Player Notes

  • Sergei Gonchar may resume practices soon
    Sergei Gonchar (ankle) has been skating on his own and he may return to practices once the Stars return from their road trip.

    Advice: He has been making some progress in his recovery from an ankle injury. Gonchar suffered a fracture before the start of the 2014-15 season.
    26 minutes ago
    Injured Reserve
  • Alex Goligoski will be 'ready to go' for Fri.
    Alex Goligoski (undisclosed) is "ready to go," according to coach Lindy Ruff.

    Advice: He was back on the ice for Thursday's practice after he missed Wednesday's session. Goligoski was dealing with a cut just under his ear, which was caused by a skate, as well as a nagging ailment. Expect him to play Friday.
    48 minutes ago
  • Lubomir Visnovsky (back) will play vs. Boston
    Lubomir Visnovsky (back) will make his season debut in Thursday's game versus Boston.

    Advice: He had been sidelined with back spasms. Visnovsky was limited to just 24 games last season due to concussion issues. He probably has lost his spot on the Islanders' top power-play unit to Johnny Boychuk, so his fantasy value will take a serious hit.
    Today, 9:11 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Travis Hamonic out Thursday due to UBI
    Travis Hamonic (upper body) won't play Thursday night.

    Advice: He logged 22:33 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Toronto and he finished with a minus-3 rating. Hamonic didn't travel with the team to Boston for Thursday's match. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Today, 8:52 am
  • Ryan Wilson injures shoulder, out 2-3 weeks
    Ryan Wilson is slated to miss two to three weeks because of a shoulder injury.

    Advice: He was injured in Tuesday's game against Florida. Wilson was back in the lineup after missing three games with a suspected head injury.
    Today, 8:42 am
  • Johnny Boychuk returns to Boston with Isles
    Johnny Boychuk will return to Boston for the first time as a member of the New York Islanders.

    Advice: He was shipped to Long Island on Oct. 4 for two second-round draft picks and a conditional third-rounder. Boychuk has been excellent for the Isles, scoring two power-play goals and recording six points in six games. He is also averaging a team-leading 22:50 of ice time per contest.
    Today, 7:16 am
  • 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
  • Dustin Byfuglien moves up front on PP
    Dustin Byfuglien was utilized in front of the opposition goal during power-play situations in Tuesday's win over Carolina.

    Advice: "I liked that and I liked the structure," said coach Paul Maurice, who previously wanted Byfuglien on the point to put his big shot to use. "We're not getting enough from our back end up front, so he is keyed on at the blue line and in the shooting lanes especially when he is on the wide side on a 1-3-1, when he is on the backdoor looking for the seam play or the one-timer. Teams are playing him the way some teams play (Alex) Ovechkin on that side, not giving him that look anymore." The Jets still don't have a power-play goal this season.
    Today, 6:52 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
  • 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
  • Dennis Wideman earns praise of coach
    Dennis Wideman has gotten back on Flames head coach Bob Hartley's good side.

    Advice: Hartley surprised a lot of people when he decided to make Wideman a healthy scratch a couple weeks back. Wideman has been hot lately though with three goals and four points in four games. "Wides has been unbelievable," Hartley said. "He's playing great. He's jumping in the play. He's generating some good offence while playing good defense, and that's what we need."
    Today, 5:32 am
  • 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
  • John Erskine undergoes neck surgery
    John Erskine underwent neck surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: It might be a few weeks before he starts his rehabilitation program and it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return. He had four points and 56 penalty minutes in 37 games in 2013-14.
    Yesterday, 3:32 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Braydon Coburn not expected to play Wednesday
    Braydon Coburn (lower body) isn't expected to return Wednesday.

    Advice: It looked like Coburn would play Tuesday as he took part in the team's pregame warmups, but he didn't feel quite right. This will be his sixth straight game on the sidelines.
    Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Aaron Rome joins Norfolk on PTO
    Aaron Rome has accepted a professional tryout offer with the AHL Norfolk Admirals.

    Advice: Norfolk is an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. Rome attended the Red Wings' training camp, but couldn't secure a roster spot with the squad. He has 28 points and 185 penalty minutes in 226 career NHL games.
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
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  • Montreal demotes Nathan Beaulieu
    Nathan Beaulieu has been sent to the minors.

    Advice: Beaulieu's demotion is expected to be short-term. The Canadiens want him to get into an AHL game on Wednesday and he should rejoin Montreal on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 10:11 am
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  • Pittsburgh calls up Scott Harrington
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have summoned Scott Harrington.

    Advice: Harrington was sent to the minors on Monday. He hasn't played for Pittsburgh yet this season, but he has gotten into an AHL game.
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 4 points in 5 games
    Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded an assist in the Coyotes' 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville.

    Advice: Ekman-Larsson has recorded a point in four of his first five games, giving him a goal and three assists this season. He set a new career-high with 44 points last season and it wouldn't surprise us if he matched or marginally surpassed that mark.
    Yesterday, 6:39 am
  • Mark Fistric might get in a game soon
    Mark Fistric might make his season debut soon.

    Advice: Fistric has been scratched in all six of Anaheim's games thus far, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wants to give him some playing time. Fistric is a depth defenseman, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Tyson Barrie blasts his first goal in loss
    Tyson Barrie got his first goal of the season on a two-man advantage in Colorado's 4-3 loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was nice to see Barrie get on the board as many projected the talented d-man to take the next step to stardom this season. Barrie has three points in seven games so for a Colorado Avalanche team that has struggled offensively. Look for the point totals to go up for Barrie when Colorado snaps out of this early season funk. Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay also had goals in the loss.
    Tuesday, 11:47 pm
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