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Dubinsky gets one game for cross-checking Sid 11-28-2015
Brandon Dubinsky C CLB
Brandon Dubinsky has been suspended for one game for his cross-check on Penguins forward Sidney Crosby. Dubinsky delivered a cross-check to Crosby's neck in Friday's game and will now pay the price. The Blue Jackets will take on the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night and it looks like they will do so without Dubinsky.
Griffin Reinhart sent to minors 11-28-2015
Griffin Reinhart D EDM
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned Griffin Reinhart to the AHL.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
Edmonton had to make a move with Justin Schultz coming off IR. Reinhart was acquired from the Islanders in an off-season trade and still needs to work on his overall game. The former fourth overall pick had no points in 12 games this season.
Oilers activate Justin Schultz off IR 11-28-2015
Justin Schultz D EDM
The Edmonton Oilers activated Justin Schultz off injured reserve.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
The 25-year-old has missed 14 games because of a back injury, but he'll suit up in Saturday's game against the Penguins. He has one assist and a minus-6 rating in nine games this season.
Hutchinson likley starter Saturday v Avs 11-28-2015
Michael Hutchinson G WPG
Look for Michael Hutchinson to get the start Saturday night against Colorado.

Rookie Connor Hellebuyck registered the win Friday in his NHL debut against the Wild. Hutchinson has played relatively well for the Jets, although his numbers won't show it. We might take a flyer on him Saturday night against an Avs' team with a struggling Semyon Varlamov.
Bortuzzo scratched v Jackets Saturday 11-28-2015
Robert Bortuzzo D STL
Robert Bortuzzo, Dmitrij Jaskin and Scott Gomez will be healthy scratches Saturday against Columbus.

Lou Korac Twitter
Joel Edmunson will start in Bortuzzo's place, while Kyle Bordziak will draw back in as forward. No real fantasy implications here.
Kyle Brodziak to play Saturday 11-28-2015
Kyle Brodziak C STL
Kyle Brodziak will draw back into the Blues' lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
He was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Penguins. One of Steve Ott, Dmitrij Jaskin or Scott Gomez will sit out to accomodate Brodziak.
Allen to start v Jackets Saturday 11-28-2015
Jake Allen G STL
Updating an earlier post, Jake Allen will indeed get the start against the Blue Jackets Saturday night.

Lou Korac Twitter
Allen is having a fine season sporting a 2.10 GAA and a .928 SP. That said, he is coming off a 30-save ovetime loss to the Penguins on Wednesday night. We would start him in the home matchup against Columbus.
Gaustad placed on IR Saturday 11-28-2015
Paul Gaustad C NAS
The Predators have placed Paul Gaustad on injured reserve.

Adam Vingan Twitter
He is dealing with an upper-body injury that he sustained Wednesday night. Gaustad will likely miss at least a few games. The Preds have recalled goaltender Juuse Soras from the AHL to take Gaustad's roster spot.
Forsberg scores for 1st time since Oct. 15 11-28-2015
Filip Forsberg C NAS
Filip Forsberg scored for the first time since October 15th when he bulged the twine against the Flyers Friday night.

The Nashville Tennessean
Despite the fact that Forsberg had not been scoring goals, he had been playing well. The whole Predators team was in a terrible offensive funk for much of the month and Forsberg was one of many who were held off the scoresheet. Perhaps this goal will be the beginning of a resurgence for Forsberg.
Rinne likely starter v Sabres Saturday 11-28-2015
Pekka Rinne G NAS
Look for Pekka Rinne to get the start Saturday night against the Sabres.

Left Wing Lock
If it comes to pass, it will mean starts on back-to-back nights, nothing new for Rinne. He is coming off Friday night's 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia, which makes him a very good bet to rebound against Buffalo in the team's first home game after a long road trip.
Scandella could return Tuesday 11-28-2015
Marco Scandella D MIN
Marco Scandella, who is skating with his teammates Saturday morning, could return to action as soon as Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks

Chad Graff Twitter
He has missed the last week with a lower-body injury. Consider him day-to-day.
Gustav Olofsson called up from AHL 11-28-2015
Gustav Olofsson D MIN
The Wild have recalled Gustav Olofsson from Iowa of the AHL in time for Saturday's contest against Dallas.

Chad Graff Twitter
It is not clear if Olofsson will in fact suit up, though. Olofsson had three assist in 21 games with Iowa this season and has no fantasy value.
Antti Raanta is in goal vs. PHI on Saturday 11-28-2015
Antti Raanta G NYR
Confirming an earlier report, Antti Raanta will be in goal for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
Steve Mason will get the start for the Flyers. Raanta has started and won four games for the Rangers. He last played on Wednesday, when he came on in relief for Henrik Lundqvist. The 26-year-old has a 1.20 goals-against-average and a .955 save percentage this season.
Folin demoted to AHL Saturday 11-28-2015
Christian Folin D MIN
The Wild have assigned Christian Folin to Iowa of the AHL on Saturday.

Chad Graff Twitter
He had been a healthy scratch recently and sitting in the press box wasn't helping his development. The Wild have recalled Gustav Olofsson to take Folin's roster spot Saturday. Folin will be back.
Steve Mason starts for Flyers on Saturday 11-28-2015
Steve Mason G PHI
Steve Mason will be between the pipes for Saturday afternoon's game against the New York Rangers.

Dan Rosen on Twitter
Fantasy GMs should take note that this game gets underway at 1:30 p.m. ET. The 27-year-old has just one win in his last six contests (1-3-2). He has an overall record of 3-7-4 with a 3.00 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage this season.
Graovac skates with teammates 11-28-2015
Tyler Graovac C MIN
Tyler Graovac skated with his teammates for the first time since sustaining an abdominal injury on opening night which required corrective surgery.

Chad Graff Twitter
He is still a few weeks away from returning to action, but he is making progess. Look for Graovac to return to the Wild lineup around mid-December.
Fontaine will play against Stars Saturday 11-28-2015
Justin Fontaine RW MIN
Justin Fontaine will in fact play against Dallas Saturday night.

Chad Graff Twitter
He had been out of actoin since October 30th due to a sprained MCL. Fontaine will likely line up on Miinnesota's third line. He has only marginal fantasy value.
Kuemper wil get start Saturday v Stars 11-28-2015
Darcy Kuemper G MIN
Updating an earlier post, Darcy Kuemper will indeed get the start Saturday night against Dallas.

Chad Graff Twitter
Kuemper hasn't started in almost a month. The last time he did get the call (on October 25th) he was yanked after allowing four goals in 21 minutes of playing time. He will no doubt be rusty and as a result our recommendation is to pass on him against a hot Dallas club.
Niemi likely starter Saturday v Wild 11-28-2015
Antti Niemi G DAL
Look for Antti Niemi to get the start against the Wild Saturday night.

Left Wing Lock
Despite the fact Niemi started and won Friday night against Vancouver, it is doubtful that coach Lindy Ruff would turn to rookie Jack Campbell even in a back-to-back game situation against a tough rival like Minnesota.
Tanguay could play on upcoming trip 11-28-2015
Alex Tanguay LW COL
It is possible that Alex Tanguay (knee) could play on Colorado's upcoming road trip.

Rick Sadowski Twitter
Starting Saturday night the Avs go on a five-game road trip culminating in a December 5th game in Minnesota. If Tanguay is able to return to action during that trip, he will have missed only 3-4 weeks of action, which was at the lower end of the original prognosis given at the time of his injury. Stay tuned for further updates.
Everberg wasn't playing physical enough 11-28-2015
Dennis Everberg RW COL
Dennis Everberg was demoted to the AHL in part because he wasn't playing physical enough hockey.

Mike Chambers Twitter
So says Avs' bench boss Patrick Roy. We expect Everberg will return to Colorado as soon as he gets a few good games under his belt in the AHL.
Varlamov to start Saturday v Jets 11-28-2015
Semyon Varlamov G COL
Semyon Varlamov will get the start Saturday night against Winnipeg.

Denver Post
Despite his recent struggles, Varlamov still has the confidence of Colorado head coach Patrick Roy. The fact that Roy is a Hall of Fame goalie who understands the position as certainly benefited Varlamov. Roy's hope is that with his backing, Varlamov will turn around his game.
Kane points streak longest since 2010 11-28-2015
Patrick Kane RW CHI
Patrick Kane is the first NHL player to have an 18-game points streak since November 2010.

Tracey Myers Twitter
Sidney Crobsy (who else) was the last player to put up a streak of that magnitude. He had a 25-game point streak from November 5th to December 28, 2010. What Kane is doing is remarkable. There are many who thought he would have an off-season given the off-ice issues that plagued him to start the campaign. They couldn't have been more wrong.
Darling likely starter Saturday v Kings 11-28-2015
Scott Darling G CHI
Look for Scott Darling to start Saturday night against Los Angeles.

Left Wing Lock
Corey Crawford started and defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime Friday night and will likely get the night off. Darling last played last Friday in a 2-1 loss to Calgary in which he stopped 35 of 37 shots.
Winnik and Corrado likely scratches v Caps 11-28-2015
Daniel Winnik LW TOR
Forward Daniel Winnik and defenseman Frank Corrado will be the likely scratches against the Capitals Saturday night.

jonas Siegel Twitter
It looks as if Martin Marincin will draw back in due to the demotion of Scott Harrington. None of these roster moves will have any fantasy impact.
Islanders recall Berube and place him on IR 11-28-2015
Jean-Francois Berube G NYI
The New York Islanders have recalled goaltender Jean-Francois Berube and placed him on the injured reserve list with a lower body injury.

New York Islanders on Twitter
Berube was sent to the minors on a conditioning stint Tuesday and was suddenly recalled today. Consider him day-to-day for now. He is the Islanders third goalie at this time so he has no fantasy value.
Scott Harrington optioned to AHL's Marlies 11-28-2015
Scott Harrington D TOR
Scott Harrington was optioned to the AHL Marlies on Saturday.

Jonas Siegel Twitter
He had been a healthy scratch of late and his roster spot was needed for goalie Garret Sparks due to the probable unavailability of James Reimer. Harrington will be back when the Leafs need an extra defenseman.
Thomas Hickey activated on Saturday 11-28-2015
Thomas Hickey D NYI
The New York Islanders have activated Thomas Hickey (leg) from the injured reserve list.

New York Islanders on Twitter
This was expected as Hickey has been practicing of late and is expected to play on Saturday night. Hickey has two goals in four games but he only had four goals in 82 contests last season so don't even think he will score a lot the rest of the way.
Garret Sparks recalled by Leafs Saturday 11-28-2015
Garret Sparks G TOR
Garret Sparks has been recalled from the Marlies of the AHL Saturday.

Jonas Siegel Twitter
He may dress as Jonathan Bernier's backup Saturday night against the Capitals if James Reimer can't do so. It is not likely that Sparks will see any action during his tenure in the NHL this time around. That said, Sparks has been outstanding in the AHL this season posting an 8-2-1 record with a 1.90 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.
Reimer likely won't dress Saturday night v Caps 11-28-2015
James Reimer G TOR
James Reimer will likely not dress Saturday night against the Capitals.

jonas Siegel Twitter
Jonathan Bernier will get the start and the Maple Leafs have recalled Garret Sparks from the Marlies as insurance if Reimer can't serve as Bernier's backup. Obviously, Reimer's injury is still a factor. Consider Reimer day-to-day for now.
Bernier to get start v Caps Saturday 11-28-2015
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Jonathan Bernier will get the start Saturday night against the Capitals.

Jonas Siegel Twitter
Bernier has not started since November 15th, and has only two starts for the entire month of November as James Reimer has been outstanding. With Reimer dealing with an injury, Bernier gets a shot against a talented Washington squad. It will be interesting to see how he responds after sitting on the pine so long.
Drouin closing in on a return 11-28-2015
Jonathan Drouin LW TB
Of all Tampa's injured forwards Jonathan Drouin is the closest to returning to action.

Erik Erlendsson Twitter
He is still dealing with an undisclosed injury but he did participate in Saturday morning's optional skate and appears to be closing in on a return. Drouin is ahead of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette in his recovery from injury.
Bishop to start Saturday v Islanders 11-28-2015
Ben Bishop G TB
Look for Ben Bishop to start in goal against the Islanders Saturday night.

Left Wing Lock
He got Friday night off as Andrei Vasilevskiy started and lost to the Capitals 4-2. Bishop is coming off a very fine 37-save, 2-1 shootout win over the Kings on Wednesday and has not allowed more than one goal in four of his last five starts. His current goals against average is 1.99 and his save percentage is .929. Pretty impressive numbers.
Johnson doubtful Saturday night v Islanders 11-28-2015
Tyler Johnson C TB
Tyler Johnson is listed as doubtful for Saturday night's game against the Islanders.

Erik Erlendsson Twitter
He injured himself in Friday night's 4-2 loss to Washington and did not take part in Saturday morning's optional skate. Although Johnson has not been officially ruled out of Saturday night's game, it looks as if he will sit it out.
Wiercioch healthy but won't play Saturday 11-28-2015
Patrick Wiercioch D OTT
Patrick Wiercioch practiced with his Ottawa teammates on Friday and appears to be healthy again.

Ottawa Sun
That doesn't mean he will suit up against the Coyotes on Saturday, though. The Sens will likely be cautious with him after he missed four games as a result of being clocked by the Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno. Even at full health, Wiercioch is just a sixth-seventh defenseman, so his return to action will only be marginally interesting to poolies.
Anderson to make 7th straight start Saturday 11-28-2015
Craig Anderson G OTT
Craig Anderson is set to make his seventh consecutive start Saturday against Phoenix.

Ottawa Sun
Despite allowing seven goals in his last two starts, Anderson, who posted back-to-back shutouts last week, will be in the cage. Anderson has been tremendous this season and is a must start against the Coyotes Saturday evening.
Vatrano plays as top-6 forward Friday 11-28-2015
Frank Vatrano LW BOS
Frank Vatrano moved up to the Bruins' top line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand against the Rangers Friday.

Boston Herald
After being a healthy scratch earlier in the week, Vatrano has responded with some fine play earning the promotion. The Bruins' rookie has three goals in eight games this season after scoring 10 goals in 10 games in the AHL. Keep an eye on him.
Report: Carey Price (leg) out a month 11-28-2015
Carey Price G MON
RDS is reporting that Carey Price will be out of action for a month.

Montreal Gazette
Beleskey won't face discipline on Stepan hit 11-28-2015
Matt Beleskey LW BOS
Matt Beleskey will not face any league discipline for his hit on Derek Stepan.

CSN New England
Beleskey was not penalized on the play when he checked Stepan hard into the boards with a questionable hit that resulted in Stepan leaving the game with broken ribs. Beleskey was a wrecking crew against the Rangers on Friday with five hits and nine shots on goal. Perhaps he is finally rounding into the player the Bruins thought they had when they signed him to a mult-year contract this past summer.
Thonas Hickey could return Saturday 11-28-2015
Thomas Hickey D NYI
Thomas Hickey (leg) could be back in the lineup Saturday.

New York Newsday
The Islanders would have to send someone (likely Adam Pelech) to the minors as Hickey is currently on the injured reserve list. The defenseman has been out of action since October 24 and has two goals in only four games this season.
Ryan Strome scores in return to lineup 11-28-2015
Ryan Strome C NYI
Ryan Strome scored Friday in his return to the Islanders lineup.

New York Newsday
Strome was sent to the minors three weeks ago and managed a couple of goals and four points in eight games with Bridgeport of the AHL. He was recalled Thursday and potted a goal, his second of the NHL season. Strome played alongside Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin Friday and it seemed to work. "I thought he played well," coach Jack Capuano said of Strome. "He played with some confidence and some poise." He is worth a look in deeper pools at this time as he did have 17 goals and 50 points last season.
Rick Nash on four game goal scoring streak 11-28-2015
Rick Nash LW NYR
Rick Nash scored Friday and is on a four game goal scoring streak.

New York Daily News
Nash has been white-hot of late with six goals in the four games, after starting the season with only two in his first 17 games. He now has a respectable eight goals and 16 points in 21 games with a plus-six rating. He is a must start right now.
Henrik Lundqvist struggling of late 11-28-2015
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist has a 3.39 GAA and a .902 save percentage over his last four games.

NY Post
Lundqvist was off to the best start of his career so his overall numbers of 12-5-2 with a 2.05 GAA and a .936 save percentage still look spectacular but it all hasn't been roses of late. Antti Raanta will get his fifth start of the season on Saturday and all five have been the second game of back-to-back games. Lundqvist will snap out of this mini-slump as he is still a top-three goalie in the NHL.
Kevin Hayes to go back in the middle 11-28-2015
Kevin Hayes RW NYR
Kevin Hayes will take over the center spot vacated by the injured Derek Stepan.

NY Post
Hayes had been playing on the wing but with Stepan out indefinitely with broken ribs, Hayes will move between Chris Kreider and possibly Emerson Etem as the former Duck needs to be given a chance to show his offensive capability.
Dylan McIlrath takes care of business 11-28-2015
Dylan McIlrath D NYR
Dylan McIlrath had 17 minutes in penalties on Friday.

NY Post
McIlrath jumped in and fought Matt Beleskey of the Bruins after Beleskey ploughed Derek Stepan into the boards, breaking Stepan's ribs. McIlrath got two for instigating, five for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct while the referees missed the boarding penalty completely. McIlrath gained plenty of respect in the Rangers dressing room and now has played five games with no points but the 17 penalty minutes. He has been a healthy scratch for most of the season so we cannot recommend him.
Eric Gelinas struggling with his game 11-28-2015
Eric Gelinas D NJ
Eric Gelinas has been struggling with his game this season.

Newark Star-Ledger
The offensive side of things are fine but the defenseman has not played well defensively and that caused him to be benched on Friday for the second period. Gelinas has been a healthy scratch on eight occasions including seven in a row from November 3-20. He has a goal and two helpers in 13 games this season.
Patrik Elias picks up first point of season 11-28-2015
Patrik Elias LW NJ
Patrik Elias picked up his first point of the season Friday.

Newark Star-Ledger
Elias set up Lee Stempniak for the Devils lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal. It was only his second game of the season as Elias was on the injured reserve list all season due to a knee injury suffered before the start of training camp. Even at the age of 39, Elias is one of the few Devils who is capable of scoring although you couldn't tell that last season when the veteran had only 13 goals and 34 points in 69 games.
Oscar Lindberg scores first in three weeks 11-28-2015
Oscar Lindberg C NYR
Oscar Lindberg scored his first goal in three weeks on Friday.

The Bergen Record
Lindberg got off to a tremendous start as he had seven goals in his first 13 games but his eighth of the season broke a nine game goalless streak. The rookie was getting consideration for the Calder in October but has fallen back with this recent slump.
Matt Greene skates at end of practice 11-28-2015
Matt Greene D LA
Matt Greene (upper body) skated with the Kings at the end of Friday's practice.
Greene has been out of action since October 13 and did not partake in any drills on Friday. Still, at least he was out on the ice and that's progress. He is still week-to-week at this stage. Even when healthy, he has no real fantasy value.
Dwight King still two weeks away from return 11-28-2015
Dwight King LW LA
Dwight King is still a couple of weeks away from returning to action from a broken bone in his foot.
King suffered the broken bone just before the start of the regular season and has not been on the ice as of yet. King is expected to see doctors this week and then it's likely he will be back on the ice. GM Dean Lombardi stated that King is likely two to two-and-a-half weeks away from returning to the lineup. He had 13 goals and 26 points in 81 games last season and the Kings could use his secondary scoring in their lineup.
Anton Lander picks up first point of season 11-28-2015
Anton Lander C EDM
Anton Lander picked up his first point of the season Friday.

Edmonton Journal
It has been a horrible fantasy season for Lander who had six goals and 20 points in 38 NHL games last season. This year has been a far different story as he has now played in 22 games. He is also a minus-six. If he has been in your fantasy lineup all season, our condolences to your team.
Ryan Getzlaf good on the faceoff dot 11-28-2015
Ryan Getzlaf C ANA
Ryan Getzlaf won 15-of-21 faceoffs on Friday.

Orange County Register
Unfortunately, that was the only good thing that Getzlaf managed as the Blackhawks shut him and the rest of the top line down in a 3-2 overtime loss. He had a costly penalty late in the third that allowed Chicago to get back in the game. Getzlaf has 15 points in 20 games this season and should be close to a point a game by the time the end of the regular season rolls around.
Ducks send Chris Mueller back to the minors 11-28-2015
Chris Mueller C ANA
The Anaheim Ducks have sent Chris Mueller back to the minors.

Orange County Register
Mueller was recalled earlier in the week from San Diego of the AHL but did not appear in an NHL game. Mueller has four goals and 14 points in 16 games with the Gulls this season.
Nate Thompson sent to the minors 11-28-2015
Nate Thompson C ANA
The Anaheim Ducks have sent Nate Thompson (shoulder) to the San Diego Gulls of the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

Orange County Register
Thompson is right on schedule after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery as it was determined that he would need five-six months of recovery after the June surgery. He is a valuable bottom-six forward but his fantasy value is not big in traditional pools as he is good at hits, blocks and faceoffs.
Tyler Kennedy LW NJ
Tyler Kennedy was signed by NJ on Friday November 27.
Andrew Ference D EDM
Andrew Ference returned to action on Friday November 27.
Smith wins again, beats Flames in overtime 11-28-2015
Mike Smith G ARZ
Mike Smith made 25 saves during Arizona's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary on Friday night. After stopping 20 of 21 shots through the first 40 minutes of the game, Smith was hardly tested through the end of overtime. Which is good news for all involved. The win brings his record up to 10-5-1 but he still has 45 goals against in 18 games this season.
Hanzal picks up fifth tally of the season 11-28-2015
Martin Hanzal C ARZ
Martin Hanzal picked up his fifth goal of the season in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over the Flames. The marker ended Hanzal's longest pointless streak of the season - two games. That's right, he's been a regular contributor all season long and now has 18 points on the year.
Ekman-Larsson pushes Yotes past Flames in OT 11-28-2015
Oliver Ekman-Larsson D ARZ
Oliver Ekman-Larsson pushed his Coyotes past the Flames in Friday's 2-1 overtime victory. Ekman-Larsson did a bit of everything during his team-high 23:46 of work. He picked up four PIMs, two hits, a block and his fifth goals of the season, and his second winner of the season as well.