Player Notes

  • Mike Hoffman goalless, but not panicking
    Mike Hoffman isn't discouraged by his lack of goals early in the year.

    Advice: "I'm just trying to keep a level head, I know the goals are going to come," said Hoffman, who has three assists after four contests. "You don't want to hit the panic button too early. I feel like I'm getting a lot of shots, a lot of chances every game." Hoffman has 20 shots on goal so far, so it will be only a matter of time before he gets one through. 32 minutes ago
  • Paul Byron records two helpers Thursday
    Paul Byron had two helpers in Thursday's 5-2 win versus Arizona on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a hand in Montreal's first two goals of the contest, which were scored by Alexei Emelin and Torrey Mitchell. Byron has three assists in four games this campaign. 43 minutes ago
  • Alexei Emelin scores Thursday vs. Coyotes
    Alexei Emelin scored a goal for the first time since March 17, 2015 during Thursday's win against Arizona.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in a 5-2 victory. Emeline was also credited with five hits to give him a total of 15 in four games this year. 46 minutes ago
  • Alex Galchenyuk scores first goal of the year
    Alex Galchenyuk potted his first goal of the season in Thursday's 5-2 win over Arizona.

    Advice: He has collected four points in four games this season. Montreal's top line combined for 14 of Montreal's 43 shots in the contest, with Brendan Gallagher getting nine of them. The only blemish on his play this season has been on faceoffs, where Galchenyuk has lost 30 of his 45 draws. 58 minutes ago
  • Yandle gets on the scoresheet with Florida
    Keith Yandle generated his first point with the Panthers in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Washington.

    Advice: He picked up an assist on a goal by Michael Matheson. Yandle saw a game-high 25:07 ice time in the contest. Today, 5:01 am
  • Michael Matheson scores in loss to Capitals
    Michael Matheson scored for the second time in two games Thursday night.

    Advice: He got Florida on the board before the end of the first period after Washington took a 2-0 lead. Matheson finished with three shots and two blocks in 20:08 of ice time in a 4-2 loss to the Capitals. Today, 4:58 am
  • Okposo pointless for the first time this year
    Kyle Okposo led the Sabres with six shots on goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Vancouver.

    Advice: All of those shots came in the first two periods, but he was unable to beat Canucks netminder Jacob Markstrom. It was his first game without a point this season. Okposo has one goal and two helpers in three outings with Buffalo. Today, 4:48 am
  • Patrice Bergeron nets GWG in his return
    Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in his return to the lineup Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils.

    Advice: He scored from the high slot with only 1:15 left in regulation. Bergeron registered two shots, two penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating in 16:49 of ice time. He missed the first three games with a lower-body injury. Today, 4:35 am
  • Joe Morrow makes his season debut
    Joe Morrow made his season debut Thursday night.

    Advice: He logged 16:08 of ice time against New Jersey after he was a healthy scratch in the first three games of the year. Rob O'Gara sat in the press box instead in a 2-1 win over the Devils. Today, 4:24 am
  • Robin Lehner allows two goals but takes loss
    Robin Lehner allowed two goals on 20 shots in a 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Thursday.

    Advice: Lehner probably wishes he had the first goal back which was a juicy rebound in the crease that Jannik Hansen poked in off the rush. He had little to no chance on the game-winner by Daniel Sedin on a cross ice pass. The 25 year-old has had some tough luck to start the season but that should be expected with this young Sabres squad. He will continue to get starts going forward and has shown the ability to give his team a chance to win on each night like he did on this one. He brings his 3:01 GAA and .92 save percentage through four games into his next start. Yesterday, 11:49 pm
  • Jacob Markstrom leads Canucks to another win
    Jacob Markstrom turned aside 26-of-28 shots in the Canucks 2-1 win over Buffalo on Thursday.

    Advice: The lone goal that got past Markstrom originally got waived off and re-challenged by the Canucks when it stood as a goal through replay. So he really could have easily got the shutout in this tilt if he got a little love from the ref who let it stand. Still, The Canucks will take it as Markstrom has won both starts he's made this season. It's not clear how many more starts he will get with Ryan Miller on the shelf with "tightness." He will bring a 1.65 GAA and .932 save percentage into his next start. Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Jannik Hansen scores 100th career goal in win
    Jannik Hansen scored his 100th career goal in the Canucks' 2-1 win over Buffalo on Thursday.

    Advice: Hansen tapped in a rebound after Sutter took a shot on a two-on-one opportunity midway through the second period to open up the scoring for both teams. It was Hansen's first of the season and his 100th career goal. Daniel Sedin scored the game-winning goal for the Canucks who have come out of the gates 4-0. Yesterday, 11:28 pm
  • Nail Yakupov scores against his old team
    Nail Yakupov scored the lone goal for the Blues in a 3-1 loss to Edmonton on Thursday.

    Advice: He nearly had two goals as he rang one off the post as well in the loss. It had to feel good for the former first overall draft pick of the Oilers to get a goal against his old squad. Yakupov has two goals and one assist for three points in five games for his new team. Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Brian Elliott struggles again in loss
    Brian Elliott struggled again on Thursday, allowing four goals on 32 shots in a 4-2 loss to Carolina.

    Advice: Elliott has is still win-less to start the season and he has allowed four goals or more in each of his three starts. He will bring his ugly 4.72 GAA and .839 save percentage into his next start where he will hope for his first win. The Flames wrap up a three-game homestand on Saturday when the St. Louis Blues visit. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Johnny Gaudreau scores first goal in loss
    Johnny Gaudreau scored his first of the season in a 4-2 loss to Carolina on Thursday.

    Advice: Gaudreau's goal in the third period made it a one goal lead to make it 3-2 but that was as close as the Flames would get. He added five shots and a blocked shot in the loss. The 23 year-old star has three points in the first five games of the season. Troy Brouwer continued his hot start with his third of the season in the losing cause. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Eddie Lack makes 24 saves in win over CGY
    Eddie Lack turned aside 24-of-26 shots in Carolina's 4-2 win over Calgary on Thursday night.

    Advice: It's Lack's first win in his second start of the season. After giving up a three goal lead to ultimately lose to his former team Vancouver in his first start, it's a nice bounce back. Lack has a 1-0-1 record with 3.00 GAA and .894 save percentage in two starts. He's expected to fight for the number one job this season again with Cam Ward. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Jason Spezza scores 2 points in OTL to Kings
    Jason Spezza picked up a pair of points in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

    Advice: Spezza registered the primary assist on Radek Faksa's first period goal and his third period tally with under three minutes remaining in regulation tied the game at three. After failing to pick up a point in the first two games of the year, Spezza has two goals and an assist in his last two outings. Jamie Benn also scored for the Stars, while Tyler Seguin recorded a pair of assists. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Jeff Skinner scores and adds assist in win
    Jeff Skinner scored and added an assist in Carolina's 4-2 win over Calgary on Thursday.

    Advice: Skinner added the insurance marker for his team on the power-play late in the third period. He had four shots but was a minus-1 on the night. That's five points in four games so far for the Canes best point producer. Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen and Viktor Stalberg scored the other goals for the Canes. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Devan Dubnyk makes 33 saves in win over TOR
    Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 of 35 shots in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: After dropping his first start of the season to St. Louis, Dubnyk has bounced back by winning two in a row. The Wild goaltender will enter his next start with a 2.70 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Jhonas Enroth allows three goals in loss
    Jhonas Enroth allowed three goals on 27 shots in Toronto's 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Enroth got the start after Frederik Andersen allowed five goals in an OTL to the Jets last night. The Leafs entered the third period with a 2-1 lead, but the Wild were able to score back-to-back goals to win the game. Expect Enroth to continue serving as Andersen's backup. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
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