Ivan Provorov
Flyers' Ivan Provorov: Tallies third goal
Ivan Provorov, D, PHI
1:47 AM
News: Provorov scored and added three shots on net in a 5-4 overtime defeat against the Flames on Saturday.

That's already Provorov's third goal of the season, giving him half the total he reached in 82 games in 2016-17. Provorov is receiving nearly 3:00 additional minutes in playing time per game this season than his rookie year, which is clearly helping his fantasy value. He's on pace to surpass his totals in goals, points and shots from last season.

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T.J. Brodie
Flames' T.J. Brodie: Collects two helpers
T.J. Brodie, D, CGY
1:34 AM
News: Brodie set up two goals -- including one on the man advantage -- in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Flyers.

This was the third time this season that Brodie's recorded a multiplier in the points column, but he's been maddeningly inconsistent in the offensive zone on the way to 14 points (two goals, 12 assists). On a positive note, his 29 blocked shots through 19 games should at least partially compensate for the occasions where he's been held off the scoresheet. Brodie remains a steady yet unspectacular fantasy blueliner.

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John Carlson
Capitals' John Carlson: Notches helper Saturday
John Carlson, D, WAS
11/18/2017
News: Carlson recorded a power-play assist during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

Carlson has been a rock for the Capitals (and fantasy owners) in 2017-18 with two goals and 17 points in 21 games. Only a minus-8 rating blemishes a remarkable effort to open the season, and improvements to that and his goal-scoring output are all that stand between the 27-year-old and Norris Trophy consideration.

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Matt Niskanen
Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Picks up helper Saturday
Matt Niskanen, D, WAS
11/18/2017
News: Niskanen registered an assist during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

The 30-year-old blueliner has just two points in eight games of an injury-plagued season to this point. A reliable 30-40 point defender each of the last four seasons, expect Niskanen to improve once he gets back in the swing of things.

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Dmitry Orlov
Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Lights lamp Saturday
Dmitry Orlov, D, WAS
11/18/2017
News: Orlov recorded a goal during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

The goal gives Orlov a disappointing two goals and four points in 21 games. Languishing alongside a minus-3 rating, the 25-year-old blueliner has been very slow to start after signing a massive contract extension during the offseason. Fantasy owners should wait a little longer to see if he can right the ship, but it's not looking like a breakout campaign is in store for the young Russian in 2017-18.

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Dan Girardi
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Records assist Saturday
Dan Girardi, D, TB
11/18/2017
News: Girardi finished with an assist and a plus-3 rating during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

The plus-3 stands out on a night where Tampa Bay surrendered five goals and looked oddly mortal. The heavyweight defender is worth a look in deeper formats that reward his contributions in hits (31) and blocked shots (46), but he remains a reach in standard formats.

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Slater Koekkoek
Lightning's Slater Koekkoek: Picks up assist Saturday
Slater Koekkoek, D, TB
11/18/2017
News: Koekkoek recorded an assist during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

The defenseman-turned-winger seems to be acclimating well to life in the forward ranks with three goals and five points in his last eight games. The first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft faces stiff competition for playing time, but Koekkoek's versatility certainly gives him an edge. Those in deeper leagues might want to give him a look -- especially if he garners some dual-eligibility after all these games lining up as a winger.

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Adam Pelech
Islanders' Adam Pelech: Contributes helper Saturday
Adam Pelech, D, NYI
11/18/2017
News: Pelech picked up an assist during Saturday's 5-3 win over the Lightning.

The 23-year-old blueliner has five points in his last seven games -- although three of those came on Oct. 24 against Arizona, so his fantasy value in standard formats is still pretty low.

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Will Butcher
Devils' Will Butcher: Gets first NHL goal in loss
Will Butcher, D, NJ
11/18/2017
News: Butcher recorded his first NHL goal in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Jets. He also added an assist.

Butcher sits first in rookie scoring from the blue line with 15 points in 19 games. And he's tied for fourth in rookie scoring overall. Butcher will eventually hit the wall -- NCAA players always do in their first season. But for now, you need to ride this impressive defender while you can.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson: First multi-point game of season
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI
11/18/2017
News: Ekman-Larsson picked up two assists in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Senators.

Finally -- a multi-point game. OEL had gone 21 games without putting up more than a single point in a game. Ekman-Larsson has struggled so far this season and was already minus-16 in those 21 games. But his current point pace puts him close to finishing with 50. That's a tough combination to juggle if plus/minus is an important stat in your league.

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