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Anders Nilsson Headshot

Nilsson will be in goal for the start of Sunday night's game against the Coyotes, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

With Robin Lehner sitting out Sunday for precautionary reasons, Nilsson draws his first start in nine games and his first ever against Arizona. It hasn't been pretty for the 26-year-old goalie recently, as he's allowed four goals or more in each of his last two starts. While the Coyotes haven't been big scorers for most of the season, they've been hotter of late, averaging 3.09 goals per game in February.
6:46 pm (EST)
Kyle Zimmer Headshot

Zimmer allowed two earned runs and four hits in two innings of work against the Rangers on Sunday.

Sunday was Zimmer's first time taking the mound in a game since undergoing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery last July, and it did not go particularly well. His velocity dropped steeply in his second of his two innings pitched, but the 25-year-old said after the game that he was not overly concerned about the decrease, and that it was a matter of early-season fatigue more than anything else. Zimmer will look to build up stamina over the course of spring training, as he gears up for what he hopes will be an injury-free season.
6:41 pm (EST)
Jordan Clarkson Headshot

Clarkson contributed 19 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 27 minutes during Sunday's 119-98 loss to the Spurs.

Clarkson continues to score in double figures far more often than not, and he will perhaps serve as an ever bigger focal point of the team's second unit now that Lou Williams is no longer on the roster. In the first two games following the Williams trade, Clarkson has hoisted a combined 33 shot attempts, which is tied for his highest total in consecutive contests this season.
6:37 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton will not travel with the team to Cleveland for Monday's tilt against the Cavaliers in order to rest, Justin Garcia of WTMJ reports.

Middleton started his first game of the season Sunday for the Bucks after recovering from a torn hamstring, providing eight points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists across 28 minutes during the 100-96 victory over the Suns. Understandably, the Bucks will opt to exercise caution with Middleton, holding him out of the second half of a back to back set. The next time he'll likely see the floor will come Wednesday against the Nuggets.
6:35 pm (EST)
Luol Deng Headshot

Deng had zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 13 minutes during Sunday's 119-98 loss to the Spurs.

Deng has played a combined 31 minutes in the two games following the All-Star break, this after receiving less than 20 minutes only six times through his first 53 appearances this season. It appears that the Lakers are starting to funnel more minutes towards the younger players, and Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 22 points in 35 minutes. Therefore, Deng shouldn't be counted on for consistent fantasy production going forward. Furthermore, this was Deng's fourth scoreless showing of 2016-17, so he wasn't exactly a reliable contributor even prior to this point.
6:27 pm (EST)
Torey Krug Headshot

Krug posted three assists, one of which came on the power play, in a 6-3 victory over the Stars on Sunday.

The 25-year-old snapped his point streak Wednesday against the Ducks, but he started a new one Thursday and picked up his second multi-point effort of the month versus Dallas. Since Feb. 4, Krug has a goal and 10 points in eight games. The strong month has Krug just three points shy his career-high 44 points from last season.
6:26 pm (EST)
Brandon Davidson Headshot

Davidson was a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against the Predators.

He found himself off Sunday's lineup with both Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson returning to the lineup. When the Edmonton blue line is healthy, Davidson's role is reduced. Though he saw a hefty workload a couple times in February, he has just one point in 28 games this year and there's no guarantee how often he's on the ice with better options available to the team.
6:23 pm (EST)
Johnny Gaudreau Headshot

Gaudreau continued his hot streak Sunday, recording two goals and an assist in a 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

That's now two goals and eight points for "Johnny Hockey" in his last four contests, but Gaudreau has been extremely streaky this season. Prior to this run, he went pointless in four straight, and before that, he had a six-game point streak. In December, he recorded four goals and 14 points, but then in January, he only had two goals and six points. At this point, owners have probably learned to live with the inconsistencies, and at least for the moment, he's playing extremely well.
6:21 pm (EST)
Eric Gryba Headshot

Gryba was a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against Nashville.

With Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson both healthy Sunday, Gryba found himself on the outside. A healthy blue line in Edmonton jeopardizes any fantasy value you might in Gryba. He's a cusp player when everyone is healthy.
6:20 pm (EST)
Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo (back) is out for Sunday's tilt against the Pelicans, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.

Despite being upgraded to a game-time decision after being listed as out in the game notes, Oladipo's back spasms will ultimately cause him to be sidelined for Sunday's contest. Alex Abrines will likely pick up his second straight start and should see big minutes in a starter's role.
6:20 pm (EST)
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