David Backes Headshot

Backes (illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and appears set to play Monday against the Maple Leafs.

Added 03/20/17 7:25 pm (EST)
The veteran was held out of Monday's morning skate with the ailment but appears good to go for the evening's contest against division rival Toronto. He took line rushes in his usual spot on the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
Mathieu Perreault Headshot

Perreault scored his 11th goal of the season and added a helper in Sunday's win over the Canucks.

Added 2:37 am (EST)
Perreault has been on a tear of late, racking up four goals and 10 points in his last six games. The 29-year-old is known for being streaky, as he's only got 38 points on the season. His tears come and go, but he's rolling right now, so make sure you insert him in your lineup. Perreault is all over the place with his scoring, but overall he's a second-liner who routinely puts up around 40 points, so you know what to expect.
Blake Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler collected a pair of helpers in Sunday's win over Vancouver.

Added 1:58 am (EST)
Wheeler has been on a roll of late, racking up eight points in his last five games. The Winnipeg captain has serviced fantasy owners well this season, notching 22 goals and 66 points. Wheeler has turned into one of the most reliable fantasy forwards in the game with four straight 20-goal, 60-plus point campaigns. Expect him to keep it rolling and finish the year strong.
Adam Lowry Headshot

Lowry netted the game-winning goal on the power play Sunday against the Canucks.

Added 1:45 am (EST)
It was the 14th tally of the season for Lowry, who has been a solid third-line contributor this season. The 23-year-old has put up a career-high 26 points and aided fantasy goers with 50 PIM. Lowry is mainly valuable in deeper leagues, but his five power-play tallies and continued improvement makes him one to keep an eye on in the future.
Michael Hutchinson Headshot

Hutchinson turned away 28 of 29 shots in Sunday's win over Vancouver.

Added 1:27 am (EST)
It was a great showing from Hutchinson, who has looked real solid in his last three starts. The 27-year-old hasn't been a very serviceable fantasy netminder this season with just seven wins and a .903 save percentage, but he appears on track to finish the year strong. He's outplaying Connor Hellebuyck right now, so the Jets are likely to continue riding the hot hand. Hutchinson has had a disappointing season, but his strong play of late could make him worth a look down the final stretch.
Ryan Miller Headshot

Miller stopped 30 of 32 shots in Sunday's loss to the Jets.

Added 1:20 am (EST)
Miller played really well on the night, but a late goal from Adam Lowry proved to be the dagger. The veteran netminder has managed just one win in his last eight appearances for a Canucks team eliminated from playoff contention. Miller is sporting a decent .915 save percentage, but the losses are really starting to pile up, so it's hard to recommend him as a viable fantasy option down the final stretch.
Conor Sheary Headshot

Sheary sustained a lower-body injury in Sunday's game against the Flyers and is day-to-day.

Added Yesterday 10:23 pm (EST)
The diminutive winger got banged up in the first period and didn't return for the remainder of the contest, recording just 3:56 of ice time. Sheary has already missed a handful of games this season due to various injuries, which has stunted a still-impressive 21-goal, 50-point campaign in 54 contests (prior to Sunday). On the bright side, the Pens have locked up a playoff spot, so Sheary will have plenty of time to rest up before the postseason, but that doesn't do much to quiet the concerns of his fantasy owners in the midst of vying for a championship. Look for further updates on his status prior to Wednesday's date with the Blackhawks.
Radko Gudas Headshot

Gudas scored an empty-netter in a 6-2 victory over the Penguins on Sunday.

Added Yesterday 10:13 pm (EST)
The 26-year-old has four times as many penalty minutes (84) than points (21) this season, so unless owners want him for the PIM category, then he really isn't fantasy relevant. Having said that, Gudas has been a well balanced fantasy contributor in March with two goals, six points, a plus-10 rating and 23 penalty minutes in 13 games.
Shayne Gostisbehere Headshot

Gostisbehere recorded a pair of points -- a goal and an assist -- a plus-3 rating and five shots in a 6-2 drubbing of the Penguins on Sunday night.

Added Yesterday 10:09 pm (EST)
This snapped a five-game pointless streak for the young defenseman, and it was his first goal since his team's last trip to Pittsburgh for the outdoor game at the end of February. If he could play as he does against the Penguins all the time, fantasy owners would really have something, but overall, it's been a very disappointing sophomore campaign. Gostisbehere has already played more games than last season, and he has 10 fewer goals, 14 fewer points and a minus-21 rating. He has more shots than last season, but as some might have expected, he hasn't come anywhere close to repeating his 11.2 shooting percentage from 2015-16.
Matt Murray Headshot

Murray allowed five goals on 32 shots in a 6-2 loss against the Flyers on Sunday.

Added Yesterday 10:02 pm (EST)
Pittsburgh has been decimated with injuries, so they aren't at full strength, but Murray has been inconsistent, particularly to his glove side, in the last month. Although he is 5-2-1 in March, Murray also owns just a .910 save percentage and a 2.86 GAA. Again, part of the poor numbers is a depleted defense, but Murray has struggled enough to warrant Marc-Andre Fleury to receive an opportunity to play more down the stretch. If the veteran netminder receives that opportunity and runs with it, don't be surprised if Murray takes a back seat in the playoffs.
Steve Mason Headshot

Mason allowed two goals on 27 shots in a 6-2 victory against the Penguins on Sunday.

Added Yesterday 9:56 pm (EST)
This is the second time in a week and a half Mason and the Flyers were able to knock off the defending champions. Pittsburgh was at the end of a long road trip in the first matchup, but for this one, Pittsburgh didn't play Saturday and Philadelphia did. Mason turned aside 48 of 50 shots in the two games. Those two games have helped Mason improve his numbers in March. He owns a .918 save percentage and 2.32 GAA in the last 11 games.
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