Player Notes

  • Montreal sends Michael Bournival back down
    Michael Bournival was sent back to AHL Hamilton on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played in the minors last week and he scored one goal in two games. Bournival hasn't played in any games with the Canadiens this season after he dressed in 60 contests last year.
    26 minutes ago
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  • Pavel Datsyuk will improve each game
    Detroit's power play, and the team's offense in general, should get a boost when Pavel Datsyuk gets back up to speed.

    Advice: "I feel a little slow," said Datsyuk, who returned to lineup on Tuesday from a separated shoulder. "Everybody's flying around. I needed to make better plays and be stronger on the puck. But always this happens in the first game after (a prolonged absence). Every game (going forward) will be much better and I will be much more comfortable." He missed most of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season, but he still looked dangerous against Montreal when he got his opportunities. The Red Wings are 2-for-24 on the power play, but Datsyuk should be able to get them back on track.
    34 minutes ago
  • Brian Flynn takes a seat in the press box
    Brian Flynn was a healthy scratch Wednesday night against Anaheim.

    Advice: He has skated in two of Buffalo's opening seven games this campaign. He doesn't have any fantasy value.
    45 minutes ago
  • Sam Reinhart returns to lineup Wednesday
    Sam Reinhart got back into Buffalo's lineup Wednesday night.

    Advice: He was a healthy scratch last Saturday. "I think he was just overwhelmed in the first number of games," coach Ted Nolan said. "It's better to sit back and watch and observe and get a new perspective, so he’s going in." Reinhart has no points and two shots in six NHL outings. It wouldn't be surprising if he was back in the OHL shortly.
    48 minutes ago
  • Tyler Ennis one of few Sabres getting goals
    Tyler Ennis helped the Buffalo Sabres avoid getting shut out for a third straight game Wednesday night.

    Advice: He snapped the club's goalless streak at exactly 197 minutes. Offense has been hard to come by for the Sabres early into this season. The team has eight goals in seven contests and three of them have come from Ennis.
    54 minutes ago
  • Grant Clitsome suited up Tuesday night
    Grant Clitsome suited up in his first game of the season Tuesday night.

    Advice: He picked up an assist and a plus-1 rating in Winnipeg's 3-1 win against Carolina. Clitsome replaced Adam Pardy in the lineup and coach Paul Maurice was pleased with his performance. "That was a pretty impressive step from his exhibition schedule," said Maurice. "That was a different player we saw. Confident, physical." It may have earned Clitsome another appearance on Friday.
    Today, 7:00 am
  • John Carlson finds back of net Wednesday
    John Carlson scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Carlson has a goal and five points in six games in 2014-15. He recorded 37 points in 2013-14 and should put up similar numbers this season.
    Today, 6:48 am
  • R.J. Umberger helps Flyers best Penguins
    R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Umberger got off to a quiet start with the Flyers, but he's starting to heat up with three points in three games. Keep in mind though that he's averaging just 14:16 minutes per contest and isn't likely to get much more than 40 points.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Derek Stepan (leg) should start skating soon
    Derek Stepan (leg) is expected to resume skating soon.

    Advice: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wasn't sure exactly when that would be, but he added that he hasn't been asking for daily updates on Stepan's condition. The Rangers put Stepan on the long-term injured reserve list, which means that he can't return until Nov. 3 at the earliest.
    Today, 6:06 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Nikita Nikitin nets his first goal of 14-15
    Nikita Nikitin scored his first goal as a member of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

    Advice: That brings Nikitin up to two points in seven contests. He doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues.
    Today, 5:54 am
  • Teddy Purcell breaks out of cold streak
    Teddy Purcell had two assists in Edmonton's 3-2 victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: Purcell endured a four-game scoreless slump. He has five points in seven contests in 2014-15, which isn't bad when you factor in that he's been averaging just 14:41 minutes per game.
    Today, 5:51 am
  • Sonny Milano might return to OHL Friday
    Sonny Milano might be sent to the OHL on Friday.

    Advice: Milano started the 2014-15 campaign on the injured reserve list due to facial injuries. He was taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
    Today, 5:48 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Adam Cracknell should make his debut Thursday
    Adam Cracknell is set to make his season debut on Thursday.

    Advice: Cracknell was claimed off of waivers on Oct. 7, but has been a healthy scratch since. He's projected to play on the Blue Jackets' fourth line Thursday.
    Today, 5:45 am
  • Alexander Wennberg centers second line
    Alexander Wennberg centered the second line during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Wennberg is adjusting the NHL after scoring 16 goals and 21 points in 50 Swedish games last season. He's projected to play alongside Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson on Thursday.
    Today, 5:40 am
  • Sam Gagner searches for first Coyotes point
    Sam Gagner is still searching for his first point with the Arizona Coyotes.

    Advice: Gagner has played in five games with his new team. He dealt with an injury during the preseason that he feels derailed him, but he also believes that he's getting progressively better. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett thinks Gagner is also getting himself acclimatized to his new team after spending his entire NHL career to this point in Edmonton.
    Today, 5:28 am
  • Ryan Kesler snaps three-game slump
    Ryan Kesler scored a goal in Anaheim's 4-1 win over Buffalo.

    Advice: Kesler snapped a three-game scoreless slump. That brief cold spell aside, Kesler has been a great secondary scorer for the Ducks with three goals and six points in seven games.
    Today, 5:06 am
  • Michal Neuvirth takes loss against Ducks
    Michal Neuvirth made 25 saves on 28 shots but took the loss for Buffalo in a 4-1 Anaheim win on Wednesday.

    Advice: It can't really come as a surprise that Neuvirth got no goal support as his team has now managed just one goal in the past three games. With the Sabres playing again on Thursday night, it's expected that Jhonas Enroth will get the call in the second half of the back-to-back. Neither are good options in fantasy right now.
    Yesterday, 11:21 pm
  • Ryan Nugent Hopkins scores again in win
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the second time in as many games for the Oilers who defeated Washington 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nuge took advantage of a brutal Alex Ovechkin give-away and then came in on a partial break-away, making no mistake stick side on a helpless Braden Holtby. It looked like it would be another slow start to the season for RNH but the talented center has now recorded four points in five games played. Justin Schultz also scored his second goal in as many nights for the Oilers who have won three in row.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Mike Green stays hot in Caps loss
    Mike Green continued his hot streak, scoring his third goal of the season in the Capitals 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Wednesday.

    Advice: After being held pointless for the first time all season by Florida, Green got right back on the horse with his third goal of the season against the Oilers. Green also had four shots on goal and logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time in the loss. Fantasy owners looking for a bounce back campaign from Green have to be pretty impressed so far with three goals and three assists in five games. John Carlson scored the other goal giving the Capitals strong offense from the back-end.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Backstrom picks up point 500
    Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 500th career NHL point on an assist Wednesday night but the Capitals needed more in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton.

    Advice: It was a vintage Nick Backstrom backhand setup on the power-play to John Carlson that got the scoring started for the Capitals. Interestingly enough, Backstrom is the first player from the 2006 draft to get to the 500 point mark. That draft included names like Claude Giroux, Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel. Backstrom now has six points in six games this season.
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
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