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2 years agoBoston Bruins forward Brad Marchand wrapped up a stellar month of March against the Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon. Marchand has scored 26 points in March, ranking behind only Connor McDavid and his 28 points. Already boasting a career-best 50 assists, he only needs one more point to match his career best season point total of 85. More impressive is that Marchand has done so while missing 14 games this season. Marchand has increased his points per game rate each year since the 2014-2015 season, and does not looks to be slowing down any time soon. Marchand remains a top fantasy option this year and should be next year as well.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs back-up goaltender Curtis McElhinney will get the start Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets. In a match-up of two playoff bound teams, Toronto will be looking to win their second game against the Jets this season after defeating them 7-2 back in October. McElhinney will have his hands full against a Winnipeg team that scores 3.29 goals per game, which is third best in the league. Adding to that, Toronto has given up 33.9 shots per game this season, with only three teams allowing more shots per game. McElhinney played spectacularly in a three game stretch in mid-March, but hasn't played in Toronto's six games since then. His .935 save percentage this year suggests he may be up for the task, but it certainly will be one of McElhinney's tougher starts of the year.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Paul Hendrick
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs left wing James Van Riemsdyk has scored 36 goals this season, which is a career high for the veteran in the last year of his contract. He has continued scoring at a tremendous rate, netting three goals in his last five games. His 54 points, however, fall in line with his typical production, which draws attention to his abnormally low assist total (18) for this season. Having a career best shooting percentage of 15.5 percent has contributed to his spike in goal production, but as skilled as he may be, that number will likely regress to his career average of 11.6 next year. Going in to next season, take Van Riemsdyk's soaring goal total this year with a grain of salt, but in the meantime continue to ride his hot streak.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNew Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid is expected to make his career-high 35th start of the season against the New York Islanders tonight. Kinkaid and the Devils had a three-game win streak snapped on Thursday night in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The veteran netminder is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average against the Islanders this season. The Islanders are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night while the Devils had the night off, making Kinkaid a decent option for tonight.--Barry MilesSource: Chris Ryan
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The loss snapped a personal three-game win streak for the netminder, and also halts a five-game streak for the team. Holtby has now allowed at least three goals in 10 of his last 12 games. The Caps' next two games are a back-to-back against the Penguins and the Blues, Holtby will likely start against one of them. Another strong game from Philipp Grubauer will almost certainly decide who the team will roll with for the playoffs, that is if they haven't already.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will get his fifth straight start as the team takes on the visiting Montreal Canadiens Saturday night. Murray stopped 28 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. His play since returning from injury March 20th leaves something to be desired; he's got a 3.61 goals against average and a .897 save percentage in that span. The young netminder will take on a Habs team that has only won twice in their last seven games.--Barry MilesSource: Pens Inside Scoop
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2 years agoNew York Islanders center John Tavares is having another good season. He's not Sidney Crosby, by any means, but he's got 34 goals, which is nothing to sneeze at. Tavares briefly tied the game on Friday with a wrist shot in the third, but it was for naught as Toronto scored later on to win the game and the season series. If you have Tavares, keep him in your lineup.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoNew York Islanders center Jordan Eberle might be a bit overshadowed by both John Tavares and Mathew Barzal, but he's been putting together a pretty good season too. On Friday night, he had two assists to give him 32 on the season, but it wasn't enough as New York fell, 5-4. If you need a center, he's far from a bad choice.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoNew York Islanders goalie Chris Gibson had the lead given to him not once, not twice, but three times in Friday night's game. He couldn't keep Leafs players from answering back each time and then he gave up the tying and go-ahead goals in the third as New York fell to Toronto, 5-4. Right now, neither he nor Jaroslav Haslak are the answer at goal for ANY fantasy players.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray stopped 28 of 31 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. The win put the Penguins a point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the standings with only four games remaining. Despite posting 25 wins, Murray has struggled all season to post decent peripherals and is almost out of time to do so. With the playoffs looming and Murray allowing 3.61 goals per game since returning from injury, we may see Casey DeSmith or Tristan Jarry pick up the slack.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoNew York Rangers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will make a rare start for the club as they take on the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Pavelec's last appearance came in relief of Alexandar Georgiev on Monday night, stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. The 30-year-old's career may be depending on these last few games to show he can still perform at the NHL level. The Lightning are on a three-game losing streak but still lead the league with 3.49 goals per game.--Barry MilesSource: New York Rangers
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will get the starting nod Friday night as the Caps take on the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Holtby looked good in his last start, as he stopped 35 shots in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Philipp Grubauer sat the last game with an undisclosed injury but appears healthy enough to serve as Holtby's backup. The 28-year-old Canadian has two years remaining on a $30.5 million contract, so management will give him every opportunity to take the starting job back.--Barry MilesSource: Isabelle Khurshudyan
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2 years agoAnaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson will start on Friday against the L.A. Kings, looking to get back on track following a surprising 4-1 loss to Vancouver. He's been one of the better fantasy goalies for a while, but recent outings have been a bit rough for Gibson. His save percentage has been below .900 three times in his last five starts, including in the last two. However, it's a good opportunity to bounce back, as the Ducks have won 14 of their last 18 home games and the Kings visit the Honda Center after hosting Arizona on Thursday night. Jack Campbell took the win against the Coyotes, so the Kings will almost certainly start Jonathan Quick. Gibson has a 2-0-0 record against the Kings this season in three starts, allowing 2.09 goals per game with a .927 save percentage.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Eric Stephens
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban will start the first game of a back-to-back set on Friday against the St. Louis Blues, hoping to improve an 11-3-2 record he's put together so far in 16 starts. It will be only his third appearance since Feb. 2, as Marc-Andre Fleury has carried the team over the last several weeks. Subban's last start was on March 22 against San Jose and he didn't do much wrong in a 2-1 overtime loss, saving 42 of 44 shots (.955 save percentage). He also did great in his only previous appearance against the Blues this season, stopping 37 pucks and allowing only one goal before being forced off with an injury in an eventual 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 21.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Jesse Granger
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2 years agoBoston Bruins forward David Backes returned to action on Thursday night after missing the last five games recovering from a leg laceration. Backes wasted no time in doing what he does best, collecting periphery stats while recording two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and four hits in 15:08 of ice time. Backes has always had value in fantasy formats that reward hits and penalty minutes, and with back-to-back games this weekend against two teams inside the top 10 in major penalties earned (Florida and Philadelphia), Backes should continue to provide that value.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com

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