Player Notes

  • David Rundblad scratched on Friday night
    David Rundblad will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Islanders.

    Advice: The 25-year-old played over 18 minutes in Wednesday's regular season opener against the Rangers. Kyle Baun will be joining Rundblad as a healthy scratch tonight. Today, 4:32 pm
  • Michael Grabner scratched on Friday
    For the second game in a row, Michael Grabner will be a healthy scratch for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Grabner was acquired by the Leafs from the Islanders in mid-September but he still hasn't played a meaningful game for his new team. Joining him in the press box are Roman Polak and Frank Corrado. Today, 4:24 pm
  • Paul Postma to be scratched on Fri
    Paul Postma is expected to be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

    Advice: The Jets will play their second game in two nights, but they aren't expected to make any changes to their lineup. Adam Pardy and Anthony Peluso will also watch Friday's game from the press box. Today, 3:54 pm
  • John Scott remains with Arizona
    Although John Scott cleared waivers Friday afternoon, he is still on the Coyotes' roster.

    Advice: That's to be expected, but we're passing this along in case you needed confirmation. Arizona waived Scott to gain the option to send him down later and not because of any pressing need. Today, 1:53 pm
  • Simon Despres agrees to five-year extension
    Simon Despres has signed a five-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Despres was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. He has three goals, 23 points, and 86 penalty minutes in 75 contests last season between his time in Pittsburgh and with the Ducks. He's a decent bet to put up similar numbers in 2015-16 and at the age of 24, it wouldn't be shocking to see him take a modest step forward. Today, 11:39 am
  • O'Reilly offers harsh assessment of debut
    Ryan O'Reilly was hard on himself following his debut with the Sabres on Thursday.

    Advice: Buffalo suffered a 3-1 loss to Ottawa. O'Reilly finished with a minus-two rating in 20:17 minutes of ice time. "I felt I was pretty useless out there," O'Reilly said. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma appreciated his accountability, but noted that O'Reilly wasn't the only player he had a talk with after that defeat. Today, 11:25 am
  • Robin Lehner (leg) set to have MRI Saturday
    Robin Lehner (leg) will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: Lehner got his skate caught in a rut and was hurt as a result. It might prove to be a strain, but it's not a short-term injury. Today, 11:19 am
  • Jonathan Bernier starts for Toronto on Friday
    Jonathan Bernier will play between the pipes on Friday.

    Advice: Bernier turned aside 26 of 28 shots in Toronto's 3-1 loss to Montreal on Wednesday. Given that Toronto will play in its third game in four days on Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising to see James Reimer make his season debut at that point. Today, 9:21 am
  • Jamie Benn nets PPG, deals with cramps
    Jamie Benn scored his first goal of the year in Thursday's 3-0 win against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He finished the game with 18:22 of ice time, but had to leave for a shift in the third period because of some cramping. "I don't know when we will get him to full speed," coach Lindy Ruff said. "His compete was good, but I don't think he's there yet." Benn had surgery on both hips during the off-season and he's still working his way back to full health. Today, 7:22 am
  • Erik Johnson records goal and assist Thursday
    Erik Johnson registered a goal and an assist in Colorado's 5-4 loss to Minnesota Thursday night.

    Advice: Johnson got his first marker of the year on a first-period power play and his helper set up a goal by John Mitchell. Johnson inked a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Avalanche just before the start of the season. He has made great progress with Patrick Roy behind the bench and scored 12 goals in 47 outings last year. Today, 7:02 am
  • Ben Bishop stops two penalty shots
    Ben Bishop stopped two penalty shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win against Philadelphia.

    Advice: He turned aside Claude Giroux in the first period and Scott Laughton in overtime. "I've never had that before," Bishop said. "But I'll take it." He made 23 saves to get his first victory of the season. Today, 6:36 am
  • Hoffman on Sens' top line, posts 2 assists
    Mike Hoffman got to play on the top line in Thursday's regular season opener.

    Advice: Clarke MacArthur was banged up going into the match, so Hoffman got the opportunity to practice alongside Kyle Turris and Mark Stone. He stayed on that line against Buffalo even though MacArthur was able to play. Hoffman made the most of his chance with two primary assists on goals by Turris. Today, 6:10 am
  • Brayden Schenn nets goal in season opener
    Brayden Schenn scored a goal in Philadelphia's 3-2 overtime loss Thursday night.

    Advice: There was a time when it looked like Schenn might actually be the odd man out with Philadelphia this season, so it's particularly encouraging to see him start the season on a high note. He had 18 goals and 47 points in 82 contests in 2014-15. Today, 6:03 am
  • Evgeni Medvedev gets assist in NHL debut
    Evgeni Medvedev had an assist in Philadelphia's 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday.

    Advice: Medvedev was making his NHL debut and logged 18:09 minutes in the contest. The 33-year-old is making the leap from the KHL. He had three goals and 16 points in 43 contests with Kazan Ak-Bars in 2014-15. Today, 6:01 am
  • Paul Byron to skate with Canadiens Friday
    Paul Byron will take part in his first full practice with his Montreal teammates on Friday.

    Advice: He was a healthy scratch in Wednesday night's season opener at Toronto and probably won't play in Saturday's game in Boston. However, he could make his Canadiens debut Sunday when the team visits his hometown of Ottawa. Today, 6:00 am
  • Kane's first goal with Sabres gets reversed
    Evander Kane scored his first goal with the Sabres Thursday night, but the marker was called back after a coach's challenge.

    Advice: Senators coach Dave Cameron wanted the play reviewed because Buffalo appeared to be offside when they entered the offensive zone. The referees ruled that the goal was no good. Kane, who earned an assist on Jack Eichel's first career goal, would've tied the game at 2-2, but the Sabres ended up losing to Ottawa by a score of 3-1 after the Senators added an empty netter. Today, 5:07 am
  • Lucic thinks reputation led to match penalty
    Milan Lucic feels he got a match penalty on Wednesday primarily based on his reputation.

    Advice: Lucic attempted to spar with Logan Couture late in the third period after taking exception to a hit. "I think that’s why I got a match. It’s just because of who I am," Lucic said. "If I would have made that hit, and someone came after me the same way, he wouldn’t have gotten a match It just comes with who you are, and they review all that stuff, and there’s nothing that’s come of it, because like I said last night, I didn’t cross any line." As Lucic said, he hasn't received any supplemental discipline over the incident. Today, 3:32 am
  • McDavid shows potential in scoreless debut
    Although Connor McDavid didn't record a point in his NHL debut, he did show flashes of his potential.

    Advice: "At times I thought he was very dangerous, other times I didn’t think that line had a lot going," said Oilers coach Todd McLellan. "It's figuring out when and how and against who. There were moments tonight where I'm sure he would have pulled away from a junior player . . . we’re talking 60 minutes into a 15-, 20-year career." It certainly is too early to be concerned about McDavid, especially seeing as his first game wasn't a complete wash. He'll be back in the Oilers' lineup on Saturday. Today, 3:28 am
  • Teddy Purcell returned to action on Thursday October 8. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov gives up five goals in opener
    Semyon Varlamov gave up five goals on 30 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Wild Thursday night.

    Advice: Varlamov was solid through two periods giving up only one goal on 20 shots before giving up four goals 10 minutes into the third period. The hot start to the game is encouraging for his fantasy outlook. Varlamov and his teammates will be looking to bounce back Saturday night against the Stars. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
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