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12/9:San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture buried a goal and added an assist in his team's 5-3 defeat of the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. The 29-year-old's goal was the result of a nice backhand move late in the first period and he then recorded the primary assist on an empty-net insurance tally to close out the victory. Couture is off to a nice start to the campaign, currently on pace to set a new career-high (67 points in 2014-2015) with his 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 31 contests thus far. The former ninth-overall draft pick also has 79 shots and eight power-play points on his ledger too. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep him locked into lineups moving forward.--Chase Davis - RotoBaller
12/8:Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith will be in net when his team faces off against the visiting Nashville Predators on Saturday. The 36-year-old was excellent in his last start against Minnesota on Thursday, stopping all 31 shots faced en route to picking up his 10th victory of the campaign. After a horrendous start to the season, Smith has seemed to have grabbed back the starting role in Calgary, perhaps a consequence of winning each of his previous five starts. Smith has a 2.93 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage in 17 starts but his arrow is certainly pointing up as of late. Fantasy owners should feel good about giving him the nod on Saturday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
12/8:Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill will take the crease as his team takes on the visiting San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. The NHL's Second Star of the Week has been red-hot while filling in for the injured Antti Raanta, winning all four of his starts. The 22-year-old has put together an incredible stat line throughout his first six appearances this season, posting a 1.09 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage to go along with one shutout. Still available in 59% of Yahoo! leagues, Hill appears to be a top option for fantasy owners in need of a goaltender. Considering the Sharks are coming to town having played in Dallas last night, the rookie goaltender should be a lock in lineups on Saturday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Arizona Coyotes
12/8:San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell will get the start for his team on the second night of a back-to-back against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. The 29-year-old took a loss in his last start back on November 28th in which he got torched for five goals on just 29 shots in the contest. Despite that, Dell has proven to be one of the league's better backup netminders in recent years and has posted a 2.88 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in nine starts this season. He'll try to right the ship and put together a solid performance on Saturday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Kevin Kurz
12/8:Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be in a tough spot against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Varlamov allowed six goals on 32 shots during his most recent performance on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Varlamov has a 10-6-3 record to go along with a 2.43 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. It has been a strong season for the former Vezina Trophy winner, but the Lightning are a powerhouse on offense. They sit first in the overall standings and first in goals per game (3.83). Varlamov is a good play on most nights, but this game has the makings of a barnburner. Fantasy managers that want solid ratios should avoid Varlamov on Saturday.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Adrian Dater
12/8:Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak will be in net on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Halak has been tough to predict lately, flipping between strong starts and terrible outings. He has an 8-4-2 record to go along with a 2.25 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. Halak has posted a 1-1-0 record against the Maple Leafs this year, most recently allowing three goals on 30 shots during a 4-2 loss on November 26. The 33-year-old is generally a mid-tier fantasy play, but the Maple Leafs pose a threat to any goaltender. It may be best to avoid Halak on Saturday.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Amalie Benjamin
12/8:Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will be in net on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins. Andersen has won four starts in a row. The Danish netminder has a magnificent 16-7-0 record to go along with a 2.32 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Andersen has dominated the Bruins throughout his career. He has an 11-1-0 record against them in the regular season. Andersen made 38 saves during a 4-2 victory over the Bruins on November 26. He is a must-start fantasy play for Saturday's slate.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Paul Hendrick
12/8:Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will face the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 26 shots during a 4-3 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The Russian netminder has been streaky throughout the season. He has an 11-9-0 record to go along with a 3.04 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Bobrovsky was stellar against the Capitals back on November 9 when he made 33 saves in a 2-1 win. He can be tentatively started in all fantasy formats.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Mark Scheig
12/8:Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel scored a pair of goals with a minus-one rating in Saturday's 6-2 home loss against the Philadelphia Flyers. Eichel certainly did his part, scoring a pair of markers in the first period to stake the home side to a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, goaltender Linus Ullmark gave the lead back, and then some, as the Flyers finished the contest with six unanswered goals. Win or lose, Eichel has been on a tear lately. He has four goals and 21 assists across the past 19 outings.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoballerSource: ESPN
12/8:Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will be in net on Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Holtby was dinged for four goals on 27 shots during a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. He has allowed 10 goals over his past two starts, both of which were losses. Holtby has a 10-7-2 record to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. The 29-year-old has dominated the Blue Jackets throughout his career with a 14-5-2 record. He can be started in fantasy formats on Saturday despite the recent struggles.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Isabelle Khurshudyan
12/8:Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark was roughed up for six goals on 41 shots in a Saturday afternoon home loss against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Jack Eichel single-handedly staked Ullmark to a 2-0 lead early on, but the backstop wasn't able to hold the lead, as six different Philadelphia skaters got the best of him. He'll try and bounce back on Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Kings or Thursday against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. He remains a decent low-end No. 2 fantasy backstop despite this stinker.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoballerSource: ESPN
12/8:Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov picked up a goal while posting an impressive plus-five rating in Saturday's 6-2 road win against the Buffalo Sabres. The rearguard entered the day with a dismal minus-4 rating through his first 26 outings, but with one strong game he took care of that and is back in black. The Russian defenseman had a breakout season with 17 goals and 41 points across 82 games last year, but he has tailed off a bit this season. While he didn't manage any blocked shots or hits, that's normally his calling card. He has 34 hits and 53 blocked shots through 27 outings to help fantasy owners.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoballerSource: ESPN
12/8:Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo is expected to be in net on Saturday night against the New York Rangers. Luongo surrendered four goals on 36 shots during his last appearance on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche. The veteran has a 5-4-0 record to go along with a 2.85 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. The Rangers are one of four teams that Luongo has a losing record against in his career (9-14-4). He lost to them earlier this season on November 17 when he allowed four goals on 24 shots. Luongo can be deployed if fantasy managers are desperate, but he is not a top-tier option on Saturday.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Steve Goldstein
12/8:Buffalo Sabres left wing Michael Raffl posted a pair of assists with a plus-three rating, one shot on goal and five hits over 13:58 of ice time in Saturday's 6-2 road victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. Raffl stopped an eight-game scoreless drought dating back to his last point on Oct. 10 in Ottawa. He has managed four assists across 13 games this season, and he is scoreless in seven games at home. He'll look for his first point streak of the season when the Flyers travel to meet the Jets on Sunday afternoon.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoballerSource: ESPN
12/8:Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk scored a goal with an assist, a plus-two rating and five shots on net in Saturday's 6-2 matinee victory on the road against the Buffalo Sabres. JVR slapped the brakes on a six-game scoreless skid, and it was his first multi-point effort since Nov. 17 against Tampa Bay. All of van Riemsdyk's points (2 G, 4 A) have come across just three outings, as he has not looked comfortable in his new (also, old) surroundings so far this season. An early-season injury certainly didn't help him, either. The buy-low window is wide open, as he'll eventually start ticking off point streaks and get back to a 45-50 point level.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoballerSource: ESPN