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Juuse Saros Headshot

Saros will start in goal Tuesday night against the visiting Golden Knights, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

The Predators will hope to avoid a regular-season series sweep from the Golden Knights on Tuesday. Miraculously, the nascent franchise has dominated the Pacific Division, with Vegas currently seven points behind the second-place team in the surging Flames, winners of seven straight contests. As for Saros, he's been better than your average backup netminder, posting a 4-3-3 record, 2.43 GAA and .922 save percentage for a Nashville team that has won two straight and sit only three points behind the Central Division-leading Jets.
7:35 pm (EST)
Jeff Carter Headshot

Carter has begun skating on his own, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The venerable pivot was injured in the sixth game of the season and he hasn't played since. While it's encouraging that he's back out on the ice, Carter would need to practice with contact before getting the green light to return. It was determined that the man who's averaged .740 points per game over 12 years of service time between the Flyers, Blue Jackets and Kings would held out for 6-to-8 weeks minimum, but here were are approaching nearly 13 weeks since Carter went down. His pedigree alone makes him a nice speculative pickup in fantasy, but only if you have a long bench.
7:32 pm (EST)
Jacob de la Rose Headshot

De La Rose practiced at center on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin on Tuesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

The Canadiens have moved Drouin to the right wing after a 39-game trial at center that didn't work out as planned. For De La Rose, who has been in the active lineup the last four games following a 10-game stretch as a healthy scratch, it's a significant promotion. He's mostly been saddled on the fourth line where he skated with Nicolas Deslauriers or Byron Froese or Daniel Carr. The promotion, which kicks off Wednesday in Boston, means more ice time for De La Rose and, more importantly, ice time with more offensively gifted forwards.
7:22 pm (EST)
JJ Redick Headshot

Redick's left leg injury isn't considered serious and he's only expected to miss a short period of time, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Redick limped to the locker room late in Monday's win over the Raptors and while specifics on the injury haven't been released, it appears it's nothing overly serious. While Redick is not expected to miss extended time, Wojnarowski's report does seem to indicate that Redick could miss at least a game or two, so there's a decent chance he remains sidelined for Thursday's tilt with the Celtics. Look for official confirmation later this week to make sure, though if Redick sits, that should open more time for guys like Jerryd Bayless and T.J. McConnell.
7:20 pm (EST)
Rey Navarro (B) Headshot

Navarro signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners which includes an invitation to spring training.

Navarro hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015, spending each of the previous two seasons with the Angels' minor-league affiliates. He hit a respectable .278/.342/.380 across 126 games with Triple-A Salt Lake last season, but that wasn't enough for him to make it back to the show. Navarro will get a chance to compete for a bench role in spring, though he'll likely wind up as organizational infield depth in 2018.
7:18 pm (EST)
Jonathan Drouin Headshot

Drouin practiced at right wing on a line with Alex Galchenyuk at left wing and Jacob De La Rose at center Tuesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

After 39 games, Canadiens management has finally acknowledged what was plain to see: Drouin is not yet ready to be a No. 1 center in the NHL. Head coach Claude Julien views De La Rose as the better defender when the puck is in Montreal's zone, which can free up Drouin (six goals, 15 assists) to work with Galchenyuk on the offensive end. This trio will take the ice Wednesday night against Boston.
7:12 pm (EST)
Matt Hague (R) Headshot

Hague signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Tuesday which includes an invitation to spring training.

After spending 2016 in Japan, Hague returned stateside in 2017 and spent the entire season with Triple-A Rochester. While he hit a respectable .297/.373/.416 for the Red Wings, it wasn't enough to earn him a promotion to the majors. Hague will now look to work his way back to the majors with the Mariners, though he'll more likely spend the year as organizational depth.
7:07 pm (EST)
Scott Mayfield Headshot

Mayfield (mouth) is active for Tuesday's home game against the Devils, according to NHL.com.

Mayfield -- who's been deployed much more heavily with Johnny Boychuck (lower body and Calvin de Haan (shoulder) injured -- will slot in on the top pair with Nick Leddy on the left side, making him a rather sneaky fantasy option in daily settings.
7:05 pm (EST)
Marreese Speights Headshot

Speights will not be with the Magic for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves for personal reasons, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

This is the first we've heard of a potential absence for Speights, who's set to be sidelined with a personal matter. It's unclear if this will just be a one-game absence or if he could miss more contests, so tentatively consider him questionable for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers as well. Speights' absence should open even more minutes for Mario Hezonja, who's played a key role as an injury replacement over the last month or so.
6:57 pm (EST)
Curt Casali (R) Headshot

Casali has been released by the Angels and is now a free agent, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

Casali originally signed a minor-league deal with the Angels earlier in the winter, but the 29-year-old was granted his release after the team signed Rene Rivera, all but ending his chances of making the Opening Day roster. He'll now look to catch on elsewhere, though given his paltry .199/.285/.385 slash-line with the Rays over the past four seasons, it will likely be another minor-league deal.
6:54 pm (EST)
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