NHL Recent Player News
|3/29/2017||Jamie McGinn, Ari, LW|
|McGinn is away from the Coyotes due to a death in the family and will miss Wednesday's game against St. Louis.
Analysis: It's as of now unclear whether McGinn will be back for Friday's home game against Washington. The veteran forward has had a highly disappointing season, managing just nine goals and seven assists through 69 games.
|3/29/2017||Zach Parise, Min, LW|
|Parise is expected to miss the Wild's next three games with upper-body injuries he sustained Tuesday against Washington.
Analysis: Parise is still recovering from a high stick near his eye that caused him to fall into the Capitals' Jay Beagle, whose knee struck the forward's head before he hit the ice. Though he'll need a few days to recover, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after Wednesday's practice he does not expect Parise's absence to be a long-term one.
|3/29/2017||Aleksander Barkov, Fla, C|
|Barkov delivered an assist in the Panthers' 3-2 loss at Toronto on Tuesday.
Analysis: Though the Panthers continue to play their way out of the playoff picture, Barkov has remained a consistent source of offense. The standout center has five goals and eight assists over his last 11 games and a team-leading 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 25 games since returning from an upper-body injury in early February.
|3/29/2017||Reilly Smith, Fla, RW|
|Smith had a goal in the Panthers' 3-2 loss at Toronto on Tuesday.
Analysis: Though he won't match last season's career-high total of 25 goals, Smith does have one in three of his last five games.
|3/29/2017||William Nylander, Tor, C|
|Nylander assisted on the opening goal in Toronto's 3-2 win over Florida on Tuesday, which increased his career-best point streak to 12 games.
Analysis: Nylander has four goals and 10 assists during the streak, the longest by a rookie in franchise history, and continues to play a big part in Toronto's playoff push. The 20-year-old has 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) over his last 21 outings.
|3/29/2017||Curtis McElhinney, Tor, G|
|McElhinney recorded 25 saves to help the Maple Leafs to Tuesday's 3-2 win over Florida.
Analysis: The journeyman drew the start in place of Frederik Andersen, who's dealing with an upper-body injury but has a chance to be back for Thursday's game at Nashville. McElhinney, now 2-1-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average over his last three starts, would make for a decent fantasy option if he gets the call against the Predators.
|3/29/2017||Leo Komarov, Tor, C|
|Komarov continued his hot stretch by posting a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win over Florida.
Analysis: The physical forward has generated five points over his last four games and scored three times with four assists over his past eight. Komarov added two hits on Tuesday, giving him 210 through 75 games this season.
|3/29/2017||Auston Matthews, Tor, C|
|Matthews' record-setting goal 11:54 into Tuesday's game helped set the tone for Toronto's 3-2 win over Florida.
Analysis: The tally was Matthews' 35th, setting a new franchise record for goals in a season by a rookie, and fourth during a six-game point streak in which he's added three assists. The 19-year-old had tied the mark, which had been set by Wendel Clark in 1985-86, during the Leafs' loss at Buffalo on Saturday.
|3/29/2017||Martin Jones, SJ, G|
|Jones stopped 24 shots in Tuesday's overtime win over the Rangers.
Analysis: The No. 1 netminder didn't help his cause with the Sharks giving plenty of starts lately to rookie Aaron Dell. Jones has given up 14 goals on 89 shots in his last three starts.
|3/29/2017||Henrik Lundqvist, NYR, G|
|Lundqvist had 30 saves in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss in San Jose.
Analysis: Lundqvist lost his second straight start, allowing five goals in each, after missing seven games with a hip injury. Perhaps it's also a bad sign that he admitted afterward to being "exhausted" and "all over the place" in the second period when he was peppered with 14 shots.
|3/29/2017||Chris Tierney, SJ, C|
|Tierney scored twice, had two penalty minutes and finished at a plus-3 as the Sharks won 5-4 in overtime over the Rangers.
Analysis: Despite the outburst and Tierney setting a new career high with nine goals on the season, he remains a poor fantasy play. His ice time has been reduced recently and he had one point in 12 games prior to Tuesday.
|3/29/2017||Jannik Hansen, SJ, RW|
|Hansen had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's overtime win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Hansen scored his first goal in his ninth game with the Sharks. Maybe it was no coincidence it came in his first game after being moved to a third line alongside Tomas Hertl and Mikkel Boedker.
|3/29/2017||Kari Lehtonen, Dal, G|
|Lehtonen made 32 saves but allowed three third-period goals in the Stars' 4-1 loss at Montreal on Tuesday.
Analysis: Lehtonen was headed to a fifth consecutive strong start before faltering in the final frame. He entered Tuesday's clash having yielded only four goals while going 3-0-1 over his previous four assignments.
|3/29/2017||Alexander Radulov, Mon, RW|
|Radulov scored late in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Dallas to end a month-long goal drought.
Analysis: It was the Russian's first marker since Feb. 27 and only his second goal in his past 17 games. Despite those recent struggles, Radulov's return to the NHL still has to be considered a success, as he's second among Montreal players with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) through 71 games.
|3/29/2017||Artturi Lehkonen, Mon, LW|
|Lehkonen continued his strong run by netting a third-period goal that helped the Canadiens to Tuesday's 4-1 win over Montreal.
Analysis: The rookie is now on a career-high four-game point streak and has produced a solid 14 goals through his first 67 NHL contests. Lehkonen should continue to get chances, as his 23 shots on goal over Montreal's last eight games ranks third on the team.
|3/29/2017||Derek Stepan, NYR, C|
|Stepan scored on the power play Tuesday.
Analysis: Stepan has scored in three consecutive games to push his season total to 16 goals. His current four-game point streak matches a season high.
|3/29/2017||Brady Skjei, NYR, D|
|Skjei finished with three assists Tuesday but still posted a minus-1.
Analysis: The second-year player had scored a goal on Sunday and ranks second among Rangers defensemen with 38 points, including 33 assists.
|3/29/2017||J.T. Miller, NYR, LW|
|Miller scored on the power play and at even strength in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss at San Jose.
Analysis: Miller had only one goal in his previous 16 games but is now up to 22 goals, matching the career high he set last season.
|3/29/2017||Brent Burns, SJ, D|
|Burns scored a power-play goal 3:10 into overtime and the Sharks snapped a six-game skid on the night they clinched a playoff berth, rallying past the Rangers 5-4 on Tuesday.
Analysis: Burns finally halted a 16-game goal drought by scoring his 28th of the season, surpassing the career high he had set last season.
|3/29/2017||Max Pacioretty, Mon, LW|
|Pacioretty broke out of his scoring slump with a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win over Dallas.
Analysis: Though he still ranks among the league's top 10 with 34 goals, Pacioretty had mustered just two over his previous 12 outings - and both came in the same game.
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