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  • Khudobin yanked after yielding four goals
    Anton Khudobin was pulled from his start against the Minnesota Wild after permitting four goals on just 17 shots in an eventual 7-0 loss on Saturday night.

    Advice: Khudobin gave up markers to Jared Spurgeon, Carson Soucy, Jason Zucker and Ryan Donato before getting the hook and being replaced by Ben Bishop. The 33-year-old netminder has arguably been the best backup goalie in the NHL this season, and he had permitted just six goals in his last four starts combined, but this simply was not his night. Bishop stopped 12 of 15 shots in relief. 19 minutes ago
  • Stalock earns 27-save shutout against Stars
    Alex Stalock stopped all 27 shots he faced to pick up a shutout against the Dallas Stars in a 7-0 win on Saturday.

    Advice: It was the second shutout of the season for the veteran netminder. Stalock's goals-against-average has been hovering around 3.00 for some time, though he has played a bit better recently, as he has permitted just four total goals in his last three starts. The 32-year-old has started each of the Wild's last two games, and with Devan Dubnyk having a rough season, perhaps the door is open for Stalock to eventually claim the starting gig. It is a situation worth monitoring in fantasy circles, though neither Minnesota netminder is exactly having a Vezina-worthy season. 21 minutes ago
  • Jason Zucker scores, notches two assists
    Jason Zucker scored a goal and notched a pair of assists in a 7-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

    Advice: The 28-year-old snapped a three-game pointless streak in emphatic fashion and brought his season totals to 13 goals and 14 assists in 38 games. Zucker kicked off his big night by assisting Carson Soucy in the first period to make it 2-0, followed up by scoring on the powerplay to make it 3-0 in the second period, and set up Mats Zuccarello in the second period to boost the lead to 5-0. Despite the strong performance, Zucker can still be left safely on the waiver wire in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues. Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Donato, Zach Parise and Ryan Hartman also scored for the Wild. 29 minutes ago
  • Shea Theodore picks up three assists in SOL
    Shea Theodore posted three assists in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: Theodore contributed with a plus-2 rating, three shots on goal and a blocked shot while logging heavy minutes, seeing a game-high 28:43 across his 35 shifts. He has been hot for about a month now, rolling up three goals with 16 assists and a plus-5 rating across his past 17 outings, emerging as a must-start fantasy option in most pools. He'll look to stay hot in the final game before the All-Star break Tuesday in Boston. 51 minutes ago
  • Reilly Smith reaches 20 goals, forces OT
    Reilly Smith picked up his 20th goal of the season in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: Smith banged one past Carey Price with just eight seconds remaining in regulation, helped out by Paul Stastny and Shea Theodore, helping his team pick up at least one point by forcing overtime. The 28-year-old Toronto native has already surpassed his total of 19 goals last season, and he is currently on pace to surpass his career high of 25 goals set in 2015-16 with the Florida Panthers, and his career high of 60 points set in 2017-18 in his first season with VGK. 57 minutes ago
  • Jonathan Marchessault plays well in Quebec
    Jonathan Marchessault posted a goal in regulation and he added a marker in the shootout Saturday, although his team came up short against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: Marchessault, who hails from nearby Cap-Rouge, PQ, and most French-Canadian players, really step up their game when playing at Bell Centre with more family and friends in the stands. He needed this goal, too, as he was scoreless in his first two games on the road trip. He'll look to finish up strong in Boston Tuesday night before heading out for the All-Star break. Today, 8:06 pm
  • Carey Price makes 30 saves in SOW vs. VGK
    Carey Price allowed four goals on 34 shots in Saturday's 5-4 shootout victory against the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Advice: Price was staked to a 3-0 lead heading to the room after the first period, but the Golden Knights scratched back for goals from Jonathan Marchessault, Paul Stastny, Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith to force overtime. However, Price outdueled Marc-Andre Fleury in the extra session, and allowed just one goal to Marchessault in the shootout, while Tomas Tatar made a winner of Price. Today, 8:01 pm
  • Dale Weise bags pair of assists in victory
    Dale Weise posted a pair of assists in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win against the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Advice: Weise was also able to contribute with a plus-2 rating, a shot on goal, a blocked shot and a team-high four hits in his 9:10 of ice time across 13 shifts. His playing time was rather limited, but when he jumped over the boards he and his fellow fourth liners like Nick Cousins certainly made their presence felt. That being said, he doesn't see enough consistent playing time to move the needle for fantasy owners in seasonal play. Today, 7:59 pm
  • Leafs loan Timothy Liljegren to AHL club
    Timothy Liljegren has been sent to the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

    Advice: Liljegren will get some time in the minors, with the Leafs on break until after the All-Star Game. He logged 10:40 of ice time in his NHL debut on Saturday night. Today, 7:55 pm
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  • Nick Cousins steps up his game in home win
    Nick Cousins registered a pair of goals in Saturday's 5-4 shootout victory against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights.

    Advice: Cousins finished with a plus-1 rating with a pair of shots on goal in his 11:16 of ice time across 14 shifts. He was working on the fourth line, but that assortment of players really came to play and give the Habs some tremendous energy. It was his first multi-point game since Feb. 9 of last season when he had two helpers against the Dallas Stars, and it was his first two-goal game since Feb. 8, 2018, with both of those occurrences coming while wearing an Arizona Coyotes sweater. Today, 7:52 pm
  • Adam Brooks goes to the minors
    Adam Brooks has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

    Advice: The Leafs don't play again until Jan. 27, so Brooks will get some time in the minors during the break. He has three assists in seven outings with the big club this season. Today, 7:52 pm
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  • Marc-Andre Fleury makes 28 saves in SOL
    Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 32 shots in Saturday's 5-4 road loss in a shootout against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: Fleury fell into a 3-0 hole with first-period goals from Nick Cousins, Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia, all of the even-strength variety. Head coach Peter DeBoer stuck with him, however, and VGK scratched back for a pair of goals by Jonathan Marchessault and Paul Stastny in the second, while outscoring the Habs 2-1 in the final period to force overtime. Eventually, Kovie and former Knights winger Tomas Tatar beat Flower in the extra session to give the home team the extra point. Today, 7:46 pm
  • Tyson Barrie picks up two assists in loss
    Tyson Barrie registered two assists in Saturday's 6-2 home loss against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: Barrie still ended up taking a minus-2 rating with one hit in his 20:09 of ice time across 25 shifts, but if you were looking for the top star as far as fantasy contributors for the Leafs, he was the top banana in this one. It was ugly from the jump, and Toronto is in a major nosedive as they limp into the All-Star break. Today, 7:43 pm
  • Frederik Andersen punished at home by 'Hawks
    Frederik Andersen allowed six goals on 34 shots in Saturday's 6-2 home loss against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: After a solid run following the firing of Mike Babcock, and hiring of Sheldon Keefe, the Leafs have tumbled back to their old bad habits. Andersen is in freefall, winning just one of his past six starts, and he has allowed four or more goals in three of his past four outings. If anyone can use the All-Star break (even though he'll be heading to St. Louis for all the festivities), it's the Toronto netminder. Today, 7:40 pm
  • Erik Gustafsson helps out twice in road rout
    Erik Gustafsson picked up two assists in Saturday's 6-2 road rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Gustafsson also ended up with a plus-2 rating, one shot on goal, a blocked shot and a hit in his 19:57 of ice time across 22 shifts. He ended up slapping the brakes on a five-game scoreless drought, and the multi-point showing was his first since he had a pair of helpers in the opening game Oct. 4 in Philadelphia. His fantasy appeal remains rather marginal despite the solid showing. Today, 7:32 pm
  • Dominik Kubalik remains red-hot in Toronto
    Dominik Kubalik went for two more goals and an assist in Saturday's 6-2 road romp against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Kubalik has been killing it in the month of January, exploding for nine goals and 13 points with a plus-8 rating across eight games since flipping the calendar from December. He had two goals in October, four goals in November, five goals in December and now this huge production in January. He has emerged as a must-start fantasy option across all formats while running hot. He'll look to keep flying high against the Jets on Sunday. Today, 7:23 pm
  • Drake Caggiula turns in two more points
    Drake Caggiula registered a goal and an assist in Saturday's 6-2 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Caggiula ended up with a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal, two blocked shots and three hits in 12:40 of ice time across 16 shifts, as he really showed up to play again on Saturday. The Pickering, Ont. native brought a little extra to the rink the past two games, posting two goals, four points and a plus-4 rating in games at Montreal and Toronto. However, his fantasy value remains rather negligible in most seasonal pools. Today, 7:16 pm
  • Four points for Jonathan Toews in win vs. TOR
    Jonathan Toews registered two goals with two assists in Saturday's 6-2 road win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Toews factored in on four even-strength goals and ended up with a plus-4 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in 16:06 of ice time across 22 shifts. Perhaps the only thing that didn't go his way was picking up just four wins in 10 faceoff attempts. He has been on fire in the month of January, posting five goals and 15 points with a plus-8 rating in eight outings, including five multi-point performances. Today, 7:07 pm
  • Corey Crawford cruises to win in Toronto
    Corey Crawford allowed two goals on 33 shots in Saturday's 6-2 road win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Crawford has won back-to-back starts for the first time since Nov. 13-17, improving to 9-13-2 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in his 25 appearances so far this season. He has also allowed three or fewer goals in each of his five contests so far in the month of January. The Blackhawks are back in action Sunday evening at home against the Winnipeg Jets. Look for Robin Lehner to be the starting backstop for that one. Today, 7:03 pm
  • Paul Stastny hit in the face with a puck
    Paul Stastny (face) was hit in the face by a puck on a clearing attempt in Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: It was inadvertent, but on a 3-on-3 situation in the extra session, Stastny was hit in the face and he immediately went down in the corner and was bleeding from the mouth. There is actual video of him taking off his glove and retrieving his teeth from the pool of blood. He left and went to the locker room, and there was a slight delay as they scraped the ice to remove the blood in the corner. Needless to say, he did not return, and likely needs stitches. He had a goal and an assist before departing. Today, 6:50 pm
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