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1 year agoBuffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel was held scoreless against Colorado despite registering five shots and 9:44 minutes of power-play time. With nearly half of Eichel's 20:03 minutes of ice time coming with the man-advantage, you would expect him to produce, but instead, he saw his two-game point streak snapped. He still leads Buffalo with four points in four games so despite the off-night he has been productive early this season. Eichel is still a high-end fantasy option but nights like this underscore the inconsistency that we have come to expect from Buffalo. --Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoColorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals in a victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. MacKinnon has now scored a goal in all four of Colorado's games this season, giving him six points total. His torrid scoring pace to start the season is being held up by a ridiculous 5.75 shots per game rate, which is currently the second highest rate in the league. MacKinnon did finish last year in the top 10 for shots in the league despite playing only 74 games, so Colorado's star center is accustomed to a high shot volume. His streak presumably will end eventually but in the meantime, MacKinnon is proving that last year's breakout was a sign of things to come.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoBuffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton gave up six goals in Thursday night's loss to the Colorado Avalanche. It was the worst outing of the young season for Hutton as he only stopped 24 of the 30 shots he faced. Playing behind a young and developing Buffalo team, there will be night's like this for Hutton, but even with the abysmal .800 save percentage from this game his average is at .912 percent after four games. This inconsistent play is what you can expect from Hutton who has only posted an above 50 percent quality start percentage in two of his five NHL seasons. Hutton remains a viable fantasy option but only recommended in favorable matchups.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoFlorida Panthers forward Micheal Haley has been ruled out indefinitely, the team announced on Friday. Haley has been away from the team since last week and he was taken off the roster on Monday. According to reports, the 32-year-old enforcer has entered the NHL/NHLPA assistance program. Haley last played in the preseason finale on Sept. 30 and he's regarded as a valued member of the team, skating in 75 games last season. He's been a great source for penalty minutes in fantasy hockey, having racked up 562 of them throughout his career in 205 games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Florida Panthers
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1 year agoFlorida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and two assists in Thursday night's loss to the Florida Panthers. Dadonov scored his first point of the season on a first-period goal, then picked up two primary assists in the second period. His two shots give him eight shots in two games, which is significantly higher than his 2.54 shots per game pace from 2017-18. Dadonov is already taking advantage of his deployment on the first line and first power-play in Florida, and if his usage stays the same he should comfortably reach the 65 points that he scored last season though he offers little in the peripheral categories.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoFlorida Panthers goaltender James Reimer took the loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Reimer made 27 saves on only 32 shots, including stopping five of seven shots on the power-play. This was Reimer's first start of the season so it is best not to overreact to the poor performance. Reimer will be given the lion's share of starts while Roberto Luongo is injured, but unless his play improves he will fall right back into an even split when Luongo returns. For now, however, he remains worth rostering in all but the most shallow leagues.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoColumbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin scored a goal and three assists against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. His game-high four points included two primary assists and a secondary assist on the game-winning third-period goal. Panarin now has three goals and four assists in four games, but his big day overshadows his drop in usage. Panarin played less than 18 minutes for the second straight game, logging only 16:56 minutes of ice time against Florida. Panarin will remain an elite asset, but his usage is worth monitoring and if it continues at this rate he could be a good sell-high candidate.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoColumbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 of 41 shots in a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers. Korpisalo has won both of his starts so far this season, but has given up six goals and has a save percentage of only .902 percent. It appeared that the door was open for Korpisalo to force more of a time split with Sergei Bobrovsky, but his play has done little to capitalize on that opportunity. Korpisalo will remain an above average streaming option when he starts, but there is little value in keeping him on your roster otherwise.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoSt. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Allen has had a poor start to the season with a 4.29 GAA and .854 SV% through three games. This has not been an inspiring beginning for fantasy owners as Allen struggled last season as well. The Blues have a solid team, which means the 28-year-old should have no excuses. He is the unquestioned starter and a top-15 goalie for fantasy purposes.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoSt. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen buried his first goal of the season and added an assist in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Steen has been relegated to a third line role this season, but it has offensive upside with Tyler Bozak and Jordan Kyrou. He is also seeing time on the second power-play unit. Regardless, Steen's days of being a productive fantasy asset are over and he is more of a complimentary piece for managers in deeper leagues.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoSt. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn tallied three helpers in a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Schenn showed great chemistry with linemate David Perron throughout the contest. The 27-year-old had a career year last season with 28 goals and 42 assists. He is a fixture in the Blues' top-six and skates on a sizzling power-play unit. Schenn is a solid C2 for fantasy purposes who offers even more value in banger formats.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoSt. Louis Blues right wing David Perron scored once at even strength and twice on the power play en route to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. They were Perron's first goals of the season and the fourth hat trick of his career. The 30-year-old was moved up to the second line with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn for the game and the trio showed instant chemistry. Perron has also seen time with the second power-play unit. He is a solid depth winger in fantasy formats and would be a good sell-high candidate if this turns into a hot streak.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoToronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. While the talented Dane has a 3-1-0 record on the season, that is overshadowed by poor underlying numbers. Andersen has a 3.28 GAA and .893 SV% to start the year. His offense is scoring at a ridiculous rate, which has allowed him to turn in subpar performances and still win. Andersen does have to deal with a shoddy Leafs' defense, but he is still capable of putting up better numbers. He is a top-10 fantasy option at the goaltending position.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoToronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri recorded two assists during a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Kadri has no goals and four assists through his first five games. Out of anybody on the Leafs, Kadri perhaps benefitted the least with the addition of John Tavares. After back-to-back seasons with 32 goals, Kadri has been reduced to a defensive role on the third line. While he still sees time with the top power-play unit, it will be hard for him to reach the lofty goal totals he has hit the two previous years. Regardless, Kadri is still a serviceable C3 for fantasy purposes.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoToronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Marner now has three goals and seven assists through his first five games. The supremely skilled winger had 22 goals and 47 assists last season and seems to have gotten even better with another summer of training. Marner is part of the best power-play unit in the league and plays on a line with Zach Hyman and John Tavares. He is an elite fantasy option that can be rolled out with confidence every night.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com

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