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1 year agoDallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin is listed as a game-time decision for Saturday evening's contest against the Winnipeg Jets. While the 23-year-old was not on the ice for the Stars' optional pregame skate this morning, he did participate in practice with the team on Friday. Nichushkin is looking to make his return to the Stars following a two-year stint in the KHL. The Russian power forward has posted 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) in 166 NHL games.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Sean Shapiro
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1 year agoNew Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid is the team's likely starter for a very special season opener which takes place in Sweden against Edmonton on Saturday. Cory Schneider (lower body) has been ruled out at the start of the season, so the Devils will look to Kinkaid once again. He had a career-year last season, posting a 26-10-3 record in 41 games with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. This will be his second ever outing against the Oilers. He gave up four goals in the first one, finishing with 22 saves and a .846 save percentage. Eddie Lack will be Kinkaid's backup.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: nj.com
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1 year agoCarolina Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney came back to haunt his former team on Friday night, making 31 saves with a .969 save percentage to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. He was in a tough spot to perform, as the team had lost on Thursday in overtime to the Islanders, while the Jackets were on a high following a win in Detroit, but McElhinney passed the test in flying colors. Only Brandon Dubinsky got one past him in the opening period. McElhinney made 26 consecutive saves after letting one in, as he was named the first star of the game.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoCarolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland celebrated his first goal for the team on Friday, finishing off the scoring in a 3-1 road win at Columbus. The former Flame, who was part of the Dougie Hamilton trade, also picked up an assist on the team's second goal. Playing in Calgary, Ferland proved last season that he can be a very useful player in a top-six role and he's also been used on the first line in Carolina to a good effect. He had a team-high six shots on goal against the Jackets, blocked one effort and recorded two hits. Ferland is playing alongside Finns Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, who have great chemistry between them, so he could get 20-plus goals again and maybe even flirt with the 50-point plateau.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoCarolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook recorded his first point and goal for the team in Friday's 3-1 win over Columbus, opening the scoring with less than two minutes played. Rookie Andrei Svechnikov picked up his first NHL point on the goal with an assist. Martinook was very active throughout the night, managing three shots on goal, one block, and two hits. He ended up being one of the team's most played forwards, as Carolina spent a lot of time on killing penalties. 3:01 of Martinook's 17:04 minutes on the ice came during the penalty kill.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoCarolina Hurricanes left wing Sebastian Aho had a good night in Columbus on Friday, finishing with two points in a 3-1 win. Aho registered the game-winning goal and also picked up an assist on the team's third tally. The 21-year-old Finn, who led Carolina in both goals and points last season, is off to a good start as he's collected a total of three points across two games. He's also recorded six shots on goal and two penalty minutes while posting a plus-two rating. He'll be back at it already on Sunday when the Canes host the New York Rangers.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoPittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby tallied two assists and five shots on net in a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Crosby has put his injury issues far in the rearview mirror, as the Cole Harbour product has played in over 75 games in his past five seasons. Crosby is also a model of offensive consistency, as he's registered an average of 90 points per season over that same timespan. He is always a threat to win the Art Ross trophy and can be relied upon to lead a fantasy team. Start him with confidence every single time he takes the ice.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoPittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel scored once on the power play and once at even strength during Thursday's 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Guentzel has showcased an obscene scoring ability since he has come into the league, but only tallied 22 goals and 43 points in 82 games last season. Playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist, Guentzel should be able to blow those numbers out of the water and solidify himself as a top-20 winger in fantasy leagues.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoPittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and added two assists during a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Malkin, as per usual, was a force on the ice and created offense with genuine ease. The talented Russian is one of the most dominant point producers in the NHL and is capable of taking over a game at a moment's notice. Malkin is a top-10 fantasy asset that can be the frontrunner of a team. Lock him into your lineups and reap the rewards. --Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz had two assists in a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Schultz was questionable heading into the game but showed no ill-effects once he got on the ice. The talented rearguard battled with injuries for the entirety of 2017-18 and was limited to 63 games. Now healthy, Schultz will see a ton of power-play time this season and could find himself back near the 45 point range on an explosive Penguins team.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was sensational on Thursday in a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Letang registered two goals (including the overtime winner) and an assist in the back-and-forth affair. The 31-year-old is a gifted offensive talent but oftentimes has to battle the injury bug. Luckily, last season Letang managed to suit up for 79 games and recorded 51 points in the process. As long as he stays healthy, Letang could approach upwards of 60 points this season.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoPittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray struggled on Thursday night, allowing six goals on 36 shots, but his offense bailed him out in a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Murray was not sharp in this one, and his glove hand was targeted all night long. While it was not a dream start for Murray, he is probably thankful that he was able to avoid injury as he was limited to just 49 games last season. Murray is a fantastic fantasy option behind a powerhouse Penguins squad and performances like this will be limited. He has top-five potential at the goalie position.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoMinnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk allowed two goals on 38 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs scored two empty net goals as the clock ticked down which made the game look more lopsided than it really was. Dubnyk had a strong campaign last season posting a 35-16-7 record to go along with a 2.52 GAA and .918 SV%. He is not necessarily an elite option at the position, but he can still backstop a fantasy team. He is a fringe top-10 option for 2018-19.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoMinnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise opened the scoring in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The 34-year-old has struggled to stay healthy over the past two seasons but has shown flashes of productivity when he avoids injury. Parise is skating on the second line with Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter to start the season while also getting time on the second power-play unit. He is a guy to watch in deeper leagues, because if he remains healthy, he may be able to bury 20-25 goals.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoBoston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron tallied a short-handed goal and a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The 33-year-old is coming off one of the best offensive seasons of his career that saw him tally 30 goals and 33 assists in 64 games. Bergeron is often praised for his defensive abilities, but he has blossomed into a solid scoring threat on the Bruins' top line. He is a mid-tier C1 that can be started with confidence any time he takes the ice.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com

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