Defense Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
Kris Letang, D, PIT1/27/2015 9:31:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had a big night in his return on Tuesday, recording an assist on every single Pittsburgh goal.
Insight: Letang had five assists in Pittsburgh's, 5-3, victory over Winnipeg. Three of the assists came in the third period with two of them on the power play and the last one on an empty-net goal. Letang has nine goals and 28 assists in 41 games this season.
Dion Phaneuf, D, TOR1/26/2015 4:02:00 PM
Description: Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf is out for the next few games due to an upper body injury, according to the team's site.
Insight: Phaneuf hould be considered week-to-week. With two goals and 20 assists in 48 games this season, he has low-end fantasy value only.
Kris Letang, D, PIT1/22/2015 3:23:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will undergo further tests for a concussion according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: The All-Star break has hit the Penguins at the right time as the team is on a four-game losing streak and superstars Letang and Evgeni Malkin both suffered injuries on Tuesday. Letang will likely not be available for Pittsburgh's first game back after the break.
Erik Karlsson, D, OTT1/21/2015 9:55:00 PM
Description: Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson scored twice during Wednesday's victory against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: He has now scored three goals over the past two nights. He also had six shots on goal and a plus-one rating during Wednesday's win.
Jacob Trouba, D, WIN1/21/2015 2:36:00 PM
Description: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will return to the ice Wednesday and play next to Jay Harrison.
Insight: Trouba has four goals and 12 assists in 31 games this season, so his fantasy impact is minimal.
Kris Letang, D, PIT1/21/2015 2:30:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: Letang might have suffered a concussion on a hit from Zac Rinaldo on Tuesday. He skated on Wednesday morning, but the medical staff needs to clear him. Despite maybe not playing Wednesday, this is great news considering the violence of the hit from Rinaldo.
Kris Letang, D, PIT1/21/2015 9:42:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left Tuesday's game after taking an illegal hit from Flyers skater Zac Rinaldo.
Insight: Letang did not return. Rinaldo received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. It is possible Rinaldo and Letang both miss significant time, but that is pure speculation at this point. Check back later for updates on both players.
Dougie Hamilton, D, BOS1/21/2015 9:03:00 AM
Description: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist versus the Stars on Tuesday.
Insight: Hamilton also finished plus-two and led the team with four shots on goal. Hamilton sealed the Boston victory with a power-play goal in the third period. Hamilton has eight goals and 18 assists in 47 games this season.
P.K. Subban, D, MON1/20/2015 10:29:00 PM
Description: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban netted the overtime winner Tuesday against the Predators.
Insight: He also had an assist and two shots on goal. Subban now has 11 goals and 31 points through 45 games. Needless to say, that is solid for a defenseman.
Erik Karlsson, D, OTT1/20/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson scored a goal during Tuesday's overtime loss to the Rangers.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal and a minus-one rating. Karlsson now has nine goals and 31 points through 45 games.
Nick Leddy, D, NYI1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy had a goal and an assist versus the Flyers.
Insight: Leddy recorded four shots on net and led the Islanders with a plus-four rating in the, 7-4, victory over Philadelphia. Leddy has seven goals and 14 assists this season.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI1/18/2015 10:54:00 PM
Description: Arizona blueliner Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal on Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: He also had five shots on goal, and now has 12 goals and 21 points, but also a minus-14 rating through 45 games this season.
Anton Stralman, D, TAM1/17/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman posted two points on Saturday night.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, but was also minus-one on the night. Stralman should be owned everywhere, as he has 22 points and a plus-13 rating through 47 games.
Justin Faulk, D, CAR1/17/2015 10:04:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk recorded two points during Saturday's victory against the Senators.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with six shots and a plus-three rating. Faulk now has a solid eight goals and 26 points, but is also minus-15 through 45 games.
Mark Streit, D, PHI1/17/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Flyers defenseman Mark Streit scored a goal during Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Insight: Streit has been very good this season, and now has six goals and 32 points through 46 games.
Erik Karlsson, D, OTT1/15/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson scored his eighth goal of the season on Thursday.
Insight: Karlsson had a nice game with four shots on net, scoring the one goal and posting a plus-two rating versus the Canadiens. He has 22 assists to go with the eight goals in 43 games this season.
Tyson Barrie, D, COL1/15/2015 10:15:00 PM
Description: Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie had a goal and an assist on Thursday versus the Panthers.
Insight: Barrie recorded three shots on net, scoring within the first three minutes of the game. Barrie has four goals and 24 assists this season.
Ryan Suter, D, MIN1/14/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: The NFL has suspended Wild defenseman Ryan Suter two games for elbowing Penguins forward Steve Downie on Tuesday.
Insight: Suter clearly stuck his elbow out and hit Downie in the face Tuesday, which knocked Downie out of the game. Downie did not return, and it was a concern that perhaps he had a concussion, but he is expected to play on Friday. Downie missed time last season with a concussion. Suter will be back next Monday. He recorded an assist and was +4 on the evening. Suter has only four points thus far, but that number is bound to steadily increase.
John Klingberg, D, DAL1/14/2015 9:28:00 AM
Description: Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored twice during Tuesday's victory over the Senators.
Insight: He now has nine goals, 15 points, and a plus-nine rating this season. Klingberg is not a relevant fantasy option.

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