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Date Player
12/13/2017 Semyon Varlamov, Col, G
Varlamov stopped 22 of 26 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss at Washington.

Analysis: Being beaten by his former team capped an ugly road trip for Varlamov, who started three times during the Avs' four-game trek and posted a 3.70 GAA. He has a dreadful .890 save percentage on the road this season compared to .917 at home, where Colorado plays its next three games and Varlamov has a 5-2-1 record.
12/13/2017 Colin Wilson, Col, RW
Wilson scored his third goal of the season in Tuesday's loss at Washington.

Analysis: Wilson has scored twice in three games to pull within two goals of 100 for his career. He's posted a plus-1 in all three games.
12/13/2017 Braden Holtby, Was, G
Holtby made 22 saves in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche.

Analysis: Holtby would normally get one of back-to-back games off, but he was pulled 1:34 into the second period of Monday's 3-1 loss to the Islanders. He allowed all three goals, and coach Barry Trotz opted to put him right back in the saddle against Colorado.
12/13/2017 Brian Gibbons, NJ, LW
Gibbons had a short-handed goal and an assist in Tuesday's win over the Kings.

Analysis: Gibbons is tied for the league lead with three short-handed goals after not having one in his first two NHL seasons. He tops the Devils with 12 goals after ending a season-worst six-game drought.
12/13/2017 Jonathan Quick, LA, G
Quick stopped a mere 21 of 26 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Devils.

Analysis: It was the worst performance of the season for Quick, who hadn't allowed five goals in a game since February, and it seemingly came out of nowhere. Quick had won his previous six starts behind and didn't surrender more than two goals in any of them.
12/13/2017 Cory Schneider, NJ, G
Schneider needed to make just 16 saves as he helped the Devils snap the Kings' eight-game winning streak in Tuesday's 5-1 victory.

Analysis: Schneider lost his shutout bid when Torrey Mitchell deflected an Alec Martinez shot into the net at 12:04 of the third period. It was the third time in four starts Schneider has allowed only one goal.
12/13/2017 Taylor Hall, NJ, LW
Hall scored on the power play and at even strength in Tuesday's win over the Kings, but he left the game with an unspecified injury.

Analysis: Hall came up limping after being checked hard into the boards by Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid seven minutes into the third. Though he remained on the ice to play the next shift, Hall soon shut it down and did not finish the game. Devils coach John Hynes termed the play "a little bit of a dangerous hit" and said Hall will be evaluated Wednesday by the team's medical personnel.
12/13/2017 Kyle Okposo, Buf, RW
Okposo scored his fifth goal of the season Tuesday.

Analysis: Maybe Okposo is finally getting his season on track. He's scored twice in three games after a 12-game span in which he had only one goal. He still has only one power-play goal after having seven in each of the past two seasons.
12/13/2017 Mike Hoffman, Ott, LW
Hoffman had an assist and two penalty minutes in Tuesday's 3-2 loss in Buffalo.

Analysis: Ottawa capped a brutal stretch of seven straight road games and 10 of 11, going 1-9-1 as Hoffman had six points. He has nine points in his last nine games at home, where the Senators play their next three games.
12/13/2017 Derick Brassard, Ott, C
Brassard finally ended his goal drought Tuesday in a loss at Buffalo.

Analysis: Brassard scored six goals in his first eight games of the season before going 20 straight without one until Tuesday. He posted a plus-1 after recording a minus-9 in his previous four games.
12/13/2017 Evander Kane, Buf, LW
Kane scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's win over the Senators.

Analysis: Kane leads Buffalo with 14 goals and has a point in five straight games, his longest streak in 2 1/2 seasons with the Sabres.
12/13/2017 Erik Haula, VGK, LW
Though he had a three-game goal streak end Tuesday against Carolina, Haula chipped in an assist in the Golden Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.

Analysis: The center has compiled three goals and three assists over his four-game point streak and continues to have a fine first season in Vegas. With 11 goals and 20 points through 26 games, Haula is on pace to shatter his previous career bests of 15 goals and 34 points, both set during his time with the Wild.
12/13/2017 Reilly Smith, VGK, RW
Smith scored in a second straight game in the Golden Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday.

Analysis: The former Florida Panther has now lit the lamp three times in his last five games after going seven straight without a goal. Though Smith's scoring has been streaky, he's been pretty consistent on the fantasy end with 23 points in 30 games.
12/13/2017 Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK, G
Fleury was sharp in his first start in two months, turning aside 35 shots in the Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday.

Analysis: The high-priced goaltender was the main reason why the Knights were able to pick up a point on this night and proved he's over the concussion that sidelined him for so long. Fleury has now allowed two goals or less in four of his five starts in a Vegas jersey and should get plenty more going forward as long as he can remain healthy.
12/13/2017 Cam Ward, Car, G
Ward stopped 22 shots to pick up his 300th career win in the Hurricanes' 3-2 shootout victory at Vegas on Tuesday.

Analysis: The longtime Hurricanes netminder is now 2-0-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average over his last three starts, allowing two goals in each of the victories. Though Ward is still a dependable backup at this stage of his career, he hasn't gotten a whole lot of opportunities with Scott Darling cemented as Carolina's No. 1 goaltender.
12/13/2017 Trevor van Riemsdyk, Car, D
Van Riemsdyk recorded his first goal of the season and finished a plus-2 to help the Hurricanes to Tuesday's 3-2 shootout victory at Vegas.

Analysis: Van Riemsdyk isn't known for his offensive accomplishments, but he's produced four points along with a plus-6 rating over the last four games of Carolina's West Coast trip. The defenseman has also picked up six penalty minutes over that time frame.
12/13/2017 Jeff Skinner, Car, LW
Skinner registered an assist in the Hurricanes' 3-2 shootout win at Vegas on Tuesday.

Analysis: Skinner, Carolina's leader with 11 goals, was coming off a two-assist effort Monday in Anaheim. Though he's scored just twice in his past 14 games, the talented wing has been generating chances lately with six shots in each of the Hurricanes' last two outings.
12/13/2017 James Reimer, Fla, G
Reimer finished with 25 saves in the Panthers' 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago on Tuesday.

Analysis: Making a fourth straight start in place of an injured Roberto Luongo, Reimer couldn't quite follow up his 34-save effort in Monday's 2-1 win at Detroit. Though he'll be the Panthers' No. 1 goaltender for the time being, the 29-year-old shouldn't be counted on for fantasy success. He's 4-5-4 with a subpar 3.67 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage over his last 14 appearances.
12/13/2017 Nick Bjugstad, Fla, RW
Bjugstad scored his eighth goal of the season in the Panthers' 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago on Tuesday.

Analysis: Three of those goals have come in Bjugstad's last six games, so he's on the rise after generating mostly mediocre numbers for much of the season. The 25-year-old does have the talent to be a fairly consistent fantasy performer, as he had 24 goals and 43 points back in 2014-15.
12/13/2017 Vincent Trocheck, Fla, C
Trocheck had an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago to extend his point streak to six games.

Analysis: The quality center has produced three goals and six assists during the run. After generating 53 and 54 points over the previous two seasons, Trocheck is on pace to better those numbers with 32 (13 goals, 19 assists) through 32 games thus far.
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