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Washington coach Todd Reirden has moved Evgeny Kuznetsov to the third line.

Kuznetsov practiced on the third unit Saturday, centering Andre Burakovsky and Brett Connolly. "Even-strength goals from him are not where they're used to being and have been in the past," Reirden said. "For me, it's getting his game back to where it was to start the year. In talking to him, it's finding a way to do that. He obviously got off to that tremendous start and then was continuing to play fairly well and then has the injury, and I just don't really feel like he's gotten back to how he's started the year yet." Kuznetsov has eight goals and 38 points in 41 games but has only a goal and six assists in his last 15 games.
Jan 20 - 9:15 AM

Josh Leivo practiced on the top line with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser Saturday.

That bodes well for Sunday's game against Detroit for the former Maple Leaf. Leivo has four goals and six points in 17 games since the trade from Toronto and has been a plus-five on a weaker Vancouver team.
Jan 20 - 9:09 AM

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (wrist) practiced on Friday and could return to the San Jose lineup as early as Monday.

The Sharks play back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday and it would not be a surprise for the defenseman to return for at least one game before the All-Star break as well as the man-dated five day break. Vlasic has missed the last eight games with the wrist injury and has a goal and 11 points in 42 games.
Jan 20 - 8:59 AM

Erik Karlsson was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury.

The defenseman was hurt Tuesday night but played Wednesday. He was seen limping after the game and tried to play Saturday but it was determined after the warmup skate that he would be unable to go. Karlsson could miss Monday and Tuesday games as the Sharks have then do not return to game action until February 2. Karlsson has three goals and 43 points this season in 47 games.
Jan 20 - 8:55 AM

Jack Johnson was a minus-four Saturday in a 7-3 loss to Vegas.

It was not the best of nights for Johnson who has a goal and 10 points in 47 games along with a minus-nine rating. He has no fantasy value.
Jan 20 - 8:46 AM

The New York Rangers have decided to keep Brett Howden on the roster during their mandated NHL break.

With a lot of NHL teams sending down their youngsters to give them extra playing time, the Rangers think that the rest will do the slumping Howden more good. Howden had four goals and 12 points in his first 20 games but the last 27 games have not been kind with only seven helpers and nary a goal. "Rest is more important for him," coach David Quinn said. "He’s been here for a long time, he’s had a good first half."
Source: NY Post
Jan 20 - 8:21 AM

The New York Rangers have sent defenseman Ryan Lindgren back to the minors.

A lot of teams are sending their youngsters down to the AHL when they start their mandated five day break in the NHL schedule. Lindgren was recalled on Tuesday and could be back in the NHL when the Rangers return to action on January 29. Lindgren was pointless in three games with a minus-one rating and six penalty minutes.
Source: NY Post
Jan 20 - 8:17 AM

Henrik Lundqvist moved into sixth place by himself in career wins with 446.

Lundqvist passed the great Terry Sawchuk with the win. Lundqvist is having a so-so season fantasy-wise as he is 15-12-7 with a 3.01 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Next on the list is Curtis Joseph at 454. Lundqvist is the only non-Canadian goaltender in the top-13 on the list.
Jan 20 - 8:11 AM

Look for Cam Talbot to get the start in goal for Edmonton Sunday.

Mikko Koskinen picked up the start on Saturday and with the Oilers on the back-end of back-to-back games, it only seems logical that Talbot would get the start. He is 9-13-2 this season with a 3.17 GAA and a .896 save percentage, not exactly stats that will win you hockey pools.
Jan 20 - 7:25 AM

One game after he was a healthy scratch, Anthony Duclair had a strong game Saturday.

Duclair was a healthy scratch on Friday but coach John Tortorella put him back in the lineup Saturday and was rewarded with the outstanding effort. "That Duclair looks like a million bucks," Tortorella said. "Every shift he looks like a threat. Gets to the goal … shot wide, stickhandled into the corner. It’s just so aggravating. Not just him, it’s just really frustrating to me." Duclair was moved up to the top line in the third period, replacing Cam Atkinson on the Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois line with his excellent play as Atkinson dropped to the third unit alongside Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg. Duclair has 10 goals and 15 points in 41 games this season.
Jan 20 - 7:20 AM

Oliver Kylington's second goal of the season was the game-winner Saturday.

The talented blueliner was selected in the second round of the 2015 Draft (60th overall) and was a polarizing player as many scouts saw him as a first round pick while many others saw him as a third rounder. He has two goals and four points in 25 games this season as he tries to establish himself as a solid NHL blueliner. While we cannot recommend him at this time, he has some offensive upside.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 20 - 7:06 AM

Johnny Gaudreau scored once and added an assist to extend his points streak to 11 games.

Gaudreau is having a career season with 29 goals and 73 points in 50 games and he has been especially hot of late with 10 goals and 23 points in the 11-game streak. The talented winger's career high is 84 and he should smash that mark in the first or second week in February unless he has a long slump. He is second in points in the NHL and is in the race for the Hart Trophy.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 20 - 7:01 AM

Mikael Backlund scored once and added an assist Saturday.

The center picked up his 300th career point in the contest as he has 11 goals and 27 points this season with a tremendous plus-25 in 46 games after going minus-21 last season. He has 119 career goals and 181 assists in his 10-plus year career with Calgary.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 20 - 6:56 AM

Ondrej Kase's right arm was in a sling Saturday.

The forward was injured in Thursday's win over Minnesota and was placed on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. The injury is obviously to his arm. Kase has 11 goals and 30 points in 30 games and has been one of the few bright spots offensively for Anaheim.
Jan 20 - 6:47 AM

Daniel Sprong scored and added an assist Saturday in the Ducks 3-2 win.

Sprong has been strong for the Ducks since he was acquired from Pittsburgh on December 3 with seven goals and 11 points in 20 games for the goal-starved team. "I always believed I could produce," Sprong said. "Everywhere I’ve played, from juniors to the American League, I always produced. ... It’s exciting when the coaching staff and players believe in you and trust you a lot. I was happy to chip in (Saturday)."
Jan 20 - 6:44 AM



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