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Look for Tuukka Rask to get the start in goal against hi former club, the Maple Leafs Saturday night.

Rask got Thursday night off as Niklas Svedberg started and lost to the Islanders 3-2. He should be back between the pipes Saturday. Rask is coming off a 5-3 win over San Jose Tuesday. Even without Zdeno Chara in the lineup we would start Rask with confidence.
Oct 25 - 8:45 AM

Chris Kreider returns to Montreal to face Carey Price for first time since he collided with the netminder during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

Expect boos to be raining down on Kreider all night. "I would think now that the series has gone by and that everybody’s calmer and cooler that everybody on both teams and anybody watching knows that (the Kreider play) was just a pure accident," coach Alain Vigneault said. "It’s unfortunate it happened. At that time, if everybody remembers, they were saying it was accidental, and then they said it was intentional on accident, and then they said it was intentional. There is a game within a game during the playoffs, and that’s what it was. I’m sure everybody knows it was purely accidental."
Oct 25 - 8:38 AM

Tuomo Ruutu played on Friday after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

Ruutu played a team low 7:04 minutes but had four hits in that time span to make his presence felt. It now seems like hits are his biggest contribution in fantasy hockey so do not think about taking him if you do not play that category.
Oct 25 - 8:22 AM

Martin Havlat (facial lacerations) could be back in the New Jersey lineup on Saturday.

Havlat was injured nine days ago and while he played on Tuesday, he missed last Saturday's game as well as last night's game against Dallas. Coach Peter DeBoer said that Havlat was sitting out Friday's game due to 'a couple of other things' and not the cuts that required more than 55 stitches.
Oct 25 - 8:18 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have killed off their last 17 chances shorthanded.

Los Angeles started the season off slowly allowing three goals in their first eight chances but have moved up to fifth overall in the NHL with their recent streak. Robyn Regehr was second in ice time while shorthanded to Drew Doughty on Thursday as the Kings stymied the Sabres on three opportunities.
Oct 25 - 8:12 AM

Anze Kopitar has joined Drew Doughty on the point during the first power play.

Kopitar will set up on the half board as the Kings, like most teams now, play a 1-3-1 power play with the half boards being used as the set up spot instead of the point. It worked on Thursday as he potted a power play goal.
Source: LAKings.com
Oct 25 - 8:06 AM

Anthony Duclair will return to the New York Rangers lineup on Saturday.

It will be a special night for the teenage Duclair as he will play in his hometown of Montreal. "A Montreal boy growing up in Montreal obviously a Habs’ fan, I’ve followed the Canadiens throughout my life," Duclair said. "To come into that building with some friends and family there is going to be a special moment to share with them. Just to put on a Rangers’ uniform, an Original Six team, and play against them in that building, I think it’s going to be pretty incredible." Duclair has been a healthy scratch in the last two games but expect him to come out flying against the Canadiens.
Oct 25 - 7:55 AM

Sonny Milano was activated from the injured reserve list on Friday and sent to Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

The 16th overall pick was supposed to play this season for Boston College but instead decided to sign an entry level deal with Columbus. He also decided to play in the OHL for Plymouth and when the Blue Jackets sent him down on Friday, it was to Plymouth. Expect Milano to play for the U.S. U20 team at the World Championships over the Christmas holidays. He has a bright future ahead of him in the NHL.
Oct 25 - 7:31 AM

Viktor Fasth (groin) is expected to start practicing again next week.

Fasth suffered the groin injury against the Kings on October 15 and was expected to miss three-four weeks. He has a 5.19 GAA and a .870 save percentage in two starts. Stay tuned as Ben Scrivens is on a three game winning streak.
Oct 25 - 7:26 AM

John-Michael Liles sat out Friday's game with a lower body injury.

Liles had just returned from an upper body injury on Thursday before being felled by this latest injury. Liles has one assist in four games with a minus-one rating. He is not worth having at this time.
Oct 25 - 6:49 AM

Riley Nash has taken over as the Carolina Hurricanes top center.

Granted, the injuries to Eric Staal and his brother Jordan have had everything to do with it, but Nash is centering Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin. He led the Hurricanes in power play time on ice Friday as well. Nash had only 24 points last season so it's easy to see why the Hurricanes are the only NHL team without a win.
Oct 25 - 6:45 AM

Rookie Johnny Gaudreau is a plus-four in eight games thus far this season.

The speedy rookie has a goal and two assists as well. Gaudreau spent a game in the press box a week ago and has been on fire ever since, giving the Flames no reason to have him just watch games. He is worth having on your fantasy roster in all but the shallowest of leagues.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 25 - 6:30 AM

Joe Colborne is tied for second place in the NHL with eight assists.

He was tied for the lead heading into action on Friday when Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks picked up his ninth helper of the season. Colborne has been a pleasant surprise for the Flames offensively with this outburst. This is his third NHL team as he was drafted by the Bruins in the first round of the 2008 Draft and then dealt to the Maple Leafs who traded him to his hometown of Calgary before the start of last season. He could hit the 50 point mark this season so he may be worthy of a waiver wire pickup in your pool.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 25 - 6:26 AM

Karri Ramo will be between the pipes on Saturday when the Flames host the Washington Capitals.

The Flames have been splitting the net evenly between Ramo and Jonas Hiller and Saturday is Ramo's turn in goal. He is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday in which he kicked aside 19 saves. Ramo is 2-1-1 this season with a 2.20 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Oct 25 - 6:18 AM

Martin Hanzal is still considered day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Hanzal was seen earlier in the week wearing a bandage around his left knee. He has missed the last couple of games. Keep the oft-injured center on reserve for now.
Oct 25 - 6:11 AM



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