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Jamie McGinn has averaged 15:08 minutes of ice time this season, up from 13:10 in 2016-17.

McGinn is looking to bounce back after being limited to nine goals and 17 points in 72 contests last season. He's playing on the second line in Florida alongside Vincent Trocheck and Radim Vrbata and he's also getting some power-play ice time, so there's certainly been an opportunity for him. He didn't produce right away in 2017-18, but he did have a three-game point streak from Oct. 14-20, which was nearly extended as he hit the post on Saturday. He's not a good option in standard fantasy leagues, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him flirt with the 30-point mark this season.
Oct 24 - 5:11 AM

Vili Saarijarvi has been bumped up from ECHL Toledo to AHL Grand Rapids.

The 20-year-old defenseman hasn't played in the AHL yet, so this is a good opportunity for him. An opening with Grand Rapids was created when the Red Wings dealt blueliner Ryan Sproul. Saarijarvi obviously isn't going to be playing in the NHL any time soon and there's no guarantee he'll ever make it that far, but he does have some offensive upside.
Oct 24 - 5:05 AM

Tanner Kero is projected to be a healthy scratch on Tuesday, based on Monday's practice lines.

That would be the third time over the span of four games that Kero has been forced to the press box. This might have less to do with Kero and more with Tommy Wingels being strong in the fourth-line center role.
Oct 24 - 4:57 AM

Kyle Okposo practiced alongside Jack Eichel and Evander Kane on Monday.

Okposo spent a lot of time on the bench on Friday, but he looked a lot better during Saturday's contest, which has gotten him out of the doghouse. "Still looking for more, still looking for production," Okposo said. "That's something that I've prided myself on the last number of years, and it's not there right now. I thought the work was better definitely and created some opportunities … but I've got to produce." Okposo has an assist and minus-six rating in seven contests this season so he's still has a long way to go, but at least he's in a position to succeed.
Oct 24 - 4:54 AM

Victor Antipin practiced on the Sabres' top power-play unit on Monday.

The Sabres have surrendered a league-high six shorthanded goals, which has led to them including a second defenseman on their top power-play unit. Antipin is the benefactor of that change. It's an especially big opportunity given that Antipin spent four games as a healthy scratch before dressing in Buffalo's last two contests. "He's made the best of his opportunity since he's got back in the lineup," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "He's moving his feet, skating, defending well – all the things that we're looking for from him. He's just sort of moving up and earned a spot to try on the power play."
Oct 24 - 4:50 AM

The Buffalo Sabres' power play has been a disaster so far.

The Sabres rank 22nd in the league with a 15.6% conversion rate with the man advantage, but an even bigger part of the problem has been shorthanded goals allowed. Buffalo has surrendered a league-high six shorthanded markers, which means that with five power-play goals, they've actually seen a net negative in that aspect of the game. Only Buffalo and the New York Islanders are negative on the power play at this point in the season. "Better, quick puck movement," Sabres coach Phil Housley in regards to how to address their power-play issues. "We're holding onto it, which is giving other teams on the penalty kill an opportunity to get in position. We have to move the puck quicker whether it's low to high or it's high to low. It's got to be done quicker. We have to have more urgency in that area because we hold onto it, they get a stick on it, now they get two guys, now we're in a battle. We shouldn't be in that position if we just move it quickly."
Oct 24 - 4:48 AM

Jake DeBrusk has already endured significant ups-and-downs in the opening weeks of his NHL career.

DeBrusk couldn't have hoped for a much better NHL debut as he had a goal, assist, and a plus-two rating. He had another two-point contest on Oct. 14, but he's been held off the scoresheet in his other five contests. That's not a big problem, but what makes it more unfortunate is that he's also a combined minus-eight in those five games he failed to get a point in. "I’m trying to figure out how to stay consistent and not try to do too much or too little," DeBrusk said. "I think at certain times I’m trying to do too many things and at other times I’m thinking too much. Right now, it’s just about trying to play the game and be mentally strong." Most young players are going to experience growing pains and it's not particularly concerning that DeBrusk is having his fair share early on. He might not be a great option in standard fantasy leagues yet, but he has a lot of upside.
Oct 24 - 4:40 AM

Boston's injuries have created opportunities for Tim Schaller in the early weeks of the season.

Schaller was projected to serve as a fourth liner this season, but his role has been significantly more varied. One of his best assignments yet came on Saturday when he played alongside Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak because David Krejci was unavailable. Schaller has averaged 14:09 minutes this season, up from 12:16 in 2016-17. With two goals and three points in seven games, he's still not a great pickup in standard leagues, but he does have some offensive upside so it will be worth checking back on him from time to time.
Oct 24 - 4:33 AM

Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is "a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system." Eaves is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Ducks. "I want to thank Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe for their early diagnosis of my condition, along with the proactive Ducks medical team," said Eaves. "Thanks to them and the incredible nurses at Hoag Hospital, I'm on the road to recovery. I've received tremendous amount of support over the last few days, most importantly from my family, friends and teammates. I'm determined to fully overcome this and return to the ice as soon as possible."
Oct 23 - 10:35 PM

Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 33 shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quick was actually removed from the game by a concussion spotter, after Leafs forward Zach Hyman made contact with his head. The Kings goalie returned to the game after missing just 36 seconds of action. The regulation loss was the first of the season for Quick, who now owns a 5-1-1 record in 2017-18. He'll enter his next start with a 2.15 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage.
Oct 23 - 10:31 PM

Frederik Andersen allowed two goals on 38 shots in Monday's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Andersen has now won three of his last four games. He's also allowed two goals or less in two of his last three outings. The Leafs goalie owns a 6-2-0 record with a 3.24 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage this season. Andersen's individual numbers aren't great, but he'll continue to be a strong fantasy option because he's playing behind a solid squad.
Oct 23 - 10:20 PM

Trevor Lewis scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lewis picked up the primary assist on Adrian Kempe's second-period goal that cut Toronto's lead to 2-1 at the time. Lewis' shorthanded goal cut his team's deficit to 3-2 with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation. Unfortunately for the Kings, that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. Lewis now has three goals and three assists in eight games this season. He's picked up five of those six points in his last three contests.
Oct 23 - 10:16 PM

Tyler Bozak scored a goal in Monday's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Bozak's power play goal at the 14:44 mark of the second period gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead at the time. Bozak's tally snapped his six-game goalless drought. He has two goals and four assists in nine games in 2017-18. Matt Martin (1-0) and Patrick Marleau (3-1) also found the back of the net for the Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Oct 23 - 10:08 PM

Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 24 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes into the opening period and they never looked back. Lundqvist has now dropped five of his last six games and he's allowed three goals or more in three of his last four outings. Lundqvist owns a 2-4-2 record with a 3.12 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage this season. He's more of a second goalie in standard fantasy leagues now. His better days are clearly behind him.
Oct 23 - 10:03 PM

Martin Jones turned aside 33 of 34 shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Jones shut out the Rangers in each of the first two periods, but they managed to get a goal by him early in the third frame. After losing his first two starts of the season, Jones has now won four consecutive starts. He's given up two goals or less in each of those four victories. Jones now owns a 4-2-0 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage this season. He'll continue to be low-end number one goalie in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 23 - 9:57 PM


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