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Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) will return to the Avalanche lineup on Sunday.

MacKinnon has missed the last eight games because of a shoulder injury, but he took part in Saturday's full practice with his teammates. The Avs forward was a legitimate MVP candidate before suffering the injury, so he'll be a welcomed addition to the lineup. MacKinnon has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. All fantasy owners must insert him back into their lineup starting tomorrow.
Feb 17 - 4:29 PM

Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 30 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Lehner was pulled in favor Chad Johnson at the start of the third period. The Sabres netminder has now lost three games in a row and six of his last seven. He has a 12-22-8 record with a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this season. Lehner won't be a recommended fantasy option down the stretch. Johnson stopped all six shots he faced in relief.
Feb 17 - 3:44 PM

Jonathan Quick turned aside 33 of 35 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Quick shut out the Sabres in the first two periods, but allowed them to score two goals in the final frame. The victory puts an end to his three-game losing streak. The Kings netminder now has a 22-21-2 record with a 2.51 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 3:41 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen found the back of the net in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Ristolainen's third-period tally cut the Sabres' deficit to 4-2 with under four minutes remaining, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. The Sabres blue liner finished the game with two penalty minutes, five shots on goal and one hit in 25:36 of ice time. He now has five goals and 27 points in 50 games this season. Ristolainen has recorded a point in five of his last six contests. Marco Scandella also scored in Buffalo's loss.
Feb 17 - 3:38 PM

Anze Kopitar will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Kopitar scored two goals in 4:04 in the second period to give the Kings 2-0 and 3-0 leads at the time. He finished the game with four shots on goal and two blocked shots in 22:39 of ice time. The 30-year-old has 25 goals and 63 points in 58 games this season. The Kings forward has picked up 10 points in his last seven outings. Michael Amadio also scored a pair of goals in Los Angeles' victory.
Feb 17 - 3:34 PM

Cam Talbot will get the start in Saturday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Talbot has dropped each of his last four decisions. He has a 19-21-2 record with a 3.20 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 3:26 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) is back at practice on Saturday.

He's also wearing a regular jersey, which would indicate that he's closing in on a return. MacKinnon has missed each of Colorado's last eight games. The Avalanche have him listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. He has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. Whenever he returns, he'll be a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

David Perron has been white hot over Vegas' last 14 games.

The veteran winger has registered 19 points over those games (1.36 points per game) and now sits tied for 23rd in NHL scoring with the likes of Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn. Who would have predicted this? Sadly, not us Rotoworld folk.
Feb 17 - 2:30 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury is Vegas' probable starter for Saturday evening's game against Montreal.

Fleury has been tremendous this season posting an 18-6-2 record with a 2.03 GAA and a .933 SP. We keep waiting for the Golden Knights' bubble to burst. We are coming to the realization that may not happen.
Feb 17 - 2:26 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned Keegan Lowe to the minors.

The 24-year-old has two goals and eight assists in 35 games this season. He hasn't played in an NHL game since 2014-15.
Feb 17 - 2:24 PM

Laurent Brossoit has been recalled from the minors on an emergency basis.

Brossoit is being called because Al Montoya was hurt during Friday's practice. He has a 3-7-1 record with a 3.22 goals-against-average and a .886 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 2:21 PM

Jacob Markstrom will get the start in Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Markstrom is coming off a poor performance against his former club, the Panthers, on Wednesday in which he allowed four goals on only 14 shots and was pulled after the first period. It is possible that backup Anders Nilsson, who stopped all 20 shots he faced in relief of Markstrom Wednesday, will get the call Saturday night. Check back with us in an hour or two for an update as the Canucks are on the ice at the moment.
Feb 17 - 2:18 PM

Sam Gagner appears close to full health after recovering from an ankle sprain sustained last week.

Well that was a quick recovery. Gagner was seen skating with the Canucks' training staff prior to the team's practice Saturday morning. If he does not have any complications, we would expect Gagner to rejoin the Vancouver lineup very shortly.
Feb 17 - 2:09 PM

The Sharks have re-assigned Rudolfs Balcers to the AHL.

Balcers has some offensive potential, but he's not really ready to contribute at the NHL level. He will be back.
Feb 17 - 2:05 PM

The San Jose Sharks have been out hit by their opponents in 20 consecutive games.

That's quite a stat. During that span the team has a 10-7-3 record, so it is hard to know if being out muscled has impacted the Sharks' overall results. That said, if I were a San Jose fan, I'd be a tad concerned that might team might not measure up for a playoff run.
Feb 17 - 2:00 PM



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