Patrik Laine Retuns to the Ice

Lesley Tedeschi Jan 18th 2:38 PM EST.

After sustaining a concussion on January 7th, Patrik Laine has returned to the ice.

He will not be playing in the game against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. There is no known time frame of when he will return to the team, but at least he got a start taking the ice today. The Jets will take all the right steps to make sure Laine is safe to take the ice. The last step in the recovery process is full contact practice, and sometimes players stay in this stage for a long time.

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Kenneth Faried putting up solid numbers as starter

Brant Tedeschi Jan 18th 1:53 PM EST.

Kenneth Faried has started the past two games and has rewarded his fantasy owners with two solid and extremely efficient games.

In his past two games he has averaged 20 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal while shooting a ridiculous 86.4% from the field.

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Kelly Olynyk, potential waiver pickup

Brant Tedeschi Jan 18th 1:40 PM EST.

Kelly Olynyk has quietly making a case for a starting role for the Boston Celtics.

In Olynyk's past two games he has averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 assists, 8.5 rebounds, 1 steals while shooting 75% from the field. During that same time-frame, he is 6th on the team in minutes per game with 29, which is up 8 minutes compared to his season average.

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Raymond Felton & Austin Rivers both waiver targets with Paul injury

Brant Tedeschi Jan 17th 8:41 PM EST.

Raymond Felton will likely enter the starting lineup as the Clippers starting point guard now that Chris Paul is having surgery and will be out 6 to 8 weeks.

There is no replacing Chris Paul, but having Raymond Felton seems like the most logical choice since he has started previously when Paul has been out. During those 6 starts by Felton he has averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals.

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Mika Zibanejad Returns to Lineup

Lesley Tedeschi Jan 17th 1:19 PM EST.

After missing the last 25 games with a broken fibula, Mika Zibanejad is finally returning to the Rangers lineup tonight.

Zibanejab injured himself against the Florida Panthers on November 20th and has been sidelined ever since. After watching his team endure several losses over his time out, he is ready to get back on the ice and give his team a boost. So far this season, Zibanejad has five goals and 15 points over 19 played games. These numbers should improve as he gets back into a good rhythm on the ice.

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Anthony Davis injured, getting x-rays on tailbone and thumb

Brant Tedeschi Jan 16th 5:58 PM EST. Edited 6:01 PM.

Anthony Davis was looking to dunk over Myles Turner but instead Davis hit the floor hard and was wincing in pain after a hard foul by Turner. The call on the floor was a common foul and not a flagrant.

According to Jim Eichenhofer, he then proceeded to shoot his free throws then head directly to the locker room with trainers. He was walking gingerly to the locker room.

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Ezekiel Elliott wants NFL to wrap up their probe into domestic violence

Brant Tedeschi Jan 16th 1:50 PM EST.

The Dallas Cowboys lost an epic game to the Green Bay Packers yesterday, 34 to 31 thanks to a last second field goal by Mason Crosby.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, Ezekiel Elliott wants his suspension of domestic violence case closed by the NFL. The NFL's investigation has gone on all season-long and so far there has been no official word from the NFL.

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Kyle O'Quinn has limited upside

Brant Tedeschi Jan 16th 1:29 PM EST.

The New York Knicks have been injury riddled and have turned to Kyle O'Quinn for some additional minutes, but his upside is limited.

In O'Quinn's last 4 games he has averaged 7 points, 2 assists, 8.3 rebounds while shooting 59% from the field with 16.3 minutes per game. He also had back-to-back double-doubles on Jan 11th and Jan 12th.

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Ryan Callahan Out 4 Weeks

Lesley Tedeschi Jan 16th 12:31 PM EST.

Ryan Callahan has not played since January 7th, and is now expected to miss the next four weeks with a lower-body injury.

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper was concerned about Callahan playing in Friday's game. Cooper thought that Callahan might not be ready to take the ice after dealing with a previous lower-body injury that kept him off the ice for 15 games. Callahan is a leader on the team, and his desire to play is clear to see. Coach Cooper knows how hard it must be for Callahan to take a back seat and wait to get healthy.

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Kris Letang Week to Week

Lesley Tedeschi Jan 16th 12:20 PM EST.

Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve Monday morning, after suffering a lower- body injury on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguin has already missed seven games this season with a lower-body injury and another five games with an upper-body injury. The extent of his injury is not yet known, but being placed on injured reserve means he will be out definitely this entire week and possibly longer. The Penguins will have this week to run more tests and if his injury is more serious we will find out.

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