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Coach Jack Capuano pulled Jaroslav Halak after he gave up six goals.

Halak was taken out of the game at the 14:23 mark of the third and replaced by Thomas Greiss who made the save on the only shot directed his way. Halak is 5-7-5 with a 3.07 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He is not a good option in net right now even though he was 2-0-1 in his previous three games before Saturday night.
Dec 11 - 9:27 AM

It does not appear that David Backes and David Krejci have meshed as well as the Bruins had hoped.

The two veterans are two-thirds of the team's second line but have not produced. Up until now the focus has been to find the right left winger for the unit. But it doesn't appear that that is the major problem with the line. No matter which left winger plays on the second unit, Krejci and Backes show little chemistry. As a result, Boston coach Claude Julien may be forced to break up his top line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand to boost the second unit by swapping Pastrnak and Backes. Keep an eye on this situation.
Dec 11 - 9:18 AM

Lukas Sedlak scored Saturday for the second time in two games.

Sedlak picked up the first NHL goal of his career Friday and now has three points in his last two games and seven in 24 games. The Czech Republic native was drafted in the sixth round in 2011 and this is his first season in The Show.
Dec 11 - 9:11 AM

Oscar Lindberg had seven shots on goal Friday and impressed coach Alain Vigneault with his play.

Lindberg has been a healthy scratch too many times but is in the lineup with injuries to Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich. "I really liked Oscar’s line," Vigneault said as he played with Jesper Fast who had six shots on goal and Marek Hrivik. "They spent a lot of time in the other team’s end, got a lot of shots, and without a doubt, it was a team effort." Lindberg has only one assist in 14 games this season but he is coming off off-season hip surgery.
Source: NY Post
Dec 11 - 9:05 AM

Frank Vatrano is nearing a return to action.

The talented Bruin forward, who has missed the entire season to date after undergoing foot surgery in late September, has been skating the past week. Vatrano is hoping to get clearance to rejoin the Boston lineup within the next 7-10 days. "I feel like I’m pretty much ready to go. Now it’s just a matter of going to the doctor one more time, give him my symptoms and how I feel and hopefully I’ll be back playing," Vatrano said. Vatrano could give the Bruins' struggling offense a boost. Track him carefully.
Dec 11 - 9:03 AM

Rick Nash (groin) could be back in action as early as Thursday.

Nash was projected to miss a week with the injury. The veteran winger has 11 goals and 18 points in 27 games. Barring any further injuries, Nash should get 30 goals and 50-plus points this season.
Source: NY Post
Dec 11 - 9:00 AM

Although he started Saturday night's game on the Bruins' second line, Danton Heinen didn't finish on it.

Heinen was given the opportunity to skate alongside David Backes and David Krejci but was moved to the fourth line with the Bruins needing offense in a 4-1 loss to Toronto. Ryan Spooner replaced him. Although Heinen is coming off a hot stretch where he registered 13 points in his last 13 AHL games, there is no guarantee his stay in Boston will be a long one.
Dec 11 - 8:59 AM

The New York Rangers are expected to start Henrik Lundqvist Sunday against the Devils.

Lundqvist has watched the last two Rangers games from the bench so this looks to be the spot for the veteran to return to the crease. He is 12-8-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .912 save percentage and while he has been outplayed this season by Antti Raanta, he still is King Henrik.
Dec 11 - 8:28 AM

Cory Schneider is expected to get the net Sunday against the Rangers.

Schneider has struggled of late and has played in only six of the Devils last 10 games, while giving up at least four goals in four of the six games. He has played 69 and 58 games in each of the last two seasons so this is a definite downturn. Schneider is 9-7-4 this season with an uncharacteristic 2.72 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
Dec 11 - 8:25 AM

Tyler Toffoli has not scored since November 17, a span of nine games.

Toffoli had 31 goals last season but has only five in 27 games thus far. It's been one of those years for the talented scorer but a couple of pucks in the net could turn his season around. He is still worth keeping in most pools.
Dec 11 - 8:20 AM

Anze Kopitar has gone his last 16 games without a goal.

Kopitar has two goals and 14 points in 22 games but has gone pointless in his last two after five assists in his previous pair of games. Kopitar has led the Kings in points in each of the last nine seasons but is in danger of losing that streak this year. While we still recommend him, Kopitar certainly needs to pick up the offensive pace for the Kings.
Dec 11 - 8:17 AM

Leon Draisaitl has been on fire of late with 10 goals in his last 14 games.

Draisaitl is up to 13 goals and 26 points in 30 games and has been an outstanding compliment to Connor McDavid as the Oilers have a great one-two punch offensively. He is a must own in all leagues.
Dec 11 - 8:14 AM

Andrej Sekera has taken over as the Edmonton Oilers top defenseman.

Sekera has been leading the team in ice time and has four goals and 13 points in 30 games. In addition, he is a plus-nine on a team that is mostly in the minus. Sekera is a fine pickup in most leagues at this time.
Dec 11 - 8:10 AM

Drake Caggiula has been seeing playing time with Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic of late.

The trio should play together on Sunday as well and the move up the depth chart bodes well for his fantasy owners. He has a goal and five points in 12 games as he started the season injured, but the undrafted rookie from the University of North Dakota has made his presence felt at the NHL level since returning from a hip injury.
Dec 11 - 8:08 AM

Don't be surprised if the Edmonton Oilers send Jesse Puljujarvi to the minors.

The fourth overall pick in the 2016 Draft needs some playing time and he has been a healthy scratch far too often to be an effective player at the age of 18. He played in Finland last season so he doesn't have to go to junior and this makes it a lot easier for the Oilers to send him to the minors. Puljujarvi scored on opening night but has yet to find the back of the net ever since. He is a keeper but not valuable this season at all in pools.
Dec 11 - 8:04 AM



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