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Posted On Monday, 11.30.2015 / 11:55 AM

By Eric Goodman - Fantasy Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

DraftKings daily fantasy value picks for Nov. 30

Each day during the 2015-16 season,'s fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.

Brock Nelson
, C, New York Islanders

DraftKings price: $4,200

DraftKings owners should select Nelson on a four-game Monday because it's rare to get such a productive first-line forward at a bargain price. Nelson has combined with linemates John Tavares and Kyle Okposo for 25 of the Islanders' 67 goals this season, and fantasy owners should expect the strong play to continue when the Colorado Avalanche visit Barclays Center. The Avalanche have struggled defensively with a 3.04 goals-against average and an average of 29.9 shots against through 23 games. Nelson has a goal, assist and seven shots on goal in four games against Colorado.

Posted On Monday, 11.30.2015 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2016 NHL Draft blog

Matthews impresses in return to Zurich lineup

Auston Matthews, who many project to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is playing for Zurich in Switzerland's top professional league this season. will follow his journey leading to the NHL Draft this season with a weekly update.

Auston Matthews returned to the lineup for Zurich on Nov. 25 following a six-game absence because of an upper-body injury and looked to be in prime form.

In his first game, against Ambri-Piotta in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Ice Hockey Cup, he had two goals in a 5-2 victory. Zurich will play Bern in the semifinals on Jan. 5 or Jan 6, 2016. Zurich has won both regular-season games against Bern this season, outscoring them 7-4.

Posted On Sunday, 11.29.2015 / 2:30 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Coach's Challenge: FLA @ DET - 0:28 of the First Period

At 0:28 of the first period in the Panthers/Red Wings game, Florida requested a Coach’s Challenge to review the “Interference on the Goalkeeper” decision that resulted in a “no goal” call.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau interfered with Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – no goal Florida Panthers.

Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Panthers forfeit their time-out.

Posted On Sunday, 11.29.2015 / 1:28 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

Panthers forward Jagr to play against Red Wings

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr will be in the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday (2 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN, FS-F, FS-D).

Jagr left the Panthers' game Friday against the New York Islanders at 8:39 of the third period and did not return. He practiced Saturday, and Gallant said then he expected Jagr to play Sunday.

Jagr, 43, has one goal and four assists during a five-game point streak, and he leads the Panthers with eight goals and 18 points. His 730 career goals are one behind Marcel Dionne for fourth all-time.

Posted On Saturday, 11.28.2015 / 9:24 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Coach's Challenge: BUF @ NSH - 2:00 of the Second Period

At 2:00 of the second period in the Sabres/Predators game, Nashville requested a Coach’s Challenge to review the “Interference on the Goalkeeper” decision that resulted in a “no goal” call.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Nashville’s Cody Hodgson interfered with Buffalo goaltender Chad Johnson before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – no goal Nashville Predators.

Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Predators forfeit their time-out.

Posted On Saturday, 11.28.2015 / 7:45 PM

By Robby Stanley - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Predators

NASHVILLE – Juuse Saros will make his NHL debut in net for the Nashville Predators against the Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-TN).

Saros along with forward Viktor Arvidsson were recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

Saros, 20, is 8-2-0-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 10 games for Milwaukee. Selected in the fourth round (No. 99) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Saros also helped Finland win the 2014 World Junior Championship and was voted to the All-Star Team leading all goalies in goals-against average and save percentage.

Posted On Saturday, 11.28.2015 / 4:29 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Kings

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will attempt to set the record for most consecutive games with a point by an American-born player Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; WGN, FS-W).

Kane has a point in 18 straight games, tying him with Eddie Olczyk (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1989-90) and Phil Kessel (Boston Bruins, 2008-09). He has 10 goals and 19 assists during the streak, which began Oct. 17. Kane is three games from tying the Blackhawks record of 21 straight games with a point set by Bobby Hull in the 1971-72 season.

"You look at the players that are either American who have played the game or the two guys that are part of that record with Kessel and Olczyk and that's some pretty elite company," Kane said after the game Friday. "It's been a fun little ride here. It's something you try not to really think about."

Posted On Saturday, 11.28.2015 / 4:23 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- Jonas Hiller will make his first start in a month when the Calgary Flames visit the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, CSN-CA).

Hiller sustained a hip injury and hasn't started since Oct. 28 against the Ottawa Senators when he gave up four goals on 18 shots. He was activated from injured reserve Thursday.

Hiller is 2-3-0 with a 3.67 goals-against average and .861 save percentage this season and 10-10-2 with a 2.21 GAA and two shutouts against the Sharks in his career. Karri Ramo, who has started the past 12 games for Calgary, is 6-8-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage.ssists (16).

Posted On Saturday, 11.28.2015 / 3:03 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Avalanche

DENVER -- Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice wouldn't say which goalie, Michael Hutchinson or rookie Connor Hellebuyck, he will use against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at Pepsi Center (10 p.m. ET; ALT, SN).

"I'm not giving you my goalie tonight," Maurice said. "The answer to the decision that I'll make, I'm going to put both these goaltenders in a position to succeed for an extended period of time. We want both of these guys to seize the opportunity to be in a position to do that."

Regardless of who plays, Maurice is hopeful the Jets (11-11-2) will be as strong defensively as they were Friday for Hellebuyck, who made 14 saves in a 3-1 road win against the Minnesota Wild in his NHL debut.

"We did a pretty fine job in front of that net making sure he could see (shots), and he did a good job stopping them," Maurice said. "We stayed out of the penalty box and still found a way to play a very physical game; that was a real key point. We didn't cheat on any plays and we weren't trying to squeeze offense out of a game that there wasn't a lot of offense in. We still got our chances to score. Our chances against were the smallest number since I've been in Winnipeg. Our challenge is to throw another one just like that in here."

Posted On Saturday, 11.28.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Last season, the Arizona Coyotes didn’t win their 13th game until two days after Christmas. They have a chance to reach that mark two days after Thanksgiving if they can cool off the streaking Ottawa Senators on Saturday at Gila River Arena (10 p.m. ET; CITY, FS-A).

Following a 2-1 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Friday, the Coyotes have won four of the past five home games and two in the past three nights. They are 5-4-0 on home ice this season; not overly impressive until considering they won 11 of 41 home games in 2014-15.

Goalie Mike Smith has quietly stepped up lately. He is 6-2-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average in November, allowing two goals or less in five of the past six starts. He made 25 saves against the Flames on Friday as the Coyotes killed five of six Calgary power plays.

Head coach Dave Tippett, who won his 500th NHL game against the Flames, said he was unsure if Smith would play for the third time in four days or if he would play backup Anders Lindback.

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