NHL Player Notes 100 Most Recent Posts
Mikko Koivu, C, MIN 10/30/2014 10:58:00 PM Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu scored a goal on Thursday night against San Jose.
Insight: He was also +1 with eight shots on goal. However, Koivu now only has two gaols and no assists on the season, and will need to produce a lot more, in order to be a relevant fantasy player.
Joe Thornton, C, SJS 10/30/2014 10:57:00 PM Description: Sharks center Joe Thornton scored a goal and was +1 on the night, against the Wild. Insight: Thornton keeps producing, as he now has 11 points on the season, and as long as he can stay healthy, 70 points is not out of his range.
Antti Niemi, G, SJS 10/30/2014 10:56:00 PM Description: Sharks netminder Antti Niemi Niemi- played well thursday against Minnesota. Insight: He stopped 43-of-46 shots, and is firmly entrenched as the team's number one goaltender.
Jake Allen, G, STL 10/30/2014 10:33:00 PM Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen pitched a shutout during his third start of the season, against the Ducks. Insight: It was a nice outing for Allen, who stopped all 24 shots he faced, giving St. Louis reason to possibly give him the nod next time out.
Bobby Ryan, LW, OTT 10/30/2014 10:20:00 PM Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan scored a goal on Thursday. Insight: He has been off to a slow start, but hopefully his third goal of the season will get catapult him into a hot streak.
Marian Hossa, RW, CHI 10/30/2014 10:18:00 PM Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa broke out of his slump on Thursday. Insight: He had only three points coming into the game, but recorded one goal and one assist, along with a +2 rating and four shots on goal. Owners will hope that this gets Hossa rolling.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI 10/30/2014 10:18:00 PM Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored two goals Thursday against Ottawa. Insight: Toews now has four goals, and eight points overall. Look for this game to get him going.
Roberto Luongo, G, FLA 10/30/2014 10:11:00 PM Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played well in Thursday's win over Arizona. Insight: He stopped 31-of-32 shots on goal, and has been a bright spot for Florida this season. Luongo is now 3-2-2.
Mike Smith, G, ARI 10/30/2014 10:10:00 PM Description: Phoenix goalie Mike Smith suffered his fifth loss of the season, Thursday against the Panthers. Insight: He made 24 saves on 26 shots, but it was not enough. Smith is 2-5-0 on the season, but owners should expect some wins to come soon.
Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI 10/30/2014 10:06:00 PM Description: Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek continued his breakout season, in Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay. Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with five shots on goal. Voracek now has 15 points already this season, and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM 10/30/2014 10:05:00 PM Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos had a big game against Philadelphia. Insight: He had two goals, one assist, a +1 rating, and seven shots on goal. Stamkos is clearly on of the best players in the NHL.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM 10/30/2014 10:04:00 PM Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop picked up his sixth win of the season. Insight: He is now 6-1-1 after stopping 24-of-27 shots against the Flyers. Bishop will continue to be a solid option in net.
Ray Emery, G, PHI 10/30/2014 10:03:00 PM Description: Flyers goalie Ray Emery could not continue his stellar play on Thursday. Insight: He had won his previous three starts, but fell to Tampa Bay on Thursday. Steve Mason will most likely get the nod, next time out.
Tyler Ennis, LW, BUF 10/30/2014 9:49:00 PM Description: Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored a goal in Thursday's loss to Boston. Insight: He had an assist and three shots on goal as well, but was -1 on the night. It was Ennis' first assist of the season, and he will need to pick it up, to be considered a reliable fantasy option.
Brad Marchand, LW, BOS 10/30/2014 9:47:00 PM Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand recorded three points in Thursday's win over the Sabres. Insight: He had two goals and one assist, along with a +3 rating and four shots on goal. It was Marchand's best game of the season, and he now has six points overall.
Cory Schneider, G, NJD 10/30/2014 9:46:00 PM Description: Devils goaltender Corey Schneider earned a shootout victory Thursday against the Jets. Insight: He made 24 saves on 25 shots, and is now 5-3-2. Schneider will continue to be a solid option in net, moving forward.
Ondrej Pavelec, G, WIN 10/30/2014 9:44:00 PM Description: Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec played well on Thursday night. Insight: He stopped 27-of-28 shots on goal, but fell in a shootout to the Devils. Pacelec is now 4-4-1 on the season.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT 10/30/2014 9:42:00 PM Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury posted a shutout on Thursday versus Los Angeles. Insight: He played extremely well, stopping all 35 shots. Fleury is now 6-2-0. on the young season.
Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT 10/30/2014 9:40:00 PM Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored two goals in Thursday's win over the Kings. Insight: He added an assist as well, and now has five goals and 10 points on the season. Kunitz is in line for a big season.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS 10/29/2014 10:03:00 PM Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby took his second loss of the seasn, Wednesday against Detroit. Insight: He let up four goals on only 22 shots, but owners do not need to worry yet. Holtby will look to get back on track, next time out.
Jimmy Howard, G, DET 10/29/2014 10:01:00 PM Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 25-of-27 shots for the win over the Capitals. Insight: He is now 4-1-2, and should be considered a solid fantasy option in net, moving forward.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET 10/29/2014 10:00:00 PM Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win. Insight: It was only his second goal and fifth points of the season. Datsyuk was also +2 on the night, making him even on the season, and owners are hoping that Wednesday's performance gets him rolling.
Justin Abdelkader, RW, DET 10/29/2014 9:58:00 PM Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader notched three points in Wednesday's win over Washington. Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with three shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Abdelkader now has five goals and eight points, and has been a nice surprise early this season.
Torey Krug, D, BOS 10/29/2014 3:56:00 PM Description: Bruins defensemen Torey Krug will be sidelined for two-to-three weeks with a broken finger according to nhl.com. Insight: Krug suffered the injury in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Wild. Krug has two goals and four assists in 11 games. Boston will continue to struggle defensively without Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and now Krug.
Jiri Tlusty, C, CAR 10/29/2014 10:53:00 AM Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty continues to be productive despite his horrible team. Insight: Tlusty scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday. He has seven points this season, but he is minus-three, mostly due to the fact his team has yet to win a game. Carolina is 0-6-2.
Brad Richardson, C, VAN 10/29/2014 10:51:00 AM Description: Canucks winger Brad Richardson scored twice on Tuesday against the Hurricanes. Insight: It was Richardson's first two goals of the season. Despite the sudden production, don't expect much from Richardson going forward. He had just eight goals and nine assists in 62 games last season.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN 10/29/2014 10:48:00 AM Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller allowed one goal on 30 shots as Vancouver won, 4-1. Insight: Miller is off to a hot start at 6-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .916 save percentage. His percentage only went up on Tuesday.
Logan Couture, C, SJS 10/29/2014 10:46:00 AM Description: Sharks center Logan Couture scored to tie the game against the Avalanche on Tuesday as San Jose won in a shoot out, 3-2. Insight: Couture scored on a pass from Justin Braun and Tommy Wingels. It was Couture's fifth goal of the season. He had six shots on net on Tuesday.
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL 10/29/2014 10:44:00 AM Description: Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored and posted a plus-one rating on Tuesday against the Sharks. Insight: Landeskog scored early in the third period to give Colorado a, 2-1, lead. San Jose tied it minutes later and won in a shoot out. Landeskog had five shots on net.
Antti Niemi, G, SJS 10/29/2014 10:42:00 AM Description: Sharks netminder Antti Niemi stopped 31-of-33 shots against the Avalanche as San Jose beat Colorado, 3-2, in a shootout. Insight: Niemi has been a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners this season. He is 5-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Semyon Varlamov, G, COL 10/29/2014 10:40:00 AM Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 49 saves against the Sharks on Tuesday but lost. Insight: Varlamov and the Avalanche were clinging to a 2-1 lead when Logan Couture scored in the third period to tie the game. The Sharks won in a shoot out, 3-2. Despite the loss, Varlamov posted a .961 save percentage.
Jonas Hiller, G, CAL 10/29/2014 10:24:00 AM Description: Flames goalie Jonas Hiller stopped 18-of-19 shots against the Canadiens, but it wasn't enough to earn a victory. Insight: Montreal goalie Carey Price was even better than Hiller was. With the score tied, 1-1, the game entered the shoot out where Price shut down the Flames, and Hiller yielded one goal.
Carey Price, G, MON 10/29/2014 10:22:00 AM Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price carried Montreal to victory against the Flames on Tuesday. Insight: Price stopped 37-of-38 shots for a .974 save percentage while the Canadiens mustered only 10 shots on goal even including overtime. Montreal, however, scored the lone shoot out goal and won, 2-1.
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL 10/29/2014 10:20:00 AM Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Blues. Insight: Seguin was also plus-two with six shots on goal. It was his penalty, however, in overtime, that led the game-winning goal for the Blues.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL 10/29/2014 10:18:00 AM Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal on the power play on Tuesday against the Stars. Insight: Stars forward Tyler Seguin took a penalty just 14 seconds into overtime to send St. Louis to the man advantage.Tarasenko scored on a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo for the game-winner. Tarasenko finished the game with a hat trick.
John Gibson, G, ANA 10/29/2014 10:14:00 AM Description: Ducks goalie John Gibson shutout the Blackhawks on Tuesday, stopping all 38 shots he faced, for his first shutout of the season. Insight: Gibson allowed six goals in the season opener against Pittsburgh, but voluntarily went down to the minors to work on a few things. Apparently he fixed the problems. Gibson is a must-add in all standard formats.
Brian Boyle, C, NYR 10/28/2014 10:37:00 PM Description: Lightning center Brian Boyle scored twice on Tuesday. Insight: Boyle scored an unassisted goal in the second period and a goal from J.T. Brown and Anton Stralman in the third. Boyle has three goals this season.
Mike Smith, G, ARI 10/28/2014 10:35:00 PM Description: Phoenix goalie Mike Smith had a game to forget. Insight: Smith allowed six goals on 33 shots. That's a .818 save percentage. That will certainly hurt the goalie categories in roto leagues.
Nikita Kucherov, RW, TAM 10/28/2014 10:33:00 PM Description: Lightning center Nikita Kucherov had a hat trick on Tuesday versus the Coyotes. Insight: Kucherov scored once per period and finished with a plus-two rating on the night. He scored all the game at even strength. Kucherov has four goals this season.
Phil Kessel, RW, TOR 10/28/2014 10:31:00 PM Description: Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Sabres. Insight: Kessel had five shots on goal and finished plus-one. He has five goals and five assists this season.
Michal Neuvirth, G, BUF 10/28/2014 10:29:00 PM Description: Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed four goals on 37 shots against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Insight: It was just a sad performance overall from Buffalo, who only mustered 10 shots on net. Neuvirth can't be counted on in fantasy if his team is not going to support him at all.
Jonathan Bernier, G, TOR 10/28/2014 10:28:00 PM Description: Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier faced just 10 shots and stopped them all against the Sabres. Insight: Bernier was sharp even with his light work load, and it was just a poor showing from Buffalo. It was Bernier's first shutout of the season.
Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN 10/28/2014 10:24:00 PM Description: Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom won his first game of the season as Minnesota came back to defeat Boston on Tuesday, 4-3. Insight: Backstrom started in place of Darcy Kuemper after Kuemper yielded five goals in the third period on Monday. Backstrom allowed three goals through two periods versus the Bruins, but the Wild scored three in the third period and Backstrom held Boston scoreless.
Zach Parise, LW, MIN 10/28/2014 10:21:00 PM Description: Wild left winger Zach Parise scored his fourth goal of the season to jump start a Minnesota comeback against Boston on Tuesday. Insight: Parise scored the first of three straight Wild goals as Minnesota won, 4-3. This comes just one day after the Wild allowed five goals in a third period collapse against the Rangers.
Seth Griffith, C, BOS 10/28/2014 10:21:00 PM Description: Bruins center Seth Griffith scored two goals and an assist on Tuesday against the Wild. Insight: Griffith was involved on every Bruins goal, but the Wild erased a two-goal deficit to win, 4-3. Griffith was even with two shots.
Erik Karlsson, D, OTT 10/28/2014 10:17:00 PM Description: Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson scored and had an assist on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. Insight: Karlsson has three goals and four assists this season.
Curtis McElhinney, G, CLB 10/28/2014 10:15:00 PM Description: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney was not good in his first start after given the starting role due to Sergei Bobrovsky's injury. Insight: McElhinney stopped just 29 shots and allowed five goals. The Blue jackets, the sleeper pick in the Metropolitan division, are in seventh place, in front of just the winless Hurricanes.
Clarke MacArthur, LW, OTT 10/28/2014 10:09:00 PM Description: Senators left winger Clarke MacArthur scored twice and added an assist in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets. Insight: MacArthur scored on the power play to tie the score, 1-1, in the first period. MacArthur then scored the final goal of the game in the third period. He finished plus-two with three shots on net.
John Tavares, C, NYI 10/28/2014 10:06:00 PM Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his fourth goal of the season Tuesday. Insight: Tavares scored on the power play as New York notched the final two goals of the second period on the man advantage to tie the game. Winnepeg, however, won on Andrew Ladd's score in the third period.
Andrew Ladd, LW, WIN 10/28/2014 10:04:00 PM Description: Winnipeg left wing Andrew Ladd scored twice on Tuesday. Insight: Ladd tied the game on the power play in the first two minutes of the second period and then scored the game-winner at the 3:31 mark of the third period. Ladd has four goals this season.
Brock Nelson, C, NYI Hot 10/28/2014 10:02:00 PM Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson was a force on the power play Tuesday night. Insight: Nelson scored the first goal of the game on the man advantage less than two minutes into the contest. He then added an assist on John Tavares' power-play score. Nelson has six goals and six assists this season.
Ray Emery, G, PHI 10/28/2014 9:58:00 PM Description: Flyers goalie Ray Emery captured a victory on Tuesday against the Kings. Insight: Emery made 38 saves as the Flyers won in overtime, 3-2. He is 4-0-1 this season.
Jonathan Quick, G, LOS Hot 10/28/2014 9:57:00 PM Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 40 saves, but lost to the Flyers on Tuesday. Insight: Quick stopped 40-of-43 shots and lost 3-2. Quick is still having a stellar start at 5-1-2 with a 1.75 GAA and .950 save percentage.
Brayden Schenn, C, PHI 10/28/2014 9:51:00 PM Description: Flyers center Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning goal on Tuesday against the Kings. Insight: Schenn scored an unassisted goal at the 2:36 mark of overtime as Philadelphia won, 3-2. The goal was his third of the season.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT 10/28/2014 9:49:00 PM Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a sub-par outing on Tuesday against the Devils. Insight: He stopped just 16-of-19 shots, but the Penguins won, 8-3. Fleury looked a lot better in the last 35 minutes of the game. He helped Pittsburgh kill three penalties and one goal he allowed was a break away, so he really can't be blamed for that.
Scott Clemmensen, G, FLA 10/28/2014 9:45:00 PM Description: Devils backup goalie Scott Clemmensen played the third period against the Penguins on Tuesday and allowed three goals. Insight: He replaced Corey Schneider who posted a .783 save percentage through two periods. Clemmensen was even worse, allowing three goals on seven shots. Two of the goals came on the power play.
Patric Hornqvist, RW, NAS Hot 10/28/2014 9:43:00 PM Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored and had an assist on Tuesday against the Devils. Insight: Pittsburgh scored seven unanswered goals and won, 8-3. The Penguins were 3-for-6 on the power play. Hornqvist's points, however, came at even strength. He was plus-two with two shots.
Dainius Zubrus, RW, NJD 10/28/2014 9:41:00 PM Description: Devils winger Dainius Zubrus scored just nine seconds into the game against the Penguins on Tuesday. Insight: Zubrus took a slap shot off a pass from Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr. His shot beat Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on his glove side. It was Zubrus' second goal of the season.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT 10/28/2014 9:39:00 PM Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored two goals against the Devils on Tuesday. Insight: Pittsburgh scored, incredibly, the last seven goals of the game to beat New Jersey, 8-3. Crosby scored at the end of the second period and then the final goal of the contest with just over three minutes left. The captain finished with a plus-two rating and six shots. Crosby has seven goals this season.
Cory Schneider, G, NJD 10/28/2014 9:14:00 PM Description: The only person chased faster than Devils goaltender Corey Schneider on Tuesday was Giants Game 6 starter Jake Peavy. Insight: Schneider did not return to the ice after giving up five goals through two periods. He stopped just 18 shots for a .783 save percentage. Scott Clemmensen replaces Schneider in net.
Lauri Korpikoski, C, ARI 10/28/2014 9:09:00 PM Description: Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski left Tuesday's game against the Lightning after blocking a shot. Insight: Korpikoski blocked a shot with the outside of his foot and went into the locker room.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL 10/28/2014 5:46:00 PM Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko is available for Tuesday's game. Insight: Tarasenko was considered questionale with an illness, but he stil good to go. He has a goal and four assists in seven games this season.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS 10/28/2014 5:44:00 PM Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are no longer on the same line. Insight: Washington moved rookie winger Andre Burakovsky to the top line to play next to Ovechkin and Joel Ward. Backstrom will play alongside Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer on the second line. We still expect Backstrom and Ovechkin to reunite on the same line at some point this season.
He gave Washington a two-goal lead early in the third period, and was also +1 on the night. Backstrom now has seven points on the season, and looks destined for a solid 2014-15 campaign.
Brian Elliott, G, STL 10/28/2014 5:42:00 PM Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start between the pipes on Tuesday.
Insight: Elliott has been great in net this season, posting a 1.78 GAA and a .922 save percentage, but he is just 2-2-1.
John Gibson, G, ANA 10/28/2014 5:40:00 PM Description: Ducks goalie John Gibson will start on Tuesday against the Blackhawks. Insight: This is Gibson's second start in three games. He stopped 16-of-17 shots in a victory over Columbus on Friday. If you need a streaming goalie on Tuesday, Gibson is your guy.
Andre Burakovsky, LW, WAS 10/28/2014 5:04:00 PM Description: Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky will play on the top line Wednesday. Insight: That means he will play with Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward. Burakovsky has gotten off to a great start this season with five goals and seven points. He is worth picking up in standard leagues.
Eric Staal, C, CAR 10/28/2014 5:01:00 PM Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal has been activated off the injured reserve list. Insight: Staal has missed the last five games. Carolina needs him back desperately as the team has yet to win a game this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CLB 10/28/2014 4:52:00 PM Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been placed on injured reserve. Insight: Bobrovsky is expected to miss up to two weeks due to a fractured finger. Bobrovsky is 4-4 with a 2.81 GAA and .908 save percentage. Curtis McElhinney will start Tuesday.
Darcy Kuemper, G, MIN 10/27/2014 9:39:00 PM Description: Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper had a rough third period in Monday's loss to the Rangers. Insight: Kuemper had a shutout through two periods, but ended up giving up five goals in the third. He ended up saving only 15 shots, and suffered his second loss of the season. He is now 4-2-0.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR 10/27/2014 9:39:00 PM Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 30 shots on Monday against the Wild. Insight: Lundqvist struggled again versus Minnesota on Monday, but his team bailed him out with five third-period goals. Lundqvist finished with 26 saves and the victory to improve to 5-3.
Mats Zuccarello, LW, NYR 10/27/2014 9:38:00 PM Description: Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarello scored a goal and two assists with a plus-three rating on Monday night against the Wild. Insight: It was Zuccarello's first score of the season. The great plus/minus rating also helps Zuccarello's season numbers. He was minus-five coming into the game. Zuccarello was instrumental in the New York comeback against Minnesota. The Rangers scored all five goals in the third period.
Jason Pominville, RW, MIN 10/27/2014 9:37:00 PM Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville scored his third goal of the season. Insight: He now has four points over the past three games, and owners are hoping this gets Pominville going for an extended period of time.
Derick Brassard, C, NYR 10/27/2014 9:35:00 PM Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard scored and had two assists in Monday's game against the Wild. Insight: Brassard also had a plus-three rating. The Rangers erased a 3-0 and 4-2 leads to win, 5-4. Brassard has four goals and three assists this season.
Matt Cooke, LW, MIN 10/27/2014 9:35:00 PM Description: Minnesota winger Matt Cooke notched two points in Monday's loss to the Rangers. Insight: He had one goal and one assist, along with a +1 rating. Cooke now has five points, and should be able to get around 50 points by season's end.
Jeff Carter, C, LOS 10/27/2014 7:18:00 PM Description: Kings center Jeff Carter scored six points in two games to earn the NHL first star of the week. Insight: He scored two goals and four assists last week. Carter has 12 points and a plus-12 rating in eight games to start the season.
Frans Nielsen, C, NYI 10/27/2014 6:47:00 PM Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen scored four goals and an assist in three games last week. Insight: Nielsen scored a hat trick on Saturday's game against the Stars. The great three games allowed him to earn the NHL's third star of the week.
Olli Maatta, D, PIT 10/27/2014 6:42:00 PM Description: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will play in all three home games this week according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Insight: Maatta will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on his neck, but until the surgery, he will play. Maatta is expected to miss four weeks after the surgery.
Eric Staal, C, CAR 10/27/2014 6:39:00 PM Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal has called himself ready to play. Insight: He said he would play against the Canucks on Tuesday. Staal had a goal and an assist in two games before going out with an upper-body injury.
Karri Ramo, G, CAL 10/26/2014 10:21:00 AM Description: Flames goalie Karri Ramo made 27 saves, but took the loss om Saturday against the Capitals. Insight: He faced 30 shots on goal, and is now 2-2-1 with a 2.37 GAA and .914 save percentage. Ramo should only be considered an option for owners, as a last resort type of play.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS 10/26/2014 10:19:00 AM Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby made 20 saves, to help the Capitals earn a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. Insight: He is now 3-1-1 with a solid 1.92 GAA and .922 save percentage. Fantasy owners who gambled on Holtby later in drafts, have it paying off nicely early on.
Dennis Wideman, D, CAL 10/26/2014 10:17:00 AM Description: Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman scored his fifth goal of the season,in Saturday's loss to Washington. Insight: It was Calgary's only goal on the night, but fantasy owners do not mind. Wideman is off to a solid start offensively, with six total points, and those owners need to make sure he is in all lineups.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS 10/26/2014 10:13:00 AM Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the season. Insight: He gave Washington a two-goal lead early in the third period, and was also +1 on the night. Backstrom now has seven points on the season, and looks destined for a solid 2014-15 campaign.
Joel Ward, RW, WAS 10/26/2014 10:11:00 AM Description: Washington right wing Joel Ward recorded two goals and four shots on goal in Saturday's victory over Calgary. Insight: He now has four goals on the season, and if owners left Ward undrafted, he is a viable waiver candidate, for everyone in need of a goal-scorer.
Mike Smith, G, ARI 10/26/2014 10:09:00 AM Description: Phoenix goalie Mike Smith picked up his second win of the season, Saturday against the Panthers. Insight: He made 23 saves in a 2-1 victory, and is now 2-3-0 with a supbar 3.80 GAA and .867 save percentage. However, owners should expect his numbers to improve over the next few weeks.
Roberto Luongo, G, FLA 10/26/2014 10:07:00 AM Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well, but ultimately fell to the Coyotes on Saturday night. Insight: He stopped 39-of-41 shots on goal in a 2-1 loss. Luongo is now 2-2-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He is clearly the top option in Florida, but his wins will be limited, as the team will struggle to stay consistent.
Keith Yandle, D, ARI 10/26/2014 10:04:00 AM Description: Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle continued his solid early-season play. Insight: He had two assists and seven shots on goal, and now has eight points on the season. Yandle will continue to give solid production, from a fantasy standpoint.
Brian Elliott, G, STL 10/25/2014 10:54:00 PM Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up only his second win of the season, Saturday versus Chicago.
Insight: He made 25 saves in a -2 victory. Elliott is now 2-2-1, amd fantasy owners are praying this gets the Blues' netminder going.
Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL 10/25/2014 10:52:00 PM Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored his fifth goal of the season. Insight: After recording a hat trick three games ago, Schwartz was able to light the lamp again. He now has eight points, and has been a nice find for fantasy owners, across the country.
Patrick Sharp, LW, CHI 10/25/2014 10:50:00 PM Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp notched two points on Saturday against the Blues. Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has eight points on the season. Sharp will continue to produce well for fantasy owners, as he plays on one of the best offensive teams in the league
Jason Pominville, RW, MIN 10/25/2014 10:42:00 PM Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville notched two assists and a +2 rating Saturday against Tampa Bay. Insight: He helped Minnesota win 7-2, and owners are hoping that Saturday's contest gets Pominville going. He now has five points, and will need to pick up his game, for him to be a reliable fantasy player.
Ryan Suter, D, MIN 10/25/2014 10:40:00 PM Description: Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had a solid night on Saturday. Insight: 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.
Zach Parise, LW, MIN 10/25/2014 10:39:00 PM Description: Minnesota left wing Zach Parise had two points and five shots in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay. Insight: He was also +2 on the night, and now has seven points and a +8 rating on the season. Parise looks to be in fine form.
Darcy Kuemper, G, MIN 10/25/2014 10:38:00 PM Description: Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper earned another win Saturday against the Lightning. Insight: After posting shutouts in two of his previous three starts, Kuemper let up two goals on 19 shots. He is now 4-1-0, and is stating his case for the startiong goalie job in Minnesota.
Evgeni Nabokov, G, TAM 10/25/2014 10:35:00 PM Description: Lightning netminder Evgeni Nabokov started, but was pulled in the first period, Saturday against Minnesota. Insight: He let up four goals on only eight shots, before Ben Bishop took over. Bishop was not much better, as he turned away 11 shots on 14 chances. Bishop will remain the starter, moving forward.
Pekka Rinne, G, NAS 10/25/2014 10:30:00 PM Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne took his first loss in regulation, of the season. Insight: It was also Nashville's first regulation loss as well. Rinne made 23 saves in a 3-0 loss, and is now 5-1-1 on the season. Rinne will continue to be an elite option in net, for fantasy owners.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT 10/25/2014 10:28:00 PM Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury shut out Nashville for fourth win of the season. Insight: He made 25 saves and is now 4-2-0, after winning three of his past four starts.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT 10/25/2014 10:26:00 PM Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his third goal of the season. Insight: He helped Pittsburgh win 3-0, and now has three goals and nine points thus far. Malkin is showing no ill-effects of missing the preseason.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT 10/25/2014 10:25:00 PM Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby recorded three points in Saturday's win over Nashville. Insight: He had a goal and two assists, along with a +1 rating and two shots on goal. Crosby now has 12 points on the season, and will continue to be one of the best players in the game.
Cory Schneider, G, NJD 10/25/2014 10:12:00 PM Description: Devils netminder Cory Schneider picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday against the Senators. Insight: He stopped 33-of-35 shots on goal, and is now 4-2-2 on the season. Schneider will continue to be a solid fantasy option in net.
Bobby Ryan, LW, OTT 10/25/2014 10:10:00 PM Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan forced overtime with his second goal of the season. Insight: Ottawa ended up losing 3-2, but hopefully this goal will get Ryan going, as he now only has three points on the season.