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Rantanen expected to play Monday; Rask has concussion as Bruins enter break; Blackhawks ignite after line change

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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MON. JAN. 21

Colorado Avalanche: Elite right wing Mikko Rantanen (lower body) sustained an injury against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and did not return. Rantanen had two goals, one on the power play, and three shots on goal before leaving the game. He has points in six of his past seven games totaling six goals, five assists and four power-play points. Coach Jared Bednar said he expects Rantanen to play against the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Florida Panthers: Forward Frank Vatrano (C/LW/RW, 7 percent owned) scored a goal against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, giving him goals in back-to-back games. Vatrano, who's been moved to a line with valuable center Aleksander Barkov, now has goals in four of his past six games with 22 shots on goal in the span. Florida hosts the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

St. Louis Blues: Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington (36 percent owned) stopped 28 of 30 shots faced in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Binnington has won four of his past five starts and is 4-0-1 with a 1.62 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in seven games (five starts). Jake Allen allowed four goals in a loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday, meaning Binnington should start at least one of the Blues two games this week before the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. The Blues visit the Kings on Monday.

Vegas Golden Knights: Defenseman Colin Miller (24 percent owned) had two assists against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Miller, who has been out since Dec. 17 because of an upper-body injury, skated on a power-play unit with forwards Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson, Cody Eakin and Brandon Pirri. Miller has at least one assist in four of his past six games and 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) and nine power-play points in 37 games. He is averaging an NHL career-high 20:26 per game and worth owning in standard leagues. The Golden Knights host the Minnesota Wild on Monday.


TUE. JAN. 22

Chicago Blackhawks: Elite forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane skated on a line together and each had five points in their win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Toews had a hat trick and two assists, and Kane had two goals and three assists. They skated at even strength with recently acquired forward Drake Caggiula (LW/RW, 1 percent owned), who had no points but was plus-3. Caggiula is worth monitoring if he's able to maintain exposure to Kane and Toews.


WED. JAN. 23

Vancouver Canucks: Rookie goalie Thatcher Demko  (5 percent owned) stopped 36 of 39 shots faced and won his season debut against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. He was 8-5-0 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 16 games with Utica of the American Hockey League before being recalled by the Canucks. Fantasy owners in deep and keeper leagues should add Demko now, and others should monitor him in all formats with a chance to challenge starter Jacob Markstrom for playing time. It's unclear whether Markstrom or Demko will start when the Canucks host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.


TUE. JAN. 29

Boston Bruins: Elite goalie Tuukka Rask sustained a concussion against the New York Rangers on Saturday and did not return. Rask was replaced by backup Jaroslav Halak (64 percent owned), who stopped 11 of 13 shots faced. Halak is 13-9-2 with a .919 save percentage in 26 games (24 starts) and worth adding in standard leagues, especially as a handcuff for Rask. The Bruins begin their mandatory five-day break before the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend and do not play again until Jan. 29 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Outside replacements for Rask: Carter Hart, PHI; Jordan Binnington, STL; Thatcher Demko, VAN; Laurent Brossoit, WPG; Craig Anderson, OTT


WED. JAN. 30

Tampa Bay Lightning: Forward Tyler Johnson (lower body) is expected to return when the Lightning visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 30. Johnson (C/LW/RW, 56 percent owned) did not play against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 19, the final game before Tampa Bay's bye week, and forward Alex Killorn scored a goal and played mostly on the top line with elite forwards Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point.


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