NHL Recent Player News
|3/30/2017||Alexandre Burrows, Ott, LW|
|Burrows is sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: Burrows has seen a drop in ice time since being acquired by the Senators and has been ice-cold lately, registering one point in his last eight games.
|3/30/2017||Frank Vatrano, Bos, C|
|Vatrano will miss Thursday's game against Dallas with an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: Interim coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters the 23-year-old is day to day. Vatrano has 10 goals in 42 games this season, though he hasn't scored in any of his past 14 contests.
|3/30/2017||Dougie Hamilton, Cgy, D|
|Hamilton scored the Flames' lone goal in Wednesday's loss to Los Angeles.
Analysis: The goal was Hamilton's 13th this season, a new career high for the upper-level fantasy defenseman. The 23-year-old has scored three times in his last eight games and recorded 10 points over a 12-game stretch in which he's a plus-10.
|3/30/2017||Brian Elliott, Cgy, G|
|Elliott stopped just 29 of 33 shots in the Flames' loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Analysis: Elliott hasn't had many subpar performances lately, as he entered the contest 13-1-0 with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage over his previous 14 starts. He'll likely get a chance to bounce back when the Flames host San Jose on Friday.
|3/30/2017||Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy, LW|
|Gaudreau assisted on the Flames' lone goal in Wednesday's loss to Los Angeles to extend his point streak to six games.
Analysis: Calgary hasn't locked up a playoff spot just yet, but it will be a dangerous team if Gaudreau maintains his late-season pace. The dynamic forward has 10 points during the streak and 24 (six goals, 18 assists) through his last 18 contests. He's a plus-15 over the course of that stretch.
|3/30/2017||Jeff Carter, LA, C|
|Carter ended his recent scoring slump by recording a late goal in Wednesday's win at Calgary.
Analysis: Just three of Carter's team-leading 32 goals have come during Los Angeles' last 21 games, and he entered Wednesday's matchup having gone a season-high eight straight without one. The Kings are 20-2-3 this season when Carter scores, so it would be a great boost to their sagging playoff hopes if he can get hot.
|3/30/2017||Marian Gaborik, LA, RW|
|After being a healthy scratch in the Kings' previous game, Gaborik responded by recording two assists and finishing a plus-3 in Wednesday's win at Calgary.
Analysis: It's just the fourth time this season in which the three-time 40-goal scorer has had multiple points. Though his overall numbers have been disappointing, Gaborik could be a candidate for a late-year resurgence if he continues to play on a line with Anze Kopitar and Jarome Iginla.
|3/30/2017||Anze Kopitar, LA, C|
|Kopitar produced a goal and an assist while finishing a plus-3 in the Kings' 4-1 win at Calgary on Wednesday.
Analysis: Kopitar is doing his part to keep the Kings alive in the playoff chase, generating six goals and nine assists over his last 16 games. The Los Angeles captain has five multi-point outings during that time frame.
|3/30/2017||Mikko Rantanen, Col, RW|
|Rantanen scored his 17th goal Wednesday to tie Matt Duchene for the team lead.
Analysis: Rantanen has come back to life with three goals and an assist in his last four games. That follows a 14-game stretch in which he had no goals and two assists.
|3/30/2017||Nathan MacKinnon, Col, C|
|MacKinnon had a goal and an assist Wednesday.
Analysis: MacKinnon has scored or assisted on half of Colorado's 10 goals in the past four games. He's finished at a plus-1 in three straight games despite the Avs losing them all.
|3/30/2017||Jarome Iginla, LA, RW|
|Playing perhaps for the final time in Calgary, Iginla scored in a second straight game and added an assist to help the Kings post an important 4-1 win over the Flames. The former Calgary captain also was involved in a fight and finished a plus-3.
Analysis: The in-season move to Los Angeles has boosted Iginla's numbers, as he's recorded five goals, two assists and 12 penalty minutes over his last 11 games to put himself back into the fantasy conversation.
|3/30/2017||Kevin Shattenkirk, Was, D|
|Shattenkirk had two more assists Wednesday and finished at a plus-2.
Analysis: Shattenkirk has 11 assists in 13 games since joining the Capitals, including five in the past three games while posting a plus-5.
|3/30/2017||Evgeny Kuznetsov, Was, C|
|Kuznetsov finished with a goal and an assist Wednesday.
Analysis: It was the first multipoint game of March for Kuznetsov, who is two goals shy of his career high of 20.
|3/30/2017||Marcus Johansson, Was, LW|
|Johansson scored a power-play goal on his only shot Wednesday and added an assist in a win at Colorado.
Analysis: Johansson has eight points in his last four games, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down. Washington has three stops left on a five-game trip, and Johansson has four goals and eight assists in his last seven road games. He has only two points in his last nine at home.
|3/30/2017||Matt Cullen, Pit, C|
|Cullen assisted on the Penguins' lone goal during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.
Analysis: The 40-year-old had a goal in each of his previous two games and has collected six points over his last seven. Cullen continues to be a solid secondary player for the playoff-bound Penguins.
|3/30/2017||Marc-Andre Fleury, Pit, G|
|Fleury surrendered five goals - four in the first period - on 36 shots in Wednesday's loss to Chicago.
Analysis: The poor start resulted in the veteran's third loss in four starts, with Fleury allowing three or more goals in each of those defeats. Matt Murray isn't playing particularly well right now either, so the two could continue to work in a tandem until one gets hot.
|3/30/2017||Richard Panik, Chi, LW|
|Panik continued his scoring tear by netting one of four Chicago goals in the first period of Wednesday's 5-1 victory at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Panik has now scored in two straight games and has five goals over his last eight. The Slovak native's 22 goals are double his previous career high set back in 2014-15.
|3/30/2017||Corey Crawford, Chi, G|
|Crawford helped the Blackhawks to Wednesday's 5-1 win over Pittsburgh by registering 31 saves.
Analysis: Crawford has now alternated good and shaky outings over his last five starts, though he's still a solid 5-1-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average over his past seven. Considering the Blackhawks' offensive capability, he should be a good bet for a few more wins in the near future.
|3/30/2017||Patrick Kane, Chi, RW|
|Kane notched a pair of assists and finished a plus-3 in Chicago's rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Analysis: Kane is making a run at a second straight Art Ross Trophy by racking up 19 goals and 16 assists over a 25-game stretch since Feb. 2. His 84 points are currently five behind Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the league lead.
|3/30/2017||Artemi Panarin, Chi, LW|
|Panarin scored in a second straight game and added an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Analysis: Last year's Calder Trophy winner has been terrific during the stretch run, amassing six goals and five assists over his last 11 games. Panarin has recorded at least one point in 13 of his last 17 contests and is a plus-7 over that strong stretch.
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