Player Notes

  • Antti Niemi will start for Stars on Thursday
    Antti Niemi will play between the pipes on Thursday.

    Advice: Niemi has earned the first start of the season over Kari Lehtonen. Some might take that as a sign that Niemi has secured the starting job, but Dallas isn't likely to have a true starter this season. Instead, Niemi and Lehtonen will probably end up splitting the goalie duties fairly evenly in 2015-16. 24 minutes ago
  • Arizona waives John Scott
    John Scott has been placed on waivers by the Arizona Coyotes.

    Advice: Scott is a pure enforcer that does very little offensively. He has 517 penalty minutes in just 274 career games, but he doesn't play often enough to be a reliable source of PIM. 32 minutes ago
  • Corey Tropp loaned to AHL Albany
    Corey Tropp has been sent to the AHL's Albany Devils.

    Advice: The Devils are not Chicago's AHL affiliate, but that's where Tropp is being loaned. He had eight points and 76 penalty minutes in 61 games in 2014-15. 40 minutes ago
  • Clarke MacArthur is a game-time decision
    Clarke MacArthur (upper body) is regarded as a game-time decision on Thursday.

    Advice: MacArthur placed his chances of playing in the Senators' opener as 50-50. He had 16 goals and 36 points in 62 contests last season. Today, 9:41 am
  • Mikael Backlund returned to action on Wednesday October 7. Today, 8:39 am
  • Tomas Hertl nets PPG in opener
    Tomas Hertl scored a power-play goal in San Jose's 5-1 victory over Los Angeles Wednesday night.

    Advice: Hertl is trying to rebound after a rough sophomore campaign where he was limited to 13 goals and 31 points in 82 contests. He certainly has a lot of offensive upside and he'll be worth keeping a close eye on in the days and weeks to come. Today, 7:41 am
  • Derek Stepan scores game-winner in opener
    Derek Stepan scored the game-winning goal in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stepan is certainly getting his 2015-16 campaign off on the right foot. He's got the potential to reach the 60-point mark this season, although he's not a safe bet to reach that mark. Today, 7:25 am
  • Sergey Kalinin will make his debut on Friday
    Sergey Kalinin is set to make his NHL debut on Friday.

    Advice: Kalinin will probably be playing on a line with Jiri Tlusty and Jordin Tootoo. "It's a good feeling, but it's not different," Kalinin said. "I'm just going to work extremely hard to prove that I can play here and help the team." Kalinin had 12 goals and 25 points in 58 KHL contests last season. Today, 7:21 am
  • S. Matteau will likely be a healthy scratch
    Stefan Matteau will likely be a healthy scratch in the Devils' season opener on Friday.

    Advice: Although Matteau made the team, we don't think he'll end up playing a big role with the Devils in 2014-15. He had 12 goals and 27 points in 61 AHL contests last season. Today, 7:18 am
  • Milan Lucic receives a match penalty
    Milan Lucic got a match penalty for a late third period incident involving Logan Couture.

    Advice: Logan Couture smashed into Lucic just moments after leaving the penalty box. Lucic took offense to that and grabbed Couture near the Sharks' bench. For his part though, Lucic attempted to downplayed the incident after the game. "Just a little hit," he said. "I didn’t like it, so I reacted to it. I don’t know why I got a match penalty. I didn’t cross any line, so obviously I deserved a penalty, but I don’t know why it was called a match penalty." Today, 6:35 am
  • Drew Doughty logs over 27 mins in opener
    Drew Doughty had an assist in Los Angeles' 5-1 loss to San Jose on Wednesday.

    Advice: Doughty also logged 27:23 minutes of ice time in the season opener. It will be interesting to see if he continues to be leaned on that heavily as he predicted back in September that he would probably average 24 to 25 minutes per game this season. It's worth emphasizing though that he was predicting what was likely to happen, but not what he wanted to happen. He averaged 28:59 minutes per contest in 2014-15. Today, 6:23 am
  • Johnny Gaudreau gets an assist in 15-16 debut
    Johnny Gaudreau had an assist in Calgary's 5-1 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gaudreau had 24 goals and 64 points in 80 games as a rookie last season. Although its certainly possible that he'll be a victim of the dreaded sophomore slump, we're looking for him to at least finish in the same range as last season. Today, 6:04 am
  • Kris Russell: We were embarrassed Wednesday
    Kris Russell offered a blunt assessment of Calgary's 5-1 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday.

    Advice: "They out-executed us, outworked us. Truthfully, they embarrassed us in our home-opener," said Russell. "We’ve gotta realize it was a bit of a joke the way we came out. If we want to be anywhere near the team we were last year, we can’t even be coming close to the effort we put in tonight. We were built on hard work. We were built on a committee effort." The Flames can take the loss as a wake-up call and perhaps bounce back. Calgary has a lot to prove, especially given that the Flames didn't look that great in terms of Corsi last season despite their record. That being said, this was just one loss and it's far too early to draw conclusions about Calgary. Today, 6:02 am
  • Artemi Panarin scores in NHL debut
    Artemi Panarin scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game Wednesday night.

    Advice: He was set up beautifully by Patrick Kane to get him on the board. Panarin dazzled the Chicago crowd with his puck handling in the game and he showed that he can finish too when given the opportunity. If he can continue to build chemistry with Kane then it won't be long before he is owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. Today, 5:57 am
  • Alex Galchenyuk pots GWG in Habs' opener
    Alex Galchenyuk potted the game-winning goal in Montreal's season opener against Toronto.

    Advice: He pounced on a rebound to break a 1-1 tie at the 12:02 mark of the third period. Galchenyuk also won seven of his 10 faceoffs in the match. He has played center before in his career, but he is getting an opportunity this year to play the position in the NHL on a much more regular basis. Today, 5:23 am
  • Petr Mrazek will get the nod on Saturday
    Petr Mrazek will make his first start of the 2015-16 season on Saturday night at Carolina.

    Advice: The Red Wings will start Jimmy Howard in Friday's home opener versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. "They'll both play as I've said previously," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I would suspect both will get opportunites (during a stretch of back-to-back games in October). We'll need great goaltending and we feel both can give us great goaltending." Mrazek will be looking to prove he can handle the number one role, while Howard will be looking to reclaim the position he lost in the playoffs last year. Today, 4:52 am
  • David Krejci will add a spark to Boston
    David Krejci wants to make an impact this season, especially after missing most of the 2014-15 campaign due to injury.

    Advice: "David, he's built that into his own personal goals, wanting to be a great player," said GM Don Sweeney. "He's put up numbers now. I think he holds himself in that, amongst those types of players. So that's a good thing from where I sit. Is it added pressure? Yeah, you can't run from it. Every athlete recognizes along with a big number comes big expectations." Sweeney called Krejci a "catalyst" and the Bruins missed his presence in the lineup. Today, 4:36 am
  • Martin Jones wins in Sharks season debut
    Martin Jones stopped 19-of-20 shots in a 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a nice way to get introduced to this rivalry from the other side of the fence for Martin Jones as he beat his old team in his Sharks season debut. It helped that the Sharks were just far and away the better team on this night but Jones was perfect following a goal he allowed on the first shot of the game. The starting gig is his to lose it seems going forward. Yesterday, 11:32 pm
  • Karri Ramo rocked for five goals in opener
    Karri Ramo allowed five goals on 44 shots in a 5-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramo got very unlucky on two of the goals as one went in off Daniel Sedin's shin and another goal was poked past him by his own defender Dennis Wideman. It wasn't his fault the Flames lost but allowing five goals in a loss won't help his chances on getting the lion share of the starts with Jonas Hiller breathing down his neck. Last year the Flames rode the hot hand and will likely do it again this season. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Ryan Miller solid in opener
    Ryan Miller looked calm and collected in stopping 29-of-30 shots in a 5-1 blowout win over Calgary on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miller gave the Canucks and fantasy owners exactly what they were hoping for in this season opening game. Vancouver's number 1 started last season hot as well and owners will be looking for a repeat performance. With Jacob Markstrom on the shelf for a while it is very likely that Miller gets the run of the starts early on. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
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