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Petr Mrazek Headshot

Mrazek will backstop the Wings for Tuesday's clash with the Islanders, Ansar Khan of reports.

Despite a 2-2-0 record, Mrazek has allowed fewer than two goals in each of his previous four contests, with the blame for the pair of defeats falling at the feet of his teammates' inability to score. The netminder will need all the offensive support he can get Tuesday against an Isles squad that is averaging 2.98 markers per game -- seventh best in the league. New York are also eighth in the NHL in shots per night (31.0) so look for the 24-year-old to be tested often.
11:51 am (EST)
Derek Stepan Headshot

Stepan (hip) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's Original Six clash with Montreal.

After missing Monday's practice with the injury, Stepan was a full-participant in Tuesday's morning skate. The former Wisconsin standout will continue to center the Rangers' top line, flanked by Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey.
11:50 am (EST)
Matt Wieters Headshot

Wieters and the Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year, $21 million deal Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of reports.

The 30-year-old was an All-Star for the Orioles last season, but the organization did not express much interest in bringing him back, and Wieters will now join the Nationals on a two-year contract, which includes an opt-out after Year 1. While Wieters has slipped a bit on the defensive end, he remains a strong hitter in what should be a dangerous lineup, and he's coming off of a season in which he hit .243 to go with 66 RBI across 423 at-bats. Wieters figures to immediately jump Derek Norris as the Nationals' starting catcher, though Norris will still be in the mix as the No. 2 option, as he attempts to bounce back from a disastrous 2016 season, during which he hit just. 186 in 415 at-bats for the Padres.
11:45 am (EST)
Frederik Andersen Headshot

Andersen will be in goal for Tuesday's matchup with the Jets, Mark Masters of TSN reports.

Andersen gets the nod in what may shape up to be a goal fest when you factor in that the 27-year-old has posted a 4.05 GAA in his last eight outings combined with the Jets' offense who are averaging 2.87 tallies per game -- ninth best in the NHL. The netminder will likely be an afterthought with the focus on rookie sensations Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, but fantasy owners will want to make sure they seriously consider alternative options between the pipes.
11:40 am (EST)
Garnet Hathaway Headshot

Hathaway was reassigned to AHL Stockton on Tuesday.

The Flames acquired defenseman Michael Stone in a trade with Arizona on Monday, effectively punching the ticket for Hathaway's return to the minors. The undrafted forward has collected five points in 26 games with the parent club this season, albeit in a role so limited -- he was averaging only 9:08 of ice time -- that he's probably better off soaking up the minutes in the AHL.
11:39 am (EST)
Mike Clevinger Headshot

Clevinger is a candidate for a bullpen role, but is more likely to begin 2017 as a starter for Triple-A Columbus, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Indians' manager Terry Francona said Clevinger arrived this spring with a much stronger lower half. There have been multiple reports that the 26-year-old righty is already hitting 100 MPH with his fastball early in camp. Clevinger got his first taste of the majors last year when he appeared in 17 games which included 10 starts that garnered unimpressive results. However, as evidenced by his 11-1 record and 9.4 K/9 ration at Triple-A in 2016, Clevinger is not far from making an impact at the MLB level. He should be one of the first options to join the Indians rotation if such a need arises.
11:36 am (EST)
Ben Bishop Headshot

Bishop will start in the blue paint for Tuesday's matchup with Edmonton, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

While Bishop's season numbers still aren't great, he has been absolutely dominant of late. The 6-foot-7 netminder is undefeated in his last four starts, posting a 1.21 GAA and .953 save percentage. Head coach Jon Cooper will be looking to ride Bishop's hot hand, though the Oilers are winners of their last three, scoring 14 goals along the way.
11:35 am (EST)
Jamie McGinn Headshot

McGinn hasn't scored a goal in any of his past 12 games.

After scoring 22 goals last season, McGinn's eight tallies in 2016-17 represent a steep decline. The 28-year-old winger also has the potential to help in the peripheral categories, but with just 14 points through 52 games, McGinn isn't providing enough offense to warrant a roster spot in the majority of fantasy leagues.
11:25 am (EST)
Steven Stamkos Headshot

Stamkos (knee) is on track to return, but remains within the original 4-to-6 month timeline, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Stamkos has resumed skating on his own and is beginning to work on various stick handling activities, but has yet to get on the ice with his teammates. The center will need to rejoin the Lightning for practice before he will be cleared to return, with the next step likely to be suiting up in a non-contact jersey. The early end of the 27-year-old's timeframe would have him back in mid-March, but it could be as late as mid-May, which would all but rule out seeing any regular-season action and the playoffs are in no way a guarantee for Tampa this year.
11:25 am (EST)
Craig Anderson Headshot

Anderson will tend the twine for Tuesday's tilt with New Jersey, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports.

Anderson's start will be just his fourth since returning to the team after dealing with a personal matter, and he has been stellar so far, going 2-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .937 save percentage. Further adding to Anderson's fantasy stock, the Devils are 29th in the league in scoring, averaging just 2.29 goals per game.
11:22 am (EST)
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