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Fantasy buzz: Coyle likely to return this week for Wild

Forward game-time decision against Devils on Monday; Price skates for Canadiens

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

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.

 

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Coyle likely back this week for Wild

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle will be a game-time decision against the New Jersey Devils on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N+, MSG+, NHL.TV). He has missed their past 16 games because of a fractured fibula.

Coyle (C/RW, 20 percent owned in Yahoo) had two assists and seven shots on goal in Minnesota's first three games prior to injury. He has low Yahoo ownership despite scoring an NHL career-high 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) and nine power-play points in mostly a top-six role alongside center Eric Staal and left wing Nino Niederreiter (LW/RW, 52 percent owned) last season.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Coyle likely will play this week, so fantasy owners in season-long formats should add him off the waiver wire or activate him off injured reserve. Even if Coyle is out again Monday, the Wild have three more games (at Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, vs. Colorado Avalanche on Friday, at St. Louis Blues on Saturday) this week.

Forward Jason Zucker (LW/RW, 67 percent owned) has nine points (eight goals, one assist), a plus-6 and 22 shots on goal over his past seven games playing mostly in Coyle's spot alongside Staal and Niederreiter. But Zucker's fantasy owners may want to sell high since Coyle is nearing a return, especially considering Zucker has not played on Minnesota's first power-play unit during his scoring surge.

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If Coyle is able to play against the Devils, he's a viable middle-range choice priced at $5,500 in DraftKings. The Devils have been one of the biggest surprises League-wide this season but have gone 2-3-3 and been outscored 28-21 over their past eight games.

 

Price skating with Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was back at practice Monday. He has missed their past eight games because of a lower-body injury.

Although Price remains day to day, this is certainly positive news for his fantasy owners. Montreal plays three games this week; Charlie Lindgren will start against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, but Price is traveling with the team. 

Price, the highest-drafted fantasy goaltender in Yahoo leagues this season, is 3-7-1 with a 3.77 goals-against average and .877 save percentage in 11 starts -- the worst peripherals of his NHL career. Lindgren started 3-1-0 with a .964 SV% in Price's absence, but has now lost three straight home games (0-2-1, 12 goals allowed, .857 SV%).

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