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Fantasy All-Access: Watch Lightning on waiver wire

Sean McCullen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Monday, NHL.com staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the week 22nd in the NHL in goals per game (2.42).

As improbable as it is that they're in the bottom-third in the League in scoring in mid-November, it's just as unlikely they'll be outside the top 10 at the end of the season. There's too much talent on that roster.

Now is the time to pounce, whether it be in a trade or on waivers, and ride the Lightning to fantasy glory.

Duchene, Zuccarello and Reimer named stars of week

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKColorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 15.

FIRST STAR – MATT DUCHENE, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE

Duchene led the NHL with four goals and eight points – including three multi-point performances in as many outings – to help the Avalanche (7-9-1, 15 points) begin their season-long, seven-game road trip with a 3-0-0 record. He posted 2-1-3 in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 10. Duchene then recorded 1-1-2, including the game-winning goal midway through the third period, in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 12. He finished the week with 1-2-3 in a 6-1 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 14. The 24-year-old Haliburton, Ont., native and No. 3 overall pick from the 2009 NHL Draft has 8-6-14 in 17 games this season, including 7-5-12 and a +6 rating in his past seven contests.

Panthers' Barkov returning to lineup against Lightning

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 11:44 AM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Center Aleksander Barkov will be back in the Florida Panthers lineup Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SUN, FS-F) after missing 10 games because of a broken bone in his right hand.

Barkov, 20, was second on the Panthers with three goals and six points in seven games when he was injured Oct. 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"He's real dependable," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "He's a young player but he's so young at both ends of the ice. He's a 200-foot player and he's a big, strong guy. Faceoffs, power play, penalty killing; he does it all for us. He's a big part of our team. But other guys stepped up and played big roles and that's how you win."

The Panthers went 4-4-2 during Barkov's absence.

Ovi goes for record again; Rangers seek 10th in row

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Weekly Primer

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It appeared on two occasions in the Washington Capitals' past three games that captain Alex Ovechkin scored to set the record for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. Each time, though, the apparent goal was taken away following a video review.

Ovechkin will get another chance to pass Sergei Fedorov when the Capitals face the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Ovechkin has 483 goals in 775 NHL games, the most of any player since he entered the League in 2005. Fedorov had 483 in 1,248 games with the Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Capitals.

"I haven't talked to him about it, but the best advice I can give him is to play your normal game," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He's scored a gazillion goals in this league, and to our team: Don't look for Ovi to score that goal. Don't overpass. He's scored a lot of goals. Play the way we play, and I guarantee you, he will score that goal, and he'll score many after that."

Around the League notebook: Sunday, Nov. 15

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 1:15 AM / News

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ZUCCARELLO LEADS RANGERS TO NINTH STRAIGHT WIN, TOP OF NHL STANDINGS

After seeing 2-1 and 3-2 leads erased, Mats Zuccarello (1-2—3) scored with 53.8 seconds left in the game to lift the New York Rangers past the Toronto Maple Leafs, extending their winning streak to nine games and their point streak to 13 (11-0-2).

* Topping the League’s overall standings at 14-2-2 (30 points), the Rangers are off to their best 18-game start – in terms of wins and points – in their 89-year history.

* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have won nine or more consecutive games for the first time since winning 10 straight from Jan. 19-Feb. 10, 1973.

* The Rangers have also won eight straight home games. Per Elias, the Rangers won eight consecutive games at Madison Square Garden for the first time since Oct. 8-31, 1990.

Senators goalie Hammond injured during practice

Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 5:42 PM / News

NHL.com

Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond sustained an undisclosed injury during practice Sunday and goalie Matthew O'Connor has been recalled on an emergency basis.

Hammond is 2-0-2 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in four games. He made 33 saves in a 3-2 win Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. A groin injury sidelined Hammond for the first six games of the season.

Flyers' White out 2-4 weeks with upper-body injury

Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 4:47 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, the Flyers announced Sunday.

White was hurt in the third period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime win Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes when he was checked by Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles. He left the ice and did not return.

The Flyers are also missing defenseman Mark Streit and forward R.J. Umberger. Streit will have surgery Tuesday to repair a pubic plate detachment and will miss six weeks. Umberger is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Panthers forward Barkov to play Monday: report

Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 3:17 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Aleksander Barkov will return to the Florida Panthers lineup Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning after missing 10 games with a broken bone in his hand, according to the Miami Herald.

Barkov practiced Friday and was on the ice for the morning skate Saturday, but did not play in the first of a back-to-back set against the Lightning at Amalie Arena. He is expected to reunite on the Panthers' first line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr.

Barkov, 20, has three goals and six points in seven games this season.

Hurricanes defenseman Murphy out with concussion

Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 2:12 PM / News

NHL.com

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy is sidelined with a concussion, coach Bill Peters said Sunday.

Murphy left Carolina's 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday in the second period after he was hit by Flyers forward Ryan White, who was penalized for boarding. Murphy played one shift before leaving with what was ruled an upper-body injury.

"He'll go through the protocol starting [Monday], and we'll just take it day-by-day," Peters told the Hurricanes website.

Avalanche place Varlamov on IR, claim Wagner

Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 1:18 PM / News

NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche placed goaltender Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve Sunday, retroactive to Nov. 10.

Varlamov has been sidelined with a groin injury sustained during practice last Wednesday. He is 3-6-1 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in 10 games.

Colorado claimed forward Chris Wagner off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks to take Varlamov's place on the roster. Wagner appeared in 11 games for the Ducks this season and played three for their American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego.

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