impressive 16 goals and 28 points in 28 games this season. He's on pace to score 45 goals, which would be remarkable. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Antoine Roussel (elbow) out Monday night
    Antoine Roussel (elbow) won't play Monday night.

    Advice: Roussel got back in the lineup on Saturday and picked up an assist after he was out of the lineup for four games. Now, he is back on the sidelines. Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Joseph Blandisi skates Monday morning
    Joseph Blandisi (upper body) could be ready to return Monday night.

    Advice: Blandisi, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, skated on the third line with Antoine Vermette and Ondrej Kase during Anaheim's morning skate. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Nick Ritchie doubtful on Monday
    Nick Ritchie is questionable for Monday's game after suffering an upper body injury Friday.

    Advice: That was the last time the Ducks played and Ritchie has been unable to make it through practice since. His spot on the third unit was taken by Joseph Blandisi in practice on Sunday so don't expect to see him in the lineup Monday. Consider him day-to-day. Yesterday, 3:39 am
  • Alex Stalock earns win over Sharks
    Alex Stalock allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: Stalock played well vs. his former team, and was a big reason for why the Wild were able to come out on top in this one. It was his first start since he gave up seven goals to the Jets in late November. The 30-year-old goaltender has a 3-3-1 record with a 3.09 goals against average and .905 save percentage. With Dubnyk getting the bulk of the starts, Stalock has no business being on any fantasy squads. Sunday, 9:04 pm
  • Martin Jones continues to struggle
    Martin Jones allowed four goals on 24 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Another rough night for Jones. He has now allowed 17 goals over his last four starts, winning just one of those contests. It's fair to wonder if the Sharks will begin to give backup goaltender Aaron Dell more of an opportunity over the next few games. Jones has an 11-7-2 record with a 2.49 goals against average and .915 save percentage. Sunday, 9:01 pm
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