Aaron Dell G SJ 8 hours ago
Dell gave up three goals on 20 shots in Saturday's loss to the Bruins.
It was the battle of the backups Saturday and Dell was simply outplayed by the much-busier Anton Khudobin. Martin Jones sees the majority of starts for the Sharks, but Dell is still a reliable backup despite a lackluster showing Saturday. The 28-year-old owns a .923 save percentage in seven appearances and was coming off a 41-save shutout against Vancouver in his last start. Dell is only his his second NHL season, so there will be some bumps along the way, but the North Dakota alum makes for a solid spot start when called upon.
Phillip Danault C MTL 8 hours ago
Danault was moved to the third line for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs. He had two shots, three hits and one blocked shot over 19:14 of ice time in a 6-0 loss.
Danault had been skating on a line with Max Pacioretty, but head coach Claude Julien re-jiggered the lines after Thursday's disappointing loss to the Coyotes. The 24-year-old's production had dropped off after initial boost when reunited with Montreal's captain. After he posted eight points over seven games, Danault had just two assists in seven games before being moved to a line with Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw on Saturday. Given the lack of scoring chances the Habs generated against the Leafs, we expect more line changes Monday against the Stars on Tuesday.
Anton Khudobin G BOS 8 hours ago
Khudobin turned away 36 of 37 shots in Saturday's win over the Sharks.
Khudobin has been excellent in each of his last two starts and is sporting a fantastic .935 save percentage. Tuukka Rask has struggled this season, so Khudobin may have earned himself some more crease time in the near-future. The Bruins'backup is yet to lose in regulation through eight appearances and has bounced back after a poor debut season in Boston. Khudobin is worthy of a spot start right now whenever he gets the call.
Anders Nilsson G VAN 8 hours ago
Nilsson gave up four goals on 27 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to the Blues.
Nilsson actually came up with some impressive stops in regulation to help the Canucks at least earn a point. His .929 save percentage through six appearances stands out and he's still suffered just one regulation loss thus far. Considering Jacob Markstrom hasn't been anything special this season, Nilsson should see a fairly decent workload moving forward. He certainly wasn't spectacular Saturday, but the Swedish netminder has shown some signs of being an impact fantasy player this season.
Jake Allen G STL 8 hours ago
Allen stopped 20 of 23 shots in Saturday's overtime win over the Canucks.
Allen has certainly had better nights, but he was good enough against Vancouver to earn his second consecutive victory. The 27-year-old has turned in some lackluster efforts of late and his .910 save percentage is reflective of his inconsistency thus far. Allen is locked into a starting role and owns a solid 11-5-1 record, but he's yet to exhibit quality play on a nightly basis, which impedes his fantasy value. Allen is still worth rolling out whenever the Blues are in action, but more consistency would go a long way.
Semyon Varlamov G COL 8 hours ago
Varlamov allowed five goals on 24 shots in Saturday's loss to Nashville.
Varlamov was outdueled by a much better Pekka Rinne and saw his save percentage fall to .903 on the season. While his 7-4-1 record is decent, Varlamov has given up at least four goals in three of his last four outings and isn't trending in the right direction. He has the ability to steal games, but his inconsistency makes him a frustrating fantasy player. Not knowing which version of Varlamov you'll see on any given night makes it hard to recommend the Avs' starter in the majority of shallow settings.
Pekka Rinne G NSH 9 hours ago
Rinne stopped 29 of 31 shots in Saturday's win over Colorado.
Rinne had given up five goals in a lost to Minnesota on Thursday, but it didn't take long for him to get back on track. The veteran netminder has earned the victory in six of his last seven starts and is now sporting a .922 save percentage. He's been up-and-down recently, but Rinne's 10-3-2 record is a fantasy goldmine. His heavy workload and talented skill set make him a safe fantasy play whenever he gets the nod.
Corey Crawford G CHI 15 hours ago
Crawford stopped 35 of 36 shots in Saturday's win over the Penguins.
Crawford really needed a bounce-back effort after a few recent rough outings and he delivered. The only goal that got past him Saturday was a shorthanded marker from Matt Hunwick in the third period. While it was a weak backhand shot that squeaked through, Crawford was able to shut the door the rest of the way and pick up his second consecutive victory. His ability to rebound after lackluster showings is what makes him such a reliable fantasy goaltender. Crawford is sporting a .933 save percentage this season and should be in your lineup whenever he gets the nod.
Ivan Provorov D PHI 16 hours ago
Provorov scored and added three shots on net in a 5-4 overtime defeat against the Flames on Saturday.
That's already Provorov's third goal of the season, giving him half the total he reached in 82 games in 2016-17. Provorov is receiving nearly 3:00 additional minutes in playing time per game this season than his rookie year, which is clearly helping his fantasy value. He's on pace to surpass his totals in goals, points and shots from last season.
Jakub Voracek W PHI 16 hours ago
Voracek picked up two assists and recorded five shots on goal in a 5-4 overtime loss against the Flames on Saturday.
After a mini-cold streak, Voracek has heated up again, posting nine points in the six games, including two points in the last two. He's also registered five shots on goal three times during that stretch. Voracek has 10 multi-point games already this season, which has helped place him among the leaders in points.