Kris Russell D CGY 9 Days

Russell ended a three-game pointless skid by rolling up a pair of assists, a plus-1 rating and two PIM in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.

With that, Russell's set a new career high in points -- 30. It's not much, but his recent productivity (10 points in his last eight games) in combination with his plus-13 rating has made him a legitimate fantasy asset in deeper formats, and increasingly in shallower ones as well.

Kris Russell D CGY 17 Days

Russell dished out three helpers in a 6-3 win over the Ducks on Wednesday. He also skated to a plus-2.

Run -- don't walk -- to grab this guy if you can, as he's now piled up eight points in the last four games while skating on the Flames' top defensive pair with Dennis Wideman. He's also getting premium minutes on Calgary's top power-play unit, and is stepping up quite capably in lieu of fantasy stud Mark Giordano, who's out for the season with a torn biceps tendon.

Kris Russell D CGY 20 Days

Russell scored twice -- once on the power play -- in 28:56 of ice time in Sunday's loss to Ottawa.

Russell is now riding a three-game point streak, compiling two goals and five points in that span. He's up to 25 points and a plus-10 rating in 64 games on the season. While he's been inconsistent, he averages 23:34 of ice time and should post 30-plus points.

Kris Russell D CGY 23 Days

Russell picked up two power-play assists and blocked a whopping 15 shots Thursday against the Bruins.

The points ended a nine-game scoreless skid for the 27-year-old blueliner. Russell's developed into a truly prolific shot blocker over the last couple years, and he'd already hit a new career high (203) on Tuesday even before this game. In fact, he's got 23 blocks in the last two. That's just ridiculous.

Kris Russell D CGY 29 Days

Russell picked up an assist while seeing 28:21 of ice time in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders.

Russell helped spoil goalie Jaroslav Halak's shutout bid with 21 seconds remaining in the third period, as he found Josh Jooris for the Flames' only tally of the evening. More notable than the helper was Russell's TOI, which was his second-highest mark of the season. It's no coincidence that it came on a night when Mark Giordano (upper body) was unavailable, with Russell absorbing most of the minutes that became available. Should Giordano's injury result in a long-term absence, Russell's fantasy value would likely notice a modest spike.

Kris Russell D CGY 2 Months

Russell scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.

It took 50 games for Russell to get his first tally, improving his shooting rate on the season to an ugly 1.5 percent. It seems like a safe bet that he might find twine a couple more times this season, but his reluctance to shoot won't help matters. After bagging seven goals while attempting 1.60 shots per game last season, Russell is averaging just 1.34 attempts in 2014-15.

Kris Russell D CGY 2 Months

Russell (illness) is taking part in pregame warmups, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports.

Russell had been declared a game time call for the Saturday evening matchup, and his presence in pregame warmups suggests that he'll likely be good to go.

Kris Russell D CGY 2 Months

Russell is dealing with an illness and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's match against the Oilers.

Russell is suffering from the flu and was unable to skate Saturday morning. The team will see if he can notice enough progress in his recovery over the afternoon to give it a go against the Oilers, but Tyler Wotherspoon would enter the lineup in the event the blueliner can't play.

Kris Russell D CGY 2 Months

Russell assisted on Dennis Wideman's game-winning goal in overtime Monday against the Kings. He also added three hits and three blocks defensively.

Russell is still without a goal through 44 games this season, but his total of 17 assists are respectable enough for a defenseman. Even so, the lack of diversity in his scoring probably limits his usefulness to deeper formats at this point.

Kris Russell D CGY 4 Months

Russell collected a power-play assist and two more at even strength in Thursday's overtime win against Colorado.

While Russell's yet to find twine on the heels of last year's seven-goal campaign, he's piled up a very fantasy-relevant 13 assists in 25 games. His production's been a bit spotty, but fantasy owners in leagues that count blocked shots have to be happy about the complementary value of the 74 of those he's compiled this year, including 13 over the last four games.