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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson is the likely starter for Friday's matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, who have brought an eight-game losing streak with them to the Honda Center. Jeff Blashill's team managed just one power-play goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Kings and they have now scored two or fewer goals five times during their current losing streak. Gibson has recorded two of his three shutouts this season in his last four starts, so it seems like it will be another long and frustrating night for the Wings.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Eric Stephens
1 year agoOttawa Senators right wing Mark Stone continues to be sidelined by a leg injury suffered in a March 9 game against the Calgary Flames. Head coach Guy Boucher indicated that Stone could play next Tuesday or Thursday at the earliest, which rules him out for Ottawa's two games this weekend. Stone's injury derailed a 10-game point streak, which was snapped the game he was injured. He had collected 15 points in those 10 games and had proven himself a valuable commodity right as the fantasy playoffs were beginning. The good news is that Ottawa's offense has continued to produce without Stone, scoring 12 goals in the two games he has missed. This should mean that when Stone returns, he can immediately resume building on the 62 points he has for the season. Watch for Stone's return and be ready to plug him into your lineup when he does.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: TSN1200 on Twitter
1 year agoVegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the net on Friday against Minnesota, looking to bounce back from Wednesday's nightmare, which saw him pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals against the New Jersey Devils in an 8-3 loss. The Knights have now dropped three in a row at home and the "Vegas Flu" suddenly isn't relevant anymore. However, they are in a good spot to get back to winning ways, as Minnesota, who have dropped two in a row, start their backup Alex Stalock, who has picked up just two wins in 2018.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Steve Carp
1 year agoSan Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones is the starter for Friday's tilt with the Calgary Flames. The Sharks start a back-to-back set with a visit to Vancouver coming up on Saturday, so it was possible Jones would get the night off, but head coach Glen Gulutzan had other ideas. Jones' lifetime record of 6-3-0 against the Flames was possibly one of the reasons to keep him in the net. He picked up a 3-2 shootout win from his only other start against Calgary this season, finishing with 32 saves. It's a good matchup for Jones, as the Flames have won just three of their last 12 games at the Saddledome.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: San Jose Sharks
1 year agoCalgary Flames goalie Mike Smith will guard the cage on Friday against the San Jose Sharks, looking for his second win in three games following a month-long injury break. Smith picked up his first win on Tuesday, stopping 28 pucks to shut out the Oilers in a 1-0 win. He now has three shutouts in 49 starts this season, boasting a 24-17-6 record. Smith has some really strong career numbers against the Sharks, winning 12 of 25 starts while giving up just 2.19 goals per game and recording a .940 save percentage, but he picked up a loss in his only previous start this season against them, allowing three goals on 29 shots.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Pat Steinberg
1 year agoBoston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (upper body) and forward Jake DeBrusk (upper body) will not participate in the Bruins Saturday match against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both players left Boston’s game on Tuesday against the Carolina Panthers and missed the Bruins Thursday night contest against the Florida Panthers due to their injuries. Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (foot) and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (knee) are also sidelined for Boston. With Boston almost guaranteed a playoff spot, however, don’t expect Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy to rush any of the injured players back into the lineup before they’re fully ready. Expect an update on Chara and DeBrusk after Saturday, as the Bruins will return to action on Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.--Alex Mckenzie - RotoBallerSource: Boston Bruins Official Twitter Account
1 year agoMontreal Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi made 34 saves but allowed four goals on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Canadiens managed to hold the Penguins through two periods to a 3-3 tie before Pittsburgh walked away with the match in the third frame. Niemi has been decent for the Canadiens, considering the team’s current state of despair, and has not allowed four goals in a match since joining Montreal in November. The 34-year-old veteran now holds a 5-7-4 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and .908 save percentage this season. Expect Niemi to earn a majority of the starts for the Canadiens until Montreal's No. 1 goaltender, Carey Price, fully recovers from a concussion, which may not happen before the end of the regular season.--Alex Mckenzie - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
1 year agoBoston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was in the lineup on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers after leaving with an unknown injury in Tuesday night’s match against the Carolina Panthers. Krug managed to fire a game-high eights shots on goal in the match, although Florida goaltender James Reimer was able to turn aside all 46 of Boston’s attempts. There was a play during the second period when Krug received a hip check from a Panthers forward and appeared to be uncomfortable immediately after, but he finished the match with 26:35 of time on ice, another game high, regardless. It can be assumed that Krug should be good to go on Saturday night when the Bruins play the Tampa Bay Lightning, barring any setback.--Alex Mckenzie - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
1 year agoToronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen did not play on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres after leaving halfway through the Leafs match against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday with an upper-body injury. Toronto head coach Mike Babcock seemed to downplay their goaltender’s condition, stating that Andersen wouldn’t have played in back-to-back matches anyway. “I don’t think there’s much going on there,” Babcock said of Andersen’s injury. With the virtual certainty of the Leafs earning a playoff spot this season, barring a momentous collapse, it is entirely possible that Andersen’s absence is solely a precaution to keep him healthy for the playoffs. That being said, it is likely that Toronto’s No. 2 goaltender, Curtis McElhinney, will see more starts through the regular season to rest Andersen as much as possible before the postseason. It may be worth looking at other goaltending options if Andersen is currently on your roster, especially if this current injury holds him out of the lineup for more than a couple of games.--Alex Mckenzie - RotoBallerSource: TSN
1 year agoToronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 38 saves in a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night after winning a relief appearance in overtime against the Dallas Stars the night before. The Maple Leafs No. 1 goalie, Frederik Andersen, left the match during the secondread more...
1 year agoMontreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk has recorded five points in his last four games, including two assists in each of his last two games. Galchenyuk has 28 assists on the year, but since he started playing with Artturi Lehkonen and Jacob De La Rose on the second line, his offensive production has taken a step up. The same can be said for Lehkonen, who is enjoying a point streak of his own. Montreal plays Toronto on Saturday, and while they have won three straight games, Toronto may be without starting goalie Frederick Andersen, who is dealing with an upper body injury. Galchenyuk is owned in only 34 percent of Yahoo leagues, so he is likely available and very much worth roster consideration this weekend.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
1 year agoFlorida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad scored a goal and an assist in the Panthers’ 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Bjugstad has been rolling on the Panthers’ top line with forwards Evgenii Dadanov and Aleksander Barkov as of late, earning 16 of his 42 total points this season in the last 30 days. Florida’s schedule over the next couple weeks certainly looks fortuitous for their offense, too, as they take on struggling teams such as Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, and Arizona over their next five games. If your team is looking for offensive production through the end of the fantasy playoffs, look no further than Bjugstad.--Alex Mckenzie - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
1 year agoOttawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has been named the starter for Friday night's home game against the Dallas Stars. Anderson has won three of his last five starts, but that may have more to do with the goal support he has been receiving than his own play. Over his last five games, Anderson has matched his below-average .902 save percentage for the season, but the Senators have scored 3.80 goals per game. That scoring pace is well above their 2.77 goal-per-game average for the season. If his teammates can continue scoring at this rate, then Anderson will have a chance to win any game he plays. But against a Dallas team only allowing 2.63 goals against per game, that will be a difficult task.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Bruce Garrioch
1 year agoBoston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Boston was without defensemen Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy in addition to forwards Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk, all four of them missing the match due to injury. Khudobin did as well as he could against the ferocious Panthers offense, but the surging team got the better of him while holding the Bruins attack at bay. As the Bruins make their march for the playoffs, look for the 31-year-old netminder to share starts with Bruins No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask, as Boston attempts to rest their starter. Khudobin now holds a 15-6-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage this season.--Alex Mckenzie - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
1 year agoColumbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson registered three goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, including an empty-netter in the final frame. Atkinson now has six goals and 12 points in his last 10 games, continuing to revive his season after a poor first half. At only 58 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, there's a decent chance he's still available in your league, and he is worth the roster spot if he is.--Barry Miles - RotoBallerSource: TSN