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The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled Kasperi Kapanen from the minors on Monday.

The 20-year-old has 18 goals and 43 points in 43 AHL games this season, but he's yet to play a game in the NHL in 2016-17. He had no points in nine contests with the Leafs last season.
Mar 27 - 11:13 AM

Brock Boeser played on Vancouver's top PP unit with the Sedin twins on Sunday.

Boeser didn't score, but he had a couple of decent chances. The rookie also showed a little fatigue, as this was his third game in three nights (one in the NCAA, two in the NHL). "We hardly ever play three games in three days in (college)," Boeser said. "That was the first time in a long time for me. I could definitely feel my legs getting tired out there, toward the end of shifts especially." His fantasy upside may be limited this season, but if his current usage is any indication, he'll have ample opportunity to put up points next season.
Mar 27 - 11:08 AM

Matt Benning (foot) avoided a serious injury, according to head coach Todd McLellan.

Benning left Saturday's game against Colorado after blocking a shot. Initially, the Oilers were worried that he suffered a broken foot, but that doesn't appear to be the case. "I don’t want to jump the gun but he looked pretty darn good," McLellan said. "He was walking around. He’s got a welt, but it doesn’t look like there’s anything broken. That’s a really good sign for us." Benning is day-to-day for now.
Mar 27 - 11:01 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are still in the hunt for top spot in the Pacific Division.

Not many people expected the Oilers to even make the playoffs this season, so the fact that they can still take top spot in their division is pretty impressive. Heading into Monday's action, they find themselves two points behind the first-place Ducks. "We’re right in the fight right now," said forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins "To win the division is obviously our goal. We’re just going to keep striving for that. At this point in the season, to be (challenging) for first is definitely a huge confidence boost for us. It’s not done, but from last year or years past it’s a huge jump for us."
Mar 27 - 10:57 AM

Matt Cullen scored a power play goal in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Flyers.

Cullen opened the scoring in the first period, but it was all Philadelphia after that point. The veteran center now has three points in his last two games. He's up 12 goals and 16 assists in 66 games this season.
Mar 27 - 10:47 AM

Sidney Crosby wasn't pleased with his team's effort in their 6-2 loss to the Flyers on Sunday.

The Penguins have now dropped three straight games (two in a shootout) and their captain wants to see more from his team. "That's the way it's going," said Crosby. "We've got to find ways to win games. We can't control who's in and out, but we've got to be able to make sure our effort's there. We didn't give ourselves much of a chance tonight." The Pens currently sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division. If the playoffs were to start today, they'd be heading to Columbus.
Mar 27 - 10:45 AM

Valtteri Filppula put an end to his 11-game goalless drought in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.

Filppula's second-period goal allowed the Flyers to jump ahead 2-1 in the game and they never looked back. He has nine goals and 29 assists in 72 games this season. He doesn't need to be owned in standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 10:36 AM

Dale Weise scored in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

After scoring just twice in his first 50 games of the season, Weise has now found the back of the net three times in his last seven contests. The Flyers forward has just 10 points in 57 games, which means he isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 10:33 AM

Jordan Weal picked up a goal and an assist in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Weal tied the game at one with less than one minute remaining in the first period and he also helped set up Valtteri Filppula's go-ahead goal (2-1) in the second frame. Weal finished the game with a plus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 13:06 of ice time. The Flyers forward has five goals and two assists in 17 games. He shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar. "Weal continues to impress," said goalie Steve Mason after the win. "He's like a little water bug out there. He just moves, moves, moves _ and it's tough to contain him."
Mar 27 - 10:30 AM

Tuukka Rask (lower body) is taking part in Monday's practice.

That was anticipated, but it's still an important development for the Bruins. Rask couldn't play on Saturday due to the injury.
Mar 27 - 10:28 AM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) is on the ice with the Leafs' goalie coach Monday morning.

We'll have to wait for further information on Andersen, but this is a positive sign. He left Saturday's game in the first period due to the injury.
Mar 27 - 10:26 AM

Craig Anderson has been selected as the Ottawa Senators' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy honors the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. This has been a very difficult season for Anderson and his family as his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Anderson left the team to be with her, but later rejoined the Senators at her urging on Oct. 30. He later took another two months of leave to be with her during her treatment before returning to the team again in March. Despite how difficult this has to be for him, when Anderson has played he's been outstanding with a 2.32 GAA and .927 save percentage in 34 starts.
Mar 27 - 10:25 AM

Jeff Skinner has found the back of the net nine times in his last eight contests.

Skinner is a big reason why Carolina has been able to go 7-0-3 in their last 10 games. The 'Canes forward is currently riding a six-game point streak and He's up to 30 goals and 54 points in 70 games this season. It's the third time in his career that he's hit the 30-goal mark. Skinner scored 31 goals in his rookie season (2010-11) and 33 goals in 2013-14.
Mar 27 - 10:20 AM

Colton Sissons has made the most of his recent opportunity to play with the Predators.

Sissons has spent chunks of the campaign in the press box, but he's played regularly since March 9 and has three goals in his last two games. "We had had a couple conversations just about the next time he got back in there to make sure that he put an exclamation point on the player that he wanted to show," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I do think that confidence plays into it. When he first came back into the lineup, he played strong and confident. I think he grabbed that and built off of that. He moved up a line, and now it's really starting to show." Sissons isn't likely to be a major offensive threat moving forward, but he could still cement his spot as an every game player with the Predators.
Mar 27 - 10:17 AM

Derek Stepan scored a goal in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Stepan's goal gave his team a 2-1 lead in the first period, but the Ducks were able to tie it up less than four minutes later. Stepan has now scored in back-to-back games. He's up to 15 goals and 51 points in 76 contests.
Mar 27 - 10:11 AM



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