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2 months agoColorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie notched two goals with a plus-two rating and four shots on goal with two blocked shots and a minor penalty in Sunday's 3-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils. He now has posted 70 career goals which is second-most among defensemen in Nordiques/Avalanche franchise history. In addition, he has 50 points for the third time in his career. The only other rearguard in franchise history with three 50-point seasons is Sandis Ozolinsh, who had four 50-point campaigns. The Avalanche are back in action Tuesday in Minnesota.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: Colorado Avalanche Media Relations - Brendan McNicholas
2 months agoDetroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou pocketed a pair of goals on Saturday, scoring Detroit's only goals in a win over the Islanders. Athanasiou now has 26 goals on the season and has a chance to be the first 30-goal scorer for Detroit in almost 10 years. He also put a team-high six shots on net in 19:23 minutes of time on ice. This season has been a breakout scoring season for the 24-year-old forward, but his mediocre assist total, 18 assists in 66 games, and lack of peripheral production has limited his fantasy value. Regardless, he is a productive scorer that is more valuable in points only leagues. Detroit has few offensive difference makers, and Athanasiou will remain a focal point of their attack.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
2 months agoNashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm threw three shots on net in 25:22 minutes of ice time in Saturday's win but had little to show for it, registering zero points for the sixth straight game. Although Ekholm has already reached a career-high 42 points this year, he only has one point across his last 12 games. Prior to February, Ekholm had not gone more than four games without registering a point but has done so twice since then, going ice cold when fantasy owners vying for playoff success have needed him the most. His previous production suggests he will snap this slump at some point, but with higher leverage fantasy matchups on the horizon, he does not necessarily need to be rostered despite being owned in 78 percent of Yahoo! leagues.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
2 months agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns recorded an assist during Saturday night's loss, giving him 61 assists and 74 points on the season. Burns is now just two points shy of matching a career high in points. The former forward is more well known for his goal-scoring prowess, but a career-best assist mark and a drop in shot production, down to 3.65 shots per game from 3.95 shots per game over the last two seasons, have indicated a slight shift in play style from Burns. The days of 20 or more goal campaigns seem to be behind him, but the highest assist total of all defenseman this year has been left in its place. In fact, Burns is the only defenseman in the top 10 of assists totals this season. The goals may be down, but Burns still has a surplus of fantasy value.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
2 months agoEdmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid scored two goals, one on the penalty kill and one in overtime, along with an assist in Saturday night's victory over the Coyotes. McDavid had a big part in all three of Edmonton's goals, scoring the first and third goals and picking up the primary assist on the remaining goal. With seven consecutive multi-point games under his belt, such a herculean effort is nothing new for McDavid. His heavy usage in all phases of the game should ensure he gets every opportunity to continue his 11 game point streak, as he has seen at least 24 minutes of ice time in each of his last four games. It is always a great time to have McDavid on your fantasy team, but maybe never more so than the last two weeks.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
2 months agoArizona Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk collected a pair of goals Saturday night, including one power-play marker, but it was not enough to earn the win against the Oilers. Galchenyuk tied the game up twice with notches in the first and second period, but with Galchenyuk being Arizona's lone goal scorer, there was not enough offense to ever give the Coyotes a lead. Happily, his two-goal performance snapped a seven-game pointless streak, which was the longest of the season for Galchenyuk. Owned in only 31 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Galchenyuk is not a must-add, but he can be a useful piece next week as the Coyotes play three games in four days to close out the week.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
2 months agoMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price gets a chance to search for his 30th win of the season on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks. It's going to be a special night for Price, who'll be celebrated during a pregame ceremony for becoming the franchise leader in goalie wins with 315. Price reached the historic milestone on Tuesday with a 20-save effort and a 3-1 win over Detroit. He's been flipping between wins and losses this month, suffering a 2-1 defeat against the Islanders in his last start on Thursday. Price has already beaten the Hawks once this season, finishing a 3-2 win on Dec. 9 with 37 saves.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Montreal Gazette
2 months agoChicago Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek will return to the lineup on Saturday against Montreal after missing three games as a healthy scratch. He replaces Carl Dahlstrom on the third pairing. Koekkoek has done well when trusted, registering an assist in both of his last two appearances. He's got good offensive instincts and a decent shot. The 26-year-old has one goal and four points in 24 appearances this season with a minus-one rating, 33 shots and 12 penalty minutes. Drake Caggiula (concussion) remains out for the Hawks who have won four straight, averaging 4.75 goals per game.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Eric Lear
2 months agoChicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will get the nod for Saturday's matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. The Crow will be aiming to record his fifth straight win, while also looking to continue dominating his hometown team, Crawford has an 8-2-2 career record against the Habs with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage. The Hawks have been hot lately, and they have won eight of the last 10 head to head meetings, so Crawford is a strong option for Saturday's fantasy action.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Eric Lear
2 months agoVancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson scored a power-play goal in Friday night's shootout loss to the Devils. Pettersson was also the lone goal scorer for Vancouver during the shootout that lasted seven rounds before Damon Severson clinched the victory for New Jersey. After a four-game pointless streak, Pettersson has picked up points in three of his last four games and has pushed his magnificent rookie season total to 59 points in 60 games. Vancouver currently has the fifth worst goals scored per game rate in the league (2.68 goals per game), but Pettersson has remained productive even during his now snapped scoring drought where he failed to score a goal in 11 games.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
2 months agoCalgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk collected two goals and three assists, factoring in on all five of Calgary's goals in Friday night's win. He also added five shots and three hits to his already obscene fantasy production in the game. Tkachuk now has a career-high 73 points and is one of the hottest players in the game this week with 10 points in his last three games. If there is any downside to his scorching production, it is that none of his last 11 points have come on the power play, with his last power-play point coming on March 4. However, being able to produce like this at even-strength is a sign that his production could be more sustainable as it is not contingent on playing with the man-advantage. Tkachuk is a must-start every night, and he is pulling linemates Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik into fantasy relevance with his blistering hot streak.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
2 months agoCalgary Flames center Sean Monahan left Friday night's game with an illness and will not travel with the team as they face off against the Jets on Saturday. According to head coach Bill Peters, this is a similar illness to the one that kept Mike Smith out of action earlier in the week, so there is some concern that it could spread through the locker room. There will undoubtedly be some line juggling to cover for Monahan's absence, but with a key piece of one of the league's most productive lines missing, the value of Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm takes a slight hit for Saturday. After Saturday, the Flames do not play until Tuesday, which hopefully will give Monahan enough time to recover and not miss any more games.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: TSN.ca
2 months agoPhiladelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk scored his fourth career hat trick on Friday against Toronto, but it wasn't enough to close out the game. Jakub Voracek, Radko Gudas and Shayne Gostisbehere also scored for Philly to make it 5-2 with 13:27 played in the second, but the Leafs fought back hard and won 7-6 in the end. JVR finished off his hatty with the last goal of the game. The former Leaf has enjoyed some very good form lately, scoring five goals in the last four games. He's skating alongside Nolan Patrick and Claude Giroux, who had three assists on Friday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 months agoToronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and defenseman Jake Muzzin were determined to avoid a third consecutive loss on Friday, as both scored twice when the team pulled out a 7-6 victory from a three-goal deficit against Philadelphia. Muzzin had three points in total, bagging a power-play assist on a Patrick Marleau goal. Frederik Andersen's save percentage was below .800 for a third consecutive game, but he ended up with a victory this time around to improve his record to 34-14-4. Matthews is on a three-game goal streak ahead of Saturday's clash with Ottawa. He has three points in two games against the Sens this season.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 months agoPhiladelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek will be back in the lineup on Friday against Toronto after missing two games on suspension. He'll be out to continue a hot streak after collecting 11 points in five games before the suspension. Voracek is set to skate alongside Sean Couturier and Oskar Lindblom, who could both benefit from his hot hands. The Czech winger has 61 points in 66 games for the season, doing most of the damage in road outings with 35 points in 33 games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Adam Kimelman