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THU. JAN. 17
Boston Bruins: Left wing Peter Cehlarik (1 percent owned in Yahoo) scored two goals in his season debut against the Philadelphia Flyers. Cehlarik, who played 17:40 in the game, made an immediate impact on the second line with center David Krejci and wing Jake DeBrusk. Boston will be on the second of back-to-back games against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
New Jersey Devils: Forward Blake Coleman (C/LW/RW, 40 percent owned in Yahoo; $4,500 in FanDuel) scored a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, extending his point streak to five games. Coleman, who plays on the second line with center Travis Zajac and also saw time with valuable right wing Kyle Palmieri on Tuesday, has seven points (five goals, two assists), 18 shots on goal and seven hits in the five games. Despite minimal power-play time and production (one power-play point), Coleman is second on the Devils in goals (17) and SOG (137) and averaging 2.6 hits per game through 46 games, making him a category specialist in standard leagues. New Jersey visits the New York Islanders on Thursday.
New York Rangers: Center Kevin Hayes (upper body) will not play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday and is expected to be out until after NHL All-Star Weekend. Hayes (27 percent owned), a potential 2019 unrestricted free agent, hasn't played since Jan. 2 but has 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) in 39 games and was among NHL.com's top 100 forwards prior to his injury.
Right wing Mats Zuccarello (17 percent owned in Yahoo; $5,700 in FanDuel) had three assists, two on the power play, against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. He now has a three-game point streak with six points (three goals, three assists) in the span. Zuccarello, also a potential 2019 UFA, could be moved prior to the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline (Feb. 25).
St. Louis Blues: Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington (32 percent owned) stopped 23 of 25 shots faced in an overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Binnington is now 3-0-1 with a .960 save percentage and one shutout in four starts. It's unclear whether Binnington ($7,600 in FanDuel) or Jake Allen ($7,300), who stopped 28 of 29 shots faced in a win against the Washington Capitals on Monday, will start when the Blues visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
Forward David Perron (LW/RW, 46 percent owned in Yahoo; $5,400 in FanDuel) scored a goal on five shots on goal against the Islanders on Tuesday, extending his point streak to 12 games. Perron, who has combined for 15 points (six goals, nine assists) and 30 SOG in the 12 games, has become a must-own forward in standard leagues on a line with valuable center Ryan O'Reilly.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Left wing Ondrej Palat (10 percent owned in Yahoo; $5,200 in FanDuel) scored a goal against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, extending his point streak to four games. Palat, who has been playing on a line with elite center Steven Stamkos and power-play unit with Stamkos and NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov (75 points), has points in five of his past six games and is averaging better than a hit per game (48 in 31 games) on the season. Palat is worth adding in standard leagues for Tampa Bay's next game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs: They shuffled their lines again at practice Wednesday, reuniting elite center Auston Matthews with left wing Zach Hyman and right wing William Nylander. Left wing Andreas Johnsson was on a unit with elite forwards John Tavares and Mitchell Marner.
Hyman (C/LW, 29 percent owned; $4,200 in FanDuel) has no goals and one assist in three games since returning from an ankle injury, and Nylander has three points (one goal, two assists) in 17 games this season. Nylander, who's being dropped or traded in many fantasy leagues, is worth being patient with after back-to-back 61-point seasons skating mostly on Matthews' wing. Nylander ($4,100 in FanDuel) is a glaring DFS value pick for Toronto at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
FRI. JAN. 18
Arizona Coyotes: Forward Alex Galchenyuk (C/LW, 36 percent owned) scored a power-play goal and had four shots on goal against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. Galchenyuk now has 14 points (five goals, nine assists), eight on the power play, over his past 12 games and is worth owning again in all fantasy formats after a slow start. He is playing at even strength with rookie Conor Garland and on the first power play with fantasy-relevant skaters Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Coyotes host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.
Vancouver Canucks: Rookie center Elias Pettersson is hopeful to return against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Pettersson, who hasn't played since Jan. 3 because of a knee injury, leads all rookies with 42 points (22 goals, 20 assists) in 38 games and should be activated in all fantasy formats ahead of his potential return.
Washington Capitals: Goalie Braden Holtby (eye) has missed the past two games and is uncertain to play against the New York Islanders on Friday. Backup Pheonix Copley started and lost Washington's back-to-back games against the St. Louis Blues on Monday and Nashville Predators on Tuesday, allowing a combined 11 goals. Holtby served as the backup Tuesday, but it's unclear whether the Capitals could recall prospect Ilya Samsonov for their next game.
SAT. JAN. 19
Philadelphia Flyers: Rookie goalie Carter Hart (33 percent owned) stopped 39 of 42 shots faced in a win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Hart has now won three of his past four games and has the most saves in the NHL since Jan. 1 (196) with a .925 save percentage in the span. He has risen in NHL.com's top 25 goalie rankings and is a must-own player in keeper leagues. Philadelphia visits the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Vegas Golden Knights: Forward Brandon Pirri (C/LW, 27 percent owned) continues to thrive at the NHL level after scoring a goal on seven shots on goal in 18:11 against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Pirri now has 13 points (eight goals, five assists), a plus-9 and 40 SOG in 11 games this season. After starting the season at left wing on a line with center Paul Stastny and right wing Alex Tuch, Pirri is now playing right wing with center William Karlsson and left wing Jonathan Marchessault because of an injury to right wing Reilly Smith (undisclosed). Vegas' next game is against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
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