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Benoit Pouliot remained on the top line with Taylor Hall out of action.

Hall has missed the last three games with a bone bruise on his leg and Pouliot has taken his spot on the top line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. That could end on Monday as Hall could return to play in San Jose. Pouliot has 11 goals and 17 points in 32 games this season.
Feb 1 - 7:35 AM

Keith Aulie got into his first game in 12 matches and got into a fight.

Aulie had been a healthy scratch for the previous 11 games but he has been feisty when he has played as he now has 49 penalty minutes in 14 games. He has yet to pick up a point this season so you know where his fantasy value lies.
Feb 1 - 7:31 AM

Jordan Leopold played left wing on Saturday for the first time in his NHL career.

Well at least it was the first time in his NHL career that he played up front as he was a late addition to the lineup for the ailing Matt Calvert. Leopold played 8:27 minutes with a couple of hits on the fourth line. He has only three points in 21 games this season.
Feb 1 - 7:19 AM

Matt Calvert missed Saturday's game with an illness.

Calvert has been ill for about a month now and had to switch anti-biotics as the first batch did not work. He suffered a setback on Saturday and was unable to go as he was coughing too much. Consider him day-to-day. He has six goals and 12 points in 38 games this season.
Feb 1 - 7:16 AM

Ryan Murray said he knee felt great after Saturday's game.

It was Murray's first game back since November 1 as he has now played in only five contests this season. He underwent two surgeries in the off-season and it appears that he has finally healed. Murray picked up his first assist of the season in the 3-1 loss and played 19:10 minutes but did not see any power play time. Don't worry if you own him in keeper leagues; he will see plenty of action on the pp in his NHL career.
Feb 1 - 7:13 AM

Alexander Semin was a minus-one in his return to the Carolina lineup.

Semin played 17:01 minutes and had two shots on goal in seven attempts as he had been a healthy scratch the previous four games. "(Semin’s) been good (in practice)," coach Bill Peters said. "He’s shooting the puck, shooting the puck hard, been working harder to get open, moving his feet. Those are all good signs and hopefully it continues on into the game." With only a goal and seven points in 27 games, he certainly has not been worth the $7 million the Hurricanes are paying him this season. Not even close.
Feb 1 - 6:48 AM

Sean Monahan scored his 16th goal of the season Saturday.

Monahan had a five game points streak end on Thursday so he's trying to start a new streak. He has 32 points in 50 games this season which is even more impressive as he got off to a very slow start. He is a keeper.
Feb 1 - 6:42 AM

Jiri Hudler was a late scratch Saturday night, due to an illness.

His spot on the roster was taken by David Wolf. Hudler had 14 goals and 41 points in 47 games this season and while he was missed in the lineup, the Flames were playing the lowly Edmonton Oilers and still prevailed 4-2. Consider Hudler day-to-day for now.
Feb 1 - 6:40 AM

David Wolf made his NHL debut on Saturday but was injured in the third period and did not return.

Wolf was a late addition to the lineup as Jiri Hudler was unable to go, due to an illness. Wolf suffered a sliced leg that required stitches. "A dream come true," said Wolf. "It was an unbelievable feeling. At the start, I usually close my eyes and get focused for the game, but this time I had to look – look at the rink and see all those people. The feeling in my stomach was not too bad, I’ll tell you that. A really nice experience to be in that game." Wolf played 7:27 minutes with a couple of hits and a shot on goal.
Feb 1 - 6:38 AM

Curtis Glencross suffered a knee injury a few days ago when he accidentally stepped on a stick during practice.

Glencross was close to returning before the freak incident and has not skated in the past couple of days. He has been out of action since January 15. Glencross has eight goals, 26 points, 30 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 44 games. He has enough value to be starting in deeper pools when healthy.
Source: Calgary Sun
Feb 1 - 6:32 AM

Netminder Louis Domingue could get his first NHL start on Sunday.

Domingue was recalled Saturday and saw his first NHL action when coach Dave Tippett pulled Mike Smith 2:17 into the third period when Smith gave up his fifth goal of the game. Domingue, a fifth round pick in 2010, gave up two goals on 11 shots. Tippett said he would sleep on his decision and decide Sunday. Domingue was 8-4-1 this season in the AHL with a .922 save percentage. Stay tuned as Domingue is from the Montreal area where the Coyotes play Sunday.
Feb 1 - 6:25 AM

Martin Hanzal (upper body) is questionable for Sunday's game in Montreal.

Hanzal missed Saturday's game in Ottawa and will be a game time decision in the afternoon contest. Hanzal is a much better fantasy own in daily transaction leagues as he gets hurt way too much to be effective in weekly transaction pools. He has 24 points, 31 penalty minutes, 85 shots on goal and 105 hits in 37 games this season.
Feb 1 - 6:19 AM

Joe Thornton had a hand in both Sharks goals in their 2-0 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Thornton scored on the empty net and assisted on Melker Karlsson’s first-period goal. He has recorded points in five consecutive games. He has 11 goals and 41 points on the year, and has matched his goal total from last season. Thornton is still performing at a first-line-center rate, even at 35 years old. Matt Irwin and Matt Tennyson picked up the other helpers.
Feb 1 - 1:17 AM

Antti Niemi helped the Sharks earn a 1-0 win against the Blackhawks by making 31 saves Saturday night.

San Jose was outshot 31 to 19, and Niemi’s play between the pipes made all the difference. He now has four shutouts on the season, while helping the Sharks to a 5-0-1 record over his last six games. Niemi has a 2.51 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Even during this hot stretch, Niemi is still more of a number-two in fantasy leagues.
Feb 1 - 1:16 AM

Jonathan Toews recorded a game-high five shots on net in the Blackhawks’ 1-0 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night.

Toews was robbed a few times on a flurry of Grade A chances in the second period. He played 21:27 and finished a minus-one. Despite this, he was still on the ice for seven more Blackhawks shot attempts for at five-on-five.
Feb 1 - 1:15 AM



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