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C. Wolanin - D
Christian Wolanin suffered a lower-body injury during Wednesday's loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
The 25-year-old exited the game after getting 7:35 of ice time. Senators head coach D.J. Smith didn't provide an update on the defenseman's status after the game. We'll consider him day-to-day for now.
Added 11:04 pm (EST)
Added 11:04 pm (EST)
M. Hogberg - G
Marcus Hogberg allowed five goals on 35 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
This game was actually tied, 1-1, after the first period, but the Senators eventually allowed the Canucks' stars to take over the game (J.T. Miller had three points in the second period, Elias Pettersson had two points and Quinn Hughes had two points). Hogberg has dropped each of his first two decisions of the 2021 season. The 26-year-old has also given up five goals in each of his two decisions. Hogberg owns a 4.33 goals-against-average and a .867 save percentage. He'll continue to serve as Matt Murray's backup in Ottawa this season.
Added 11:00 pm (EST)
T. Demko - G
Thatcher Demko turned aside 42 of 43 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
The Canucks goaltender has struggled at times this season, but he looked sharp tonight. Demko managed to turn aside all 29 shots he faced at even-strength, but he allowed a power-play goal to Josh Norris in the first period. The 25-year-old has now beaten the Senators in back-to-back games. He has a 2-3-0 record with a 3.67 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season. Demko and Braden Holtby will likely continue splitting the starts pretty evenly as this season goes on.
Added 10:56 pm (EST)
J. Norris - F
Josh Norris found the back of the net in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Norris tied the game, 1-1, on the power play when he finally buried a puck that had been bouncing around the Canucks crease for a few seconds. Unfortunately for the rebuilding Sens, they couldn't muster up any more offense tonight. Norris finished the game with two penalty minutes, seven shots on goal and a blocked shot in 16:59 of ice time. The 21-year-old is now up to two goals and five points in seven games this season. Norris is off to a decent start this year, but he isn't worth picking up in most 10 or 12-team fantasy leagues yet.
Added 10:52 pm (EST)
J. Miller - F
J.T. Miller picked up two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Miller did all of his damage in the second period of this game. His first goal, which was scored at the 1:16 mark of the frame, gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead and it proved to be the game-winner. He second tally, which came 6:13 later, made it 3-1 for Vancouver. Miller also added the primary assist on Elias Pettersson's power-play goal that came with less than three minutes remaining in the period. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating, four penalty minutes, four shots on goal and four hits in 19:00 of ice time. The two goals he scored tonight were his first two of the 2021 season. He's up to eight points in six contests.
Added 10:46 pm (EST)
K. Lankinen - G
Kevin Lankinen allowed one goal on 42 shots during Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.
This was an unfortunate result for Lankinen, as he was really good throughout this game. All he allowed was a goal to Nick Cousins in the third frame and a shootout goal to Matt Duchene. The 25-year-old has made four appearances for the Blackhawks this season and he's given up two goals or fewer in three of those outings. Lankinen has a 2-0-2 record with a 2.18 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage in 2021. Chicago came into the season with the worst goaltending situation in the NHL, but it looks like they may have a solid netminder in Lankinen.
Added 10:43 pm (EST)
J. Saros - G
Juuse Saros allowed one goal on 30 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhaws.
Saros played really well on Wednesday, as he made several big saves in regulation and in the overtime period. The 25-year-old also turned aside all three Blackhawks shooters (Dominik Kubalik, Patrick Kane and Mattias Janmark) in the shootout, while Matt Duchene scored the game-winner for Nashville. Saros hadn't won a game since Jan. 16. He owns a 3-2-0 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this season. It looks like he's going to get to play more than veteran Pekka Rinne this season. That's something fantasy GMs should keep in mind.
Added 10:39 pm (EST)
R. Carpenter - F
Ryan Carpenter scored a goal in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.
Nick Cousins opened the scoring for Nashville at the 5:24 mark of the third period, but Carpenter responded exactly four minutes later to tie the game. The Blackhawks forward finished the night four shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 15:11 of ice time. This was the 30-year-old's first point of the season, so you know that he shouldn't grab your attention in any fantasy format. Dominik Kubalik, Patrick Kane and Mattias Janmark failed to score in the shootout.
Added 10:34 pm (EST)