Recent NHL Player News

Taylor Hall scores 1 goal, 2 assists as Devils defeat Lightning in Game 3

New Jersey Devils wingman Taylor Hall scored 1 goal and 2 assists in Monday's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

What It Means:

Hall evened things up at 1-1 close to the mid-way point in the second period and then helped out with the next two goals to give the Devils a lead they never relinquished. The 26-year-old now has 2 goals and 3 assists as the two teams prepare for Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Hall scored 39.7 FanDuel points in Game 3 and he's averaging 26.5 FanDuel points per game in the series.

Lightning's Steven Stamkos (lower body) will play Thursday against New Jersey

According to The Athletic's Joe Smith, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper confirmed that center Steven Stamkos would play in Thursday's Game 1 against the New Jersey Devils.

What It Means:

Stamkos missed the final three games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. However, he said that he was good to go after Wednesday's practice, so he should be a full-go as the Lightning host the Devils in Round 1.

Our models project Stamkos for 15.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,500 on Thursday's slate.

Sidney Crosby secures hat trick in Penguins' Game 1 win over Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby posted three goals in Wednesday's 7-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

What It Means:

In attaining his third career playoff hat trick, Crosby tied the franchise record, held my Mario Lemieux. He put up one goal in the second period before tallying two in the matter of nearly three minutes in the third. Crosby had four shots on goal and a hit in his 16-plus minutes on the ice.

For his career, Crosby now has 60 goals and 167 points in 149 postseason games. We give the Penguins a 8.56% chance of three-peating as Stanley Cup champions.

Buffalo's Jack Eichel (ankle) will return to the ice on Saturday

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel will return to the lineup Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

What It Means:

Eichel's been out since February 10th with a high-ankle sprain. The 21-year-old will resume his place in the first line as he leads the Sabres in nearly all categories this season.

On the year, Eichel's accounted for 22 goals, 31 assists and 53 total points in 55 games.

Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (foot) out at least 2 weeks

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will miss at least two weeks with a fractured right foot.

What It Means:

Bergeron's set to be re-evaluated following the two week period. He was wearing a walking boot on Saturday and played on Sunday, but a secondary scans showed the fracture and the reasoning for his future absence. The Bruins will look to rely heavily on new acquisitions like Rick Nash and Brian Gionta.

Through 55 games, Bergeron has 27 goals and 27 assists in 1,068 minutes of ice time.


Penguins acquire Derick Brassard from Senators

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators.

What It Means:

In exchange for Brassard, Ottawa will receive Ian Cole, Filip Gustavsson and a 2018 first-round pick. It's quite a haul for Brassard, but this will give the Penguins that much more firepower for the stretch run before and through the playoffs.

Through 57 games, the 30-year-old has 17 goals, 19 assists while averaging 18.3 minutes of ice time per game.

Montreal's Shea Weber (foot) to undergo surgery, miss remainder of season

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left foot.

What It Means:

It seemed like Weber was working his way back, but he's recently progressed to a point where it was unclear if he would return in 2018. Rehab didn't end up being enough and surgery was the final solution. At 32, Weber is due $15 million over the next five seasons.

In 26 games, Weber tallied 6 goals, 10 assists and 659 minutes during the 2017-18 season.

Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (upper body) to miss 2-3 weeks

Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds will be out 2-to-3 weeks due to an upper-body injury.

What It Means:

Simmonds had played in all 59 games to date. His absence has forced the Flyers to call up Oskar Lindblom from the minors. He could make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Through 59 games and 1,089 minutes, Simmonds has tallied 20 goals, 17 assists and 10 power play goals this season.

Sharks' Joe Thornton (knee) out indefinitely with MCL injury

According to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will out indefinitely after suffering an injury to his MCL on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

General manager Doug Wilson said that the team is awaiting MRI results but that they expected the 38-year-old to be out "several weeks." Thornton had undergone surgery this summer for a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

Through 47 games, Thornton has produced 13 goals and 36 points while averaging 10.7 FanDuel points in 18.3 minutes of ice time.

Keith Kinkaid starting for Devils on Tuesday in place of Cory Schneider (illness)

New York Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid will start against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Kinkaid will step in between the crease for the Devils in place of Cory Schneider, who was ruled out due to illness. The 28-year-old goalie is 5-3-2 this season with a 3.31 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.

numberFire's models project Kinkaid to score 13.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,300 on Tuesday.

Cory Schneider (illness) won't be in net for Devils on Tuesday

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider will miss Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders because of an illness.

What It Means:

Keith Kinkaid will draw the start in place of Schneider, who was originally slated to be in net for the Devils. Consider him questionable for Thursday's matchup with the Washington Capitals. Schneider is 17-9-6 on the year, with a 2.74 goals-against average and 91.5 save percentage (SV%).

numberFire's models project Schneider to go 13-10-3 over the remainder of the year while recording a 91.6 SV%.

Ducks' Ryan Kesler (hip) to make season debut Wednesday night

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Vegas Golden Knights.

What It Means:

After undergoing offseason hip surgery, Kesler had yet to play in 2017. At 33, he'll enter his 14th NHL season and fourth with the Ducks. It may take some time for him to get going but he should return to form in the coming weeks.

Last season, Kesler turned in 186 shots, 22 goals, 36 assists and 8 power play goals over 1,747 minutes and 82 games.

Ducks' Corey Perry is week-to-week with lower-body injury

Anaheim Ducks' forward Corey Perry is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

What It Means:

Perry was forced to exit Anaheim's game with Carolina after an awkward collision. It is another in a long line of injuries for the Ducks, who just got Ryan Getzlaf back from a lengthy absence.

Perry was averaging 9.5 FanDuel points per game prior to the injury.

Matt Murray (lower-body) considered week-to-week for Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that goalie Matt Murray "will be week-to-week with a lower-body injury."

What It Means:

Murray went down on Monday. His speculated timetable is two-to-four weeks but that hasn't been confirmed. As for the team's starting goalkeeper, that will be Tristan Jarry with recent call-up Casey DeSmith serving as his backup.

Averaging 16.9 FanDuel points per game, Murray is projected for a 21-14-5 record with 3 shutouts and 102 goals against the rest of the season.

Toronto's Auston Matthews (upper body) won't play Thursday night

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will not play Thurday against the New Jersey Devils, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

What It Means:

For Matthews, this will be his fourth straight game he's missed with an upper body ailment. The specifics aren't known but he appears close to making a return to the ice. His next chance to play will be on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Through 16 games, Matthews has 10 goals on 53 shots. He's also averaging 18.9 FanDuel points per game to this point in his second NHL season.

Bruins' Brad Marchand (undisclosed) won't play in next two games

Boston Bruins left winger Brad Marchand will not play in either of the team's next two games on Wednesday or Thursday.

What It Means:

Marchand had just recently returned to the team after suffering an upper body injury. But it appears that something else has popped up. Whatever it is, the injury will keep him out until at least Saturday. The same goes for fellow winger Anders Bjork, who is dealing with an undisclosed injury himself.

Through 14 games, Marchand is averaging 15.9 FanDuel points across 21.5 minutes of ice time per game. He ranks third among all forwards in our rest-of-season fantasy ranks.

Brad Marchand (upper body) to return to Bruins on Friday

Boston Bruins left winger Brad Marchand will return to the team on Friday in Toronto.

What It Means:

With Bruins set to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Marchand will play in his first game since Saturday. He was dealing with an upper body injury, but he's now healthy enough to play and will work side-by-side with Patrice Bergeron and David Pasrnak.

Through 12 games, Marchand has managed 28 shots, 8 goals and 6 assists across 257 minutes of ice time.


Toronto's Auston Matthews (upper body) not playing on Wednesday night

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will not play Wednesday due to an upper-body injury.

What It Means:

According to TSN Sports' Kristen Shilton, Matthews will not only miss tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild but he is also considered day-to-day with the injury. This marks Matthews' first career absence due to injury.

Matthews is averaging 18.7 FanDuel points per game with 53 shots, 10 goals and 9 assists through 16 games.

Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf (face) might miss two months following surgery

Anaheim Ducks vice president and general manager Bob Murray said that center Ryan Getzlaf underwent surgery to repair a fracture to his zygomatic bone.

What It Means:

Struck in the face by a puck during a game last Sunday, Getzlaf has already been placed on injured reserve with the injury. He has been out since October 29th and will continue to sit for quite some time. Murray said that the recovery could be as long as two months but an exact timetable is unknown. The Ducks will look for Antoine Vermette and others to step up with both Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler (hip) out for extended periods of time.

Through 6 games, Getzlaf had tallied 7 points with 1 goal and 6 assists in 115 minutes of ice time. He's projected for 52 points, 12 goals and 40 assists over the remainder of the Ducks' season.

Andrei Vasilevskiy is starting in goal for the Lightning on Monday

The Tampa Bay Lightning will start Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

What It Means:

Vasilevskiy, who has started every game for the Bolts this postseason, allowed one goal on 29 shots in Tampa's win over the Blues on Saturday. The 23-year-old Russian has stopped 87 of 95 shots over his last three games.

Our models project Vasilevskiy will post 17.1 FanDuel points on Monday.

Senators' Erik Karlsson to make season debut on Tuesday

Ottawa Senators' defenseman Erik Karlsson will make his 2017 debut on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks.

What It Means:

Karlsson has missed the first five games of the season after having surgery on his foot in June. "It's going to be good," Karlsson said. "I had the appropriate amount of time to get ready to play again. It's exciting. I'm going to be a little bit rusty, probably, but it's better to get back into things as early as possible. Hopefully we'll get better as we move on."

Our models project Karlsson to score 16 goals, record 54 assists and finish with 278.25 FanDuel points this year.


Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) placed on Golden Knights' injured reserve list

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on injured reserve on Sunday.

What It Means:

Fleury took a knee to the head in Friday's loss to the Detroit Red Wings, but completed the game. He does have a history of concussions, and the injured reserve designation takes him out of action for at least one week.

After suffering his first loss on Friday, Fleury amassed a 3-1 record, with a 2.5 GAA and .925 save percentage through four games this season.

Source: ESPN

Tuukka Rask starting in goal for Bruins on Sunday

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is starting on Sunday against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

What It Means:

Rask has taken a pair of losses in his last two starts, both against the Avalanche. He is 1-2 on the season with a 3.3 goals against average and an .870 save percentage.

Our models project Rask for 25.9 saves on 28.0 shots against, with a 64.0 percent chance of getting a win. He is numberFire's 2nd-ranked fantasy goalie on Sunday's short slate.

Red Wings starting Petr Mrazek against Vegas on Friday night

Petr Mrazek will start in goal for the Detroit Red Wings against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.

What It Means:

In his last outing, Mrazek allowed three goals on 32 shots as the Wings fell to the Stars on Tuesday. After Jimmy Howard started last night in Arizona, the Wings will hand Mrazek his second start of the year.

Our models project Mrazek will post 14.2 FanDuel points while costing $7,400 on Friday night.

Craig Anderson will start in goal for Ottawa on Friday night

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

What It Means:

Anderson, who will make his fourth straight start, allowed two goals on 28 shots in his last game, a win over Vancouver on Tuesday. The veteran netminder owns a .919 SV% this season.

Our models project Anderson will post 20.2 FanDuel points while costing $8,100 on Friday night.

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