Center Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Anze Kopitar, C, LOS12/28/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Kings center Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist on Saturday.
Insight: Kopitar has eight goals and 17 assists this season, which is disappointing after last season's Cup run. Kopitar is also minus-five, which is his worst rating since 2008-2009. Last season, he was plus-34. Hopefully Kopitar can get going soon.
Joe Pavelski, C, SJS12/28/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Sharks forward Joe Pavelski scored the only San Jose goal on Saturday.
Insight: Pavelski scored the first goal of the game inside of 17:00 minutes left in the first period, but the Sharks wouldn't score again as the Kings ended the game with three straight goals. Pavelski has 17 goals and 13 assists with a plus-six rating in 36 games this season.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM12/28/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the team's lone goal in Saturday's loss.
Insight: Nugent-Hopkins has 10 goals and 13 assists this season, which leads the team in both categories. Taylor Hall is tied with Nugent-Hopkins with 10 goals.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, COLCold12/28/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal on Saturday.
Insight: MacKinnon has not lived up to his hype this season. In his second season, the 19-year-old has six goals and 16 assists in 35 games. He also has a minus-nine rating. Hopefully he can turn it around soon.
Colin Wilson, C, NASHot12/27/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Predators center Colin Wilson scored a pair of goals in Nashville's, 3-1, victory over Philadelphia on Saturday.
Insight: Wilson has now scored goals in three straight game, finding the back of the net four times over that stretch. He also has an assists in the last three games. Most of his scoring, however, has come recently as Wilson has 10 goals and eight assists in 32 games this season.
Claude Giroux, C, PHI12/27/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Flyers center Claude Giroux scored his 12th goal of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Giroux remains in the scoring title conversation as he has 41 points in 34 games, but his goal was the only score Philadelphia could muster versus the Vezina Trophy frontrunner in Pekka Rinne. The lost snapped Philadelphia's three-game winning streak.
Bryan Little, C, WIN12/27/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Jets center Bryan Little had a goal, assist, plus-one rating and one shot on net in the victory on Saturday.
Insight: Little scored in the second period on a passes from Andrew Ladd and Grant Clitsome. The goal tied the game at one. Then in overtime, Little assisted Ladd's game-winning score. Little has 14 goals and 11 assists in 35 games this season.
John Tavares, C, NYI12/27/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored a pair of goals versus the Sabres on Saturday.
Insight: Tavares led the team with six shots on net and scored twice in the second period. Unfortunately, Buffalo rallied to score three goals in the third and won in a shootout. Tavares has 15 goals and 16 assists in 35 games this season, but he is minus-four as well.
Alex Killorn, C, TAM12/27/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Lightning winger Alex Killorn scored his eighth goal of the season early in the second period on Saturday, which turned out to be the game-winner.
Insight: Killorn scored at the 4:53 mark on passes from Ryan Callahan and Valtteri Filppula. Killorn has seven assists and a plus-five rating to go with his eight goals.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR12/27/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan scored a hat trick on Saturday.
Insight: Stepan doubled his goal total of the season with a goal in each period versus the Devils. Stepan also scored three different ways, short handed, power play and empty net. Stepan has six goals 16 assists and a plus-six rating in 21 games this season.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT12/23/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had two assists on Tuesday versus the Lightning.
Insight: Malkin was plus-two and again, one of the best skaters on the ice. He was tied with Sidney Crosby for the team lead with five shots on goal, but Crosby did not register a point. Malkin has 16 goals and 25 assists in 34 games this season.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM12/23/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson recorded his second career hat trick on Tuesday.
Insight: Johnson scored the first two goals of the game, and then a third goal to extend the Tampa Bay lead to, 4-0, over Pittsburgh. The Penguins came storming back, but Tampa Bay held on, 4-3. Johnson has been a pleasant surprise this season with 13 goals and 24 assists and a plus-23 rating in 35 games.
Nazem Kadri, C, TOR12/23/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri had a goal on Tuesday.
Insight: Kadri also had an assist as he finished plus-three in the shutout victory. Kadri has 10 goals and 12 assists this season.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT12/22/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored the game-tying goal with a little over three minutes remaining in regulation.
Insight: Malkin now has 16 goals and 23 assists this season. Malkin, however, was not able to score in the shootout, and Pittsburgh lost to Florida, 4-3.
Craig Smith, C, NAS12/22/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Predators forward Craig Smith scored twice against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Smith scored two even-strength goals with the first coming in the second period and the second coming in the final period. Nashville routed Columbus, 5-1. Smith has 10 goals and nine assists this season.
Patrik Berglund, C, STL12/21/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center Patrik Berglund scored a goal during Saturday's overtime loss to the Sharks.
Insight: He also had two shots on goal and plus-one rating on the night. Berglund now has four goals and 11 points through 32 games. He is not a relevant option.
Craig Smith, C, NAS12/21/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Predators forward Craig Smith recorded two points during Saturday's winagainst Minnesota.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with seven shots and a plus-two rating. Smith now has eight goals and 17 points through 31 games. He is not a great option.
Filip Forsberg, C, NAS12/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg scored a goal during Saturday's overtime victory against the Wild.
Insight: He also had five shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the night. Forsberg now has 13 goals, 31 points, and a plus-24 rating through 31 games. He is a top notch option.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT12/20/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and had seven shots during Saturday's win against the Panthers.
Insight: It was his first goal since returning from dealing with the mumps. Crosby now has 10 goals and 36 points through 29 games.
Claude Giroux, C, PHI12/20/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Flyers center Claude Giroux recorded four points during Saturday's victory over the Maple Leafs.
Insight: He had two goals, two assists, four shots on goal, and a plus-three rating. Giroux is now tied for second in the NHL in points, with 39.
Tomas Plekanec, C, MON12/20/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored a goal during Saturday's victory against Ottawa.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Plekanec now has 10 goals and 23 points through 34 games.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS12/20/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a big game during Saturday's win against the Devils.
Insight: He had two goals and one assist, along with two penalty minutes, two shots, and a plus-three rating. Backstrom now has 10 goals and 26 points through 32 games.
John Tavares, C, NYI12/20/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored a goal during Saturday's victory over Tampa Bay.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the night. Tavares now has 13 goals and 28 points through 33 games.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA12/19/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf scored both of the team's goals during Friday's loss to the Senators.
Insight: He had three shots on goal, and now has 12 goals and 37 points through 34 games. Getzlaf is one of the top options out there.
Brock Nelson, C, NYI12/19/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson recorded two points during Friday's win against the Red Wings.
Insight: He continued his strong season with a goal and an assist, along with six shots on goal and a plus-two rating. Nelson now has 14 goals and 26 points through 32 games.
Adam Henrique, C, NJD12/19/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique recorded two points Friday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with three shots on goal. Henrique now has nine goals and 20 points through 27 games. He is a solid option.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM12/19/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored a goal on Friday night.
Insight: It was his 19th goal of the season, and he also had four shots on goal. Stamkos now has 36 points through 34 games, as he continues to be one of the best players in the game.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT12/18/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will return on Thursday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Crosby has missed the last three games with the mumps, but he skated with the team Thursday morning and will play. Crosby has 35 points in 27 games and should return to every fantasy lineup.
Kyle Turris, C, OTT12/17/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Senators center Kyle Torris scored both goals in Ottawa's, 2-0, victory over New Jersey.
Insight: Turris scored on the power play early in the first period and then added an empty-net goal inside of one-second left in the game. Turris has six goals and 15 assists with a minus-eight rating in 31 games this season.
David Krejci, C, BOS12/17/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Bruins center David Krejci is going to suit up against the Wild on Wednesday.
Insight: Krejci was skating with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffin in warmups. In 11 games, Krejci has three goals and seven assists, so he should be in everyone's lineup.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM12/17/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the team's lone goal during Tuesday's overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal, and now has eight goals and 20 points through 30 games.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI12/17/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews registered a goal and two assists during Tuesday's win versus Minnesota.
Insight: Toews also had four shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the night. He is now plus-eight overall and has 28 points through 32 games.
Mike Ribeiro, C, NAS12/16/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Mike Ribeiro scored his ninth goal of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Ribeiro scored within the first two minutes of the third period as Nashville took a, 2-1, lead, but Boston responded with a goal about two minutes later. The Predators eventually won in the shootout. Ribeiro has nine goals and 17 assists with a plus-13 rating this season.
Mark Scheifele, C, WIN12/16/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Jets center Mark Scheifele recorded three points during Tuesday's victory against the Sabres.
Insight: he had two goals and an assist, along with five shots on goal, two penalty minutes, and a plus-two rating. Scheifele now has six goals and 16 points through 32 games, giving owners a reason to give him a look.
Tyler Bozak, C, TOR12/16/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak continued his strong season during Tuesday's win against Anaheim.
Insight: Bozak had a goal and an assist, along with a plus-one rating. He is a strong option, with 12 goals and 27 points through 31 games.
Ryan Kesler, C, ANA12/16/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Ducks center Ryan Kesler recorded two points during Tuesday's loss against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist. Kesler has played well in his first season in Anaheim and now has 11 goals and 26 points through 33 games.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM12/16/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson recorded two points on Tuesday.
Insight: Johnson scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and then assisted Valtteri Filppula's empty-net goal as Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia, 3-1. Johnson has 10 goals, 23 assists and a plus-19 rating in 33 games this season.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM12/16/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his 18th goal of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: The goal evened the score at one at the beginning of the second period. Tampa Bay added another goal in the period and an empty-netter to win, 3-1. Along with his 18 goals, Stamkos has 17 assists with a plus-one rating.
Scott Gomez, C, NJD12/15/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Devils center Scott Gomez notched two points on Monday night.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and has played well since joing the Devils this season. Gomez has two goals and 6 points through eight games. He is worth a look.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT12/14/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby has the mumps according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Insight: After his tests came back negative on Friday, second tests have apparently said Crosby has the disease spreading through the league. Crosby will miss Monday's game against the Lightning, which is a big loss for fantasy owners, but hopefully he returns shortly after that.

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