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Canucks recall Gaudette with Pettersson out; Galchenyuk, Crawford, Murray could return this week

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

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TUE. OCT. 16

Arizona Coyotes: Forward Alex Galchenyuk (C/LW in Yahoo) practiced Monday but remains uncertain for the game at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. He is traveling with the Coyotes for their four-game road trip, but there is no timetable for his return. He has missed each of Arizona's first four games because of a lower-body injury and is expected to see top-six, first power-play usage upon his eventual return. Galchenyuk led the Montreal Canadiens in power-play points (24) last season.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Defenseman Justin Schultz is expected to miss four months after surgery to repair the fractured leg he sustained against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who's paired with Kris Letang, is worth monitoring in fantasy as an in-house replacement for Schultz. For outside options, here are NHL.com's top 10 waiver wire pickups. UPDATE: Goalie Matt Murray is healthy and could return for Pittsburgh against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Tristan Jarry has been assigned to Wilkes-Barre of the American Hockey League.

Vancouver Canucks: Rookie forward Elias Pettersson left the game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday after a hit from defenseman Mike Matheson. Pettersson, who has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his first five NHL games, will not play against the Penguins on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. UPDATE: Rookie center Adam Gaudette has been recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League with Pettersson and center Jay Beagle (fractured arm) injured. Gaudette has four points (two goals, two assists) and 11 shots on goal in four AHL games this season and is worth considering for fantasy if he plays in Pettersson's spot in the short term. Gaudette won the Hobey Baker Award given annually to the player voted best in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey.

Vegas Golden Knights: Center Paul Stastny could miss two months because of a lower-body injury. Stastny, who had no points and 10 shots on goal in Vegas' first three games, has missed the past three games. Forward Erik Haula (C/LW in Yahoo) has been centering the second line with wings Max Pacioretty and Tomas Nosek in Stastny's three-game absence but has no points and seven SOG in the span.

 

WED. OCT. 17

Boston Bruins: Forward Jake DeBrusk scored twice in an 8-2 win against the Detroit Red WIngs on Saturday. The goals marked the first points of the season for DeBrusk, who now has 12 SOG through five games. He is skating on the second line with forwards David Krejci (C, 16 percent owned), who has four assists through five games, and Joakim Nordstrom (C/LW, fewer than 1 percent), who has one goal, six SOG and three hits in his past two games.

New York Islanders: Forward Anthony Beauvillier (C/LW in Yahoo) was moved off the top line against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Veteran Andrew Ladd replaced Beauvillier on the left side of center Mathew Barzal and right wing Josh Bailey and scored a goal on two shots on goal in 12:39. Beauvillier could be droppable in fantasy if this combination sticks for more than a few games. New York plays the second game of a four-game Western Conference road trip against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

 

THU. OCT. 18

Chicago Blackhawks: Goalie Corey Crawford (concussion) could make his season debut at home against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is not expected to provide a further update on Crawford's availability until at least Wednesday. Chicago has a four-day break after a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. With the Blackhawks scoring 4.40 goals per game (T-3rd in NHL entering Monday), Crawford is a must-own goalie in all fantasy formats ahead of his potential return.

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