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DFS NHL Playbook: February 26
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Aaron Ness Headshot

Ness was assigned to AHL Hershey on Sunday.

Ness has skated in the Capitals' last two games with Brooks Orpik (lower body) and Matt Niskanen (lower body) missing action, but the defenseman's demotion suggests that at least one of the injured blueliners will be back in action Tuesday against the Rangers. The 26-year-old Ness should see regular ice time with Hershey, with whom he's posted five goals and 16 points in 41 games.
9:53 am (EST)
Riley Barber Headshot

Barber was assigned to AHL Hershey on Sunday.

Barber's first taste of the NHL was rather uneventful, as he appeared in two games for the Capitals, putting two shots on goal while averaging 8:55 in ice time. The 23-year-old will be in store for more action in Hershey, where he's recorded seven goals and four assists in 18 games this season.
9:50 am (EST)
Josh Anderson Headshot

Anderson scored twice, adding six shots on net, three hits and a plus-3 rating, in Saturday's 7-0 rout of the Islanders.

He was all over the ice Saturday, and his second goal was an absolute beauty, as he buried the puck over a helpless Jean-Francois Berube's shoulder from the top of the faceoff circle on a partial breakaway. Anderson now has 13 goals and 23 points in 58 games in his first full season in the NHL, and has cemented himself on a checking line for the Blue Jackets with his physical play and ability to contribute in the offensive end.
9:50 am (EST)
Brandon Saad Headshot

Saad picked up two assists with a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 7-0 drubbing of the Islanders.

Getting knocked off one of the Blue Jackets' top lines didn't slow Saad down at all Saturday, as he now has a goal and five points in his last five games with a stellar plus-7 rating and 12 shots on net. On the season the 24-year-old is now a career-high plus-21, better than he managed on a Blackhawks squad in the midst of winning two Stanley Cups in three years, and Saad is also on pace to challenge the 60-point plateau for the first time.
9:46 am (EST)
Evan Gattis Headshot

Gattis (shoulder) will man the DH spot and bat in the cleanup spot in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder a little over a week ago and has been limited in workouts lately, but it appears the worst of the injury is behind him. It remains to be seen when the Astros will use him behind the plate in a game, but the fact that he's serving as the DH on Sunday suggests that the issue is probably nothing to worry about.
9:41 am (EST)
Kevin Plawecki Headshot

X-rays on Plawecki's left knee game back negative following his departure from Saturday's Grapefruit League game, James Wagner of the New York Times reports.

It appears that Plawecki, who was on the receiving end of a brutal collision Saturday, is fortunately dealing with little more than a contusion and some soreness with the knee, which likely takes a long-term absence off the table. Plawecki will presumably miss at least a few Grapefruit League games while he recovers from the injury, but he appears at limited risk of missing Opening Day.
9:32 am (EST)
Brad Peacock Headshot

Peacock allowed two hits and struck out one in two scoreless innings Saturday against the Tigers.

Peacock is a longshot to make the Astros' Opening Day roster and if he does, it will be as a long reliever. There are a few paths to that roster spot: either Mike Fiers beats out Joe Musgrove for the final rotation spot or an injury to another starter. If the Astros want him to return to Triple-A Fresno, Peacock will need to clear waivers because he's out of minor-league options.
9:30 am (EST)
Adam Frazier Headshot

Frazier was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles due to left thumb discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

It's likely only a minor issue for Frazier, who is projected to serve this season in the utility role that Sean Rodriguez filled for the Pirates in 2016. Frazier slashed .301/.356/.411 across 160 plate appearances as a rookie.
9:29 am (EST)
Dee Gordon Headshot

Gordon (illness) is listed in the Marlins lineup for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

The Marlins scratched Gordon from their lineup Saturday after he experienced flu-like symptoms, but it appears he's since recovered from the illness. He'll bat in his normal leadoff spot and man the keystone Monday.
9:19 am (EST)
Tyus Jones Headshot

Jones scored six points with six assists in 21 minutes in Saturday's loss to Houston.

Jones has seen his playing time increase the past month even with both Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn healthy. Jones has played 21 minutes or more the past two games and is averaging 17 minutes, 4.4 points and 3.3 assists per game in February.
9:16 am (EST)
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