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Mark Giordano went for a pair of assists with four shots on goal and three blocked shots over his 25:21 of ice time in Friday's 5-3 loss against the Nashville Predators.

Giordano is off to a great start, posting a goal with six points, a plus-5 rating and 10 blocked shots across his seven outings this season. He is currently on pace for 57 points, which would be one more than his career-best 56 points set during the 2015-16 campaign. He logged 93 hits and 161 blocked shots last season, so if you need help in those areas the Flames rearguard is a solid fantasy option.
Oct 20 - 12:53 AM

Elias Lindholm picked up a goal with a power-play assist, a minus-1 rating, two shots on goal and two hits in Friday's 5-3 loss against the Nashville Predators.

Lindholm is fitting in nicely with his new team, posting five goals with eight points through the first seven contests, including three points (2 G, 1 A) on the man advantage. He has scored a goal in each of the first two games against the Predators this season. Lindholm and his fantasy owners are probably sad the Flames play the Preds just once more, Dec. 8, during the regular season.
Oct 20 - 12:44 AM

Mike Smith allowed four goals on 30 shots in Friday's 5-3 home loss against the Nashville Predators.

The game was tied 3-3 midway through the third period and Nashville's starting netminder Pekka Rinne left with an undisclosed injury. With an ice-cold Juuse Saros coming off the bench, it appeared the home side and Smith would be in good shape. However, Zac Rinaldo roofed one over Smith's right shoulder just a few moments later and the Preds added an empty-netter to hand Smith another loss.
Oct 20 - 12:38 AM

Miikka Salomaki (face) left Friday's game at Calgary in the second period after taking a stick to the face.

Salomaki retreated to the locker room for assistance from the training staff, but was able to return to finish out the game. He was scoreless with a minus-1 rating and one shot in just 5:56 of ice time while losing both of his faceoffs in the circle. There will be better days for Salomaki, who scored last time out against Minnesota. He remains useful only in the deepest of fantasy pools at this juncture.
Oct 20 - 12:33 AM

Kyle Turris picked up a pair of assists with a blocked shot and a hit over 17:38 of ice time in Friday's 5-3 road victory against the Flames.

Turris has posted a power-play goal with three assists during his modest three-game point streak and he has been even or positive in the plus/minus category in each of his seven contests to date. The 29-year-old continues to be a decent depth option in most fantasy pools and he should be in line for another 50-point season in the Music City in 2018-19.
Oct 20 - 12:25 AM

Ryan Ellis picked up a pair of assists with a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal and a blocked shot over 24:11 of ice time in Friday's 5-3 road win at Calgary.

Ellis hasn't lit the lamp through seven contests, he has contributed five helpers while posting a plus-6 rating. In fact, he is even or positive in all seven games this season in the plus/minus department. He is on pace for more than 40 points, which would be a career high. Ellis, who has nine or more goals in each of his past four seasons, will look for his first marker in Edmonton on Saturday.
Oct 20 - 12:22 AM

Zac Rinaldo posted an even-strength goal with 13:29 left in regulation in Friday's 5-3 win on the road against the Calgary Flames and it stood up as the game-winning tally.

Rinaldo picked a great time for his first goal in a Predators sweater, going top shelf over the right shoulder of Mike Smith to propel his team to a victory. He also added four hits across just 6:45 of ice time, making his presence felt despite a small role on the team's fourth line. Despite the late-game heroics he is still only worth using in the very deepest of pools for his help in the hits department.
Oct 20 - 12:18 AM

Filip Forsberg posted an assist on Ryan Johansen's goal just 51 seconds into Friday's 5-3 win in Calgary and he added an empty-net goal to close the scoring.

Forsberg is working on a three-game streak with at least one goal, and he has four goals and six points with a plus-6 rating during his current four-game point streak. The 24-year-old Swede has managed at least one point in six of his team's seven outings this season. He'll look to stay hot heading into Saturday's back-end of the Alberta two-step against the Oilers.
Oct 20 - 12:10 AM

Kevin Fiala picked up a power-play goal with an assist and an even rating in Friday's 5-3 win in Calgary.

Fiala also added three shots, a blocked shot and a minor penalty in 16:41 of ice time as he broke out of his slump. He entered the game with no points over his first six outings. He posted 23 goals and 48 points across 80 contests last season, so he could be ready to rattle off a nice point streak after the ugly start. Next up is a battle with Connor McDavid and the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday.
Oct 20 - 12:07 AM

Juuse Saros did not allow any goals on nine shots in relief of an injured Pekka Rinne (undisclosed) Friday in Calgary and he ended up with the victory.

Rinne exited the game with about 15 minutes to go in regulation and the game tied 3-3. The Flames tested Saros early and often, but he was a brick wall. Zac Rinaldo scored an even-strength goal about two minutes after Saros entered to break a tie and provide the relief backstop with a win. Saros was already scheduled to start Saturday's back-end of a back-to-back in Alberta, so he'll see Connor McDavid and the Oilers in less than 24 hours.
Oct 19 - 11:59 PM

Pekke Rinne (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury in the third period of Friday's game at Calgary.

Rinne appeared to be shaken up after a collision, and he left with just under 15 minutes to go in a 3-3 game. Juuse Saros took over and was tested immediately at point-blank range after the officials did not allow him to take any warm-up shots. Saros was expected to start Saturday in Edmonton, so now he'll get a little warm-up before that outing.
Oct 19 - 11:15 PM

Ben Bishop allowed two goals on 35 shots during Friday's 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

The Stars grabbed the lead early in the third period, as Jason Spezza managed to score the game's first goal. Unfortunately for Bishop and the Stars, the Wild managed to score the next three goals (including an empty-netter). The 31-year-old netminder has now dropped three consecutive starts. He owns a 2-3-0 record with a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this season.
Oct 19 - 10:55 PM

Devan Dubnyk turned aside 33 of 34 shots during Friday's 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

Dubynk blanked the Stars through two periods, but he allowed a goal to Jason Spezza 36 seconds into the third frame that gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at the time. The Wild goaltender can't be blamed for the only goal he allowed, as it came off a deflection. Thankfully for Dubnyk, his teammates picked up the slack offensively by scoring three unanswered goals (Matt Dumba, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise). Dubnyk now has a 3-1-2 record with a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage this season.
Oct 19 - 10:51 PM

Jason Spezza found the back of the net in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Spezza opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the third period when he tipped home a Miro Heiskanen shot from the point. But that's all the Stars offense could muster on this night. The veteran finished the game with an even rating and four shots on goal in 16:19 of ice time. The 35-year-old has picked up three points in his last four games. He's up to one goal and four assists in seven games this season. Spezza is off to a nice start, but don't expect him to carry much value in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:49 PM

Zach Parise scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

Both teams failed to score a goal in the first two periods, but the offenses came to life in the third frame. Parise registered an assist on Matt Dumba's game-tying goal (1-1) at the 9:37 mark of the frame and he added an empty-netter in the final minute of regulation to put the game to bed. Parise finished the night with a plus-2 rating, five shots on goal and five blocked shots in 18:33 of ice time. This was the 34-year-old's fourth multi-point game of the season already. Parise has two goals and nine points in seven games. He's off to a great start, but the biggest question mark will be his health.
Oct 19 - 10:43 PM



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