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Date Player
10/18/2017 Vladislav Namestnikov, TB, C
Namestnikov had a goal while finishing a plus-2 in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss at New Jersey.

Analysis: The 25-year-old has never had more than 35 points in a season, but he's on pace to shatter that mark with three goals and four assists through Tampa Bay's first seven games. Namestnikov has at least one point in six of those contests.
10/18/2017 Steven Stamkos, TB, C
Stamkos continued his early-season roll with a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss at New Jersey.

Analysis: The knee injury that felled the Lightning captain for most of last season clearly is no issue, as he's racked up two goals and 10 assists while opening 2017-18 on a seven-game point streak. Stamkos has put up multiple points in four of those contests.
10/18/2017 Nikita Kucherov, TB, RW
Kucherov stretched his goal streak to seven games while adding an assist in Tuesday's shootout loss at New Jersey.

Analysis: The 24-year-old joined the great Mario Lemieux as the only players in NHL history to begin a season with goals in seven consecutive games, though he's got a ways to go before catching Lemieux's record of 12 straight. The Lightning next play at Columbus, a team Kucherov has scored just once against in 12 career meetings.
10/18/2017 Cory Schneider, NJ, G
Schneider finished with 33 saves in the Devils' 5-4 shootout victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Analysis: Schneider has averaged just over 33 saves while winning four of his first five starts, though he's been a bit easier to solve lately. After posting a .948 save percentage while going 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA over his initial three outings, New Jersey's No. 1 netminder has allowed nine goals in his last two.
10/18/2017 Will Butcher, NJ, D
Butcher contributed an assist to the Devils' 5-4 shootout win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday to extend his point streak to four games.

Analysis: The rookie has now piled up nine assists along with a plus-6 rating over his first six NHL games, showing he's here to stay. Five of those helpers have come on the power play, where Butcher also leads the team in time on ice.
10/18/2017 Kyle Palmieri, NJ, RW
Palmieri netted a power-play goal in regulation before scoring in the shootout to lift the Devils to Tuesday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Palmieri missed some time recently with a lower-body injury, but has two goals and three assists in the five games he's appeared in. With 56 goals over the previous two campaigns, the wing is one of the more reliable fantasy performers on the Devils' current roster.
10/18/2017 Drew Stafford, NJ, RW
Stafford delivered a pair of goals to help the Devils to Tuesday's 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: After scoring a mere eight games in 58 games with Winnipeg and Boston last season, Stafford has three in two outings since returning from a lower-body injury over the weekend. With the Devils looking much improved and the 31-year-old getting a lot of power-play time lately, he may be in for a bounce-back season.
10/18/2017 Henrik Lundqvist, NYR, G
Lundqvist finished with 28 saves in the Rangers' 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Analysis: The 35-year-old was coming off an excellent 40-save performance in Friday's 2-1 loss at Columbus, but wasn't able to match it against Pittsburgh's potent lineup. Lundqvist hasn't gotten much help from a shaky Ranger defense, though his 3.23 goals-against average through six games indicates he may no longer be an elite fantasy netminder.
10/18/2017 Michael Grabner, NYR, RW
Grabner scored his first goal of the season in the Rangers' 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Analysis: It was nearly a game-winner as well, but the Penguins forced OT when Sidney Crosby scored with under a minute left in regulation. Grabner produced a 27-goal, 40-point campaign seemingly out of nowhere last season, and his slow start has created doubts as to whether he can duplicate those numbers.
10/18/2017 J.T. Miller, NYR, LW
Miller recorded a goal and two assists in the Rangers' overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Analysis: The 24-year-old has been one of the bright spots during the Rangers' dismal start, as he's registered a team-leading seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) through seven games. Miller's goal came on the power play, an area in which he scored just twice all of last season.
10/18/2017 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray finished with 28 saves in the Penguins' 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

Analysis: Murray was a bit shaky at times, most notably during a second period in which he let in three goals, but still won his fourth consecutive start. The 23-year-old's play has stabilized after a rough first two starts of the season, as he's posted a 2.25 goals-against average and .929 save percentage during the streak.
10/18/2017 Patric Hornqvist, Pit, RW
Hornqvist stayed hot with a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime victory over the Rangers.

Analysis: After missing the season's first three games with a hand injury, Hornqvist has scored in three of the four he's appeared in while adding a pair of assists. The veteran wing is doing most of his damage on the power play, an area in which he's recorded 19 goals over the previous two seasons.
10/18/2017 Phil Kessel, Pit, RW
Kessel contributed a goal and two assists to the Penguins' 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

Analysis: It's the first multipoint effort of the season for the high-scoring wing, though he's still stuffed the stat sheet with two goals, five assists and 14 penalty minutes through Pittsburgh's opening seven games. Kessel also leads the Penguins with 29 shots, so there's a good chance more goals will be coming his way.
10/18/2017 Evgeni Malkin, Pit, C
After recording three assists in regulation, Malkin scored 58 seconds into overtime to lift the Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday.

Analysis: Malkin bounced back in a big way after going three straight games without a point and also finished a beneficial plus-3 on the evening. Though the Russian star has scored just twice through Pittsburgh's first seven contests, he's registered six assists.
10/17/2017 Shayne Gostisbehere, Phi, D
Gostisbehere scored his first goal of the season and added an assist Tuesday in a 5-1 win over Florida.

Analysis: Gostisbehere has a goal and six assists during a three-game point streak and already has 10 points in six games.
10/17/2017 Roberto Luongo, Fla, G
Luongo stopped 34 of 38 shots Tuesday in a 5-1 loss at Philadelphia.

Analysis: Luongo remains tied with Curtis Joseph for fourth on the NHL's all-time wins list with 454, behind only Martin Brodeur (691), Patrick Roy (551) and Ed Belfour (484). Luongo has also lost more games (367) than every goaltender in NHL history except Brodeur (397).
10/17/2017 Michal Neuvirth, Phi, G
Neuvirth was excellent for the second straight start, stopping 40 of 41 shots in a 5-1 win over Florida on Tuesday.

Analysis: In two starts this season, Neuvirth has turned aside 65 of 68 shots for a .956 save percentage.
10/17/2017 Jakub Voracek, Phi, RW
Voracek had an assist in a 5-1 win over Florida on Tuesday.

Analysis: Voracek is still looking for his first goal but ranks among the league leaders with 10 assists.
10/17/2017 Claude Giroux, Phi, C
Giroux had a goal and an asisst in the Flyers' 5-1 win over Florida on Tuesday.

Analysis: Giroux's assist was the 400th of his career. He has four goals and nine points in six games this season.
10/17/2017 Nicklas Backstrom, Was, C
Backstrom was held without a point for the first time this season in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Toronto.

Analysis: Backstrom has three goals and eight assists in seven games to rank among the league scoring leaders.
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