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Fantasy Spin: Letang absence would shuffle D-men

by Sean McCullen /

Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Christian Ehrhoff (67 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) and Paul Martin (3 percent owned) each figure to get more power-play time if Kris Letang misses games after he was injured on a hit by Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo late in the first period of a 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston did not have an update on Letang after the game.

Paul Martin
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 10
SOG: 36 | +/-: 8
Martin played 8:10 and Ehrhoff 7:24 with the man-advantage after Letang exited. Each obviously would benefit from more time on the Penguins' sixth-ranked power play, which has scored on 22.4 percent of its chances, but playing on the top unit with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would be even more helpful.

Martin, who has two goals, eight assists and a plus-8 rating, was out with Crosby, Malkin, Chris Kunitz and David Perron to begin Pittsburgh's five-minute power play after Rinaldo was called for boarding and a game misconduct. He got the majority of time with the top unit in a game with plenty of power plays.

Martin and Ehrhoff, who has three goals, 10 assists and a plus-12 rating, were out together with Crosby, Malkin and Perron for the final 36 seconds on the Rinaldo boarding major at the beginning of the second period.

-- Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky (4 percent owned, C, LW) had two assists in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. The 19-year-old has two goals and three assists in his past nine games following a 13-game stretch when he had one point.

With six goals and 12 assists in 37 games, Burakovsky has been more productive than highly touted Capitals rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov (35 percent owned, C, LW), who has four goals and 11 assists in 44 games.

Burakovsky wasn't the only rookie forward to have a productive night.

-- Chicago Blackhawks forward Teuvo Teravainen (3 percent owned, C, LW) had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes, his seventh NHL game this season. It was the first assist and second goal of his career. Teravainen, 20, did not have a point in three games last season.

-- Detroit Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen (1 percent owned, LW) scored his first NHL goal in his sixth game, a 5-4 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild. The 22-year-old led the American Hockey League with 20 goals and had an eight-game goal streak when he was recalled from Grand Rapids earlier this month.

-- Coyotes rookie Lucas Lessio (less than 1 percent owned, LW) scored the first goal of his NHL career in the loss. It was his ninth game this season, 12th overall.

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