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Colin Miller Headshot

Miller, who was scratched Sunday against the Stars, will return to the Bruins' blue line mix Tuesday against the Coyotes.

With Miller back in the lineup, John-Michael Liles will be the odd man out in the B's backline mix Tuesday. Miller, who has not recorded a point over his last four games, checks back into action with four goals and nine points over the course of 45 contests to date.
11:55 am (EST)
Brandon Rush Headshot

Rush submitted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds and one block across 19 minutes in a 102-88 win over the Kings on Monday.

Rush is still holding down the fort as the Wolves' starting shooting guard with Zach LaVine (knee) out for the season, but he's rarely made an impact on the offensive end. Since entering the rotation 10 games ago, Rush has failed to hit double figures in the scoring column in any contest, averaging a meager 4.7 points in 26.7 minutes per game during that span.
11:55 am (EST)
Tyler Moore Headshot

Moore got the start in left field in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, going 2-for-2 with a two-run home run.

It's his second home run of the spring already, as the former National tries to win a spot on the Marlins' bench. He's got an uphill battle, as the team will most likely carry eight relievers and try to make do without a platoon partner for Justin Bour at first base, but a big performance from Moore in camp could at least put him in line for a call-up during the season if that plan changes.
11:54 am (EST)
Jake Allen Headshot

Allen will defend the cage for Tuesday's matchup with Edmonton, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Allen has lost three in a row with a 2.71 GAA and .922 save percentage and will now square off against the Oilers who are averaging 31.0 shots per game -- seventh best in the league. Last time the netminder faced Edmonton was Oct. 20 when he gave up a pair of tallies in a loss.
11:53 am (EST)
Jordin Tootoo Headshot

Tootoo signed a one-year extension worth $700,000 on Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports.

The veteran forward has rotated in-and-out of the lineup all season long, going pointless in 36 contests. It would be unfair to say that Tootoo has played poorly this season, as he's filled the role he was expected to play, but it's highly doubtful that the Hawks would have offered him an extension without the summer's expansion draft looming. With Tootoo signed through 2017-18, Chicago will now be able to protect 2013 first-round pick Ryan Hartman, who's scored 15 goals in his debut campaign.
11:53 am (EST)
R.A. Dickey Headshot

Dickey allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings, striking out two, in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The 42-year-old is coming off his worst season since developing his knuckleball and becoming a full-time starter, posting a 4.46 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 2016, but the move back to the NL East should help temper those ratios. The Braves aren't counting on Dickey for anything more than a regular turn in the rotation, but with a young and improving lineup supporting him, he could still have real value in deeper NL-only formats.
11:46 am (EST)
Lance Lynn Headshot

Lynn, making his return to the mound after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, gave up one earned run on four hits and one walk in Monday's 5-4 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals.

Lynn surrendered an RBI single to Derek Norris in the second for his one run and impressively fired 28 of his 35 pitches for strikes. He threw plenty of fastballs -- his bread-and-butter pitch -- during his stint on the mound, but will selectively reincorporate his slider, curveball and changeup now that his elbow has regained the necessary stability and strength. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get people out," Lynn said. "If that involves throwing all fastballs, I will. If I have to mix it up, I will. But I've had some pretty good success with the fastball, so I'm going to keep [throwing it]."
11:45 am (EST)
Kevin Klein Headshot

Klein (back) may start skating Wednesday, effectively ruling him out against Washington on Tuesday.

With the news the Dan Girardi (ankle) will be out of the lineup, the Rangers will want to get Klein back as soon as possible. The 32-year-old has already missed three straight games with this ailment and will now miss a fourth. On the year, the blueliner has managed just three goals and 11 helpers, slightly behind his pace from the 2015-16 campaign. Until Klein is given the all clear, Steve Kampfer has been recalled from AHL Hartford and will likely slot into New York's third pairing.
11:44 am (EST)
Linus Ullmark Headshot

Ullmark will be a game-time decision Tuesday night versus the Predators.

Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 indicated in a separate report that Ullmark will make his season debut Tuesday, only for the bench boss to declare that everyone on the team will be a game-time call for this next contest. With the trade deadline one day away, it's not unusual to see fickleness on the part of Sabres brass, especially with this team on the outside looking in in terms of a potential playoff berth. Starting goalie Robin Lehner reportedly has overcome his concussion, which further complicates this situation. It'll be dangerous to lock in fantasy lineups hours ahead of puck drop, so check back closer to warmups to see whether Ullmark will actually be in goal.
11:42 am (EST)
Adonis Garcia Headshot

Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He's all but locked into the starting third base spot on Opening Day for the Braves, and while Garcia won't occupy a prime spot in the batting order, he could still top last year's career-best 65 RBI given the improving lineup around him. He'll need to keep producing in 2017 to fend off Rio Ruiz for the job at the hot corner, however.
11:41 am (EST)
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