Luca Sbisa
Canucks' Luca Sbisa: Scores rare goal in victory
Luca Sbisa, D, VAN
2:15 AM
News: Sbisa scored a goal with a plus-1 in Friday's 2-1 win against the Panthers.

Sbisa has just two goals and 11 points with a plus-8 this season, but he can help fantasy owners in deeper rotisserie pools in the hits (78) and blocked shots (71) categories. He is not a recommended option in most standard formats, however.

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Matt Irwin
Predators' Matt Irwin: Posts first point of January
Matt Irwin, D, NSH
1:55 AM
News: Irwin picked up an assist with a plus-1 in Friday's 3-2 win against the Oilers.

Irwin snapped a nine-game scoreless skid to kick off the month of January. He still has just three goals and nine points through 40 games. The rearguard is most helpful in deeper rotisserie pools for solid plus-15, 84 hits and 71 blocked shots.

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Ryan Ellis
Predators' Ryan Ellis: Posts solid numbers across board
Ryan Ellis, D, NSH
1:40 AM
News: Ellis scored a goal with a plus-1 in Friday's 3-2 win against the Oilers.

Ellis also scored a goal in the shootout, while posting four shots, two blocks and a minor penalty. He had managed just five goals over his first 36 games, but he has lit the lamp three times over the past two outings. Ellis is on pace for a career-high in goals all of a sudden, needing just three more to tie his career best set last season. Despite the hot play lately, he remains a lower-tier rearguard in most pools.

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Steven Santini
Devils' Steve Santini: Accounts for lone goal in loss
Steven Santini, D, NJ
12:55 AM
News: Santini lit the lamp in Friday's 3-1 loss against the Canadiens.

Santini finished with a plus-1 while dishing out three hits and posting a pair of shots on goal. It was his second marker in five games since his recall from Albany on Jan. 1. Santini has been plus-1 or better in seven of his 10 outings with the big club, and that's how he helps fantasy owners best in deeper pools.

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Victor Hedman
Lightning's Victor Hedman: Feeling good, but unsure of status for Saturday
Victor Hedman, D, TB
12:45 AM
News: Hedman (illness) turned in a full practice Friday, but was non-committal on his availability for Saturday's road match with the Coyotes, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hedman currently leads all NHL defensemen in assists (31) and power-play points (18), so needless to say, he's got a massive population of fantasy players eager to see him back in the fold. While he's missed the last three games, the puck-moving Bolt told reporters that he felt good Friday, so there's reason to be optimistic about his chances of lacing up in the next one. Don't dare hit the snooze button if it's determined that he is fit to play.

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Ben Lovejoy
Devils' Ben Lovejoy: Remains scoreless in January
Ben Lovejoy, D, NJ
12:45 AM
News: Lovejoy was scoreless in Friday's 3-1 loss against New Jersey.

Lovejoy is without a point in each of his 10 games in January, and he has just one goal and four points overall this season. He did post a shot on goal, minor penalty, two hits and two blocked shots, and the latter two categories are where he can serve fantasy owners best in deeper formats. The light-scoring rearguard has 86 blocked shots and 57 hits through 46 games.

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Tyson Barrie
Avalanche's Tyson Barrie: Status quo ahead of Saturday's contest
Tyson Barrie, D, COL
12:05 AM
News: Barrie remains day-to-day with his lower-body ailment, but his status for Saturday's game against the Sharks will be determined that morning.

Barrie was a last-minute scratch Thursday; the hapless Avs certainly could have used the talented puck-moving blueliner as they only managed one goal in a 2-1 road loss. The disadvantage of owning players from the Western Conference is that you don't always know the status of an injured player with enough time before lineups lock for the full slate of games, but fortunately, it sounds like the Avs will shed light on his status following morning skate.

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Rasmus Ristolainen
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Delivers cross-category showing
Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF
1/20/2017
News: Ristolainen registered an assist, three shots on goal, six blocked shots, three hits and a plus-1 rating during Friday's overtime win against Detroit.

Ristolainen snapped a four-game point drought with the helper, and he also continued his multi-category onslaught while logging a gigantic 35:24 of ice time with 3:34 on the power play. He isn't the most consistent offensive producer, but Ristolainen moves the needle in all stat columns, which is a rarity among defenseman who also pad the points column. Additionally, at just 22, we could be looking at an elite fantasy asset sooner than later, so don't be shy to pay the toll in dynasty/keeper leagues.

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Justin Schultz
Penguins' Justin Schultz: Pads point column with two more assists
Justin Schultz, D, PIT
1/20/2017
News: Schultz registered two assists, two shots on net, two blocked shots, three hits, a minor penalty and a plus-1 rating during Friday's rout of the Hurricanes.

The contributions in the blocked shots, hits, and PIM columns are a nice bonus because Schultz has emerged as an elite scorer from the blue line. He's up to an incredible seven goals, 27 points and 41 shots over his past 23 games and is a must-own fantasy asset. With Kris Letang (lower body) on injured reserve, Schultz projects to continue providing a high offensive floor quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit. Additionally, Schultz's salary in daily contests still offers some room for profit.

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Joe Morrow
Bruins' Joe Morrow: Receives just 13:17 of ice time against Hawks
Joe Morrow, D, BOS
1/20/2017
News: Morrow logged just 13:17 of ice time during Friday's loss to Chicago.

The young defenseman has struggled to get into the lineup this season and has just a single assist for the year. Morrow has first-round pedigree, and he could slowly carve out a bigger role going forward. However, he's completely off the fantasy radar, and you'll want to take a wait-and-see approach in all virtual settings.

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