NHL News

Tomas Tatar    F  Red Wings



Tatar delivered a power-play goal -- his 10th of the season -- in Detroit's 3-1 home win over the Maple Leafs. Hot Sauce is a stealthy goal scorer for a Wings team that arguably contains too many players of his ilk. Nonetheless, he's on pace to record 25 goals for the second straight season -- last year, that was good enough for the team lead. Tatar's way behind in the assist column, though, as he's only set up five goals after notching 20-plus in four consecutive campaigns. He's capable of catching fire on short notice, but predicting when Tatar will strike is usually a humbling exercise.

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Dec 16 - 12:11 AM

Jack Eichel    F  Sabres



Eichel scored three goals, added an assist and registered 11 shots during Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to Carolina. With young stars garnering attention throughout the league, and Buffalo struggling again this season, it's easy to forget just how good Eichel is. Friday's showing was a ripe example and reminder of his upside. His fantasy setup with the Sabres remains lackluster, at best, as the center has registered just three secondary assists through 33 games. Still, it also wouldn't be shocking if this offensive outburst kick-started a hot stretch for the 21-year-old American.

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Dec 16 - 12:10 AM

Justin Williams    F  Hurricanes



Williams recorded a goal, an assist and four shots through 18:47 of ice time (1:43 on the power play) during Friday's 5-4 overtime win against Buffalo. The two-point showing has Williams in range to take a run at 20 goals and 60 points, and he's got off to the rock-solid start in somewhat quiet fashion. He's locked into a top-six role with power-play time, so there's no reason to expect the established scorer's numbers to dip significantly moving forward.

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Dec 16 - 12:01 AM

Jordan Staal    F  Hurricanes



Staal registered a goal and an assist through 21:05 of ice time (1:43 with the man advantage) during Friday's 5-4 overtime win against Buffalo. Staal went 13 consecutive games without a multi-point showing entering Friday, and he registered just a single goal and assist during the slump. As a result, this was obviously welcomed production from the veteran center. His eight goals and 19 points are serviceable numbers in deeper settings, but his game-to-game inconsistency can be especially frustrating in particular formats.

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Dec 15 - 11:57 PM

Gabriel Fontaine    F  Rangers



Fontaine scored twice in AHL Hartford's 7-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday. Fontaine parlayed an unexpectedly strong training camp into an expanded role with the Wolf Pack and the results have been positive. He has just four goals and no assists on the season, but Fontaine is known for his hockey IQ and penalty killing prowess as opposed to putting up points and he has excelled in those areas. Mature beyond his 20 years of age, Fontaine isn't far away in helping the Rangers in a depth role.

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Dec 15 - 11:51 PM

Henrik Zetterberg    F  Red Wings



Zetterberg managed two assists -- including a power-play helper -- in Friday night's 3-1 home win over the Maple Leafs. Detroit's captain extended his point streak to three games, heavily rewarding those who stayed patient with him during a campaign that's been riddled by inconsistency so far. Zetterberg skated to a minus-3 rating in two of the last three heading into Friday's action, which suggests that he's not getting nearly enough defensive support from his teammates. Nonetheless, this was a huge win for the Winged Wheel, and Big Z will look to carry the team on his back for what promises to be a grueling four-game road trip that begins Tuesday evening against the Islanders.

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Dec 15 - 11:49 PM

Jaccob Slavin    D  Hurricanes



Slavin scored the game-winning goal in overtime and also collected an assist during Friday's 5-4 victory against Buffalo. Slavin's an interesting player because he's highly regarded among the analytics zealots and quickly climbed into a prominent role with Carolina despite modest pedigree. With that in mind, it's not overly surprising that the third-year defender is having an underwhelming campaign after excelling through his first two seasons. Friday's game-winning goal and two-point showing is encouraging, but Slavin still has just three goals and eight points through 31 games, so fantasy expectations should probably remain in check for the immediate future.

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Dec 15 - 11:47 PM

Derek Ryan    RW  Hurricanes



Ryan recorded a goal and an assist during Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Buffalo. The late-blooming forward has carved out a secondary role with the Hurricanes this season and is now up to six goals and 17 points. Barring injury, a career-best offensive campaign is all but guaranteed, but Ryan's fantasy value is likely still limited to deep settings.

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Dec 15 - 11:40 PM

Danny DeKeyser    D  Red Wings



Dekeyser opened the scoring for Detroit in its 3-1 home win over the Maple Leafs on Friday. Danny D sorely needed that goal, as he entered the contest completely devoid of points in addition to a minus-11 rating through 14 games. An ankle injury cost him more than a month's worth of action, but he's averaged close to 19 minutes since returning Nov. 19 and looks none the worse for wear. Still, outside of Mike Green, don't expect much offense to rout through the Red Wings blue line.

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Dec 15 - 11:36 PM

Elias Lindholm    F  Hurricanes



Lindholm registered a goal and an assist during Friday's 5-4 over time win over Buffalo. The Swede now has a respectable three goals, three assists and 16 shots through seven December games. He's been a notoriously slow starter, so this might prove to be the beginning of a breakout surge. Lindholm's 18 points -- nine goals -- through 31 games for the season have him on pace for career-best offensive marks across the board, and as noted, he might just be finding his scoring touch now.

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Dec 15 - 11:35 PM