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Brendan Smith returned to action on Wednesday March 4.

Mar 5 - 2:52 AM

Carey Price stopped 30-of-32 shots in a 3-1 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday.

Price was simply out-dueled by John Gibson opposite him on this night. The loss was his second straight but this one was certainly not his fault. He still remains one of the top favorites for Vezina trophy with his outstanding 36-13-3 record to go with his league leading 1.92 goals-against-average and .935 save percentage. He is simply the best fantasy goalie in hockey right now.
Mar 5 - 2:36 AM

Alex Galchenyuk scored his 19th goal of the year in a 3-1 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday.

Galchenyuk broke the goose egg with less than two minutes to go but it wasn't enough to rally the Habs in Anaheim. Montreal fired 38 shots at Ducks' goalie John Gibson but could only get the one goal past him. Andrei Markov and David Desharnais drew assists on the lone marker. Galchenyuk has 19 goals and 40 points in 62 games in his breakout out year.
Mar 5 - 2:24 AM

Francois Beauchemin potted a goal in Anaheim's 3-1 win over Montreal on Wednesday.

He added six shots and two pims and was plus-2 in an overall nice fantasy night. Beauchemin now has five goals in his last 11 games and seven points during that stretch. With 18 points in 48 games he is a middle of the pack fantasy blue-liner. Cam Fowler and Rickard Rakell each scored goals in the Ducks win.
Mar 5 - 2:04 AM

John Gibson made 38 saves in a 3-1 Anaheim win over Montreal on Wednesday.

Gibson was very close to the shutout in this game but the Canadiens scored with less than two minutes left in the game. Nevertheless, he was outstanding on this night as he calmly out-played Carey Price on the other end. Frederik Andersen was very good in his first start back from injury last night in Arizona so it will be interesting to see how the Ducks spread out the starts for the rest of the season. Gibson is 9-5 with a 2.41 goals-against-average and .924 save percentage in 15 appearances. He is a great start whenever Andersen is unable to go or needs a rest.
Mar 5 - 1:52 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19-of-222 shots in a 3-1 loss to Colorado on Wednesday.

The loss snapped Fleury's three game winning streak. He has allowed three goals in three straight games. The Penguins' number one guy is still having a solid season though with a 29 wins, a 2.21 goals-against-average and .923 save percentage in 50 appearances this year. Start him with confidence.
Mar 5 - 1:40 AM

Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Penguins in a 3-1 loss to Colorado on Wednesday.

It was his third goal in two games and fifth in four as he stays red hot. The Russian stud has 12 points during a six game points streak. Malkin has 27 goals and 65 points in 58 games this season. He is one of the top fantasy players in all of hockey and everyone should know that he must be started in all formats every night.
Mar 5 - 1:28 AM

Gabriel Landeskog scored and added two helpers in Colorado's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

He was named the first star of the game and definitely deserved it. The Avalanche captain has been on a heck of streak lately with seven goals in his last 10 games. He has 12 total points over that stretch. After a slow start to the season, he has 17 goals and 43 points in 64 games this year. Jarome Iginla and Nathan MacKinnon added the other goals for Colorado.
Mar 5 - 1:18 AM

Semyon Varlamov turned aside 28-of-29 shots in a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Overall it has been a difficult season but Varlamov now has six wins in this last nine starts as the Avs are trying to finish this season strong. He carries a 20-17-7 record to go with a 2.65 GAA and .918 save percentage into his next start.
Mar 5 - 12:57 AM

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 39 saves, some of them outstanding, in a 2-1 overtime triumph over the visiting New York Rangers Wednesday night.

Howard was sensational when he denied Rick Nash from the right circle on a 2-on-1 rush with 7:50 remaining in the second period. He also made a first-rate save on Mats Zuccarello's tip attempt a little more than five minutes into the second period. Howard is now 19-8-9 on the season with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He is one of the premier goalies in the NHL and a must-start fantasy option on most nights.
Mar 4 - 11:05 PM

Cam Talbot, starting Wednesday night in place of Henrik Lundqvist (vascual injury to his neck) in the Rangers' net for the 14th time in 15 games, made 29 saves in regulation and overtime but New York wound up on the losing side of a 2-1 decision in Detroit.

Talbot is now 9-2-3 since the Lundqvist injury. His season record is 13-6-4. His goals-against average is 2.43 and his save percentage, .917. He's been solid, and the Rangers are definite contenders, so don't be afraid to use Talbot as your fantasy goalie on most nights.
Mar 4 - 11:00 PM

Dan Girardi scored the New York Rangers' only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Red Wings in Detroit Wednesday night.

Girardi's goal tied the game at 1-1 at 17:02 of the first period but there was no more scoring in the game until Marek Zidlicky's overtime tally. Rangers gunner Rick Nash had seven shots on the Detroit net but finished the game with a minus-one.
Mar 4 - 10:56 PM

Detroit newcomer Marek Zidlicky scored a power-play goal at 1:09 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 2-1 triumph over the visiting New York Rangers Wednesday night.

Zidlicky scored his first goal as a Red Wing in his first game with Detroit since being acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline this week. Zidlicky was dealt by the Devils for a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft. If the Wings reach the Stanley Cup final, New Jersey would get Detroit's second-round pick. Zidlicky, a veteran defenseman, can be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Wings were in hot pursuit of a right-handed defenseman and they got one in Zidlicky. His goal Wednesday gives him 24 points (five goals) in 64 games this season. The other Detroit goal scorer in this one was Justin Abdelkader, who gave the Wings a 1-0 lead at 6:12 of the first period. Abdelkader now has 14 goals on the season. Henrik Zetterberg assisted on both Detroit goals and increased his season total to 36. Zetterberg was playing for the first time after missing four games because of a head injury.
Mar 4 - 10:50 PM

Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson did not have a memorable night Wednesday as he and his Winnipeg mates were dumped 3-1 by the visiting Ottawa Senators.

Hutchinson, starting in net for the fifth consecutive game, was pulled with 8:06 left in the second period. Hutchinson made 14 saves. Hutchinson was charged with the loss, his first in regulation since Feb. 2 in Calgary. Ondrej Pavelec took over for Hutchinson in his first game since Feb. 19 and finished with three saves.
Mar 4 - 10:41 PM

Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond, making his seventh consecutive start for the Senators, excelled in his team's 3-1 triumph over the Jets in Winnipeg Wednesday night.

Hammond turned aside 35 of the 36 Winnipeg shots he faced. He shut out the Jets in the first periods. Hammond has been playing because Craig Anderson has been out with a hand injury. Hammond has been first-rate since joining Ottawa. He is 6-0 with a goals-against average of 1.35 and a save percentage of .957. Inspired by Hammond's surprising success, the Sens have won eight of their past 11 games and are making a late-season push for a playoff spot.
Mar 4 - 10:36 PM



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