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Vasilevskiy replacement options; Matthews skating; Holtby, Kuznetsov, Oshie uncertain for Friday

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / identifies daily fantasy hockey news, lineup and injury trends throughout the 2018-19 season. Follow this page before and after games for waiver wire advice, injury implications and notable production trends. For more fantasy coverage, visit


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FRI. NOV. 15

Toronto Maple Leafs: Elite center Auston Matthews (shoulder) skated with the Maple Leafs for the first time since his injury Oct. 27. Matthews is not expected to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, but this update is encouraging for his fantasy owners. Matthews has 16 points (10 goals, six assists), five on the power play, in 11 games on a line with mostly wings Patrick Marleau and Kasperi Kapanen and first power play with centers John Tavares, Nazem Kadri, right wing Mitchell Marner and defenseman Morgan Rielly.

Washington Capitals: Center Evgeny Kuznetsov left the game against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday with an apparent upper-body injury. Right wing T.J. Oshie also left the game and did not return. Kuznetsov and Oshie will be re-evaluated before their game against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Goalie Braden Holtby was a late scratch Wednesday, and his status for Friday is unclear. Fantasy owners of Holtby may want to consider backup Pheonix Copley (3-2-1, .905 save percentage) as a short-term streaming option.


SAT. NOV. 16

Tampa Bay Lightning: Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (undisclosed) is out indefinitely after sustaining an injury at practice Wednesday. Fantasy owners should add Louis Domingue (15 percent owned) for an in-house replacement option until we know more about Vasilevskiy's timetable. He will not play in Tampa Bay's next game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Outside replacement options for Vasilevskiy: Jimmy Howard, DET; Brian Elliott, PHI; Chad Johnson, STL; David Rittich, CGY; Pheonix Copley, WSH


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