News:Nathan Horton skated 30 shifts in Saturday's overtime win at Chicago. He had one shot on goal and delivered no hits.
Analysis: Looks like the shoulder injury is a thing of the past; he should be good to go again in Game 3 on Monday.
News:Nathan Horton (shoulder) will play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, Associated Press reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton said he expected to play after making it through Saturday's morning skate, and coach Claude Julien later said that "there's absolutely no reason he shouldn't play." He suffered the injury during the first overtime of Wednesday's Game 1.
News:Nathan Horton (shoulder) expects to play Saturday in Game 2 against the Blackhawks.
Analysis:Nathan Horton left Game 1 after aggravating a shoulder injury. After Saturday morning's skate, though, he said he plans on being in the lineup for Game 2.
News:Nathan Horton, who is believed to be dealing with a shoulder injury, will be game-day decision for Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports. "He's day-to-day and that's where he is," coach Claude Julien said Friday. "That's why he practiced and we'll have to make a decision on Nate [Saturday]. But it was encouraging to see him out there today, and if he feels good, he's in the lineup."
Analysis:Nathan Horton's injury is thought to be an aggravation of a left shoulder subluxation that he originally suffered on April 20. At this point, it looks like his Game 2 status will largely boil down to pain management/tolerance of the issue. If Horton is unable to play Saturday, Tyler Seguin would be in line to fill in for Horton on the Bruins' top line.
News:Nathan Horton (shoulder) took the ice for Friday's skatearound, NHL.com's Mike Morreale reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton was forced out of Game 1 after aggravating a left shoulder subluxation that has been bothering him since April 20. His participation in the afternoon skate is a good sign for his chances to play in Saturday's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, though his status has yet to be confirmed. Horton has 18 points in 17 games this postseason and is a ridiculous plus-22.
News:Nathan Horton, who was forced out of Wednesday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, has reportedly been dealing with a chronic left shoulder subluxation, WEEI.com reports.
Analysis: Evidently, Nathan Horton originally suffered the injury in a fight back on April 20. The report adds that since then Horton has received shots before each game to manage the issue, but when his shoulder popped out on Wednesday, he was in too much pain to return to the ice. It's unclear whether Horton will play in Saturday's Game 2, though at this point he is being called day-to-day by the Bruins and hasn't been ruled out for the contest. In any case, it looks like Horton will need to undergo a procedure on his shoulder this offseason, with his availability for the remainder of the Stanley Cup finals likely amounting to a pain tolerance equation.
News: Coach Claude Julien stated Thursday that Nathan Horton (unspecified injury) is day-to-day, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: While Nathan Horton hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, Julien's words Thursday strongly suggest that Tyler Seguin will be called upon to fill in for Horton on the B's top trio in that contest. "I thought Tyler played well when he stepped in on that line," Julien said of Seguin, who took over Horton's first-line right wing spot after he was injured Wednesday. "This is an opportunity to him and I expect him to make the most of it."
News: Coach Claude Julien has yet to provide an update on the status of Nathan Horton, who left during the first overtime period of Wednesday's loss to Chicago due to an unspecified injury, the Providence Journal reports.
Analysis: We suspect that his injury will be vaguely classified as an upper body issue, though it appears as though Nathan Horton may have injured his shoulder. Either way, his status for Saturday's Game 2 is uncertain and if Horton is forced to miss time, it would be a big blow to the Bruins' offense, as he has recorded 18 points in 17 playoff games to date. If Horton is forced to miss time, look for Tyler Seguin to skate on the team's top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, but with Gregory Campbell already sidelined, the team's third and fourth lines remain fluid.
News:Nathan Horton headed to the dressing room with an unspecified injury during the first overtime period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago,
Analysis: The NBC Broadcast crew speculated that Nathan Horton may be dealing with an upper body injury. Prior to his exit, Horton picked up an assist to bring his postseason point total to 18 points in 17 games.
News:Nathan Horton scored the game-winning goal and added an assist against the Penguins in Monday's Game 2. He was also a plus-2.
Analysis:Nathan Horton has been on a tear, as he has eight points in his last four games. He's now second in playoff scoring and first in plus/minus.
News:Nathan Horton factored in all three Boston goals Saturday in a Game 1 win over Pittsburgh. He scored one and set up the other two.
Analysis: He now has 15 points this postseason -- that's the same number as Sidney Cosby. Nathan Horton can provide serious fantasy goodness ... as long as he doesn't play the physical game that used to be his bread and butter. He's just too fragile for that type of game.
News:Nathan Horton's goal at 9:18 of the third period Monday started the Bruins' rally from a 4-1 deficit to a 5-4 Game 7 overtime win.
Analysis: He finishes the Bruins' first-round series with four goals, seven points and a league-best plus-11 rating after a disappointing 22-point regular season.
News:Nathan Horton picked up two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Leafs.
Analysis:Nathan Horton, who took a hit to make the play on David Krejci's game-winning goal, got up slowly as a result, but said afterward that he was fine. In four playoff games thus far, Horton has three goals and six points, as his line (which also features Krejci and Milan Lucic) is red-hot, combining for eight goals and 22 points in that span.
News:Nathan Horton scored another playoff goal, this time in Saturday's 4-2 Game 2 loss to Toronto. He now has a goal in back-to-back games.
Analysis: His last playoff game came against Vancouver in the Cup final back in June 2011, but that injury kept him off the ice as the Bruins took the Cup. He's looking to rekindle his success (17 points in 21 games) from that season.
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-1 playoff opening win against the Leafs.
Analysis:Nathan Horton looked sharp in his return, skating on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, a combo that racked up two goals and six points Wednesday.
News: Based on warmups, Nathan Horton (upper body) is slated to play Wednesday against the Leafs.
Analysis: He was out there with Milan Lucic and David Krejci in warmups during line rushes Wednesday, so he'll see his first game action with the B's since April 20.
News: Coach Claude Julien said that Nathan Horton (upper body) is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Leafs.
Analysis: The odds seem to favor a return to action for Nathan Horton on Wednesday and assuming that occurs, the Bruins' potential healthy scratches are blueliners Dougie Hamilton and Aaron Johnson, along with forward Rich Peverley, Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) practiced Tuesday, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton's presence at practice Tuesday suggests that he will be able to suit up for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Leafs, with the report noting that his anticipated return to the mix could result in Carl Soderberg sitting.
Bruins' Horton No Lock To Be Ready To Start Playoffs
News: Though Nathan Horton (upper body) has been skating, he's not a lock to be ready to start the postseason, the Boston Globe reports. "I wouldn't say 100 percent," coach Claude Julien noted in reference to the chances of Horton suiting up for the B's playoff opener. "But to us, right now, that's the main goal. He should be ready for us. Those are always hard things to pinpoint. It depends on when we start and everything else. He's skating. He's progressing. He's doing much better. Our goal is to certainly have him back."
Analysis: Either way, it's safe to assume that Nathan Horton won't play in Sunday's regular season finale against Ottawa. Once Horton does return to action, he figures to rejoin a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Capitals.
Analysis:Nathan Horton will miss another game Saturday with the ailment, and his status for Sunday's season finale is up in the air.
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) did not participate in Saturday morning's optional skate.
Analysis:Nathan Horton is listed as day-to-day and we hope to have a more definitive update before the opening face-off. He did not travel with the Bruins on Friday and is not a particularly strong bet to suit up.
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) did not travel with his teammates to Washington, where the Bruins play Saturday evening, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton remains in the day-to-day category as Sunday's regular season finale against the Senators approaches.
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) won't play Thursday against the Lightning.
Analysis: On the plus side, coach Claude Julien said that the day-to-day Nathan Horton -- who skated Thursday morning -- is "on the right track...progressing well."
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) was not on the ice for Thursday's morning skate.
Analysis: We'll assume that Nathan Horton -- who the Bruins have referred to as day-to-day -- will be unavailable for Thursday's game against the Lightning.
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) will not travel to Philadelphia with his teammates for Tuesday's game against the Flyers.
Analysis:Nathan Horton remains day-to-day, but he will miss his second straight game after leaving Saturday's game early. Consider Horton questionable for the Bruins' game Thursday against the Lightning.
News:Nathan Horton (upper body) won't play Sunday against the Panthers.
Analysis: It's believed that Nathan Horton suffered a hand or wrist injury during his fight with Jarome Iginla in Saturday's loss to the Penguins. In any case, Horton is listed as day-to-day, with his injury opening the door for Milan Lucic to return to the B's lineup Sunday.
Bruins' Horton Leaves Game With Possible Hand Injury After Fight
News:Nathan Horton left Saturday's game with a possible hand injury and did not return, CSN New England's Joe Haggerty reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton and Pittsburgh's Jarome Iginla engaged in a bit of a fight, and it is believed that Horton suffered the injury during that time. The Bruins (not to mention fantasy owners) won't be happy if they lose a significant scoring piece because of a fight. Consider Horton day-to-day until more is known.
News:Nathan Horton notched the lone Boston tally in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Flyers.
Analysis:Nathan Horton -- who took three shots Saturday -- has now scored in two straight games, but after a five-goal outburst by the team against the Canadiens on Wednesday, the Bruins' offense as a whole fell flat Saturday.
News:Nathan Horton scored a goal in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Analysis: The goal is the second of the month in 15 games for Nathan Horton, who checks in with nine tallies and 17 points overall in 32 games. While skating on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic carries some upside, the troika has struggled to score on a consistent basis of late, with the Bruins on the market to add scoring more punch before the NHL trade deadline.
News:Nathan Horton picked up a goal and two assists in Saturday's win over the Capitals.
Analysis:Nathan Horton had just one assist over his first seven games this month, but with four points in his last two contests, he's up to eight goals and 16 points in 26 games, an overall scoring pace he could well improve on, skating with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
News:Nathan Horton, who missed practice Tuesday due to an illness, scored two goals Thursday in a win over Tampa.
Analysis: It's been a rough go for Nathan Horton in February, as he had just a single point and a minus-three rating in six games coming in, so it's good to see him get back in the swing of things. He fired six shots on goal Thursday, a season high.
News:Nathan Horton (illness) returned to practice Wednesday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Seven Bruins sat out Tuesday's practice session, but they were all back on the ice Wednesday. With Nathan Horton back on the ice, the trio of Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci was reconfigured Wednesday and figures to remain intact for Thursday's game against the Lightning.
News:Nathan Horton won't practice Tuesday due to flu-like symptoms, Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Seven Bruins sat out Tuesday's session, but hopefully all or most of that ailing group will recover in time for Thursday's game against the Lightning. Nathan Horton, who has one point (a goal) over his last six games, checks in with four goals and seven points in 13 games overall.
News:Nathan Horton scored his third goal of the year Tuesday, stretching his points streak to four games.
Analysis: With five points in six games so far, Nathan Horton looks like his old, pre-concussion self again for the Bruins. He's skating heavy minutes, and seemingly with no problems.
News:Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist Monday night in Boston's 5-3 win over Carolina. The goal was his second of the season and he now has points in three straight games.
Analysis:Nathan Horton is off to a nice start this season after a concussion-marred 2011-12 season.
News:Nathan Horton scored his first goal of the season Wednesday night in Boston's overtime loss to the Rangers. He finished with the one goal on two shots and was plus-1 in 18:42 of ice time.
Analysis: It was Nathan Horton's first goal in over a year and sent the game into overtime. His ice time has crept up from 16 minutes on opening night to nearly 19 minutes in the third game.
News:Nathan Horton recorded two shots in 16:02 worth of ice time in the Bruins' 3-1 win over Rangers on Saturday.
Analysis: It was Nathan Horton's first regular season game action since January 22, 2012, when he suffered what turned out to be a season-ending concussion. Skating on a line Saturday with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, the sharpshooting right winger looked just fine Saturday, even absorbing a heavy hit in the contest, with no apparent issue.
News:Nathan Horton felt fine during Tuesday's scrimmage against AHL Providence, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Though it was only a scrimmage, it was Nathan Horton's first game action since January 22, 2012. For his part, coach Claude Julien noted Horton's speed Tuesday, a good sign with regards to the winger's conditioning. The real test for the sharpshooter though will be how he handles the heavy going once the NHL season gets underway on Saturday.
News:Nathan Horton, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion Jan. 22, 2012, participated in an informal practice with his teammates Thursday, the Boston Globe reports. "I feel great," Horton said Thursday. "I've had a lot of time to work out and get back to normal. Obviously it's been tough for everyone this year. It's not the way anybody wanted it to be. But I feel great. Better than I have in a long time."
Analysis: The expectation is that once training camp opens, Nathan Horton will be reunited with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on one of the Bruins' top two scoring lines, with the other trio on that front being Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. As long as he can remain healthy, then Horton could represent a solid buy-low value at the right wing position, given his ability as a sniper. Assuming his health, the one thing that may work against him fantasy-wise is how balanced the Bruins' scoring attack is, but provided he sees his share of power play time, respectable production is bound to follow for Horton.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) is healthy and ready to play, ESPN Boston reports.
Analysis: Unfortunately for Nathan Horton, the lockout is still ongoing, but whenever it's over you can expect to see him on the ice.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) has been cleared for contact, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Jan. 22, but this nugget is a great indicator that he is well on his way to returning to the Bruins' lineup this coming season, where his nice blend of size and skill is a tremendous asset to the team's attack.
News: GM Peter Chiarelli said that he expects Nathan Horton (concussion) to be ready for the 2012-13 season, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Jan. 22, will be shut down for the playoffs, but Chiarelli's comments imply that Horton's situation is closer to that of Patrice Bergeron (who made a successful comeback from his concussion woes) than that of Marc Savard, whose career may be done.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) has been ruled out for the postseason, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Jan. 22. At the time, he was diagnosed with a mild concussion, but his symptoms have lingered to the point that the Bruins will shut him down. Rich Peverley is in line to skate on the Bruins' first line (where Horton patrols the right wing when he is healthy) to start the playoffs along with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Hopefully Horton will bounce back well and be ready to go next season, but that's not something that can be immediately assumed at this point.
News: GM Peter Chiarelli called Nathan Horton (concussion) a long shot to play again this season, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Given that, Nathan Horton should be crossed off of playoff draft lists, with the assumption on our end being that it would take some unexpectedly quick progress and a long Bruins' playoff run for Horton to have any chance of suiting up in the postseason.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) skated for about 40 minutes prior to Wednesday's practice, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton's presence on the ice Wednesday is obviously a positive development, but his status for the postseason still remains quite murky.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion), who missed his 31st straight game Thursday, is unlikely to be ready for the start of the playoffs, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Though Nathan Horton continues off-ice workouts, there is no timetable for when he might resume skating again. At this stage, if the Bruins get anything from Horton in the postseason it would be a bonus, but it would probably require an extended playoff run for that to happen.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) has yet to resume skating since a setback last month, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: There's obviously no timetable for Nathan Horton's possible return, but the hope is that he'll rejoin the B's lineup at some point this season. If there is anything positive to be gleaned from his absence, it's that former first-rounder Jordan Caron has taken the opportunity to start to establish himself as a promising right winger of late.
News:Nathan Horton, who has missed 14 games with a concussion, remains out indefinitely, but the Bruins hope he will return to action at some point this season, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: "I expect him to play, but I have absolutely no way of knowing if he will," said GM Peter Chiarelli, who also noted that Nathan Horton is still suffering from headaches and hasn't skated since he took a brief twirl on the ice three weeks ago.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion), who will miss his eighth straight game Tuesday, will not travel with the Bruins to Montreal, where the team start a six-game road trip Wednesday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton continues to recover from a concussion that he suffered Jan. 22, and at this point his return is neither imminent nor on the horizon. His offensive presence has been missed, and the injury figures to give the Bruins cause to investigate acquiring some scoring help as the trade deadline approaches.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) has suffered a setback and has been "pulled back" from his possible return to the ice, reports Joe McDonald of ESPN.
Analysis: He was cleared to skate on his own late last week but felt lingering effects. He last skated on Sunday and things really don't sound great. "He's been pulled back and he has some symptoms," said Bruins' coach Claude Julien. "He's back to square one and we're giving him some time. Those symptoms, once he got on the ice, came back." The Bruins have 30 games left on their schedule and are comfortably in a top-three spot in the Eastern standings. They may choose to be ultra-cautious with Nathan Horton and keep him off the ice for a significant part of those 30 games.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) is improving and is slated to begin skating Sunday back in Boston, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: While there is still no timetable for Nathan Horton's return, getting back on the ice represents a step in the right direction for the Bruins' first-line right winger.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) will miss his fifth straight game Sunday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: On the plus side, Nathan Horton is starting to feel better, but at this point he remains out indefinitely. "Hopefully, if everything goes well, he's going to start going through the stages of recovery, as far as working out," coach Claude Julien noted Saturday.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) sat out his fourth straight game Saturday.
Analysis:Nathan Horton remains sidelined with concussion symptoms. With no practice time before the Bruins' next game Sunday, expect Horton to miss his fifth straight contest.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) missed his second straight game Tuesday.
Analysis: For now, he remains day-to-day, but Nathan Horton hasn't skated in over a week and he's essentially out indefinitely until he's able to resume working out with his teammates again.
News:Nathan Horton (concussion) will not play Tuesday against Washington, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Nathan Horton suffered what his being called a "mild" concussion Sunday. He is still having mild headaches and the 26-year-old winger will be forced to miss at least one game. With 32 points (17G, 15A) through 46 games this season, fantasy owners will surely want him back, and it will be a disappointment if he isn't able to play Jan. 31 against Ottawa.
News:Nathan Horton suffered a mild concussion Sunday and is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Washington, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: There's currently no indication that the injury might threaten Nathan Horton's availability beyond the All-Star Game, but he'll more than likely miss Tuesday's game.
News:Nathan Horton scored two goals in Tuesday's loss to the Lightning.
Analysis:Nathan Horton, who took a team-high six shots in the game, had been called out by coach Claude Julien leading up to Tuesday's contest, so the two goals were nice to see. Still, it's worth noting that Horton -- who possesses a nice blend of size and skill -- was a minus-2 on the evening. With 16 goals and 31 points in 43 games, Horton's overall numbers are decent, but at times he has trouble shaking the underachiever label.
News:Nathan Horton registered an assist in Thursday's 2-1 win over Montreal, giving him seven points in the last five games.
Analysis:Nathan Horton has found his offensive stride lately, as has seemingly every other player in Boston. Maligned in Florida, Horton has turned himself into a strong two-way player and does not have to carry the offensive load anymore. He's on pace for his usual 50-60 points and is a solid option in most leagues.
News:Nathan Horton potted a pair of goals and added an assist in Thursday's shellacking of the Flames. He went plus-3 on the night.
Analysis:Nathan Horton's scoring has disappointed in Boston, but on the bright side, he does have points in four of five games. Maybe this is the game that gets him going; the plus-3 lifted him from what had been an even rating despite playing for a Boston team that's literally scored twice as many goals as it's allowed.
News:Nathan Horton picked up his 10th goal of the season, which also happened to be the game-winner, as Boston dumped New Jersey 6-1 on Wednesday night. It was his first goal since Dec. 17.
Analysis: It hasn't been a great season for the 26-year-old winger, as he has only 23 points in 36 games, which puts him on pace for 52 points on the season. After averaging nearly 21 minutes of ice time per game during his last season in Florida two years ago, his ice time has slipped dramatically in Boston, as he's averaging nearly five minutes less per game this season.
News:Nathan Horton picked up two goals and added an assist Monday against the Islanders.
Analysis:Nathan Horton only has four goals on the season, but it may just be a slow start coming off an injury. It would be a bit much to worry just yet.
News:Nathan Horton notched a goal and an assist in Thursday's win over Toronto.
Analysis: David Krejci returned to the lineup Thursday, but skated on the team's third line, while Nathan Horton worked with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. That's a combo that could stick in the short term in light of the win, but it's not hard to imagine Horton reuniting with Krejci and Milan Lucic before too long. Either way though, he'll be working with talented linemates.
News:Nathan Horton, who played Sunday against Montreal, didn't have any sort of concussion issues in his return to game action, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: The key here is that Nathan Horton seems to be past the concussion that knocked him out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He's ticketed for first line duty for the B's this season, assuming no setbacks.
News:Nathan Horton, who was knocked of the Stanley Cup Final with a concussion, says that he's symptom-free and working out these days, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Though Nathan Horton has not skated lately, he said that he will be ready for the start of the Bruins' training camp, which begins Sept. 16.
News: Horton (concussion) wanted to come back for Games 6 and 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, but was not cleared to play, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: While that's not exactly an official medical declaration that Horton is recovering well from his severe concussion, it does sound very much like he is on the right track. Horton was also dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the playoffs, but now he'll have some well-deserved time to rest up for next season. "Right now I need to take some time off. It was a long year and a long playoff," Horton said. "I'm going to take some time off and get ready for another long one."
News: Horton, who noted Sunday that he will not require surgery on his separated shoulder, also said that he is headache-free, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Both nuggets represent good news, as Horton and the Bruins head into the offseason. Unless we hear otherwise, we will operate under the assumption that Horton, who finished the postseason with 17 points in 21 games, will be at full strength heading into next season, though we expect that it will be some time before he actually gets there. Horton came to the Bruins with some questions about his drive, but the change of scenery seemed to work for great him, as no such issues surfaced in Boston. In fact, the way Horton's teammates rallied around their popular comrade after he was hurt will go down as the turning point in the recent Stanley Cup Final, which the Bruins took in seven games.
Bruins' Horton Suffered Shoulder Injury in Playoffs
News: Horton had a previously undisclosed serious shoulder injury that he was playing through during the playoffs before getting knocked out of action with a concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: Horton was playing through a separated shoulder, but his injuries no doubt mean little to the winger with the Bruins winning the Cup. The Bruins' report of Horton's shoulder injury vaguely mentioned that one or two Bruins players may need offseason surgery, but it didn't specify if Horton would be one of those players.
News: The Bruins maintain that Horton (concussion) has "absolutely no chance" of playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: This should quiet speculation that Horton, who sustained a severe concussion in Game 3, would be available Wednesday for the most important game of the season. However, as the Boston Globe reports, Horton still traveled with the Bruins to Vancouver on Tuesday. Said coach Claude Julien, "Our players chose to honor him by making sure the trainers brought his equipment. Before the game, his sweater's hanging in his stall. He's part of our team. We want him there to the end.''
News: Horton, who sustained a severe concussion Monday, was released from the hospital Tuesday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: The Bruins announced earlier that Horton would miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Final, but news that he has been released from the hospital is a positive sign at least. Either way, barring a dramatic shift in his diagnosis, a return to the postseason is not a consideration for Horton and he can now focus on a deliberate and complete recovery from his concussion.
News: The Bruins announced Tuesday that Horton will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Final because of a severe concussion suffered in Game 3 against Vancouver, CBC Sports reports.
Analysis: Vancouver's Aaron Rome is probably facing a suspension for this one, but the loss will sting the Bruins worse, as Horton has been a huge producer throughout the playoffs with 17 points, including several huge goals. In the wake of Horton's injury Monday, the Bruins put forth an emotional and energetic effort starting in the second period, which led to an 8-1 thumping of Vancouver. It remains to be seen if losing him for the rest of the finals continues to fuel the B's, but the absence of a top line forward who is tied for second on the team in postseason scoring is a crushing blow no matter how you slice it. Rookie Tyler Seguin will now have a chance to re-enter the Bruins' lineup.
News: Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher Monday and transported to Mass General Hospital following a blindside hit from Aaron Rome, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: Horton was able to move all of his extremities and appears to have avoided suffering a major injury at this time.
News: Horton has been fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL for squirting water at a heckling fan after Game 6 in Tampa Bay, reports TSN.ca.
Analysis: He lost his cool after the game, squirting water at the fan before tossing the bottle at the person before he entered the walkway to the dressing room. The NHL does not care for negative player-fan interaction so it's not a surprise that a fine was forthcoming.
News: Horton scored on a 2-on-1 breakaway at the 12:27 mark of the third period to give the Bruins a 1-0 win over the Lightning Friday night.
Analysis: He took a terrific centering pass from David Krejci and directed the puck past netminder Dwayne Roloson and into the net. Horton scored three goals and added four assists in the series against Tampa Bay. Boston will play Vancouver for the Stanley Cup starting Wednesday.
News: Horton registered a goal in Monday's Game 5 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Horton's been a strong player for Boston this postseason but failed to register a point in the two prior games before his game-winning tally Monday. He has 14 points in his debut playoff year in 16 contests.
News: Horton registered a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-1, Game 3 win against Philadelphia. He has points in each of the last four games.
Analysis: Horton's been playing excellently of late, as he and David Krecji are giving Philadelphia more of a fit than their daily goaltending decision. Horton has five goals this postseason.
News: Horton recorded his first two-point game of the postseason in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Flyers.
Analysis: He had another goal -- his fourth of the playoffs -- and his first assist. He's clicking with David Krejci and that bodes well for not only the Bruins' chances for the Cup but also his fantasy future.
Boston's Horton Scores Series Winner In OT Wednesday
News: Horton scored at the 5:43 mark of overtime on Wednesday night to give Boston a 4-3 first round series victory over Montreal.
Analysis: It was Horton's third goal, and second overtime winner, of the series. Boston will next play the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
News: Horton scored the game winner in the second overtime period Saturday night against the Canadiens. It's his second goal of the series.
Analysis: He has been quiet this postseason -- he has two goals and no helpers in five games. But there are none better than a game winner in OT.
News: Horton grabbed his first goal of the playoffs in Monday's 4-2, Game 3 win over Montreal.
Analysis: Horton had been a bit too quiet in Games 1 and 2 as Boston faced a must-win and received a boost from its 25-year-old veteran. The Bruins need more from Horton.
News: Horton enters the playoffs having accumulated 26 goals, 27 assists and a plus-29 rating in the regular season, his first tour with the Bruins.
Analysis: Horton, formerly with the Panthers, will see the NHL's postseason for the first time in his career. He is adept at scoring and assisting on goals, and certainly not someone the Candiens will want to overlook for the first round of playoff action.
News: Horton scored two goals and was plus-three in Thursday's 7-0 win over Montreal.
Analysis: Horton now has 22 goals and 48 points in 71 games, and while those are hardly elite numbers, he's a dangerous sniper on the B's top line and a good player to target for those inclined to back Boston in playoff pools.
News: Horton assisted on Milan Lucic's game-winning goal Thursday against the Lightning, as the Bruins came away with a 2-1 win.
Analysis: He led all skaters with five shots on goal in 16:53 of ice time, and finished with a plus-1 rating. It's taken some time for Horton to find his footing in Boston this season, but he's come to life at just the right time - down the stretch when games really count. He should continue to see quality minutes on the Bruins' top line with Lucic and David Krejci, so make sure you have him active.
News: Horton collected his 16th goal and finished plus-2 as the Bruins won in Vancouver on Saturday, 3-1.
Analysis: The primary knock on him this season is difficulty finding the net. His shooting percentage is barely 11% this year; if that holds up over the remainder of the regular season, it would give him a career low. He'll probably reach the 20-goal mark for the sixth straight year, but if you drafted him expecting a surge in his development because of his age (25), you've been disappointed.
News: Horton potted a goal and added four assists in a wild 8-6 win over Montreal on Wednesday night.
Analysis: After entering Wednesday's contest with only four points in has last 13 games, Horton exploded against Montreal. He's still too inconsistent to be a regular fantasy contributor, but it's nights like this that make his potential so appealing.
News: Horton (undisclosed) returned to the Boston lineup Tuesday after missing the team's previous two games.
Analysis: Boston was obviously happy to have Horton back, although the team likely wasn't thrilled with his decision to fight Jesse Winchester in the second period. Overall, he played 15:51 in the game and is safe to activate.
News: Horton (undisclosed) will return to action Tuesday against the Senators, NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Horton missed the last two contests -- the only two games he's missed in his first season with the Bruins -- so apparently the injury was a minor one. Milan Lucic has to miss the contest, so Horton's return ensures that the forward ranks won't be too depleted.
News: Horton didn't play for the second straight game Monday due to an undisclosed injury, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Horton, who suffered the injury this past Thursday, skated Monday for the first time since last Friday when he left practice early. In fact, he stayed on the ice along with assistant coach Doug Houda for some extra skating. Horton's status for Tuesday's game against Ottawa is unclear, but this does not look like a long-term issue for him.
News: Horton (undisclosed injury) was not spotted during pre-game warmups for Monday's game against the Penguins, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: While an official announcement hasn't been made, it sure looks like Horton will sit Monday, with Daniel Paille taking his place in the B's lineup.
News: Horton (undisclosed injury) was given a maintenance day Sunday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: At this point, Horton is considered 50-50 for Monday's game against Pittsburgh, but those odds at least suggest that whatever is ailing him is not major.
News: Horton missed his first game as a Bruin on Saturday against Montreal due to an undisclosed injury, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Coach Claude Julien termed Horton, who was hurt in the third period of this past Thursday's game, day-to-day.
News: Coach Claude Julien said Horton (undisclosed injury) is "very unlikely" to play Saturday against Montreal, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: The only information we have about the injury is that Horton is dealing with "discomfort in an unspecified area." If he can't go Saturday, his next chance to play will come Monday against the Penguins.
News: Horton is questionable for Saturday's game against Montreal due to what the Boston Globe cites as "discomfort in an unspecified area."
Analysis: If Horton suits up, which is no lock at this point, he will play on the Bruins' third line with Blake Wheeler and David Krejci. Though that could be perceived as something of a demotion, playing with a deft playmaker like Krejci comes with upside.
News: Horton snapped a nine-game scoring drought with a tally Monday against Toronto, adding an assist as well.
Analysis: Horton factored in both Boston goals during the third-period rally to top Toronto. He's been streaky throughout his career and recently endured a stretch that saw him post just one point in nine games. He may be cresting, so consider putting him back into action.
News: Horton only has one point in his last nine games.
Analysis: In his first season with the B's, Horton has fallen off lately after a great start to the season, but he is still on track to fall into the 50-point neighborhood.
News: Horton snapped a nine-game goal drought Saturday when he potted his ninth goal of the season.
Analysis: He has scuffled in those last nine games, registering just five assists. He still has 20 points in 25 games and appears poised to finally fulfill his immense potential.
Bruins' Horton Tallies Three Assists Against Old Team
News: Playing against the Panthers, the team that drafted him third overall in 2003 and was his home until this season, for the first time in his career, Horton picked up the primary assist on all three of Milan Lucic's goals on Thursday.
Analysis: You knew Horton was gonna come up big in his first game against the Panthers, and he did just that. He's also off to a mighty fine start to the year, racking up 18 points in 17 games.
News: Horton posted his eighth goal of the season in Monday's win over New Jersey, snapping a two-game points drought.
Analysis: Horton's enjoying life in the Hub and continues to produce for the Bruins. He's not been quiet for prolonged stretches this season and should continue to figure much in the team's attack.
News: Horton had a goal and an assist in Boston's 7-4 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: With 13 points in 12 games, Horton is off to a nice start to the season. Another plus is that he's only been held pointless in three games.
News: Horton was working with the Bruins' top power play unit at Tuesday's skate, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: David Krejci will miss a few games with a concussion, so Horton could see extended ice time if he proves to be effective on the man advantage.
News: Horton was held without a point for the first time this season in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Those in leagues that count penalty minutes got a nice bonus from Horton on Thursday, as he racked up 15 PIMs, engaging in his first fight since 2008, when he was with the Panthers. The fighting major, along with a dubious 10-minute misconduct he received for continuing to exchange blows with Dion Phaneuf once the two were on the ice, are not something Horton owners should get used to. The Bruins acquired him to score and Thursday aside, he has delivered, leading the team with nine points in seven games.
News: Horton scored a goal and an assist in Boston's 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.
Analysis: Horton has been on fire this season, clicking well with linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The B's new sniper has registered a point in all six of Boston's games so far this season, with five goals and nine points overall.
News: Horton's second-period power-play goal in Thursday's win over the Capitals stretched his season-opening points streak to five games.
Analysis: He's collected four goals and three assists, and appears poised for a breakout with the Bruins after languishing in Florida in the early part of his career.
News: Horton scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Coyotes.
Analysis: The change of scenery appears to be doing him some good. That's two straight two-point games for the talented Horton, who appears to be settling into his role with the Bruins nicely.
News: Horton scored twice in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: One was on the PP; the other at even-strength. He saw time with David Krejci and Milan Lucic on Saturday and that trio could prove to be the perfect offensive package -- sniping, vision and muscle.
News: Horton scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-2 exhibition win over Montreal.
Analysis: Horton made his first shot as a Bruin count, as he fired a wrister past Carey Price Wednesday. The ex-Panther is a big guy with plenty of skills and perhaps the change of scenery (from Florida to Boston) will help him realize what many view as his untapped potential.
News: The Florida Panthers traded forwards Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Dennis Wideman, the No. 15 pick in this weekend's NHL draft and a third-round selection next year. The 25-year-old Horton had 20 goals and 37 assists in 65 games last season. In a conference call with reporters, new Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said Horton expressed interest in a trade. "He obviously was frustrated with what's gone on in the past and was leaning toward maybe if we could help him out, seeing what was out there for him. And that's how this all began," Tallon said. "We've got to move forward here. We're certainly not in a position to sit still. ... We have a lot of work to do."
Analysis: Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli noted that Horton has already scored at least 20 goals in five straight seasons, including a career-high 31 in 2006-07. Boston scored only 206 goals last season, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. Florida was next with 208. "Nathan is a big, powerful young man," Chiarelli said. "He is a shooter who plays a power game." This is an excellent move for the Bruins. They were lost offensively, especially on the right side of the ice, in 2009-10 after trading winger Phil Kessel to Toronto. They now get a Kessel-like presence in Horton, and Horton is going to be surrounded by centers like Marc Savard, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. It's a huge win for Boston and Horton, who will now be worth reaching for in the early rounds on Draft Day 2010.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton recorded two assists and a scored a shootout goal in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Coyotes. It was his first game since Jan. 21 due to a fractured tibia, which caused him to miss 17 games. He added two hits and was 0 for 1 on faceoffs.
Analysis: With 17 goals and 31 assists in 52 games this season, Horton is a solid Fantasy start now that he is healthy again.
News: The Miami Herald reports that Panthers RW Nathan Horton will return to the top line Thursday vs. Phoenix. He will play alongside David Booth and Stephen Weiss.
Analysis: Horton has been out since January and will be anxious to try and help his team remain in the playoff hunt. Get him back active in all leagues immediately.
News: The Panthers' official web site reports that RW Nathan Horton (broken leg) practiced Wednesday and could return to action Thursday vs. the Coyotes. Nate made it through practice today, we will see how he feels tomorrow morning and we are hopeful he will play tomorrow night," said head coach Peter DeBoer.
Analysis: Horton will have been out almost two months with this broken leg, and Fantasy owners will be glad to get him back in their lineup for the playoffs. He is a must-start Fantasy option in the majority of leagues when healthy.
News: The Miami Herald reports that Panthers RW Nathan Horton (broken leg) is back practicing with the Panthers but won't play Tuesday vs. Washington.
Analysis: It's taking a little longer than expected for Horton to recover from this injury, and the Panthers need their star winger now if they want to really contend for a playoff spot. Horton is clearly a very risky start for Fantasy Week 22 (March 15-21).
News: The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Panthers RW Nathan Horton (broken leg) will not join the Panthers for their three-game trip that begins Tuesday in Minnesota.
Analysis: Horton is about six weeks removed from his leg injury that came when he took a shot to his tibia from a teammate. He might be back for Fantasy Week 22 (March 15-21), but that's no guarantee. Continue to bench Horton in all formats, as he's a solid starting Fantasy forward when healthy.
News: The Miami Herald reports that Panthers RW Nathan Horton (leg) skated before practice Monday but won't be back until next week at the earliest.
Analysis: Horton should remain benched in all Fantasy formats. His owners will have to be hoping the winger gets dealt to a better offensive team before Wednesday's deadline, but he won't be of use to you until at least Fantasy Week 21 (March 8-14). When healthy, Horton is a solid starting option in the majority of leagues.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said it's possible injured winger Nathan Horton will be able to return to the Florida lineup March 2 in Atlanta. Horton has been out since Jan. 21 when he was struck in the right leg by a shot from teammate Dennis Seidenberg and fractured his tibia.
Analysis: Horton recently got back up on a stationary bike, so he is starting to take the steps toward a return. The Panthers have said that no player is off limits at the March 3 trade deadline, so it will be interesting to see if a team comes calling for Horton, who is signed up through 2012-13. Horton has found his offensive game again in 2009-10 after moving back to the wing. He is a viable Fantasy start when healthy and appears to be a low-risk play for Week 20 (March 1-7).
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured tibia. Panthers GM Randy Sexton on Saturday said Horton's injury doesn't require surgery. Some of his recovery will occur during the NHL's Olympic break in February, which Sexton called a "silver lining."
Analysis: On Friday night, coach Pete DeBoer said he wasn't too concerned about Horton's injury. Good thing he's not a doctor. This is a huge blow for Florida's playoffs hopes, but at least Horton won't miss any games while the Olympics are going on, so it could have been a lot worse. Horton was having a great season before this injury, so make sure to stash him away in all formats while he heals up.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton scored a goal during the second period Thursday against the Islanders, but he was hit in the side of the leg when a teammate tried to fire the puck into the Islanders' zone late in the third period and had to crawl to the bench. Coach Pete DeBoer said he thought it was a bruise. "I'm not that concerned about it," DeBoer said.
Analysis: Horton scored the first goal of the game 7:13 into the second period. The Panthers' leading point producer sent the puck ahead to Stephen Weiss, who stickhandled toward the top of the right circle and then led Horton perfectly cutting toward the right doorstep. Horton buried the shot past Dwayne Roloson, his fifth in the three games against the Islanders. His coach doesn't seem to concerned with Horton's bruised leg, so Fantasy owners should rest a bit easy. Horton has really enjoyed the move back to his natural position on the wing in 2009-10 and is a viable Fantasy start when healthy.
News:Nathan Horton scored for the Panthers during a 3-2 win against the Lightning on Thursday. Horton put the Panthers up 1-0 from the low right circle at 5:58 of the first. The right wing has 20 goals and 34 points in 34 games against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Horton has three goals and five assists in his last seven games. He is up to 45 points in 47 contests. Horton has re-emerged as the Panthers' top offensive threat and it largely has to do with a move back to the wing. Horton remains a high-end Fantasy option.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton assisted twice in Sunday's win over the Penguins.
Analysis: Horton leads Florida with 41 points this season and is on pace to demolish his previous season high of 62. He remains worth using in all leagues as a solid starting Fantasy forward.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at minus-1 during Thursday's game against the Canadiens. Florida went ahead 2-1 in the first period when Horton scored on a breakaway off a pass up ice from Stephen Weiss. Horton raced in untouched from the red line and beat Jaroslav Halak on a backhander with 4:52 left in the period. Horton has three goals and four points in his last four games.
Analysis: Horton finished December with a season-high seven goals, 10 assists and 17 points in 15 games. He has gotten better with each month in 2009-10 and has really taken his game to the next level since joining a scoring line with Stephen Weiss and Michael Frolik. The move back to the wing has benefited Horton tremendously and he is back to being a high-end Fantasy option.
News:Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss and Michael Frolik scored power-play goals to lead the Florida Panthers past the punchless Flyers 4-1 Monday night.
Analysis: Horton has 13 goals on the season and 37 points. He had just had a five-game points streak snapped before notching his two goals on Monday. Horton can be starting in most Fantasy leagues.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton assisted twice in Wednesday's win over the Thrashers. He now has nine points in his last four games.
Analysis: Like the Panthers, Horton seems to go on a hot streak now and again before cooling off. He's clearly on fire right now, so get him active in most leagues until he shows signs of slowing down.
News: Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer was hoping Nathan Horton would sometimes be more selfish and shoot instead of pass. Horton acted out his coach's wish, scoring three times on a game-high five shots for his second career hat trick as the Panthers routed the New York Islanders 7-1 on Monday night. "He's not a shoot-first guy, which is rare for a guy with his skill," DeBoer said of Horton. "We're constantly on him to shoot more. But it's not a bad attribute to be an unselfish player. He's one of the few players that has that wow factor and can bring people out of their seats." Horton scored twice in the second and added Florida's final goal for his first hat trick since Dec. 13, 2005, against Nashville. He also assisted on Stephen Weiss' goal for a four-point evening. "It's not just me. Everybody contributed and its a nice win," Horton said.
Analysis: Horton, who tallied at least 22 goals for Florida the past four seasons, netted his first multigoal game since Jan. 3 last season against Pittsburgh. "I should probably shoot some more," Horton said. "I'm just trying to do what I can. We needed a win tonight to make it an OK road trip." Horton already has 10 points in eight December games. It is the third straight month he has made it to double-digit points. The Panthers look smart for moving Horton back to the wing in 2009-10 after he struggled at center in 2008-09. Horton is back to being a viable Fantasy start.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-1 on Wednesday against the Avalanche. Horton's power-play goal gave Florida a 4-2 lead with 3:39 left the second. Horton beat Craig Anderson with a shot from the high slot for his eighth goal. It was his third score in seven games.
Analysis: Horton has been a pretty good scorer for the Panthers after going without a point in his first four games. He has eight goals and 24 points in his last 23 appearances. The Panthers look smart for moving Horton back to the wing in 2009-10 after he struggled at center in 2008-09. Horton is back to being a viable Fantasy start.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton scored in Saturday's win over the Rangers, giving him six points in his last five games.
Analysis: Horton now has 17 points in 21 games and is on pace for a career season at the moment. Continue to use him in deeper Fantasy formats as a nice low-end starting Fantasy forward.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton scored a goal and finished at minus-1 during Monday's game against the Kings. Horton opened the scoring at 2:05 of the second with a power-play goal. He beat Jonathan Quick over his right shoulder with a wrist from the wing. It was his fifth goal of the season and third in six games.
Analysis: The move back to right wing has been a blessing in disguise for Horton. He has 13 points in his first 18 games and is back to being a top offensive player for the Panthers since he doesn't have as much responsibility as he did last season playing at center. Horton is quickly moving back up the Fantasy rankings.
News: Florida RW Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist on Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Blues. His goal came with the net empty 17:02 into the third period. It was his third goal of the season. His assist came on a Cory Stillman goal 10:36 into the first period.
Analysis: Horton is up to double digits in points this season with three goals and seven assists. He has been an assists machine of late, adding another to his recent surge on Saturday. Horton should be considered a solid low-end option in most Fantasy formats with the potential to be a 30-goal threat.
News: Florida RW Nathan Horton had a great game on Friday against the Stars. The Panthers won in a shootout 6-5 and Horton finished the game with three points, all coming on assists. Horton now has five assists in his last two games.
Analysis: Horton has eight points on the season and scored goals in back-to-back games on Oct. 12 and 16. His recent assist barrage is more like what Florida fans and Fantasy owners alike were hoping out of him. He has 30-goal ability and clearly can net some assists as well. Continue to own him in most Fantasy leagues and use him if he continues this hot streak.
News: Panthers RW Nathan Horton scored a goal and finished at minus-1 during Monday's game against the Lightning. Horton put the Panthers ahead 2-1 on a rebound power-play goal at 6:33 of the second. Florida had scored only once on the power play in 19 opportunities this season before that.
Analysis: It took Horton five games to get his first tally, but he finally cracked the points column. Horton is back at winger after struggling as a center in 2008-09. However, he hasn't gotten off to the start Florida envisioned. Horton is a 30-goal threat, but has low-end Fantasy appeal until he gets on track.
News:The Sports Xchange reports with C Steve Reinprecht now in the fold (Florida traded Stephen Mayer to Phoenix for his rights, then signed him to a three-year deal), Nathan Horton will move back to wing for the Panthers. Horton spent last season at center, but Florida thinks he'll be more aggressive and shoot the puck more if he returns to wing.
Analysis: When Horton wasn't injured in 2008-09, he posted 22 goals and 45 points in 67 games. He had his ups-and-downs in his first year under Peter DeBoer, but was still one of the Panthers' top scorers. Horton has displayed 30-goal potential as a winger, so this move can definitely help get his career back on track. Consider Horton a decent No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward Draft Day with potential to be much more.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored and assisted in Thursday's win over the Thrashers.
Analysis: Horton has just 45 points this season, but he did miss 18 games because of injury. Horton will remain worth using in deeper leagues next year, but it's getting questionable about whether he will ever have a breakout campaign.
News:Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton each scored in the final minute of the second period, and the Panthers beat the reeling Dallas Stars 6-3 Saturday. On a scramble in front, Horton flipped a shot over the sprawlingMarty Turco to give the Panthers the lead with 6.2 seconds left in the second. Horton has one goal and three assists in four games since returning from a finger injury.
Analysis: It seems the time off has helped re-energize Horton for the stretch run. Injuries have been an issue in 2008-09 and has cut into Horton's production. He also hasn't been a solid presence in his first season under coach Peter DeBoer. Consider Horton more of a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward when healthy.
News: The Panthers welcomed back forward Nathan Horton Monday against the Hurricanes. Their second-leading goal scorer had missed six games because of a finger injury. He picked up an assist in 19:36 of ice time and finished at even. Horton also took two shots on net.
Analysis: Horton has 20 assists on the season, but has just three points (two goals) in his last 10 games. We have seen flashes of Horton's potential in 2008-09, but he has played just 58 games due to a few ailments. Also, he hasn't been reliable in his first season under Peter DeBoer. Consider him more of a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward when healthy.
News:The Sports Xchange reports The Panthers offense sure could use some help, and it appears that is coming. Nathan Horton, out since March 7 with a severed tendon in his left ring finger, is expected to be back in the lineup Monday against Carolina. Horton skated Friday and Saturday, and after Saturday's morning skate there was talk he might play against the Blue Jackets. But the team is being careful with Horton and held him out. "I shot some pucks and it felt all right," Horton said. "I want to play on Monday (against Carolina) because it's a big game, one we'd love to win. It's definitely a big game and I'd like to be ready to play by then."
Analysis: The Panthers are in the thick of a playoff race and desperately need Horton back in the lineup. He was expected to miss 2-4 weeks and is right on course, so it won't be surprising to see him active Monday. Horton has dressed for just 57 games this season, recording 19 goals and 19 assists. He has been a 30-30 player in the past, but he really hasn't responded to the coaching of Peter DeBoer in 2008-09. Horton has looked good at times, but inconsistent for the most part. Consider him more of a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward when healthy.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton will be out 2-to-4 weeks due to a tendon injury in his left ring finger. He was injured Saturday against the Blues after he scored his 19th goal of the season. "Yeah, it (stinks). There's nothing you can do, you know? It does (stink)," Horton told The Miami Herald. "It's a freak accident. It's like my foot (injury from earlier this season). We were battling for the puck, and (a Blues player) fell, and I kind of fell on top of him. He was getting up and stepped on my finger. I took my glove off after (David) Booth had scored, and it was kind of gross."
Analysis: Horton has dressed for just 57 games this season, recording 19 goals and 19 assists. He has been a 30-30 player in the past, but he really hasn't responded to the coaching of Peter DeBoer in 2008-09. Horton has looked good at times, but inconsistent for the most part. Consider him more of a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward when healthy.
News:David Booth and Nathan Horton scored on consecutive shots a minute apart in the third period to rally the Panthers to a 2-1 win Thursday against the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist was victimized by Booth's backhander from the right circle that beat him between the pads with 8:10 left. Horton struck at 12:50 after Richard Zednik found him in front with a pass. "We know we can come from behind and win," Horton said. "We're not out until the buzzer sounds. That's the way we kind of played."
Analysis: Horton has scored five times in the last nine games and has a career-high five game-winning goals this season. Horton has 21 points in his last 23 games and is finally hitting his offensive potential after a sluggish first half, which involved some injury woes. Consider Horton a viable Fantasy option as one of the Panthers' top scorers.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored a goal and finished at plus-1 during Tuesday's game against the Devils. Horton made it 3-0 at 14:05 after David Booth's pass from behind the net went off a skate. Horton grabbed the loose puck in front, held it as he skated to his left and then fired a wrist shot over Scott Clemmensen's right shoulder. Horton has 17 goals on the season, with four in his last five games.
Analysis: Horton has been red hot for the Panthers since the calendar year hit 2009. He has nine goals and 11 assists in 20 games. He is finally hitting his stride under coach Peter DeBoer and is back to being a reliable Fantasy option.
News: Florida C Nathan Horton tied up the Panthers' game with the Capitals on Sunday, beating Jose Theodore on the power play, stuffing the puck home on a rebound. The Panthers went on to lose the game however when Alex Ovechkin scored two late goals including an empty-netter.
Analysis: Horton's goal was undoubtedly a clutch one as he tied the game up early in the third period. He has a goal in three of his last four games, adding an assist against Carolina on Thursday. He continues to average around a point per game and is thought of as being a No. 3 or 4 forward option.
News: Florida C Nathan Horton scored the first of what would be five goals in the first 34 minutes against the Hurricanes on Thursday. The goal would prove to be a game-winner as Tomas Vokoun went on to blank the Hurricanes 5-0, making 42 saves. Horton added an assist on a Richard Zednik goal scored just over five minutes after his own.
Analysis: Horton hadn't scored a goal in eight games before snapping the streak on Tuesday against Toronto. He now has a goal in two straight and is averaging more than a point per game over the last month or so. He is one of the top players on the Panthers' roster and can be used as a No. 3 or 4 forward option.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored his 14th goal during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Maple Leafs. Nick Boynton's wrist shot was deflected wide of the net and bounced off the boards to the other side. Horton was there to pick up the loose puck and shoot it between Vesa Toskala's legs. It was Horton's first goal in eight games.
Analysis: Horton hasn't been a scorer as of late, but he has remained productive by putting assists on the board. He has six goals and 10 assists in his last 16 games. Horton is one of the Panthers' best players, and as long as he stays healthy, he is worth a look as a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward when things are going really well.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton assisted twice in Tuesday's come-from-behind win over the Maple Leafs. He now has 30 points on the season.
Analysis: Horton is a solid forward for the Panthers, but every year we keep expecting him to break out. It's not happening this season, that's for sure. After back-to-back 62-point campaigns, Horton has disappointed in 08-09 and remains just a low-end starting Fantasy forward in deeper formats.
News: Florida C Nathan Horton recorded two assists, including an assist on a game-winning goal in a 5-1 win over the Canadiens on Thursday. Horton now has 28 points on the year with 13 goals and 15 assists.
Analysis: Horton needs to continue making an impact for the Panthers if the team can expect to make the playoffs. He is one of the team's top players and one of their most-owner in Fantasy play. Horton can be a high-end option if he continues to build on a solid month of January.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored a goal during Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres. Buffalo led 2-1 until Horton tied the game with 3:24 left in the third period thanks to a brilliant play by Richard Zednik, who backhanded a pass between his legs to the front of the net. Horton made a quick move to the forehand to beat Ryan Miller. Horton has three goals and four assists in his last five games.
Analysis: The Panthers are going to need a big second half from Horton if they intend to make the playoffs. He is starting to get his act together with five goals and five assists in eight January games. Horton has high-end Fantasy potential, so don't be surprised if he starts playing well down the stretch.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton tallied an assist hat trick in Saturday's win over the Lightning.
Analysis: After putting up only three points in December, Horton has nine points already in January and is picking up the pace as the Panthers start to make a playoff push. He remains a decent low-end starting forward in deeper formats, but he has the potential to be much more.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored and assisted in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Thrashers and now has seven points in his last six games (5G, 2A).
Analysis: Horton is starting to get his feet back under him after missing a few weeks with a cut on his right ankle. He has always been one of the Panthers' top offensive threats and he is showing why. Horton is worth a look as a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward when he is on top of his game like he is now.
News:Jay Bouwmeester and Nathan Horton scored early in the third period to break a tie, and the Florida Panthers beat Carolina 4-2 on Thursday night to snap the Hurricanes' winning streak at a season-high four games. Horton scored at 3:26, one-timing David Booth's pass across the goalmouth. Horton has five goals over his last seven games.
Analysis: Horton is starting to get his feet back under him after missing a few weeks with a cut on his right ankle. He has always been one of the Panthers' top offensive threats and he is showing why. Horton is worth a look as a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward when he is on top of his game.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Penguins.
Analysis: Horton now has four goals in his last four games and maybe he's finally starting to produce like we know he can. Horton has the skills to be a lower-end Fantasy forward, and you might want to get him active in deeper leagues for Fantasy Week 14 (Jan. 5-11) as he's hot and the Panthers play the weak Leafs and Thrashers.
News: C Nathan Horton was activated off the IR and returned to action Thursday against the Hurricanes in a 2-1 overtime loss. Horton failed to record a stat and was on the ice for 20 minutes. He had been out with a cut on his right ankle.
Analysis: Horton has the skills to be a lower-end Fantasy forward. but don't expect much more than that out of him. If he plays up to his potential, he could be a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News: The Miami Herald reports that Panthers C Nathan Horton and LW David Booth were both removed from the injured reserve list Tuesday and practiced with their teammates.
Analysis: Both Booth and Horton have enough offensive talent to be used as a low-end starting Fantasy forwards in most formats. Get them active for Fantasy Week 12 (Dec. 22-28).
News:The Sports Xchange reports Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said three injured forwards -- Nathan Horton (foot fracture), David Booth (shoulder) and Richard Zednik (elbow) -- could be back Thursday at Carolina. Booth says he had hoped to play Sunday against the Canucks, but the team's medical team decided a few more days of rest would be good for him.
Analysis: Horton was pretty much playing par for the course before his injury, but many people were looking for a breakout season from the fifth-year pro after DeBoer took over as coach. He is still one of the Panthers' top skaters, but remains more of a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward until he goes on a long run.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Panthers C Nathan Horton (ankle), LW Richard Zednik (elbow), C Cory Stillman (concussion), LW David Booth (shoulder), C Rostislav Olesz (groin) and D Cory Murphy (shoulder) will not play Thursday at Edmonton and are likely also out for Friday's game at Calgary.
Analysis: Stillman, Booth and Horton have the most Fantasy value of this group, so keep an eye on their status heading into Fantasy Week 11 (Dec. 15-21). Olesz, Zednik and Murphy aren't worth worrying about for the time being in any Fantasy format.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said all five of his injured forwards -- Nathan Horton (leg), Cory Stillman (post-concussion), Richard Zednik (arm), Rostislav Olesz (groin) and David Booth (shoulder) -- are close enough to being back that they'll be with the team for its four-game Canadian road trip, which starts Monday against the Senators. Stillman seems closest to being back; he practiced with the team before Saturday's game against Boston. It was the first time Stillman had worked with the Panthers in weeks. Stillman suffered a concussion in Atlanta on Nov. 2, then returned to the lineup Nov. 14 against Detroit before feeling more symptoms and being pulled. "I still have a long way to go," he said.
Analysis: The most important players for Fantasy purposes are Horton, Booth and Stillman. The trio have high-end potential and it's good to see they could be back in the coming week. However, since it is not yet a given when they will return, consider Horton, Booth and Stillman risky starts Week 10 (Dec. 8-14). Zednik and Olesz are low-end options and hardly missed in Fantasy.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton suffered a deep cut on his right ankle on Wednesday against New Jersey and will miss at least two games. He missed his first game Friday against the Rangers and is not expected to play again until Tuesday against the Capitals at the earliest.
Analysis: Horton only has 13 points in 21 games this season and has disappointed along with the rest of the Panthers team. Still, he had some value as a low-end Fantasy forward in most formats as a top-line guy before this injury. Now, he might be out for a week or two, so he remains an injury-risk start heading into Week 9 (Dec. 1-7).
News: The Miami Herald reports that Panthers C Nathan Horton sustained a deep leg cut on his leg during Wednesday's loss to New Jersey and is out indefinitely.
Analysis: Horton only has 13 points in 21 games this season and has disappointed along with the rest of the Panthers team. Still, he had some value as a low-end Fantasy forward in most formats as a top-line guy before this injury. Now, he might be out for a week or two, so be sure to bench him for the time being.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton was back in the lineup Friday against Detroit after missing the third period Wednesday against Tampa Bay with the flu. He didn't have a point in 20:06 of ice time and finished at minus-1. Horton did not take a shot on net.
Analysis: Horton has six goals on the season and three in his last six games. Too bad he has just one assist in his last nine games. Horton has 10 points in 16 games and is pretty much on the brink of becoming an elite NHL player. But until that happens, view him more as a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward when healthy.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton sat out the third period Wednesday against the Lightning after experiencing flu symptoms during the second intermission. Horton had a goal and assist in 15:55 before leaving the game. Horton extended Florida's lead to 2-0 1:28 into the second period after he stopped Mike Lundin's clearing attempt along the boards. Horton skated toward the center of the ice and beat Mike Smith with a wrist shot to the blocker side.
Analysis: Horton now has six goals on the season and three in his last five games. Too bad he has just one assist in his last eight games. Horton has 10 points in 15 games and is pretty much on the brink of becoming an elite NHL player. But until that happens, view him more as a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward when healthy. The flu likely won't keep him out long.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton finished Friday's game against San Jose with a goal and a plus-2 plus/minus rating. It was his second straight game with a goal.
Analysis: Horton now has a point in six of seven games and six total. Horton hasn't gotten off to a great scoring start, but he has been very effective in his new position (second-line center) and his passes have been strong. Horton has 30-goal ability, but he remains a No. 4 Fantasy forward for now.
News:Rostislav Olesz and Nathan Horton scored goals 48 seconds apart early in the first period and Florida beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Wednesday night. Horton made it 2-0 at 5:33 when he put a shot over Martin Gerber's glove from the left faceoff dot for his second of the season.
Analysis: Horton now has a point in five of six games and five total. Horton hasn't gotten off to a great scoring start, but he has been very effective in his new position (second-line center) and his passes have been strong. Horton has 30-goal ability, but he remains a No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton had an assist and finished at plus-1 in 19:58 of ice time Saturday against the Islanders. Horton has a four-game point streak, with one goal and three assists in that span.
Analysis: Horton hasn't gotten off to a great scoring start, but he has been very effective in his new position (second-line center) and his passes have been strong. Horton has 30-goal ability, but until he becomes a more all-around player, he remains a No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Panthers C Nathan Horton is being asked to be more of a leader with the team this season and was one of the team's alternate captains during the preseason.
Analysis: Horton is Florida's most talented goal scorer, and has been moved to center from right wing to lead Florida's top trio. The Panthers hope they have not seen Horton's best, although the 23-year-old has produced 62-point seasons in each of the past two. Horton has 30-goal ability, but until he becomes a more all-around player, he remains a No. 4 Fantasy forward heading into 2008-09.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored his 24th and 25th goals of the season Saturday in a key 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He now has 58 points, only four behind his career high.
Analysis: Horton started this season a little slowly, but has been a solid starting Fantasy forward the last three months with 33 points in his last 37 games. Continue to view him as a No. 3 option at his position for the rest of the season.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton didn't score the game winner this time, but he did assist in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Wednesday to extend his point streak to six games.
Analysis: Horton has a career high of 33 assists this season and is only six points behind his best point total of 62. He continues to have value as a No. 3 forward in deeper formats.
News:Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal 4:36 into overtime, giving the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night. Horton scored during 4-on-3 play during overtime when he put a slap shot from the right circle over Lehtonen's left shoulder. Horton has scored goals in three of the last five games.
Analysis: Horton takes his season total to 23 goals. He also has 32 assists for some pretty nice Fantasy numbers. Horton a strong February with nine goals. It remains to be seen if he can match that or better it in March. Horton is a good option as a No. 3 Fantasy forward.
News:Nathan Horton scored 22 seconds into overtime to give the Panthers a 1-0 win over the Bruins on Tuesday. The Panthers won for just the second time in five games. Horton has scored goals in two of the last three games.
Analysis: Horton takes his season total to 22 goals. He also has 31 assists. Horton a strong February with nine goals. It remains to be seen if he can match that or better it in March. Horton is a good option as a No. 4 Fantasy forward.
News:Nathan Horton scored his 21st goal when the Panthers cut the lead to 3-2 on the power-play at 6:02 of the third. David Booth passed across the front of the crease to Horton, who poked in the puck from the left side.
Analysis: Horton scored his first goal in six games, but overall he's had a strong February scoring nine goals and four assists.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton had two goals Saturday in a loss at Carolina. He now has a goal in six of his last seven games.
Analysis: Horton is as productive as any forward in Fantasy right now. He has a goal in seven of nine games in February and is getting more playing with Richard Zednik sidelined.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton extended his points streak to six games, as well as his goals scored streak to four games Sunday against the Sabres. He scored a goal, added an assist and finished at plus-1. He now has five goals and three assists during his points streak.
Analysis: Horton scored twice in 13 January games, but has now scored five times in six February games. He is coming off his best month of the season thanks to 11 assists and has kept it going in February. He is worth using as a No. 4 Fantasy forward while he is on a roll, but can be much more.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton made it three games in a row with a goal Saturday when he found the net in a 6-3 win over the Bruins. Horton now has four goals in his last five games and 16 on the season.
Analysis: Horton only scored once in 13 January games, but has really stepped things up in February as Florida push for the first division title in their short history. He remains a No. 4 Fantasy forward for now, but is playing very well.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton assisted twice in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Lightning and now has 28 assists on the season, three behind his career high of 31.
Analysis: Horton skates on the top line with the Panthers, but only has 13 goals this season, which is 18 less than he managed last campaign. Continue to think of him as a solid No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward at best.
News:Nathan Horton scored the only goal in the shootout and Florida beat Vancouver 4-3 on Friday night, the Panthers' first win over the Canucks in more than eight years. Horton also scored his 13th goal of the season in the second period. It was his first goal in regulation time in 12 games.
Analysis: Horton could get close to his career best of 62 points this season and has been playing well since being moved to the top line. Continue to think of him as a solid No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton managed a career-high four assists Tuesday in a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. He now has eight assists in his last five games.
Analysis: Horton could get close to his career best of 62 points this season and has been playing well since being moved to the top line. Continue to think of him as a solid No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton managed two assists Sunday against the Avalanche when he wasn't spending time in the penalty box. The fourth-year forward managed his first points in five games while serving eight minutes in the penalty box for three penalties. He first was hit with a four-minute roughing penalty in the first period, and then two interference calls in the third period.
Analysis: Horton can be an instigator from time-to-time, but that's not why he is on the ice. Horton has been playing well since being moved to the top line. He now has 12 goals and 20 assists on the season. He has developed into a solid No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton tallied two assists and a plus-1 rating during Wednesday's game against the Devils. He now has two goals and three assists in his last six games.
Analysis: Horton has been dropped to the second line for the Panthers and continues to play well. He doesn't have overwhelming stats, but 27 points will get the job done. Cosider him a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.
News:Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal for the Panthers during Friday's 3-0 win against the Islanders. Horton made it 2-0 at 3:31 of the third period when he grabbed a rebound to the right of Islanders G Rick DiPietro and held on to the puck across the crease before hitting the open net from a sharp angle. It was his eighth goal and first in eight games.
Analysis: Horton has found a home on the first line with Olli Jokinen and Ville Peltonen. He is coming off a career season, but his production has been a bit down in 2007. He remains just a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward at this time.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton scored a goal and finished at even in 17:12 of ice time during Friday's game against the Thrashers. His sixth goal was the lone tally for Florida in a 4-1 loss. Horton has two goals in his last six games.
Analysis: Horton has seven assists to go along with his six goals, and has also spent a fair amount of time in the penalty box (30 minutes). He continues to be a viable Fantasy center in most formats.
News: Nathan Horton added a power-play goal at 19:23 in the third period against Carolina Wednesday.
Analysis: Norton remains a must-start in most Fantasy formats, as the Panthers ride him as one of the top young power forwards in the game.
News: David Booth and Rostislav Olesz had goals on Thursday at Toronto, as the Panthers had their three-game winning streak snapped. Nathan Horton helped set up two goals.
Analysis: Horton extended his points streak to four games. He has three goals, six points and a plus-3 rating during the span. He remains a must-start in most Fantasy formats. The Panthers will be back on the ice on Saturday at Ottawa.
News: RW Nathan Horton scored in the third period to tie the game. It was his fourth goal of the season in six games.
Analysis: Horton is a good looking center who might be ready for a breakout season. He is worth a look as a No. 2 Fantasy center in all formats right now.
News:The Sports Xchange notes: RW Nathan Horton got his second goal of the season, making him Florida's leader in that category four games into the season.
Analysis: Horton is a good looking center who might be ready for a breakout season. He is worth a look as a No. 2 Fantasy center in all formats right now.
News: Brett McLean and Nathan Horton scored second-period goals in Thursday's regular season opener loss at N.Y. Rangers. Each player turned in an even rating in the loss.
Analysis: Horton is a good looking center who might be ready for a breakout season. He is worth a look as a No. 2 Fantasy center in all formats right now. The Panthers host the Devils in Saturday's home opener.
News: Panthers coach Jacques Martin has always preached patience when it comes to 21-year-old Nathan Horton, and he had a big smile when Horton scored his 30th goal Tuesday in Tampa. "Even though some of you guys wanted me to trade him early in the year," Martin said, "I always thought he is a young player who just needs time. He needs time to develop, and I think he has done that. Our young players have improved."
Analysis: Horton has 58 points this season after racking up 47 last season -- his second in the NHL. He looks as though he is an emergin star. Horton is a decent No. 3 Fantasy forward, but is probably also worth a look in long-term keeper leagues.
News: Nathan Horton and Juraj Kolnik added late goals to lead Florida to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night that completed the Panthers' first four-game season sweep of the Flyers.
Analysis: Horton and Kolnik each posted a plus-1 rating in the victory, too. Horton is a solid No. 2 or 3 center in most Fantasy leagues and a decent keeper option in most formats.
News: Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss each scored two goals and Ville Peltonen scored on a penalty shot to lead the Florida Panthers to a season-high fourth straight victory, a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Horton now has six goals in his last seven games.
Analysis: Horton is having a solid season with 24 goals and 27 assists. He remains a solid No. 2 or 3 Fantasy center in most leagues.
News: Nathan Horton scored twice in Tuesday's game at Tampa Bay for the Panthers, who are 1-12 in games decided in overtime or a shootout. "I thought we got a really big game out of Nathan Horton," coach Jacques Martin said. "We did a good job. I thought we had a strong effort. We took too many penalties."
Analysis: Horton also added a plus-2 rating in 18:29 of ice time. He remains a solid No. 2 or 3 Fantasy center in most leagues.
News: Nathan Horton scored 29 seconds into overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Horton picked up a loose puck in front of the crease and poked the puck over the pads of Johan Holmqvist. Horton also had an assist in the game.
Analysis: Horton remains a solid No. 2 or 3 Fantasy center in most formats.
News: Nathan Horton has 15 goals and 38 points with a plus-8 rating and 49 penalty minutes through 50 games at the All-Star break. His plus-minus rating is good for second on the Panthers.
Analysis: Horton has a goal and six points over the past seven games. He remains a solid No. 2 or 3 Fantasy center in most formats.
News: Panthers C Nathan Horton was able to get an assist on Wednesday against the Penguins. He now has assists in two straight games and 20 on the season. He also has 14 goals and a plus-10 rating.
Analysis: Horton is owned in just 68 percent of Fantasy leagues, but is worth owning in most formats. He is only in his third year in the NHL and will likely surpass his career-high 47 points he had in 2005-06. He is a solid Fantasy center in any format.
News: Panthers center Olli Jokinen and right winger Nathan Horton both had five-game points streaks snapped in Wednesday's game against the Flyers.
Analysis: Despite being blanked, Horton remains a solid Fantasy play right now in all leagues.
News: Nathan Horton scored a goal with a plus-2 rating and six shots on goal in 17:05 of ice time in Tuesday's game at Toronto.
Analysis: Horton has managed three goals, nine points and a plus-6 rating over the past eight games. He remains a must-start in most Fantasy leagues.
News: Nathan Horton picked up two assists and plus-1 rating in 22:05 of ice time in Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Horton ended a four-game scoreless stretch with the two helpers. He still has one goal and eight points over the past 10 games. He is a solid No. 3 center in most Fantasy leagues despite the recent scoreless stretch.
News: Nathan Horton is skating on the team's top scoring line with Olli Jokinen and winger Ville Peltonen, who is new to the unit.
Analysis: Horton will continue to be a Fantasy force as long as he is skating on the top unit alongside Jokinen and seeing plenty of power play time.
News: Martin Gelinas, Chris Gratton, Nathan Horton, Juraj Kolnik and Rostislav Olesz all went scoreless in Tuesday's game against the Sharks.
Analysis: Despite the scoreless evening, each of the players mentioned above are decent options as a No. 5 or 6 Fantasy forward in most leagues.
News: The Palm Beach Post reports Nathan Horton (shoulder) said that he "tweaked" his surgically-repaired right shoulder shoulder in late March. He has had two major surgeries on his shoulder in April 2004 and January 2005.
Analysis: Coach Jacques Martin said that Horton will work with the team's strength and conditioning coach on an offseason program which they hope will eliminate the minor injuries.
News: Nathan Horton (flu) was able to play in Monday's game against the Lightning, but was mostly ineffective. He was scoreless with a minus-2 rating in 14:59 of ice time in the 6-5 loss.
Analysis: Nothing is more painful than your player being involved in a shootout and going scoreless for the night with a negative rating.
News: Nathan Horton was unable to play in Saturday's game against the Capitals due to a bout with the flu.
Analysis: Horton is considered day to day. Rob Globke has been recalled from Rochester of the AHL to take his place.
News: Nathan Horton picked 17 penalty minutes on Friday vs. Carolina.
Analysis: Maybe if he didn't spend so much time in the box, he'd finally find the back of the net. He has just two points over his last six games and he has just 71 PIM so far this season don't expect nights like this from him all the time.
News: Nathan Horton scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's game against the Senators with four shots on goal in 14:45 of ice time.
Analysis: Horton was scoreless in the past four games and he has failed to light the lamp in each of the past six games. Despite the solid game, keep him reserved in all Fantasy leagues until this becomes more of a regular occurence.
News: Nathan Horton has 21 goals, 16 assists and a plus-11 rating through 47 games at the Olympic Games break.
Analysis: Horton is a fantastic No. 3 or 4 Fantasy center in all formats when play resumes after the Olympics.
News: Nathan Horton scored a goal in Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes to go along with a plus-1 rating and two shots on goal in 15:48 of ice time.
Analysis: Horton has picked up six points (3 G, 3 A) and a plus-2 rating over his past seven games. He remains a decent No. 2 or 3 Fantasy center in leagues of 12 or more teams.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Nathan Horton has been promoted to the team's top scoring line along with Olli Jokinen and Gary Roberts.
Analysis: Horton posted a pair of assists on two Jokinen goals on Sunday. If you had him reserved in all Fantasy leagues because of his recent goal drought, it appears safe to get him back in the active lineup skating with the hot Jokinen and Roberts.
News: Horton had two assists in Sunday's game at Washington with four shots on goal in 22:28 of ice time.
Analysis: Horton had six assists over the past 10 games, but he has failed to light the lamp after scoring five goals in a four-game stretch. He remains a decent option in larger Fantasy leagues despite his goal drought.
News: Horton had his first career three-goal game to help Florida snap a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over Washington Tuesday.
Analysis: Horton has seven goals in seven games since returning from a knee injury. Start him in all formats.
News: Nathan Horton scored a goal in Wednesday's game at Dallas, his fourth goal in as many games.
Analysis: If Horton is available in your Fantasy league, jump on him immediately while he continues his goal-per-game pace.
News: Nathan Horton scored a pair of goals in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks in his second game back from injured reserve after a knee injury.
Analysis: Horton has posted three goals in his two games back on the ice with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal. Get him back into your active Fantasy lineup immediately.
News: Nathan Horton (knee) returned to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Capitals. He scored a goal on his only shot of the game in 15:02 of ice time.
Analysis: It appears safe to get the young Horton back into the active Fantasy lineup in all leagues.
News: Nathan Horton (knee) is still experiencing some pain in his knee, which might keep him out until mid-December or so.
Analysis: Horton suffered the injury on Nov. 5, but he is still the team's leading goal scorer with seven. That speaks volumes about his Fantasy appeal and it also tells you a little something about the value of the other Florida Panthers.
News: Horton (knee) was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least two more games.
Analysis: Horton should be kept on reserve in all daily Fantasy leagues until he can officially return and prove his health.
News: The Miami Herald reports Nathan Horton was forced from practice on Monday due to pain in his knee.
Analysis: Horton is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Set your lineup accordingly in daily leagues if you have healthier alternatives.
News: Nathan Horton opened the scoring with a goal in the third period against Atlanta in Wednesday's opener and that was all Roberto Luongo would need.
Analysis: Horton is a strong young player who has the chance to be a force in Fantasy leagues if he can stay healthy.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Nathan Horton will have season-ending shoulder surgery on Thursday. He will be sidelined four to six months.
Analysis: Horton should only remain on keeper rosters at this point.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Horton re-injured his shoulder and did not play in the third period of Thursday's loss at Carolina.
Analysis: Horton should be reserved in all leagues.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Nathan Horton (shoulder) was able to practice Friday, although he remains day to day.
Analysis: Keep the rookie reserved in all leagues until he officially returns to the lineup.
News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) returned to the lineup on Sunday at Chicago, but he was scoreless in only 8:57 of ice time.
Analysis: Horton only got 10 shifts from coach John Torchetti. The Panthers want to be cautious with their future star, so keep Horton reserved until he can get back up to full speed.
News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) has been cleared to return. Coach John Torchetti elected to sit him on Friday, but he might be back on Sunday at Chicago.
Analysis: Keep Horton reserved in all Fantasy leagues until he can officially return and get a few games under his belt to prove his health.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Nathan Horton was cleared to skate Tuesday, but will not suit up against Toronto Wednesday because he has yet to participate in a full practice.
Analysis: Horton is now considered day to day and should remain reserved in all leagues. Once he returns, the talented rookie could help Fantasy teams down the stretch since he will be well rested.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Nathan Horton (torn rotator cuff, labrum and dislocated biceps tendon) was cleared for contact by an orthopedist Monday. He hopes to play Wednesday against Toronto. "If it feels good [Tuesday], I will. If it doesn't, I won't," said Horton. "It's felt really good and obviously I want to come back."
Analysis: Expect Horton to make a return later this week rather than one day after he is allowed to take hits.
News: The Miami Herald reports that Nathan Horton (shoulder) will practice with the team Friday. He was originally thought to be out for the season. "I don't know if I'm any closer to playing a game," said Horton. "It's not that bad. I can lift my arm."
Analysis: Check to see if anyone dropped Horton a little early. He remains a valuable power forward in Fantasy leagues.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Nathan Horton (torn rotator cuff, labrum and dislocated biceps tendon) has made such strides recently that his doctor is holding off on performing season-ending surgery Tuesday. Horton will attempt to rehab then get his injury reassessed in a few weeks. "Over a period of time with his own natural healing process, the decision was to see if we could complete this through rehab rather than surgery," said Panthers orthopedic surgeon Lex Simpson.
Analysis: This could be good news for Horton's yearly-league owners, but bad news for his keeper-league owners if this treatment fails and he ends up having surgery anyway.
News: Nathan Horton will need season-ending surgery on his shoulder, the Panthers learned Friday. He has a torn rotator cuff that will be repaired Tuesday.
Analysis: Horton is a great Fantasy forward in all keeper leagues. He had emerged as one of the top forwards on Florida's team.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Nathan Horton (shoulder) had an MRI Monday that revealed a torn rotator cuff. He will be examined Thursday by an orthopedist to decide if he will need surgery that might put his season in jeopardy. Even if he doesn’t need surgery, he could be out a while.
Analysis: Horton was having a great year thus far, emerging as the Panthers' top forward in his rookie season. Keep him reserved until more news develops.
News: Nathan Horton suffered a left shoulder injury in Sunday's game at Vancouver. He was battling defenseman Brent Sopel and then slid headfirst into the boards.
Analysis: Horton's status is uncertain and he should be reserved in leagues which allow daily transactions. He is considered day to day, but will be re-evaluated on Monday.
News: Nathan Horton became the youngest player to score on a penalty shot in Thursday's game at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Horton chipped in with a pair of goals and an assist in Florida's overtime win in Philadelphia.
News: Nathan Horton had an assist on Friday against Minnesota, as he picked up his first-career point.
Analysis: Horton was scoreless in his previous seven games. He is only worth a roster spot in keeper leagues.
News: Nathan Horton, the third overall pick in the 2003 NHL entry draft, made his NHL debut on Thursday. He was scoreless with a +1 rating with 13:51 of ice time.
Analysis: Horton was used on the team's third line. He is only worth a roster spot in keeper leagues until he adjust to the NHL game.
News: The Panthers signed Nathan Horton, their first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year contract on Monday. "I am very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Nathan," said Panthers general manager Rick Dudley. "We feel that he can contribute immediately to the team and will be an asset for the future success of the Panthers. He is an extremely talented player and one that I know that our fans are going to enjoy watching."
Analysis: Horton won't play a big role with Florida in his first NHL season, but he does have plenty of talent. He's only useful in keeper leagues at this point, but monitor his progress as he adjusts to the higher level of competition.