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2 years agoArizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper will face his former team on Thursday night, as the team finishes a six-game road trip in Los Angeles. He was traded on Feb. 21 for goaltender Scott Wedgewood and forward Tobias Rieder. Kuemper hasn't done too well in the desert, putting together a 2-5-1 record in eight starts with a 3.16 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. He has lost three on the bounce, with the last start coming on March 24 against Florida in a 4-3 loss. Fantasy owners should steer clear of him, as he'll have a very tired team playing in front of him, with this being Arizona's sixth game in nine nights.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Dave Vest
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings goaltender Jack Campbell is likely getting the nod for Thursday's tilt with Arizona, as the team starts a back-to-back set. Campbell has featured just four times this season, putting together a 1-0-2 record in three starts, allowing 2.61 goals per game with a .927 save percentage. Campbell last played on March 20, making 36 saves in an unlucky 2-1 overtime loss to the Jets. The former first-round pick of the Dallas Stars has finally started to demonstrate some ability this season and he has a good matchup to pick up his second win of the year, as the 'Yotes had a tough game Wednesday night in Vegas.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Jon Rosen
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2 years agoCalgary Flames goaltender Jon Gillies is set to make his seventh career start on Thursday as the team hosts Columbus. Gillies hasn't played since allowing four goals in a 4-3 overtime loss in Pittsburgh on March 5. He owns a 2-2-1 record this season in five starts, allowing 2.78 goals per game with a .904 save percentage. Gillies is not in a good spot to perform, as the Flames are hurt and falling like a rock. Meanwhile, the Jackets have dropped just one of their last 12 games and they actually haven't lost in Calgary since 2011.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Pat Steinberg
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2 years agoDallas Stars right winger Alexander Radulov scored his 27th goal of the season with the overtime winner against the Flyers on Tuesday. The marker comes a full decade after setting his previous career high of 26 goals back in 2007-2008 with Nashville (Radulov spent the majority of the time in the KHL). Radulov's second season in his third NHL stint has undoubtedly been his best, forming excellent chemistry with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. With five games remaining, the Russian forward will look to build off his career season of 27 goals, 40 assists, 66 penalty minutes and 202 shots on goal.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoDallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop practiced in full gear for the first time since re-injuring his knee in a game against Winnipeg on March 18. While this may seem like good news for the Stars and fantasy owners alike, Bishop still isn't considered close to returning. Head coach Ken Hitchcock stated on Wednesday that he will likely give an injury update on Monday following Bishop's next evaluation. With the regular season wrapping up next week, it could be likely that Bishop will end the season with his current stat line of 26 wins, a 2.49 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and five shutouts in 53 games.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Mark Stepneski
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2 years agoDallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen will make his fifth consecutive start in net on Thursday against the Wild. Lehtonen has taken over the starting role since the Stars lost Ben Bishop to injury back on March 18, and overall he has started 11 of the past 13 games. At this point, it'd be difficult to recommend fantasy owners grabbing Lehtonen for any start, considering the fact that he's won just three of those 11 starts. Throughout March, Lehtonen has carried a 2.97 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage, so it'd be best just to avoid him altogether moving forward.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored for the second consecutive game in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Arizona, netting a power-play goal. David Perron sat out the contest, which led to Tuch getting first-line minutes and he was also used on the first power-play unit. He responded by getting his 15th goal of the season and he also shared the team high in shots on goal (six) with linemate Jonathan Marchessault. Tuch now has 33 points for the season, making it a decent debut year for him. He shares 10th place on the rookie goal-scoring list with Columbus' Pierre-Luc Dubois.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoArizona Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton had his best game of the season against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, as he scored with two of his four shots on goal in a 3-2 win. He also had five hits and posted a team-leading plus-three rating. Connauton has done some decent work in the bottom pairing this season, recording nine goals and 18 points, which is just one shy of his career high. He's been plus-three in back-to-back games now playing alongside rookie Trevor Murphy, and with the team on a roll, Connauton is on his way to securing an NHL contract for next season as well.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoColorado Avalanche goaltender Andrew Hammond turned aside 31 of 33 shots sent his way on Wednesday night in a loss against the Flyers. Hammond, called up earlier in the day, was filling in for an ill Semyon Varlamov. After a breakout rookie season back in 2014-2015 with the Senators, Hammond has spent much of the past two seasons in the AHL. In fact, Wednesday's game marked the British Columbia native's first NHL start in over a year (his last was on Feb. 7 of 2017 versus St. Louis). Should Varlamov not return to full health for Friday's game against Chicago, Hammond could become a viable streaming option for fantasy owners closing out the week.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Hockey Reference
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2 years agoColorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson tallied an assist in a 2-1 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday, adding to what has been a strong season for the American rearguard. Since returning from an injury that kept him out a month, Johnson has put up a goal and two assists as well as 15 shots and 11 hits in six games. Over the course of the season, the former first overall pick might not be capturing headlines with his nine goals and 16 assists but he's consistently put up good peripherals with 58 penalty minutes, 168 shots on net and 114 hits. Johnson certainly has made his case as a solid fourth or fifth defenseman for fantasy owners and should at the very least be considered as a strong stream candidate for the final week of the season.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoGoaltender Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers failed to gain any more ground on a wild-card spot, dropping Wednesday’s contest 4-3 to Toronto. The Maple Leafs started the game very strong, monopolized playing time in the offensive zone and peppered Luongo with 16 shots, scoring three times. The deficit proved too great for the Panthers to overcome. They drew within a goal twice but never played tied or with a lead. With only seven games remaining, the Panthers need to maximize their points, and they may turn to James Reimer in order to do it. Reimer has won each of his last four starts, and Luongo now has just one win in his last five games. Luongo has pretty consistently held a tight grip on the starting role in Florida, but keep an eye on the situation, as head coach Bob Boughner may have to ride the hot hand.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNew Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier has five goals and eight points in his last nine games. The first overall pick of 2017 has spent much of his time recently centering should-be Hart candidate Taylor Hall at even strength, and one of Kyle Palmieri or Jesper Bratt on the right wing. Despite being held pointless in Monday night's 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, he remains a strong fantasy option while playing on the top line. Hischier is currently owned in only 30 percent of Yahoo leagues.--Barry MilesSource: NHL
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2 years agoColumbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 25 shots in a 7-3 blowout win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. What a rollercoaster of a game it was. The Oilers came out hot with three goals in the first 10 minutes, but that was all the damage they would get to do. Bob shut the door as the Jackets went on to score seven unanswered goals. The reigning Vezina winner's record improves to 35-22-5 and is a safe play on almost any given night.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray surrendered four goals on 25 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The loss continues what has been a disappointing season for the young netminder, as he's now allowed 15 goals over his last four games. Murray is running out of time to regain his form for the Stanley Cup playoffs, as he has a 3.76 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage since returning from injury on March 20.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoArizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta will be looking for his fourth straight win when taking on the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday. He's allowed just one goal in each of the last two starts, saving 48 of 50 shots faced (.960 save percentage). Raanta has posted a new career high in wins with the recent outings, as he now sits on an 18-16-6 record in 42 starts, allowing 2.34 goals per game with a .927 save percentage. He's been hot for a while, winning six of his last seven starts, but the Coyotes have lost all four meetings with the Knights this season and it's always tough for the visitors in Vegas.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Dave Vest

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