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13 Nick Spaling C
Height/Weight: 6-1/201 | Birthdate: 9/19/1988 | Birthplace: Palmerston, Ontario, Canada | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: None | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $1,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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4/25/2015

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Spaling Lone Scorer For Pens In Series-Ending Loss

News: Nick Spaling tallied the Penguins' lone goal of the evening in Friday's Game 5 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Nick Spaling's offensive output Friday (one goal, three shots on net) essentially exceeded the whole of his production from the prior four games of the series (no goals, one assist, two shots). Of course, the Penguins probably weren't expecting Spaling to post any crooked scoring numbers in his third-line role, and few poolies likely rolled the dice with the winger either, after he generated only eight goals and 27 points over 82 regular-season contests.

4/10/2015

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Expected To Play Friday

News: Coach Mike Johnston said that he "expects" Nick Spaling (lower body) will be in the lineup Friday against the Islanders, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The coach characterized Nick Spaling as "banged up" after Tuesday's loss to the Senators, but after the forward returned to the ice for Friday's morning skate, it appears those injury concerns have mostly subsided. If the Penguins are able to come away with a win Friday to claim a playoff spot, there's a chance that Johnston could let Spaling pick up some rest for what would be a meaningless season finale Saturday against the Sabres.

4/9/2015

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Banged Up

News: Coach Mike Johnston said Thursday that Nick Spaling has a lower-body injury, but is expected to play Friday against the Islanders, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Nick Spaling would probably be rested had the Penguins already secured a playoff spot, but with their hopes for the postseason still hanging in the balance, expect the bottom-six forward to suit up Friday. His availability will likely be verified by his participation in Friday's morning skate.

3/24/2015

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Spaling Assists Twice In Pens' Loss

News: Nick Spaling assisted on both Pittsburgh goals Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Blues.
Analysis: He'd gone five straight off the scoresheet before this little outburst and is a generally unreliable offensive contributor, with a modest 25 points to show for the season. At age 26, he's not showing any sign of developing into anything more than a bottom-six forward.

3/13/2015

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT Pens' Spaling Ends Scoring Skid Thursday

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Ends Scoring Skid Thursday

News: Nick Spaling registered an assist in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Oilers.
Analysis: The assist snapped a 10-game pointless skid for Nick Spaling, representing his longest drought of the season. Locked into a bottom-six role with the Penguins, Spaling shouldn't be expected to provide offense with much consistency.

2/12/2015

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Nets Goal In Win

News: Nick Spaling tallied a goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
Analysis: The return of Blake Comeau (upper body) to the lineup bumped Nick Spaling off the Evgeni Malkin line, but the winger was able to pick up his eighth goal of the season despite the dropoff in talent surrounding him. With 21 points over 54 games, Spaling isn't much more than a complementary scorer for the Penguins, limiting his value to deeper formats.

1/14/2015

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Gets Assist, Goes Plus-2 In Win

News: Nick Spaling finished with an assist and a plus-2 rating over his 17:40 of ice time in Tuesday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: The forward has assists in three of his last five games, during which he's provided a collective plus-6 rating. Nick Spaling's plus/minus should remain strong while he continues to see favorable matchups on the Pens' second line, but he'll need to show an uptick in shot attempts (just five in his last five games) to warrant a pickup in most formats.

12/20/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Scores Saturday

News: Nick Spaling scored one goal and assisted on a second one in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday.
Analysis: He scored from long range for a soft goal on Florida netminder Roberto Luongo -- his sixth of the season. Nick Spaling's stint as a top-six forward is mostly over, given the Pens' improving health at the forward position, but he continues to produce. Spaling now has two goals and six points in his last six games.

12/12/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Set To Play Friday

News: Nick Spaling (nose) is fine to play Friday against the Flames, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Nick Spaling took a cut to his nose during Tuesday's practice that forced him out of the remainder of the session, but it wasn't anything that a bandage couldn't fix. In addition to seeing regular line work the last couple of days, Spaling also joined the team's second power-play unit at Thursday's practice, illustrating that he's fully healthy.

12/10/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Leaves Practice

News: Nick Spaling left Tuesday's practice after sustaining a cut on his nose, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Johnston said after the session that Nick Spaling's injury wasn't serious. With the Penguins not playing their next game until Friday, it seems likely that Spaling won't have to miss any time on account of the minor scrape.

12/9/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Picks Up Pair Of Points Monday

News: Nick Spaling scored his fourth goal of the season and added an assist Monday against the Rangers.
Analysis: Nick Spaling, who matched a season-high with three shots, finished with a plus-1 rating and two PIM. He continues to skate with Sidney Crosby at even strength, but had totaled just one assist in seven games prior to Monday. He now has 10 points (4G, 6A) in 27 contests.

11/28/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Spaling Skating With Pens' Big Boys

News: Nick Spaling continues to skate with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist at even strength, giving him fantasy value while he serves as a top-six forward.
Analysis: Although it's unlikely he sticks with Pittsburgh's top line for an extended period, Nick Spaling figures to pick up the occasional point through osmosis with Crosby and Hornqvist. With Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) out for six months and Beau Bennett (knee) sidelined for two weeks, Spaling could serve as a useful fantasy piece in the short run. He's got eight points in 22 games for Pittsburgh after totaling 32 points in 71 contests with Nashville last season.

11/18/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Sticking On Second Line Tuesday

News: Nick Spaling will serve as a second-line left winger next to Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist on Tuesday.
Analysis: He saw time on the team's No. 2 line Saturday and set Malkin up for his goal against the Rangers. With Pascal Dupuis (undisclosed) sidelined Tuesday, Nick Spaling will continue seeing top-six minutes. Whenever the team gets healthier, look for the former Preds forward to move in and out of Pittsburgh's top six on a game-by-game basis. He's totaled five points (two goals, three assists) in 16 contests thus far in 2014-15.

10/22/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Pens' Spaling Adds Goal, Assist In Loss

News: Nick Spaling picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: The points were Nick Spaling's first two of the season, but weren't quite enough to lift his team over the Flyers. He'll look to stay hot when the Pens turn right around and play the Red Wings on Thursday night.

10/2/2014

Nick Spaling, LW, PIT

Nick Spaling

Spaling Set For Season With Pens

News: Nick Spaling led the Pens with two assists in Wednesday's 2-0 win in Detroit.
Analysis: He's expected to skate with Brandon Sutter on the team's third line in 2014-15. Nick Spaling scored 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games for Nashville last year and a similar point total is likely with Pittsburgh.

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.