Recent NHL Player News

Andrei Vasilevskiy is starting in goal for the Lightning on Monday

The Tampa Bay Lightning will start Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

What It Means:

Vasilevskiy, who has started every game for the Bolts this postseason, allowed one goal on 29 shots in Tampa's win over the Blues on Saturday. The 23-year-old Russian has stopped 87 of 95 shots over his last three games.

Our models project Vasilevskiy will post 17.1 FanDuel points on Monday.

Senators' Erik Karlsson to make season debut on Tuesday

Ottawa Senators' defenseman Erik Karlsson will make his 2017 debut on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks.

What It Means:

Karlsson has missed the first five games of the season after having surgery on his foot in June. "It's going to be good," Karlsson said. "I had the appropriate amount of time to get ready to play again. It's exciting. I'm going to be a little bit rusty, probably, but it's better to get back into things as early as possible. Hopefully we'll get better as we move on."

Our models project Karlsson to score 16 goals, record 54 assists and finish with 278.25 FanDuel points this year.

Source: NHL.com

Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) placed on Golden Knights' injured reserve list

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on injured reserve on Sunday.

What It Means:

Fleury took a knee to the head in Friday's loss to the Detroit Red Wings, but completed the game. He does have a history of concussions, and the injured reserve designation takes him out of action for at least one week.

After suffering his first loss on Friday, Fleury amassed a 3-1 record, with a 2.5 GAA and .925 save percentage through four games this season.

Source: ESPN

Tuukka Rask starting in goal for Bruins on Sunday

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is starting on Sunday against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

What It Means:

Rask has taken a pair of losses in his last two starts, both against the Avalanche. He is 1-2 on the season with a 3.3 goals against average and an .870 save percentage.

Our models project Rask for 25.9 saves on 28.0 shots against, with a 64.0 percent chance of getting a win. He is numberFire's 2nd-ranked fantasy goalie on Sunday's short slate.

Red Wings starting Petr Mrazek against Vegas on Friday night

Petr Mrazek will start in goal for the Detroit Red Wings against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.

What It Means:

In his last outing, Mrazek allowed three goals on 32 shots as the Wings fell to the Stars on Tuesday. After Jimmy Howard started last night in Arizona, the Wings will hand Mrazek his second start of the year.

Our models project Mrazek will post 14.2 FanDuel points while costing $7,400 on Friday night.

Craig Anderson will start in goal for Ottawa on Friday night

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

What It Means:

Anderson, who will make his fourth straight start, allowed two goals on 28 shots in his last game, a win over Vancouver on Tuesday. The veteran netminder owns a .919 SV% this season.

Our models project Anderson will post 20.2 FanDuel points while costing $8,100 on Friday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury will start for Vegas on Friday night

Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Vegas Golden Knights against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

What It Means:

Fleury has led the Knights to a surprising 3-0 start. The three-time Stanley Cup champion has only allowed four goals in his three starts this year.

Our models project Fleury will post 18.1 FanDuel points while costing $8,300 on Friday night.

Jonathan Bernier will start in goal for Colorado on Friday night

Jonathan Bernier will start in goal for the Colorado Avalanche against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

What It Means:

Bernier has made one start for the Avalanche this year, allowing four goals on 39 shots in a loss at New Jersey.

Our models project Bernier to put up 18.2 FanDuel points while costing $7,400 on Friday night.

John Gibson is the Ducks' starting goalie on Friday night

John Gibson will get the start in goal for the Anaheim Ducks against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

What It Means:

Gibson is coming off a 39-save performance against the Islanders on Wednesday night. He comes into the game on Friday night with a .920 SV%.

Our models project Gibson will amass 21.7 FanDuel points while costing $8,300.

Flames tap Mike Smith to start in goal on Friday night

Mike Smith will start in goal for the Calgary Flames against the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

What It Means:

This will be Smith's fifth consecutive start to open the season. In his last outing, the veteran netminder allowed three goals on 45 shots as Calgary beat Los Angeles on Wednesday. Since falling on opening night, Smith has stopped 110 of 116 shots.

Our models project Smith will collect 15.0 FanDuel points while costing $8,200.

Rangers rolling with Henrik Lundqvist on Friday night

New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

What It Means:

Lundqvist has not got off to the greatest of starts and currently owns an .898 save percentage, but he's coming off two strong performances, stopping 54 of the last 56 shots that he has faced.

Our models project Lundqvist will put up 16.5 FanDuel points while costing $8,500 on Friday night.

Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal on Friday

Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal against the New York Rangers on Friday night.

What It Means:

Bobrovsky allowed one goal on 38 shots in the Blue Jackets' win over Carolina on Tuesday night. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has stopped 66 of 67 shots (.985 SV%) to start the year.

Our models project that Bobrovsky will post 20.8 FanDuel points while costing $9,200 for Friday night's slate.

Capitals' Braden Holtby starting in goal against New Jersey

Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Washington Capitals against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

What It Means:

Holtby stopped 33 of 36 shots in the Caps' loss to the Penguins on Wednesday night. The 28-year-old netminder currently sports a .925 SV% through three starts this season.

Our models project Holtby will post 21.3 FanDuel points while costing $9,200 on Friday night.

Cory Schneider starting in goal for the Devils on Friday

Cory Schneider will start in goal for the New Jersey Devils against the Washington Capitals Thursday.

What It Means:

Schneider is off to a roaring start this season and turned aside 47 of 50 shots in the Devils' win over Toronto on Wednesday. The veteran netminder currently sports a .948 SV% in his first three starts of the season.

Our models project Schneider will post 12.0 FanDuel points while costing $8,300 on Friday night.

Penguins rolling with Antti Niemi in goal on Thursday

Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender Antti Niemi is starting against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

What It Means:

With the Penguins on the second night of a back-to-back it will be Niemi in the blue paint for Pittsburgh.

The 34-year-old Niemi struggled in his only game so far this year, allowing four goals on 13 shots in a loss against the Blackhawks.

Jake Allen starting in goal for the Blues on Thursday night

Jake Allen will start in goal for the St. Louis Blues against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Allen stopped 40 of 42 shots in his last outing, a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Islanders on Monday. Through his first three starts, Allen is sporting a .930 save percentage and has yet to lose a game.

Our models project Allen to post 20.3 FanDuel points while costing $8,600 on Thursday.

Martin Jones gets the nod in goal for the Sharks on Thursday

Martin Jones will start in goal for the San Jose Sharks against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Jones has struggled in the early part of the season and was pulled after allowing four goals on 29 shots in the Sharks' loss against Los Angeles on Saturday. The 27-year-old netminder has allowed eight goals on 59 shots (.864 SV%) through his first two starts this season.

Our models project Jones for 19.4 FanDuel points while costing $8,600 on Thursday.

Sabres' Robin Lehner starting Thursday's road game

Buffalo Sabres netminder Robin Lehner will start on the road against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

What It Means:

Lehner is 0-1-1 to start the season, with 7 goals allowed on the 65 shots he has faced -- good for a shaky .908 save percentage and 3.21 goals against average.

numberFire's models don't expect him to get back on track tonight, projecting him for 29.0 saves, 2.7 goals against and only a 36.0% chance of scoring a win -- good for 17.4 FanDuel points while he's priced at $7,300.

Antti Raanta starting between the pipes for the Coyotes on Thursday

Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta will man the crease against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

What It Means:

Raanta has struggled to an 0-1-1 start to the year, allowing 5 goals on 47 shots against, good for only a .894 save percentage and a 4.29 goals against average.

numberFire's models have Raanta bouncing back in a big way today. We project him for 25.8 saves, 2.0 goals against, a 52.0% chance of scoring a win and an 11.0% chance of scoring a shutout. He is out top-projected fantasy goalie, and priced as a bargain at $7,500.

Canucks starting Jacob Markstrom against Winnipeg

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom will start in net at home against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

What It Means:

Markstrom has played well in his 2 starts this year, with a .948 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average on 77 shots faced.

numberFire's models project Markstrom for 16.4 fantasy points -- on 25.7 saves, 2.5 goals against and a 46.0% chance of scoring a win -- while priced at $7,900 on FanDuel.

Chicago's Corey Crawford starting at home against Minnesota

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will start Thursday's home game against the Minnesota Wild.

What It Means:

Crawford is a perfect 3-0 to start the year, with only 3 goals allowed on 104 shots faced -- good for a stellar 1.00 goals against average and .971 save percentage.

numberFire's models have Crawford turning in his worst game of the year, projecting him for 26.8 saves, 2.6 goals against and a 45.0% chance of scoring a win. His 16.7 projected fantasy points make him a weak value while priced at $8,900.

Predators' Roman Josi (lower body) set to miss second straight game Thursday

Nashville Predators' defenseman Roman Josi will likely miss his second consecutive game on Thursday with a lower body injury.

What It Means:

Josi, who was held out of the Predators' win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night, is likely to miss Thursday night's game with Dallas, according to The Tennessean.

Josi has amassed 11.2 FanDuel points in two games this season.

Andrei Vasilevskiy starting between the pipes for the Lightning on Thursday

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Thursday night's home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

What It Means:

Vasilevskiy has gone 2-1 through 3 starts this season, with a shaky .900 save percentage and 3.67 goals against average.

numberFire's models project Vasilevskiy for 26.7 saves, 2.7 goals against and a 40.0% chance of scoring a win. His 15.8 projected FanDuel points are the second-lowest among Thursday's goalies, offering very little value while priced at $8,600.

Jets starting Connor Hellebuyck against the Canucks

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will start Thursday's road game against the Vancouver Canucks.

What It Means:

Hellebuyck has played 2 games this season, notching 46 saves on 50 shots against, good for a .920 save percentage and 3.04 goals against average.

numberFire's models project Hellebuyck for 27.7 saves and 2.4 goals against with a 54.0% chance of scoring a win in this one -- good for 19.6 fantasy points while priced at $7,600 on FanDuel.

Ben Bishop to man the crease for Dallas against the Predators

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop will start in goal against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

What It Means:

Bishop has made 2 starts this season, turning away 42 of the 44 shots he has faced, good for a 1.15 goals against average and .955 save percentage.

Bishop is numberFire's last-ranked fantasy goalie, and he's sporting a high $8,800 price-tag on FanDuel on Thursday. Our models project him for 26.3 saves, 2.9 goals against and a 34.0% chance of scoring a win.

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