NHL Recent Player News
|12/13/2017||Erik Haula, VGK, LW|
|Though he had a three-game goal streak end Tuesday against Carolina, Haula chipped in an assist in the Golden Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.
Analysis: The center has compiled three goals and three assists over his four-game point streak and continues to have a fine first season in Vegas. With 11 goals and 20 points through 26 games, Haula is on pace to shatter his previous career bests of 15 goals and 34 points, both set during his time with the Wild.
|12/13/2017||Reilly Smith, VGK, RW|
|Smith scored in a second straight game in the Golden Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday.
Analysis: The former Florida Panther has now lit the lamp three times in his last five games after going seven straight without a goal. Though Smith's scoring has been streaky, he's been pretty consistent on the fantasy end with 23 points in 30 games.
|12/13/2017||Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK, G|
|Fleury was sharp in his first start in two months, turning aside 35 shots in the Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday.
Analysis: The high-priced goaltender was the main reason why the Knights were able to pick up a point on this night and proved he's over the concussion that sidelined him for so long. Fleury has now allowed two goals or less in four of his five starts in a Vegas jersey and should get plenty more going forward as long as he can remain healthy.
|12/13/2017||Cam Ward, Car, G|
|Ward stopped 22 shots to pick up his 300th career win in the Hurricanes' 3-2 shootout victory at Vegas on Tuesday.
Analysis: The longtime Hurricanes netminder is now 2-0-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average over his last three starts, allowing two goals in each of the victories. Though Ward is still a dependable backup at this stage of his career, he hasn't gotten a whole lot of opportunities with Scott Darling cemented as Carolina's No. 1 goaltender.
|12/13/2017||Trevor van Riemsdyk, Car, D|
|Van Riemsdyk recorded his first goal of the season and finished a plus-2 to help the Hurricanes to Tuesday's 3-2 shootout victory at Vegas.
Analysis: Van Riemsdyk isn't known for his offensive accomplishments, but he's produced four points along with a plus-6 rating over the last four games of Carolina's West Coast trip. The defenseman has also picked up six penalty minutes over that time frame.
|12/13/2017||Jeff Skinner, Car, LW|
|Skinner registered an assist in the Hurricanes' 3-2 shootout win at Vegas on Tuesday.
Analysis: Skinner, Carolina's leader with 11 goals, was coming off a two-assist effort Monday in Anaheim. Though he's scored just twice in his past 14 games, the talented wing has been generating chances lately with six shots in each of the Hurricanes' last two outings.
|12/13/2017||James Reimer, Fla, G|
|Reimer finished with 25 saves in the Panthers' 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago on Tuesday.
Analysis: Making a fourth straight start in place of an injured Roberto Luongo, Reimer couldn't quite follow up his 34-save effort in Monday's 2-1 win at Detroit. Though he'll be the Panthers' No. 1 goaltender for the time being, the 29-year-old shouldn't be counted on for fantasy success. He's 4-5-4 with a subpar 3.67 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage over his last 14 appearances.
|12/13/2017||Nick Bjugstad, Fla, RW|
|Bjugstad scored his eighth goal of the season in the Panthers' 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago on Tuesday.
Analysis: Three of those goals have come in Bjugstad's last six games, so he's on the rise after generating mostly mediocre numbers for much of the season. The 25-year-old does have the talent to be a fairly consistent fantasy performer, as he had 24 goals and 43 points back in 2014-15.
|12/13/2017||Vincent Trocheck, Fla, C|
|Trocheck had an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago to extend his point streak to six games.
Analysis: The quality center has produced three goals and six assists during the run. After generating 53 and 54 points over the previous two seasons, Trocheck is on pace to better those numbers with 32 (13 goals, 19 assists) through 32 games thus far.
|12/12/2017||Corey Crawford, Chi, G|
|Crawford stayed hot by coming up with 35 saves in the Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime win over Florida on Tuesday.
Analysis: Crawford has now won all three starts since returning from a lower-body injury, and he's yielded just five goals on 97 shots during the streak. The rock-solid netminder has gone nine straight outings without a regulation loss, a stretch in which he's 7-0-2 with a 2.19 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.
|12/12/2017||Jonathan Toews, Chi, C|
|Toews continued his recent surge by recording a goal and an assist to help the Blackhawks to Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over Florida.
Analysis: The Chicago captain scored the game-tying goal with 6:02 left in regulation, his third marker in five games. Toews has six points over his last six contests as well, producing at least one in five of those outings.
|12/12/2017||Brandon Saad, Chi, LW|
|Saad posted a goal and an assist while finishing a plus-2 in the Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime win over Florida on Tuesday.
Analysis: Saad's return season to Chicago has been an inconsistent one, but he's played better lately with four goals and three assists over his last seven games. And as a former 30-goal scorer who's playing on a line with Jonathan Toews, the opportunity to turn around his mildly disappointing campaign should be there.
|12/12/2017||Patrick Kane, Chi, RW|
|Kane scored 2:24 into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over Florida on Tuesday.
Analysis: Kane ended a five-game goal drought with his first game-winner of the season, though he did record two assists in Sunday's win over Arizona. The former Hart Trophy winner is now up to 30 points through 31 games despite not having his usual success in power-play situations. He's recorded just one assist on the man advantage over his last eight contests.
|12/12/2017||Frederik Andersen, Tor, G|
|Andersen stopped 35 of 38 shots in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Analysis: Andersen did his best to keep Toronto in it but couldn't hold up against a third-period barrage in which he allowed two goals on 18 shots. The Dane has still been one of the league's best netminders over the past month, as he's 9-3-1 with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage in his past 13 starts.
|12/12/2017||Patrick Marleau, Tor, LW|
|Marleau came through with a goal in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Analysis: The point was the 1,100th of the 38-year-old's career. Though he's cooled off lately with just two points in his last eight games, Marleau is showing he can still get it done with 11 goals and seven assists in 32 contests this season.
|12/12/2017||James van Riemsdyk, Tor, LW|
|Van Riemsdyk scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season with a power-play tally in Tuesday's loss at Philadelphia.
Analysis: The former Flyer has now scored in three of his last five games and continues to be an asset on the power play, where he's put up six goals and three assists. Van Riemsdyk hasn't been setting up teammates all that often, though, as he's gone eight straight games without an assist and has just seven this season.
|12/12/2017||Brian Elliott, Phi, G|
|Elliott made 20 saves to win his fourth straight start and help the Flyers to Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Toronto.
Analysis: Up and down all season, Elliott is on quite a roll at the moment. The veteran has yielded two goals or less in each of those wins, compiling a 1.75 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage during the streak.
|12/12/2017||Michael Raffl, Phi, RW|
|Raffl had a three-game goal streak end Tuesday, though he collected an assist in the Flyers' 4-2 win over Toronto.
Analysis: After failing to register a single point through the Flyers' first 21 games, Raffl has turned it around with five goals and three assists over his last nine. He's also a plus-7 during his current point streak.
|12/12/2017||Sean Couturier, Phi, C|
|Couturier got back on track by contributing a goal and an assist to the Flyers' 4-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday.
Analysis: Though he came with just two assists over his previous five games, Couturier has now matched his career high of 15 goals set in 2014-15, and he's well on his way to shattering another personal best with 30 points through 30 games. It's taken some time, but the 25-year-old appears headed to the breakout season Flyers fans have been hoping for.
|12/12/2017||Claude Giroux, Phi, C|
|Giroux scored a goal and assisted on the eventual game-winner to help the Flyers to Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Toronto.
Analysis: The Philadelphia captain has now scored in back-to-back games and has two points in three straight. Already one goal short of matching last season's total of 14, Giroux has lit the lamp in four of his past eight contests while racking up 13 points over his last 10.
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