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Jaden Schwartz Headshot

Schwartz (ankle) is a full participant -- including contact -- in Sunday's practice, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Head coach Mike Yeo said that the last step before Schwartz can return is contact drills, so this is a great sign for fantasy owners and Blues fans alike, especially after Saturday's lethargic 5-2 loss to Arizona. The Blues' have struggled offensively and on the power play without Schwartz, and his next chance to suit up will be Tuesday against the Senators. If he does return, it's likely he slots onto a line with Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, reuniting the line that terrorized the league until Schwartz' injury.
11:33 am (EST)
Erik Gudbranson Headshot

Gudbranson (back) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.

Gudbranson will miss his second consecutive game Sunday due to this injury, but it's unlikely fantasy owners are in dismay, as he had just one goal and seven shots on goal in his previous nine appearances. Either Derrick Pouliot or Alex Biega will suit up in Gudbranson's place.
11:19 am (EST)
Bo Horvat Headshot

Horvat (leg) was activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.

Horvat will make his first appearance since Dec. 5 against Carolina, and he'll look to add to the 10 goals and 10 assists he posted in the first 28 games. The 22-year-old pivot fired 65 shots on goal in that span and consistently slotted into the power play, recording six points there.
11:16 am (EST)
Matt Cullen Headshot

Cullen earned his 700th career point Saturday in a 5-2 home win over the Lightning, as he was the primary distributor on Marcus Foligno's goal in the third period.

Skating in his 20th season, Cullen has compiled 252 goals and 448 assists between eight different teams, including the Wild, a team he's gone back to after playing for them between 2010-13. We doubt the 41-year-old is on many fantasy rosters these days -- he has just four goals and seven assists through 46 games -- yet Cullen seems to have done nothing but solidify his status as a focal leader and proficient bottom-six contributor.
11:15 am (EST)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby will get Sunday's home start against the Flyers, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

The Flyers have won six of their last seven contests and averaged four goals per game in that stretch. Holtby has a 2-1-1 record with an unexciting .906 save percentage and 3.20 GAA in four games since the calendar flip. Fantasy owners should still consider Holtby a worthy start since he has won 11 of his last 15 starts since the beginning of December -- even if his .916 save percentage in that span isn't flashy.
11:09 am (EST)
Jared Spurgeon Headshot

Spurgeon rifled a shot from the left point on the power play in Saturday's 5-2 home win over the Lightning.

Spurgeon anticipated a loose puck off the draw and leaned fully into the shot for his sixth goal of the season. He's now up to 24 points in 38 games, and checks out as an underrated fantasy contributor.
11:00 am (EST)
Paul Byron Headshot

Byron collected a primary assist in Saturday's 4-1 home loss to the Bruins.

Byron collected two assists in three games against Boston this past week, despite his team getting swept by the rival club. He'll look to advance his four-game point streak against the Avalanche on Tuesday, with his fantasy owners gladly accepting the nice offensive run from a guy who's still taking most of his even-strength starts (53.4 percent) in the defensive zone.
10:51 am (EST)
Mike Green Headshot

Green assisted on Detroit's only goal Saturday, with his team losing to the Hurricanes 3-1 at home.

Green needs just one more helper to match his total (22) from last season, when he appeared in 72 games. Half of his points have taken place with the man advantage to pretty much guarantee that he's universally owned across the fantasy hockey landscape, but he'll need to go on a crazy scoring binge to come close to the 14 lamp lighters he secured in 2016-17. If the Red Wings continue to struggle, Green could find himself on the move as a rental player for a contending team. He'll have the freedom to hit the open market in the summer.
10:27 am (EST)
Max Domi Headshot

Domi registered two assists -- including a power-play setup -- Saturday, helping the Coyotes to a 5-2 road win over the Blues.

After recording 18 goals as a rookie in 2015-16, Domi had just nine last season and is up to only three through 48 games this year. Arizona's 12th overall pick from the 2013 draft is shooting more than ever, but he's made good on only 2.9 percent of his attempts which is unacceptable for a center. Domi's saving grace in fantasy has been his 18 helpers, though he hasn't lived up to his lofty draft billing and is perhaps best left on the virtual pine until he builds up another hot streak.
10:16 am (EST)
Clayton Keller Headshot

Keller skated to a plus-2 rating and set up two goals in Saturday's 5-2 road win over the Blues.

That was the seventh multi-point outing for Keller, who continues to make a strong case for the Calder Trophy. His minus-18 rating -- while more indicative of the team's overall struggles -- is an eyesore, but the American pivot has more than made up for it with four goals and seven helpers on the man advantage. It's easy to see why the 'Yotes nabbed him seventh overall in the 2016 draft, and this is only the beginning of what figures to be an illustrious NHL career for Keller.
9:58 am (EST)
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