Player Notes

  • Antti Raanta likely to play this weekend
    Antti Raanta is likely to play this weekend, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

    Advice: The Blackhawks play back-to-back games against St. Louis and Ottawa on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. It's probable that Raanta will be in the crease versus the Senators, but we'll keep you posted.
    Today, 3:02 pm
  • Steve Stamkos earns third star of the week
    Steve Stamkos earned the third star of the week for the period ending Oct. 19.

    Advice: He led the NHL with five goals and recorded six points in three games. Stamkos kicked off the week with his eighth career hat trick and a career-high 12 shots in a 7-1 win over Montreal.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Tom Wilson healthy, heads to the AHL
    Tom Wilson has been assigned to the minors.

    Advice: He missed the first five games of this season with an ankle injury, but he's ready to return and will get back into game shape in the AHL with Hershey. Wilson is poised to play for the Bears this weekend.
    Today, 1:39 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Kevan Miller (shoulder) out indefinitely
    Kevan Miller is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

    Advice: He dislocated his right shoulder in Saturday's game in a fight with Buffalo's Nicolas Deslauriers. Just an FYI as Miller doesn't have any fantasy value.
    Today, 1:24 pm
  • Kris Versteeg set to return from LBI Tuesday
    Kris Versteeg is projected to play Tuesday against Philadelphia.

    Advice: He hasn't played in any games during the 2014-15 campaign because of a lower-body injury. Versteeg skated with Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane in Monday's line rushes.
    Today, 11:57 am
  • Roy expects Semyon Varlamov to play Friday
    Semyon Varlamov (groin) will be back in Colorado's crease on Friday against Vancouver.

    Advice: The Avalanche will go with Reto Berra, if he's ready, on Tuesday versus Florida, but he can't play then Calvin Pickard will probably get the nod. Varlamov has missed the past two games with a groin injury.
    Today, 11:50 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Jonathan Drouin won't play Monday vs. Oilers
    Jonathan Drouin won't be in the lineup on Monday night.

    Advice: He played back-to-back games in the AHL on Friday and Saturday prior to his recall on Sunday. Drouin also attended practice with the Lightning on Monday, so it's been a busy few days. The talented rookie is expected to play soon, as Tampa Bay continues their road trip.
    Today, 11:21 am
  • Patrik Nemeth out for the rest of the year
    Patrik Nemeth (arm) will miss the rest of the regular season.

    Advice: That's troubling news for the promising 22-year-old defenseman. Nemeth's arm was cut by a skate in Saturday's game against Philadelphia and it will cost him the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign after just five appearances.
    Today, 11:03 am
  • Lubomir Visnovsky (back) close to returning
    Lubomir Visnovsky (back) is getting close to returning to the lineup, according to Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

    Advice: He took part in another full practice Monday. Capuano said he would talk it over with the team's trainers when Visnovsky will be available to return. He hasn't played in 2014-15 because of back spasms.
    Today, 10:22 am
    Injured Reserve
  • 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
  • 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
  • Slava Voynov arrested on domestic violence
    Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL.

    Advice: Voynov was arrested this morning on charges of domestic violence. The NHL is conducting an investigation into the matter. This comes after the intense scrutiny the NFL faced for its handling of its recent domestic violence incidents, including the initial two-game suspension of Ray Rice, which was seen by many as light under the circumstances.
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Bonino likes what Canucks have done so far
    Nick Bonino has been encouraged by the Vancouver Canucks' play so far this season.

    Advice: The Canucks acquired Bonino from Anaheim as part of the Ryan Kesler trade. "There's not much I haven't liked," Bonino said. "I think our compete level is just about where it needs to be. We were in the back end of a back-to-back here (against Tampa) and I think we were in the game the whole way. So far we're a pretty close group and being 3-1, we're almost perfect. I think (this road trip) is a good chance to get that much closer, get to know the guys, have dinner together. Usually that translates to the ice." For his part, Bonino has a goal and an assist in four games in 2014-15.
    Today, 7:08 am
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Cam Fowler is on a four-game point streak
    Cam Fowler had an assist in Anaheim's 3-0 victory over St. Louis on Sunday.

    Advice: That extended Fowler's point streak to four games. He has four assists in six contests this season.
    Today, 4:48 am
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