Chad Ruhwedel
Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Likely to suit up Wednesday
Chad Ruhwedel, D, PIT
11:47 AM
News: Ruhwedel (upper body) is expected to play in Wednesday's clash with Chicago.

Ruhwedel looks ready to get back into the lineup after having missed just one outing due to injury. The 26-year-old is by no means an offensive powerhouse, but getting healthy on the blue line will be a necessity if the Pens are going to defend their Stanley Cup Championship. David Warsofsky figures to be a healthy scratch if Ruhwedel is cleared to play as planned.

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Charlie McAvoy
Bruins' Charlie McAvoy: Poised to turn pro
Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS
11:22 AM
News: McAvoy is slated to sign an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) with the Bruins and could suit up for AHL Providence as soon as this weekend.

Meanwhile, CSN's Joe Haggerty notes that GM Don Sweeney has yet to rule out the possibility of McAvoy playing in the NHL this season, though in such a scenario, the first year of his entry-level deal would kick in. McAvoy, who the Bruins took with the 14th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, turned 19 this past December, but he's already blossomed into a well-rounded and poised blueliner, who is brimming with long-term upside. During Boston University's 2016-17 campaign, he logged five goals and 26 points to go along with 51 PIM in 38 games. In addition, McAvoy was named to the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship All-Star Team while representing Team USA. Thanks to a combo of strong skating and shooting ability, McAvoy profiles as a top-pairing D-man down the road and with long-time pillar Zdeno Chara now 40 years old, the youngster is viewed as the future anchor of the Boston blue line.

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Brady Skjei
Rangers' Brady Skjei: Posts three assists Tuesday
Brady Skjei, D, NYR
10:30 AM
News: Skjei dished out three assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks on Tuesday.

The rookie rearguard is having a whale of a season, as he's now up to 38 points and a plus-13 rating across 76 contests. If Skjei isn't a household name among hockey circles yet, he will be soon if he keeps up this kind of production.

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Sami Vatanen
Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Records five shots on net against Canucks
Sami Vatanen, D, ANA
9:35 AM
News: Vatanen failed to mark the scoresheet but did register five shots on net during Tuesday's win over Vancouver.

Currently mired in an eight-game point drought, Vatanen's uptick in shot volume Tuesday could prove to be a sign of things to come. He's still locked into a role with the No. 1 power-play unit, and considering he's posted 37 and 38 points in the past two seasons, his current offensive lull is likely unsustainable. Buying low on Vatanen in keeper/dynasty settings could also pay off, and he has the makings of a prime bounce-back candidate entering the 2017-18 campaign.

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Korbinian Holzer
Ducks' Korbinian Holzer: Sitting out regularly
Korbinian Holzer, D, ANA
9:31 AM
News: Holzer has dressed in just seven of the past 23 games.

The depth defenseman hasn't registered a point and averaged just 12:13 of ice time through those seven games. Holzer becomes an unrestricted free agent following the season, so it seems unlikely he returns to Anaheim. A new team could help his fantasy stock, but he is probably not going to morph into a reliable asset.

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Jared Spurgeon
Wild's Jared Spurgeon: Ends scoring slump with three-point night
Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN
1:47 AM
News: Spurgeon finished with a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals.

Spurgeon's late heroics helped his team secure a point, as he cut the deficit in half by scoring with 4:57 left before assisting on Eric Staal's game-tying goal with 27 seconds remaining. This type of performance had been missing from Spurgeon during Minnesota's late-season swoon, with no goals and just two assists coming off the blueliner's stick in the previous 15 games. Even with this recent lull, the 27-year-old is sitting on new career highs in points (35) and plus-minus (31) with six games to play.

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Keith Yandle
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Cracks 40 points for seventh time
Keith Yandle, D, FLA
12:28 AM
News: Yandle picked up assists at even strength and on the power play Tuesday in Toronto.

Yandle was involved in both of his team's goals during this 3-2 loss. The veteran blueliner's four helpers in the past three games have allowed him to hit the 40-point mark for the seventh time in his career. He hasn't reached double-digit goals since 2012-13, but remains one of the league's most dangerous contributors with the extra man due to an outstanding combination of vision and passing ability.

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Kevin Connauton
Coyotes' Kevin Connauton: Nearing return to game action
Kevin Connauton, D, ARI
3/28/2017
News: Connauton (upper body) is close to return to game action, Sarah McClellan of The Arizona Republic reports.

Connauton doesn't provide much in the way of offense when healthy, and he doesn't contribute much in the penalty minutes or blocked shots department, either. He can be left to the waiver wire in most pools at this juncture.

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Justin Faulk
Hurricanes' Justin Faulk: Keeps abusing Red Wings
Justin Faulk, D, CAR
3/28/2017
News: Faulk tallied a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Detroit.

After scoring two goals in Monday's game against these same Red Wings, the Minnesota native continued his abuse of the Detroit defense by playing setup man. Faulk's assist totals have lagged both this season and last thanks to playing for a Carolina team that isn't known for generating tons of offense, but the guy is 25 years old with three 15-goal seasons under his belt. He's one of the most underrated stars in the league, all because of his poor team context.

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P.K. Subban
Predators' P.K. Subban: Beaten up by Bruins in loss
P.K. Subban, D, NSH
3/28/2017
News: Subban went minus-3 with two shots and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Boston.

He was a regular on the ice when the Bruins were scoring, continuing a slump that's now reached seven games; Subban has just a single point (a goal) on only nine shots in that span. That's quite a drop in his rate of sending pucks on net, but it's fair to expect Subban to ramp up his offensive involvement soon; after all, he's still one of the better blueliners in the league despite what's been a disappointing first season in Nashville.

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