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  • Vinnie Hinostroza scores in preseason opener
    Vinnie Hinostroza was good for a goal on two shots in Sunday's 6-2 preseason loss against the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Advice: Hinostroza took a minus-3 rating in a game which was ugly for the visitors. Five players were at minus-3 or worse, including C Nick Schmaltz with a minus-4. The 25-year-old Hinostroza showed a nose for the goal, lighting the lamp 16 times to go along with a career-high 39 points over 72 games in his first campaign with the Coyotes. He is worth a look as a No. 4 center in fantasy pools or 14 or more teams heading into 2019-20, and as a streaming option when injuries strike your squad. Today, 5:53 pm
  • Mikael Granlund appears more comfortable
    Mikael Granlund seems more comfortable with the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: "From the onset of training camp, it just seems like he feels like more of a Predator and this is more of his team right now," said Predators GM David Poile. "I’m as optimistic as I can be that we’re going to see the Mikael Granlund that we traded for." Granlund only had one goal and four assists in 16 games with Nashville after he was acquired from Minnesota last year. He should be better in 2019-20 following a full training camp with his new team. Today, 3:54 pm
  • Jordan Kyrou (knee) will try to skate Monday
    Jordan Kyrou (knee) will attempt to skate on Monday.

    Advice: Blues coach Craig Berube said that Kyrou felt a little sore following Friday's session, which is why he hasn't been on the ice for the last two practices. Today, 12:08 pm
  • James Neal to play with Nugent-Hopkins
    James Neal will play alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, according to coach Dave Tippett.

    Advice: Tippett is looking for a third member of the combination. Sam Gagner got the first look when training camp opened. Today, 11:09 am
  • Ondrej Kase expects to be ready for opener
    Ondrej Kase was on the ice Saturday in a regular practice jersey.

    Advice: Kase was sporting a yellow non-contact jersey during the first day of camp on Friday. His name surfaced in trade speculation when the Ducks were interested in Justin Faulk, but it appears that deal has fell through. Meanwhile, Kase expects to play in at least one exhibition game and he expects to be 100 percent by the start of the regular season. Today, 10:21 am
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  • Sammy Blais in the mix for third-line spot
    Sammy Blais will compete for a spot on the Blues' third line.

    Advice: Pat Maroon signed with Tampa Bay in the off-season and the Blues need to find someone to play alongside Tyler Bozak and Robert Thomas. Blais, Robby Fabrri and Zach Sanford will be in the mix for the spot. If Blais were to land this job then he should be able to improve significantly on his 2018-19 production significantly when he recorded four points in 32 games. Today, 9:09 am
  • Sam Bennett on Flames' second line
    Sam Bennett has been skating alongside Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik during training camp.

    Advice: Bennett has been occupying the spot that would go to Matthew Tkachuk, who is absent from training camp because he still a restricted free agent. Bennett expects much more from himself after he notched 13 goals and 27 points in 71 games last season. Today, 9:05 am
  • Marner and Matthews to play on PP together
    Look for Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews to play together on the Maple Leafs' first power-play unit.

    Advice: That was not often the case last season, as coach Mike Babcock decided to shuffle them around sometimes. Marner joined his teammates for practice for the first time time since signing his mega six-year deal. He was back alongside John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen was the other winger on the combination. Today, 7:26 am
  • Ilya Kovalchuk doesn't regret Kings signing
    Ilya Kovalchuk does not regret signing last season with the Los Angeles Kings.

    Advice: It was not an easy season for Kovalchuk as the former superstar found himself benched from time-to-time, ending the season with 16 goals and 34 points in 64 games. "No, I’m not that kind of guy," Kovalchuk said in regards to the signing. "You have to go through a lot of stuff to accomplish something, and this was another test for me." Kovalchuk opened camp on a line with Tyler Toffoli and Adrian Kempe. He is a wild card in fantasy drafts as he is capable of scoring but at the age of 36, his best nights are behind him. Today, 7:08 am
  • Backes pushing for a roster spot
    David Backes is going all out to try to grab a roster spot with the Bruins.

    Advice: The veteran winger is coming off a terrible season in which he registered a career-low 20 points in 70 games and was a healthy scratch for a number of playoff contests. There was some talk that the Bruins would buy out the remaining two years of Backes' contract this off-season, but that didn't come to pass. That said, Backes is going to have to play a lot better if he wants to have a regular role in Boston in 2019-20. He will face plenty of competition from Karson Kuhlman, Par Lindholm and Brett Ritchie. Today, 6:16 am
  • Vatrano impressing Quenneville with play
    Frank Vatrano has been very impressive in the Panthers' training camp thus far.

    Advice: Vatrano is scoring goals and has caught the eye of new Florida head coach Joel Quenneville, who is seeking to find a winger to pair with second-line pivot Vincent Trocheck. Vatrano scored 24 goals and registered 39 points in 81 games last season. With regular work on Trocheck's flank and second unit power-play opportunities, Vatrano could better those totals this upcoming season. Today, 6:05 am
  • Brandon Tanev on second line to start camp
    Brandon Tanev has been skating on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Alex Galchenyuk to start training camp.

    Advice: It was thought that Tanev would bring his speed and tenacity to the Penguins third unit this season but he has seen his assignment boosted to the second line thus far. "One of the things we like about him is he got a real conscientious 200-foot game," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He can really skate. He’s got a physical edge to his game. He’s good on the forecheck. We think he can force turnovers, create loose-puck opportunities for a player like (Malkin), and he’s good at both ends of the rink. He’s a guy that could be complementary of (Malkin) and Alex. We thought we would try him through the course of training camp and see where it goes. That’s something that we’ve been seriously considering." He is worth a late pick if he remains with Malkin throughout camp. Today, 6:05 am
  • Pavel Buchnevich starting on top line
    Pavel Buchnevich is beginning training camp on the top line alongside Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin.

    Advice: If Buchnevich is able to remain on the line, his fantasy value will skyrocket as Zibanejad had 74 points last season while Panarin had 87 with Columbus. Buchnevich had 21 goals and 38 points in 64 games but could get 65-70 points if he stays on the top unit. He is worth a late round flier in most leagues. Today, 5:50 am
  • Vesey starts camp playing alongside Eichel
    Jimmy Vesey has skated on a line with Jack Eichel for the first two days of training camp.

    Advice: Vesey and Eichel are friends and have trained together in the off-season prior to Vesey's trade to Buffalo. There is a belief that the two players could develop chemistry together and new Buffalo coach Ralph Krueger seems willing to give them a chance to do so. Needless to say, if Vesey can stick on a line with Eichel he will surely better his 35-point total of 2018-19 and will become a fantasy asset worth pursuing. Keep an eye on this situation throughout training camp. Today, 5:38 am
  • Laine to train in Switzerland with SC Bern
    Patrik Laine will train with SC Bern of the National League in Switzerland.

    Advice: Laine did not report to the opening day of Jets camp on Friday, as the restricted free agent remains embroiled in contract negotiations with Winnipeg. Jets coach Paul Maurice seemed pleased with Laine's decision to train with a professional team, but coming to a long-term figure that makes everyone happy could be tricky. Laine's upside is through the roof, especially considering the talent around him on a strong Jets team, but he nevertheless experienced his share of ups and downs in 2018-19. On the other hand, while his 50-point performance (30 goals, 20 assists) last year was the weakest of his three NHL seasons, the 21-year-old already has 184 points in 237 career games, and his enormous potential is likely obvious to anyone who has watched him play. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Boedker hobbled by hip flexor
    Mikkel Boedker will miss at least at least five days due to a hip flexor.

    Advice: Senators coach D.J. Smith broke the news on Saturday, revealing that Boedker can't skate right now but that it's "nothing real serious." The 29-year-old lit the lamp seven times and racked up 28 assists in 2018-19, his first season with Ottawa. As he did last year, Boedker might see time on Ottawa's powerplay unit, so he could carry minimal value in the deepest of fantasy leagues, though the upside is lacking. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Thomas skating at STL practice
    Robert Thomas (wrist) skated at practice for a second straight day with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

    Advice: Thomas underwent offseason wrist surgery in June to repair a tendon in his left wrist after being injured in the Western Conference Final last season. Blues coach Craig Berube indicated that they'll be "a little cautious" with the 20-year-old. A first-round pick of the Blues in 2017, Thomas turned in a solid rookie campaign as a bottom-six forward for the Stanley Cup Champions last season, racking up nine goals and 24 assists in 70 regular season games before adding a goal and five assists in 21 postseason contests. Yesterday, 5:21 pm
  • Tage Thompson adds 13 pounds over summer
    Tage Thompson consumed 3,000-5,000 calories per day this summer in an effort to bulk up.

    Advice: "It was a chore," Thompson said. "It wasn't really fun because you have to force yourself to eat, even when you're not hungry. It was tough, but it was obviously worth it." Thompson added 13 pounds over the summer and now stands at an imposing 6-foot-6, 216 pounds. He's far from a safe bet to make the Sabres roster, but he does have a real shot as camp gets underway. Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Simon Holmstrom (foot) close to practicing
    Simon Holmstrom (foot) is close to practicing.

    Advice: Holmstrom sustained the injury when he blocked a shot while still in Sweden. He missed the Islanders' rookie camp as a result. Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Tom Kuhnhackl recovering from minor injury
    Tom Kuhnhackl has missed the first two days of training camp due to a minor injury.

    Advice: The Islanders just want to make he's 100%. Kuhnhackl was preparing to practice on Saturday, but Islanders coach Barry Trotz told him to take one more day off. He should be fine by the time the season begins. Yesterday, 11:21 am
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