Ducks' Thompson (Lower Body) Will Return Sunday
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News: Nate Thompson
(lower body) took part in morning skate and is expected to take the ice for Sunday's game against the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Nate Thompson
has been off the ice for the past two games but is apparently well enough to regain his spot in the lineup Sunday. At just three goals and nine assists on the season, the 30-year-old is a limited option across most formats.
News: Maxime Talbot
scored the Avs' lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Wild.
The goal was Maxime Talbot
's first in a month, but his lack of ice time (7:47) in the game might be the more notable development. An inconsistent minutes count makes it hard to rely on Talbot for much more than the occasional point here or there, which simply isn't good enough to warrant ownership, even in most deep leagues.
Sharks' Marleau Scores In Second Straight Game
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News: Patrick Marleau
scored one of two San Jose goals in Saturday's loss to Ottawa.
He's now netted goals in consecutive games, with both coming on the power play. Patrick Marleau
was stuck in a long scoring slumber from about mid-December to mid-January, but seems to have turned the corner since. He's been responsible for seven goals and 10 assists over his last 19 games.
News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
handed out an assist on the Oilers' lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Blues.
Analysis: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
finished February with four goals and four assists, and has delivered between six and nine points in every month so far this season. That dependability is nice, but many were expecting the former No. 1 overall pick's production to take another step forward in 2014-15, and that just hasn't materialized. Instead, he remains on track for another 50-point campaign, a mark where he's hovered around in each of his three full seasons in the league.
News: Patrik Berglund
grabbed an assist Saturday in a 2-1 win over Edmonton. He was plus-1 with one shot and a hit in the game.
Burgled has only 20 points on the season, but he has picked up four points in his past eight games, which counts as a modest hot streak for the veteran winger. He is playing with red hot Paul Stastny, so keep rolling him while they have this chemistry going.
Panthers' MacKenzie Scores Two Points In Win
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News: Derek MacKenzie
had the assist on the game winning goal and added the insurance goal in the closing minute of the Panthers' 5-3 win over the Sabres on Saturday.
This was Derek MacKenzie
's first multi-point game of the season and his first point since Jan. 11 and first goal of 2015. The 33-year-old is a valuable piece of the Panthers depth, but he's not a huge point scorer, doesn't rack up a ton of penalty minutes and is only seeing about 12 minutes of ice time a night. MacKenzie has limited fantasy value unless he can continue scoring points on a nightly basis.
Sens' Zibanejad Points In Third Straight
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News: Mika Zibanejad
was credited with an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
The power-play helper brings Mika Zibanejad
's point streak to three games, the second such streak he's compiled in February. In the process of picking up the assist, Zibanejad tied last season's career-high total of 33 points, requiring 11 fewer games to do so.
Preds' Cullen Scores; Adds Assist Saturday
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News: Matt Cullen
scored a goal and gathered an assist in while receiving 10:46 TOI in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
The 38-year-old now has a five-point, three-game point streak on the go, which is quite impressive given that he's only played a combined 34:55 during that span. Matt Cullen
's modest totals (six goals, 13 assists, plus-9, 14 PIM, 74 SOG) in 48 games leave him outside the realm of fantasy relevance in nearly all leagues. However, looking at the last 12 games -- where he's racked up 10 of his total 19 points on the season -- paints a picture of an upward trend that savvy owners should consider capitalizing on, especially since he's been playing with offensively-inclined linemates in Mike Fisher and Craig Smith regularly of late.
News: Henrik Samuelsson
was assigned to AHL Portland on Sunday.
Analysis: Henrik Samuelsson
has played in just two games with the Coyotes this season, spending most of his time with AHL Portland. The 21-year-old will return to the club Sunday, where he has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) and 38 penalty minutes over a 50-game span this season.
News: Nathan MacKinnon
is believed to have suffered a broken nose in Saturday's game against the Wild, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Nathan MacKinnon
's injury likely stemmed from a hit laid on him by the Wild's Sean Bergenheim in the third period of Saturday's game. While broken noses can be painful, it is still something most players can play through, so it's quite possible MacKinnon will be back in the lineup for the team's next game Wednesday against the Penguins, but owners should keep an eye out for a status update prior to the opening faceoff.