Sami Niku D WPG 14 hours ago
Niku tallied a goal and an assist in AHL Manitoba's 7-3 win over Belleville on Friday.
With 18 points in 27 games for the Moose, Niku's first season in North America has been a rousing success to this point. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that the 21-year-old Finn has taken just two minor penalties all year long. Niku isn't particularly big (6-feet, 195 pounds), but he makes smart decisions with the puck and he can help on the power play. It's entirely possible that he is playing in Winnipeg at this time next season.
Kole Lind RW VAN 14 hours ago
Lind picked up a hat trick in WHL Kelowna's 7-3 win over Prince Albert on Friday.
Not bad for a guy who was cut from the Team Canada World Junior Selection Camp a mere 24 hours ago. With 16 goals and 39 points in just 24 games for the Rockets, it's been another productive season for the Vancouver draft pick. Lind is an offensive player (as those number indicate) but the top-six forward group for Team Canada was already spoken for and Lind wouldn't have really made a ton of sense as as depth option. His stock is on the rise and the return to Kelowna should allow Lind to produce some gaudy numbers over the holiday season.
Derek Ryan C CAR 14 hours ago
Ryan recorded a goal and an assist during Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Buffalo.
The late-blooming forward has carved out a secondary role with the Hurricanes this season and is now up to six goals and 17 points. Barring injury, a career-best offensive campaign is all but guaranteed, but Ryan's fantasy value is likely still limited to deep settings.
Danny DeKeyser D DET 14 hours ago
Dekeyser opened the scoring for Detroit in its 3-1 home win over the Maple Leafs on Friday.
Danny D sorely needed that goal, as he entered the contest completely devoid of points in addition to a minus-11 rating through 14 games. An ankle injury cost him more than a month's worth of action, but he's averaged close to 19 minutes since returning Nov. 19 and looks none the worse for wear. Still, outside of Mike Green, don't expect much offense to rout through the Red Wings blue line.
Elias Lindholm RW CAR 14 hours ago
Lindholm registered a goal and an assist during Friday's 5-4 over time win over Buffalo.
The Swede now has a respectable three goals, three assists and 16 shots through seven December games. He's been a notoriously slow starter, so this might prove to be the beginning of a breakout surge. Lindholm's 18 points -- nine goals -- through 31 games for the season have him on pace for career-best offensive marks across the board, and as noted, he might just be finding his scoring touch now.
Sebastian Aho W CAR 15 hours ago
Aho recorded two assists and four shots during Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Buffalo.
This was just the third game through the past 11 that the sophomore has found the scoresheet, and he owns a discouraging minus-8 rating during that stretch. Aho is still scoring at a better pace than last season, though. So, while there is some game-to-game inconsistency to overcome, his eight goals and 23 points are serviceable offensive numbers in the majority of settings. Additionally, his minus-3 rating for the season hardly impacts his fantasy value.
Trevor Daley D DET 15 hours ago
Daley deposited his first goal as a Red Wing on Friday, contributing to a 3-1 home win over the Maple Leafs by brushing the twine shorthanded.
A single helper represented Daley's only point through the first 27 games, but now he's factored into a scoring play in three straight -- adding one goal and two helpers. Still, we remain skeptical that he can keep this up for very long, particularly because the Canadian is more of a shot-blocking and puck-clearing presence than someone who will light up the fantasy scoreboard.
IRMikkel Boedker LW SJ 16 hours ago
Boedker (undisclosed) will remain out of the lineup Friday night versus the Canucks since the Sharks have announced they won't make any changes among the skaters from their last game.
It's not unreasonable to drop Boedker if you've been counting on him in fantasy and really need the extra roster spot. He's about to miss his seventh consecutive contest, and it's not like he was turning heads in the fantasy realm when healthy, either. We're talking seven points (three goals, four assists) along with a minus-4 rating through 24 games. Especially in some of the shallower leagues, you can probably dig around for someone on waivers that is just as valuable as the Danish winger.
Jonathan Bernier G COL 17 hours ago
Bernier will start in goal Saturday night, facing the Lightning at home.
The Avalanche deployed starter Semyon Varlamov in the past two games, but Bernier stood on his head, setting aside 39 of 40 shots from host Pittsburgh en route to his fifth win of the season Monday. He's likely going to need to be close to perfect in this next one, as the Bolts average more road goals (3.47) than any other team.
Anders Bjork C/LW BOS 19 hours ago
With Ryan Spooner (lower body) potentially returning to the lineup, Bjork may sit as a healthy scratch Saturday against the Rangers, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Bjork has only potted a single goal while firing just two shots on net in his last six contests, so coach Bruce Cassidy may opt to sit him down Saturday in hopes that it will light a fire under the rookie forward. However, whether or not Bjork is scratched from Saturday's tilt will ultimately depend on Spooner's readiness to play.