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Nico Hischier Headshot

Hischier dished out a pair of helpers, including one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over Tampa Bay.

Hischier still hasn't scored a goal, but the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft does have four helpers through six games. He's also starting to see a bigger role, topping 17 minutes of ice time in consecutive contests after seeing fewer than 16 minutes in each of his first four NHL appearances.
10:39 am (EST)
Colin Miller Headshot

Miller registered his first point of the season -- a power-play assist -- in a 5-4 overtime win over Buffalo on Tuesday.

Miller has had a pretty quiet start to his Golden Knights career, finally breaking a scoreless drought in his sixth game of the season. Despite not scoring, the 24-year-old blueliner has registered 12 hits and eight shots on goal so far. However, he may play himself off the power-play unit if his name doesn't pop up on the box score more often.
10:35 am (EST)
Kyle Palmieri Headshot

Palmieri scored a power-play goal and converted in the shootout during Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Lightning.

Palmieri has quietly turned into one of the league's most lethal threats with the extra man, as he already has four power-play points this season after churning out a combined 42 over the previous two campaigns. He was the only shooter to convert in the skills challenge, propelling his team to the win by beating Peter Budaj in the third round.
10:34 am (EST)
Semi Ojeleye Headshot

Ojeleye was held scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and failed to collect any other stats during his surprising 9 minute in Tuesday's 102-99 season opening loss in Cleveland.

Gordon Hayward's horrific leg injury forced Boston to experiment with some unusual lineups, which included nine minutes of surprising floor time for the second-round rookie Ojeleye. The 6-7 wing drained 2.1 treys per game during his junior year at SMU. Boston is hoping he can provide similar outside shooting and tough defense off the bench. With Hayward likely out for the season, Ojeleye will receive a few more opportunities to prove he deserves to stay in The Association.
10:34 am (EST)
DeShone Kizer Headshot

Browns head coach Hue Jackson is expected to name Kizer the team's starting quarterback Wednesday in advance of Cleveland's Week 7 matchup against Tennessee, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

Even after Kizer performed miserably in his first five NFL starts before being relegated to backup duties in Week 6 in favor of Kevin Hogan, it was widely expected that Kizer would get another crack at starting before the season concluded, given that the non-contending Browns have little to lose by handing the higher-upside rookie more in-game developmental opportunities. However, Kizer's appointment back into the starting lineup looks like it will come sooner than expected after Hogan, who shined in relief of Kizer in Week 5, was abysmal in last Sunday's loss to the Texans, completing only 20 of 37 passes for 140 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. With a league-worst 49.5 passer rating and nine interceptions through five contests, Kizer is unlikely to represent much of an upgrade, if any, from Hogan in his second trial as starter, so he'll need to dramatically raise his production before warranting much attention outside of deeper fantasy leagues that start two quarterbacks.
10:33 am (EST)
Oscar Lindberg Headshot

Lindberg scored a first-period goal in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Sabres.

It was the second straight game with a goal for Lindberg, bringing him to three on the season. The 25-year-old Swede also blocked a season-high three shots in the contest. Averaging a career-high 13:35 of ice time, Lindberg may soon force his way on to a power-play unit if he keeps up his scoring.
10:29 am (EST)
Nick Foligno Headshot

Foligno scored a goal and added two shots on net, two hits, a blocked shot and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Jets.

His unassisted tally in the second period was his first goal of the season, but Foligno's been productive without finding the back of the net, racking up five points with a plus-7 rating through six games. He's been the one constant on the Jackets' second line through the early part of the year, and the veteran should continue seeing plenty of premium ice time moving forward.
10:29 am (EST)
Tomas Hertl Headshot

Hertl fashioned a power-play goal on six shots, an assist, four hits and a block in Tuesday's 5-2 home win over the Canadiens.

This was the fifth two-point game for Hertl dating back to the start of last season. He's getting a healthy amount of power-play ice time each game at 2:53, and it's worth noting that Team Teal has been quite successful on the man advantage in the infancy of this 2017-18 campaign -- we're talking six conversions on 21 attempts for an immaculate conversion rate of 28.6 percent. All things considered, you could do much worse than rolling with Hertl as a No. 3 or 4 fantasy forward.
10:24 am (EST)
David Perron Headshot

Perron scored a pair of goals, including the overtime game-winner, in a 5-4 win over Buffalo on Tuesday.

Perron registered an assist in three straight games earlier this season, but Tuesday night he finally scored a couple of his own. Along with his five points this year, the 29-year-old has put 17 shots on net and picked up 10 hits. Perron is locked in to a top-six role and has an important spot on the power-play unit, so he should be a consistent contributor for most of the season.
10:23 am (EST)
Michael Grabner Headshot

Grabner scored a goal and logged 10:40 of ice time during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

This was just the first goal and second point of the campaign for Grabner. The veteran speedster is being utilized in a depth role and has averaged only 13:23 of ice per game without any power-play time. Grabner posted a career-high 16.7 shooting percentage during last season's 27-goal, 40-point showing, so it will probably be difficult to duplicate his 2016-17 numbers.
10:23 am (EST)
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