News:Mike Knuble was activated for the Flyers' season finale Saturday night against Ottawa.
Analysis:Mike Knuble had one shot on goal and was minus-1 in 13:04 in what was his 1,068th game. He'll be making a decision on whether or not to retire later on in the offseason.
News:Mike Knuble, 41, said he will decide in the offseason whether or not to retire, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis:Mike Knuble, who has been scratched in 15 of the past 25 games, said he doesn't expect to play in the Flyers' season finale Saturday against Ottawa.
News:Mike Knuble was a healthy scratch prior to Wednesday's game against the Capitals, Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Analysis: As expected, Mike Knuble was scratched with Simon Gagne back in town and Harry Zolnierczyk in the lineup.
News:Mike Knuble is projected to be a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Capitals, the Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports.
Analysis: The report adds that Harry Zolnierczyk will likely be inserted into the Flyers' lineup Wednesday, as a result.
News:Mike Knuble picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Panthers. He saw 14:23 in ice time.
Analysis: His best days are clearly behind him, but he can contribute on the power play. He could deliver dividends if you have a deep bench and can afford a one-dimensional player.
News:Mike Knuble has reached a deal with the Flyers, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.
Analysis:Mike Knuble will join the team Friday, but no word yet on whether he'll be available to skate this weekend. Although the 40-year-old is unlikely to provide much fantasy production at this point, he should help the Flyers deal with a recent rash of injuries.
News:Mike Knuble will attend Red Wings training camp on a tryout, Mlive.com reports.
Analysis: The 40-year-old right wing was a productive scorer in his heyday, but his production fell to just 18 points over 72 games last season. The Red Wings are already fairly stacked at forward, which will make it very difficult for Mike Knuble to land a roster spot.
News:Mike Knuble won't return to the Caps next year, according to Katie Carrera via Twitter.
Analysis:Mike Knuble saw diminished playing time and healthy scratches over the course of the regular season last year. He had just six goals and 18 points. He made his presence known in the postseason with two goals and an assist in 11 games, but his performance wasn't enough to bring him back to Washington next year.
News:Mike Knuble scored one of Washington's three goals in Monday's Game 2 win over the Rangers.
Analysis:Mike Knuble had not scored since Game 5 of the first-round series against Boston, but has been doing his dirty work on the checking line for Washington. The veteran's high-scoring days are behind him, but he has playoff experience and can be a factor for Washington.
News:Mike Knuble will be back in the Caps' lineup Sunday against the Flyers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis:Mike Knuble, who hasn't suited up since Feb. 22, has seen a major dip in production this season, with just 12 points and a minus-16 rating in 57 games. Take a wait-and-see approach here, but under the right circumstances, Knuble is certainly capable of producing enough to help those in deeper leagues.
News:Mike Knuble will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Jets, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis:Mike Knuble has struggled statistically this season, with just three goals and 11 points in 53 games, while recording a minus-14 rating in the process. It's fair to speculate that the veteran forward might be on the move before the NHL's trade deadline.
News:Mike Knuble set up both Capitals' goals in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Senators.
Analysis: He has three points in four games and should see a slight uptick from last year's 40 points. He has scored at least 21 goals in every season since 2002-03; we don't see how this year would be any different.
News: Knuble was able to return to the lineup Sunday after missing the last three games of the playoffs with a suspected hand injury.
Analysis: Knuble played 26 shifts amounting to just over 18 minutes of ice time, but his veteran presence is what was greatly missed. The team lost 3-2 and Knuble had just two shots, but he did add two penalty minutes, and both a hit and a blocked shot.
News: Knuble (hand) won't be ready for the second game of the series against Tampa Bay on Sunday, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Knuble hasn't played since Game 3 in Round 1 against the Rangers. The Caps will have to prevent falling into a 2-0 hole to the Lightning without a few veterans, as Knuble and Dennis Wideman have already been ruled out for Sunday's game.
News: Knuble (hand) skated a bit Friday but will not be able to play in Game 1 against the Lightning when the Caps take the ice later in the evening, Katie Carrera of The Washingon Post reports.
Analysis: Knuble is nursing a "suspected" hand injury and is hopeful he will be back at some point this series. It will continue to be a day-to-day thing until any update comes along.
News: Knuble (hand) practiced again on Tuesday and looks like he is progressing after taking a shot to the hand, Katie Carrera of The Washingon Post reports.
Analysis: Knuble has until at least Saturday to get healthy for Round 2, but it will be unknown if he will play anytime soon. Teams keep injuries highly confidential this time of year.
News: Knuble (hand), who missed the last two games of the first round for Washington, was on the ice Monday with the team, but coach Bruce Boudreau said: "There is no timeline as to when either Wideman or Knuble will return, though, Katie Carrera of The Washingon Post reports.
Analysis: Knuble is supposedly suffering from a right hand injury after taking a puck to the hand in Game 4 against the Rangers. His veteran presence alone is a big loss, but he also provides that net presence that is key to producing.
News: Knuble (hand) won't play in Game 5 against the Rangers on Saturday, Washington Post writer Tarik El-Bashir reports.
Analysis: This is not surprising. Given that the apparently best update Knuble could give on his status was that he expects to play again in the postseason, it wouldn't be shocking if the team isn't seriously considering a return within the current series.
News: Knuble (hand) skated for about 40 minutes Thursday with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, Katie Carrera of The Washingon Post reports.
Analysis: Knuble calls himself "day-to-day" but his status for Game 5 is unknown. It is encouraging to see him back on the ice, but with a hand injury it complicates things.
News: Knuble (hand) said he is day-to-day and expects to play this postseason, Washington Post writer Katie Carrera reports.
Analysis: Obviously, the distance between day-to-day considerations and the potential length of a Washington playoff run could be a big one. Knuble's comment therefore doesn't reveal a whole lot. Consider him very questionable for Saturday's game.
News: Knuble (hand) is expected to miss Game 4 Wednesday and his availability going forward is yet to be known. He has not been on the ice for three straight days after injuring his right hand in Game 3 Saturday, Katie Carrera of The Washingon Post reports.
Analysis: Knuble did not take the morning skate and it is not certain if he even traveled with the team to New York. It has been reported that he appeared to be struck in the hand by a shot from Mike Green. Jason Chimera will replace him on the top line Wednesday.
News: Knuble has a hand injury and didn't participate in the optional morning skate Wednesday morning, according to Steve Zipay of Newsday. Meanwhile, Capitals players were "all talking to media as though they'll be without Knuble on [Wednesday]," Washington Post writer Katie Carrera reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Boudreau won't discuss Knuble's availability for Wednesday's Game 4, not a surprise this time of year, so consider him a game-time decision for the contest in New York.
News: Knuble lit the lamp on a rebound Sunday to pull the Caps even at 2-2, but a late goal by the Rangers gave them a 3-2 win.
Analysis: Knuble finally got on the stat sheet Sunday when he crashed the net on the power play and put one past Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at two. He had a strong second half mainly by going hard to the net and needs to continue to be that force in front of the net going forward.
News: Knuble has signed a one-year, $2-million extension with Washington, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Analysis: Knuble, who recorded 24 goals and 16 assists in 79 games this season, is rewarded for another solid season with the Caps, as the two-year deal he signed in the summer of 2009 was slated to expire this offseason.
News: Knuble scored twice and added an assist in Friday's 3-0 win over New Jersey, giving him four goals in three games.
Analysis: Knuble's been finding the back of the net lately and his second tally Friday was a trademark deflection in traffic off an excellent pass from John Carlson. Expect Knuble to do some damage here and there, but he's been factoring into Washington's recent run of outstanding play.
News: Knuble assisted on Washington's lone goal, and the only goal of the game, Monday against the Penguins.
Analysis: Knuble is having an off year, with a mere 14 goals and 10 assists in 58 games. Maybe in a really deep league he's worth owning, but at this point it doesn't look like he'll turn it around.
News: Knuble notched his eighth assist in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Senators.
Analysis: The Capitals have a weak grip on the Southeast Division lead, so you can bet the team will be counting on the veteran to step up offensively. Certainly Knuble has an uphill climb from a fantasy perspective; he's on pace for 20 less points than the 53 he had just one season ago.
News: Knuble factored in both Capitals' goals Saturday against the Avalanche, scoring one and setting up the other.
Analysis: At 38, he's starting to slow down -- this is just his second two-point game of the season. But his production is starting to improve and he has five points in six December games. He's starting to regain fantasy relevance.
News: Knuble was the only Caps player to be able to beat Andrew Raycroft on Thursday evening, as Dallas won 2-1. The goal came on the man advantage and that is two points in his last two games.
Analysis: Knuble has had a pretty awful start to the season and maybe this will be the spark needed to get going. The problem is consistency and he does not have it. Until things get better, stash him on the bench.
News: Knuble (face) expects to play in Friday's game against the Lightning, the Washingon Post reports.
Analysis: Knuble has missed the last two games after breaking his jaw on November 19; but as hockey players often do, he will attempt to tough it out and play through the injury.
News: Knuble (face) is still suffering from the effects of a puck he took to the face last Friday and will miss Monday's contest, The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: No new news here as it was reported he would miss some time. Knuble is a tough guy, but maybe there is something more than the injury keeping him out. Mental break? He has started poorly and Bruce Boudreau may be giving him some rest to get refreshed.
News: Knuble took an errant puck to the face in Friday's loss in Atlanta and did not return after that in the second period, The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Knuble will miss a "couple days" in the words of Coach Bruce Boudreau. He has really been struggling so far this season (3G, 5A) so maybe a few nights off can get his head right. Owners may want to look for alternatives at this point.
News: Knuble will stay on the top unit and be reunited with all-star center Nicklas Backstrom on Friday, The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Boudreau has been shuffling the lines for the last few games trying to provide a spark. Knuble and Alex Ovechkin have been mainstays on the top unit. Now only if Knuble can get a little run going.
News: Knuble got his second goal in as many games Thursday as Washington knocked off Tampa Bay 6-3 at Verizon Center.
Analysis: Knuble is starting to pick up some steam as the season pushes on and has a few goals in the last two games. The second line is starting to click as Knuble has switched spots with Alexander Semin.
News: Knuble knocked in a second period goal Tuesday in the Caps' win over the Isles.
Analysis: Knuble has had a rough start to the season, but as reported Tuesday, Knuble had a slow start to last season as well and scored most of his goals in the second half. There are a lot playmakers around him, so fantasy owners should remain patient with him for now.
News: Knuble continues to have his struggles, but did happen to chip in with an assist on Sunday's game-winner against Philadelphia. Teammate Brooks Laich and coach Bruce Boudreau think it is a dry spell that will change soon.
Analysis: Knuble has just a measly five (1G, 4A) points through the first 14 games and the bounces are just not going his way. He is shooting the puck -- he has 42 shots on goal -- but nothing is going in for the veteran winger. It may be too early to drop him but it does make some sense to stash him until things turn around.
Washington's Knuble Records Two Assists Wednesday Night
News: Knuble had two assists, both in the third period, as the Caps defeated the Canes 3-0 on Wednesday.
Analysis: The assists were Knuble's first points since Washington's second game of the year. He now has four points (1G, 3A) in nine games.
News: After recording a pair of points over the first two games of the season, Knuble has gone cold, failing to register a point in six succesive contests.
Analysis: His slow start has not led to a reduction in minutes on the ice as of yet, but be aware of the possibility of a lesser role if his struggles continue.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored a goal during Sunday's season finale against the Bruins. Knuble put Washington ahead, 3-2, with his 29th goal at 9:59 of the third. He scored in three straight games to finish out the season.
Analysis: Knuble had a few injuries interrupt his first season in Washington, but he finished with 29 goals, 53 points and a plus-24 rating in 69 games. He did exactly what the team wanted when they brought him in during the offseason -- camp out in front of the net and score the dirty goals. Knuble will be entering a walk year in 2010-11, so that will provide a little extra motivation. He will remain no worse than a No. 4 Fantasy forward on Draft Day.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-1 on Monday against the Bruins. Mike Knuble scored his 27th goal when he took a pass from Alex Ovechkin and in a scramble, tapped it past Tuukka Rusk at 19:31 to tie the game at 2.
Analysis: Knuble has been very quiet since the Olympic break. He has just four goals and nine points in his last 17 games. We know he can play better since he showed it during a 11-goal, 14-point January. Knuble has dropped down the Fantasy rankings some thanks to his scoring drought.
News: Washington RW Mike Knuble scored twice on Saturday during a loss at St. Louis. Knuble scored both of his goals on the Capitals top-ranked power play, while falling short of giving the franchise a fourth straight hat trick by four different players.
Analysis: Knuble has five goals so far in February and has recorded at least one point in all but one game during this month so far. With 42 points on the season and playing for one of the NHL's top scoring teams, Knuble remains a solid Fantasy option in all formats.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble moved his point streak along to five games when he assisted in Wednesday's OT loss to the Canadiens.
Analysis: Knuble is having a great season so far with 40 points in 48 games. If he hadn't missed time with a broken finger, he would easily be on pace to beat his previous single-season point total of 65. As it is, he still might top that mark, so continue to roll with him in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored the overtime winner during Sunday's 5-4 victory against Pittsburgh. Knuble poked in the rebound 2:49 into overtime after Alex Ovechkin's shot hit the post during a Capitals power play. Knuble also managed an assist, plus-2 rating and 17 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct and fighting major.
Analysis: Knuble has been on a roll since the calendar year hit 2010. He has 14 goals (three winners), 20 points and a plus-17 rating in his last 19 games. His recent play has a lot to do with the fact he is skating alongside Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. Knuble is getting a lot of goals in front of the net and that is exactly what Washington asks. Knuble has become a solid start in Fantasy.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble tallied a goal, assist and plus-1 rating on Friday against the Rangers. Knuble's 20th goal made it 2-2 at 4:41 of the second period. He has six goals and nine points in his last six games.
Analysis: Knuble has been playing lights out since mid-January and it has a lot to do with the fact he is skating alongside Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. Knuble is getting a lot of goals in front of the net and that is exactly what Washington asks. Knuble has become a solid start in Fantasy.
News:Mike Knuble and Nicklas Backstrom fueled Washington's high-powered offense with three points apiece, and the Capitals pulled away to their ninth consecutive victory, 4-1 over the Florida Panthers on Friday. Knuble had two goals and an assist, and Backstrom had a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who took a 2-1 lead into the third period before taking control. Washington moved back in front just 25 seconds after Florida tied the game in the second. Alex Ovechkin took a shot that tipped off the skate of Knuble, who was credited with a goal when the puck slid under Tomas Vokoun's pads. Knuble provided a three-goal cushion with 12:35 remaining.
Analysis: Knuble has three two-goal games in January and has a season-high 11 goals and 14 points in 14 games this month. He is pretty much playing exclusively on the top line with Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin and is finally providing that scoring presence Washington was looking for when they signed him in the offseason. Knuble has become a solid start in Fantasy.
News: Capitsl RW Mike Knuble scored in Wednesday's rout of the Ducks. He now has nine goals in January, which is his best goal-scoring month since March 2003.
Analysis: Six of Knuble's nine 2010 goals have come in the last seven games as the Capitals have been on a ridiculous offensive run. Knuble is certainly worth using in most leagues at the moment as a low-end starting Fantasy defenseman.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored in Sunday's win over the Flyers, giving him six goals in his last six games.
Analysis: Knuble hasn't assisted since before Christmas, but he's certainly got the knack of finding the back of the net lately. As long as he continues to stick around on the top line with Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, Knuble will be worth using in deeper leagues as a low-end starting Fantasy forward.
News:Alex Ovechkin had a goal and a career-high four assists, Mike Knuble scored twice, and the Washington Capitals got 28 saves from Jose Theodore in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. Both of Knuble's goals came in the second period, boosting the Capitals' lead to 4-0. He has five goals in his last five games.
Analysis: Knuble also had a two-goal outing on Saturday against the Thrashers and is starting to settle into a groove after missing several weeks with a broken finger. He could return to being a reliable Fantasy start with a few more standout performances.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season in Saturday's 8-1 rout of the Thrashers.
Analysis: Knuble has been streaky when healthy this season, but he could be in for a nice boost in value if he can manage to stick around on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Owners in most leagues should think about using Knuble in Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 11-17) with matchups against the Panthers, Lightning, Maple Leafs and Flyers.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored a goal and finished at plus-2 on Thursday against the Senators. Knuble scored in the first period for the Capitals as he beat Pascal Leclaire with a wrist shot. He has eight goals, two in his last four games.
Analysis: Knuble has three goals and five points in 12 games since returning from a broken finger. It's not bad production, but we know he can do a lot better player in Washington. He does have 20 points in 31 games, so he was playing much better before the injury. Knuble is a low-end Fantasy start until he starts to pick up the pace.
News: Washington RW Mike Knuble scored his seventh goal of the season on Wednesday in a 5-2 loss at San Jose. Knuble's goal came on a tip-in in the third period to bring the Caps to within two goals. It was his 19th overall point this season.
Analysis: Knuble has been a disappointment for the most part this season, with just 19 points in 28 games. He has plenty of capable scorers around him, which should be translating into more points. Think of him as just a No. 4 Fantasy forward at the moment, but look for him to have a breakout stretch eventually.
News: Washington RW Mike Knuble returned to the lineup on Friday against the Hurricanes after missing 12 games because of a broken finger. He had no points and a minus-1 rating in 15:35 of ice time.
Analysis: Before going down with the injury, Knuble totaled five goals, 15 points and a plus-10 rating in 19 games. Whether he is on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom or playing on the second line with Alexander Semin and Brenden Morrison, Knuble is right at home in his first season with Washington. He is a viable Fantasy start when healthy, so feel free to activate him for Week 11 (Dec. 14-20). Although, Knuble has say he is not playing at 100 percent.
News: The Washington Post reports that Capitals RW Mike Knuble (broken finger) will return to action Friday vs. Carolina. Knuble says his finger is still sore after having six screws and a plate inserted during surgery, and that he'll wear some additional padding on his glove. "It does still [hurt]," he said. "And it's going to for a while. But it's not enough to keep me out. The break, it would be really tough to fix if this repair breaks a part, you know? That's why it took so long and we waited a little bit longer."
Analysis: Knuble has five goals and 10 assists for the Capitals this season and is a viable Fantasy option when healthy. Get him back in most lineups for Fantasy Week 11 (Dec. 14-20).
News: Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble has a broken finger and will be sidelined three to four weeks. Knuble was injured on a power play in the first period of Friday night's 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. He crashed into the net when defenseman Marek Zidlicky sent him hurdling over goaltender Josh Harding. The Capitals said Knuble will have surgery. The team did not say which finger was broken.
Analysis: Knuble has five goals and 10 assists for the Capitals this season. He was one of Washington's major offseason acquisitions, signing a two-year deal, $5.6 million deal on the first day of NHL free agency in July. He has been a good fit in Washington and a viable Fantasy option when healthy.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored two goals and added two assists in Saturday's win over the Panthers.
Analysis: Knuble has been a solid pickup for the Capitals with his 14 points in 17 games. There's no reason why he shouldn't get into the 60s if he remains healthy this season, so continue to use him in most formats as a solid No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Capitals RW Mike Knuble scored a goal and finished at plus-1 during Thursday's game against the Thrashers. Knuble scored into an open net with 52.1 seconds left. It was his third goal and first score in six games.
Analysis: Knuble has pretty much done everything we have expected since he joined Washington this offseason. He is a perfect complement on the right side of the ice, whether he is playing on the first or second line. He should make it to 20 goals for a seventh straight season and remains a viable Fantasy start.
News: Washington RW Mike Knuble got two more assists on Alex Ovechkin goals on Saturday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Predators. Knuble now has seven points on the season with two goals and five assists.
Analysis: This was the second straight game that Knuble has set up two goals that were scored by Alex Ovechkin. Feeding passes to Ovechkin is a pretty good way to rack up the assists, making Knuble a No. 4 or 5 Fantasy option at this point in the season.
News: Alexander Ovechkin scored twice in a 28-second span of the second period, and the Capitals beat the Sharks 4-1 Thursday to end a four-game losing streak. Ovechkin's two goals provided Washington with a 3-1 lead and gave him seven in seven games. The Sharks were the only NHL team he had never scored a goal against. Both goals, fired from the slot, were set up by Mike Knuble. The first score came at 2:55, the second at 3:23.
Analysis: Knuble now has five points on the season through seven games with two goals and three assists. Knuble remains a top-six forward with the Capitals and should get plenty of chances to score goals and set up Ovechkin some more. However, he is limited to being a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy option at this point in the season.
News:Mike Knuble celebrated his promotion to Washington's top line with a goal and an assist Monday against the Devils. Knuble made it 2-0 14:16 into the first. After Jose Theodore blocked a Devils shot, Alex Ovechkin took the puck, raced down the left wing and sent a rink-wide pass to Knuble, who snapped off a shot that hopped in over Martin Brodeur's stick. "I thought that (Knuble) played a solid game. I thought the other line struggled a little bit with the switch. ... We've got to find a switch that works for everybody," head coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Analysis: Knuble, the gritty veteran signed to a two-year free-agent deal in July, replaced Alexander Semin on the first line with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Knuble had played there in the preseason before coach Bruce Boudreau put Semin on the top trio at the start of the season. While Knuble had a great game, it sounds as though Boudreau could be mixing up the lines again. Knuble will likely be a top-six forward all season and get great scoring chances. However, he is more of a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News:The Sports Xchange reports why is Capitals RW Mike Knuble going to be so valuable? Check out a play he made in the final minute Saturday after the Maple Leafs pulled their goalie. Knuble sent the puck down the ice, but on the wing and not far enough to have icing called. That would have forced a faceoff in the Caps' end. Instead, the Leafs had to go all the way down and get it -- eating some valuable seconds.
Analysis: Knuble also scored a goal Saturday and is at plus-2 through his first two games with the Capitals. He hasn't even played on the team's top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom yet. Knuble is a valuable asset for the Capitals and is a decent No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News: Thirteen seasons in the NHL have made Mike Knuble comfortable with doing the dirty work in the corners and in front of the net. Just because he'll be skating next season on the wing opposite Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, Knuble doesn't expect to alter his approach The Capitals addressed their need for a scoring winger, signing free-agent right winger Knuble to a two-year deal worth $5.6 million on the first day of NHL free agency. "I know what I do well," Knuble said. "I complement players. I've been able to be successful and they've been able to be successful." Knuble, who turns 37 on Saturday, had 27 goals and 20 assists in 82 games for Philadelphia last season. The deal was announced Wednesday, a few hours after teams could sign free agents. "Washington is everything I wanted in a team," Knuble said. "I think the team is on the verge of something good, something great."
Analysis: Capitals general manager George McPhee, in need of a rugged veteran willing to muck it up along the boards and create havoc in front of opposing goalies, jumped at the opportunity to sign Knuble. "We needed someone to go to the net," McPhee said. "Mike's made his living there." Knuble will replace Viktor Kozlov, who signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League last month, as a first-line forward alongside left wing Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom. "What we did is replace a 13-goal scorer (in Kozlov) with a 27-goal scorer -- and the team is better as a result," McPhee said. In 13 seasons with Detroit, the New York Rangers, Boston and Philadelphia, Knuble has 215 goals and 214 assists in 820 games. He has scored at least 10 power-play goals in each of the past five seasons, making Washington's already dangerous man-advantage unit even more potent. Consider Knuble a No. 5 or No. 6 Fantasy forward Draft Day with potential to exceed expectations.
News:The Sports Xchange reports RW Mike Knuble said he is still holding out hope the Flyers can sign him to a short-term deal but recognizes his big paydays are over. "They were serious when they said they want me back," Knuble said. "We'll see at the beginning of July. The earlier, the better."
Analysis: Knuble had just 47 points in 82 games last season, his lowest output since totaling 46 points in his last season with Boston in 2003-04. Still, Knuble scored 27 goals and has been a 20-plus goal scorer in six straight seasons. Knuble is likely to land a favorable contract and be a viable contributor next season. Still, Fantasy owners should likely view Knuble as a No. 5 or No. 6 Fantasy forward Draft Day.
News:The Sports Xchange reports for the last 12 years, Mike Knuble's perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey have made him a popular player for the Red Wings, Rangers, Bruins and Flyers. This week, Knuble's rags-to-riches career is being recognized by the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Knuble is the Flyers' nominee for the 2008-09 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Only two Flyers -- Bobby Clarke in 1972 and Tim Kerr in 1989 -- have won the Masterton Trophy, which will be awarded June 18 at the NHL's annual awards banquet in Las Vegas. At 36, Knuble is the Flyers' oldest player yet is among the team leaders in goals (26), power-play goals (10), points (46) and ice time (18:11). He's also among the most charitable. In December, Knuble took up a collection from his Flyers teammates to go on a shopping spree at a local Target to buy coats, clothes and toys for needy children at Christmas. He has also been a spokesman for breast cancer awareness (his mother is a breast cancer survivor) and holds two annual golf outings to benefit the Van Andel Institute, an independent research organization focusing on cancer, Parkinson and cardiovascular-disease research. Knuble's father died of cardiac arrest when Knuble was a teenager. "I think as you get older, you realize the position you're in," Knuble said. "We're probably looked at a little bit differently than a lot of people. If you understand that you realize you have some resources you can use to help other people out, help your community out."
Analysis: As for sportsmanship, Knuble entered Sunday night's game with 486 penalty minutes in 812 games. After starting his career as a third-line grinder with Detroit and New York and scoring just 50 goals in his first seven seasons, Knuble has scored 164 goals in his six seasons since turning 30. In his four seasons with the Flyers he has netted 48 of his 66 career power-play goals. Knuble is one of the good guys of hockey that you really root hard for, but when it comes down to it in Fantasy, Knuble is a solid, yet unspectacular skater for the Flyers. Knuble still remains a decent No. 5 or No. 6 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored a goal and finished at plus-1 during Monday's game against the Devils. Daniel Briere helped put the Flyers ahead in the second when he controlled the puck in the right circle, getting Martin Brodeur to sneak out and face the Flyers center. Briere instead passed the puck to Knuble, who pounded in his 26th goal and a 2-1 lead.
Analysis: Knuble played in his 300th game with the Flyers Monday and commemorated the night with the goal. He has two goals and one assist during a three-game point streak. Knuble is a solid, yet unspectacular skater for the Flyers. Knuble still remains a decent No. 5 or No. 6 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored a goal and finished at plus-1 during Friday's game against the Sabres. Knuble added an insurance goal 4:31 into the third period, batting in a rebound from in front. The goal was only granted after a lengthy video review proved to be inconclusive, thus upholding the ruling of the on-ice officials. It was his 25th goal of the season and second in five games.
Analysis: Knuble has scored 20-plus goals in six straight seasons and is eyeing 30 for the third time in his career. He was mentioned in trade rumors at the March 4 deadline, but Philadelphia held onto the longtime vet. Knuble still remains a decent No. 5 or No. 6 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored the team's only goal during a 2-1 loss to the Capitals Thursday. The Flyers tied it midway through the second on a nicely executed 2-on-1. Mike Richards faked a slapper, and directed a perfect cross-ice pass to a streaking Knuble for his 24th goal. It was his third goal in five games.
Analysis: Knuble has scored 20-plus goals in six straight seasons and is eyeing 30 for the third time in his career. He was mentioned in trade rumors at the March 4 deadline, but Philadelphia held onto the longtime vet. Knuble still remains a decent No. 5 or No. 6 Fantasy forward.
News:Mike Knuble had a goal, two assists and a plus-3 rating to lead Philadelphia to a 4-2 victory against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. The Flyers took a 3-1 lead when Knuble took a backhand pass from Simon Gagne in front of the net and beat Manny Fernandez at 5:43 of the third. It was Knuble's 22nd goal and third in seven games.
Analysis: Knuble has scored 20-plus goals in six straight seasons and is eyeing 30 for the third time in his career. Hopefully, the Flyers won't have to trade him to land a key defenseman at the trade deadline because leaving the high-flying Flyers could damage his Fantasy value. For now, he still remains a decent No. 5 or No. 6 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored his 18th goal of the season in Sunday's win over the Rangers. It was his first goal this month.
Analysis: Knuble is a serviceable starting forward in deeper leagues, but is not on track to do much more than he did last season which was accumulate 55 points.
News: Philadelphia RW Mike Knuble put in his own rebound at 12:12 of the third period after the Thrashers battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3-3 as he helped propel the team to a 5-3 victory. He added an empty-net goal with 40.5 seconds left in the game to put it on ice. Knuble scored the winner on a "busted play" coming through the neutral zone. "Mike (Richards) slipped the puck through the crowd to me," Knuble explained. "I just got one quick shot. It wasn't a great shot, but it bounced right back to my stick and I knew I had an open net."
Analysis: Knuble is a serviceable starting forward in deeper leagues, but is not on track to do much more than he did last season which was accumulate 55 points.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored his 16th goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: Knuble is on pace to just about match his 55 points from last season, and that makes him an OK low-end starting Fantasy forward in deeper formats.
News:Mike Knuble, Scott Hartnell and Scottie Upshall scored goals and the Philadelphia Flyers returned home from two weeks on the road to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday. Niklas Backstrom fell flat on his back trying to stave off a Flyers push in the third, but Knuble poked his jabbed his stick in behind him and knocked his 15th goal for a 2-1 lead. The goal came only 7 seconds into the Flyers' first power-play opportunity of the game.
Analysis: Knuble has been very streaky with his scoring this season, but it does appear he will reach 20-plus goals for a sixth straight season. Although, he might need a good second-half surge to make it to 30 goals for the third time in his career. Knuble still remains more of a No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored and assisted in Friday's shootout win over the Ducks. The outing ended a five-game slide without a point.
Analysis: Knuble has 25 points on the season, but nine of those came in October. He is on pace to get close to his 55 points from last season, which makes him just a low-end Fantasy forward best left for deeper formats.
News: Philadelphia RW Mike Knuble scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche. Knuble recorded his 13th goal of the year on a power play in the 1st period to tie the score at one. Then, in the 2nd, Knuble connected with Mike Richards to all but put the game away at 4-1.
Analysis: Knuble scored twice in his last game and now has five points in his last three contests. He is a decent scorer and capable of 60 points, so continue to consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward moving forward.
News:Mike Knuble and the Philadelphia Flyers are enjoying playing hockey again. Knuble scored twice and the Flyers won their fourth straight game with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. "It's fun to come in and pick up the paper and see us climbing in the standings," Knuble said. "It's two points that they can't have and two more that we were able to get."
Analysis: Knuble had three points in the last two games, but hasn't been putting up huge numbers as of late. He is a decent scorer and capable of 60 points, so continue to consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward moving forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored a pair of goals in Monday's game against Dallas. He has scored goals in back-to-back games and has a goal in three of his last four contests.
Analysis: Knuble now has a point in four of his last five contests and deserves to be starting as at least a No. 4 forward in larger leagues. He is a decent scorer and capable of 60 points, so continue to consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward moving forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-2 in 17:17 of ice time Sunday against the Thrashers. Knuble picked up his 200th career assist on Kimmo Timonen's power-play score. He got his seventh goal of the season on a wrist shot with 21 seconds left in the first period.
Analysis: Knuble managed his first point in six games Sunday. He started November carrying over a five-game point streak from October, but then went ice cold over his next five games. Hopefully Sunday's effort will help spark his game again. Knuble is a decent scorer and capable of 60 points, so continue to consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored in his fifth straight game Sunday as Philadelphia fell to the Oilers. He also added an assist.
Analysis: Knuble has 11 points in 11 games this season, but the veteran has never been a point-per-game guy in his NHL career, so don't expect this kind of production to continue for long. Still, Knuble is a decent scorer and capable of 60 points, so continue to consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble extended his point-scoring streak to four games with a goal Thursday against the Islanders. Knuble put the Flyers ahead 1-0 with a one-timer from the slot at 7:45 of the first period. He has scored in each game during the streak and has five goals total to go along with one assist.
Analysis: Knuble was in the doghouse earlier this season when Philadelphia got off to a slow start and was even the center of trade rumors because Philly need help along the blue line. Well, he has overcome the early-season blues and is going on a nice run. Knuble is a decent scorer and capable of 60 points, but remains more of a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Philadelphia RW Mike Knuble scored twice in the Flyers' 7-0 win over Atlanta on Tuesday. Knuble put the Flyers up 2-0 in the 2nd period with his third goal of the year and added his fourth on a power play in the 3rd. Knuble also picked up two minutes for hooking in the game.
Analysis: Knuble has now scored a goal in three straight games since starting the year off slow. He's got five points in three games and should continue to see starts in Fantasy as a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble scored a power-play goal during Friday's 6-3 win against the Devils. Knuble got his first goal, breaking in from the right circle at 11:25 with Devils rookie Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond serving a five-minute penalty for boarding. Knuble added an assist and now has four helpers on the season.
Analysis: Knuble lost linemate Daniel Briere Friday as the team's top-line center is out for a month due to an abdominal tear. His loss could mean more scoring chances for Knuble as he plays alongside Mike Richards. The Flyers have been dangling Knuble as trade bait, but as long as he is with Philadelphia, consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble had a pair of assists and finished at plus-2 in 18:13 of ice time Saturday against the Sharks. He now has three assists in his last four games.
Analysis: The Flyers moved Knuble back to the team's top scoring line with Daniel Briere and it is no surprise he had his best game Saturday. The Flyers have been dangling Knuble as trade bait, but as long as he is with Philadelphia, consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News:The Sports Xchange reports in the third period Saturday against the Rangers, Flyers coach John Stevens pulled RW Mike Knuble off the first power-play unit and replaced him with LW Scott Hartnell. If the Flyers are in the market for a defenseman, Knuble might be the trade bait they'll offer.
Analysis: Knuble played just 14:01 Saturday and finished at minus-1. A trade could actually be a good thing for Knuble since he has competition to be a top-six forward in Philadelphia. Knuble has pretty much maxed out offensively and projecting 50-60 points is a safe bet. Consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward Draft Day.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Flyers RW Mike Knuble is the player most often targeted in trade talks, mostly because of his $2.8 million salary. He scored 29 goals last season and led the club with 15 power-play goals, but with LW Scott Hartnell able to do the same job of deflecting pucks in front of the net, Knuble could be the bait needed to land a quality defenseman.
Analysis: A trade could actually be a good thing for Knuble since he has competition to be a top-six forward in Philadelphia. The fact he is valuable on the power play adds to his allure in the NHL and Fantasy. Knuble has pretty much maxed out offensively and projecting 50-60 points is a safe bet. Consider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward Draft Day.
News:Mike Knuble sent the game into overtime to earnt the Flyers a point, scoring the equalizer for Philadelphia with 55.2 seconds remaining and Martin Biron on the bench for the extra attacker. But Philly lost the game 5-4 in the shootout.
Analysis: Knuble takes his season total to 28 goals, but he onyl has four goals in 14 March games. He can be used as a No. 3 Fantasy forward.
News:Mike Knuble tied the score midway through the second period using a two-man advantage to score his 26th goal, but the Flyers lost 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Knible scored his first goal in six games.
Analysis: Knuble scored Philadelphia's 78th power-play goal overall and 42nd at home this season. Consider Knuble, who has been conssitent with 26 goals and 23 assists this season, a decent No. 3 Fantasy forward.
News: Miek Knuble scored his 25th goal in the third period and also assisted on Scottie Upshall's empty net goal as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Saturday for their third straight win.
Analysis: Knuble has three goals and three assists in the last three games. He has reached the 25-goal mark for the season and also has 22 assists. Give Knuble credit for being a consistent player, but consider him a decent No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News: After notching two assists Monday at Buffalo, Mike Knuble followed that with two goals Thursday to spoil Bryan Murray's return behind the Ottawa bench and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Senators. Knuble scored his 23rd goal only 41 seconds into the third period for a 2-1 lead. He followed shortly after with an insurance goal, helping the Flyers win their second straight after a 10-game losing streak (0-8-2).
Analysis: Knuble is up to 24 goals for the season to go with 20 assists. He has never managed more than 65 points in a season, but at least he is consistent. Consider him a decent No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble tallied two assists and finished at minus-1 Monday against the Sabres. He has now scored one goal and recorded three assists in his last five games. Knuble also reached 20 assists for the fifth straight season Monday.
Analysis: Knuble has managed 20 goals and 20 assists for five straight seasons as well. He has never managed more than 65 points in a season, but at least he is consistent. Consider him a decent No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News:Mike Knuble scored his first goal in eight games, but it came in a 3-1 losing effort against the Sharks on Thursday. The Flyers thought they had something going when Knuble scored his 22nd goal with six seconds left in the second period that tied the game at 1.
Analysis: As the season keeps getting worse for the Flyers, who started the month as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, Knuble is no better than a No. 3 Fantasy forward at this time. The Flyers lost their ninth straight game (0-8-1) and the home crowd booed a team that could be out of the Eastern Conference playoff standings by the end of Thursday's games.
News:Mike Knuble scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 1 late in the second before the Flyers lost 4-3 to the Capitals on Wednesday. Danny Briere set up Knuble's 21st goal with a perfect centering pass from behind the net. Knuble has five goals in the last three games.
Analysis: Knuble, a two-time 30-goal scorer in 10-plus seasons in the NHL, is having a solid season. He might be bumped up to a No. 3 forward at this time.
News:Mike Knuble had his best offensive game when his first priority was defense. Knuble scored three straight goals and Martin Biron made 27 saves for his third shutout and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Saturday night. Playing on the checking line against Anaheim's top line, Knuble got his first hat trick in 707 career games to help the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers improve to 13-3-1 since they were in last place on Christmas. "It's a great feeling," Knuble said.
Analysis: A two-time 30-goal scorer in 10-plus seasons in the NHL, Knuble gave fans a reason to toss their hats onto the ice for the first time in his career when he scored his 19th goal on a slap shot from above the right circle to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead in the third period. It is a solid season for Knuble, who has 19 goals and 15 assists. He might be bumped up to a No. 3 forward at this time.
News: RW Mike Knuble went into thje mid-season break by scoring goasl in the last two games. He has 16 goals, but the one he scored Thursday night against the Penguins was his first game-winner.
Analysis: Knuble is having another solid season. He has managed 10 goals and 10 assists for the fifth straight campaign. Knuble has 16 goals and 15 assists in the first part of the season and remains a No. 4 Fantasy forward at this time.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble had his first two-goal game of the season during Sunday's game against the Capitals. Knuble scored on a pair of rebounds in the first period. He poked his stick behind Olaf Kolzig's skate on the first one and wristed in a long carom from the goalie on the second for his 11th power-play goal this season. Knuble, also hit with a minor interference penalty, now has three goals in his last three games.
Analysis: Knuble is having another solid season. He has managed 10 goals and 10 assists for the fifth straight campaign. He has 27 points, including 14 goals, in 42 games. He remains a No. 4 Fantasy forward at this time.
News: Flyers RW Mike Knuble score a goal Thursday against the Canadiens on a power play at 15:52 of the second period when Mike Richards' pass bounced off his right skate into the net. He has now scored in consecutive games and in three of his last six contests. He also has three assists in that span.
Analysis: Knuble is holding his own on the top line with Scott Hartnell and Daniel Briere. He is the second best scoring option on that line, but is merely a No. 3 Fantasy forward at this time.
News: LW Mike Knuble failed to record a shot against Florida Wednesday, but he finished with a plus-2.
Analysis: Knuble has a goal and an assist in his past six games, but he's normally a decent Fantasy producer. Keep him reserved in smaller formats for now until he shakes his slump.
News: Linemates Simon Gagne picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's regular season opener at Calgary, while Mike Knuble was able to pick up a goal and helper with a plus-1 rating.
Analysis: The top line for Philadelphia jelled nicely, as Daniel Briere was good for two goals to give them three goals and three assists total. Each player is a must-start in all Fantasy leagues. They'll try and keep it going on Saturday at Edmonton.
News: Mike Knuble, who is bouncing back from a shoulder injury, has managed two goals and an assist in just two preseason games. He also has a team-best plus-3 rating during the exhibition season.
Analysis: Knuble is looking very comfortable skating with newcomer Daniel Briere and veteran Simon Gagne on the team's top scoring line. He is a decent No. 2 or 3 Fantasy wing in all formats heading into the regular season.
News: Flyers forward Mike Knuble will have surgery Thursday to repair a small cartilage tear in his right shoulder. Knuble, who finished second on the team with 54 points this season, had the same procedure three years ago on the other shoulder. "I don't think this tear is severe as the one I had in my left shoulder," Knuble said.
Analysis: The right wing chose to have surgery now rather than wait for the outcome of rehabilitation. "Now is obviously the smartest time to have it done," Knuble said. Knuble is expected to be ready well in time for training camp in September. He'll once again be a solid middle-round pick on Draft Day in all Fantasy leagues for the 2007-08 season.
News: Simon Gagne had two assists with a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's win against Carolina and Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble each had three-point nights in the unexpected victory.
Analysis: Knuble had a five-game scoreless streak until the three-point game. He remains a solid No. 3 or 4 Fantasy option in most leagues.
News: Mike Knuble has gone scoreless in two games since returning from his facial injuries stemming from a collision with N.Y. Rangers Brendan Shanahan on Feb. 17. He missed 12 games as a result of the injury.
Analysis: Despite the scoreless run, it appears safe to get Knuble in the lineup in all Fantasy leagues. Someone has to hold down the fort in Philadelphia, as Simon Gagne (hip) and Scottie Upshall (shoulder) are out of the lineup.
News: Philadelphia RW Mike Knuble (facial surgery) returned after missing 12 games with a fractured cheek bone and orbital bone on Thursday against the Thrashers.
Analysis: Despite the fact he was scoreless with a minus-1 rating, it appears safe to get him back into the active Fantasy lineup in all leagues.
News: Mike Knuble (facial) is expected to practice with the Flyers on Wednesday, nearly three weeks after an ugly collision with veteran Brendan Shanahan of the Rangers gave him a fractured right cheekbone and orbital bone. "[Simon Gagne] and [Mike Knuble] have such good chemistry together," coach John Stevens told the Philadelphia Daily News. "We'll see where we're at healthwise and try and come up with combinations that work."
Analysis: Knuble is expected to wear a facemask when he is able to practice and return. He also added that he is targeting a March 15 return against the Thrashers. Keep in mind that coach Stevens has been pleased with the play of Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne and Scottie Upshall on the top scoring line, so we'll see where Knuble fits in upon his return. He is still a valuable Fantasy forward, however, regardless of where he lines up.
News: Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Knuble had two plates inserted in his face during surgery Wednesday to fix his broken right cheekbone and right orbital bone. Knuble was injured Saturday when he collided with New York Rangers veteran forward Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan suffered a concussion and went on injured reserve. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Knuble is out of any type of activity for a week to 10 days and will then start his conditioning. Trainer Jim McCrossin said on Tuesday that he hoped Knuble could return within a month after the surgery and not miss the remainder of the season.
Analysis: Knuble has 22 goals and 43 points in 52 games. Knuble should be dropped in all weekly Fantasy leagues which are non-keeper formats, especially if your injured or reserve spots are limited. There are only a handful of weeks remaining in head-to-head leagues before the playoffs starts and it is extremely unlikely the Flyers will risk bringing him back since they are so far out of the postseason mix in the Eastern Conference.
News: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Mike Knuble will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured orbital and cheekbone suffered in a collision with N.Y. Rangers' Brendan Shanahan over the weekend. He is out indefinitely and might be forced to miss the remainder of the season while recovering.
Analysis: Knuble should be dropped in all weekly Fantasy leagues which are non-keeper formats, especially if your injured or reserve spots are limited. There are only a handful of weeks remaining in head-to-head leagues before the playoffs starts and it is extremely unlikely the Flyers will risk bringing him back since they are so far out of the postseason mix in the Eastern Conference.
News: Scottie Upshall scored a key goal in his Philadelphia debut and the physical Flyers beat the Rangers 5-3 on Saturday, but most of the postgame talk regarded Brendan Shanahan, who was injured in a violent collision with Flyers forward Mike Knuble. Knuble broke the orbital bone and cheekbone on the right side of his face in the violent collision. He will undergo surgery in the next few days once swelling decreases.
Analysis: This injury puts a huge black cloud over Knuble's season. He had 22 goals and 20 assists heading in Saturday's game. He even got an assist against the Rangers before getting injured. He looks to be out indefinitely and the Flyers will surely give a timetable for his return post-surgery. For now, Fantasy owners need to take Knuble out of active Fantasy lineups. He is a solid option when healthy.
News: Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble, who lost linemate Peter Forsberg in a trade to Nashville before Thursday's game against Toronto, each scored goals in the 4-2 loss. Gagne also chipped in with an assist.
Analysis: In case you were wondering, Mike Richards scooted up to the first line to take Forsberg's spot with Gagne and Knuble. Knuble remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues despite the loss of Forsberg.
News: Mike Knuble picked up a pair of assists with a plus-1 rating in 19:22 of ice time in Monday's game against the Red Wings.
Analysis: Knuble has posted four goals, 10 points and a plus-4 rating over the past six games. He has re-emerged as a must-start in all Fantasy leagues while he is hot.
News: Mike Knuble's second goal with 1:24 left in the third period forced overtime on Thursday against the Penguins and Simon Gagne had two power-play goals for Philadelphia, which has the fewest wins (13) and points (34) in the NHL. Flyers captain Peter Forsberg had three assists.
Analysis: In addition to his two goals, Knuble also had an assist and plus-2 rating with a game-high seven shots on net in 18:57 of ice time. He has four goals and seven points over the past four games and is once again a must-start in all Fantasy leagues while hot.
News: Mike Knuble picked up a pair of goals and an assist with a minus-1 rating in 22:27 of ice time in Thursday's game against the Devils.
Analysis: Knuble has five points over the past five games for the Flyers, as he remains a must-start in most Fantasy leagues despite the poor performance of his team overall.
News: Knuble has managed 17 goals and 13 assists with a minus-7 rating and 40 penalty minutes through 41 games at the All-Star break.
Analysis: Knuble has managed just one goal, two assists and a minus-4 rating over the past eight games. He is still too valuable to consider dropping at this point, but reserve him until he gets back on track. The All-Star break might help to re-charge his batteries.
News: Mike Knuble had a goal and assist as the Flyers mustered just enough offense to beat the slumping Islanders on Tuesday.
Analysis: Knuble has two goals and two assists with an impressive plus-6 rating during his current three-game point streak. The Flyers might be turning the corner a little bit, which increases Knuble's Fantasy value once again.
News: The Philadelphia Flyers signed Mike Knuble to a two-year contract extension on Wednesday. "We are extremely excited," said general manager Paul Holmgren. "We are happy with Mike's play since he joined us. We think that he's got more to give to us in the future. He is not only a good player, he's a good person and a guy that we want in our organization moving forward."
Analysis: Knuble has managed seven goals and 15 points through 18 games and is one of the Flyers which has not struggled this season.
News: Mike Knuble picked up an assist and had a minus-1 rating in 17:28 of ice time in Thursday's game at Los Angeles.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Knuble back into the active lineup in all leagues for Fantasy Week 8 (Nov. 20-26).
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Mike Knuble is out for up to two weeks with a broken middle finger on his left hand.
Analysis: Knuble underwent surgery Sunday in Baltimore after breaking it Saturday night, probably while blocking a shot. He's worth holding onto in all leagues, but reserve him for now.
News: The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting Mike Knuble was moved off of the top scoring line by new coach John Stevens during practice on Monday. He ws skating with Jeff Carter and Randy Robitaille.
Analysis: The demotion might just be temporary with Peter Forsberg (wrist) out of action with an injury, but if he is placed on a third or fourth line, Knuble would lose a ton of Fantasy value.
News: Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble both scored goals, added an assist and had a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's game at N.Y. Rangers. The first-liners combined with Peter Forsberg (goal, two assists) to have their first big night of the evening.
Analysis: The Philadelphia top scoring line posted seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the big Atlantic Division battle. All members of the line are must-starts in all Fantasy formats as long as they can stay healthy.
News: Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble were all scoreless with a minus-2 rating in Thursday's regular season opener at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Despite the atrocious start to the season, we all know this trio is capable of doing. Each player remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues. They will look for retribution on Saturday night against the Rangers.
News: Mike Knuble was scoreless in Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, as his goal streak came to an end at three games.
Analysis: Knuble has still posted three goals and two assists over the past four games and remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues for the final scoring period. Keep in mind, however, that he might be playing without linemate Peter Forsberg (groin), who is day to day.
News: Mike Knuble scored two goals and had six shots on net in 20:06 of ice time in Wednesday's game at N.Y. Rangers.
Analysis: After a three-game scoreless stretch, Knuble has three straight multi-point games. He has three goals and three assists during the impressive span.
News: Mike Knuble's modest four-game point streak came to an end in Wednesday's game at Florida, although he did post a plus-1 rating in 20:06 of ice time.
Analysis: Despite the scoreless game, Knuble has two goals and three assists over the past three games and remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues.
News: Mike Knuble was scoreless in Sunday's game against Team Sweden in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
Analysis: Knuble has posted 25 goals, 20 assists and a plus-20 rating in 58 games. He and Michal Handzus are the only players on the roster to play in all of his teams' games. He remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues for when play resumes after the Olympics.
News: Mike Knuble scored two goals on Saturday vs. the N.Y. Rangers. He now has three goals in the last two games and four points over his last three games.
Analysis: Knuble has 44 points and 25 goals so far this season and he should be starting in all leagues and formats at this point.
News: Mike Knuble scored a goal, added an assist and had a plus-3 in Monday's game against the Penguins with two shots on goal in 20:10 of ice time.
Analysis: Knuble has posted nine points (3 G, 6 A) and a plus-4 rating over the past seven games.
News: Mike Knuble is skating with Jeff Carter and Peter Forsberg on the top scoring line. The rookie Carter is replacing Gagne (groin), the league's leading goal scorer, as he is out for two weeks.
Analysis: Knuble and Forsberg have had great chemistry and he has been a strong Fantasy option all season.
News: Mike Knuble (heart) was able to make his debut for Philadelphia in Wednesday's game against N.Y. Rangers. He had a goal and finished with a minus-1 in 19:06 of ice time.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Knuble into the active Fantasy lineup in all leagues after the successful debut.
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports Mike Knuble has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular season opener against the Rangers.
Analysis: Knuble missed the team's final preseason game after suffering what was thought to be an irregular heartbeat. He feels the incident might have been the result of drinking a soda with caffeine before Friday's preseason game. It appears safe to use him in all Fantasy leagues for the opening scoring period as long as he drinks water.
News: Mike Knuble signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Analysis: Knuble might see his Fantasy value decrease with the move, as Philadelphia has a lot more depth than Boston. He might be a third line player depending on the rest of the team's offseason movement.
News: Mike Knuble was scoreless for the third straight game on Thursday against Montreal.
Analysis: Knuble is mired in a 21-game offensive funk. He has recorded only six points (4 G, 2 A) during the span.
News: Mike Knuble scored a pair of goals Thursday in a preseason win over Detroit.
Analysis: Knuble will be hard-pressed to duplicate his career-high numbers of a season ago. He is still worth a middle- to late-round selection on Draft Day.
News: Knuble (flu) missed Saturday's game in Atlanta. However, the Boston Globe reports that he skated briefly Saturday and expects to return Monday against New Jersey. Knuble should be left reserved until he gets in a few games to prove his health.
News: The Bruins have bumped Knuble off their top line. The Boston Globe reports that the return of Sergei Samsonov pushed Knuble to right wing on a line with P.J. Axelsson and Brian Rolston. Knuble will take a hit in points with this demotion, and he is only useful as a Fantasy reserve in a larger league right now.
News: Knuble returned from a concussion Thursday against Carolina. He skated on the top line with Joe Thornton and Glen Murray, and had an assist in the game. Knuble might have Fantasy value in deeper leagues as long as he sticks on the top line, but that won't last once Sergei Samsonov heals.
News: Knuble (concussion) is probable for Thursday's game against Carolina. The Boston Globe reports that he is likely to skate on the top line with Joe Thornton and Glen Murray. Despite the big role in the Boston offense, Knuble still doesn't warrant a roster spot in a Fantasy league.
News: Knuble (concussion) skated after Tuesday's morning workout. According to the Boston Herald, he has a chance at returning Thursday against Carolina. Knuble is not a useful Fantasy player.
News: Knuble (concussion) skated Sunday for the first time since the injury. According to the Boston Herald, he needs to pass the league-mandated cognitive test before returning, and is unlikely to play Tuesday in Toronto. Knuble is not a useful Fantasy player.
News: Knuble (mild concussion) missed Thursday's game against the Islanders. He was replaced on the first line by Matt Herr, who was recalled from the minors. Knuble is not a useful Fantasy player even when healthy.
News: Knuble left Tuesday's game in Buffalo after being hit hard. The Boston Herald reports that he was still feeling a little woozy after being checked out by the team's trainers. Knuble is day to day, but he's not a useful Fantasy player.
News: Knuble returned to the lineup Saturday against Philadelphia after missing nine games with a fractured vertebra. He's still only a marginal Fantasy player only worth using in deep leagues.
News: Knuble has been cleared to return after recovering from a fractured vertebrae, but will not play Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He will participate in a few more contact drills before being activated, and you shouldn't pick him up until you see how he fares in his first few games back.
News: The Bruins promoted Knuble to serve as the left wing on the second line with Jozef Stumpel and Bill Guerin. This could help his assist totals, although Stumpel and Guerin would need to shake their slumps first. Considering how many shots Guerin has been taking this season, we have to believe he'll eventually hit the net.
News: Knuble scored twice in the third period, including the eventual game-winner with 4:23 remaining as the Rangers won their seventh straight game, a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.