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  • Matt Irwin and John Scott scratched vs. DET
    Matt Irwin and John Scott will both be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against Detroit.

    Advice: John Scott is nothing more than a good source of penalty minutes while Matt Irwin brings a little more to the table. Irwin has seven goals and 16 points in 45 games this season.
    Today, 4:53 pm
  • Erik Gudbranson scratched on Thursday
    Erik Gudbranson is a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against Toronto.

    Advice: Gudbranson struggled in Florida's last game so he will watch tonight's action from the press box. Tomas Kopecky will also be scratched on Thursday. Al Montoya and Nick Bjugstad will both miss the game due to injury.
    Today, 4:46 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier starts vs. Florida Panthers
    Jonathan Bernier will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against Florida.

    Advice: The 26-year-old enters Thursday's action on a five game losing streak. Bernier has a 20-26-6 record with a 2.86 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage. The Leafs probably won't win many games down the stretch so you shouldn't start Bernier too often down the stretch.
    Today, 4:43 pm
  • Andrew Hammond will start vs. Rangers
    Andrew Hammond will get the start in Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.

    Advice: The 27-year-old still hasn't lost a game in regulation since he made his NHL debut 15 starts ago. He has an incredible 14-0-1 record with a 1.67 goals-against-average and a .946 save percentage in 2014-15. It will be interesting to see how long Hammond can keep this run up.
    Today, 4:35 pm
  • Ryan Carter may be ready to play Friday
    Ryan Carter might be ready to return on Friday from a shoulder injury.

    Advice: The decision on his status could be made after the morning skate. Carter has missed 22 straight games due to the ailment.
    Today, 3:25 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Reto Berra will get the nod against Vancouver
    It's been confirmed that Reto Berra will be in Colorado's crease on Thursday against Vancouver.

    Advice: The original plan was to have Semyon Varlamov start both games of the back-to-back situation, but he was pulled on Wednesday after surrendering three goals on seven shots. Berra stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced in relief, so he's being rewarded with the start.
    Today, 1:42 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist to start Saturday or Sunday
    Henrik Lundqvist will be back between the pipes on Saturday at Boston or Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: "I think we'll have a discussion tomorrow, I'll see how it feels," Lundqvist said Thursday. "It's hard to say no to a game right now when you've been away for that long at the same you have to be smart about it. But I feel pretty close to being ready. We'll have that discussion tomorrow and we'll decide what game." He will dress as Cam Talbot's backup on Thursday night.
    Today, 1:04 pm
  • Niklas Kronwall returns Thursday night
    Niklas Kronwall (lower body) will suit up in Thursday's game against San Jose.

    Advice: He didn't play on Tuesday night because of a lower-body injury, but he's ready to return. Kronwall has eight goals and 40 points in 71 games this campaign. He leads the team in average ice time per game at 23:45.
    Today, 12:07 pm
  • Reto Berra being considered for Thursday
    Reto Berra may get the call on Thursday against Vancouver.

    Advice: Coach Patrick Roy had initially planned to start Semyon Varlamov in back-to-back nights, but he's reconsidering that decision now. Varlamov allowed three goals on seven shots before being pulled on Wednesday versus Edmonton. "I'm going to think about it," Roy said. "Reto (Berra) played really well. Maybe it would be a good chance for him to play (Thursday) night. We'll see. We'll talk with the coaches and we'll make our decision."
    Today, 10:21 am
  • Datsyuk out Thursday, hopes to play Saturday
    Pavel Datsyuk won't return from a lower-body injury on Thursday.

    Advice: He said he's feeling better and he hopes to be back in the lineup on Saturday when Detroit plays Tampa Bay. Thursday's game will be the fifth straight match he has missed.
    Today, 8:27 am
  • Buffalo will go with Matt Hackett vs. Coyotes
    Matt Hackett will indeed start against Arizona on Thursday night.

    Advice: He owns an .893 save percentage and a 4.34 goals-against average in three losses this season. Buffalo and Arizona play again on Monday and the outcomes of those games could play a large role in which team finishes last overall in the league's overall standings.
    Today, 8:01 am
  • Patrick Kaleta set to return Thursday
    Patrick Kaleta (knee) appears to be ready to return Thursday night when the Sabres host Arizona.

    Advice: He's still listed on injured reserve for the moment, but spoke like he's coming back on Wednesday. Kaleta had major ACL surgery last year and had another procedure last month to remove bone chips on his knee.
    Today, 7:49 am
    Injured Reserve
    L, 4-3 vs Ari
  • Patric Hornqvist is out Thursday, but close
    Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) didn't take part in contact drills on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hornqvist will miss his fifth straight game on Thursday as a result. There's still a good chance that he'll return on Saturday or Sunday though.
    Today, 7:23 am
    L, 5-2 @ Car
  • Henrik Lundqvist is off the LTIR list
    Henrik Lundqvist (neck) is officially off of the long-term injured reserve list.

    Advice: Just in case you needed further proof that Lundqvist is ready to return. Lundqvist will serve as the backup goaltender on Thursday and will likely start on either Saturday or Sunday.
    Today, 6:54 am
  • Tuomo Ruutu projected to play on Thursday
    Tuomo Ruutu is expected to draw back into the lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Ruutu skated on the fourth line with Jacob Josefson and Dainius Zubrus during Wednesday's practice. Stefan Matteau is expected to be a healthy scratch as a result.
    Today, 6:51 am
    L, 3-2 @ Was
  • Andrew Miller gets his first two NHL points
    Andrew Miller recorded his first two career points in a 4-3 win over Colorado Wednesday night.

    Advice: Miller was playing in his fourth NHL game. The 26-year-old has 25 goals and 56 points in 58 AHL contests in 2014-15. He would be worth keeping an eye on if he landed an opening day roster spot next season, but we wouldn't count on that happening.
    Today, 6:23 am
  • Ales Hemsky's two goal game leads DAL to win
    Ales Hemsky scored twice to lead the Stars to a 4-3 SO win over Calgary on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hemsky has two goals and two assists in his last three games and is a plus-four rating over that stretch. It is a strong finish to an overall disappointing season for the 31 year-old in his first season as Star. Hemsky has 32 points in 68 games. Jamie Benn scored the other goal for the Stars.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Niklas Kronwall (LBI) questionable Thursday
    Niklas Kronwall (lower body) might be back in the lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Kronwall was a last minute scratch Tuesday night due to the ailment. He has eight goals and 40 points in 71 games this season. If he is able to return, then Jakub Kindl will likely head to the press box.
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist is good to rejoin Rangers
    Henrik Lundqvist (neck) is ready to rejoin the New York Rangers.

    Advice: That's based on the fact that third-string goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has already been sent to the minors. Lundqvist will probably serve as the backup goaltender on Thursday before starting on Saturday or Sunday. His return will lead to Cam Talbot falling back into the number two slot, although Talbot could still end up getting a couple more starts this week.
    Yesterday, 9:23 am
  • Pavel Datsyuk (LBI) could be back Thursday
    Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) could be ready for Thursday's game against San Jose.

    Advice: He participated in Tuesday's morning skate and will probably practice again on Wednesday. Datsyuk has missed four straight games with a lower-body injury that had been lingering for about three weeks.
    Yesterday, 5:53 am
  • Kronwall a late scratch (LBI) vs. Coyotes
    Niklas Kronwall was made a late scratch against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night due to a lower body injury, Jakub Kindl has taken his place.

    Advice: Through 71 games this season Kronwall has posted eight goals, 40 points, 81 hits, and 96 blocks this season maintaining his position as a top fantasy defender in nearly every format. Kindl meanwhile has posted 11 points, 20 PIMs, 24 blocks, and 28 hits through 33 sporadic games this season.
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
  • Sabres plan to start Matt Hackett on Thursday
    Look for Matt Hackett to start against Arizona on Thursday.

    Advice: Hackett has a 4.34 GAA and .893 save percentage in three contests this season. He'll be facing one of the worst teams offensively in the league, so at least he has that going for him.
    Tuesday, 2:18 pm
  • Patrick Kaleta (knee) might be back Thursday
    Patrick Kaleta (knee) is a possibility for Thursday's game.

    Advice: Kaleta last played on Feb. 10. He has no goals and three assists in 33 contests in 2014-15.
    Tuesday, 2:14 pm
    Injured Reserve
    L, 4-3 vs Ari
  • Henrik Lundqvist aims to return this week
    Henrik Lundqvist (neck) resumed practicing with the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lundqvist hopes to return to the Rangers' lineup before the end of the week. "That's my goal," said Lundqvist. "I need at least one or two more skates to work on my timing, I feel close. If you ask me, I wanted to play last week ... I'm expecting to play this week, what day, I'm not sure." His last game was on Feb. 2. Although Cam Talbot has done a great job filling in for Lundqvist, that doesn't change the fact that Lundqvist is expected to serve as the team's number one goaltender once he's ready.
    Tuesday, 9:49 am
  • Patric Hornqvistwon't play Tuesday
    Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) is still not expected to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hornqvist was previously ruled out, but there was some speculation about his status after forward Andrew Ebbett was sent to the minors. As it happens, the Penguins intend to use seven defensemen and 11 forwards Tuesday night.
    Tuesday, 8:43 am
    L, 5-2 @ Car
  • Pavel Datsyuk doesn't think he'll play Tues.
    Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) doesn't think he'll be ready to play Tuesday night.

    Advice: "I was hoping to play (Sunday) but it's not like I was really ready to help the team," Datsyuk said. "I hope to play (Tuesday) but I don't think I'll (be able to) play. Small chance. We'll see. I'll skate (in the morning skate) and we'll see. But there's a shot every day now (he could play)." It seems like he'll be able to play at some this week if he doesn't return Tuesday, as long as there are no setbacks. Datsyuk's lower-body injury had been lingering for about three weeks before it was decided that he should sit on the sidelines.
    Tuesday, 5:54 am
  • Andrew Hammond stays hot, wins 14th game
    Andrew Hammond stayed hot as he turned away 29 shots as the Senators defeated the Sharks 5-2 on Monday night.

    Advice: Hammond has now officially helped lead the Senators into a playoff spot, overtaking the Bruins for the final Wild Card slot with a game in hand. Hammond is now 14-0-1 with just 26 goals against on 480 shots.
    Monday, 10:17 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier makes 30 saves in defeat
    Jonathan Bernier made 30 saves in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Wild.

    Advice: Bernier had a solid game, and could only be beaten when his defense failed to help clear the net. The loss drops his record 20-26-6 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.86 GAA.
    Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Tuomo Ruutu scratched Monday night
    Tuomo Ruutu is listed as a healthy scratch Monday night versus the Kings.

    Advice: Ruutu had been seeing regular ice time on the Devils fourth line but will be held out Monday night. He has played in 68 games this season, scoring seven goals and 12 points. Reid Boucher will be inserted in the lineup in place of Ruutu.
    Monday, 4:18 pm
    L, 3-2 @ Was
  • Andrew Hammond getting the call again Monday
    Andrew Hammond will get the call in net once again Monday night versus the Sharks.

    Advice: It’s been an incredible start to his career as he’s gone 13-0-1 in his first 14 career starts leading the Senators to a late playoff run. He’ll try to continue the hot streak versus the San Jose Sharks Monday night, a team he beat earlier in the season where he gave up just two goals on 30 shots. Overall this season, he carries an unheralded 1.65 goals-against-average and .933 save percentage with two shutouts.
    Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier to start Monday night
    Jonathan Bernier will get the call in net Monday night versus the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: James Reimer started the Leafs last game on Saturday night but Bernier ended up relieving Reimer and went on to stop 21 of 22 shots. Bernier also carries impressive career numbers against the Wild: he has a 3-2-3 record with a 1.34 goals-against-average and .948 save percentage in eight career appearances. On the season he holds a 20-25-6 record, 2.88 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 52 games played.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Pavel Datsyuk practices, unlikely for Tuesday
    Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: He's unlikely to play on Tuesday against Arizona, but there's a chance he could be available. "Feeling better," Datsyuk said. "But not like 100%. We're looking at the bigger picture." He has sat out three games with a lower-body injury that had been lingering for a while.
    Monday, 1:05 pm
  • Patric Hornqvist will not play on Tuesday
    Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It will be Hornqvist's fourth straight contest on the sidelines. He has 23 goals and 45 points in 56 contests in 2014-15.
    Monday, 7:30 am
    L, 5-2 @ Car
  • Coach impressed with Matt Hackett on Sat
    Sabres' head coach Ted Nolan was impressed with goaltender Matt Hackett's performance on Saturday night.

    Advice: "I thought he was good. He gave us a chance," said Nolan. "For a kid who sat on the bench the last couple of weeks patiently waiting, we had a chance to work with him the last couple days and get him prepped to play this game. It wasn’t an easy game to play. They’ve got some good shooters on the other team and I thought he played real well." The Sabres lost a 3-0 decision to the Predators.
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Pavel Datsyuk won't play vs. STL on Sunday
    Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Datsyuk has already missed Detroit's last two games and he will have to wait even longer to make a return to the lineup. "It would be nice to get Pavel back," coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know when that's happening. He should be freshened up." The 36-year-old has been extremely productive this season. He has 23 goals and 58 points in 57 games in 2014-15. Datsyuk should be considered day-to-day right now.
    Sunday, 7:34 am
  • Matt Hackett's 40 saves not enough in loss
    Matt Hackett made 40 saves in the Sabres’ 3-0 loss to the Predators on Saturday night.

    Advice: Hackett gave up one in the second and two more in the third period. Though he has yet to win in his three outings, this was by far his most impressive one. He hadn’t eclipsed a .900 save percentage prior to this game. Hackett has a 4.34 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.
    Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Hammond wins again despite giving up three
    Andrew Hammond won yet again as the Senators defeated Toronto on Saturday night 5-3.

    Advice: Hammond is 13-0-1 as the starter, though with only 22 saves, he has looked more human in his last two starts (seven goals). The Senators have won six games in a row and now are just one point out of a playoff spot. Hammond has a 1.65 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. He has won eight games in a row.
    Saturday, 7:18 pm
  • Ryan Carter looks to Tuesday for a return
    Ryan Carter needs a little more practice time before he returns to action.

    Advice: He has been sidelined since February 9th with a shoulder injury. If Carter does not suffer a setback in practices this weekend, a Tuesday return against the Islanders is a possibility. When he does return to action look for Sean Bergenheim to be the forward to sit out.
    Saturday, 10:11 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Hamburglar to start v Leafs Saturday night
    Andrew Hammond will get the start against the Maple Leafs Saturday night.

    Advice: Did you think coach Dave Cameron was going to sit the Hamburglar? All he's done is post a 12-0-1 record in 13 starts. We like his chances against the success-challenged Buds.
    Saturday, 8:50 am
  • Datsyuk to be examined Saturday
    Pavel Datsyuk will be examined by doctors on Saturday to determine his playing status for Sunday's game against St. Louis.

    Advice: Datsyuk has been out of action for the Wings' last two games with a lower-body injury but may be on verge of a return. Check back with us before game time Sunday to see if Datsyuk will be cleared to suit up.
    Saturday, 8:06 am
  • Matt Hackett will start Saturday v Preds
    Updating an earlier item, Matt Hackett will get the start in goal against the Predators Saturday night.

    Advice: Buffalo and Hackett are not good bets against one of the leagues' best teams and goalies. The Sabres are also coming off Friday night's 3-1 loss to the Devils, so they may be tired. In additon, Hackett has not played in nine games. We would pass on activating Hackett for this matchup.
    Saturday, 7:18 am
  • Henrik Lundqvist should skate on Tuesday
    Coach Alain Vigneault expects Henrik Lundqvist to be back on the ice with his teammates on Tuesday.

    Advice: "The next team practice is on Wednesday and we'll have a morning skate on Tuesday which he'll be a part of," Vigneault said. "Until I see him and talk to him and know how he feels, I don’t have a time frame for you." That means Cam Talbot will probably play three games in four nights, starting with Saturday's match versus Carolina. Lundqvist was slated to be at practice on Friday, but he left the team to be with his wife so he could welcome his second daughter into the world.
    Saturday, 5:26 am
  • Matt Hackett expected to start vs. Predators
    Matt Hackett is expected get the start against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

    Advice: Hackett, still just 24 years old, comes in with a career record of 4-15-1 through 18 starts and 23 games, split nearly evenly between the Sabres and Wild. He also has seven Quality Starts against five Really Bad Starts. Hackett hasn't fared well in AHL Rochester either, this season he's 7-4-3 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.72 GAA through 14 games. As good a talent as Hackett may be, you might be best served finding a more favorable matchup.
    Friday, 7:05 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist doesn't practice Friday
    Henrik Lundqvist has left the Rangers to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

    Advice: Lundqvist would have otherwise participated in his first practice since being temporarily shutdown due to a vascular injury in his neck. As you might expect, he won't join the Rangers on their one-game road trip to Carolina on Saturday.
    Friday, 10:02 am
  • Coach sees positive in Datsyuk missing trip
    Coach Mike Babcock thinks that missing this current road trip will benefit Pavel Datsyuk as he recovers from a lower-body injury.

    Advice: "I actually think for a guy like Pav, it's the best thing in the world that he's missing this trip," the Wings bench boss said. "He'll have had the whole week off this way, and that's got to freshen him up." Detroit begins four-game homestand on Sunday against St. Louis and it's unclear if Datsyuk will be ready to play in that game.
    Friday, 5:50 am
  • Patrick Kaleta may be back next week
    Patrick Kaleta (knee) might return to the lineup next week.

    Advice: He has been sidelined since Feb. 10 because of knee surgery. Kaleta resumed skating with his teammates last weekend. Just an FYI as he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
    Friday, 5:32 am
    Injured Reserve
    L, 4-3 vs Ari
  • Jonathan Bernier, Maple Leafs lose again
    Jonathan Bernier allowed four goals on 42 shots as the Leafs fell 4-1 to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

    Advice: It was the veteran's third straight loss and sixth in the past seven games. Bernier is having an awful second-half of the season, as his record drops to 20-24-6 this season with a .912 save percentage and 2.89 goals against average.
    Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Andrew Hammond backstops Sens to big win
    Andrew Hammond helped the Sens gain two points on the team they're chasing for the final playoff spot in a 6-4 win Thursday night.

    Advice: The legend continues. The Hamburgler's seventh straight win and 12th in his 13-game NHL career was actually his worst, allowing two more goals than he ever has. But in the end, it registers as two points against a division rival and boosts his record to 12-0-1 with a .950 save percentage and 1.55 goals-against average.
    Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier to start vs. Sharks on Thurs
    Jonathan Bernier will get the start against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

    Advice: Bernier comes in with a 20-23-6 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.87 GAA through 50 games this season. He also owns 24 Quality Starts against a second-worst in the league 10 Really Bad Starts, trailing only Mike Smith by one. In three career starts versus San Jose, Bernier is 1-2 with nine goals against on just 70 shots.
    Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Andrew Hammond to start vs. Bruins on Thurs
    Andrew Hammond will get the start against the Bruins on Thursday night.

    Advice: Hammond has posted an 11-0-1 record through a dozen starts with just 17 goals against on 389 shots. Simply incredible. Each of his starts have been rated as a Quality Start as well. But what's perhaps most notable is that the Senators trail the Bruins by just four points for third in the Atlantic, and for the final Wild Card slot. Making tonight's game perhaps the biggest game of the year for Hammond and his Senators.
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • N. Kronwall has become an important leader
    Niklas Kronwall learned a lot from Nicklas Lidstrom.

    Advice: "Kronner, you could see him watching Nick (Lidstrom), just taking in a lot of the same characteristics of how Nick carried himself, the way he was with the younger guys," said Kris Draper, who was a former teammate and serves special assistant to the general manager. "I think Kronner's even gone above and beyond that with the way he's done it." He's part of Detroit's leadership group and leads the team on the back end. Kronwall has registered 39 points, 96 blocks and 76 hits in 68 games. The 34-year-old defender has averaged 23:44 of ice time per contest this season.
    Thursday, 7:43 am
  • G Henrik Lundqvist eager to return to Rangers
    Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers' longtime starting goalie, doesn't have a specific date when he might return to his team's lineup but he said Wednesday he is eager to resume his familiar role.

    Advice: Lundqvist spoke to the media at Madison Square Garden Wednesday for the first time since the Rangers announced Tuesday he was cleared by doctors to begin practicing. "Hockey is such a big part of my life, and when you miss if for that long you feel a little off," Lundqvist said. "Physically I feel great, so now it's about getting out there and getting the timing right, getting comfortable in practice and game situations. When you're out this long, you start missing everything about the game. You miss coming to games and the pressure of the games; it made me appreciate the game even more." Lundqvist was injured Jan. 31 against the Carolina Hurricanes when a shot from forward Brad Malone deflected off the stick of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and struck Lundqvist in the throat. He remained in the game and then defeated the Florida Panthers two nights later before being diagnosed with a vascular injury in his neck.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist still needs some time
    GM Glen Sather said Wednesday that Henrik Lundqvist needs about 10 days before he can resume playing.

    Advice: "Just because he was cleared doesn't mean he's ready to return," Sather said. "I'd say a week to 10 days, probably closer to 10 days. The other thing about this is we want him ready for the end of the year. We're going to make the playoffs. He's gotta get some games." Lundqvist hasn't played since Feb. 2, but he was initially injured on Jan. 31 when he was struck in the throat by a shot.
    Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Ryan Carter (shoulder) is close to returning
    Ryan Carter is getting close to returning from a shoulder injury.

    Advice: "It's another step in the progression," said Carter after Wednesday's practice. "It's nice to keep moving forward. When you're not skating you feel like you're standing still, or going backwards. It's good to be moving the right direction." He has been sidelined since Feb. 9.
    Wednesday, 2:20 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Oilers recall Andrew Miller
    Andrew Miller has been summoned from the minors by Edmonton.

    Advice: He has produced 25 goals and 56 points in 58 games with Oklahoma City of the AHL this season. Miller will be in the lineup on Wednesday night because Luke Gazdic is ill and Matt Fraser has a concussion.
    Wednesday, 1:04 pm
  • Pavel Datsyuk won't play Thursday and Friday
    Pavel Datsyuk will miss Detroit's next two games because of a lower-body injury.

    Advice: He won't be with the team for road games against Florida on Thursday and versus Tampa Bay on Friday. Coach Mike Babcock isn't sure if Datsyuk will be ready to play on Sunday when St. Louis visits.
    Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Andrew Hammond ties long-standing NHL record
    Andrew Hammond tied a 76-year-old NHL record set by Frank Brimsek on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He did so by allowing fewer than two goals for his 12th consecutive game to start his career. Hammond has posted an 11-0-1 record to go along with a .956 save percentage, a 1.35 goals-against average and two shutouts. Ottawa trails Boston by just four points for the final Wild Card spot in the East and the two teams will clash on Thursday night.
    Wednesday, 8:20 am
  • "Hamburglar" backstops Sens to another win
    Andrew Hammond turned in another excellent performance Tuesday night as he blocked 35 of 36 shots en route to a 2-1 overtime win against Carolina.

    Advice: The Hamburglar has been a godsend for the struggling Senators since his arrival and has posted an amazing 11-0-1 record during his NHL stint. Thanks to his fantastic stretch, Ottawa is actually in shouting distance of a playoff spot, which seemed nearly impossible a month ago. Hammond should be the Senators starter for the foreseeable future.
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Andrew Hammond to start vs. Hurricanes on Tue
    Andrew Hammond will get the start versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Hammond brings his 10-0-1 record with two shutouts and 16 goals on 353 shots against in 12 games this season into his second contest versus Carolina. The first was on February 16th in relief of Robin Lehner after he was injured. Hammond played 20:46 and allowed two goals on five shots in what turned out to be the precipice of his remarkable ascent.
    Tuesday, 1:58 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist (neck) is ready to practice
    Henrik Lundqvist (neck) has been given the green light to take part in Rangers' practices.

    Advice: That's a big step forward for Lundqvist, but there's still no timetable for his return. He hasn't played since Feb. 2, but he has been on the ice and taking low shots recently. Given how well Cam Talbot has done in Lundqvist's absence, the Rangers shouldn't feel pressured to rush the former Vezina Trophy winner.
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Matt Hackett set to return to TD Garden
    Matt Hackett is expected to get the nod against Boston on Tuesday.

    Advice: He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament on April 12, 2014 at TD Garden in Boston, but he's excited to be back. Hackett was sidelined for nearly eight months and he's close to feeling back to normal.
    Tuesday, 5:58 am
  • Jonathan Bernier pulled in loss to Oilers
    Jonathan Bernier allowed three goals on four shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to Edmonton.

    Advice: Bernier gave up the three goals in 8:08 seconds of action and he was pulled after that. It's another disastrous start from Bernier, who many predicted would take the next step forward in his career prior to this season. James Reimer replaced Bernier in the Leafs' net tonight, and he allowed a goal just over two minutes after coming in. The Leafs lost all three games on their Western Canadian road swing and they now return home to take on the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Toronto has just one win in their last seven contests and that lone victory came in the shootout. Bernier's record now falls to 20-23-6 and he has 2.87 goals-against-average to go along with a .912 save percentage.
    Monday, 9:55 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier in net Monday night
    Jonathan Bernier will be in net for the Maple Leafs Monday night versus the Oilers.

    Advice: Bernier has given up at least three goals in each of his last five starts, winning just one of those starts. He will look to right the ship Monday night against one of the worst teams in the league: the Edmonton Oilers. He has fared particularly well against Edmonton over his career, posting a 3-0-0 record, 2.31 goals-against-average, and .921 save percentage with one shutout over three starts. As bad as the Leafs are right now, this still may be a game you want to start Bernier.
    Mar 16, 2:42 pm
  • Patric Hornqvist will miss at least one week
    Patric Hornqvist is projected to be sidelined for about a week.

    Advice: He suffered an undisclosed ailment in Sunday's game against Detroit and won't be with the Penguins on their three-game road trip this week.
    Mar 16, 9:40 am
    L, 5-2 @ Car
  • Patrick Kaleta (knee) resumes skating
    Patrick Kaleta (knee) skated with his teammates for the first time over the weekend since mid-February.

    Advice: He is hoping to return to the lineup before the end of the season. Doctors discovered a bone chip in his knee and removed it last month. Kaleta has been limited to 33 games this season and he hasn't played since Feb. 10.
    Mar 16, 7:17 am
    Injured Reserve
    L, 4-3 vs Ari
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