News:Ben Lovejoy was credited with the game-winning assist in the Ducks' 3-2 overtime defeat of the Red Wings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday.
Analysis: Despite his defensive focus, Ben Lovejoy has managed to log two assists so far for the Ducks in the first five games of this postseason.
News:Ben Lovejoy picked up an assist early in the third period of the Ducks' game one playoff 3-1 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Analysis: Counting the regular season, Ben Lovejoy's assist in Tuesday's game gives him two points in his last three games.
News:Ben Lovejoy registered an assist during the second period of the Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Canucks on Thursday.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy's assist in Thursday's game snaps a six-game-long pointless streak for him.
News:Ben Lovejoy will be a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Predators, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy has continued to see time despite the return of Cam Fowler, but he'll watch from the press box Wednesday as a healthy scratch.
News:Ben Lovejoy has remained in the Ducks' defensemen rotation even with the return of Cam Fowler, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Instead of Ben Lovejoy sitting, Toni Lydman and Luca Sbisa have taken turns in the press box over the last two games. Lovejoy has assists in two of the Ducks' last three games, though he's not getting much power play time with Fowler back.
News:Ben Lovejoy played 16:20 in Friday's loss to Dallas, his first game with Anaheim following Wednesday's trade from PIttsburgh.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy saw a surprising 1:43 on the power play with Anaheim, putting four shots on goal and blocking three shots as well. Lovejoy couldn't crack the Pittsburgh lineup with the Pens having a large stable of able defensemen, including the acquisition of Zach Boychuk on waivers last week; Lovejoy should see regular ice time with the Ducks.
News:Ben Lovejoy was traded to the Ducks on Wednesday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2014, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: For his career, Ben Lovejoy has 25 points (4G, 21A) and a plus-20 rating in 98 games, but he has a minus-2 rating though three games this season. The Penguins sent Lovejoy packing Wednesday, and the 28-year-old defenseman is expected to join his new club in Dallas.
News:Ben Lovejoy will make his season debut Friday against the Jets, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Simon Despres appears to be in coach Dan Bylsma's doghouse, so Ben Lovejoy will replace him Friday. Lovejoy will skate on the third defensive pairing with Deryk Engelland.
News:Ben Lovejoy will serve as a healthy scratch Saturday against the Flyers, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy probably won't enjoy steady action until he gets traded to another organization or injuries pop up.
News:Ben Lovejoy will serve as a healthy scratch Sunday against the Flyers, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy made an ill-advised clear in his own zone Friday that directly led to a Philadelphia goal. The fact that he came back two weeks into a projected four-week rehab schedule from arthroscopic knee surgery makes Sunday's move an easy one.
News:Ben Lovejoy (knee) is ahead of schedule and could play Wednesday against Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy was not supposed to return from arthroscopic surgery until late April. He has practiced the last few days, however, and appears primed to take Matt Niskanen's spot in the lineup. Lovejoy appeared in only one game against the Flyers in the regular season, going pointless with one hit, three blocks and one shot on goal.
News:Ben Lovejoy (knee) will miss 3-to-4 weeks, Penguins.NHL.com reports.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy underwent a surgery on the knee, presumably of the arthroscopic sort. Lovejoy is only a peripheral component of the Pittsburgh rotation, so his absence shouldn't change much.
News:Ben Lovejoy served as a healthy scratch Thursday night against the Rangers.
Analysis: Kris Letang's return meant that Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland or Matt Niskanen would sit and the Pens benched Lovejoy. Lovejoy might have to wait for an injury to the blue line for another playing opportunity.
News:Ben Lovejoy (wrist) picked up an assist and was plus-1 in his return to the lineup Tuesday night.
Analysis: The assist was his second point of the season through 14 games, so it's unlikely to be the beginning of a significant run of production. That said, he flashed some ability at the offensive end last season with 17 points (3 G, 14 A) and a plus-11 rating over 47 contests.
News:Ben Lovejoy (wrist) was cleared for and participated in a full practice Monday, Penguins.NHL.com reports.
Analysis:Ben Lovejoy showed a bit of promise last year, posting 17 points (three goals) and a plus-11 rating over 47 games, but he had just one assist in 13 appearances prior to the injury this year.
News:Ben Lovejoy (wrist) will miss a minimum of six weeks, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Penguins' Web site reports.
Analysis: Despite seeing regular ice time during the seasons's first 13 games, Ben Lovejoy tallied just one assist before getting hurt. His absence will give Alexandre Picard time on the blue line until Zbynek Michalek returns.
News:Ben Lovejoy suffered a broken wrist Thursday against the Sharks, according to the Penguins' Web site.
Analysis: Coach Dan Bylsma said after Thursday's game there will be no timetable for his return until he gets evaluated. Ben Lovejoy has just one assist in 13 games for Pittsburgh as a sixth defenseman, but his familiarity with the system will be hard to replace. Look for Alexandre Picard to dress Saturday in Los Angeles.
News:Ben Lovejoy sat Saturday as a healthy scratch against the Devils.
Analysis: Top defenders Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang skated in the same game for the first time in 2011-12 Saturday. Ben Lovejoy will likely sit the majority of time when the defensive corps is healthy. That said, Zbynek Michalek is nursing a wrist injury of indeterminate severity right now, making it likely Lovejoy returns to the lineup Tuesday.
News: Lovejoy and defensive partner Matt Niskanen played sparingly against the Lightning in Game 4.
Analysis: Lovejoy saw less than 10 minutes of ice time (9:45) after getting beaten badly by Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis. By contrast, top-four defensemen Brooks Orpik (40:32), Kris Letang (38:21), Zbynek Michalek (36:01) and Paul Martin (31:30) all saw more than either Lovejoy or Niskanen (11:07).
News: Lovejoy tallied a career-high three assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Lovejoy, who finishes the regular season with three goals and 18 points in 47 games, dressed with greater frequency down the stretch. He potted two goals and added seven assists in the last 13 games.
News: Lovejoy scored Pittsburgh's lone goal in Sunday's 2-1 shootout win over Florida.
Analysis: Lovejoy has five points (2G, 3A) in his last seven games and has taken 17 shots. For the season, Lovejoy has 14 points (3G, 11A) in 41 games and has averaged 1.4 shots per game.
News: Lovejoy saw his four-game point streak end Thursday, though he saw more than 21 minutes of ice and registered four shots.
Analysis: Lovejoy collected a goal and three assists in four games prior to Thursday. His pairing with Kris Letang has taken on an odd dynamic of Lovejoy serving as the offensive defenseman with Letang staying at home. Letang's usual partner, Brooks Orpik, is due back shortly. Until he actually returns, however, Lovejoy is worth a waiver wire pickup.
News: Lovejoy returned to action Thursday after missing time with an illness.
Analysis: Lovejoy played 13 minutes in the Penguins' loss to the Devils Thursday night. He hadn't appeared in a game since Jan. 8, though he typically serves as a healthy scratch in more than 50 percent of the team's games.
News: Lovejoy tallied two assists and finished plus-2 in Pittsburgh's win Wednesday night.
Analysis: Lovejoy had been out since Dec. 28 with a facial injury. He'll continue to rotate as the team's No. 6 defenseman with Deryk Engelland, depending on the nightly matchups coach Dan Bylsma feels comfortable with.
News: Lovejoy is expected to play Wednesday against Tampa Bay, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Analysis: Lovejoy hasn't played since taking a puck off of his cheek against Atlanta in late December.
News: Lovejoy scored his first career goal and earned his first fighting major before leaving early after taking a slap shot off of his face in Wednesday's win.
Analysis: Lovejoy has played 31 career games and had just six assists to his credit. He's a prospect the Penguins like and will see action but is hardly a reliable offensive option at this stage for your squad. He's not expected to miss any time from the puck he took to his face, though he's typically been a healthy scratch more often than not recently.
News: Lovejoy is expected to play against the Rangers on Wednesday, WXDX-radio in Pittsburgh reports.
Analysis: Lovejoy picked up an assist in the last game he took part in Saturday. He sat out Tuesday's game in Philadelphia.
News: Lovejoy picked up his third point, an assist, in 15 games for Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Analysis: Coach Dan Bylsma wanted to give the frequently scratched Lovejoy an opportunity to keep fresh and the blueliner came through with a strong game. That said, he probably won't play Tuesday in Philadelphia. Deryk Engelland will likely get the nod because of his fighting ability.
News: Lovejoy served as a healthy scratch Saturday against Phoenix.
Analysis: Lovejoy and Deryk Engelland will likely form some sort of healthy scratch rotation as long as the rest of the defensive corps remains healthy.
News: Lovejoy played his best game of the year on Monday, assisting on one goal, adding a season-high four shots on goal, and picking up six penalty minutes.
Analysis: Lovejoy has moved up to the team's No. 4 defenseman's spot with Brooks Orpik and Zbynek Michalek both hurt. He'll move back down the depth chart when they come back, but he looked comfortable for the first time this year against the Senators.
Lovejoy Leading Competition for Sixth Blueliner Spot
News: Lovejoy is the leading candidate for the team's No. 6 defenseman heading into training camp, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Analysis: Coach Dan Bylsma said there are four or five blueliners in competition for the last two defensive spots on the roster. "On defense, that's the place where there are names that are on the sixth and seven spots are in pencil," Bylsma said. "There are probably four or five players in contention for those roster spots." In addition to Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo, Brian Strait, Simon Despres, and Andrew Hutchinson will all factor into the final roster decisions.
News: The Penguins have re-assigned LW Luca Caputi and D Ben Lovejoy to the AHL.
Analysis: Caputi is a solid prospect for the Pens, but until he's got a permanent job in the NHL he should be ignored in seasonal formats. Lovejoy should be ignored in all formats, keeper or seasonal.
News: The Penguins have called up G John Curry and D Ben Lovejoy from the AHL.
Analysis: Neither of the Penguins goalies appear to be injured at the moment, so we're not sure why Curry has been summoned. Lovejoy is up for some depth on the blue line. Both can be ignored in all Fantasy formats.
News: The Penguins have recalled D Ben Lovejoy from the AHL.
Analysis: Lovejoy had a decent 31 points and 84 PIM in the AHL last season but isn't any kind of prospect. Continue to ignore him in Fantasy play.
News: The Penguins signed defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a one-year contract and forward Tim Wallace to a two-year contract Wednesday.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Lovejoy recorded seven goals and 24 assists in 76 games for the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008-09. He was also scoreless in two games with the Pens. Lovejoy is merely organizational depth and can be ignored in Fantasy.
News: The Penguins recalled D Ben Lovejoy from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL Sunday. He had 14 points (four goals) in 24 games down in the minors.
Analysis: Lovejoy is up in the NHL for the first time to make his NHL debut. He is not a top prospect and could be back in the AHL shortly. He has no Fantasy value at this time.