Ramblings: Top line Smith; Carolina power play; divisional scoring; Tatar; Gibson – January 28

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David Pastrnak is expected back with Boston sooner rather than later, but they still have games to play in the interim and that top-line right wing spot is still a coveted spot. At practice on Wednesday, we saw a new face:



Again, not that Smith will get a lot of run in this spot because Pastrnak may be back in the next week or so, but even just a few games on that line can do wonders for short-term fantasy value. Check the wires.

Jake DeBrusk will miss at least one game with a lower-body injury, so we might get top-6 Craig Smith for longer than we think.


Jamie Benn returned to practice for the Stars after missing Tuesday night's game but Roope Hintz did not. From what I've been able to tell, we still don't know exactly what's wrong with Hintz, but that Benn is back and Hintz is not is a bit of a concern.


The Penguins announced GM Jim Rutherford will be stepping away for personal reasons and that Patrik Allvin, their assistant GM, will take over. We don't have more details at the moment except that it's not related to his h