Penguins goalie Murray week to week with lower-body injury
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray sustained a lower-body injury on Monday and is week to week.
Murray was injured with 4:21 remaining in the second period of a 5-4 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers and had to be helped off the ice.
Murray owners should check the waiver wire for backup Tristan Jarry (15 percent owned). Jarry made eight saves on 10 shots and is 2-0-2 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage this season. He’s a top prospect in the Penguins organization, and after waiving veteran Antti Niemi earlier in the season, the No. 1 job could be Jarry’s until Murray returns.
Pittsburgh recalled Casey DeSmith from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, but he likely won’t be a fantasy asset.
In addition to Jarry, other options to replace Murray in fantasy leagues include Malcolm Subban of the Vegas Golden Knights (38 percent owned), Anton Khudobin of the Boston Bruins (37 percent owned) and Ryan Miller of the Anaheim Ducks (18 percent owned).
DeBrincat shines for Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks rookie Alex DeBrincat had his first career NHL hat trick and four points in a 7-3 win against the Ducks on Monday. He also was plus-3 with one power-play point and five SOG.
DeBrincat (17 percent owned), who was scoreless in three games prior, has 10 goals and 17 points, and quietly ranks sixth among rookies in scoring. He had a three-game goal-scoring streak earlier this season and has been inconsistent, but games like Monday make him an appealing fantasy option. DeBrincat skated on the third line with Patrick Sharp and Ryan Hartman, but could be moved up, which would only help his value.
DeBrincat scored one of his goals on the power play, and his 2:26 of ice time with the man advantage was second on the team among forwards behind Jonathan Toews 2:54. The Blackhawks visit the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV), and DeBrincat could be in for another big night.
Malgin gets chance on Panthers top line
With the injury to forward Evgenii Dadonov, who will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury, the Florida Panthers needed a new player on their top line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov.
The first chance was given to Denis Malgin, who was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Monday. Malgin (less than one percent owned) had two SOG and two penalty minutes in 13:20 of ice time (including 1:46 of power-play ice time) in a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Monday.
Although he didn’t have a point, the line did look effective and could remain intact when the Panthers visit the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, MSG, FS-F, NHL.TV). It’s worth looking into the Panthers’ line combinations and seeing how they fare against the Rangers before rushing to make a roster move.