Player Notes

  • John Tavares scores, but Isles come up short
    John Tavares scored a goal in the Islanders' 5-2 loss to Washington on Friday.

    Advice: Anders Lee scored New York's other goal. Nick Leddy, Kyle Okposo, Travis Hamonic, and Casey Cizikas each registered an assist in the losing effort. The Islanders snapped a five-game winning streak to fall to 16-7-0 this season.
    38 minutes ago
  • Jussi Jokinen (flu) is out Friday
    Jussi Jokinen (flu) will miss Friday's game.

    Advice: Jokinen was previously believed to be doubtful for this contest. He has two goals and 12 points in 20 games in 2014-15. Consider him day-to-day.
    Today, 4:03 pm
  • Brad Malone, Zach Boychuk healthy scratches
    Brad Malone and Zach Boychuk will be healthy scratches against Pittsburgh on Friday night.

    Advice: Coach Peters is planning to go with seven defensemen, but even still, in 34 combined games Malone and Boychuk have combined for just five points. All by Boychuk.
    Today, 3:28 pm
  • Rangers bring up J.T. Miller
    J.T. Miller has been called up by the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Miller has six goals and 15 points in 18 AHL games. He has the potential to put up good numbers in the NHL too, but he's had difficulty establishing himself with the Rangers over the last few years. Even when he's in the lineup, he typically doesn't get much playing time. With that in mind, we encourage you to keep an eye on him, but he's not worth picking up in standard leagues yet.
    Today, 2:34 pm
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  • Brooks Laich is active against Isles
    Brooks Laich will return after missing 15 of the last 16 games due to a left shoulder injury, Coach Trotz confirmed.

    Advice: "One of the left wing spots," is all Coach Trotz would divulge about Laich, who has just 20 points, nine goals, in only 70 games the past three seasons.
    Today, 2:13 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Martin St. Louis records his 1000th point
    Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist in the Rangers' 3-0 victory against Philadelphia on Friday.

    Advice: With that, St. Louis has reached the 1,000-point milestone. He's the 81st person to ever reach that mark and is one of just five active players on that list. Dan Boyle and Rick Nash scored the Rangers' other two goals. Derek Stepan collected three assists in the victory.
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • John Mitchell will likely return Saturday
    John Mitchell (leg) is probable for Saturday's game.

    Advice: Mitchell has missed three straight contests. He doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues.
    Today, 12:01 pm
  • Andrei Loktionov signs with KHL club
    Andrei Loktionov will play in the KHL.

    Advice: Loktionov agreed to terms with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He had seven goals and 22 points in 68 games with the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes last season.
    Today, 11:30 am
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  • Mathieu Perreault (UBI) is ready to return
    Mathieu Perreault (upper body) is "good to go" on Friday.

    Advice: Perreault missed Wednesday's game after sustaining the injury on Tuesday. He has six points and 16 penalty minutes in 23 games this season.
    Today, 10:20 am
  • Colorado demotes Paul Carey
    Paul Carey has been sent to the minors.

    Advice: Carey has four goals and five assists in 15 AHL games this season. He didn't end up playing for Colorado during his brief NHL stint.
    Today, 8:50 am
  • Colton Sceviour is battling an illness
    Colton Sceviour is dealing with an illness.

    Advice: It's assumed Sceviour won't be able to play Friday night as a result. He has three assists in 18 games this season.
    Today, 8:47 am
  • Penguins get ready for lengthy home stretch
    The Pittsburgh Penguins will play eight of their next 11 games at home.

    Advice: The Penguins are a commanding 7-2-1 at home this season, although they are actually a hair better on the road so far. "I think it's important to start playing better at home," Sidney Crosby said. "We've been on the road a good chunk of this month. We want to establish home ice advantage and make sure that we're playing well here. We need to get some momentum going in this building." Pittsburgh is 15-4-2 this season, but the rise of the Islanders has forced the Penguins to compete for the Metropolitan Division title.
    Today, 8:00 am
  • Chris VandeVelde might not return Friday
    Chris VandeVelde (lower body) is questionable Friday.

    Advice: VandeVelde has been out for three straight games due to the ailment. He has a goal and three points in 14 contests this season.
    Today, 7:49 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Scott Gomez continues to skate with Devils
    Scott Gomez is still skating with the Devils.

    Advice: Gomez took part in New Jersey's training camp, but he didn't secure a contract with the squad. He's stuck around in hopes that they would eventually work something out, but we're now a quarter of the way through the season and nothing's happened yet.
    Today, 7:43 am
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  • Coyle wants to be a presence physically
    Charlie Coyle has upped his physical game of late.

    Advice: He has amassed 29 hits in the past 10 games after he was credited with 11 in his first 11 outings. "You've just got to be able to flip the switch. That's something I definitely want to do," Coyle said. "It's something you can work on, too. Just be a big body out there and a big presence physically. Doesn't mean always fighting or anything, but just to be a force out there and give defensemen a tough night and be hard to push around. That's what I'm striving for." At 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds, Coyle has the size to be a punishing forward and he has the skill to produce as well. It just hasn't all come together yet.
    Today, 7:27 am
  • Brandon Dubinsky out Friday, but he's close
    Brandon Dubinsky has been ruled out for Friday's game.

    Advice: No real surprise there, but the good news is Dubinsky is getting close to returning. "It was great to have him out on the ice," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said of Dubinsky practicing on Wednesday. "He didn't look like he was out of place, but you could tell he hadn't been out there in a while. Obviously, the more reps that he gets, the more he gets to skate with us, the better he will be." Dubinsky has missed Columbus' first 21 games in 2014-15.
    Today, 7:04 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Corban Knight has brief AHL stint
    Corban Knight has been summoned by the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: Calgary had Knight spend just one day in the minors before bringing him back. He has no points in two games with Calgary this season.
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Sens may loan Curtis Lazar to Canada for WJC
    The Senators might make Curtis Lazar available for the World Junior Championship.

    Advice: Ottawa GM Bryan Murray will sit down with Lazar at some point soon to discuss the matter and what is best for his development. "I'm trying not to think about it," said Lazar. "My focus right here with the Ottawa Senators and our next game. It's a discussion I need to have with Bryan. I know there's a lot of stuff I will have to go through. The thing is, I know I'm going to get a say in it and Bryan (Murray) is pretty open-minded." Lazar doesn't sound too enthused about leaving the NHL to take part in the tournament, but he said he would "take full advantage of it" should it happen.
    Today, 6:41 am
  • Mika Zibanejad expected to be scratched again
    Mika Zibanejad is projected to be a healthy scratch again on Friday.

    Advice: He was sat in the press box for Tuesday's game versus St. Louis as well. Coach Paul MacLean wants Zibanjad to dictate the pace more when he returns to the lineup because prior to being removed from the lineup he was playing too careful.
    Today, 6:24 am
  • Brandon Pirri earns assist as a winger
    Brandon Pirri lined up as a winger in Wednesday's win over Carolina.

    Advice: He played alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad in the match and the trio combined for the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory. Bjugstad scored the winner and assists went to Pirri and Huberdeau. "I loved [the newly formed line] in the first period; I didn't like it much the second and third because there were too many chances against them and they weren't skating the same," coach Gerard Gallant said. It's unclear if the trio will remain together for Friday's match versus Ottawa. Pirri has four points in six games this season.
    Today, 5:58 am
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