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Jacob Markstrom is projected to start against New Jersey on Friday.

That hasn't been confirmed yet, so take this with a grain of salt. Markstrom and Anders Nilsson have been rotating the starts recently and based on that pattern, Markstrom should be in net on Friday.
Nov 24 - 7:43 AM

Although Evgeni Malkin (upper body) won't play on Friday, he still might return on Saturday.

At least, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that there's a "possibility" that Malkin will be ready by Saturday. Friday's contest will be Malkin's second straight game on the sidelines.
Nov 24 - 7:40 AM

Carter Rowney (hand) is regarded as a game-time decision on Friday.

Rowney has been absent for the Penguins' last 14 games. If he does play on Friday then it will likely be on the third line with Carl Hagelin and Bryan Rust.
Nov 24 - 7:38 AM

Sidney Crosby has just one goal in his last 15 games.

Crosby ended an 11-game scoring drought on Nov. 14, but unfortunately he wasn't able to turn the tide. He's still getting assists, but his 17 points in 23 contests this season is below the extremely high bar he's set over his career. He also has a minus-13 rating, which is staggering given that his career-low for a full season is minus-1. We're still optimistic that Crosby will bounce back and end up with more than a point-per-game.
Nov 24 - 7:36 AM

The New York Islanders' power play has turned a corner after a shaky start.

The Islanders didn't get a single power-play goal in their first 20 attempts, but they now have a 16-for-74 conversion rate. That 21.6% success rate with the man advantage is good for 12th place in the NHL. "I think quick movement, I think confidence," Islanders coach Doug Weight noted, regarding the Islanders' improved power play. "I think if you don’t get anything out of the gate as an individual or in a certain line or whatever you’re doing, it can snowball against you. We had some really good opportunities and we couldn’t score on them, and I think we went back to basics as far as our breakouts, as far as our speed on our breakouts, as far as work ethic versus the PK . . . You’ve got to outwork the opponent. I think we’ve gotten back to that mindset and now we have some swagger."
Nov 24 - 7:06 AM

J.T. Miller will serve as a center for the third straight game on Friday.

Miller's projected linemates are Michael Grabner and Mats Zuccarello. Miller tends to play on the wing, but he can be used in either position. "I think the coaching staff and I agree that I’m more effective offensively when I’m on the wing because playing there it’s easier for me to get to my strengths of skating, shooting and forechecking," Miller said. "But if the coaches believe that I can help the team more by playing center, I’m more than fine with that." Rangers coach Alain Vigneault feels that right now the team is better with Miller playing up the middle, but don't be surprised if he shifts back to the wing in the not too distant future.
Source: NY Post
Nov 24 - 7:02 AM

Keith Kinkaid will start on either Friday or Saturday.

Devils coach John Hynes didn't specify which contest Kinkaid would appear in, but did say that the goaltenders would split the next two games. The most likely scenario is that Cory Schneider will start on Friday against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, and then Kinkaid will face Detroit on Saturday, but we'll have to wait and see.
Nov 24 - 6:58 AM

Fatigue will be an increasing concern for Alex Iafallo as we get deeper into the NHL season.

Iafallo has already appeared in 22 games this season whereas he played in a total of 42 NCAA contests in 2016-17. At this point in last season's campaign he was on a three-week break, which highlights the difference between the NHL grind and the comparatively lighter NCAA schedule. "It's definitely new," Iafallo said. "College is a short 40 games … You don't practice a lot. Obviously, in college you practice every day for an hour and a half. [These] games take a toll on you. But I'm starting to learn to prepare and how important rest is and getting healthy." The Kings went through a stretch of five games in eight days and head coach John Stevens noted that it did catch up with Iafallo a bit towards the end.
Nov 24 - 6:40 AM

Jujhar Khaira has drawn into the Oilers' lineup in five of their last six games.

Khaira has spent plenty of time serving as a healthy scratch, but he seems to gradually be earning Oilers coach Todd McLellan's trust. It helps that Khaira has been chipping in offensively with two goals and four points in his last five games. Khaira isn't expected to have much fantasy value this season, but he could work his way into a regular bottom-six role with the Oilers.
Nov 24 - 6:35 AM

Jakob Chychrun (knee) is day-to-day at this point, according to Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet.

Chychrun hasn't played yet this season because he underwent knee surgery in August. He had seven goals and 20 points in 68 contests as a rookie last season.
Nov 24 - 6:30 AM

Antti Raanta (upper body) will miss Friday and Saturday's contests.

Raanta sustained the injury during Wednesday's contest. It's believed that Raanta's upper-body injury is concussion-like symptoms and if that's the case then there's no way of knowing how long he'll be sidelined for. The Coyotes have already summoned Marek Langhamer and he'll probably end up splitting the two starts with Scott Wedgewood.
Nov 24 - 6:28 AM

Ryan Miller (lower body) said he's ready to return to the Ducks' lineup.

Miller still needs to be activated off the injured reserve list, but with Anaheim playing on Friday and Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising if he gets into one of those contests. He's 2-0-2 with a 1.88 GAA and .943 save percentage in four contests this season.
Nov 24 - 6:25 AM

Connor McDavid is reportedly down 5-10 pounds because of an illness.

He's been battling the illness for the better part of two weeks. "I don't know how much this story has been played up locally, but he was real sick," TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger told Edmonton's TSN Radio 1260 on Thursday. "In fact, probably shouldn't have been in the lineup, but the kid's a gamer, right? And probably realizes that if he's not in the lineup then their chances of winning are weakened that much more."
Source: TSN.ca
Nov 23 - 9:31 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have sent Ryan Stanton to the minors.

Stanton only ended up spending a day with Edmonton during his latest stint. He was a healthy scratch Wednesday night.
Nov 23 - 6:24 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional 2018 fifth-round pick.

If Los Angeles makes the playoffs then the Canadiens receive their own fourth-round selection instead, which the Kings current control thanks to the Dwight King trade. Mitchell has no points in 11 games this season. He was frequently scratched by the Canadiens and averaged just 9:18 minutes when he did play, so it makes sense that Montreal would be interested in moving him. He might get a more regular role with the Kings, but shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 23 - 6:20 PM



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