Anaheim Ducks Player News: All Positions

News: Grant picked up a shorthanded assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings.
Impact: The helper on Carter Rowney's go-ahead goal in the third period gives Grant 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 51 games between the Ducks and Penguins this season. Grant also added four hits in the contest, giving him 85 on the season, which is a personal best for the fourth-line center.
News: Rowney scored a shorthanded goal on two shots and added six hits in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings.
Impact: The third-year winger has a career-high 17 points in 57 appearances this season, along with 163 hits. He's stuck on the Ducks' fourth line, and given their league-worst offense of 2.3 goals per game, Rowney has actually been a bit of a pleasant surprise for his first season in Anaheim. Still, he's not likely to move the needle in fantasy outside the deepest of formats.
News: Rakell scored a power-play goal on two shots in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings.
Impact: It's not the three-point night he had Friday versus the Sharks, but it gives Rakell 11 points in 13 March games. For the season, Rakell has 14 goals and 23 helpers over 64 games, although that comes with an unsightly minus-16 rating. His hot final month of the season gives Rakell a chance for 40 points for a fourth straight year if he can keep up the pace.
News: Fowler scored his fifth goal of the year in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings.
Impact: The goal gives Fowler five points in his last five contests, and 21 points in 54 appearances this season. It's his lowest total since posting 11 points in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, but he's also going to finish the year with his lowest count in games played for a non-lockout season.
News: Miller stopped 27 of 30 shots in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings.
Impact: Miller was the busier of the two goalies in the contest, but couldn't hold onto a 3-2 lead in the third period, as rookie Carl Grundstrom helped the Kings force overtime. His record fell to 7-6-2 with a 2.67 GAA and a .915 save percentage. John Gibson will likely return to the crease Tuesday in Vancouver.
News: Ritchie has an upper-body injury and will sit out of Saturday's game versus the Kings.
Impact: He's having a career year with 31 points in 58 games, and his absence will hurt the Ducks' offensive potential. Ritchie's absence will also open the door for Kiefer Sherwood to enter the lineup.
News: Getzlaf has an upper-body injury and won't play in Saturday's game versus the Kings.
Impact: Getzlaf was just starting to heat up with eight points over the last seven games, but now he'll be sidelined again. He's already missed 11 games due to injury this season. Sam Steel, who was recalled Saturday, will fill in at center.
News: Miller will tend the twine in Saturday's game versus the Kings, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Miller has struggled in four starts since the trade deadline with a 1-3-0 record and an .869 save percentage. The Ducks have picked up their offensive support lately, however, so he'll look to right the ship against the lowly Kings, who have averaged just 2.08 goals per game in March.
News: The Ducks recalled Sherwood from AHL San Diego on Saturday.
Impact: Sherwood played 46 of the first 47 games of the season with the Ducks, but he has spent 24 games in the minors since Jan. 15. The 23-year-old will get another chance with the big club now, although it's unclear if he'll play Saturday versus the Kings.
News: The Ducks recalled Steel from AHL San Diego on Saturday.
Impact: Steel has spent the last two weeks in the minors but he'll come back up for Saturday's game versus the Ducks. It won't be clear if he's in the lineup until warmups commence at 10:00 p.m. ET. Fantasy owners may want to give Steel a look in daily leagues since he's expected to center the Ducks' top line if he suits up in Saturday's contest.
News: Getzlaf finished Friday's 4-3 overtime win against San Jose with an assist.
Impact: Anaheim's captain is up to 47 points after his assist Friday. Getzlaf has been effective of late, notching two goals and six assists in his past seven games, but he's on pace to post the worst plus-minus of his career in 2018-19. It currently stands at minus-20.
News: Henrique scored a power-play goal in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against San Jose.
Impact: The goal, apart from being Henrique's 18th of the season, was also his team-leading eighth power-play marker of 2018-19. The 29-year-old has found the scoresheet in three of his team's last four games.
News: Fowler recorded a pair of assists -- one coming on a power play -- in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks.
Impact: The two assists give Fowler 20 points in 53 games, with his second coming on Jakob Silfverberg's overtime winner. The 27-year-old blueliner also finished Friday's game tied for the team lead with five blocks.
News: Silfverberg found the scoresheet three times with an overtime goal and two assists in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against San Jose.
Impact: The three points give Silfverberg 13 in 12 games, as the Swede is averaging more than a point per game in the month of March. Friday's marker also happened to be his fourth game-winning goal in 2018-19, good for most on the Ducks. Through all the turmoil, Silfverberg's play this season has been one of the few bright spots in Anaheim's otherwise disappointing campaign.
News: Rakell finished with two goals and an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win versus the Sharks.
Impact: Before Friday, Rakell had gone 35 games without a multi-point outing. His 12th goal of the campaign opened the scoring, and he would add another marker -- this one coming on the power play -- late in the final period. Finally, Rakell's third point of the night came in overtime, with the 25-year-old drawing the primary assist on Jakob Silfverberg's game-winner. The three-point night gives him 36 in 63 games this season.
News: Gibson stopped 23 of 26 shots in a 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks on Friday.
Impact: The win is Gibson's fifth in his last six starts and moves his record to 23-22-8 with a 2.87 GAA and .916 save percentage. It was a good bounce-back performance from Anaheim's netminder, who was coming off a loss in his last start. The Ducks now head to LA to face the Kings on Saturday, with no word yet on who will start in net for the visitors.
News: Gibson will guard the goal in Friday's home game against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gibson was a little shaky in his last start Wednesday against Winnipeg, surrendering three goals on 23 shots en route to a 3-0 defeat. The American backstop will look to bounce back and pick up his 23rd win of the season in a home matchup with a slumping San Jose team that's lost four straight games.
News: Johnson (head) has begun working out, but is still limited to off-ice work, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Considering Johnson hasn't been able to get back on the ice and the Ducks have just seven games remaining likely means the netminder is done for the season, even if the team hasn't officially made any announcements. If the 32-year-old does suit up again this year, it probably won't be until April. Of course, Johnson might not have been able to steal starts away from John Gibson and Ryan Miller even in a healthy state.
News: Guhle is dealing with an oblique injury, but Ducks GM Bob Murray indicated the defensemanwill play this season, whether it be in the NHL or in the minors.
Impact: While it sounds as though Guhle should suit up at some point, it doesn't appear as though his return is imminent. The team should provide an update on his status once he's able to retake the ice.
News: Eaves is dealing with the same type of muscle weakness issues that plagued him last season, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This news could perpetuate the notion that Eaves may retire after being afflicted with a laundry list of injuries over the last two seasons. The Alberta native was assigned to AHL San Diego on Feb. 20 but reportedly hasn't played in a while. Eaves has played in just seven NHL games this season, with his last game action taking place Feb. 4.
News: Larsson (leg) won't be in the lineup for the Ducks' next two games but is expected to resume skating soon.
Impact: Larsson is dealing with a charley horse that is limiting his range of motion and keeping him off the ice. If the defenseman can skate Monday or Tuesday, he could be ready in time to face off with Vancouver on Tuesday. Once cleared to play, Larsson figures to bump Jaycob Megna or Andy Welinski from the lineup.
News: Megna recorded one shot on goal and also dished out a hit in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: The third-pairing defenseman has only found the scoresheet four times in 22 games this season. Regardless of format, Megna is not worthy of fantasy consideration.
News: Gibson stopped 20 of 23 shots in a 3-0 loss to Winnipeg on Wednesday. The Ducks' starting goaltender had won his last four starts.
Impact: Anaheim's crease dweller made 20 saves -- including a few beauties -- but the three pucks that eluded Gibson proved to be more than enough on this night. The loss moves his season record to 22-22-8, to go along with his 2.87 GAA and .916 save percentage.
News: The Ducks recalled Welinski from AHL San Diego on Wednesday, NHL.com's Dan Arritt reports.
Impact: Jacob Larsson is considered day-to-day with a thigh bruise, so Welinski will draw into the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Winnipeg. The 25-year-old has notched two assists in 19 appearances with the big club this season.
News: Larsson is expected to miss Wednesday's matchup with Winnipeg due to a charley horse, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Larsson's absence will force the Ducks to promote a player from the minors in order to fill out the blue line, unless Brendan Guhle (upper body) is cleared to play. The 21-year-old Larsson tallied five helpers in 45 games this season and is still looking for his first NHL goal. Even if the Swede does suit up, his limited offensive contributions will prevent him from offering even mid-range fantasy value.
News: Gibson will start in goal Wednesday against the visiting Jets, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register
Impact: It's too little, too late for the Ducks, as the team won't be making the playoffs, but Gibson has been clutch for fantasy owners down the stretch based on an active four-game winning streak with a 2.25 GAA and .942 save percentage over that span. He'll field shots from a Jets club with the best record (43-25-4) in the Central Division -- also winners of three straight games and six of the past 10 contests.
News: Gibson stood strong against the Panthers on Sunday, stopping 37 of 39 shots to get the win. Gibson credited the win as a total team effort, Adam Brady of NHL.com reports. "It seems that we have a different mentality," Gibson said. "We just needed to change the atmosphere, it's a little more upbeat and it just seems that we are playing more of a team game. I think the biggest thing I've noticed is our compete level, whether we are winning or losing."
Impact: Gibson has won his last four starts, improving to 22-21-8 on the season with a .917 save percentage. His overall numbers are below previous seasons, but so much of that has to do with the defense in front of him. Only recently have the Ducks started to play well.
News: Silfverberg scored the game-wining goal in the third period of Sunday's win over the Panthers.
Impact: Silfverberg has been the Ducks' hottest scorer lately, scoring for the fourth time in five games and six of the last nine. He's the rare player whose production has picked up after agreeing to a big contract extension, rather than prior to it.
News: Gibson will patrol the blue paint for Sunday's game against Florida, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's been a pretty up-and-down season for Gibson, but he's currently working off a three-game win streak. During that span, he's registered a wonderful .939 save percentage and 2.34 GAA. The 25-year-old is a strong fantasy netminder despite his rough patches this season and he should be started as such.
News: Lindholm scored his sixth goal of the season (an empty-netter) to seal a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche on Friday.
Impact: Owners will take what they can get from Lindholm. The empty-net score snapped a 12-game goalless streak for the defenseman, who had a career-high 13 tallies last season. But his shooting percentage (5.1) has come back down to earth in 2018-19. Lindholm has six goals and 26 points in 67 games this season.
News: Getzlaf posted a goal and two assists -- including one on the power play -- four shots, four PIM, three hits, two blocks and a plus-2 rating in a 5-3 victory against the Avalanche on Friday night.
Impact: The Ducks captain has been close to a point-per-game guy for a good portion of his career, but his offensive production has fallen off the cliff this season. For the most part, he's still getting a good amount of pucks to the net, but coming into Friday, his shooting percentage was 9.6 percent. His shooting percentage was at 9.4 percent last season. It rose Friday after his two scores, but if it falls below 10.0 percent in 2018-19, this will be the first time Getzlaf will have back-to-back seasons shooting percentages under 10 percent. Overall, he has 14 goals and 44 points with a minus-20 rating in 62 games this season.
News: Perry scored a pair of goals -- including the game-winner with the man advantage -- in a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche on Friday.
Impact: Perry returned from a knee injury a little more than a month ago. He's not the same player he once was, but Perry is providing some late-season value to owners. The 33-year-old has three goals and five points in the past five contests. Overall, he has five goals and nine points in 22 games this season.
News: Gibson allowed three goals on 44 shots in a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche on Friday.
Impact: This was Gibson's third consecutive win to pull him back to a .500 mark. The record isn't good, but Gibson has been very strong this season, and he's been incredible on his winning streak. He's posted a .939 save percentage in the last three games. Overall, Anaheim's top netminder is 21-21-8 with a 2.88 GAA and .916 save percentage in 52 games this season.
News: Gibson will tend the road twine in Friday's game versus the Avalanche, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: He's been standing tall in the blue paint with a .926 save percentage since the trade deadline, and his teammates are finally pulling their weight as Gibson has a 3-2-0 record in that span. The Avalanche have been shut out in two of the last three contests, so Gibson is set up well to continue the recent play.
News: Kesler (hip) is facing the prospect of missing the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports. Interim head coach Bob Murray told reporters, "I don't know if we're going to see him again this year."
Impact: Kesler currently isn't skating due to his lingering hip issue and, with just 10 games remaining, is running out of time to return. Add in the fact that the Ducks are all but eliminated from playoff contention and there is little reason to rush the veteran back into the lineup. Instead, the team seems poised to shut the veteran down for the year and let him focus on preparing for the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Kesler (hip) didn't make the trip to Colorado for Friday's game against the Avalanche, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
Impact: The Ducks have yet to release any details regarding a potential timeline for Kesler's return to action, but he's only totaled eight points while posting an ugly minus-19 rating in 60 games this campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status anyway. Another update on the veteran pivot should surface once he's cleared to return to practice.
News: Shore had one assist and four hits in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Over his last seven games, he has two goals, two assists and 14 hits. He's collected 26 points (eight goals, 18 helpers) in 66 appearances between the Ducks and the Stars this year. Shore could be a decent depth addition in some formats, but playing for the last-ranked offense of the Ducks is not doing his point production any favors.
News: Silfverberg scored for the third straight game, giving the Ducks their only goal in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Silfverberg has nine points in a seven-game point streak. He is up to 21 goals and 33 points in 63 appearances this season, along with 141 shots on goal after pumping out five shots Thursday. The Swedish winger is giving himself a chance for a third consecutive 40-point year.
News: Miller gave up six goals on 24 shots in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: The Coyotes spread out their offense, with two goals in each period. Miller's record fell to 7-6-1 with a 2.66 GAA and a .915 save percentage. John Gibson should start Friday's game in Colorado.
News: Kesler (hip) is not in the lineup for Thursday's road game in Arizona, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kesler will miss his fourth straight game and all signs point to the veteran not playing again this season, though the team has not yet made such an announcement. His next chance to play is right around the corner, Friday in Colorado.
News: Miller will patrol the crease in Thursday's road game against the Coyotes, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Miller struggled in his last start Sunday against the lowly Kings, surrendering three goals on 25 shots en route to a 3-2 loss. The veteran netminder will look to bounce back and pick up his eighth win of the campaign in a road matchup with a surging Coyotes club that's gone 8-2-0 in its last 10 games.
News: Steel scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added three assists in AHL San Diego's 5-4 win over Bakersfield on Wednesday.
Impact: Steel, who has been on the Anaheim-to-San Diego shuttle for the better part of a month, is now tied for 11th in AHL rookie scoring with 38 points in 48 games for the Gulls. While his production at the NHL level has been minimal (four points in 16 contests), Steel is ready to help the Ducks on a full-time basis. Expect him to crack the Anaheim roster out of training camp this coming fall.
News: Manson picked up an assist, four hits and three shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Predators.
Impact: Manson has an assist in four of his last eight games, while delivering 23 hits in that span. The physical defender is up to three goals and 12 apples in 67 appearances this year, with his fantasy relevance limited mostly to deeper formats.
News: Rakell provided an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Predators.
Impact: It's the fourth time in five full seasons the winger has dished out 20 or more helpers. Rakell has 31 points and a minus-18 rating in 58 games this season, which has him on pace for his worst year since 2014-15.
News: Larsson notched a helper and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Predators.
Impact: Larsson now has three assists over his last three games, as well as four shots, four blocked shots, and a plus-4 rating. Still, for the season, he's only registered five assists in 42 games. He's safe to avoid in fantasy until the production is sustained over time.
News: Perry assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Predators on Tuesday.
Impact: Perry, who skated only 11:40 in the contest, set up Daniel Sprong for the goal in the second period that held up against a one-man comeback effort by Filip Forsberg. While listed on the first line, Perry's average ice time was 15:30 entering the game. He has three goals and four assists in 20 appearances this year, while carrying a minus-11 rating.
News: Lindholm registered an assist, two PIM, two blocked shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Predators.
Impact: The defender did a little bit of everything to contribute both on the ice and in fantasy. The helper pushed Lindholm to 25 points in 65 games, the fifth time in six years he's reach that level of production. The two blocks also established a new career high with 117 for the year, and he's a minor penalty away from matching his career high in PIM at 40.
News: Sprong scored again Tuesday in a 3-2 win over the Predators.
Impact: Sprong has three tallies on his last four shots, coming in a three-game goal scoring stretch for the winger. He went plus-2 in Tuesday's contest. The second round pick from 2015 now has 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) over 53 appearances this year. While he's hot, he could make for a good DFS value pick Thursday against the Coyotes or Friday at the Avalanche. Bear in mind, though, that he remains on the fourth line despite his recent success.
News: Silfverberg scored his 20th goal of the season in a 3-2 win over the Predators on Tuesday.
Impact: It's the Swedish winger's third 20-goal campaign in seven seasons in the league. Silfverberg also has four goals and assists apiece over a six-game point streak dating back to March 3. The recent hot stretch has Silfverberg up to 32 points in 62 games this year.
News: Getzlaf scored a goal on his only shot in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Predators.
Impact: Getzlaf is up to 12 goals and 41 points in 60 games this year. He also went plus-2 in the contest. It's likely that Getzlaf will fail to reach 60 points for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. His 135 hits and 124 shots on goal help offset the decline in production in some formats, at least.
News: Gibson stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 3-2 win over the Predators on Tuesday.
Impact: Gibson kept the twine safe for 54:16 before Filip Forsberg scored twice on the power play. Gibson was able to lock it down over the last five minutes to secure the win. His record improved to 20-21-8 with a 2.88 GAA and a .915 save percentage. Tuesday's contest was Gibson's 50th start of the year. The Ducks have a back-to-back Thursday and Friday, which likely means Gibson will split starts with Ryan Miller on the short road trip.
News: Kesler (hip) will sit out of Tuesday's game versus the Predators, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This will mark the third straight game Kesler misses. His offensive production has been minimal this season, so he won't be missed in the fantasy realm. Derek Grant will continue filling in as the fourth-line center.
News: Kesler (hip) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Predators, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Stephens believes Kesler is probably closer to doubtful than questionable ahead of Tuesday's contest, but either way, official word on the veteran pivot's status likely won't surface until the Ducks take the ice for pregame warmups. If he's able to go, Kesler will likely slot into a bottom-six role against Nashville.
News: Gibson is shaping up to be the home starter versus the Predators on Tuesday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Anaheim deployed backup Ryan Miller in Sunday's game against the Kings, so Gibson will take back the net against a Predators club that's averaged three goals per game on the road this season. Gibson has a 19-21-8 record, 2.90 GAA and .915 save percentage through 50 games, which easily qualifies as a down year for him.
News: Guhle (upper body) is slated to resume skating in the near future, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The fact that Guhle has yet to get back on the ice likely means he is more week-to-week than day-to-day at this point. The blueliner certainly won't be available versus Nashville on Tuesday and should be considered doubtful for the Ducks' upcoming two-game road trip Thursday and Friday against Arizona and Colorado, respectively. In the meantime, Jaycob Megna figures to continue holding down a spot on the blue line.
News: Miller allowed three goals in the first period in Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Overall Miller saved 22 shots, but his slow start along with the Ducks skaters' slow start put the team into too big of a hole. He's not much of a threat to unseat starter John Gibson.
News: Sprong scored for the second game in a row in the Ducks' loss to the Kings on Sunday night.
Impact: It was a goal befitting a fourth-liner, as Kings goalie Jonathan Quick failed to clear a puck past Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf, and the ricochet landed in front of an open net to Sprong, who scored his 11th goal of the season.
News: Guhle (upper body) remains out of the lineup Sunday versus the Kings.
Impact: The 21-year-old will sit a third straight game. With just a point in seven games, Guhle's absence is of little consequence in most fantasy formats. The young blueliner's next chance to play will now come Tuesday versus the Predators.
News: Kesler (hip) did not take part in warmups and will not play Sunday versus the Kings, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kesler will miss his second straight game with a hip injury, and the team has yet to provide a timeline for his return. The veteran forward had hip surgery back in the 2017 offseason, so this latest setback could be connected, though nothing has been confirmed on that front. Look for the Ducks to provide more details around Kesler's status in the coming days.
News: Miller will start Sunday at home against Los Angeles, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Impact: Miller has played five games since returning from injury, going 3-2-0 with a.182 GAA and .937 save percentage. He picked up the win in his last start and will be looking to make it two in a row, taking on a Kings team with just a single win in its last 14 games.
News: Ritchie has been assessed a maximum fine of $4,121.86 for crosschecking Christian Folin of the Canadiens in Friday's game.
Impact: Ritchie has avoided a suspension, which frankly is what matters the most to those depending on him in fantasy circles. The fourth-year winger will look to extend his point streak to three games in Sunday's home clash with the Kings.
News: Holzer has one assist in eight games since he returned from a personal leave.
Impact: Naturally, Holzer has always been known for his defense, never posting more than seven points in a season. He does have 21 hits and 13 blocked shots in that eight-game span, but remains safe to avoid for fantasy purposes.
News: Manson provided an assist and went plus-3 in Friday's 8-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Manson also tossed four hits and blocked a pair of shots through 22:20 of ice time. Manson has 14 points (three goals, 11 helpers) in 65 appearances this season, as well as 158 hits. He'll likely finish the year around 20 points, though the physicality could make him worth a roster spot in deeper formats.
News: Silfverberg provided an assist in Friday's 8-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Silfverberg has two goals and four helpers during his four-game point streak. He led all Ducks forwards with 16:22 in the lopsided victory Friday, and now has 18 goals and 12 assists in 60 games. It's possible he reaches 40 points by the end of the year, and he could also make for a good DFS play for Sunday's game versus the Kings.
News: Rowney registered an assist and two hits while going plus-2 in Friday's 8-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Rowney saw a spike in ice time as well, skating 16:07, which ranked third among Ducks forwards for the game. While the fourth-liner will likely not sustain those minutes, he does have six goals and 10 assists in 49 contests this season, to go with 127 hits.
News: Fowler registered an assist and two blocked shots in Friday's 8-2 win over the Canadiens. He's now recorded 265 career points (57 goals, 208 assists) to set Anaheim's scoring record among defensemen.
Impact: The helper extended Fowler's point streak to four games. The 28-year-old defender has had a rough season with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and a minus-13 rating in 46 appearances. The recent hot stretch justifies him being considered as a DFS option for Sunday's match with the Kings, who have given up 3.15 goals per game this season.
News: Ritchie posted two assists, one on the power play, in an 8-2 win over the Canadiens on Friday.
Impact: Ritchie added four PIM in the contest as well, making for a well-rounded game. He saw a bump in ice time as the Ducks used the hefty lead to give their more prominent players a little extra rest. The pair of helpers also gave Ritchie a new career high in points with 29 in 51 appearances this season. Perhaps most impressively, he has a plus-5 rating despite the Ducks' minus-53 goal differential as a team. The winger may have some appeal in deeper formats down the stretch.
News: Rakell scored in the third period of Friday's 8-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: We can take his goal-scoring stick off the side of the milk carton, because it's been found, as the forward has goals in consecutive games. Rakell has four points in his last four games, and the tally gave him 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 56 games this season. It's below what's become expected of him, but the streak he's on may make him a good DFS play for Sunday's game versus the Kings.
News: Sprong scored his 10th goal of the season in Friday's 8-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Sprong's tally 6:39 into the first period opened a veritable flood of goals for the usually moribund Ducks offense. Sprong has a career-high 18 points in 51 games between the Penguins and Ducks this season, his first full campaign at the NHL level. The Dutch winger doesn't have much physicality in his game, however, and his fantasy value is minor for the remainder of this season.
News: Jones netted the first goal of his career in an 8-2 win over the Canadiens on Friday.
Impact: He had three shots and two PIM in the contest. The first-round pick from 2016 has only two points in 17 contests, but his 32 shots on goal show he is willing to shoot frequently. Jones will certainly look back fondly on this milestone moment in his young career.
News: Grant (upper body) delivered an assist over 14:41 of ice time in an 8-2 win over the Canadiens on Friday.
Impact: Grant also fired three shots on goal in the contest while skating to a plus-2 rating. He missed three games with the injury. With only four goals and seven assists in 43 games split between the Penguins and Ducks this season, Grant is safe to avoid in fantasy circles.
News: Larsson provided two assists and three shots on goal in Friday's 8-2 rout of the Canadiens.
Impact: The pair of helpers doubled Larsson's output to four assists across 40 games this season. He also has a minus-9 rating. Larsson is deputizing in the lineup while Brendan Guhle nurses an upper-body injury. Larsson has five assists in 19 contests with AHL San Diego in a year that's seen him shuttle between leagues somewhat frequently.
News: Perry scored a goal and added a power-play assist in an 8-2 win over the Canadiens on Friday.
Impact: Perry went eight games without a point entering the night. He was one of 14 Ducks to earn at least a point in the game. He has three goals and three assists in 18 games in a campaign shortened by his recovery from a knee injury. Unfortunately, he's blended in with the Ducks rather than lifting their performance, carrying a minus-11 rating in that span.
News: Shore (lower body) scored on the power play and added an assist in Friday's 8-2 shellacking of the Canadiens.
Impact: Shore missed two contests with the injury, but no one would know the difference based on his output. He added a pair of hits in the game. Shore is at 25 points this season, with three goals and five assists coming in 21 games since he was traded from the Stars. If he can produce as he did Friday, he should have no trouble hitting 30 points for the third consecutive campaign.
News: Henrique led the scoring charge with two tallies in an 8-2 win over the Canadiens on Friday.
Impact: Henrique showed instant chemistry with young winger Troy Terry, who scored a goal and two assists in the contest. Henrique added four shots and a plus-3 rating in the productive outing. The center has 16 goals and 36 points in 69 games this season, as well as 109 shots. He's well on his way to eclipsing the 40-point mark for the sixth straight year.
News: Terry scored a goal and assisted on two others in Friday's 8-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Terry went plus-4 in the blowout victory. The forward started his season with three points in 19 appearances, but now has two goals and five assists in his last three outings. While it's tough to trust any skater for the Ducks this season, Terry could make for a good value pick in DFS against the Kings on Sunday.
News: Gibson stopped 35 of 37 shots in an 8-2 win over the Canadiens on Friday.
Impact: The Ducks never trailed in this contest, and Gibson's stellar play was a big reason why. Gibson improved to 19-21-8 with a 2.90 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 50 games (49 starts). Life shouldn't be as hard when the Kings visit for a California battle Sunday in a matchup between the two worst offenses in the league.
News: Grant (upper body) will play in Friday's game versus the Canadiens.
Impact: Grant was just wearing a non-contact jersey Tuesday but he's already healthy enough to get back into the lineup. The 27-year-old's return is timed well since Ryan Kesler (hip) won't be able to play in this outing. Grant's fantasy prospects are still low, as he has just 10 points in 42 games this season.
News: Guhle (upper body) won't play in Friday's game versus the Canadiens.
Impact: He'll miss his second straight game. Guhle has suited up just five times for the Ducks, and he's notched an assist and a minus-3 rating in that span. Jacob Larsson will continue filling in Guhle's place.
News: Shore (lower body) will play in Friday's game versus the Canadiens.
Impact: Shore missed the last two games, and it's a good thing he's ready to go since center Ryan Kesler (hip) won't be playing. Shore is expected to center the third line, and he'll look to get his offense rolling after posting just three points over the last 12 games.
News: Kesler has a hip injury and won't play in Friday's game versus the Canadiens.
Impact: Kesler had hip surgery during the 2017 summer and his game hasn't been the same since. It's unclear if the procedure is related to his current condition, but it's not a good sign for the 34-year-old pivot. He'll be replaced in the bottom six by Devin Shore.
News: The Ducks assigned Steel to AHL San Diego on Friday.
Impact: Steel will head back to bus league with winger Kevin Roy, signalling that Devin Shore (lower body) is likely ready for action. The 21-year-old posted an assist and three shots on goal in two games during this recall.
News: The Ducks assigned Roy to AHL San Diego on Friday.
Impact: Roy worked on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in this three-game NHL stint, but he went pointless and fired just two shots on net. He'll move back to minors with center Sam Steel, likely meaning Devin Shore (lower body) is ready for Friday's game versus the Canadiens.
News: Gibson will tend twine at home against the Habs on Friday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gibson has just one win in his last seven outings, along with an abysmal 4.70 GAA and .867 save percentage. Even if the netminder was performing better, he would be hard pressed to compile wins, considering Anaheim is averaging a league-worst 2.18 goals per game. It could be a busy night for the Pittsburgh native, as Montreal is putting 33.4 shots on net per game (fourth highest in the league).
News: Perry failed to register a point for the eighth-straight game in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Not only has Perry gone pointless, but he has also racked up a minus-6 rating and only 13 shots on goal as the Ducks have gone 2-6 during that stretch. The 33-year-old has played in 17 games due to a knee injury delaying his season debut but has only managed four points. While Perry is still penciled in on the first line, he only skates around 15 minutes per contest.
News: Megna scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in a 5-4 loss to the Blues on Wednesday.
Impact: The 26-year-old had two points in 29 career NHL games coming into the night, so for him to register a goal and an assist in the same evening is quite surprising. He has a goal and three points with a minus-1 rating, 21 shots on net, 14 hits and 17 blocks in 15 games this season.
News: Terry posted three assists, a plus-1 rating and one shot on net in a 5-4 loss to the Blues on Wednesday.
Impact: The 21-year-old came into the night with only four points, so he nearly doubled his NHL output by recording his first three-point night. Terry has two goals and five points in the last five games. Overall, he has three goals and seven points in 21 contests this season.
News: Gibson allowed five goals on 33 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Blues on Wednesday.
Impact: The 25-year-old finally snapped his five-game losing streak on Sunday, but this performance will shed any goodwill built up from that game. Gibson is now 1-6-0 with an .867 save percentage in seven games since Jan. 23. During that stretch, he also missed nine games because of an upper-body injury. Gibson's had an extremely rough season. He is 18-21-8 with a 2.92 GAA and .914 save percentage in 49 games.
News: Updating a previous note, Shore (lower body) will actually sit out Wednesday against the Blues, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Shore was apparently on the ice for warmups, which is a good sign, but he will ultimately miss his second straight contest. Stephens mentioned that he didn't see Sam Steel on the ice for warmups, but clarified that he was indeed out there and will draw in again for Shore.
News: Shore (lower body) is on the ice for warmups and is slated to draw in Wednesday against the Blues, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Shore has recovered quickly from a scary looking knee-on-knee collision the Avalanche's Ian Cole and should take his place back as the team's second-line center. Sam Steel wasn't present, so he will presumably sit out and could be headed back to the minors.
News: Guhle (upper body) will not draw in Wednesday against the Blues, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Guhle exited Tuesday's affair against the Coyotes prematurely with the upper-body issue and it appears it will cost him at least one more game. Jacob Larsson will replace him among the pairings, while Guhle will focus on a potential return Friday when the Canadiens come to town.
News: Ritchie (lower body) will return to action Wednesday against the Blues, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ritchie skipped the last two contests with a lower-body issue and his non-contact participation Monday seemed to suggest he would sit out Wednesday as well. His injury must be doing better after another night on the mend and the winger will send Daniel Sprong back to the press box. Ritchie should also retake his spot on the power play Wednesday, though a tough opposing netminder in rookie Jordan Binnington awaits.
News: Gibson will defend the home net Wednesday against the Blues, Ducks PA announcer Phil Hulett reports.
Impact: Gibson took off the front end of a back-to-back set Tuesday against the Coyotes, but he gets the nod Wednesday for what should be the tougher of the two matchups. He'll at least get to face the Blues on home ice, where he sports a 2.72 GAA and a .914 save percentage to go along with his 10-7-7 record. St. Louis has also hit a minor skid recently, losing three of their last four games. The Blues have also notched two or fewer goals in six straight games, so Gibson could sneak on to daily radars as a value play.
News: Sprong has only one goal in 12 appearances since the All-Star break.
Impact: He's found himself in the press box a bit, getting healthy scratched four times in that span. Sprong is shooting at a rate of over two shots per game since being traded to the Ducks, but the scoring success he found initially has dried up.
News: Rakell gathered one assist in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Impact: Rakell now has assists in consecutive games, but his goal drought stretched to 14 contests. It appeared he had scored an empty-net goal in this contest before Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet successfully challenged that center Adam Henrique was offside on the play. Rakell has 28 points in 54 games, a significant drop from the 69 points he accumulated last season.
News: Manson picked up a helper in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Impact: He added three hits and two blocked shots in the contest. Manson has seen his production dip drastically from the 37 points he accumulated last season, as he now has 13 points in 63 games. He does have 14 hits in his last five games, giving him 153 for the year, but that alone is likely not enough to help his fantasy value.
News: Lindholm earned one assist in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Impact: Lindholm skated 24:21 in the contest, his most ice time in 10 appearances. The Swede has 24 points and 109 blocked shots in 61 contests, although he also owns a minus-13 rating. Offense has been hard to come by for most Ducks, but Lindholm still has a reasonable chance to reach 30 points this season.
News: Kesler registered four hits and two PIM in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Impact: Kesler's 1,000th game went by without him registering a point, but he did make an impact in his own way. He's up to 92 hits and 42 PIM in 59 games this year, but with only eight points, he is only a shell of his former self on offense.
News: Terry scored on the power play in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Impact: The goal was Terry's third of the season, and it provided valuable insurance by doubling the Ducks' lead in the third period. Terry only has four points in 20 appearances this year, and with only 16 shots on goal. The fifth round pick from 2015 has skated mostly on the fourth line for the worst offense in the league.
News: Henrique scored his 13th goal of the season in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Impact: The goal snaps a six-game point drought for the center. He has provided some fantasy value with 14 hits in the last seven games. Henrique has 33 points in 67 games this season, making him one of the few Ducks worth a look in fantasy.