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Tomas Tatar Headshot

Tatar tallied another goal Sunday as the Red Wings prevailed over the Penguins on the road, 5-2.

Hot Sauce has been tough on the opposition lately with goals in back-to-back games, but we'd still like to see him snap out of his gun-shy mindset; the Slovakian winger has fired a mere 13 shots over nine games this month. Tatar compiled 50 goals between his last pair of campaigns -- so you know he has it in him -- but he'll have to go on an absolute tear to reach 20 this time around. A change of scenery could do him wonders.
2 minutes ago
Robert Andino Headshot

Andino will receive an extra look this spring while J.J. Hardy continues to deal with lower back problems, Rich Dubroff of Pressbox reports.

The veteran will get a chance to show he's still got something left in the tank as he embarks on his 11th MLB season. With Hardy's lingering back issues and Manny Machado playing in the World Baseball Classic, Andino should get a fair chance to usurp Ryan Flaherty for the team's backup infielder role. Andino's most productive season came as an Oriole in 2011, but even that wasn't much of a fantasy-worthy campaign. The 32-year-old is a longshot to move up the depth chart before Opening Day, but Andino's extra at-bats this spring are worth a glance.
21 minutes ago
Riley Sheahan Headshot

Sheahan registered a primary assist to break a tie in the first period of Sunday's game against the Penguins. The Red Wings would end up with a big 5-2 road win.

Sheahan's outing reminds us of the old adage, "Even a broken clock is right two times a day." The 25-year-old pivot has really struggled this season, as he's skated to a minus-19 rating and is still looking for that elusive goal despite hoisting 78 shots in 57 games. Wings coach Jeff Blashill likes deploying Sheahan on special teams -- he's averaging 1:04 on the power play and 1:11 during the penalty kill -- but he's not producing in those situations. It's best to leave the Ontario native on the wire in fantasy.
24 minutes ago
Peter Budaj Headshot

Budaj led the Kings onto the ice for pregame warmups Sunday and thus will start against the Ducks, Lisa Dillman of NHL.com reports.

Budaj has been taking it on the chin lately, giving up 19 goals across his last five appearances -- a span in which he's gone 1-5 with a hideous .843 save percentage. He'll again try to lock in his 27th win of the year against an Anaheim squad that's lost five of its last seven games and was held to a single goal in each of the last two contests.
25 minutes ago
Ryan Flaherty Headshot

Flaherty will get some extra work during spring training, and has an outside chance at starting on Opening Day, while J.J. Hardy continues to deal with lower back problems, Rich Dubroff of Pressbox reports.

Flaherty will be spotlighted this spring as Hardy rehabs and third baseman Manny Machado plays in the World Baseball Classic. The O's super-utility man is a favorite of manager Buck Showalter and, with a good spring, might be able to make a case for more at-bats this season. There's no timetable for Hardy's recovery just yet, and although it doesn't seem to be a major concern, Hardy has proven to be injury-prone throughout his six seasons as an Oriole. Flaherty won't light it up offensively, but his multi-position eligibility makes him an intriguing add in deeper leagues.
31 minutes ago
Andreas Athanasiou Headshot

Athanasiou picked up a secondary assist Sunday, contributing to a 5-2 road win over the Penguins.

Double A only skated for 13:04 in this one, so it's good to see him produce in limited action. His lone shot was a wicked wrister aimed high from the slot, but goalie Matt Murray ended up pulling it down for the save. Athanasiou remains a fine dynasty-keeper option since his role figures to grow substantially in the coming years. Furthermore, he's connected on close to 17 percent of his shot attempts since entering the league last season, and that should be raising some brows.
34 minutes ago
Justin Abdelkader Headshot

Abdelkader contributed an assist, three hits and a blocked shot in Sunday's 5-2 road win over the Penguins.

With a mere 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 59 games this season, Abdelkader is barely hanging around in the top 10 for team scoring. He has bagged five points on the power play, though the Red Wings remain dead last in that category, resulting in extreme inconsistency in terms of the physical winger converting with the man advantage. Abdelkader is much more useful in leagues that count defensive stats.
46 minutes ago
Logan Verrett Headshot

Verrett is among the candidates to replace Chris Tillman (shoulder) in the rotation to open 2017, Rich Dubroff of Pressbox reports.

Tillman isn't expected to miss much time, but it may Verrett's only window of opportunity for quite a while. He'll compete with a handful of others that includes Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright and Gabriel Ynoa for the rotation's temporary opening. Verrett had terrible numbers in 12 starts for the Mets last season. He went 1-6 with a 6.45 ERA and 1.62 WHIP while opponents tagged the right-hander for a .916 OPS in those outings. The 26-year-old has had success as a starter in the minors, putting together a .686 winning percentage and a 3.93 ERA over five seasons. A good showing this spring could earn Verrett a chance not only to open 2017 as part of the rotation, but may also put him on the radar for future starts if others (specifically Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley) stumble early in the campaign.
48 minutes ago
Nick Jensen Headshot

Jensen scored his third goal of the season Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Jensen opened the scoring with a beauty, getting Matt Murray to commit on a fake shot before sliding it past the goaltender in close. He also played 19:59 after seeing fewer than 18 minutes in each of the previous four games, but that increase in role was likely due to Mike Green's (illness) absence.
1 hour ago
Wade Miley Headshot

Miley says he's regained his command and believes a full spring training with the Orioles will allow him to have more success with the team in 2017, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

After spending half of 2016 searching for a lefty, the O's landed Miley in a trade with the Mariners. He went 2-5 with a 6.17 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 11 starts with his newest club, but finished the campaign strong. Miley allowed just four runs over his last 18.2 innings while striking out 23 and only issuing two walks. "I didn't have very good command," he said. "My last few starts, I started commanding the baseball a little bit better and the results were more what I wanted. Command's a big thing." The 30-year-old played his first four seasons in Arizona, before moving through three organizations over the past two years. Miley said he feels settled and able to focus now on moving forward with a team that has confidence in him.
1 hour ago
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