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  • K'Andre Miller NYR D
    Rangers' K'Andre Miller: Assists on empty-netter
    5m ago

    Miller had an assist, two shots and a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Miller got the secondary helper on Artemi Panarin's empty-netter, which capped the scoring. The helper was Miller's third in his last five games, but he hasn't posted a multi-point game or scored a goal since a two-goal, three-point offensive outburst against the Capitals on Dec. 27. Miller occasionally shows flashes of brilliance offensively, but his lack of a signature performance over the last two months is due in part to lack of opportunities on the power play -- all but one of Miller's 23 points this season have come at even strength, and the other was scored shorthanded.

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  • Jacob Trouba NYR D
    Rangers' Jacob Trouba: Dishes helper in Wednesday's win
    10m ago

    Trouba had an assist, three shots, two blocked shots, one hit and a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Trouba showed off his two-way ability Wednesday, even though the physical blueliner's hit total was lighter than usual. His helper came on the second of New York's empty-netters, as Trouba moved the puck to Artemi Panarin, who lifted the puck into the vacated net from the Rangers' blue line to round out the scoring. Asked to play more of a stay-at-home role in New York, Trouba has come nowhere near his 2018-19 career high of 50 points with the Jets since joining the Rangers, and he's at 21 points through 58 games in 2023-24.

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  • Cole Sillinger CLB C
    Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Scores team's lone goal in loss
    17m ago

    Sillinger scored a goal on four shots, blocked three shots and added three hits in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    Sillinger gave Columbus some hope when he scored on a rebound after Igor Shesterkin gave the puck away behind the Rangers' net in the third period, but the Blue Jackets were unable to solve Shesterkin the rest of the night. The goal was Sillinger's ninth, and the 20-year-old forward is up to 21 points through 53 games, putting him on pace to finish right around his rookie season total of 31 points from 2021-22.

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  • Elvis Merzlikins CLB G
    Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Solid showing in loss at MSG
    21m ago

    Merzlikins allowed two goals on 28 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    After ending New York's 10-game winning streak with a 29-save effort Sunday, Merzlikins was similarly sharp Wednesday, but he didn't get as much goal support with the Rangers turning back to starter Igor Shesterkin rather than backup Jonathan Quick. After stopping all 17 shots he faced in the first period, Merzlikins was beaten twice in the second, and the Rangers scored twice into an empty net to pull away late in the third. The loss dropped Merzlikins' record to 11-13-7, and he's likely to maintain a sub-.500 record while backstopping a rebuilding Blue Jackets team.

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  • Chris Kreider NYR LW
    Rangers' Chris Kreider: Third straight 30-goal season
    28m ago

    Kreider had an empty-net goal and a power-play assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Kreider set up Adam Fox's power-play tally in the second period as the Rangers took a 2-0 lead, then scored his 30th goal of the season into an empty net to reestablish the two-goal lead at 3-1 in the third. The late-blooming winger has reached the 30-goal mark in each of the last three seasons after failing to previously hit that milestone in a career that started in the 2012 postseason. Of Kreider's 295 career regular-season goals, 118 have come since the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

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  • Artemi Panarin NYR LW
    Rangers' Artemi Panarin: Adds to career high goal total
    34m ago

    Panarin scored two goals and added an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Panarin opened the scoring in the second period with a mix of luck and skill, as he took advantage of a fortuitous bounce off the linesman's skate after a faceoff and fired the puck five-hole on Elvis Merzlikins. His other two points came late in the third period after Columbus pulled Merzlikins for an extra skater, as Panarin unselfishly dished the puck to Chris Kreider to make it 3-1 before scoring the game's final goal from his own blue line. Panarin's up to 35 goals on the season, having topped his previous career high by three with 22 games to go.

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  • Cole Sillinger CLB C
    Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Scores team's lone goal in loss
    17m ago

    Sillinger scored a goal on four shots, blocked three shots and added three hits in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    Sillinger gave Columbus some hope when he scored on a rebound after Igor Shesterkin gave the puck away behind the Rangers' net in the third period, but the Blue Jackets were unable to solve Shesterkin the rest of the night. The goal was Sillinger's ninth, and the 20-year-old forward is up to 21 points through 53 games, putting him on pace to finish right around his rookie season total of 31 points from 2021-22.

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  • Logan Stankoven DAL C
    Stars' Logan Stankoven: Sent down Wednesday
    2h ago

    Stankoven was sent down to AHL Texas on Wednesday, per CapFriendly.

    This is likely a paper move for the Stars to buy some time to balance their roster and cap situation following the team's acquisition of Chris Tanev on Wednesday. Stankoven has three points over three NHL games and will likely be on the NHL roster ahead of Thursday's contest versus the Jets since the Stars have only 11 healthy forwards available after Wednesday's moves.

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  • Jonathan Huberdeau CGY C
    Flames' Jonathan Huberdeau: Nabs helper in win
    8h ago

    Huberdeau posted an assist and five shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

    Huberdeau has five points over his last four games, and he's up to three goals and eight assists through 10 February outings. The 30-year-old has made significant progress compared to December, when he had one point in 13 games. That bad month has spoiled his season-long production -- nine goals, 28 assists over 58 appearances -- but fantasy managers who bought in early during his resurgence have benefited from his steady offense in 2024.

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  • Mikael Backlund CGY C
    Flames' Mikael Backlund: Deposits empty-netter
    8h ago

    Backlund scored an empty-net goal on four shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

    Backlund earned his fourth point in the last six games with his empty-netter. He's gone 16 contests without a multi-point effort, picking up six points and 47 shots on net in that span. The 34-year-old's ice time has remained fairly steady in February despite the trade of Elias Lindholm to the Canucks. Backlund has 30 points, 165 shots on net, 51 hits and a plus-11 rating over 59 appearances and should function as a top-six forward for the remainder of the campaign.

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  • Blake Coleman CGY C
    Flames' Blake Coleman: Tallies in Tuesday's win
    9h ago

    Coleman scored a goal on six shots, went plus-2 and blocked three shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

    Coleman gave the Flames their first lead with a goal at 13:52 of the second period. That's his third goal in the last four games. The 32-year-old seems to be heating up again after a stretch of a modest five points in 10 outings from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17. Coleman has 24 goals, 46 points, 140 shots on net, 90 hits, 59 PIM and a plus-25 rating through 59 contests overall, giving him a reasonably good chance of achieving a 30-goal, 60-point campaign.

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  • Nick Schmaltz ARI C
    Coyotes' Nick Schmaltz: Produces helper in loss
    9h ago

    Schmaltz logged an assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Canadiens.

    Schmaltz helped out on an Alex Kerfoot tally in the second period. The helper was Schmaltz's fourth point in the last four games. The 28-year-old is effectively the leader of the Coyotes' offense now with Clayton Keller (upper body) out of action. Schmaltz has 35 points, 115 shots on net, 33 blocked shots and a minus-18 rating over 55 appearances this season while primarily playing on the top line.

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  • Chris Kreider NYR LW
    Rangers' Chris Kreider: Third straight 30-goal season
    28m ago

    Kreider had an empty-net goal and a power-play assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Kreider set up Adam Fox's power-play tally in the second period as the Rangers took a 2-0 lead, then scored his 30th goal of the season into an empty net to reestablish the two-goal lead at 3-1 in the third. The late-blooming winger has reached the 30-goal mark in each of the last three seasons after failing to previously hit that milestone in a career that started in the 2012 postseason. Of Kreider's 295 career regular-season goals, 118 have come since the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

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  • Artemi Panarin NYR LW
    Rangers' Artemi Panarin: Adds to career high goal total
    34m ago

    Panarin scored two goals and added an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Panarin opened the scoring in the second period with a mix of luck and skill, as he took advantage of a fortuitous bounce off the linesman's skate after a faceoff and fired the puck five-hole on Elvis Merzlikins. His other two points came late in the third period after Columbus pulled Merzlikins for an extra skater, as Panarin unselfishly dished the puck to Chris Kreider to make it 3-1 before scoring the game's final goal from his own blue line. Panarin's up to 35 goals on the season, having topped his previous career high by three with 22 games to go.

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  • Andrei Kuzmenko CGY LW
    Flames' Andrei Kuzmenko: Practices Wednesday
    5h ago

    Kuzmenko (illness) participated in Wednesday's practice, but he didn't have his own spot in line rushes.

    Kuzmenko instead alternated with Jakob Pelletier on the fourth line, which suggests Kuzmenko might not be quite ready to return. However, the Flames won't play again until Saturday versus Pittsburgh, so there is still time for the 28-year-old forward to get back to 100 percent before that contest. If Kuzmenko is available Saturday, then Pelletier might be a healthy scratch.

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  • Andre Burakovsky SEA LW
    Kraken's Andre Burakovsky: Questionable for Thursday
    7h ago

    Burakovsky (undisclosed) didn't participate in Wednesday's morning skate, putting his status for Thursday's contest against Pittsburgh into question, per Mike Benton of the Kraken Audio Network.

    Burakovsky has a goal and nine points in 27 outings in 2023-24. If he can't play against the Penguins, then Pierre-Edouard Bellemare might draw into the lineup.

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  • Jakob Pelletier CGY LW
    Flames' Jakob Pelletier: Notches assist
    8h ago

    Pelletier recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

    Pelletier has two assists over six contests this season. He's seen limited ice time for much of his action so far, playing on the fourth line after missing a large portion of the campaign due to a shoulder injury. The 22-year-old could move up the lineup if the Flames struggle or move other wingers out at the trade deadline.

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  • Andrew Mangiapane CGY LW
    Flames' Andrew Mangiapane: Lights lamp Tuesday
    8h ago

    Mangiapane scored a goal on four shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

    Mangiapane gave the Flames a quick response to Phillip Danault's opening tally for the Kings. The goal was Mangiapane's fourth point over the last four games. The winger hasn't had a ton of consistency in 2023-24, but he's looked best alongside Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman. Mangiapane is at 33 points, 101 shots on net, 67 hits, 43 PIM and a plus-12 rating through 58 appearances.

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  • K'Andre Miller NYR D
    Rangers' K'Andre Miller: Assists on empty-netter
    5m ago

    Miller had an assist, two shots and a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Miller got the secondary helper on Artemi Panarin's empty-netter, which capped the scoring. The helper was Miller's third in his last five games, but he hasn't posted a multi-point game or scored a goal since a two-goal, three-point offensive outburst against the Capitals on Dec. 27. Miller occasionally shows flashes of brilliance offensively, but his lack of a signature performance over the last two months is due in part to lack of opportunities on the power play -- all but one of Miller's 23 points this season have come at even strength, and the other was scored shorthanded.

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  • Jacob Trouba NYR D
    Rangers' Jacob Trouba: Dishes helper in Wednesday's win
    10m ago

    Trouba had an assist, three shots, two blocked shots, one hit and a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Trouba showed off his two-way ability Wednesday, even though the physical blueliner's hit total was lighter than usual. His helper came on the second of New York's empty-netters, as Trouba moved the puck to Artemi Panarin, who lifted the puck into the vacated net from the Rangers' blue line to round out the scoring. Asked to play more of a stay-at-home role in New York, Trouba has come nowhere near his 2018-19 career high of 50 points with the Jets since joining the Rangers, and he's at 21 points through 58 games in 2023-24.

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  • Maxime Lajoie TOR D
    Maple Leafs' Max Lajoie: Sent back down
    2h ago

    Lajoie was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Wednesday, per CapFriendly.

    Lajoie was called up Tuesday to serve as an emergency depth option on defense. He could be summoned again if Timothy Liljegren (undisclosed) is unavailable for Thursday's game versus the Coyotes.

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  • Jamie Drysdale PHI D
    Flyers' Jamie Drysdale: Moves to injured reserve
    2h ago

    Drysdale (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, per CapFriendly.

    Drysdale was already deemed week-to-week, so this move is simply to free up a roster spot for the Flyers. Egor Zamula has the most to gain from Drysdale's absence, as he'll likely absorb Drysdale's power-play ice time while featuring more consistently in the lineup in general.

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  • Christopher Tanev CGY D
    Stars' Chris Tanev: Heading to Lone Star State
    2h ago

    Tanev was traded from the Flames to the Stars via the Devils on Wednesday in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick, a conditional 2026 third-round pick and Artyom Grushnikov, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.

    The Flames will retain 50 percent of Tanev's remaining salary and the Devils will retain 25 percent more to help the Stars fit him in after the three-team trade. Tanev's role will not change much from switching teams -- he's a top-four defenseman who's sound in his own zone. Tanev is second in the NHL with 171 blocked shots, but he also has just 14 points through 56 outings, so his fantasy value remains limited to deeper formats. Per Lia Assimakopoulos of The Dallas Morning News, Tanev won't play Thursday versus the Jets, but he could be available by Saturday's game versus the Sharks.

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  • Jake Sanderson OTT D
    Senators' Jake Sanderson: Undergoing injury evaluation
    4h ago

    Sanderson (undisclosed) is scheduled to meet with a doctor Wednesday, per TSN 1200 Ottawa.

    Sanderson, Thomas Chabot (undisclosed) and Josh Norris (upper body) are all being checked for injuries following Tuesday's game versus the Predators. Sanderson had a power-play assist and three blocked shots in 25:06 of ice time Tuesday, so it's unclear when the injury occurred. The results of the tests will likely determine his availability for Friday's game versus the Coyotes.

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  • Elvis Merzlikins CLB G
    Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Solid showing in loss at MSG
    21m ago

    Merzlikins allowed two goals on 28 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    After ending New York's 10-game winning streak with a 29-save effort Sunday, Merzlikins was similarly sharp Wednesday, but he didn't get as much goal support with the Rangers turning back to starter Igor Shesterkin rather than backup Jonathan Quick. After stopping all 17 shots he faced in the first period, Merzlikins was beaten twice in the second, and the Rangers scored twice into an empty net to pull away late in the third. The loss dropped Merzlikins' record to 11-13-7, and he's likely to maintain a sub-.500 record while backstopping a rebuilding Blue Jackets team.

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  • Igor Shesterkin NYR G
    Rangers' Igor Shesterkin: Stretches win streak to seven
    39m ago

    Shesterkin stopped 30 of 31 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Shesterkin ruined his own shutout bid in the third period, as his giveaway from behind the net to Damon Severson led to Cole Sillinger's goal on the rebound, but he was flawless otherwise en route to a seventh consecutive win. After an uncharacteristically poor first half of the season, Shesterkin has found his form with seven wins in seven starts since the All-Star Break for a Rangers team that regained the top spot in the NHL standings with Wednesday's win. The fantasy buy-low window on Shesterkin has long since slammed shut.

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  • Igor Shesterkin NYR G
    Rangers' Igor Shesterkin: Looking to stay hot Wednesday
    4h ago

    Shesterkin will guard the home goal versus the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.

    Shesterkin has been unbeatable since the All-Star break, going 6-0-0 with a 1.84 GAA and a .951 save percentage in that span. He'll get a decent matchup Wednesday -- the Blue Jackets have alternated wins and losses over their last six games, scoring 20 goals in that span.

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  • MacKenzie Blackwood SJ G
    Sharks' Mackenzie Blackwood: Injury not major
    6h ago

    Although Blackwood (undisclosed) was put on injured reserve Wednesday, he might not be out for much more than the required week, coach David Quinn told Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now.

    Blackwood has a 9-18-3 record, 3.48 GAA and .899 save percentage in 35 contests this season. While he's unavailable, Kaapo Kahkonen is expected to be leaned on by San Jose. The Sharks summoned Magnus Chrona on Wednesday to serve as the No. 2 option.

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  • Kaapo Kahkonen SJ G
    Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Slated starter for Thursday
    6h ago

    Kahkonen is expected to start at home against Anaheim on Thursday, according to Max Miller of The Hockey News.

    Kahkonen has a 6-18-2 record, 3.63 GAA and .901 save percentage in 28 outings in 2023-24. He's lost his last six appearances while allowing 22 goals on 214 shots (.897 save percentage). Although the Sharks are the underdogs in almost every game, Anaheim, which is tied for 29th offensively with 2.59 goals per contest, presents a favorable matchup for Kahkonen.

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  • Calvin Petersen PHI G
    Flyers' Cal Petersen: On waivers
    8h ago

    Petersen was put on waivers Wednesday, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Petersen has struggled with the Flyers, posting a 2-2-0 record, 3.90 GAA and .864 save percentage in five contests this year. If he clears waivers, the Flyers might send him to AHL Lehigh Valley and summon Felix Sandstrom to serve as Samuel Ersson's new understudy. It's also worth noting that Philadelphia doesn't play again until Friday versus Washington, so the Flyers could send Petersen briefly to the minors and still recall him in time for that contest.

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