Player Notes

  • Brandon Kozun is expected to miss six weeks
    Brandon Kozun will be out of action for a minimum of six weeks due to a high ankle sprain.

    Advice: He was injured in Friday's loss to Detroit and didn't play in Saturday's rematch. Kozun has one assist in five games this season.
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  • Victor Hedman needs surgery, out 4-6 weeks
    Victor Hedman (hand) is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks.

    Advice: That's a significant blow to the Lightning. Hedman was off to a fantastic start this season, with three goals and seven points in five games, after he broke out offensively last year. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured finger.
    Today, 9:51 am
  • T.J. Oshie still looking for first point
    T.J. Oshie doesn't have a point in his first five games of the season.

    Advice: This marks the first time in his seven-year career he's opened with a scoreless streak like this. Oshie should be able to work himself out of his funk. He enjoyed a career year in 2013-14 with 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games.
    Today, 9:46 am
  • Magnus Paajarvi makes his season debut
    Magnus Paajarvi made his season debut Sunday after he was a healthy scratch in the team's previous four games.

    Advice: He got into the lineup because of an injury to Paul Stastny. Paajarvi posted one shot in 11:18 of ice time, while playing alongside Patrik Berglund and Joakim Lindstrom.
    Today, 9:35 am
  • Paul Stastny week-to-week with shouder injury
    Paul Stastny is being listed as week-to-week with a shoulder injury.

    Advice: He was wearing a sling Sunday after he was injured on Saturday. Keep him on your bench for now.
    Today, 9:31 am
  • Scoreless Mikko Koivu feels offense will come
    Mikko Koivu hasn't registered a point through four games this season.

    Advice: Koivu feels like he's generating plenty of scoring chances with new linemate Thomas Vanek, but the puck isn't going in for them. "I think we're doing a lot of things the right way, but in the end, it's no excuse to say you're playing good when you can't capitalize on your chances," he said. Koivu has 11 shots and he's won 58.7 percent of his faceoffs, so he has contributed in other categories. The points should come eventually.
    Today, 8:53 am
  • Jamie Oleksiak ready to re-enter lineup
    Jamie Oleksiak is expected to draw into the Dallas lineup due to injuries.

    Advice: The Stars lost Patrik Nemeth (arm) on Saturday and Sergei Gonchar (ankle) hasn't played yet this season. Oleksiak has dressed in one game for the Stars this year.
    Today, 8:42 am
  • Hawks' Trevor van Riemsdyk gains confidence
    Trevor van Riemsdyk is growing more confident as an NHLer and coach Joel Quenneville is trusting the rookie blueliner more as well.

    Advice: Niklas Hjalmarsson, who van Riemsdyk had been playing with, was reunited with Johnny Oduya during Saturday's game against Nashville, so the 23-year-old defender played with Michal Rozsival. TVR also shifted from left to right defense frequently throughout the contest. The Blackhawks sent Kyle Cumiskey down to the minors and David Rundblad was a healthy scrach, so van Riemsdyk has seemingly earned his place in Chicago's lineup.
    Today, 8:25 am
  • Anthony Mantha (tibia) still on the mend
    Anthony Mantha (fractured tibia) will head to Grand Rapids to get situated, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.

    Advice: He had been recovering in Detroit and is still on crutches, but the Red Wings will play six of their next eight games on the road. Holland wants Mantha to be around teammates and have more interactions while he gets better rather than spend time cooped up in a hotel room.
    Today, 7:22 am
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  • Mathieu Perreault earns assist in defeat
    Mathieu Perreault picked up an assist in Winnipeg's 4-1 loss to Calgary on Sunday night.

    Advice: It was his second helper of the campaign and his first since the Jets' opening game of the year. Perreault played a season-high of 17:30 of ice time in Sunday's defeat.
    Today, 7:06 am
  • Mueller's error leads to Rangers opening goal
    The New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin scored the opening goal in Sunday's game against San Jose due to a misstep by Mirco Mueller.

    Advice: Mueller was slow to clear the puck, which gave Hagelin the opportunity to break the scoreless tie at 13:01 of the second period. The Rangers went on to earn a 4-0 victory. "That was my mistake," Mueller said in regards to the Hagelin goal. "I think I've got to be harder on those pucks. I kind of misread it. I thought the puck was going to stop a little closer to (goaltender) Alex (Stalock) and he'd be able to cover it. That was my mistake." It was just Mueller's fifth NHL game, so it's completely understandable that he's still making adjustments. He'll have good and bad games, but he's got a lot of upside.
    Today, 7:04 am
  • Ryan Spooner heads down to the minors
    Ryan Spooner is back in the minors.

    Advice: He has been a healthy scratch in Boston's past two games. Spooner has six shots and no points in five NHL outings this year.
    Today, 6:56 am
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  • Bruins waiting for word on Kevan Miller
    Kevan Miller sustained what is believed to be a shoulder injury in Saturday's win over Buffalo.

    Advice: There hasn't been an update on his status yet. Miller has seven hits, 10 blocks and a plus-4 rating in six games this season.
    Today, 6:50 am
  • Scott Laughton is off to a hot start in AHL
    Scott Laughton has four goals in three AHL games this season.

    Advice: The Flyers sent Laughton to the minors in the belief that it would be better for his development, but it wouldn't be shocking if they end up promoting him in the not too distant future. The 20-year-old would be worth keeping an eye on if the Flyers do summon him.
    Today, 6:01 am
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  • Kevin Klein suffers facial injuries
    Kevin Klein was hit in the face by the puck in the dying seconds of Sunday's game.

    Advice: Klein needed stitches as a result. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault regards his status as day-to-day.
    Today, 5:53 am
  • Tanner Pearson scores his 5th goal in 6 games
    Tanner Pearson scored a goal in the Kings' 2-1 win against Minnesota on Sunday.

    Advice: Pearson now has five goals and seven points in six games. Combined with his linemates Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter, the trio has accounted for 11 of the Kings' 15 goals so far this season. That trend can't persist, but that doesn't diminish the fact that Pearson's line has displayed great chemistry and should continue to be effective together.
    Today, 5:33 am
  • Mike Richards has 19 penalty minutes Sunday
    Mike Richards accumulated 19 penalty minutes in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Minnesota.

    Advice: Richards took exception to Christian Folin's hard hit on Anze Kopitar, so Richards went out of his way to fight with Folin. Richards ended up with two for instigating, five for fighting, and a 10-minute misconduct. After he returned, he picked up another two minutes for high sticking. Richards used to get around a penalty minute per game, but he only had 28 penalty minutes in all of the 2013-14 campaign. Perhaps last season's numbers will prove to be the exception rather than the rule as far as time in the sin bin goes.
    Today, 5:28 am
  • Curtis McElhinney is on injured reserve list
    Curtis McElhinney (head/neck) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

    Advice: McElhinney will consequently be out for at least a week. It's not clear if he suffered a concussion. Officially, the Blue Jackets have announced that he has an upper-body injury despite coach Todd Richards admitting that the injury is to his head.
    Today, 5:11 am
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  • Josh Jooris suffers an upper-body injury
    Josh Jooris has sustained an upper-body injury.

    Advice: The Flames hope to know more about his status on Monday. He has a goal in one game with Calgary in 2014-15.
    Today, 5:05 am
  • Gaudreau bounces back after being scratched
    Johnny Gaudreau had his first goal and assist of the 2014-15 campaign after spending a game in the press box.

    Advice: Gaudreau got off to a slow start this season, but he has a lot of offensive upside. Flames coach Bob Hartley has been watching him closely to get a better feel for how best to help Gaudreau. "Before I go to him and say, 'OK, you need to do this, this, this, this,' I need to know what Johnny can do for our hockey club. Brad (Treliving, the team's GM) in training camp had the best line, 'With the puck, he's an NHL player. Without the puck, we don't know yet.' This guy has played with the puck on his stick his entire career. ThatÂ’s a huge adjustment," Hartley said. "We're showing him video of positional play, not puck-watching, not getting beat, not beating yourself by bad positioning, stuff like this, how to compete and find a way to use his size to his advantage. Those are all things we're trying to work with, but we need to see more (time) from Johnny to have a better picture."
    Today, 5:02 am
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