DFS NHL Playbook:  March 25 Cover Image
DFS NHL Playbook: March 25
Antti Raanta Headshot

Raanta stopped all 30 shots he faced in Saturday's win over the Kings.

It was a good bounce-back showing for Raanta, who had given up six goals in his previous two outings. Henrik Lundqvist (hip) is returning to face the Ducks on Sunday, but Raanta remains a a very viable fantasy option. The backup is sporting a .922 save percentage this season and has stolen quite a few games for the Rangers. The King may be returning, but Raanta is worth inserting into your lineup whenever he's called upon.
10:57 am (EST)
Frank Corrado Headshot

Corrado was reassigned to the team's AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton affiliate Saturday.

Corrado was replaced on the top squad by David Warsofsky, but his departure for the minors shouldn't have a large impact given that he's drawn into just two contests for the Penguins and four overall at the top level this season. The 24-year-old defenseman did rack up eight penalty minutes in his short time, but is unlikely to produce enough for viability in most fantasy formats.
10:56 am (EST)
Calvin Pickard Headshot

Pickard gave up four goals on 29 shots in Saturday's loss to the Oilers.

That's the third loss in a row for Pickard, who has given up 12 goals in that span. The 24-year-old has only managed 13 wins in 41 starts this season, as the Avalanche sit at the bottom of the standings. Pickard has turned in some really strong performances this month, but it's this recent stretch that serves as a reminder that there are better options out there. With Colorado eliminated from playoff contention, Pickard is not an ideal fantasy play if you're searching for victories.
10:37 am (EST)
Derek Ryan Headshot

Ryan recorded an assist for the third straight game in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Devils.

With 25 points in 58 games, Ryan has been a pleasant surprise for the Canes this season, providing decent secondary scoring in what has generally been a bottom-six role. He makes for a solid waiver-wire pickup candidate in deeper leagues down the stretch.
10:36 am (EST)
Zane McIntyre Headshot

McIntyre was sent back to AHL Providence on Sunday, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports.

McIntyre served in a backup role to Anton Khudobin during Saturday's contest against the Islanders, but his demotion back to the AHL club suggests Tuukka Rask (lower body) could be ready for Tuesday's tilt against the Predators. If Rask were to wind up missing the contest, McIntyre could be recalled another time Monday, but most likely wouldn't see any time in the crease.
10:32 am (EST)
Klas Dahlbeck Headshot

Dahlbeck recorded just his fourth point of the season with an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Devils.

With just 34 games played, Dahlbeck has played a limited role this season and has frequently been a healthy scratch. He's currently skating on the Canes' third defensive pairing with Ryan Murphy, and doesn't offer any real fantasy value at the present time.
10:29 am (EST)
Laurent Brossoit Headshot

Brossoit made his third start of the season Saturday, turning away 24 of 25 shots in a win over the Avalanche.

Workhorse Cam Talbot was greatly needing a rest, so it was good for Edmonton that Brossoit was able to come in and turn in a strong performance. The 24-year-old likely won't see much more action down the final stretch, but if they happen to secure a playoff spot, they may want to give Talbot some more rest before the postseason. Given the team's explosive offense and Brossoit's .934 save percentage, the netminder is worth a spot start when he gets the nod.
10:22 am (EST)
Patrick Brown Headshot

Brown was held pointless for the 15th straight game Saturday against the Devils.

Brown has played every single game for the Canes since his recall from AHL Charlotte at the beginning of March, but has averaged just 9:43 of ice time in a limited fourth-line role. He does not offer any meaningful fantasy value at the present time.
9:36 am (EST)
Colton Sissons Headshot

Sissons scored two more goals with a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 7-2 win against the Sharks.

The 23-year-old said after the game that his confidence is growing and that's evident with the three goals over his past two games. Still, he has a long way to go before he is worth scooping up in most seasonal fantasy formats. He just hasn't scored consistently enough this season, but perhaps that will change soon.
5:16 am (EST)
James Neal Headshot

Neal scored a pair of power-play goals on his only two shots of the game in Saturday's 7-2 rout of the Sharks.

After a total of just four goals in a 30-game span from Dec. 22 to March 9, the light is going off for Neal again. He has five goals over his past seven outings. He has 20 or more goals in each of his nine NHL seasons, but his 40 points this year is a far cry from the 58 points he posted a season ago.
5:14 am (EST)
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