Player Notes

  • Nick Foligno (UBI) might be back Friday
    Nick Foligno (upper body) was able to fully participate in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Foligno might be able to make his return on Friday. If he does, he'll probably play on the second line with Alexander Wennberg and Jack Skille.
    22 minutes ago
  • Columbus will start Curtis McElhinney Friday
    Curtis McElhinney is expected to start for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

    Advice: McElhinney has a 4.83 GAA and .863 save percentage in two games this season. Ugly as that start is, McElhinney has become the Blue Jackets' de facto starter because Sergei Bobrovsky is sidelined.
    24 minutes ago
  • Andrei Markov very close to milestones
    Andrei Markov is one point behind Doug Harvey for a share of third place among Montreal Canadiens defensemen.

    Advice: Larry Robinson leads the pack with a whopping point total of 883, while Guy Lapointe is next at 572. Markov has been held pointless in his past five games and needs one to reach 447 for his career. He also needs one goal to reach 100.
    25 minutes ago
  • Alexander Semin has a horrible October
    Alexander Semin has just two assists and a minus-seven rating in eight games this season.

    Advice: "He"s not moving his feet, not playing with the pace the league is at," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said of Semin. "The league is at a very good pace, there's guys with trap pressure, there's no time and space, so if youÂ’re not moving your feet you're going to get caught from behind. If you're going to make a slow-developing play, guys who were open are going to be covered eventually and everything closes off. So you have to play quicker." Whether or not Semin will do that remains to be seen. Certainly, he has the talent to be an offensive force, but he's been wildly inconsistent throughout his career.
    27 minutes ago
  • Eric Staal embarrassed over Hurricanes' start
    Eric Staal called the Hurricanes' start to the 2014-15 campaign "embarrassing."

    Advice: Carolina is 0-6-2 this season, which makes them the only team in the NHL without a win. Staal wasn't able to help Carolina much in October because he was dealing with an upper-body injury. Even healthy though, the Hurricanes aren't a particularly good team this season.
    29 minutes ago
  • Mikael Backlund (abdomen) is on the sidelines
    Mikael Backlund has been sidelined due to an abdomen injury.

    Advice: Backlund went into training camp with this ailment and had been playing through it. He's being regarded as week-to-week now, so obviously we don't expect him to return in the near future. He has a goal and four points in 11 games in 2014-15.
    37 minutes ago
    Injured Reserve
  • Aaron Ekblad will likely remain in Florida
    It shouldn't come as a surprise, but it's very unlikely that Aaron Ekblad will be returning to junior hockey this season.

    Advice: "Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere," Panthers GM Dale Tallon told "I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started he was a different guy. It was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time." Ekblad is averaging 21:56 of ice time per contest and he's been paired with Brian Campbell since the start of the season. He has two assists, nine shots, 10 blocks and a minus-1 rating in eight games thus far.
    43 minutes ago
  • Keith Yandle is averaging a point-per-game
    Keith Yandle registered an assist in the Coyotes' 2-1 loss on Thursday.

    Advice: Yandle now has a goal and nine points in nine games. That's good enough to put him in a tie for second place in the defensemen scoring race. He might not finish the season that high in the rankings, but he certainly is one of the league's top offensive defensemen.
    44 minutes ago
  • Roberto Luongo has been victimized by PPGs
    Roberto Luongo has allowed just four even-strength goals this season.

    Advice: That represents a league low among goalies who has played as many as seven games. However, it's been a different story for him when the opposition has a power play. He's allowed 11 power-play goals this campaign, which ties New Jersey's Cory Schneider for the most in the league. The Panthers need to sort out their 28th ranked penalty kill.
    56 minutes ago
  • Decision looms for Sabres' Sam Reinhart
    Sam Reinhart played in his ninth game Thursday versus Boston.

    Advice: He logged just 7:45 of ice time in a 3-2 overtime loss. Reinhart earned one assist and three shots during his nine-game trial with the Sabres. Buffalo might be leaning to returning him to Kootenay of the WHL, but a final decision hasn't been made yet. Returning to the junior ranks will give the second overall pick in the 2014 draft much more playing time and it will allow him to suit up for Canada at the World Junior Championships.
    Today, 6:45 am
  • Kevan Miller set to resume skating Monday
    Kevan Miller (shoulder) is slated to resume skating on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Claude Julien said that Miller's recovery was proceeding on schedule, but it's unclear when he'll be available to return. Miller has been out of action with a shoulder injury since Oct. 18.
    Today, 6:29 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Matt Bartkowski watches Thurs. from press box
    Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch Thursday night.

    Advice: "We all know that he's been a player who was very serviceable last year. When (Dennis) Seidenberg went down, he played in our top four and I thought he did a good job," said coach Claude Julien. "Right now, he's maybe half that player. I think a lot of it has to do with confidence. He makes one mistake and he gets down on himself." The Bruins called up Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky on Wednesday and both of them suited up in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over Buffalo.
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Lauri Korpikoski (undisclosed) plays Thursday
    Lauri Korpikoski (undisclosed) was able to play in Thursday's game.

    Advice: Korpikoski left Tuesday's contest after blocking a shot. He logged 16:49 minutes of ice time Thursday night.
    Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Daniel Sedin beats Montreal in overtime
    Daniel Sedin finished off another perfect feed from brother Henrik to finish off Montreal in overtime on Thursday night.

    Advice: And it was on the power play, too. You know how it is, Henrik carries over the line, draws all three defenders to him while Daniel gets open on the right side. Henrik sauces to Daniel, backhand-forehand-water bottle. Good night. Like a video game. Carey Price never had a chance.
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Max Pacioretty scores another clutch goal
    Max Pacioretty knotted Thursday's game against Vancouver at two with just 2:32 left to play.

    Advice: After a few lucky bounces above Vancouver's left circle, Dale Weise found himself surrounded by blue jerseys and with Pacioretty streaking down the right wing all alone. So he did what every wise man would do, he fed the scorer and tied the game. Patches now has four goals and eight points through 11 games this season.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Alex Galchenyuk continues to score
    Alex Galchenyuk tipped in his fourth goal of the season past Ryan Miller on Thursday night.

    Advice: Galchenyuk redirected a slapper from PK Subban through his legs and past Miller to cut the Canucks' lead to 3-2 midway through the third. It was quite a display of hand-eye coordination. The 20 year old now has eight points in 11 games this season, and chipped in elsewhere by winning 67% of his faceoffs while skating 17:31.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Nathan MacKinnon finally scores, twice
    Nathan MacKinnon got off the schneid Thursday night, scoring his first two goals of the season in Colorado's 5-0 win over the Islanders.

    Advice: MacKinnon scored Colorado's lone power play tally as well, and boy was it a beauty. Off a scramble in front of the Islanders net, Erik Johnson slipped him the puck and Mac calmly backed off the crease, stick-handled twice while waiting Johnson to stack the pads, and then popped the water bottle forehand far side. The kid's gonna be alright.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Antti Niemi takes the loss despite big effort
    Antti Niemi put forth a great effort in making 43 stops on Thursday night, but ultimately took the overtime loss in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Wild.

    Advice: Niemi's record is at 5-2-1 in the early goings of the season with a .921 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average. The veteran has been impressive so far as he came into the season amidst rumours his starting job and his tenure in San Jose altogether could be nearing an end. Alex Stalock has played well also though, so Niemi needs to keep up his fine work.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov notches 14th career shutout
    Semyon Varlamov notched his fourteenth career shutout when he turned away all 40 shots the Islanders sent his way on Thursday night.

    Advice: He did it with style too by turning saving over a quarter of the shots across the Isles six power plays. His offense did the rest by sending five past Chad Johnson for the 5-0 win. Varly has now allowed just three goals in his past 117 shots across his last three games. Not too shabby.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper rebounds with win over Sharks
    Darcy Kuemper overcame his awful third period from Monday against the Rangers to spearhead a win over the Sharks on Thursday night.

    Advice: Kuemper made 25 saves on 28 shots in the 3-2 win, improving his record to 5-2 this season with a .927 save percentage and 1.71 goals against average. Kuemper posted a strong rebound from Monday's mess that brought him back down to earth after an incredible start to the season.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported by Yahoo Fantasy. Please download a supported browser.