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Niklas Kronwall will be in the lineup against New York Sunday afternoon.

He is on the roster sheet for the contest which starts at 12:30 pm EST. Kronwall had missed the Red Wings' last eight games due to a groin injury. If you need Kronwall, make sure you have him active early as the game is a matinee.
Jan 22 - 10:22 AM

Justin Abdelkader will continue to play on the Red Wings' fourth line until he is in game shape.

Abdelkader returned this past week from a knee injury that had him sidelined since December 1st and Detroit coach Jeff Blashill likes to bring his players back into the lineup gradually after lengthy absences. Look for Abdelkader to play a game or two more on the fourth unit before being moved up.
Jan 22 - 10:09 AM

Look for Petr Mrazek to get the start Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.

Mrazek played his first good game in a while against the Sabres on Friday night and in one career appearance against the Rangers he sports a 1.95 GAA and .920. Looks like a Mrazek start to us. Make sure you have him active early as the game begins at 12:30 pm EST!
Jan 22 - 10:01 AM

Robin Lehner's save in overtime off an Alex Galchenyuk shot made it possible for the Sabres to defeat the Canadiens Saturday night.

If you haven't seen this glove stop, you're missing something. Lehner dove, avoided Evander Kane who was in the crease, and prevented Galchenyuk from scoring into what was seemingly an open net. Here is a link to the stop.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 22 - 9:55 AM

Jake McCabe did not play Saturday night against the Canadiens.

He sustained a shoulder injury in Friday's game against the Red Wings and did not travel with his teammates to Montreal. Consider McCabe day-to-day for now.
Jan 22 - 9:46 AM

Kevan Miller will not play Sunday against Pittsbrugh.

He is still dealing with concussion symptoms. Consider Miller day-to-day.
Jan 22 - 9:35 AM

The Washington Capitals beat the Stars 4-3 in overtime for their first win over Dallas since 2008.

The franchise really has trouble with the Stars as they have not won in regulation in Dallas since October 17, 1995. That's a long stretch!
Jan 22 - 9:33 AM

Tuukka Rask will likely get the start against the Penguins Sunday afternoon.

Bruin coach Claude Julien is under fire and we would be shocked if he did not go with his best against a strong Pittsburgh club. Rask is coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Chicago in which he stopped 21 shots. For the season, Rask sports a very fine 22-11-4 record with a 2.08 GAA and .920 SP.
Jan 22 - 9:33 AM

Mikkel Boedker is playing on the second line with Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi.

Boedker got off to a horrific start to the season but has played better with four of his six goals coming earlier in the month. He has not picked up a point in his last five games but that seems to be the norm for Boedker this season. He will lose his spot as a top-six forward once Tomas Hertl and/or Timo Meier return from injury.
Jan 22 - 9:28 AM

Timo Meier missed his second straight game Saturday with an upper body injury.

The talented forward was picked ninth overall in 2015 and has plenty of offensive upside. He has two goals and four points in 15 games but his upside as mentioned earlier is high. He is worth grabbing in all keeper leagues.
Jan 22 - 9:25 AM

Brian Dumoulin partook in his first full contact practice Saturday since breaking his jaw on December 27.

"It was good to be able to push people around and get back to a little bit of physicality for the first time since I broke my jaw," Dumoulin said after the Penguins’ brief afternoon practice. "It was good to get out there and be cleared for physical contact. I think that’s a good step." Dumoulin has seven points in 35 games and is expected to return in mid-late February.
Jan 22 - 9:13 AM

The New York Islanders scored three times on the power play Saturday after going 0-21 entering the game.

Coach Doug Weight was coaching the power play under deposed coach Jack Capuano and took full responsibility for the lack of scoring. "I take a lot of the blame because we had trouble on the entries. They were standing up at the blue line. We pre-scouted and talked about it, but I don’t know that I gave the best remedy for it," Weight said. "It was a good challenge for me and I probably didn’t react well enough. We’ve talked about personnel and I just know we have the skill to do it." Well, he managed to turn it around Saturday and that's good news for the Islanders.
Jan 22 - 8:59 AM

John Tavares scored a power play goal Saturday in a 4-2 win over the Kings.

Tavares has been white-hot of late with eight goals in his last five games. He chipped in with an assist as well Saturday and it was his first helper in the five games. Tavares is up to 19 goals and 36 points this season and is a must-start in pools.
Jan 22 - 8:55 AM

Michael Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals with 20.

Grabner scored shorthanded against the Leafs Thursday for his first non-even strength goal and has 21 on the season. Grabner played for Toronto last season and coach Mike Babcock praised the winger who only scored nine times for him. "He was on his way," Babcock said. "He had so many chances. He was snakebitten, but he got his confidence back. Grabs was a guy we really liked here. He did a real good job for us. We would’ve loved to have kept him, but we felt with the wingers we had coming, one of these young kids wouldn’t have got any ice time." He certainly has benefited the Rangers this season. Grabner is a must start, even if he sees little, if any, power play time.
Jan 22 - 8:42 AM

Pavel Zacha scored his fourth of the season Saturday.

The Devils first pick and sixth overall in 2015 has two goals in his last three games as it appears that he is getting used to the NHL. He is going to be a good one and now may be the best time to buy low in keeper leagues. He has no value in one-year pools but has nice upside on the keeper side.
Jan 22 - 8:36 AM


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