Vladislav Namestnikov
Lightning's Vladislav Namestnikov: Misses practice Saturday
Vladislav Namestnikov, C, TB
5:01 PM
News: Namestnikov didn't practice Saturday due to an illness, Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns reports.

Namestnikov's absence at practice Saturday leaves his potential availability for Sunday's matchup with the Blues in doubt. Expect an update on the 23-year-old center's status ahead of puck drop Sunday evening.

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Zemgus Girgensons
Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Expected to return to action Sunday
Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF
4:17 PM
News: Girgensons (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup for Sunday's matchup with Colorado, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.

Girgensons has missed the Sabres' last three contests with a lower-body injury, but returned to practice Saturday, and reportedly felt "ready to go" for Sunday's game after the session. The 22-year-old forward is still on injured reserve, however, and will need to be activated before returning to Buffalo's lineup. Fantasy owners likely won't be concerned with the former first-round pick's status either way, as he's only managed to tally 11 points (five goals, six assits) in 45 games this season.

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Stefan Matteau
Devils' Stefan Matteau: Suffers facial fracture
Stefan Matteau, C, NJ
2:23 PM
News: Matteau suffered a facial fracture when he was hit by a deflected puck in Friday's practice, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Matteau likely won't be forced to miss any time with the injury, as he can reportedly play through the ailment by wearing a full facial shield. Either way, fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with Matteau's issue, as the 21-year-old winger has been a healthy scratch more often than not this season, drawing into just 20 of the 56 games the Devils have played thus far.

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Patrice Bergeron
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Out Saturday, day-to-day
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
1:39 PM
News: Bergeron (undisclosed) will not play Saturday afternoon, according to coach Claude Julien. He is considered day-to-day.

Bergeron has registered 21 goals and 26 assists this season and is a key weapon on a Bruins power play ranked second in the league with a conversion rate of 23.8 percent. Suffice it to say, his absence his will be felt. The Bruins get right back to work Sunday against the Red Wings, and Bergeron undoubtedly will be reevaluated ahead of that match.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Practices Saturday; will play
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WAS
1:37 PM
News: Kuznetsov (undisclosed) took the morning skate and will be in the lineup Saturday with his usual linemates, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

Kuznetsov left Thursday's 4-3 win over the Wild when he was high-stuck during a faceoff by Wild center Mikael Granlund, and did not return. However, he appears good to go against the Stars on Saturday, so make sure you have him in your lineup, as he has 54 points in 53 games this season.

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Kyle Brodziak
Blues' Kyle Brodziak: Wins six of seven draws Friday
Kyle Brodziak, C, STL
12:21 PM
News: Brodziak had a hit and won six of seven faceoffs in Friday night's 5-3 win over Florida.

Prior to joining the Blues, Brodziak had marginal value, averaging 28 points in eight seasons as a full-timer with the Oilers and Wild. But as a member of St. Louis, he's centering the fourth line and getting five fewer minutes per game, which has limited him to just just three points in 51 games. The last time he made the score-sheet came 31 games ago.

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Ryan Getzlaf
Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Good to go Saturday despite swollen nose
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
11:47 AM
News: Getzlaf (nose) will play on the road Saturday against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

There's been speculation that Getzlaf broke his nose following a hit by Dalton Prout while opposing the Blue Jackets on Thursday, but that hasn't been confirmed by the club. However, Stephens indicated in a separate report that the prolific center's nose is swollen. Either way, it appears safe to activate Getzlaf in your fantasy lineup Saturday. He's registered five goals and 35 points in 49 games this season.

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Robby Fabbri
Blues' Robby Fabbri: Extends point streak to three
Robby Fabbri, C, STL
9:21 AM
News: Fabbri scored a power-play goal in Friday night's 5-3 win over Florida. He has a goal and three assists during a three-game point streak.

The 20-year-old rookie has points in four of the last five games, including a goal and three assists on the power play. Fabbri isn't getting big minutes -- just 10:43 on Friday and 13 minutes per game for the season -- but he's managed 23 points in 51 games. With the top-two lines jammed up with quality forwards, Fabbri appears to be stuck on the third line, but he's skating with Paul Stastny, who's been a good playmaker over the years.

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Paul Byron
Canadiens' Paul Byron: Returns to action
Paul Byron, C, MON
8:49 AM
News: Bryon returned to the active lineup Friday night after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. He had a couple of hits in 11:40 of ice time in a 6-4 loss to Buffalo.

Byron was strictly a fourth-liner and spent some time killing penalties in his return to action. He's been moved around the lines this season, but mostly has been in a bottom six role. And with Montreal's top-two lines starting to generate some offense, Byron will likely remain where he is for now.

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Jonathan Huberdeau
Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau: Manages multi-point outing in loss
Jonathan Huberdeau, C, FLA
3:59 AM
News: Huberdeau scored his 11th goal of the season and had an assist in Friday's loss to the Blues.

While Huberdeau hasn't been lighting the lamp very frequently, he now has 40 points in 55 games this season. The 22-year-old continues to skate on the top line with Jaromir Jagr and is proving to be a key piece for the Panthers. Skating on the power play and playing on the first line, Huberdeau makes for a consistent and reliable source of point production.

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