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John Gibson was forced out of Saturday's game against the Wild due to an upper-body injury, and the team announced he is doubtful to return.

Impact

Gibson entered the game 7-1-1 with a pair of shutouts over his past nine outings, and he is in line for the victory if the Ducks do not relinquish the lead before time expires. Jonathan Bernier would likely carry the load if Gibson is forced to the shelf. Once we learn of a timetable for his return we'll pass it along.

Bobby Ryan scored his third goal in five games in Saturday's shootout win over Toronto.

Impact

Ryan was interviewed on the CBC game broadcast and admitted he struggled with coach Guy Boucher's system for longer than he thought. But he said that he's finally understanding it and the points are there to show. While modest, Ryan has four points in his last five games and may finally be turning his season around. Check your wire in the event he was jettisoned earlier – he might deliver at a 55-point pace going forward and there's real value in that.

Mike Condon made 31 saves and stopped three of four players in the shootout in a 3-2 win over Toronto on Saturday night.

Impact

He has won three straight and is 5-1 in his last six starts. Condon will continue to guard the twine tent until Craig Andersen returns in early February. Wring out everything you can from Condon before then – his 2.34 GAA and .920 save percentage are solid stats for a fantasy starter.

Jiri Hudler was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Capitals, as head coach Lindy Ruff searches for stronger play on the puck, Bill Nichols and Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News report.

Impact

Hudler has managed just two goals and seven points this season, although both goals and five points have come over the past seven games. Apparently that wasn't good enough progress for Ruff. If you were considering Hudler in deeper fantasy pools based on the recent hot streak, Saturday's healthy scratch should splash cold water on that notion.

Chris Kelly (undisclosed) was forced out of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs after falling awkwardly along the boards, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.

Impact

Kelly was scoreless in 6:20, and he was unable to return. The source and severity of Kelly's injury is not yet known. We'll keep you apprised of the situation, but only fantasy owners in the deepest of pools will want to bother with Kelly when healthy.

Zack Smith wants to remain with the Senators, and the team also wants to keep him. He is confident the two sides will find common ground to make deal happen, Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Citizen reports.

Impact

Smith will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if a deal cannot be worked out. He is helping his cause to secure a nice payday since he is on pace for a career high in points. His previous best was last season when he lit the lamp 25 times and finished with 36 points and a plus-16. Smith is off that goal pace by a wide margin, but his assists are up. His offense and penalty minutes can help fantasy owners in deeper pools.

Julius Honka will watch a couple of games before becoming a lineup option, head coach Lindy Ruff said.

Impact

Honka was recalled from Texas of the AHL on Friday, but the team will fill the void of Johnny Oduya by using a combination of six other rearguards while Honka looks on and learns from the press box. He has managed three assists with 21 shots in eight NHL games to date, but he also has a dismal minus-7. He isn't a recommended fantasy option at this juncture.

Michael Leighton made just 17 saves in a 3-2 loss to Columbus on Saturday.

Impact

The lights are barely on for this struggling 35-year-old netminder. This was Leighton's third start this season and his record is 2-2. But he's going nowhere fast with an .870 save percentage.

J.T. Brown (face) might be moving closer to a return, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Brown spent the past week practicing in a red non-contact jersey, but placing Erik Condra on waivers might be a signal Brown is moving closer to a return. He was on a seven-game point drought prior to his injury. When healthy, the only redeeming quality about Brown for fantasy purposes is his high rate of penalty minutes.

Sebastian Aho notched his 12th goal of the season Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.

Impact

Like many rookies, Aho's game shows remarkable upside, but short-term inconsistency. He has 25 points overall, but he hasn't recorded an assist since Dec. 30, a span of 11 games. Aho remains a great keeper, but his single-year value is restricted because of that inconsistency.

Nikita Kucherov is the team's leading scorer, but the coaching staff feels he has been passing too much lately, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Kucherov did not even attempt a shot in Thursday's game against the Sharks, and the coaching staff wants to curb that. He is too talented to not shoot the puck early and often. Fantasy owners will be very pleased if the coaching staff gets through to him, and he resumes his scoring ways. Still, he has four goals and seven points in nine January games heading into Saturday's tilt, so it isn't like he has been punishing his owners.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 pucks Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Impact

Bob the Goalie has already delivered 28 wins this season and that's before the All-Star break. His goals-against average is below two and his save percentage is north of .930. Vezina anyone?

Scott Hartnell scored twice, including the game winner, in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

Impact

Hartnell has four points, including three snipes, in his last four games. He's streaky, so this little run is likely to end. Until then, use Hartnell well.

Pheonix Copley made his first NHL start Saturday and made 24 saves in a 5-3 loss to Winnipeg.

Impact

Despite his awkwardly-spelled first name and his improbable North Pole hometown, Copley is a guy to watch, if only because the Blues net goaltending has been so sketchy of late. Jake Allen has been porous and Carter Hutton has been overworked as a result. Copley has a long way to go to be an NHL starter, but he as been solid at the AHL level his season and battled hard against the Jets. Do not pick him up yet, but monitor the St. Louis net carefully. Someone there needs to step up and fast.

Marc Staal (concussion) continues to skate on his own, but there is still no timetable for his return.

Impact

Staal remains in the league's mandated concussion protocol, and it does not appear he is close to a return. Wait to see him officially return and play a full game without any lingering effects of his concussion before plugging him back into your active fantasy lineup.

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start Sunday's game against the Red Wings.

Impact

King Henrik snapped a three-game losing skid last time out, allowing just two goals in a win over Toronto. Perhaps it is the start of a good stretch, as he has been brutal in the month of January. Facing a hot Red Wings team might not help, though, as Detroit is 4-0-1 in their past five games. Lundqvist lost his only appearance against the Red Wings back on Oct. 19 in a 2-1 decision. He remains a fantasy starter, but more of a No. 2 option until he irons out his issues.

Kevin Shattenkirk tickled the twine twice Saturday, including once on the power play, in a 5-3 loss to the Jets.

Impact

Shattenkirk's all-or-nothing 2017 continues – this is the fourth time this month that he's had two-point games and three of those have come in the last six games. Unfortunately, he has no points in any of the other six January games and he's minus-7 in that span. Shattenkirk is on a career pace – he's headed toward a mid-50s finish. But his name continues to swirl on the trade rumor mill because of his contract demands. He would immediately become a power-play fixture and a top-four defender in any other city, but he continues to make suspect decisions at even strength.

Mark Scheifele scored the game-winning goal and set up the game's opening goal on the power play in Saturday's 5-3 win over St. Louis.

Impact

His point streak stands at four games and six points, including two goals. Scheifele's breakout season is in full progress and he's wheeling along at a point-per-game pace (21 goals, 24 assists in 46 games). Exactly how good is he? Scheifele has not been held off the scoresheet for more than two straight games this season and he has picked up points in nine of his last 11 (six goals, seven assists).

Bryan Little scored twice on the power play Saturday to help lift the Jets to a 5-3 victory over the Blues.

Impact

Little has nine points, including four goals, in his last nine games and 21 in 26 games so far. The production with the extra man is a relief – he's averaging more than two minutes a game on the power play, but the goals are Little's first production there since late December.

Ondrej Pavelec delivered his second-straight strong performance on Saturday, blocking 34 shots in a 5-3 win over the Blues.

Impact

Just when it looked like Pavelec was clearly on the outside looking in for the Jets, he has thrust himself back into the blue paint debate in Manitoba. He made several sharp saves and earned the game's second star as a result. Check your wire to see if your league is sleeping on Pavelec and if so, pick him up.