Capitals’ Lars Eller among NHL players on rise in fantasy

Others include Mathew Barzal, Joe Pavelski, Tyler Seguin, Calle Jarnkrok, Tyson Jost, Connor McDavid, Matt Duchene, Evgeni Malkin, Sean Monahan, Eric Staal, Pavel Zacha, Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Steven Stamkos, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Anze Kopitar, Blake Wheeler, Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Marchessault, Alexander Steen, Scott Hartnell, Josh Bailey, Jamie Benn, Johnny Gaudreau, Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Ondrej Kase, Kyle Palmieri, Jason Zucker, Rickard Rakell, Brock Boeser, Brent Seabrook, Shyane Gostisbehere, Hampus Lindholm, Brent Burns, Keith Yandle, Jeff Petry, Brent Burns, Torey Krug, John Klingberg, Drew Doughty, T.J. Brodie, Jeff Petry, Darcy Kuemper, Robin Lehner, Ben Bishop, Marc-Andre Fleury, Devan Dubnyk and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Training Room (Injuries)

Roberto Luongo, G, FLA – Bobby Lu, out since Dec. 4 with a groin injury, returned to practice for the first time since the injury Thursday. James Reimer, now out with his own groin injury, and Harri Sateri have held the fort as well as possible with Luongo out. Florida will more than welcome back their top netminder, as Luongo could return to game action sometime this week.

Others include Jack Eichel (lower body, possible ankle, left Saturday’s game), Brock Boeser (hand injury, missed Friday’s game), Boddy Ryan (hand, will miss at least three weeks due to a finger injury that includes ligament issues), Patric Hornqvist (lower body, placed on IR), Shea Weber (foot, out since mid-December, shed his walking boot, skated Wednesday), Jonas Brodin (fractured left hand, underwent surgery, out 3-to-4 weeks), Ryan McDonagh (upper body, missed Friday’s skate and will miss upcoming road trip), Cory Schneider (groin, sidelined since Jan. 23), Malcolm Subban (undisclosed, injured and placed on IR on Saturday) and Ondrej Pavelec (ankle, injured Friday, placed on IR on Saturday).

Fourth Liners/Press Boxers (Fallers)

Derek Ryan, C, CAR – Ryan saw top-six minutes earlier this season but has drifted slowly down the Canes’ depth chart and is now centering the fourth line. He failed to land on the scoresheet for the sixth straight game Friday, skating a season-low 11:52 in the contest. Ryan still has 26 points in 55 games – just three away from the career-best 29 he posted last season – but his decline in ice time and role makes it difficult to rely on him.

Ryan Callahan, RW, TB – Callahan posted a helper Saturday, but that point gives the veteran winger just three in his last 16 games. Injuries have cost Cally several games in each season, but that’s not the sole reason for his struggles. The former Rangers captain tied his career high with 54 points in 2014-15, but dropped to 28 the following season. A second hip surgery limited Callahan to just 18 games last season and he is playing on the fourth line this year, limiting his fantasy value.

Will Butcher, D, NJD – Butcher has fallen off following the brilliant start to his NHL career. After opening with 18 points in his first 23 appearances, he has just 11 points without a goal in his last 32 games. His 29 points include 16 with the man advantage, and Butcher may have already exceeded expectations, but his struggles of late have shown that life in the NHL as a young blueliner can be tough.

Carey Price, G, MTL – Price was solid Saturday night against Nashville but lost in a shootout to drop to 1-4-1 in his last six starts. However, his 2.19 GAA and .924 save percentage in his last five starts indicate that his struggles have been more to do with the team than his individual play. It’s been a disappointing season for Price, who entered the game just 15-20-4 with a 2.95 GAA and .906 save percentage on the year. Price was limited to just 12 games in 2015-16 due to injury but was a finalist for the 2017 Vezina Trophy and entered this season looking to build off that solid campaign. That has not been the case, as the face of the Montreal franchise is in the midst of his worst-ever campaign.

Others include Nicklas Backstrom, Martin Hanzal, Max Domi, Patrick Maroon, Jeff Skinner, Jesper Bratt, Evander Kane, Colin White, Kevin Bieksa, Anton Stralman, Ryan Ellis, Thomas Hickey, Connor Hellebuyck, Jacob Markstrom, Thomas Greiss and Jeff Glass.

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