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Alex Ovechkin Headshot

Ovechkin assisted on the game-tying goal and later scored in overtime Saturday against the Ducks.

It was a beautiful overtime winner from Ovechkin, who rushed up the ice and beat John Gibson with a laser. This marks the second straight multi-point game for the veteran forward, who now has 23 goals and 37 points in 34 games. Ovechkin is a fantasy monster and his clutch ability was on full display Saturday. He's an automatic roll whenever Washington is in action.
10:26 am (EST)
Sean Kilpatrick Headshot

Kilpatrick is expected to sign a two-way contract with the Bucks on Monday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

After emerging as a go-to scoring option for the Nets during certain stretches last season and finishing with an average of 13.1 points per game in 70 appearances, Kilpatrick saw a steep role reduction in 2017-18. In his 16 games with Brooklyn, Kilpatrick averaged just 4.9 points (on 28.7 percent shooting from the field) in 11.4 minutes per contest before he was waived earlier this month to make room for the newly acquired Jahlil Okafor. Despite Kilpatrick's struggles this season, the Bucks apparently recognized the scoring upside he could offer off the bench and will have him replace Gary Payton on the roster. With the Bucks ripe with options at shooting guard, it's hard to imagine Kilpatrick carving out of a much larger role in Milwaukee than he had in Brooklyn earlier this season.
10:21 am (EST)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots in Saturday's win over the Ducks.

Holtby continues to keep it rolling, as the 28-year-old has now picked up victories in six of his last seven outings. His 19-7-0 record is remarkable, as the workhorse starts almost every game for the Capitals and has lost just four times since the start of November. His .919 save percentage and 2.63 GAA might not be the best we've seen from the elite netminder, but it's hard to complain about what he's done this season. His ability to win games and solid rate stats make him worth owning in every fantasy setting.
10:20 am (EST)
Max Pacioretty Headshot

Pacioretty attempted a team-high four shots and finished minus-3 over 18:59 of ice time in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Ottawa.

The goal-starved Canadiens could use the goal-scoring version of Pacioretty to show up. Montreal's captain hasn't scored in six games and has just one marker in the last 15. He's averaging four shots per game and on pace for a career-high number of sorties, but Pacioretty has a meager 6.1 shooting percentage, his lowest conversion rate in eight seasons.
10:17 am (EST)
Gary Payton II Headshot

The Bucks plan to waive Payton before Monday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

With Payton's two-way contract set to expire Monday after he accrued 45 days of service time in the NBA, the Bucks determined it wasn't in their best interest to sign the point guard to a guaranteed deal. Instead, the Bucks plan to use the open roster spot to sign guard Sean Kilpatrick, according to Haynes, with Milwaukee apparently valuing the potential scoring punch Kilpatrick can provide off the bench. Payton, who has appeared in the Bucks' last five games, is averaging 2.7 points on 40.6 percent shooting from the field over 9.2 minutes per contest on the season. He'll likely land in the G League if he's unable to secure another contract from an NBA team.
10:14 am (EST)
John Gibson Headshot

Gibson gave up three goals on 27 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to the Capitals.

Gibson came up huge on a few occasions to help the Ducks secure a point. The 24-year-old now owns a 10-10-4 record with a .921 save percentage on the season. Gibson has been solid of late and is one of the best fantasy netminders you can own. Make sure you get him in your lineup, as he's starting almost every night and giving his team a great chance to win.
10:06 am (EST)
James Johnson Headshot

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson would undergo an MRI on his right ankle Sunday, Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Johnson was diagnosed with a sprain after exiting Saturday's 90-85 win over the Clippers midway through the first quarter, but the MRI will determine if the injury is more severe than the Heat's initial evaluation. Even if Johnson is cleared of any structural damage that would result in a longer-term absence, the forward could be at risk of missing the Heat's two-game road trip, which includes stops in Atlanta on Monday and Boston on Wednesday.
10:06 am (EST)
Justise Winslow Headshot

Winslow (knee) will travel with the Heat for their two-game road trip that begins Monday in Atlanta, though his status is uncertain for both contests, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Winslow was listed as questionable ahead of Saturday's eventual win over the Clippers, but was ultimately held out for the second straight contest with the strained left knee. The fact that he's traveling suggests that the Heat are viewing the forward's injury as a day-to-day concern, but official word on his availability Monday likely won't be determined until after the team's morning shootaround. If he suits up this week, Winslow would likely immediately reclaim his usual 20-to-25-minute role on the wing.
10:01 am (EST)
Evgeni Malkin Headshot

Malkin scored his 10th goal of the season and added a helper in Saturday's win over the Coyotes.

Malkin looked dominant on Saturday, firing five shots on goal and getting on the scoresheet for the seventh time in eight games. The 31-year-old is operating at a point-per-game pace this season with 30 points through 30 contests and can be rolled out with confidence. He saw his six-game point streak end Thursday against Vegas, but it took just one game for him to get back on track. The second-line center is on a tear right now and is a must-start whenever Pittsburgh hits the ice.
9:48 am (EST)
Antti Raanta Headshot

Raanta stopped 29 of 32 shots in Saturday's loss to the Penguins.

The Coyotes only put 15 shots on Penguins' netminder Matt Murray, so it's hard to fault Raanta for Saturday's loss. The 28-year-old has dropped three straight games, but he's played well in each of them and boosted his save percentage to .918 in the process. Raanta won't pick up many victories or shutouts due to the team's overall struggles, but if you're looking for quality rate stats, the Yotes' starting netminder has plenty to offer.
9:42 am (EST)
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