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Nick Spaling C
Height/Weight: 6-1/201 | Birthdate: 9/19/1988 | Birthplace: Palmerston, Ontario, Canada | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: None | NHL Experience: 4 | Salary: $1,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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7/31/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Penguins Avoid Arbitration With Spaling

News: Nick Spaling and the Penguins came to terms on a two-year, $4.4 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The restricted free agent was a secondary piece acquired by the Penguins in the June 27 trade that sent James Neal to the Predators. Nick Spaling, who produced 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games last season, could see his scoring numbers take a step back in 2014-15, as the Penguins' current crop of wingers will likely push him into a bottom-six role.

6/27/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Nashville Sends Spaling To Penguins In Friday Deal

News: Nick Spaling was traded to Pittsburgh on Friday along with Patric Hornqvist in exchange for James Neal.
Analysis: Nick Spaling actually had a decent offensive season with 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games but he's more of a depth forward. The Pens figure to use Spaling in a checking line role this coming season. He is also a restricted free agent.

4/14/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling: Two Assists, Plus-3 In Finale

News: Nick Spaling gathered two assists and finished with a plus-3 rating in Sunday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: It was a productive close to the season for Nick Spaling, who ended up with a career-best 13 goals and 18 assists in 71 games this season. He's expected to serve in a third-line role with the Predators again next season.

3/24/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Returns To Action Sunday

News: Nick Spaling (undisclosed) saw 17:19 of ice time in his return to action Sunday against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: After missing the Preds' previous game due to the injury, Nick Spaling was back on the ice, but was mostly a non-factor in the game. He failed to attempt a single shot on goal while logging no hits and one blocked shot on defense.

3/21/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Scratched For Health Reasons

News: Nick Spaling is a non-healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Bruins, the Tennessean's Joshua Cooper reports.
Analysis: Nick Spaling and teammate Patrick Eaves were both scratched, reportedly because of undisclosed injuries. Spaling hasn't recorded a point in his last four games but does have 13 goals and 14 assists for the season.

3/10/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds` Spaling Opens Scoring Monday

News: Nick Spaling scored the first of four Predators goals Monday, as Nashville upset the Senators 4-3 in overtime.
Analysis: Nick Spaling`s 12th of the year midway through the second was the first Preds goal in nearly seven periods - 137:52, to be exact. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Ottawa but needed overtime after Pekka Rinne gave up three unanswered goals in the third. Nonetheless, the fifth-year NHLer has now surpassed his career highs in goals, assists and points with 12, 13 and 25, respectively. Although the Predators are a long shot to make the playoffs, Spaling will be motivated to play for a raise as his one-year, $1.5 million contract expires at the end of the season.

3/5/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds Activate Spaling From IR

News: Nick Spaling (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Nick Spaling has been out since Jan. 31 after attaining the lower-body injury in a win over the Devils. With 22 points in 52 games on the season, Spaling isn't a major difference-maker on the offensive end, but he's still a useful piece for a Predators attack that ranks in the bottom third of the NHL in scoring.

3/2/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Back Practicing Without Contact

News: Nick Spaling (lower body) joined the team for Friday's practice while wearing a non-contact jersey, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: After completing the practice, Nick Spaling declined to reveal a timetable for returning to the lineup, leaving him as a question mark for fantasy owners for the time being. The forward has been out since Jan. 31 and probably can't be considered close to a return until he at least gets in some full-contact work.

2/22/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Still Nursing Injury

News: Nick Spaling (lower body) wasn't skating with the Predators when they resumed practicing Thursday, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: The forward missed the last handful of the games before the break with the injury, and it appears the extended hiatus in the NHL schedule wasn't enough for him to get back to full strength. The Predators will stash him on injured reserve until he begins to show tangible signs of returning to full health.

2/6/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling (Upper Body) Likely Out Thursday

News: Nick Spaling (upper body) is likely out for Thursday's game against Minnesota, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Nick Spaling hasn't taken to the ice since suffering the injury Jan. 31 against New Jersey. If he's not ready to go for Saturday's game against Anaheim, look for him to return sometime in late February following the Olympic break.

2/1/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Out Saturday

News: Nick Spaling (lower body) will not play Saturday against the Blues, Willy Daunic of 102.5 The Game reports.
Analysis: Nick Spaling sustained the injury at the tail end of Friday's overtime victory over the Devils. Simon Moser was recalled from AHL Milwaukee and will take his place in the lineup. With 10 goals and 12 assists in 52 games, Spaling is still well on his way to post career numbers even with the injury setback.

1/24/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT Spaling Carries Preds Thursday

Nick Spaling

Spaling Carries Preds Thursday

News: Nick Spaling assisted on Craig Smith's game-tying goal early in the third period, then scored the game-winner on a power play in Thursday's 2-1 victory over Vancouver.
Analysis: Nick Spaling's now scored goals in consecutive games despite only taking one shot on goal in each of those two games, and he's got five points in his last five contests overall. With nine goals and 11 assists, he's just one short of his career-high total in both categories, so Spaling's on pace for a career year by his standards.

12/31/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Contributes Goal In Win

News: Nick Spaling scored his seventh goal of the season during Monday's 6-4 win over the Red Wings, giving him three points in his last five games.
Analysis: Nick Spaling now has 14 points in 36 games, putting him on pace to eclipse his career high of 22 points from two seasons ago. He continues see upwards of 17 minutes per night on the Preds' second line alongside David Legwand and Craig Smith, giving him some fantasy value in deeper formats.

12/15/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Spaling Assists In Preds' Win Over Sharks

News: Nick Spaling assisted on Roman Josi's second-period power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Sharks. It was his second point in his past three games.
Analysis: Nick Spaling now has 11 points in 29 games this season, and is well on his way to eclipsing his career-best 22 points he registered two seasons ago. He seems to be flourishing on the Preds' second line alongside David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist. He's a decent fantasy play for those of you in deeper formats.

11/27/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT Preds' Spaling Notches Goal, Assist In Win

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Notches Goal, Assist In Win

News: Nick Spaling notched a goal and an assist Wednesday.
Analysis: Nick Spaling is embracing his new role on a scoring line, and has four points in his last four games. With just eight points on the season, he may be at the peak of his value right now.

11/21/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Scoring Line Assignment For Preds' Spaling

News: With recent injuries to Eric Nystrom and Filip Forsberg, Nick Spaling has been shifted from a checking-line to more of a scoring-line role and has seen his ice time increase from 14-15 minutes per game to 16-17 minutes over the past few games. Following Tuesday's 2-0 win over Detroit, coach Barry Trotz described Spaling as "probably one of the most useful players we have in terms of playing multiple positions and multiple roles on our team."
Analysis: During Tuesday's game, Nick Spaling was used in various line combinations, but spent the majority of the game playing with Matt Cullen and Craig Smith. After scoring just his second goal of the season during Saturday's 7-2 win over Chicago, Spaling is currently on pace for about 18 points after scoring a career-high 10 goals and 12 assists two seasons ago. Despite the recent line upgrade, Spaling still only has modest fantasy value in deeper formats. As per Trotz's comments, he's really more of a checking-line guy who can be called upon from time to time to chip in on a scoring line.

10/10/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Will Play Thursday

News: Nick Spaling (upper body) will be in the lineup Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Analysis: Nick Spaling missed just one game with the upper body injury, and his return means Gabriel Bourque will be a healthy scratch Thursday. Spaling had one assist in two games before getting hurt, and should slide back into his spot on the top line aside Mike Fisher and Eric Nystrom.

10/9/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Sits Tuesday With Upper-Body Injury

News: Nick Spaling will sit out Tuesday's game against the Wild with an upper-body injury, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Coach Barry Trotz didn't elaborate on the extent of Nick Spaling's injury, but the expectation is that it's just a day-to-day issue. Filip Forsberg (lower body) will make his season debut and slide into the lineup in Spaling's place. Spaling has notched one assist in two games thus far.

9/19/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Facing Increased Competition This Season

News: With the roster additions the Preds made during the offseason, Nick Spaling could see his ice time reduced this year, reports the Tennessean.
Analysis: During the summer, the Predators signed four forwards to bolster depth — center Matt Cullen and wingers Eric Nystrom, Viktor Stalberg and Matt Hendricks. Nick Spaling has been a reliable third-line center for the Preds the past couple of seasons, but Cullen's presence in particular - along with center depth including Mike Fisher, David Legwand and Paul Gaustad - means that Spaling has probably been pushed down to the fourth line, or even lower, for now. Knock him down a peg or two on your cheat sheets heading into your league's draft night.

7/21/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds Sign Spaling

News: Nick Spaling signed a one-year deal with the Predators on Sunday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Analysis: The deal was made in time to avoid an arbitration hearing, and is reportedly worth $1.5 million. Nick Spaling chipped in nine points and four assists in 47 games with the Predators last season, and has increased his scoring rate in each of his four NHL season.

4/7/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Predators' Spaling Tallies Goal, Assist

News: Nick Spaling scored a goal and added an assist against the Blackhawks on Sunday.
Analysis: These are Nick Spaling's first points in nine games, and he only has 11 points on the season.

3/9/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Likely Back In Lineup Saturday

News: Nick Spaling, a healthy scratch Friday against Edmonton, will likely play Saturday against the Wild, according to the Tennessean.
Analysis: With just five points in 23 games, Nick Spaling should not be on anyone's fantasy radar outside of ultra-deep leagues.

1/22/2013

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Nashville's Spaling Notches Two Points

News: Nick Spaling scored his first goal of the year and assisted on a power-play goal in Tuesday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: Nick Spaling was given an impressive 17:39 of ice time and made the most of his minutes, but don't expect consistent offense from the young centerman, who doesn't have much of a history as a scorer. He'd gone pointless in the first two games of the season.

3/9/2012

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Seeing Increased Ice Time This Season

News: Nick Spaling is currently averaging a full two minutes more per game in ice time compared to last season (15:57 vs. 13:55).
Analysis: Nick Spaling's on-ice responsibilites as a checking-line forward have definitely increased since he broke in with the Preds three seasons ago. However, with just 19 points in 62 games, Spaling won't help you much in traditional scoring categories unless you're in an ultra-deep league.

2/10/2012

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Preds' Spaling Contributing Off Scoresheet

News: Nick Spaling was held off the scoresheet during Thursday's 4-3 loss to Ottawa, his 11th straight game without a point.
Analysis: Considering goals and assists are not Nick Spaling's primary responsibility, he's still contributed this season with 15 points in 50 games, one more than the career-high 14 points he posted last year. This does not make him a very attractive fantasy option in most standard formats, however it's easy to see why the Preds rely on him a reliable, two-way checking forward. He rarely gets into trouble defensively and he does a good job of keeping other teams' top lines in check. He continues to skate on the team's fourth line with Jordin Tootoo and rookie Gabriel Bourque.