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2 years agoDetroit Red Wings goaltender Jared Coreau will start his third game of the year Thursday night as the Red Wings take on the Kings. Coreau is looking for his first win this season Thursday in Los Angeles, the same place where he recorded his first career shutout. He will also be looking to snap Detroit’s seven-game losing streak. The Kings, who are fighting to secure their playoff spot, have only scored 2.87 goals per game but are likely more than Coreau and his career .884 save percentage can handle. He has been able to make magic happen playing the Kings before, but do not expect it Thursday. If you are looking for a goalie to plug into your lineup, look elsewhere.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Helene St. James
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2 years agoBoston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced that both defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Jake Debrusk would not play in the divisional matchup against the Florida Panthers, and defenseman Torey Krug will be a game-time decision. All three players left in the third period in Boston’s previous game on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins are already without Charlie McAvoy (knee) and Patrice Bergeron (foot) but have been rolling recently, even with these notable players missing from the lineup. Keep an eye open for updates to Krug’s status before Thursday’s game, as well as news on Chara’s and Debrusk’s condition. After Thursday the Bruins return to action on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.--Alex McKenzieSource: NESN
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2 years agoBoston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin will start on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. Khudobin has been solid as Boston’s No. 2 netminder this season, going 6-3-0 in his last nine games played. The Panthers have been on the rise since Jan. 30, posting a 15-5-0 record in that time and scoring at least three goals in their last 10 games. Florida’s offense should certainly be a challenge for Khudobin and the Bruins defense, especially with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (upper body) missing the match due to injury. The 31-year-old netminder should see increased playing time through the end of the season as the Bruins attempt to rest top goalie Tuukka Rask in preparation for the playoffs. Khudobin carries a 15-5-4 record this season with a 2.48 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.--Alex McKenzieSource: Left Wing Lock
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2 years agoArizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper will be back between the pipes on Thursday after missing the last game with an illness. Kuemper was expected to start on Tuesday against the Kings, but Adin Hill got the call instead just before the game. Hill did well to pick up a 4-3 shootout win, but Kuemper has been the main man lately with Antti Raanta nursing a lower body injury. He recorded his first shutout as a Coyote on Monday, making 27 saves in a 1-0 win over Vancouver. Thursday's matchup against Nashville looks ugly at first glance, but the Coyotes have actually done well against them in recent years, winning four straight on home ice.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Craig Morgan
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will likely make a start on Thursday against Detroit, and he'll be looking for a second consecutive shutout after keeping the Canucks at bay on Monday in a 3-0 win, which he finished with 35 saves. It will be his second start this season against the Wings, with L.A. picking up a 4-1 result in Motown on Nov. 28. Quick had 23 saves in the game, finishing with a .958 save percentage. He's in a great spot to pick up another win Thursday, as the Red Wings have lost seven in a row.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Jon Rosen
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2 years agoSt. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen will get his fourth straight start Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche and Semyon Varlamov. Allen had fallen off the fantasy map as of late, but Carter Hutton's neck injury has forced the Blues to start Allen, and he has risen to the occasion. Improving his play over his last three games while posting a .943 save percentage and 1.66 goals-against average, Allen might be making a comeback. The Blues forwards also seem to be back to form again, scoring 11 goals in the last two games, but they will have to face the red-hot Nathan MacKinnon and an Avalanche squad that is fighting for a wild-card spot. Allen has proven himself to be streaky this season and is still a risky spot start.--aayushdasSource: Lou Korac
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2 years agoWinnipeg Jets forward Paul Stastny was a late scratch for Tuesday's matchup with the Nashville Predators due to a lower-body injury. Before his injury, Stastny had two goals and six assists in seven games, including an assist in Monday's game against the Washington Capitals. Having Stastny back in the lineup is good news for the Jets, as the injuries were starting to mount -- Matt Hendricks, Michael Hutchinson and Steve Mason are still out of the lineup.--aayushdasSource: Jeff Hamilton
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2 years agoWinnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele was on the ice for practice this morning and is expected to be in the lineup Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Scheifele was injured in a collision with teammate Blake Wheeler in the game against the New York Rangers on March 8 and has been out of the lineup since. The Jets have dropped their last three games and will be relieved to have Scheifele's production back. Thankfully, he will be reunited on the top line with Wheeler and Kyle Connor, as Bryan Little did not record a single point while taking Schiefele's place.--aayushdasSource: Jeff Hamilton
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2 years agoAnaheim Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour ended a lengthy goal drought on Wednesday, scoring for the first time in 50 games, as the Ducks beat Vancouver 3-0. He opened the scoring early on and finished it off as well with a last-minute power-play goal. It's the first multi-goal game of his career and he's now on eight goals for the season, recording 28 points in total. Montour's role has grown bigger and bigger throughout the season, and he's now even getting minutes on the first power-play unit. The Ducks face Detroit next, a team with a 78.1 percent penalty kill, so Montour could have another big night on Friday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoAnaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson made 32 saves and picked up his third shutout of the year in a 3-0 win on Wednesday to extend Vancouver's goalless streak to 200 minutes. The Canucks have been shut out in three consecutive games for the first time since 1984. Gibson has put in some Jekyll and Hyde performances lately, as two of his three shutouts have come in the last four games, but he's also allowed four goals in the other two. He'll face another offensively-challenged team on Friday with the Ducks hosting Detroit, who have scored two or fewer goals four times during their current seven-game losing streak.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl was the hero in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against Edmonton, scoring the game-winner and finishing with two goals after also putting the team on the board in the first period. After missing a good chunk of last year, Hertl is chasing a new career high in goals, sitting on 18 goals, with his personal-best 22 recorded in 2015-16. He needs to up the pace a bit, as he's found the net just three times in the last 12 games, but he's in a good spot to produce while playing on the second line with Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker while also getting minutes on the second power-play unit.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will get a chance at redemption on Friday as the Caps play their second half of a home-and-home series against the New York Islanders. The last month has not been kind to the Holtbeast, as he's posted an .858 save percentage in the last 30 days with a single win to show for it. As a result, backup Philipp Grubauer has started the majority of games recently, but Holtby will get another shot to prove his worth. His last three Vezina-worthy seasons leaves the impression that he can turn things around just in time for the playoffs.--Barry MilesSource: Isabelle Khurshudyan
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks center Logan Couture ended a four-game pointless streak in style, picking up three points in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against the Oilers. He made it 2-2 in the middle of the second frame with a power-play goal and assisted Tomas Hertl on two strikers, including on the game-winner 2:40 into the extra period. Couture is leading the Sharks in goals with 28 and he's closing in on his third 30-goal season. However, getting there could prove to be tough, as the Sharks play playoff-chasing teams 11 times during their last 12 games, starting with Calgary on Friday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer will get the call Thursday night in what will be the first half of a home-and-home series against the New York Islanders. This will be Grubauer's fourth consecutive start. In his last seven appearances, he has allowed a total of seven goals. The Islanders can explode with goals at any moment but are currently in the midst of a lull with a single win in their last nine games. Grubauer seems like a good bet to get you the win on Thursday.--Barry MilesSource: Isabelle Khurshudyan
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2 years agoEdmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom was back in the lineup on Wednesday after missing two games and he performed very well, finishing with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Sharks. He now has points in three consecutive outings, scoring twice and firing off 12 shots. However, fantasy owners shouldn't get too attached to him, as it's expected Klefbom will be shut down for the season soon with a shoulder problem. Rookie Ethan Bear could be the man to watch when Klefbom falls out of the picture. The 20-year-old has been on the second pairing in recent games, even getting some power-play time.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN

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