News: Nathan MacKinnon
dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Nashville.
The two points snapped a three-game scoring drought for Nathan MacKinnon
, who now has nine goals and 29 points in 50 games. While he's been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, the Avs are playing good hockey right now, picking up at least one point in six of their last seven games. MacKinnon's only 19, so we wouldn't give up on him just yet this season. His whopping 152 shots on goal indicate more goals are on the way. Patience is a virtue.
News: Mike Ribeiro
took a break from scoring Friday, racking up 22 PIM in a loss to Colorado.
While Mike Ribeiro
has 43 points (33 assists) in 48 games this season, he is also now among the league's top-100 PIM leaders. Producing at basically a point-per-game pace and sporting a steady plus-15 rating, Ribeiro is worth owning in most formats.
Canucks' Matthias Tallies Assist In Win
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News: Shawn Matthias
registered an assist in Friday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Analysis: Shawn Matthias
isn't known for his scoring prowess, however, he's having one of his better seasons in that respect, as he's currently on pace to best his career high point total of 24. While the increase in scoring production is nice for Matthias, the 26-year-old center's output is far too erratic for most fantasy owners to trust.
Ducks' Getzlaf Struggles In Loss
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News: Ryan Getzlaf
failed to register a point for the third consecutive game and went minus-3 in Friday's loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Ryan Getzlaf
's current scoring drought is tied for his second longest of the season. Anaheim has surrendered a total of 10 goals in their last two games combined, and Getzlaf has gone minus-6 over that stretch. Getzlaf is still having a fantastic season, however. The 29-year-old center has scored 15 goals and tallied 35 assists through 49 games with Anaheim.
Isles' Cizikas Still Questionable For Saturday
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News: Casey Cizikas
(foot/ankle) is still being considered a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt with the Red Wings.
The Islanders didn't hold a morning skate in advance of Saturday's matinee, so it's difficult to get a read on Casey Cizikas
' status. If he ends up sitting out, look for Colin McDonald to assume his spot in the lineup.
News: Maxime Talbot
potted his fourth goal of the season in Friday's 3-0 triumph over the Predators.
The tally went down as Maxime Talbot
's first game-winner of the season. As a fixture in the Avs' bottom six, scoring opportunities are rare for Talbot, and he typically doesn't deliver an overwhelming amount of hits or PIM to compensate for it.
Blues' Ott Chips In Assist, Four Hits
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News: Steve Ott
contributed an assist and four hits in Friday's win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Steve Ott
helped set up linemate Ryan Reaves for the game's first goal, giving him his second point in as many nights. The 32-year-old can't be counted on to provide consistent scoring totals, but he does carry relevance in deeper leagues for his strong hit and PIM numbers.
Blues' Lehtera Likely Out Sunday
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News: Jori Lehtera
(undisclosed) who is believed to be suffering from an upper body injury, is not likely to suit up Saturday against the Caps, according to coach Ken Hitchcock, reports Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Blues still haven't specified Jori Lehtera
's injury, but it looks like he will be unavailable into next week at least.
News: Patrik Berglund
(upper body) is not likely to suit up Sunday against the Caps, according to coach Ken Hitchcock, reports Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Analysis: Patrik Berglund
is still considered day-to-day, but won't suit up until next week at the earliest.
Blues' Goc Picks Up First Point Since Trade
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News: Marcel Goc
picked up an assist Thursday in a win over the Canes. It was his first point since being traded to the Blues. He was plus-1 with three shots and a hit on the night.
Analysis: Marcel Goc
is centering the Blues fourth line and has played right around 13 minutes in his first two games with his new team. He has been a 20+ point scorer in the past, but has just seven point on the year and the move to the Blues will keep him primarily in a checking role.