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1 year agoDetroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek drove home a power-play marker for his first goal (and point) of the season during Monday's 7-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. He also had seven hits in the contest. The 34-year-old was surprisingly productive in 2017-18 with 24 goals and 32 assists in 80 games split between Vancouver and Columbus. Vanek only has six shots so far this season to go along with a dismal -8 rating. Aside from his pugnacious display on Monday, he had two hits in the prior five games. He offers no peripherals and is currently scoring at an abysmal rate. There are far better options to add to a fantasy team.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoDetroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou was one of the lone bright spots during a 7-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Athanasiou scored his first two goals of the season to go along with five shots and a +1 rating. The speedy 24-year-old has premium scoring chances in seemingly every game he plays, but he has lacked finishing ability to start 2018-19. He's relied upon to be one of the Red Wings offensive stalwarts and could be a serviceable depth piece in deep fantasy leagues. Look for him to reach the 20-goal mark.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoNashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban picked up a power-play assist in the first period of Monday's 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild and he added an assist on Miikka Salomaki's empty-net tally to close out the scoring as he snapped a personal three-game point drought. The All-Star rearguard also chipped in with a plus-1 rating, three shots on goal and a hit in his 24:52 TOI. Subban has just two multi-point games through six outings, and he hasn't lit the lamp since Opening Night on the road Oct. 4 against the Rangers, but he has the ability to pick up points in bunches and remains an obvious must-start in all pools.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoNashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne allowed two goals on 31 shots in Monday's 4-2 victory against the visiting Minnesota Wild. Rinne allowed just one even-strength goal, as the other came on the man advantage. He has allowed three or fewer goals in each of his four starts, as it appears he is in line for another outstanding season. Rinne sits at 3-1-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. He'll get three full days to rest before the team kicks off a road trip in Calgary on Friday night.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoMinnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise registered two more assists in Monday's 4-2 loss against the Nashville Predators. He also totaled a plus-1 rating, four shots on net and a blocked shot with a hit. The veteran has logged two assists in each of his past three games, totaling six helpers with a plus-3 rating. Parise, a Twin Cities native, hasn't had a three-game streak with two or more points in each outing since Jan. 6-10, 2012 when he was a member of the New Jersey Devils. He'll look to set a career best with four games in a row with two more points when the Wild host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com - Robby Stanley
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1 year agoMinnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu netted his first goal of the season while posting an assist in Monday's 4-2 loss against the Nashville Predators. It was his first multi-point performance of the season, and his helper was the first point he registered on the man advantage through five outings. It's been a slow go for the 35-year-old Finnish veteran, and he has squeezed off one or no shots in four of his five contests so far, including Monday. As long as his ice time remains in the 20-22 minute range like it is right now, he'll likely get going. However, fantasy owners should temper expectations for the pivot who is entering the twilight of his career.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoMinnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba notched a power-play goal while matching a team high with five shots on net in Monday's 4-2 setback on the road against the Nashville Predators. He also posted three blocked shots with four hits in his 25:19 of ice time. Dumba has posted at least one point in three of his past four outings, and he has also shown a willingness to sacrifice his body. The Saskatchewan rearguard has managed 17 hits and seven blocked shots through just five contests. He is a tremendous fantasy option who is looking to improve on his career-best 50-point season from 2017-18.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoMinnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock yielded three goals on 27 shots in a spot start Monday against the Nashville Predators. The backup gave his team a chance to win, allowing a power-play goal early in the first period and two even-strength markers. The Wild entered the final stanza trailing 3-2, but were unable to generate any offense and get their netminder off the hook for the loss. Stalock has proven to be a useful fantasy option when the matchup is favorable for those owners playing in pools with daily moves. He can also be a nice mid-tier option in DFS play.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com - Robby Stanley
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1 year agoOttawa Senators center Matt Duchene posted a pair of assists with a plus-three rating, two shots on net and two blocked shots over 18:21 of ice time in Monday's 4-1 victory against the Dallas Stars. He was also doing work in the faceoff circle, winning 11 of his 21 chances at the dot. The 27-year-old native snapped a two-game scoreless run, and it was his first multi-point effort in five outings. This game also marked just his second game with a plus/minus rating that was not in the negative. His plus/minus will be the biggest deterrent for fantasy owners, as the goals will start flowing soon enough.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoOttawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk netted his third goal of the season to open the scoring in the third period in Monday's 4-1 victory against the Dallas Stars. The goal stood up as the game-winning tally, his first such goal in the NHL. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft was scoreless in his debut in Boston on Oct. 8, but he has cobbled together a three-game point streak with three goals and six points with a stellar plus-6 rating. A lot of the Calder Trophy predictions centered on Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, Elias Pettersson, etc. However, Tkachuk has the opportunity to put up big numbers in Canada's capital city in his premier season.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoOttawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki was scoreless in Monday's 4-1 victory against the Dallas Stars, but he was good for a plus-one rating, two blocked shots, a minor penalty and five hits. He isn't a rearguard who will give you many points, but fantasy owners in pools with advanced scoring systems and those who play DFS know Borowiecki well. His bone-jarring hits are his calling card, and that's where his fantasy value comes. He is scoreless through six outings, but he has 22 hits. He dished out 226 hits in just 52 games last season to rank 10th in the NHL.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoOttawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson allowed just one goal on 38 shots in Monday's 4-1 victory against the Dallas Stars. The goal he allowed came on the power play, and after that first-period tally by defenseman John Klingberg he was peerless. After a few stinkers to start the season, Anderson has stood on his head over the past two outings, letting in just two goals on 75 shots in home victories against the Kings and Stars. The Sens deal Erik Karlsson away during the offseason, so Anderson is going to face a lot of rubber most nights. He should see plenty of save opportunities all season long.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com - Mark Stepneski
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1 year agoDallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov picked up an assist in Monday's 4-1 road loss against the Ottawa Senators, but that was good enough to extend his season-opening point streak to five games. It wasn't all great in this one, as he also turned in a dismal minus-3 rating. However, he evened that out with five shots on goal, two blocked shots, a minor penalty and a pair of hits over his 23:04 of ice time. Radulov has four goals and 10 points with an even rating through five games, and he has posted at least one point on the man advantage in four consecutive outings. The road trip continues Tuesday in New Jersey.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com - Mark Stepneski
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1 year agoDallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up a goal with three shots on goal and a blocked shot in 27:54 of ice time in Monday's 4-1 loss against the Ottawa Senators. Klingberg has matched the franchise record (Stars/North Stars) for longest season-opening point streak by a defenseman (five games), matching Darryl Sydor who accomplished the feat in 1998-99. Klingberg, who scored just eight goals in 2017-18, is already up to four goals this season. He'll take aim on the New Jersey Devils in Tuesday's game, trying to break a tie with Sydor.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL Public Relations
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1 year agoDallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop allowed three goals on 23 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss on the road against the Ottawa Senators. He bounced back somewhat after letting in six goals in his most recent appearance Oct. 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he still wasn't pinpoint. The offense provided him with just one goal of support, by far this lowest total of the season. He entered the day 2-1-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .924 save percentage while the Dallas offense was averaging 4.0 goals per game during his first three starts. It hasn't been confirmed, but Anton Khudobin is likely to give Bishop a break Tuesday night in New Jersey.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com - Mark Stepneski

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