All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.
Ducks place Getzlaf on injured reserve
Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been placed on injured reserve because of a facial injury. He is expected to miss at least the next three games.
Getzlaf has already been limited to six of a possible 11 games this season because of a lower-body injury. He should be stashed on a fantasy IR or IR+ spot immediately. The five lowest-ownership center-only replacement options in NHL.com's latest forward rankings are Sean Couturier (PHI; 66 percent owned), Vincent Trocheck (FLA; 56 percent), Paul Stastny (STL; 40 percent), Bo Horvat (VAN; 32 percent) and Mathew Barzal (NYI, 5 percent).
Barzal, playing most recently alongside right wing Jordan Eberle and left wing Brock Nelson on the New York Islanders' second line, has seven points (three goals, four assists) over his past seven games after five scoreless games to start the season. The rookie center also plays on their first power-play unit with forwards John Tavares, Anders Lee, Josh Bailey and defenseman Nick Leddy.
Video: VGK@NYI: Barzal slams home big rebound for PPG
If you have the flexibility to replace Getzlaf with players at other positions, check out NHL.com's top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 4.
Niederreiter expected back for Wild
Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter is expected to return against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, TSN3, NHL.TV). Niederreiter was activated off injured reserve Tuesday after missing the past six games because of an ankle injury.
Niederreiter (LW/RW, 49 percent owned) finished 49th overall in standard Yahoo leagues last season and is worth adding in most season-long formats after his recent dip in ownership. He's priced affordably in DFS ($4,700 in DraftKings), especially considering he scored two goals on 10 shots on goal in three games against the Jets last season.
He's expected to be on a line with Eric Staal and Luke Kunin, who was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Monday. Niederreiter, 25, has no points, a minus-1 and 11 shots on goal in three games this season, but is coming off NHL career highs in each of the six standard fantasy categories last season (25 goals, 32 assists, plus-17, 53 penalty minutes, 14 power-play points, 186 shots on goal).
Theodore could make season debut for Golden Knights
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore could make his season debut against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, MSG, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).
Theodore (24 percent owned in Yahoo) was recalled Monday but did not play in Vegas' 6-3 road loss to the New York Islanders. He had 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 35 shots on goal in eight AHL games this season, and had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 14 games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Theodore should be added in most leagues considering he has a legitimate chance to quarterback Vegas' first power-play unit with forwards James Neal, Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault.
Video: COL@VGK: Theodore buries long-range wrist shot
DFS owners should monitor the Golden Knights lineup leading up to the game and consider rostering Theodore, who's priced near the DraftKings minimum ($3,300) if he's confirmed before the start of the game. The Rangers are allowing the seventh-most goals per game in the NHL (3.50), and Theodore could give the Golden Knights a lift on the second leg of their back-to-back set.