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Curtis McElhinney turned aside all 14 shots he faced in Friday's 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

McElhinney was between the pipes for the first two periods. He was replaced in the third frame by Garret Sparks. McElhinney is currently the favorite to land the backup job behind Frederik Andersen. He will not have any fantasy value this year or any other year going forward.
Sep 22 - 10:42 PM

Morgan Rielly scored a goal in Friday's 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Rielly's goal was gorgeous, as he went end-to-end before finding the back of the net (click on the link below to watch the goal). The 23-year-old is entering his fifth season, so the Leafs will need him to take another big step forward. He had six goals, 27 points and a minus-20 rating in 2016-17. He'll have some fantasy value in deeper standard leagues.
Sep 22 - 10:35 PM

Austin Watson scored a goal in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 25-year-old is a former first round pick, but he just hasn't produced since making the Predators roster. Watson had five goals, 17 points and 99 penalty minutes in 77 games last year. He won't have much fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues, but he could have value in deeper leagues that count penalty minutes.
Sep 22 - 10:21 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Kucherov is coming off a monster season that saw him put up 40 goals and 85 points (both career-highs). The 24-year-old has season his point total go from 65 to 66 up to 85 last season. The Russian winger is one of the great offensive forwards in the league and he should be treated as such in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 22 - 10:17 PM

Braden Holtby allowed two goals on 22 shots in Friday's 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Holtby played 40 minutes in this game. He was replaced by Phoenix Copley. Don't let tonight's result disappoint you, Holtby is heading into this season as one of the top three fantasy goalies in the NHL. The 28-year-old had a 42-13-6 record with a 2.07 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage in 2016-17.
Sep 22 - 10:11 PM

Robert Thomas scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-0 win over the Washington Capitals.

Thomas was drafted 20th overall in last June's Entry Draft. The 18-year-old is coming off his second season with the London Knights of the OHL, where he put up 16 goals and 66 points in 66 games. He's an exciting young prospect, but he's still a long shot to make the team. Expect him to head back to junior hockey before the start of the regular season.
Sep 22 - 10:07 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blue Jackets made Dubois the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Instead of keeping him in the NHL last year, they sent him back to junior, where he had 21 goals and 55 points in 48 games. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward has all the talent in the world to develop into an impact forward at the next level, but the Blue Jackets could still opt to send him back to junior if he doesn't impress enough during training camp. The two goals in tonight's game won't hurt his chances of sticking around.
Sep 22 - 10:01 PM

Zach Aston-Reese scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Aston-Reese has been productive early in camp, as he also found the back of the net against Buffalo on Tuesday night. The 23-year-old is coming off a very impressive final season at Northeastern University that saw him score 31 goals and 63 points in 39 games. He also added three goals and eight points in his first take of professional hockey in the AHL last season. He's not a lock to make the team out of camp, but he definitely has some offensive ability.
Sep 22 - 9:56 PM

Niklas Kronwall (back) took part in Friday's practice.

Kronwall had previously skated on his own. As an aside, his knee that has given him problems in the past is feeling good. He's not going to play on Saturday, but the plan is to get him into a preseason contest.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 6:27 PM

Josh Brook needed surgery on his wrist.

Brook is projected to be out for the next three months. He scored eight goals and 40 points in 69 WHL games last season. Montreal took him in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 5:40 PM

Jeremiah Addison has undergone shoulder surgery.

Addison will be sidelined for six months as a result. He had 24 goals and 43 points in 51 OHL games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 5:38 PM

Zach Parise (back) participated in Friday's practice.

Parise had been skating on his own prior to that. It remains to be seen if he'll be available for any preseason games as he has no timetable. It's also worth noting that Parise believes that this is an issue he'll have to monitor throughout the season, so we'll see if this ends up costing him games down the road or impacts his play.
Sep 22 - 5:05 PM

Derick Brassard (shoulder) is ahead of schedule, per Senators coach Guy Boucher.

Brassard might be able to play in the Senators' season opener, but that's far from certain. He needs to be given full clearance by his surgeon first. He had 14 goals and 39 points in 81 contests last season.
Sep 22 - 4:13 PM

Kieffer Bellows has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the New York Islanders.

Bellows had seven goals, 14 points, and 40 penalty minutes in 34 games with Boston University as a freshman. It's expected that he'll spend the season playing with WHL Portland. The Islanders took him with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 3:57 PM

The Detroit Red Wings believe that Henrik Zetterberg (neck) will be able to play by next Friday.

As previously reported, Zetterberg will miss Saturday's exhibition game due to a kink in his neck. He didn't miss a single regular season contest in either of the last two seasons.
Sep 22 - 3:03 PM



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