Scott Darling G CHI 6 Hrs
Darling was reassigned to AHL Rockford on Wednesday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
After starting the Blackhawks' first four games following Corey Crawford's foot injury and playing generally well, Darling looked like he might stick around as the team's top backup over Antti Raanta once Crawford returned. However, Raanta ended up drawing the team's most recent two starts and acquitted himself well, so it looks like he'll stay with the Blackhawks while Darling settles for regular duty at Rockford. Overall on the season, Darling owns a 5-2-0 record, 1.97 GAA and .937 save percentage across seven outings with the parent club.
Mark Streit D PHI 9 Hrs
Streit added a helper in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Though he failed to join the points party in Saturday's 5-1 win over Carolina, Streit has been an assisting-machine in recent games. Prior to this current streak, however, he also posted straight zeros for five games. The Flyers face the Panthers top 10 defense on Thursday, so manage accordingly.
Zac Rinaldo C PHI 9 Hrs
Rinaldo boasts a solitary point this season, while his 37 PIM still rank in the league's top 50.
The tormenter has been averaging around eight and a half minutes per game, though his motives are clearly not offensive. Unless you have a desperate need for PIM, Rinaldo remains a weak play in most leagues.
Michael Raffl F PHI 9 Hrs
Raffl has managed only two points -- both goals -- in the 12 games since November 1.
The winger started the year with seven points in his first 10 games, and his production has dropped considerably since then. His shot percentage continues to hover above last year's average, so a continued decline would not be out of the question.
Jake Allen G STL 14 Hrs
Allen made 21 saves on 23 tries in Tuesday's win over the Kings -- his third straight victory.
Allen has been distinctly unspectacular this season, significantly underperforming relative to the expectations he set with his spectacular efforts for AHL Chicago last season, but perhaps this little stretch of winning hockey will give him some more confidence to stop pucks at a more impressive rate going forward. Allen's on a one-way contract this year, so it's unclear what the Blues will do with him and Martin Brodeur once Brian Elliott (knee) is ready to return, which should be soon.
Jonathan Quick G LA 14 Hrs
Quick blew an early 2-0 lead Tuesday, allowing the Blues to score four goals on 22 shots.
That's now four losses in five games for Quick, and he's been particularly vulnerable over the last three, giving up 10 goals. Quick remains one of the league's best netminders, though, so keep him active whenever he gets the start in goal for the Kings.
Jaden Schwartz LW STL 14 Hrs
Schwartz scored a power-play goal and assisted on Vladimir Tarasenko's hat-trick-completing empty-netter in Tuesday's win over the Kings.
That's points in three straight and a point-per-game pace over the last six for Schwartz, who's seen his scoring pace spike from 0.7 points per game last year to 0.87 points per game this season. That's a 71-point pace for an 82-game season.
Marian Gaborik RW LA 14 Hrs
Gaborik accounted for all the Kings' offense Tuesday, scoring the first two goals of the game in what turned out to be a 5-2 loss to the Blues.
Gabby scored a regulation goal and a power-play goal 5:21 apart in the first period, but that ended up being all the offense Los Angeles could manage. But the important thing for fantasy owners is that Gabby's come alive, scoring three goals in the last two games. If he can find his offensive touch anywhere near as consistently as he did in last year's playoffs, Gaborik's fantasy value will skyrocket.
Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 14 Hrs
Tarasenko picked up his second hat trick of the year Tuesday, adding a power-play assist and a plus-2 rating in a win over the Kings.
The hat-trick goal -- his 20th of the season -- came into an empty net, but we're not judging the young superstar for that. He's now registered on the scoresheet in six consecutive games, racking up six goals and four assists in that span. There haven't been many better players around the league this year than the 23-year-old Tarasenko.
Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 14 Hrs
Niederreiter registered five shots on goal and scored on a penalty shot Tuesday in a 5-3 loss to Chicago.
The goal -- his 14th of the year -- was a thing of beauty, as El Nino totally dominated Antti Raanta one-on-one after being taken down on a breakaway. He's got goals in consecutive games now and three of the last four, but has just three assists on the season and hasn't recorded one since Nov. 20.