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The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled Jake Guentzel from the minors.

Guentzel had quite an NHL debut on November 21 as he scored twice in the first period. The winger had three goals and four points in five games in the NHL while managing 21 goals and 42 points in 33 AHL games this season. He certainly knows where the net is and with Pittsburgh struggling a bit of late, he could see some action on one of the top two lines.
Jan 16 - 10:24 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled Chad Ruhwedel from the minors.

The move was needed when the Penguins placed Kris Letang on the injured reserve list. Ruhwedel was sent to the minors only four days ago and had a quick recall. He has a goal and two points in five games but he could be a healthy scratch Monday as Taylor Chorney should draw into the lineup.
Jan 16 - 10:21 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed Kris Letang (knee) on the injured reserve list.

Letang was injured on Saturday and the Penguins thought it serious enough that he will be down for a least a week so they reserved him. He has 23 points in 30 games but he seems to be prone to injuries in the last few seasons and that takes away from his immense fantasy value.
Jan 16 - 10:18 AM

John Carlson (lower body) will travel with the Capitals on Monday as they will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That is good news as Carlson was forced to leave the game after playing only 6:38 in Sunday's win over Philadelphia. Carlson could suit up but if he is unable to go then Taylor Chorney will draw in as the Capitals are not recalling anyone. Carlson has five goals and 25 points in 43 games with a plus-ten rating. He should be on someone's roster when healthy.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

Look for Philipp Grubauer to get the start in three of the Capitals next eight games.

As good as starter Braden Holtby has been this season, Grubauer is matching him every step of the way with an 8-1-1 mark to go with a 1.74 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Coach Barry Trotz suggested that Grubauer will play once during the upcoming Dad's trip and with the Capitals having a pair of back-to-back games upcoming, he will get a start in each of those games. He is worth putting on your roster as he has been great this season.
Jan 16 - 9:35 AM

Joonas Donskoi (upper body) skated on Sunday.

Donskoi was hurt on Wednesday and hasn't played since. He does not want to re-injure it and with the All-Star break occurring next week, it may be prudent to let him rest until after the break. He has only six goals and 14 points in 41 games this season.
Jan 16 - 9:24 AM

Tomas Hertl (knee) partook in an optional skate Sunday and hopes to be able to participate in full contact drills shortly.

Hertl was injured on November 17 and has not played since as he underwent knee surgery just before Thanksgiving. The talented winger had four goals and nine points in 17 games before his injury. "Every day its better and stronger. Now it’s almost full practices. Next week hopefully, full practices with contact," Hertl said. "We’ll see next week if I can start more pushing, more battles. It’s mostly coming back pretty fast now. I feel pretty good. I don’t want to skate anymore. I’m over it. I want to just play. It’s more fun than just skating (alone) on the ice and with no pucks and no goalie on the ice."
Jan 16 - 9:19 AM

Tomas Hertl partook in an optional skate Sunday and hopes to be able to participate in full contact drills shortly.

Hertl was injured on November 17 and has not played since as he underwent knee surgery just before Thanksgiving. The talented winger had four goals and nine points in 17 games before his injury. "Every day its better and stronger. Now it’s almost full practices. Next week hopefully, full practices with contact," Hertl said. "We’ll see next week if I can start more pushing, more battles. It’s mostly coming back pretty fast now. I feel pretty good. I don’t want to skate anymore. I’m over it. I want to just play. It’s more fun than just skating (alone) on the ice and with no pucks and no goalie on the ice."
Jan 16 - 9:19 AM

Kris Letang's (knee) status will be updated after Monday's morning practice.

Letang was injured Saturday and with the Penguins not practicing Sunday, there were no updates. Letang has missed 12 games already this season and missed most of Saturday's tilt but did manage to score before he was injured. He has four goals and 23 points in 30 games. Hopefully he will be only day-to-day but the possibility exists that he will be out long-term. Stay tuned.
Jan 16 - 9:09 AM

Sidney Crosby has not found the back of the net in the last five games.

Crosby leads the NHL with 26 goals but his lead is being chipped away and Alex Ovechkin is getting hot and looming just behind Crosby as he is now up to 21. Crosby is having an outstanding season thus far with 46 points in 36 games. He obviously is a must-start.
Jan 16 - 9:05 AM

Shayne Gostisbehere was a minus-two in his return to the Flyers lineup after being a healthy scratch Saturday.

It was the second time this season that Gostisbehere was sent to the press box. He has four goals and 19 points in 43 games this season. "You can obviously let it rattle you and let it set you back, but I'm going to go out there and do whatever it takes to help the team," he said. "If that's me being in the press box, that's me being in the press box. I'm here to help the team in any way possible." He is still fantasy worthy but Gostisbehere is not the offensive machine he was last season when he finished third in Calder voting with 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games.
Jan 16 - 8:35 AM

Claude Giroux was a minus-three on Sunday.

The Flyers were whipped 5-0 by the Capitals and Giroux goalless drought is now at 11 games. He has been an assist machine with 28 in 46 games but Giroux has struggled recently and multiple changes of linemates has not helped. Giroux will eventually break out of this slump so you should continue to keep him in your lineup if the alternative is not any better.
Jan 16 - 8:31 AM

Henrik Lundqvist has really struggled in January.

Lundqvist has a 4.10 GAA and a .861 save percentage in the five games he has played in over the first two weeks of the month. While the defensive play of the Rangers has been suspect, they need Lundqvist to bail them out from time to time.
Jan 16 - 8:24 AM

Damon Severson's assist on Sunday gave him 21 points on the season.

Severson has improved his offensive game as he had only 21 points all of last season. The defenseman is worth a pick up in deeper fantasy pools.
Jan 16 - 8:06 AM

Tyler Toffoli has not been seen on the ice since his lower body injury on December 20.

Toffoli had eight goals and 20 points in 31 games before his injury nearly a month ago. He had 31 goals and 58 points last season and his absence from the lineup has been sorely missed.
Jan 16 - 8:03 AM



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