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Avs send A.J. Green to minors on Saturday 02-17-2018
A.J. Greer LW COL
The Colorado Avalanche have assigned A.J. Green to the minors on Saturday.

Colorado Avalanche on Twitter
Greer has three assists in 17 games this season. He also dropped the gloves with Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien during last night's game against the Jets. Greer will likely be back in the NHL sooner than later.
Jakub Vrana scratched vs. 'Hawks on Saturday 02-17-2018
Jakub Vrana LW WAS
Jakub Vrana will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Isabelle Khurshudyan on Twitter
This will be the second time in three games that he'll watch from the press box. He has 10 goals and 18 points in 53 games this season. Taylor Chorney will also be a healthy scratch in this one.
Anthony Duclair scratched against Caps 02-17-2018
Anthony Duclair RW CHI
Anthony Duclair will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
It's the second time in three games that Duclair will serve as a healthy scratch. He has 11 goals and 20 points in 47 games this season. Tomas Jurco and Erik Gustafsson will also watch the game from the press box.
David Booth will be scratched vs. Predators 02-17-2018
David Booth LW DET
David Booth will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators.

NHL.com
He's now been scratched in seven of his team's last nine games. The veteran has four goals and one assist in 21 games this season. Xavier Ouellet is also expected to watch tonight's game from the press box. Neither player will have any fantasy value going forward.
Alexei Emelin scratched against Red Wings 02-17-2018
Alexei Yemelin D MON
Alexei Emelin will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Thomas Willis on Twitter
It's the second time all year that Emelin will be made a healthy scratch. The Predators defenseman has one goal, eight points and a plus-10 rating in 55 games this season. Yannick Weber and Pontus Aberg will also watch the game from the press box.
Kyle Turris (illness) will play on Saturday 02-17-2018
Kyle Turris C NAS
Kyle Turris (illness) will play in Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Thomas Willis on Twitter
The illness kept him out of Thursday's game against Calgary, but he's good to go tonight. Turris has nine goals and 31 points in 51 games this season. He's skating on a line with Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala.
Cam Talbot drops fifth straight game 02-17-2018
Cam Talbot G EDM
Cam Talbot allowed one goal on 32 shots in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. It's hard to fault Talbot for the goal, as a shot went off Christian Dvorak and into the Oilers net early in the first period. The Oilers netminder has now dropped each of his last five decisions. He has a 19-22-2 record with a 3.14 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this season.
Antti Raanta shuts out Oilers on Saturday 02-17-2018
Antti Raanta G ARZ
Antti Raanta stopped all 40 shots he faced in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Oilers forward Patrick Maroon thought he beat Raanta in the third period, but the goal was waived off because of goalie interference. The Coyotes netminder has now won each of his last three decisions and he's 4-0-1 in his last five. Raanta owns a 12-14-6 record with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage this season.
Adam Larsson plays 18:56 in return to lineup 02-17-2018
Adam Larsson D EDM
Adam Larsson played 18:56 in his return to the lineup on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Oilers, they dropped a 1-0 decision to the Arizona Coyotes. Larsson missed eight games for personal reasons (his father passed away). The Oilers blue liner finished the night with four penalty minutes, three shots on goal, two hits and six blocked shots. Once he's back into game-shape, he should see an increase in ice time.
Christian Dvorak scores GWG vs. Oilers 02-17-2018
Christian Dvorak C ARZ
Christian Dvorak scored the only goal in Arizona's 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon. Dvorak opened the scoring at the 3:26 mark of the first period when an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot went off him and into the Oilers net. The Coyotes forward now has 10 goals and 28 points in 59 games this season.
Nicolas Deslauriers scratched vs. VGK on SAT 02-17-2018
Nicolas Deslauriers RW MON
Nicolas Deslauriers will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

NHL.com
This will be the second straight game he watches from the press box. The 26-year-old has seven goals and three assists in 36 games this season. Jacob De La Rose and Jakub Jerabek are also expected to watch the game from the press box.
Matt Martin scratched against Penguins on SAT 02-17-2018
Matt Martin LW NYI
Matt Martin will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL.com
This will be the 11th consecutive game that Martin watches from the press box. The Leafs tough guy has three goals and eight helpers in 47 games this season. Josh Leivo and Connor Carrick are also expected to serve as a healthy scratches on Saturday night.
Chad Ruhwedel scratched against Maple Leafs 02-17-2018
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT
Chad Ruhwedel will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
Ruhwedel hasn't played a game since Dec. 27 because he's been scratched and injured. The 27-year-old has one goal and two assists in 30 games this season. Teddy Blueger will also watch the game from the press box.
Justin Schultz (undisclosed) out on Saturday 02-17-2018
Justin Schultz D PIT
Justin Schultz (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
There was no mention of Schultz being injured before he wasn't on the ice for the pre-game warmup. The Penguins will likely provide an update on his status after the game. We'll consider him day-to-day for now. Matt Hunwick will take his spot in the lineup.
Mirco Mueller scratched vs. TB on Saturday 02-17-2018
Mirco Mueller D NJ
Mirco Mueller will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NJ.com
This will be the fifth time in six games that the Devils have made him a healthy scratch. The Devils blue liner has no goals and two assists in 18 games this season.
Brian Boyle (shoulder) won't play vs. TB 02-17-2018
Brian Boyle C NJ
Brian Boyle (shoulder) won't play in Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

NJ.com
Boyle was on the ice for the morning skate, but he served as an extra. The veteran is considered day-to-day at this point in time. He has 11 goals and 18 points in 45 games this season.
Jake Dotchin scratched against Devils 02-17-2018
Jake Dotchin D TB
Jake Dotchin will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Erik Erlendsson on Twitter
Dotchin has three goals and five assists in 43 games this season. He's now been a healthy scratch in five of Tampa's last six games. Slater Koekkoek and Matthew Peca will also watch the game from the press box.
Andrei Vasilevskiy will start against Devils 02-17-2018
Andrei Vasilevskiy G TB
Andrei Vasilevskiy will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
The Lightning netminder has won three of his last four games. He has a 34-11-2 record with a 2.30 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season.
Oscar Lindberg scratched vs. Canadiens on SAT 02-17-2018
Oscar Lindberg LW VGK
Oscar Lindberg will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

David Schoen on Twitter
Lindberg, who will come out of the lineup for Brendan Leipsic, has seven goals and two assists in 53 games this season. He's now gone 20 games without finding the back of the net. Lindberg shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar.
Shea Theodore (illness) won't play vs. Habs 02-17-2018
Shea Theodore D VGK
Shea Theodore (illness) won't play in Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

David Schoen on Twitter
The 22-year-old hadn't missed a game since Dec. 9. He has four goals and 14 assists in 42 games this season. He's considered day-to-day for now.
Golden Knights activate Luca Sbisa from IR 02-17-2018
Luca Sbisa D VGK
The Vegas Golden Knights have activated Luca Sbisa (hand) off injured reserve.

David Schoen on Twitter
Sbisa has been out with the injury since Jan. 5. He has one goal, 10 points and a plus-6 rating in 24 games this season. He doesn't need to be owned in any fantasy format.
Avalanche recall Andrew Hammond from AHL 02-17-2018
Andrew Hammond G COL
The Colorado Avalanche have recalled Andrew Hammond from the minors.

Colorado Avalanche on Twitter
Hammond is being recalled because Jonathan Bernier was forced from yesterday's game against Winnipeg. The 30-year-old has yet to play in an NHL game this season, but he has an 8-6-2 record with a 3.34 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage in the minors this season.
CBJ send Ryan Murray on conditioning stint 02-17-2018
Ryan Murray D CLB
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated Ryan Murray (back) from injured reserve and they've sent him to the minors on the conditioning stint.

NHL.com/BlueJackets
Murray has missed each of Columbus' last 34 games because of the injury. He'll play a few games in the minors before jumping back into the lineup at the NHL level. The 24-year-old has one goal, five points and a plus-7 rating in 24 games this season.
Lucas Wallmark recalled by 'Canes on Saturday 02-17-2018
Lucas Wallmark C CAR
The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled Lucas Wallmark from the AHL.

NHL.com/Hurricanes
The 22-year-old has one goal in four games with the 'Canes this season. Wallmark has also accumulated 13 goals and 36 points in 34 AHL games in 2017-18. He shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar.
Devils recall Blake Pietila from minors 02-17-2018
Blake Pietila LW NJ
The New Jersey Devils have recalled Blake Pietila from the minors.

New Jersey Devils on Twitter
The 24-year-old has played in 17 NHL games with the Devils over the last two seasons. He managed to record a goal and two assists in those games. Pietila has seven goals and seven assists in 45 games in the AHL this season.
Canucks send Reid Boucher back to minors 02-17-2018
Reid Boucher LW VAN
The Vancouver Canucks have assigned Reid Boucher to the minors.

Vancouver Canucks on Twitter
Boucher scored two goals in last Sunday's win over the Dallas Stars, but that still wasn't enough to keep him in the NHL. The 24-year-old had two points and a minus-8 rating in eight games this season. He shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar.
Devan Dubnyk drops shootout decision to Ducks 02-17-2018
Devan Dubnyk G MIN
Devan Dubnyk allowed two goals on 31 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The Wild trailed 1-0 in the first period, but they jumped ahead 2-1 in the second frame. After Ducks forward Ondrej Kase tied the game in the third period, the Wild went on to lose in the 11th round of the shootout (that's the longest shootout in franchise history). Dubnyk allowed three goals on 11 shots in the shootout. The Wild netminder now has a 23-11-5 record with a 2.60 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this season.
John Gibson makes 36 saves in shootout win 02-17-2018
John Gibson G ANA
John Gibson stopped 36 of 38 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks found themselves down 2-1 heading into the third period, but they managed to force overtime thanks to a game-tying goal by Ondrej Kase. Anaheim ended up winning the marathon shootout in the 11th round on a goal by Nick Ritchie. The win improves Gibson's record to 21-15-6 on the season. He'll enter his next appearance with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage.
Antti Niemi will start vs. VGK on Saturday 02-17-2018
Antti Niemi G MON
Antti Niemi will get the start in Saturday's game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
Believe it or not, Niemi has started two of Montreal's last three games. Starter Carey Price had a rough outing in Thursday's game against the Arizona Coyotes, so the Canadiens likely just want to give him a break. Niemi has actually been quite good since joining the Habs. The veteran has a 2-6-1 record with a 3.92 goals-against-average and a .888 save percentage with Pittsburgh, Florida and Montreal this season. The Golden Knights have been incredible at home, so Niemi isn't a recommended fantasy play in any type of fantasy league.
Jason Zucker scores in shootout loss to Ducks 02-17-2018
Jason Zucker RW MIN
Jason Zucker found the back of the net in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Zucker's goal at the 7:56 mark of the second period gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at the time. The Wild forward missed on his shootout attempt and Minnesota ended up losing in the 11th round. Zucker finished the game with a plus-2 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in 18:57 of ice time. He's up to 23 goals and 41 points in 58 games this season. Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild in the defeat.
Ondrej Kase keeps rolling vs. Wild on SAT 02-17-2018
Ondrej Kase RW ANA
Ondrej Kase scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild. Kase's goal tied the game at two at the 6:12 mark of the third period. The Ducks forward then added another tally in the shootout to make sure that his team managed to survive another round before teammate Nick Ritchie added the game-winner. Kase finished the night with a team-high six shots on goal in 17:12 of ice time. He's now accumulated nine points in his last seven games. The 22-year-old is up to 16 goals and 30 points in 43 games this season. Corey Perry also found the back of the net for the Ducks in regulation.
Henrik Lundqvist yanked against OTT on SAT 02-17-2018
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Lundqvist got the hook after allowing five goals on 27 shots, but a lot of the blame needs to be placed on his teammates that simply didn't show up to play today. The 35-year-old has dropped nine of his last 11 decisions. The loss drops his record to 23-20-4 on the season. He'll head into his next appearance with a 2.80 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage. Brandon Halverson stopped five of the six shots he faced in relief.
Craig Anderson extends win streak to five 02-17-2018
Craig Anderson G OTT
Craig Anderson allowed three goals on 38 shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the New York Rangers. The Senators went up 2-0 in the first 12 minutes of the game and they never relinquished the lead. Anderson has now won five consecutive games. He has a 17-17-5 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage this season.
Michael Grabner scores twice in loss to Sens 02-17-2018
Michael Grabner LW NYR
Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Grabner's first-period goal cut New York's deficit to 2-1 at the time, while his second tally made it 5-3. The 30-year-old finished the game with three shots on goal in 15:27 of ice time. The Rangers forward is now up to 25 goals and six assists in 58 games this season. He's picked up five points in his last five games. There have been plenty of rumblings about the Rangers shopping Grabner ahead of the trade deadline, and performances like these will only enhance his value. Former Senator Mika Zibanejad also found the back of the net for the Rangers in the loss.
Derick Brassard scores 1G, 2A in win over NYR 02-17-2018
Derick Brassard C OTT
Derick Brassard scored a goal and two assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over the New York Rangers. Brassard definitely got the better of his old team this afternoon. He registered the primary assists on goals by Mark Stone (1-0) and Thomas Chabot (5-2). He also added a goal of his own late in the second period to give the Sens a 4-2 lead at the time. Brassard finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 17:28 of ice time. The 30-year-old has picked up six points in his last four games. He's also scored in four consecutive games. He's up to 17 goals and 35 points in 55 games this season.
Nathan MacKinnon will return on Sunday 02-17-2018
Nathan MacKinnon C COL
Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) will return to the Avalanche lineup on Sunday.

Colorado Avalanche on Twitter
MacKinnon has missed the last eight games because of a shoulder injury, but he took part in Saturday's full practice with his teammates. The Avs forward was a legitimate MVP candidate before suffering the injury, so he'll be a welcomed addition to the lineup. MacKinnon has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. All fantasy owners must insert him back into their lineup starting tomorrow.
Robin Lehner pulled in loss to Kings on SAT 02-17-2018
Robin Lehner G BUF
Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 30 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Lehner was pulled in favor Chad Johnson at the start of the third period. The Sabres netminder has now lost three games in a row and six of his last seven. He has a 12-22-8 record with a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this season. Lehner won't be a recommended fantasy option down the stretch. Johnson stopped all six shots he faced in relief.
Jonathan Quick ends 3-game losing skid 02-17-2018
Jonathan Quick G LA
Jonathan Quick turned aside 33 of 35 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Quick shut out the Sabres in the first two periods, but allowed them to score two goals in the final frame. The victory puts an end to his three-game losing streak. The Kings netminder now has a 22-21-2 record with a 2.51 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this season.
Rasmus Ristolainen scores in loss to LAK 02-17-2018
Rasmus Ristolainen D BUF
Rasmus Ristolainen found the back of the net in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Ristolainen's third-period tally cut the Sabres' deficit to 4-2 with under four minutes remaining, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. The Sabres blue liner finished the game with two penalty minutes, five shots on goal and one hit in 25:36 of ice time. He now has five goals and 27 points in 50 games this season. Ristolainen has recorded a point in five of his last six contests. Marco Scandella also scored in Buffalo's loss.
Anze Kopitar scores twice in win over Sabres 02-17-2018
Anze Kopitar C LA
Anze Kopitar will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Kopitar scored two goals in 4:04 in the second period to give the Kings 2-0 and 3-0 leads at the time. He finished the game with four shots on goal and two blocked shots in 22:39 of ice time. The 30-year-old has 25 goals and 63 points in 58 games this season. The Kings forward has picked up 10 points in his last seven outings. Michael Amadio also scored a pair of goals in Los Angeles' victory.
Cam Talbot will start against Coyotes on SAT 02-17-2018
Cam Talbot G EDM
Cam Talbot will get the start in Saturday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
Talbot has dropped each of his last four decisions. He has a 19-21-2 record with a 3.20 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage this season.
Nathan MacKinnon returns to practice on SAT 02-17-2018
Nathan MacKinnon C COL
Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) is back at practice on Saturday.

Rick Sadowski on Twitter
He's also wearing a regular jersey, which would indicate that he's closing in on a return. MacKinnon has missed each of Colorado's last eight games. The Avalanche have him listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. He has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. Whenever he returns, he'll be a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Perron has been white hot 02-17-2018
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David Perron has been white hot over Vegas' last 14 games.

Golden Knights.NHL.com
The veteran winger has registered 19 points over those games (1.36 points per game) and now sits tied for 23rd in NHL scoring with the likes of Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn. Who would have predicted this? Sadly, not us Rotoworld folk.
Fleury probable starter Saturday v Habs 02-17-2018
Marc-Andre Fleury G VGK
Marc-Andre Fleury is Vegas' probable starter for Saturday evening's game against Montreal. Fleury has been tremendous this season posting an 18-6-2 record with a 2.03 GAA and a .933 SP. We keep waiting for the Golden Knights' bubble to burst. We are coming to the realization that may not happen.
Oilers send Keegan Lowe to minors 02-17-2018
Keegan Lowe D EDM
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned Keegan Lowe to the minors.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
The 24-year-old has two goals and eight assists in 35 games this season. He hasn't played in an NHL game since 2014-15.
Oilers recall Laurent Brossoit from minors 02-17-2018
Laurent Brossoit G EDM
Laurent Brossoit has been recalled from the minors on an emergency basis.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
Brossoit is being called because Al Montoya was hurt during Friday's practice. He has a 3-7-1 record with a 3.22 goals-against-average and a .886 save percentage this season.
Markstrom probable starter v Bruins Saturday 02-17-2018
Jacob Markstrom G VAN
Jacob Markstrom is the Canucks' probable starter for Saturday night's game against Boston. Markstrom is coming off a poor performance against his former club, the Panthers, on Wednesday in which he allowed four goals on only 14 shots and was pulled after the first period. It is possible that backup Anders Nilsson, who stopped all 20 shots he faced in relief of Markstrom Wednesday, will get the call Saturday night. Check back with us in an hour or two for an update as the Canucks are on the ice at the moment.
Gagner recovering nicely 02-17-2018
Sam Gagner LW VAN
Sam Gagner appears close to full health after recovering from an ankle sprain sustained last week.

Jeff Paterson Twitter
Well that was a quick recovery. Gagner was seen skating with the Canucks' training staff prior to the team's practice Saturday morning. If he does not have any complications, we would expect Gagner to rejoin the Vancouver lineup very shortly.
Sharks re-assign Balcers to AHL 02-17-2018
Rudolfs Balcers LW SJ
The Sharks have re-assigned Rudolfs Balcers to the AHL.

San Jose Sharks PR
Balcers has some offensive potential, but he's not really ready to contribute at the NHL level. He will be back.
Andreas Athanasiou (illness) will play SAT 02-17-2018
Andreas Athanasiou C DET
Andreas Athanasiou (illness) will play in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators.

Detroit Red Wings on Twitter
The illness kept him out of Thursday's game against Tampa. Athanasiou has 10 goals and 24 points in 45 games this season. He's currently riding an 11-game goal slump.
Ryan Kesler (LBI) won't play vs. Wild on SAT 02-17-2018
Ryan Kesler C ANA
Ryan Kesler (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
Kesler clearly hasn't been himself on the ice, so the Ducks have decided to shut him down for this game. He has six goals and two assists in 22 games this season. Kesler is considered day-to-day for now.
Petr Mrazek will start vs. Preds on Saturday 02-17-2018
Petr Mrazek G DET
Petr Mrazek will get the start in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators.

Helene St. James on Twitter
Mrazek has served as the backup goalie in each of Detroit's last three games after allowing seven goals in a loss to the Islanders last Friday. He has a 7-6-3 record with a 2.99 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage this season.
Chris Stewart skating on top line on Saturday 02-17-2018
Chris Stewart RW MIN
Chris Stewart will skate on the top line in Saturday's game against Anaheim.

Dane Mizutani on Twitter
Stewart is taking line rushes with Jason Zucker and Eric Staal. The veteran is getting a nice opportunity after being a healthy scratch in each of Minnesota's last five games. He has eight goals and four assists in 45 games this season.
Matt Cullen will play vs. Ducks on Saturday 02-17-2018
Matt Cullen C MIN
Matt Cullen (undisclosed) will play in Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Dane Mizutani on Twitter
Cullen missed practice on Friday and it was unclear if he was going to suit up this afternoon. The veteran has five goals and 13 points in 55 games this season. He'll skate on the fourth line with Marcus Foligno and Daniel Winnik.
Mike Smith on ice Sturday 02-17-2018
Mike Smith G CAL
Mike Smith skated before his teammates practiced on Saturday.

Wes Gilbertson Twitter
That's a good sign considering it looked as if Smith sustained a rather serious groin injury last Sunday. It appears that the groin muscle strain is more on the mild side and that Smith may only need a week more to recover. Stay tuned for further updates.
Braden Holtby expected to start vs. CHI 02-17-2018
Braden Holtby G WAS
Braden Holtby is expected to get the start in Saturday's game against Chicago.

Isabelle Khurshudyan on Twitter
Holtby has a 28-10-4 record with a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Mike Green (UBI) won't play on Saturday 02-17-2018
Mike Green D DET
Mike Green (upper body) won't play in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators.

Detroit Red Wings on Twitter
Green is considered day-to-day at this point. He has six goals and 29 points in 56 games this season. With the trade deadline approaching, the Wings need to get him healthy as soon as possible.
Brouwer skating Saturday 02-17-2018
Troy Brouwer RW CAL
Troy Brouwer (facial fracture) skated on Saturday.

Pat Steinberg Twitter
Brouwer was wearing a full cage to protect his face during the skate. There is no timetable for Brouwer's return so for now, consider him week-to-week.
John Gibson will start vs. MIN on Saturday 02-17-2018
John Gibson G ANA
John Gibson will get the start in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Michael Russo on Twitter
Gibson is coming off a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday night. He has a 2-15-6 record with a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this season.
Holtby probable starter v Hawks Saturday 02-17-2018
Braden Holtby G WAS
Braden Holtby is the Capitals' probable starting goalie Saturday night against Chicago.

Left Wing Lock
He is coming off a 40-save, 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets and has allowed nine goals in his last two starts. That said, Holtby still has a very fine 28-10-4 record with a 2.82 GAA and a .913 SP for the season.
Markus Nutivaara is 'banged up' 02-17-2018
Vojtech Budik D BUF
Markus Nutivaara (undisclosed) is banged up, according to head coach John Tortorella.

Tom Reed on Twitter
Nutivaara exited Friday's game against Philadelphia right before the start of overtime. It's unclear if he'll be available for Sunday's game. He's considered day-to-day at this point.
Hunwick could be moved at deadline 02-17-2018
Matt Hunwick D PIT
Don't be surprised if the Penguins deal Matt Hunwick at the trade deadline.

Jason Mackey Twitter
Hunwick is not in the Pens' top six defensemen rotation at the moment but he could be valuable to another NHL team. As well, the Pens may need to shed Hunwick's salary in order to aquire a scoring winger, something that is allegedly on the team's wish list. Stay tuned.
Hornqvist not on ice Saturday 02-17-2018
Patric Hornqvist RW PIT
Patric Hornqvist (lower body) was not on the ice Saturday morning.

Penguins.nhl.com
No need to panic Hornqvist owners. It's part of his rehab schedule says Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan. It seems as if Hornqvist is progressing in his recovery from a lower-body ailment. That said, there is no timetable for his return.
Update: Brian Boyle could play on Saturday 02-17-2018
Brian Boyle C NJ
Updating a previous item, Brian Boyle (shoulder) could play in Saturday' game against Tampa Bay.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
Boyle was an extra during the morning skate, but coach John Hynes said he could find himself back in the lineup tonight. We'll provide an update on his status as we get closer to puck drop.
David Rittich expected to start vs. Panthers 02-17-2018
David Rittich G CAL
David Rittich is expected to be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers.

Derek Wills on Twitter
This will be Rittich's third straight game as the starter. With Mike Smith still out with an injury, it looks like Rittich will be the one to carry the load for the immediate future. He has a 6-2-2 record with a 2.47 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage this season.
Juuse Saros expected to start on Saturday 02-17-2018
Juuse Saros G NAS
Juuse Saros is expected to get the start in Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Thomas Willis on Twitter
He was in the starter's crease during the morning skate, which would indicate that he'll be the one playing tonight. Saros has dropped each of his last three games (two in overtime). He has a 5-4-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage this season.
Panik to play Saturday v Oilers 02-17-2018
Richard Panik RW ARZ
Richard Panik will return to the Coyotes' lineup after being a healthy scratch Thursday night against Montreal.

Craig Morgan Twitter
Panik had not scored a goal in eight games, and as a result, Coyotes' coach Rick Tocchet decided to sit him in the press box against the Habs. Panik, who has played on the team's top linefrom time to time, will rejoin the lineup at the expense of Zac Rinaldo, who will be a healthy scratch. No word on where Panik will line up, though.
Jonathan Quick will start on Saturday vs. BUF 02-17-2018
Jonathan Quick G LA
Jonathan Quick will get the start in Saturday's matinee against Buffalo.

Joe Yerdon on Twitter
Quick has lost three games in a row and five of his last six, but he has a great opportunity to collect a win against one of the worst teams in the league. He has a 21-21-2 record with a 2.53 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this season.
Raanta to start v Oiles Saturday 02-17-2018
Antti Raanta G ARZ
Confirming an earlier post, Antti Raanta will get the start in goal against the Oilers Saturday afternoon.

Craig Morgan Twitter
Raanta is on a two-game winning streak and has an 11-14-6 record this season with a .253 GAA and a .920 SP. Those are pretty good numbers for a goalie toiling on arguably the worst team in the league.
Eddie Lack will start vs. Bolts on Saturday 02-17-2018
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Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lighting.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
He has a 1-3-0 record with a 4.55 goals-against-average and a .833 save percentage this season. Lack hasn't won a game since Nov. 13.
Matt Murray will start vs. Maple Leafs on SAT 02-17-2018
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Matt Murray will get the start in Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jason Mackey on Twitter
Murray has won each of his last three starts and he's 7-0-1 in his last eight games. The Penguins netminder owns a 21-12-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage this season.
Talbot likely starter v Yotes Saturday 02-17-2018
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Cam Talbot is the Oilers' likely starter for Saturday afternoon's contest against Arizona. Al Montoya might have been in line for the start, but he took a shot off the mask in practice on Friday and may need another day before guarding the cage. Talbot has lost four games in a row and is coming off a 4-1 loss to Vegas in which he stopped only 24 shots. We keep waiting for the Oiler and Talbot revivals, but they has been slow in coming.
Kessel: Jake Gardiner will play on Saturday 02-17-2018
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Jake Gardiner (lower body) is expected to play in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Phil Kessel.

SportsCentre on Twitter
Kessel and Gardiner played together in Toronto. The Penguins forward said that Gardiner told him he'd be in the lineup for tonight's contest. We'll wait to see if the Maple Leafs actually confirm this news before we make his return official.
Montoya hurt in practice Friday 02-17-2018
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Al Montoya took a shot of the mask in pratice Friday.

Rob Tychkowski Twitter
As of now, the Oilers have not recalled a goalie from the minors, which is a good indication that Montoya will be able to dress for Saturday's matinee against the Coyotes. That said, he is not likely to start. If Montoya is feeling better on Sunday, he could get the call for the second of back-to-back contests when the Oilers face off against Colorado.
Marek Hrivik placed on injured reserve 02-17-2018
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Marek Hrivik has been placed on injured reserve.

Calgary Flames on Twitter
Hrivik has no points and a plus-1 rating in three games this season. The nature of his injury is unclear and so is the timeline for his return.
Flames recall Morgan Klimchuk from minors 02-17-2018
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The Calgary Flames have recalled Morgan Klimchuk from the minors.

Calgary Flames on Twitter
The 22-year-old has 13 goals and 27 points in 44 games with the Stockton Heat of the AHL. The former first-rounder has never played in an NHL game before.
Devan Dubnyk will start against Ducks 02-17-2018
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Devan Dubnyk will get the start in Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

KFAN1003 on Twitter
Dubnyk has just one regulation loss in his last seven decisions (5-1-1). He has a 23-11-4 record with a 2.62 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this season.
Quick probable starter Saturday v Sabres 02-17-2018
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Jonathan Quick is the Kings' probable starter Saturday afternoon against Buffalo. Quick has struggled as of late, dropping three games in a row and five of his last six. He will be looking to rebound against the success-challenged Sabres and bettering his 21-21-2 record. We would start Quick in this one.
Iafallo motivated Saturday v Buffalo 02-17-2018
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Look for Alex Iafallo to have a good showing Saturday afternoon against the Sabres.

Los Angeles Times
Iafallo is from Buffalo, and he will be playing in his first NHL game in his hometown on Saturday. "It will give me a little goosebumps," said Iafallo. "I've got a bunch of fans coming from there - old friends, teachers from school. It will be a pretty cool experience going back." Iafallo, who has been playing on the Kings' top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, should be plenty motivated Saturday. We might consider starting him.
Gibson probable Saturday aft. v Wild 02-17-2018
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John Gibson is the Ducks' probable starter for Saturday's matinee against the Wild. Gibson is coming off a very fine 42-save, 3-2 win over a tough Blackhawk team. For the season, Gibson sports a 20-15-6 record with a 2.57 GAA and a .923 SP. All better than average numbers.
Marc Staal cleared for contact 02-17-2018
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Marc Staal (whiplash) was cleared for contact on Friday.

Larry Brooks Twitter.
He participated fully in the Rangers' practice Friday and seems to be closing in on a return. Staal just needs to ensure his conditioning is up to par before playing in a game. Saturday afternoon's contest against Ottawa is likely a little early for that.
Halverson recalled from Hartford 02-17-2018
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The Rangers have recalled Brandon Halverson from Hartford of the AHL.

Larry Brooks Twitter
Alexander Georgiev, who was subbing in for the injured Ondrej Pavlec, has the flu and as a result Halverson was needed to back up starter Henrik Lundqvist. It seems being the Ranger backup goaltender is a high-risk position.
Lundqvist probabe starter v Sens Saturday 02-17-2018
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Henrik Lundqvist is the Rangers' probable starter for Saturday afternoon's game against Ottawa.

Larry Brooks Twitter
Alexander Georgiev was originally going to get the start, but he fell ill, and as a result, Brandon Halverson was recalled from Hartford to back up Lundqvist. Lundqvist is coming off a 3-0 loss to the Islanders in which he stopped 32 shots. For the season, Lundqvist sports a 23-19-4 record with a 2.74 GAA and a .918 SP.
Isles Aho wins the battle of the Aho's 02-17-2018
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The Islanders' Sebastian Aho won the Battle of the Sebastian Aho's Friday night. It was the first time the two Sebastian Aho's, who are not related, faced each other in an NHL game. The Isles Aho, a defenseman born in Sweden, was a plus-one in 17:10 of ice time in New York's 3-0 win over Carolina Friday night. The other Sebastian Aho, the Canes forward born in Finland, was a minus two in the contest. Round two is scheduled for Sunday March 18th.
Isles goalies step up 02-17-2018
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The much maligned goaltending tandem of Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak have really stepped up over the Islanders' last two games.

Eric Hornick Twitter
The Isles are coming off of two consecutive shutouts, one by Halak and the other by Greiss. In fact, the Isles are the first NHL team to win two games by shutouts on back-to-back nights in which the opposition had more than 40 shots on goal in each, and the first NHL team to have consecutive 45-plus save shutouts. Maybe Islanders' coach Doug Weight was right all along in trusting Halak and Greiss with his net.
Robin Lehner will start vs. Kings on Saturday 02-17-2018
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Robin Lehner will get the start in Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Bill Hoppe on Twitter
Fantasy GMs should take note that this game starts at 1:00 p.m. ET. Lehner is coming off a 33-save performance in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Senators on Thursday night. The Sabres netminder has a 12-21-8 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage this season.
Report: NYR want DeBrusk in deal for McDonagh 02-17-2018
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The New York Rangers reportedly want Jake DeBrusk included in a potential trade for Ryan McDonagh.

NBC Sports Boston
DeBrusk has a bright future ahead of him, but you have to pay through the nose if you want to acquire a defenseman like McDonagh. The Bruins forward has 11 goals and 29 points in 51 games this season. Boston GM Doug Sweeney has a lot of young assets at his disposal, but trading DeBrusk would be a risky proposition.
Kinkaid probable v Tampa Saturday 02-17-2018
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Keith Kinkaid is the Devils' probable starter for Saturday night's game against the Lightning. Kinkaid is coming off a strong 5-2 win over the Hurricanes in which he stoppped 27 shots and will be looking for his third consecutive victory, should he start. For the season, Kinkaid sports a 12-7-2 record with a 3.24 GAA and an .893 save percentage.
Bobby Ryan might play before trade deadline 02-17-2018
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Bobby Ryan (finger) could be back in the Sens lineup before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Ottawa Sun
Ryan, who was injured ealier this month, was expected to miss at least three weeks, so this makes sense. The Sens forward has already missed seven games. He has seven goals and 20 points in 39 games this season.
Boyle travels with teammates to Tampa Bay 02-17-2018
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Brian Boyle (shoulder) made the trip to Tampa Bay with his teammates.

Chris Ryan on Twitter
Boyle missed Tuesday's game against the Flyers due to a shoulder injury, but may be a possibility for one of the two New Jersey games this weekend. Stay tuned for further updates.
Ryan Dzingel likely out for Saturday's game 02-17-2018
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There's a good chance Ryan Dzingel will miss Saturday's game because of a family matter.

Ottawa Sun
It's unclear how long he'll be away from the team at this point. He has 15 goals and 11 assists in 56 games this season. We'll provide an additional update on his status as soon as the Senators make one available.
Devils put John Quenneville on IR 02-17-2018
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The Devils have placed forward John Quenneville on the injured list due to a knee injury.

Chris Ryan on Twitter
Quenneville sustained the injury a week ago and his placement on the injured list is retroactive to that date. He did not travel with his Devils' teammates and will miss at least Saturday night's contest against Tampa and Sunday's affair against the Hurricanes.
Derick Brassard riding three-game goal streak 02-17-2018
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Derick Brassard has scored in each of his last three games.

Ottawa Sun
Brassard's getting hot at the right time for the Senators, as he's been in the middle of trade rumors for the last few weeks. He has 16 goals and 16 assists in 54 games this season. There's a very real chance that he could be shipped out of town before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. "I know it's a business," Brassard said. "There's no hard feelings for anyone. Same as when I got traded for Mika (Zibanejad). I got traded against a really good young player. I take it as a compliment."
Alex DeBrincat has 10 points in last 10 games 02-17-2018
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Alex DeBrincat has picked up 10 points in his last 10 games.

Chicago Tribune
Sure, four of those 10 points came in one game, but the youngster is on a pretty respectable run considering how badly his team is struggling right now. He's up to 21 goals and 38 points in 58 games this season.
Patrick Kane has 1 goal in last 12 games 02-17-2018
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Patrick Kane has scored just one goal in his last 12 games.

Chicago Tribune
Kane also hasn't found the back of the net in each of his last five games. The Blackhawks have been struggling mightily of late, as they've dropped eight games in a row. Kane has 21 goals and 53 points in 58 games this season. The 'Hawks probably won't be able to turn their season around, but expect Kane to start producing with a little more regularity down the stretch.
A.J. Greer fights Dustin Byfuglien on Friday 02-17-2018
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A.J. Greer dropped the gloves with Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on Friday night.

Denver Post
That's one way for the youngster to get noticed. "(Blake) Wheeler's cross-checking Greer and Greer turns around and gives it back to him and Byfuglien comes in and wants to fight and Greer answers the bell,"head coach Jared Bednar said after the game. "I thought (Greer) did a great job. Byfuglien doesn't stop so he gets the extra penalty." Greer now has three assists, a plus-2 rating and 29 penalty minutes in 17 games this season. The Avalanche lost the game 6-1.
Jonathan Bernier injured on Friday night 02-17-2018
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Jonathan Bernier suffered a head injury in Friday's game against the Jets.

Denver Post
Bernier didn't come out for the start of the third period, so many thought he was being pulled in favor of Semyon Varlamov, but head coach Jared Bednar mentioned that he was going through concussion protocol. The team will likely provide an update on his status in the coming day. Bernier has a 17-11-2 record with a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season. He's day-to-day for now.
Blues hear 'good things' about Soshnikov 02-17-2018
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Blues head coach Mike Yeo says he's heard good things about newly acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Blues acquired Soshnikov from the Maple Leafs earlier this week, but he's currently sidelined with a lower-body injury. "I've heard a lot of really good things," Yeo said. "I think it's going to be a really good move for our organization just in terms of his work ethic, his skating ability, his ability to play on both sides of the puck. I think that, talking to some people and hearing from some people in Toronto, they actually really liked him. Coaches liked him." Soshnikov has no points and a minus-2 rating in three games this season. He isn't worth adding in any fantasy format.
John Klingberg picks up 200th point on FRI 02-17-2018
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John Klingberg picked up the 200th point of his NHL career on Friday night.

Fort-Worth Star Telegram
Klingberg reached the milestone after he helped set up Mattias Janmark's power play goal in the second period. The Stars blue liner has seven goals and 53 points in 58 games this season. He's one of the top offensive defensemen in the game right now.
Marc Methot plays 14:53 in return to lineup 02-17-2018
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Marc Methot played 14:53 in his return to the lineup on Friday night.

Fort-Worth Star Telegram
The Stars blue liner missed 15 consecutive games with an injury. He had also suited up in just one of Dallas' previous 42 games. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, seven penalty minutes and one hit. Methot dropped the gloves with Blues forward Brayden Schenn in the dying seconds of the third period. He now has one assist and 21 penalty minutes in 17 games.
Jamie Benn collects assist in win over STL 02-17-2018
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Jamie Benn registered an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Fort-Worth Star Telegram
Benn hasn't scored in five games, but he's picked up four helpers in his last three. The Stars captain picked up the primary assist on Stephen Johns' game-winning goal in the third frame. Benn now has 21 goals and 53 points in 58 games this season.
Stephen Johns scores GWG vs. Blues on Friday 02-17-2018
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Stephen Johns scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Fort-Worth Star Telegram
The Stars only managed to fire 16 shots on goal in this one, but they still came away with the victory. Johns' goal gave Dallas a 2-0 lead at the 10:33 mark of the third period and they never looked back. He now has eight goals and 13 points in 55 games this season.
Frederik Andersen expected to start vs. PIT 02-17-2018
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Frederik Andersen is expected to get the start in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Toronto Sun
Andersen stopped 54 of 57 shots in a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this week. He has a 29-15-4 record with a 2.66 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season.
Aaron Ekblad riding 5-game point streak 02-17-2018
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Aaron Ekblad is riding a five-game point streak.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
He's picked up seven points during the streak. That's a pretty nice stretch for the Panthers blue liner, who now has 12 goals and 23 points in 54 games this season. Ekblad will look to prolong his hot streak on saturday night, as the Panthers take on the Flames.
Matt Cullen takes maintenance day on FRI 02-17-2018
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Matt Cullen didn't take part in the Wild's practice on Friday morning.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Cullen had to take a maintenance day and it's unclear if he'll be available for Saturday's matinee against the Anaheim Ducks. Chris Stewart will take his spot in the lineup if he can't go. Cullen has five goals and 13 points in 55 games this season.
Nikolaj Ehlers nets gol in win over Avalanche 02-17-2018
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Nikolaj Ehlers scored a goal in Friday's 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Winnipeg Sun
Ehlers gave the Jets a 5-0 lead early in the third period. He finished the game with two penalty minutes and four shots on goal in 17 minutes of ice time. Ehlers is up to 22 goals and 41 points in 58 games this season.
Kyle Connor scores in blowout win over COL 02-17-2018
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Kyle Connor found the back of the net in Friday's 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Winnipeg Sun
Connor's goal gave the Jets a 2-0 lead midway through the second period and they never looked back. The 21-year-old has 19 goals and 36 points in 52 games this season. He's accumulated seven points in his last eight outings.
Patrik Laine scores 1G, 1A in win over Avs 02-17-2018
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Patrik Laine scored a power play goal in Friday's 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Winnipeg Sun
Laine's tally at the 19:32 mark of the second period extended Winnipeg's lead to 4-0 at the time. He finished the game with two points, two shots on goal and one hit in 16:15 of ice time. He has 26 goals and 44 points in 58 games this season.
Mark Scheifele collects 3 assists vs. Avs 02-17-2018
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Mark Scheifele registered three assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Winnipeg Sun
The 24-year-old helped set up goals by Blake Wheeler, Andrew Copp (shorthanded) and Patrik Laine (power play). Scheifele now has 17 goals and 28 assists in 42 games this season. He's a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Andrew Copp ends long scoring drought on FRI 02-17-2018
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Andrew Copp scored his first goal in 28 games on Friday night.

Winnipeg Sun
His shorthanded goal gave the Jets a 3-0 lead in their game against the Colorado Avalanche (they ended up winning 6-1). Copp's last goal came on Dec. 9, so it had been a while since he found the back of the net. He has five goals and 17 points in 58 games this season.
Max Pacioretty has 0 SOG in last two games 02-17-2018
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Max Pacioretty hasn't registered a shot on goal in each of his last two games.

Montreal Gazette
The Canadiens have lost both of those games to Colorado and Arizona. Pacioretty is having the worst season he's had in a while, as he has 16 goals and 34 points in 57 games. He had scored at least 30 goals in each of his previous four seasons. There's a good chance that all the trade rumors are taking a toll on him.
02-17-2018
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Colton Parayko returned to action on Friday February 16.
02-17-2018
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Matt Hendricks returned to action on Friday February 16.