Player Notes

  • Pavelski scores two in loss to CBJ
    Joe Pavelski scored two goals in San Jose’s 5-4 loss to Columbus on Thursday.

    Advice: The Sharks jumped out to a two nothing lead in the first period thanks to goals from Adam Burish and Pavelski but Columbus was able to come back and grab the lead in the second period. Pavelski tied things up in the third and Logan Couture gave the Sharks the lead with under 12 minutes remaining in the game. San Jose imploded as the game wound down. They allowed two goals, including the game winner, in the final 8:20. Despite the loss, Joe Pavelski is off to a great start. The 30-year-old has four goals and eight points in eight games this season.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Martin Erat and Coyotes shut out vs. WIld
    Martin Erat and the rest of the Coyotes were shut out by Darcy Kuemper and the Wild on Thursday night.

    Advice: Erat has four points in six games so far this season, but Arizona's offense was nowhere to be found against Minnesota. The Coyotes will look to rebound on Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Chirs Higgins pops second goal of season
    Chris Higgins got the party started in St. Louis Thursday night, cleaning up the garbage Alex Burrows set for him.

    Advice: Burrows picked off an Alex Pietrangelo touch-pass to TJ Oshie at the red line and rushed in on Jaken Allen in the game's opening minute. Higgins was there to tap in the rebound. He'd later assist on Nick Bonino's go-ahead goal. Higgy also contributed six hits and two takeaways in his 14:02 of playing time with over three minutes on special teams. The Canucks would go on to win 4-1.
    Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Carolina manages only 16 SOG in loss
    Jeff Skinner was a minus-three with four shots on goal in Carolina’s 5-0 loss to Calgary on Thursday night.

    Advice: Carolina was without both Staal brothers in this game and it showed. They were only able to muster 16 shots on goal and didn’t create nearly enough offense to win this game. The Hurricanes are the only team in the NHL without a win this season. Justin Fault, Elias Lindholm and Andrej Sekera were also minus-three tonight. The nightmare season continues for Carolina.
    Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Blake Comeau notches pair of assists in loss
    Blake Comeau found the scoresheet for the second straight game as the 28-year-old contributed two assists in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to Detroit on Thursday night.

    Advice: Despite the three points in his past two games, Comeau has still has more to prove before becoming a coveted fantasy player. He had 46 points in 77 games in 2010-11 but has not found his offensive touch since. With a fresh start in Pittsburgh, he has four points in six games so far.Although he could be worth a pick-up, offensive success is no guarantee for the 28-year-old.
    Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Milan Lucic stays hot, scores first of season
    Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season in the Bruins' 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Thursday night.

    Advice: Lucic appears to be past his sluggish start, as he has all six of his points in the last four games after posting zeroes in his first five. The bullish forward has been consistent in the PIM department however as he already has collected 26 penalty minutes.
    Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Logan Couture has been sluggish on draws
    Logan Couture has been struggling in the faceoff dot this year.

    Advice: He has won just 27 of the 67 draws (40.3 percent) he's taken in the Sharks' first seven games. Couture typically operates at above 50 percent, so there's a good chance that he'll turn it around. In the meantime, Patrick Marleau has been handling more draws, but he's been just slightly better with a 48.9 winning percentage.
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Emerson Etem is pointless, on 4th line
    Emerson Etem is the only Anaheim forward, who plays regularly, to not record a point yet this season.

    Advice: He has been credited with 10 shots and he has a minus-2 rating in seven games. The 22-year-old winger has averaged 11:10 of ice time per match. "I definitely thought I'd be in more of a position, you know, be on the top couple lines or whatever," Etem said Wednesday. "But it's a deep roster here. We have three or four All-Stars. Whatever my position is, that's where I am now and that's what I have to focus on." He's still trying to find his place on a deep team and is currently playing on the fourth line.
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Sharks take Tomas Hertl off Thornton line
    Tomas Hertl has been removed from the Joe Thornton line.

    Advice: He's off to a slow start this season and is expected to start Thursday's game on the third line with James Sheppard and Eriah Hayes. Hertl has posted two goals and eight shots in seven games.
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Evander Kane (knee) is ahead of schedule
    Evander Kane (knee) is progressing ahead of schedule, according to coach Paul Maurice.

    Advice: "Evander Kane is progressing quite well to the point where we have an expectation that in the next few days, he'll be back on IR skates," said Winnipeg's bench boss. "It's what we call them, non-main-group skates so nobody runs into a guy. But he'll be back on the ice, we think, sometime this weekend and after that, it's as much about strength and healing time and things like that so that's kind of positive news about him." An exact timetable for his return isn't known, but it looks like it will be at some point in November because a return next week may be wishful thinking.
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Alexander Steen's status unclear for Thursday
    Alexander Steen (illness) was on the ice briefly for Thursday's skate.

    Advice: It's unclear if he'll be available to play against Vancouver, so considered him questionable. If he does suit up then he's expected to play alongside Patrik Berglund and Joakim Lindstrom.
    Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Shawn Horcoff is clicking with Erik Cole
    Shawn Horcoff has meshed well with Erik Cole of late.

    Advice: The duo has been productive in Dallas' last two games, with Horcoff assisting on three goals by Cole. "I'm in a different part of my career now, but I know with the minutes I get, I can still produce, I can still find a way to help the team," said Horcoff. He started the season on the fourth line and he's averaged just 11:25 of ice time per game. His hot streak is unlikely to last.
    Yesterday, 9:42 am
  • Anders Lee will dress in Boston Thursday
    Anders Lee will be in the lineup for the Islanders on Thursday.

    Advice: He was productive in the minors, with five points in five games, prior to rejoining the big club on Wednesday. Lee had nine goals and five assists in 22 outings with the Islanders last season.
    Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Daniel Cleary awaits opportunity to play
    Daniel Cleary hasn't dressed in any of Detroit's first six games.

    Advice: He's been a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, but coach Mike Babcock expects the veteran winger to stay ready. "He just has to keep working hard," Babcock said. "It's not an easy job, but it's the job he has right now and he's been fine. He works hard and he's a good pro. We come in each and every day and try to put the guys out there that give us the best opportunity."
    Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Pascal Dupuis nets his second goal of 14-15
    Pascal Dupuis scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 5-3 loss Wednesday night.

    Advice: Dupuis has two goals and five points in five games. He's been playing primarily with Evgeni Malkin in 2014-15 rather than Sidney Crosby, but obviously being able to play with either one is a huge benefit.
    Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Zac Rinaldo has an upper-body injury
    Zac Rinaldo suffered an upper-body injury during Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Rinaldo is expected to be re-evaluated on Thursday. He has no points and six penalty minutes in seven contests in 2014-15.
    Yesterday, 6:31 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.
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Andrew Cogliano can rebound after slow start
    Andrew Cogliano had an assist in a 4-1 win over Buffalo on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cogliano has a goal and two points in seven games. It's still early, but he's certainly not doing much to make people believe that he can live up to his 2013-14 42-point campaign. He's been somewhat inconsistent over the course of his career when it comes to his offensive production, but we aren't ready to dismiss the possibility that he'll surpass the 40-point mark again this season. He's been getting second line minutes for the most part, so he still has a decent opportunity.
    Yesterday, 5:11 am
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