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2 years agoColorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen posted three points (one goal and two assists) in a 5-2 win against the Coyotes on Saturday. Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon continue to showcase excellent chemistry together, vaulting their team into sole possession of the second wild-card spot in the West. The 6-foot-4 forward is putting up remarkable numbers for a 21-year-old, as he now has 23 goals and 46 assists to go along with 32 penalty minutes, 28 power play points and 146 shots on net. If he happens to still be available (owned in just 76 percent of Yahoo! leagues), pick him up immediately. If you do happen to own him, make sure you find a way to get him into lineups.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoThe playoffs will start on April 11 this year and the only clear team from the Pacific Division is the Vegas Golden Knights. As of now, the San Jose Sharks are in second with 81 points and the Anaheim Ducks are in third with 80. Looking to find playoff positions are the LA Kings (79 points) and the Calgary Flames (78 points). Everyone trailing Vegas will be skating hard every night in order to try and secure a postseason berth. An important Pacific Division game is coming up on March 16. San Jose will travel to Calgary to take on the Flames. If Calgary gets the win, they could shake up the standings. Look forward to an exciting playoff race with about a month left in the regular season.--Anthony VattimoSource: NHL Standings
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2 years agoMontreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin (49 percent owned) went without a point again in the 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning originally traded Drouin to the Canadiens in return for Mikhail Sergachev, who wasn't even a lock to start on the blue line for the Lightning this season. To make matters worse for the Canadiens, Drouin has one less point than Sergachev. This game without a doubt now means Drouin has gone pointless in his last four games, and even though he is playing on the first line and first power-play unit, the personnel on those lines make it not worth owning Drouin on your roster currently. Montreal does have four games next week, so owning Drouin may be beneficial for your fantasy team. However, there is no foreseeable hope for the Canadiens or Drouin this season.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBuffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (46 percent owned) made 33 saves on 34 shots in the 2-1 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Many thought Chad Johnson had taken over the crease in Buffalo for the meantime, however, Lehner's play as of late has shown that he deserves to play right now. In his last three games, Lehner has saved 88 of his last 93 shots for a .946 save percentage and with the situation in Buffalo, the hottest goaltender will start. Don't trust Lehner to keep this production up, as his career has involved inconsistencies in the net. However, if you're in desperate need of a goaltender who will get starts right now, Lehner is your guy.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins defenseman Nick Holden (5 percent owned on Yahoo) got an assist in the 7-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Holden, who was acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for a fourth-round pick, has been fantastic for the Bruins and has totaled four points in four games since arriving, with three of those on the power play. While Holden is not an elite offensive talent and this production is nowhere near sustainable for him, those in need of a defenseman who can put points on the board in fantasy should consider adding him.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk (9 percent owned on Yahoo) got three assists in the 7-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. DeBrusk has been fantastic for the Bruins in the last couple of games, generating nine points in his last eight games. He also looks to be a mainstay on the second line with David Krejci and Rick Nash, who have been equally hot as of late. Consider DeBrusk as a streaming option on days where the Bruins play.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (foot) did not travel with the Boston Bruins on Saturday and will likely not participate in any of the four games on the Bruins road trip during this upcoming week. Bergeron has already missed six games with a fractured foot, although the Bruins have won all of those contests despite missing their alternate captain. The 28-year-old Riley Nash has done very well filling in during Bergeron’s absence, recording eight points during the six games since joining the Bruins top line. With Bergeron likely missing another week of action and at only 17 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues, Nash may be worth the add to your roster for the playoffs.--Alex McKenzieSource: WEEI, NHL.com
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2 years agoAccording to Mark Lazerus, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand may have dodged a bullet after colliding with Chicago Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair during the match between the two teams on Saturday afternoon. Marchand had made a sharp turn toward Duclair during the play and appeared to be avoiding the young Blackhawk as much as possible but ended up striking him high regardless. Had any other player been involved in the incident, the possibility of a suspension for the play probably wouldn’t have been mentioned. Marchand, however, has a reputation within the NHL for being a bit of a dirty player, even though he has established himself as an elite forward over the past two seasons. The Bruins left winger recorded two assists in the match, earning his 69th point this season in 53 games played. The Bruins and Marchand, barring a surprise suspension, return to action to close out their home-and-home series with the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.--Alex McKenzieSource: Mark Lazerus, NHL.com
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown is once again a 20-goal scorer after reaching the milestone in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Blues with a very late power-play tally. Brown had five consecutive seasons with at least 20 goals before the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season and he had failed to record one ever since. It has been a very good season for the former Kings captain, as he's up to 46 points in 67 games while boasting a team-best plus-21 rating. This is after being an ugly minus-three in the huge loss on Saturday. Like the rest of the Kings, Brown will be hoping to do some serious damage against lowly teams like Vancouver and Arizona, who are up next on the schedule.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar added another couple of points to his season's tally on Saturday, picking up two assists, one on a power play, in a 7-2 loss to St. Louis. You just can't contain the Kings captain, as he's been held without a point only six times since the turn of the year. Kopitar is having a great bounce-back year after managing just 52 points in 2016-17, being at 74 already and there's still plenty of the season left to play. The Kings face a host of struggling teams next, so Kopitar might already be at 80 points this time next week.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick played only two periods on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues before being pulled in a big 7-2 loss. He gave up four goals on 29 shots (.862 save percentage) to cause the benching. For some reason, Quick has now been awful three Saturday games straight, as he allowed four goals in a 5-3 loss to Chicago a week ago and gave up three in a 4-3 loss to Edmonton a week before that. Luckily for the Kings, he's won every other game during the stretch. The Kings have four Saturday matchups left in the regular season and the bizarre trend might be something fantasy owners should keep an eye on.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoArizona Coyotes right wing Richard Panik had his second multi-point game since joining the team in January, picking up a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Colorado. Panik helped Christian Dvorak get the Coyotes on the board early in the first period and made it 3-2 with his eighth goal of the season near the end of the second period. The former Blackhawk played over 18 minutes for the first time since the start of February, and he led the team with six shots on goal. He's certainly earned some more playing time this month, as he's now picked up four points in five games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoBoston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask faced only 27 shots but allowed four goals in the Bruins win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Rask gave up several soft goals throughout the game, including one in particular at the start of the second period. Luckily for Rask, the Bruins offense had an explosive third period, scoring four goals to regain the lead and win the match 7-4. The 31-year-old netminder has been great for the Bruins so far this season and had missed two games last week due to a minor injury. Expect Rask to split starts with Bruins No. 2 goaltender Anton Khudobin through the rest of the regular season, as the Bruins have a firm grasp on second place in the Atlantic Division.--Alex McKenzieSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played a key role on Saturday, as the team posted a new NHL record for road victories by an expansion team with 20, beating the Sabres 2-1 in a shootout. Fleury had 31 saves in the game and was named the first start. Following a shutout against Detroit on Thursday, Fleury went a total of 130 minutes and 40 seconds without allowing a goal before Justin Bailey beat him at the start of the third period. Fleury saved two attempts in the shootout following Deryk Engelland's tying goal. He'll get his old foes from Philadelphia next on Monday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoBoston Bruins center David Krejci scored two power-play goals in the Bruins 7-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon. Krejci netted Boston’s second goal of the day 14 minutes into the first period, and then added a tie-breaking tally halfway through the second frame to bring the score to 4-3. Boston went on to outpace the Blackhawks 4-1 through the remainder of the high-scoring match. The Czech center has posted solid numbers in his last 10 games but has been inconsistent on a nightly basis. In the past nine matches, Krejci has recorded eight points, but has also been held scoreless in four of those games. Use caution when considering the 31-year-old forward for your team, as even a hot streak from Krejci could be short-lived.--Alex McKenzieSource: NHL.com

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