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1 year agoCarolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek will make his official debut for the team Thursday night against the Islanders, with him being named the starter by head coach Rod Brind'Amour. Mrazek is coming off from a disappointing season which he split between Detroit and Philadelphia, posting a 14-13-6 record in 33 stars with a 3.03 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. However, there was plenty of hype around him only a couple of years ago, so maybe the Canes have gotten themselves a steal with a 1.5 million a year contract. Just don't count on him tonight, as Mrazek has a 6-4-1 career record against the Isles in 12 games, allowing 3.37 goals per game with an awful save percentage at 0.888.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Carolina Hurricanes
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1 year agoCalgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk scored a goal and also got two penalty minutes and three shots on goal in the 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Tkachuk's 22:19 of ice-time is largely in part due to the six power-play opportunities that the Flames got, however, will most likely get a huge jump in ice-time from previous seasons as he is now playing on the first power-play unit and the second line. He needs to be owned in all formats and provides special value to those in leagues that count hits and penalty minutes.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoCalgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin produced an assist along with getting four shots on goal, four hits and one block in the 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Hanifin also ranked third on the Flames in ice-time with 19:36, falling only to Mark Giordano (25:46) and T.J. Brodie (23:13). With the Flames getting six power-play opportunities in this game and Hanifin only getting eight seconds of power play ice-time, chances are he won't get many offensive opportunities on special teams with his new team. He should be owned in all deep leagues for his offensive upside and possibly a newfound hitting ability.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoCalgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith made 18 saves on only 22 shots for a .818 save percentage in the 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames were gifted six power-play opportunities in this game, which heavily played into the low shot count for the Canucks, yet Smith still couldn't stop the puck to save his life. He will look to bounce back on Saturday against the Canucks once again. --Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoVancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 of 35 shots for a .943 save percentage in the 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Markstrom not only didn't allow a goal on six different power play opportunities for the Flames but also picked up the win and overall had a solid night. Markstrom is expected to start at least 60 games, if not more, and is an option that owners in desperate need of goalie starts can look to. He will most likely face Calgary again on Saturday. --Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoVancouver Canucks forward Loui Eriksson produced two assists in the 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Eriksson looks to have already developed some nice chemistry with young phenom Elias Pettersson on the second line, and could be a line that Vancouver could rely on for production in the future. Eriksson has been a massive disappointment since signing with the Canucks, however, only two years ago, he put up a 63 point season with Boston. The right linemates could possibly be what Eriksson needs to get going. Eriksson isn't much of a shooter, however, will be someone that can be possibly relied upon for points if the chemistry wasn't just a one-game fluke. He should be kept on all watchlists for now.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoVancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson scored a goal and an assist with one shot on net in the 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Pettersson made his presence known, as he scored on his first and only shot so far in the NHL. While his time on ice was only 9:46 due to the Canucks lack of discipline tonight, he also logged 1:19 on the power play, which is tied for the most on the team for the day. His linemates, Loui Eriksson and Nikolay Goldobin also collected two points each in the victory. He looks to be an option heavily used in favorable offensive situations and will look to continue off his hot NHL debut on Saturday, against the Flames again. He should be owned in all 10 team and deeper formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoOttawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk (groin) was diagnosed with a minor groin strain and will not play on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Tkachuk was seen as doubtful for Thursday originally, but now he is guaranteed to not play. He is labelled as "hopeful" for Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His coveted NHL debut will have to wait. He should be owned in all deep formats, especially those that count penalty minutes and hits.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Don Brennan on Twitter
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1 year agoCarolina Hurricanes center Victor Rask (upper body) remains out at the start of the new NHL season. The 25-year-old Swede underwent surgery on his right hand on Sept. 13 following an unfortunate kitchen incident. With this being an unorthodox injury, it's unknown when Rask will be available to play. According to most reports, he's set to miss months rather than weeks. Youngsters Martin Necas and Lucas Wallmark will be picking up extra minutes at center until Rask's return. Necas had nine goals and 17 points in 24 games in the Czech league last season and impressed at the World Championships with five points in seven games. Wallmark had an outstanding year in the AHL last season, picking up 55 points in 45 games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Michael Smith
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1 year agoCarolina Hurricanes left wing Warren Foegele has made the opening night roster, and he's set to be on second-line duty Thursday against the Islanders. The former third-round pick was an AHL All-Star last season and he left quite an impression in his first NHL outings, getting two goals and three points in two games. He also had a very good training camp and preseason, so it's a no-brainer for head coach Rod Brind'Amour to reward Foegele with a top-six role. Much of the hype this summer was around the second overall pick of this year's draft Andrei Svechnikov, but it looks like he has to settle for fourth line minutes at this time.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Chip Alexander
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1 year agoFlorida Panthers defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich (face) is left waiting for his NHL debut after taking a puck to the face in one of the final preseason games last week. He had 40 stitches done and returned to practice this week wearing a cage. Interestingly, head coach Bob Boughner hasn't ruled out using the 28-year-old Russian Saturday night against Tampa, even though there have been reports of him likely missing multiple weeks. Kiselevich, who won Gold at this year's Olympics, signed a one-year deal with the Cats in June following a 16-point year in the KHL. In total, he registered 23 goals and 123 points in 393 KHL games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Jameson Olive
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1 year agoNew Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (lower body) won't play in the team's season opener against Edmonton on Saturday. He didn't participate in any of the team's preseason games and looks to still need more time to recover from a left hip surgery that he had done back in May. The injury carries a 5-6 month recovery period, so it shouldn't take too long until he's ready to play, but after struggling for the whole of 2017-18, the Devils are giving Schneider all the time he needs to get 100 percent healthy. Eddie Lack will serve as the backup for Keith Kinkaid on Saturday. --Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: nj.com
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1 year agoTampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (lower body) has returned to practice and looks ready to play in the team's first game of the season on Saturday against Florida. It was also against the Panthers that the Russian sniper suffered his injury last week. Kucherov had a superb year for the Bolts last season, breaking the 100-point plateau and scoring 39 goals in 80 games. He had a disappointing ending to the year in the playoffs, picking up just one point in the final four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against Washington, so he should be very eager to start off on the right foot which is great news for all fantasy owners that are lucky enough to have him in their roster.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Caley Chelios
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1 year agoTampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson (upper body) is wearing a red non-contact jersey in practice and according to head coach Jon Cooper, he's "50-50" to play in the season opener against Florida on Saturday. Johnson's injury was picked up during practice and it was first reported on Sept. 23, so he's had a while to recover and still does which is good news for fantasy owners. However, if Johnson isn't good to go, expect Yanni Gourde to take his place on the second line, with Mathieu Joseph possibly making his NHL debut on the third line.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Joe Smith
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1 year agoToronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has not yet agreed to a contract and remains a restricted free agent and as a result, he will not be in the lineup for Toronto's opening game against Montreal on Wednesday. With contract negotiations still ongoing there is no timetable for his return but with the cost of missing games now a reality, you have to imagine that an agreement will be made sooner rather than later. Whenever the former first-round pick rejoins the team, he is set to play alongside superstar center Auston Matthews and Patrick Marleau which is a set-up that should help him score more than 60 points for the third straight season.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Kristen Shilton

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