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Craig Anderson Headshot

Anderson will tend twine on the road against the Canadiens on Saturday, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

This will be Anderson's third time facing the rival Habs in a one-week span. He's struggled against them, totaling 62 saves on 69 shots on the way to a pair of losses -- including dropping an overtime decision in Sunday's road tilt -- but backup tender Mike Condon took care of the Penguins last time out and Ottawa wants to make sure there's no mathematical chance of missing the postseason, so the top dog named Anderson shall be rolled out in this next contest.
11:28 am (EST)
Phil Kessel Headshot

Kessel tallied a pair of assists and recorded five shots in Friday's loss to the Islanders.

He's scored just one goal in his last 18 games, playing with a revolving cast of linemates. Kessel's effort to win Friday's game in overtime was breath-taking, with the forward orchestrating three rushes from the neutral zone on the same shift. He's stuggling to put the puck in the net but he does have nine assists over his goal-scoring slump
11:27 am (EST)
Julio Teheran Headshot

Teheran gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning by striking out Jose Iglesias and Tyler Collins and for the most part Teheran looked ready for the regular season, throwing 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old will make one more spring start against minor leaguers before his Opening Day assignment for the Braves.
11:25 am (EST)
Devon Travis Headshot

Travis (knee) played five innings at second base and went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in his Grapefruit League debut Friday against Boston.

The bone bruise on Travis' right knee was test on the second pitch of the game when Brock Holt forced the second baseman to his left to field a grounder and make the throw to first base for the out. "Crazy that this game, man, that ball will find you every time," Travis said. "It's almost like I knew it was coming to me. So yeah, that was nice to get that first ground ball out of the way, and I felt good. So everything went good." Toronto opens the season Apr. 3 and the 26-year-old's status for Opening Day remains uncertain at this point, but Friday was a huge step in the right direction for Travis.
11:24 am (EST)
Jake Allen Headshot

Allen will start in goal Saturday evening, fielding shots from the Flames at home, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Allen is certifiably hot with wins in each of his last three games to complement a 1.00 GAA, .966 save percentage and a shutout over that span. There's a chance that he'll be countered by former teammate Brian Elliott in this next one.
11:21 am (EST)
Melvin Upton Headshot

Upton (shoulder) took batting practice Saturday and is expected to return to game action Sunday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

Upton has missed the last week with soreness, but continually suggested it wasn't anything serious. The Blue Jays have exercised caution with bringing him back into action and it appears he'll be ready to go for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder enters his second season in Toronto looking to build upon a rough 2016 campaign in which he hit just .196 over 57 games for the Jays.
11:19 am (EST)
Rougned Odor Headshot

Odor agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million extension with the Rangers on Saturday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. The deal includes an option for a seventh year.

Odor, who hit 33 home runs last year, was set to be arbitration eligible in 2018 and a free agent in 2021, but he will now be locked in until after the 2022 season. According to Heyman's report, Odor's camp had been focused on the six-year, $51 million deal Jason Kipnis agreed to with the Indians three years ago, and they came close to matching that number. Odor is one of the top fantasy second baseman, not only for single-season leagues, but for dynasty and keeper leagues as well.
11:17 am (EST)
Justin Falk Headshot

Falk (lower body) will play Saturday with the Maple Leafs in town.

Falk will mix it up with some PIM and hits every now and then -- he's picked up 27 and 89 of those, respectively, over 46 contests this season -- but that about sums up what he can offer to fantasy owners.
11:14 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts over six innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

He'll make one more start this spring to increase his pitch count, but otherwise Syndergaard seems more than ready for Opening Day. Manager Terry Collins also announced Friday that Rene Rivera would resume his duties as the righty's personal catcher to begin this season due to Travis d'Arnaud's throwing issues, re-uniting the battery that closed out 2016.
11:12 am (EST)
Dmitry Kulikov Headshot

Kulikov (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Saturday against the visiting Maple Leafs.

Including Kuli, the Sabres are expected to welcome back four players that had been dealing with ailments. Of course, the Russian has been a major liability for Buffalo and fantasy owners alike, adding only two points with an unsightly minus-17 rating through 39 contests this season. You can safely pass over him in virtually any format.
11:12 am (EST)
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