Alex Galchenyuk
Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk: Responds positively after demotion
Alex Galchenyuk, C, MON
12:30 AM
News: Galchenyuk posted a power-play goal and two assists in Friday's 3-1 win at New Jersey.

Galchenyuk, recently bumped off the team's top scoring line, did not pout following the demotion. All three of his points came on the power play, and as long as he is on the man advantage he remains a decent fantasy asset. The multi-point effort was just his second over the past 14 outings, but he remains a useful option in most formats. Galchenyuk hasn't gone more than two straight games without a point this season.

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German Rubtsov
Flyers' German Rubtsov: Begins career in North America
German Rubtsov, C, PHI
12:10 AM
News: Rubtsov (nose) has been medically cleared and has begun playing for QMJHL Chicoutimi.

After having his contract with KHL Vtiyaz voided earlier this month, Rubtsov picked up a pair of assists in his debut with the Sagueneens on Thursday night. He broke his nose while playing for Russia at the World Junior Championship late last month, but the injury is a thing of the past. The Flyers are thrilled that their 2016 first-round pick (22nd overall) will be playing in North America moving forward.

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Ryan O'Reilly
Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly: Notches another multi-point showing
Ryan O'Reilly, C, BUF
1/20/2017
News: O'Reilly scored a goal and added an assist during Friday's win over the Red Wings.

It was O'Reilly's fourth two-point showing in January, and the pivot is now up to nine goals, 27 points and 105 shots through 35 games. While he's a solid scorer, there isn't much production in some of the peripheral categories, as the 25-year-old pivot has just six PIM and six hits all season. Still, in the heart of his prime and locked into a top offensive role, O'Reilly's one of the more reliable secondary contributors in both the real and virtual game.

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Jack Eichel
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Collects two helpers while firing six shots
Jack Eichel, C, BUF
1/20/2017
News: Eichel registered two assists and six shots on goal during Friday's overtime win against Detroit.

Eichel has sandwiched a five-game pointless skid with two strong stretches this season, and he's currently riding a 12-game run with five goals, 11 points and 54 shots. His high shot volume provides an excellent fantasy floor, especially in daily contests, and there is not denying his offensive ceiling. Still, until Eichel curbs the slow stretches that are typical of young players, it's difficult to include him among the full-fledged stars.

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Evgeni Malkin
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Continues torrid pace with two points
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
1/20/2017
News: Malkin scored a goal and added an assist during Friday's convincing win over Carolina.

The superstar entered the game with 13 goals and 32 points over his previous 23 games and a top-ranked 3.68 points per 60 minutes among all skaters with at least 750 minutes. He only improved those numbers Friday, and Malkin will remain an elite scorer for as long as his health permits. After all, injuries have been the only thing to slow down Malkin since entering the league. Keep your fingers crossed folks.

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Scott Wilson
Penguins' Scott Wilson: Leaves game Friday
Scott Wilson, C, PIT
1/20/2017
News: Wilson left Friday's away game against the Hurricanes with an unknown injury and did not return.

Wilson took a hard hit from Matt Tennyson and was down on the ice in some pain with a glove off before leaving the game. The Ontario native managed an assist and a plus-1 rating in just 7:17 of ice time before exiting the game.

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Josh Jooris
Coyotes' Josh Jooris: Paces club in shorthanded time vs. Wild
Josh Jooris, C, ARI
1/20/2017
News: Jooris' logged a team-high 3:56 of shorthanded ice time during Thursday's loss to Minnesota.

The 26-year-old forward has been in and out of the lineup since being claimed by Arizona and has just a single goal and two points through 13 games. While there are some fantasy settings that reward shorthanded points, Jooris would need to begin showing an increase in offensive production across the board before warranting attention in any virtual format.

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Nick Cousins
Flyers' Nick Cousins: Sticking in scoring-line role
Nick Cousins, C, PHI
1/20/2017
News: Cousins skated with Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek again during Friday's practice, Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post reports.

Cousins is mired in an offensive funk with just a single goal, three points and 19 shots over his past 15 games. However, his fantasy value definitely has potential to climb playing with Couturier and Voracek. You'll still likely want to see him hit the scoresheet with more consistency before relying on him in any virtual settings, though.

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Seth Griffith
Maple Leafs' Seth Griffith: Scooped off waivers by Buds
Seth Griffith, C, FLA
1/20/2017
News: Griffith was claimed off waivers by the Maple Leafs on Friday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

Griffith has been tossed around the league like a hot potato this season, having already been waived three times, and now the original Bruin will be hoping the Buds keep him around after setting him on the wire, only for the Panthers to snag him in November of 2016. Here's a guy who blew up for 24 goals and 53 assists with AHL Providence in 2015-16, so it would behoove the Maple Leafs to give him an honest chance to shine.

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Laurent Dauphin
Coyotes' Laurent Dauphin: Heads back to AHL
Laurent Dauphin, C, ARI
1/20/2017
News: Dauphin was returned to AHL Tuscon on Friday.

The pesky pivot drew into four of the last six contests as a reinforcement option with Martin Hanzal tending to a personal matter. Hanzal will be back for the next one, so the 'Yotes really had no need to keep Dauphin at the NHL level. He's picked up two goals and an assist in 24 games this season -- which signifies slow progress offensively -- but the minus-2 rating actually looks good when you consider his team carries a putrid minus-50 goal differential.

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