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Steven Stamkos, C, TAM10/24/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his sixth goal of the season on Friday.
Insight: The score came on a passes from Jonathan Drouin and Valtteri Filppula. It was the first goal of the game, and Tampa Bay defeated Winnipeg. 4-2. Stamkos is third in the league in goals.
Bryan Little, C, WIN10/24/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Jets center Bryan Little scored his fourth goal of the season on Friday against the Lightning.
Insight: Little scored on the power play at the 5:33 mark of the second period. The goal made the game, 2-1, but Tampa Bay scored twice before the end of the second period to take a three-goal lead. Little has five points this season.
Joe Pavelski, C, SJS10/24/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is moving to the third line according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Pavelski will play with Tommy Wingels and Chris Tierney on Saturday. Pavelski has four goals and four assists in eight games to start the year, but coach Todd McLellan wants to improve the team's defense.
Andrew Shaw, C, CHI10/23/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw score his third goal of the season on Thursday against the Predators.
Insight: The goal cut the Nashville lead to 3-2 with about seven minutes left in the third period. The Predators held on to win, though, 3-2. Shaw had one shot on goal and a plus-one rating.
Charlie Coyle, C, MIN10/23/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle scored the first goal of Thursday's game against the Coyotes. Minnesota won, 2-0.
Insight: Fresh off a five-year contract extension he signed on Wednesday, Coyle scored at the 2:53 mark of the second period. He finished plus-one with two shots on goal.
Martin Hanzal, C, ARI10/23/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Coyotes center Martin Hanzal didn't travel with the team to Minnesota due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Hanzal (15 G, 25 A last season) hasn't played more than 65 games in any of the past four season, so an injury this early in the season is disappointing, but not unexpected. He has a goal and two assists in four games this season.
Paul Stastny, C, STL10/23/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Insight: Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. he totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
Sean Couturier, C, PHI10/22/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Flyers center Sean Couturier scored three points against the Penguins on Wednesday.
Insight: Couturier assisted Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's goal in the first period and Matt Read's goal in the third period. Couturier then sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with less than 30 seconds left. The center was also plus-three.
Nick Spaling, C, NAS10/22/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Nick Spaling scored his first goal as a Penguin on Wednesday.
Insight: Spaling had a goal and an assist in what was easily his best fantasy day of the young 2014-2015 season. Spaling was also plus-two, but Pittsburgh lost, 5-3.
Charlie Coyle, C, MIN10/22/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle signed a five-year, $16 million extension with the team on Wednesday according to the startribune.com.
Insight: Coyle is in his last season of his entry-level contract. The new deal will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting next season. Many experts have said this is a great move for Minnesota, but it likely has no effect on fantasy owners.
Tyler Seguin, C, DALHot10/22/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin continued to stay hot on Tuesday night.
Insight: Fresh off earning the first star of the week honors, Seguin notched his fifth goal of the season, along with having six shots on goal. He now has 10 points on the season, and is showing what a dynamic player he really is.
Mike Ribeiro, C, NAS10/21/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Mike Ribeiro notched two points on Tuesday night against Arizona.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has five points on the season. James Neal and Ryan Ellis also tallied for the Predators.
Jiri Tlusty, C, CAR10/21/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
Insight: If owners need a goal-scoring option, Tlusty may be on waivers. Now would be a good time to make a move for him.
David Desharnais, C, MON10/21/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Montreal center David Desharnais scored the overtime winner against Detroit.
Insight: It was his first goal of the season, and he now has four points overall. There are better options than Desharnais from a fantasy perspecyive, but it is nice to see him score the OT winner.
Logan Couture, C, SJS10/21/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Sharks center Logan Couture had a big game in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Insight: He scored two goals, and also had a superb eight shots on goal. However since the Sharks gave up five goals, Couture was -2 on the night. Joe Thornton added San Jose's third goal on the night, his second of the season.
John Tavares, C, NYI10/21/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares notched his thurd goal of the season.
Insight: He now has 10 points, and is clearly looking like one of the best players in the game. Tavares has a chance to be a top-three fantasy player by season's end.
Jason Spezza, C, DALHot10/21/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Dallas center Jason Spezza will play on the Stars top line Tuesday.
Insight: Playing alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can only help his fantasy value. Spezza may not be a 90-point scorer like he was in Ottawa for so many seasons, but he's got seven points in his first five games.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET10/21/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
Insight: We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but here we are five games into the season and Datsyuk is set to make his season debut. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM10/19/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist on Saturday against the Canucks.
Insight: Stamkos set the tone with a goal in the first minute of the game. Vancouver answered, but Stamkos responded right back with his second goal about a minute after the Canucks tied the game at one. Stamkos is second in the league with five goals.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI10/19/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators.
Insight: Chicago jumped out to an early 1-0 lead about two minutes into the game, but the Blackhawks did not score again until overtime. Toews was plus-one with three shots and one hit in over 22 minutes of ice time.
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL10/18/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin had four assists on Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Seguin has eight points in his last three games, four goals and four assists. His rating is also a plus-six. Hopefully no Bruins fans are watching this guy play because he has been spectacular.
Claude Giroux, C, PHI10/18/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Flyers center Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Philadelphia completed a two-goal comeback on Saturday against the Stars.
Insight: The goal was Giroux's second of the season to give the Flyers its first victory. Philadelphia was aggressive, crashing the net in overtime, and drew a penalty. Giroux's goal came on the power play. Giroux also had an assist and finished plus-one.
Paul Stastny, C, STL10/18/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny suffered an upper body injury and will not return on Saturday according to the team's twitter.
Insight: Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has a goal and three assists this season.
Brad Boyes, C, FLA10/18/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Panthers forward Brad Boyes scored with under five minutes to go in the third period on Saturday to earn a point for Florida.
Insight: The Captials led the game, 1-0, for over 52 minutes in the game, but Boyes power play goal sent the contest to overtime. The Panthers lost in the shootout, but still earned a point.
Patrick Marleau, C, SJS10/18/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Sharks center Patrick Marleau scored his fourth goal of the young season on Saturday against the Devils.
Insight: San Jose won, 4-2. Marleau had two points, two shots and was plus-one. He has seven points on the season.
Logan Couture, C, SJS10/18/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Sharks center Logan Couture scored a goal and has two assist in a victory over the Devils, on Saturday.
Insight: Couture had his first assist and goal on the power play as San Jose jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the end of the second period. Couture then assisted Patrick Marleau's goal as the Sharks led 3-0. The Devils battled back to score the next two goals before allowing an empty netter.
Matt Duchene, C, COL10/18/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the season, but Colorado ultimately lost to Montreal, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Duchene scored a tip-in goal off a Jarome Iginla shot at the 17:29 mark of the third period. The goal cut the Montreal lead to just one, but Colorado could not muster another score. With the loss, the Avalance dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.
Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF10/18/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was one of the more impressive Sabres' skaters on Saturday against the Bruins.
Insight: That's not saying much since Boston won, 4-0. Girgensons had four shots, a hit and had an even rating. On a night the Sabres were shut out, fantasy owners should take that.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT10/18/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin looks completely healthy to start the 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Fantasy owners are relieved to hear Malkin was all over the ice on Saturday against the Islanders. He scored the team's first goal with a wrist shot on the 5-on-3 power play. With still a man advantage, Malkin set up the next goal with a slap shot that Patric Hornqvist tipped into the net. Malkin also looked great defensively, which fantasy owners might not care much about, but is an excellent sign in terms of his health.
Ryan Johansen, C, CLB10/17/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen notched his third goal of the season on Friday night.
Insight: He now has six points through five games, but was also -1 on the night. Johansen should be considered as a bench option for fantasy owners.
Mikhail Grabovski, C, NYI10/17/2014 3:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski did not travel with the team and is expected to miss Saturday's game with Pittsburgh.
Insight: Grabovski took a hard hit by San Jose's John Scott. He's posted two goals and an assist in the first four games playing alongside Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM10/17/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could return for Friday's game against the Vancouver.
Insight: He missed the past two games. Nugent-Hopkins put up a career-best 56 points last season and should be back on the top line with Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL10/16/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had two assists and seven shots on goal in Thursday's loss to Ottawa.
Insight: Owners are hoping this game gets him going, as MacKinnon had only one point coming into Thursday. There is no need to worry however, as he is a stud of a player.
Patrick Marleau, C, SJS10/16/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: San Jose center Patrick Marleauscored his third goal of the season.
Insight: Marleau is off to solid start, and now has five points through four games. Owners will hope he keeps this going throughout the entire season.
John Tavares, C, NYI10/16/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares continued his stellar start to the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He had two assists on the night, and now has nine points on the season. Tavares has a great chance to finish as a top-three fantasy player this season.
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL10/16/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin scored his fourth goal over the past two games, on Thursday.
Insight: He had a hat trick on Tuesday, and lit the lamp against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Along with teammate Jamie Benn, Seguin's production should continue to be huge.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT10/16/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored his fourth goal of the season.
Insight: He now has seven points through three games, and is well on his way to another monster season.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET10/16/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is hoping to return at the end of next week from the injured shoulder.
Insight: We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Jordan Staal, C, CAR10/16/2014 2:51:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (broken right fibula) has a 3-4 month timetable for his return.
Insight: He's no Eric Staal, but fantasy owners will miss his 40-50 points a season.
David Krejci, C, BOS10/15/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Bruins center David Krejci notched his first goal of the season against Detroit.
Insight: He opened up the scoring for Boston, and had a +1 rating, with three shots on goal. Krejci will have a great chance to reach 70 points this season.
Mikael Backlund, C, CAL10/15/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Calgary center Mikael Backlund scored the overtime winner against Chicago.
Insight: It was his first goal of the season, and while he had 18 a season ago, Backlund will continue to make his presence felt with penalty minutes, moving forward.
Craig Smith, C, NAS10/15/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Predators forward Craig Smith had two assists on Tuesday against the Flames.
Insight: Smith finished plus-two on the day with two penalty minutes and five shots on goal. Nashville, however, came back to tie the game and won in a shootout.
Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF10/14/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal in the eighth round of the shootout to defeat the Hurricanes, 4-3.
Insight: Matt Moulson converted the Sabres first shootout opportunity and Chris Terry answered for the Hurricanes in their second shot. The teams then traded shootout misses. Girgensons finally ended the deadlock with a score on Buffalo's eighth shootout chance.
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL10/14/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Seguin scored in the first four minutes of the game and then scored twice in the third period to seal the Stars victory. The final goal to give Seguin a hat trick was an empty netter. Seguin finished with a plus-four rating and six shots on net.
Ryan Johansen, C, CLB10/14/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen scored twice on three shots against the Stars on Tuesday.
Insight: Johansen accounted for both of Columbus' goals on Tuesday as the team lost, 4-2. The center has five points this season and the scores were his first two of the year.
John Tavares, C, NYI10/14/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had a goal and an assist as the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 6-3, on Tuesday.
Insight: Tavares scored at the 15:03 mark in the second period to tie the game, 2-2. The Islanders then scored the first four goals of the third period to turn the game into a rout. Tavares assisted the Islanders' final goal from Nick Leddy.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM10/14/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Kings.
Insight: He missed practice Monday, so this shouldn't be a big surprise. Nugent-Hopkins put up a career-best 56 points last season.
Mike Richards, C, LOS10/14/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Kings forward Mike Richards is set to play on the top line Tuesday with Marian Gaborik sidelined bu injury,
Insight: Playing with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams could make him a nice value Tuesday, though this is obviously a short-term assignment.
Vincent Lecavalier, C, PHI10/14/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Flyers 34-year-old center Vincent Lecavalier is expected to miss two weeks with a lower body injury.
Insight: It's been a few seasons since Lecavlier was an everyday fantasy starter.. Last year, he did play in 69 games, the most since 2009-2010, and he scored just 37 points. An ugly plus/minus of -16 hurts his value.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM10/13/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Center Steven Stamkos came to life on Monday night.
Insight: After going goalless in the first two games of the season, Stamkos recorded a hat trick before the end of the second period. He also had a +1 rating and a ridiculous 12 shots on goal, in Tampa Bay's route over Montreal.
Tyler Toffoli, C, LOS10/13/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: The Kings second line came to play Sunday led by Tyler Toffoli with a goal and assist.
Insight: The 22-year-old along with Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson combined for three goals and three assists and grabbed all three stars.
Bryan Little, C, WIN10/12/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Jets center Bryan Little will look to build off a solid performance from from the Jets' opener.
Insight: After scoring two goals on Thursday against Arizona, Winnipeg was shut out on Saturday night by the Sharks. Little scored two goals in the season-opener, and after producing a career-high 64 points last season, he will have a great opporunity to improve on those numbers in 2014-15.
Henrik Sedin, C, VAN10/12/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Canucks center Henrik Sedin produced two points on Saturday night against Edmonton.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has four points on the season, along with a +2 rating. Sedin is looking to bounce back from a 50-point season, and is off to a strong start.
Patrick Marleau, C, SJS10/12/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: San Jose center Patrick Marleau produces another two points on Saturday against Winnipeg.
Insight: After recording a goal and an assist in the opener, Marleau was back at it again, with another goal and assist, along with four shots on goal. He is now +3 on the season, with two penalty minutes as well.
Jeff Carter, C, LOS10/12/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Kings center Jeff Carter notched his first goal of the 2014-15 season on Saturday night.
Insight: It was his first point of the season as well. Carter was +2 on the night, with four shots on goal, in Los Angeles' overtime loss to Arizona. He should end up around the 50-to-60 point mark by season's end.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT10/12/2014 12:45:00 AM
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin posted a goal and two assists Saturday night.
Insight: Nothing unusual there except that he didn't play all preseason so his fast start is good news.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT10/12/2014 12:43:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and a pair of assists.
Insight: Ho hum. Three goals and three assist in two Penguins wins. What else is new?
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA10/12/2014 12:28:00 AM
Description: Ryan Getzlaf was a huge force on offense Saturday night, taking seven shots and scoring twice.
Insight: It was his first goals of the season, including the game-winner coming with 24 seconds left. We're expecting huge numbers again this season after 87 points in 2013-14.
Tomas Plekanec, C, MONHot10/12/2014 12:11:00 AM
Description: Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored his fourth goal in three games this season.
Insight: Plekanec seems to have more energy since the team took him off penalty killing. He has four goals and an assist with a +4 rating.
John Tavares, C, NYI10/11/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had another solid game with a goal, an assist on three shots.
Insight: The Islanders power play scored two more times tonight. He's been scoring a point-a-game for three seasons so this isn't anything we weren't expecting.
Brock Nelson, C, NYIHot10/11/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson has now scored six points in his first two games after posting a goal and assist Saturday night versus Carolina.
Insight: Perhaps fantasy owners should pay attention to the 22-year-old as he's getting plenty of opportunites on the Islanders second line.
Jiri Tlusty, C, CAR10/11/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty was a busy guy Saturday night taking five shots and scoring on three of them.
Insight: Tlusty has been a solid player the last few seasons, but his 30-38 point totals haven't excited fantasy owners. Let's see if he can continue to play at this level going forward.
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL10/11/2014 1:06:00 PM
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin is expected to play on Saturday night against Nashville according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram.
Insight: Seguin missed practice on Friday due to an illness, but he should play. Stay tuned to get final word at game time.
Matt Duchene, C, COL10/11/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is shuffling his top two lines for the Saturday night rematch against the Wild.
Insight: Colorado opened the season against Minnesota and lost 5-0, so Roy wants to shakes things up. Matt Duchene will move up to the top line to play with Ryan O'Reilly and Jarome Iginla while Gabriel Landeskog will move down to the second line to skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Alex Tanguay. All six forwards are very good, so for fantasy purposes, it really doesn't matter where Roy places there guys.
Andrew Shaw, C, CHI10/11/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: The Blackhaws will use the same lines Saturday as they did in the first game of the season on Thursday.
Insight: That means Andrew Shaw will be on the second line and Brad Richards the third. Shaw's fantasy value wins out over Richards' because the second line features Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad while the third line will be Richards with Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg.
Tomas Plekanec, C, MON10/11/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has relieved Tomas Plekanec of some of his defensive duties, which is paying dividends at the offensive end according to the Montreal Gazette.
Insight: Plekanec had been the first center option for the penalty kill, but Manny Malhotra is healthy and has taken over that role. That allows Plekanec to be much more offensive. He has three goals, seven shots on net and a plus-two rating in the first two games this season.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS10/11/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has impressed the entire Washington organization with his play.
Insight: The Washington Post reports Backstrom is seen as the team locker room leader, and coach Barry Trotz has been really impressed with his play on the ice. Backstrom should get a bundle of power play points, which he led the league in last season, and flirt with a point per game this year.
John Tavares, C, NYI10/10/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had three assists, two penalty minutes and three shots in the season opener against the Hurricanes.
Insight: The Islanders power play was really clicking on opening night. New York scored twice on the man advantage in the first two periods and the one time they did not score on the power play, the Islanders put the puck in the net about a second after the Hurricane penalty expired. All three of Tavares' points came on the power play.
Eric Staal, C, CAR10/10/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored a garbage-time goal on opening night against the Islanders.
Insight: Carolina trailed New York at one point, 5-1, but Chris Terry and Staal scored with under six minutes to go in the third period to cut the deficit in half. The Hurricanes would get no closer. Staal had the goal, three shots on net and was minus-one.
Brock Nelson, C, NYI10/10/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored two goals to help New York score the first three goals against the Hurricanes in the season opener, and the Islanders won, 5-2.
Insight: Two of the first three Islanders' goals came on the power play with the other coming about one second after a Hurricane penalty expired. For all intents and purposes, the Islanders scored all three goals on the man advantage because Carolina still did not have their fifth guy in position. Nelson also added two assists and finished plus-two.
Sam Bennett, C, CAL10/10/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Calgay center Sam Bennett is dealing with a shoulder problem will require surgery and he's expected to miss 4-6 months.
Insight: The 18-year-old has a bright future, but he can be dropped in all but dynasty leagues.


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