Player Notes

  • MacArthur targeting early January for return
    Clarke MacArthur is targeting early January for his return to action from his concussion.

    Advice: MacArthur has been skating in an attempt to come back from his fourth concussion in the past 18 months. The winger has stated that he is feeling well and fully anticipates being back in the Senators lineup soon after New Years. There are many in the hockey community who believe MacArthur should retire. 20 minutes ago
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  • Ekblad OK after geting face stitched up
    Aaron Ekblad needed a few stiches to deal with a gash below his right eye sustained in Saturday night's loss to Ottawa.

    Advice: He left the game in the first period for the repairs but returned to finish the contest. Ekblad should be just fine for Florida's next game Monday against Boston. 50 minutes ago
  • Kulikov nearing a return to practice
    Dmitry Kulikov is nearing a return to practice.

    Advice: The Sabres' defenseman, who has been out of action since November 9th with a back injury, has skated the last few days with some contact and seems to be progressing in his recovery. "Kulikov has now skated two days with some physicality and now been skating for seven days," Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said. "Hopefully, that means we’ll see him in practice soon – in the next week hopefully." We'll keep you updated on Kulikov's stauts. Today, 6:51 am
  • Bogosian still 10-14 days from a return
    Zach Bogosian is still 10-14 days away from returning to action.

    Advice: Bogosian is still recovering from a sprained MCL and needs more time to strengthen his knee. The oft-injured Bogosian is a useful fantasy defenseman when he is healthy. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case. Today, 6:38 am
  • Phil Kessel enjoys time with Malkin, Hagelin
    Phil Kessel has been playing on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin of late.

    Advice: Kessel has eight goals this season with four finding the back of the net in the last six games. He played a lot last season with Malkin but the chemistry was not there. Thus far this season, the story has been different and Kessel is starting to shoot more. "I thought he was on the puck," coach Mike Sullivan said of Kessel, who picked up his first multi-goal game of the season. "He’s a threat. He’s got such a great shot. Whether it’s off the rush, underneath the hashmarks as part of the cycle game. I thought he did a better job of tonight of participating in that aspect of the game. We preach to this team all the time that we have to be a team that can generate offense different ways." Today, 5:57 am
  • Beleskey sustains hip injury Saturday
    The injury sustained Saturday night by Matt Beleskey is to his right hip and could sideline him for at least a few games.

    Advice: He took a clean hip check from Sabre defenseman Taylor Fedun and left the game with seconds left in the first period. Beleskey will be re-evaluated Monday. For now consider him day-to-day. Today, 5:51 am
  • Brandon Pirri a dud with Zibanejad out
    Brandon Pirri has not picked up a point in the seven games since Mika Zibanejad has been out of action.

    Advice: It was thought that Pirri would get a much better opportunity to score and produce with Zibanejad injured, but he has yet to find the scoresheet even though his ice time has increased to 14:50 from 12:10. He has five goals and 10 points in 26 games. Today, 5:37 am
  • Mike Cammalleri is red hot of late
    Mike Cammalleri is red hot of late with six goals and five assists in his last six games.

    Advice: That's a lot of production for the veteran forward who started the season off slow with three assists in 10 games but has nine goals and 14 points in his last eight games. He has been outstanding and the Devils are finally starting to score with some regularity with Travis Zajac and Taylor Hall also hitting the scoresheet. Today, 4:55 am
  • Drake Caggiula gets his first NHL goal
    Drake Caggiula potted the first goal of his NHL career Saturday.

    Advice: Caggiula did it in his eight NHL game this season and certainly got the monkey off his back. "Sigh of relief. Nice to get that one out of the way," said Caggiula, who was playing his eighth NHL game. "Obviously a dream come true, something you think about when you’re playing in the backyard. To get it on home ice, feels good. Hopefully it's not the last one. Nice to get it with a good shot. Not a greasy one. It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life and I'll be able to tell my family when I get older." Caggiula is worth taking, as he was a big scorer in college hockey and is capable of playing on the top two lines. Today, 4:34 am
  • Brandon Saad has nine shots on goal Saturday
    Brandon Saad managed to put nine shots on goal Saturday.

    Advice: The Blue Jackets pummeled Mike Smith in the Arizona net with 60 shots but managed to get just two past him in regulation and overtime before prevailing in the shootout. Saad did not score but had one assist and now has seven goals and 20 points in 22 games. He is a must start. Today, 3:12 am
  • Anthony Duclair off to a poor sophomore start
    Anthony Duclair has only one goal and four points in 23 games this season.

    Advice: Duclair is suffering from the proverbial sophomore jinx after a 20 goal, 44 point rookie season. "I think he’s so worried about scoring points that his bursts of energy are all toward scoring points," coach Dave Tippett said. "... Offensive players, I always had a thing I talked about. Players that are real good offensive players that wait for the puck to come I said, ‘I don’t understand. You’re so good when you have the puck. Why don’t you go get it more?’ That’s Duke. He does good things with it when he’s got the puck. He just has to have the puck more. And then if he turns over and goes the other way, go hunt it down and get it back again, that’s where his game can improve a little bit." While we cannot recommend him at this time, he is capable of breaking out. Today, 2:57 am
  • Jared Boll back in the lineup
    Jared Boll was back in the Anaheim lineup Saturday and fought Milan Lucic.

    Advice: That's what Boll is known for and that is the only reason he would be in your fantasy lineup. Boll has one assist in 20 games but does have 36 penalty minutes. Use him at your own discretion. Today, 2:26 am
  • Cam Talbot grabs 13th win of 2016-17
    Cam Talbot improved his record to 13-9-2 on the season after the Edmonton Oilers beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

    Advice: Talbot's hit the 21-win mark twice in his young career, so as many likely expected, he's in a strong position to set a much higher mark - health permitting - in 2016-17. Edmonton's starting goalie made 31 out of 33 saves in this one. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Leon Draisaitl scores OTGWG for Oilers
    Leon Draisaitl scored the difference-making goal in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 (OT).

    Advice: It's his first career OT-winner and the 21-year-old's 10th tally of the season. He now has 21 points in 26 games and seven in his last six contests. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Radim Vrbata scores in loss to Jackets
    Radim Vrbata scored his eighth goal of the season Saturday night, but it was not enough as the Arizona Coyotes lost a 3-2 contest to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: This puts Vrbata on a five-game streak during which he has earned at least one point per night. Unfortunately, he and the Coyotes are also riding a three-game losing streak after dropping to the Sharks and Kings. Vrbata’s 17 points leads the Coyotes and makes him fantasy relevant, however. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Ryan Miller has busy night in win over Leafs
    Ryan Miller faced 40 shots and let two of them pass in regulation as the Vancouver Canucks shook the Toronto Maples Leafs in a 3-2 win Saturday night.

    Advice: Miller also let one puck get past him in the shootout. Miller has been much better at home with a record of 4-3-0 compared to 1-6-0 away, so he should be saved for those situations. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • JVR, Matthews score 11th goals in loss
    Auston Matthews tied Saturday's game versus the Vancouver Canucks at the 1:56 mark of the third period before eventually losing in a shootout by a score of 3-2.

    Advice: This was Matthews’ 11th goal of the season. Notably, the other scorer for the Leafs also recorded his 11th when James van Riemsdyk sunk a puck at the 11:30 mark of the second. The two shooters are tied at the top of the Leafs' leaderboard in terms of goals. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Carter Hutton records .870 in loss to Jet
    Carter Hutton faced only 23 shots and let three of them into the net as the St Louis Blues lost a 3-2 contest to the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night.

    Advice: The backup’s numbers fall to 2-5-0 with a save percentage of only .891 entering this game and he will take a slight downward adjustment. He is on a four-game losing streak, but there are some signs of improvement as he gave up only three goals Saturday night compared to four versus the Capitals on November 23rd and four against the Blue Jackets on the 12th. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Pietrangelo gets two assists in loss to Jets
    Alex Pietrangelo had an assist on both St Louis Blues goals as they lost a 3-2 decision in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night.

    Advice: Pietrangelo’s assists were to Alexander Steen at the 5:16 minute mark and Dmitrij Jaskin’s at 7:26. This lifts him to nine assists for the season and 14 points—decent marks for a defenseman. Pietrangelo has scored points in four of his last five games. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Bryan Little scores GWG in OT win over Blues
    Bryan Little scored the overtime goal that lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the St Louis Blues Saturday night.

    Advice: Little also had an assist on Patrik Laine’s game tying goal in the second period. This was both his second goal of the season and his second assist. Laine returned the favor in overtime by providing an assist on Little’s goal and since that was his seventh for the season on top of 16 goals, he is far more fantasy relevant. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
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