Player Notes

  • Ducks send Nick Sorensen to AHL San Diego
    The Anaheim Ducks have sent Nick Sorensen down to AHL San Diego.

    Advice: Sorensen managed to collect his first career NHL point, an assist, during his first five games with the Ducks. If the 21-year-old tears up the minors as he's expected to, he'll be back with Anaheim sooner than later. Today, 10:42 am
  • Ales Hemsky returns to Stars vs CBJ on Sat
    The Dallas Stars have activated Ales Hemsky off of I/R for Saturday's match with Columbus.

    Advice: Lose a player, add a player. Hemsky will make his season debut tonight against a very favorable matchup. The veteran forward has 71 points in two seasons with the Stars, so expect him to take a top-six role straightaway. Today, 10:07 am
  • Craig Smith exits game because of illness
    Craig Smith left Friday's game against the Red Wings because of an illness.

    Advice: The bug seems to be passing through the Preds locker room, as Ryan Johansen was also forced from the game because of an illness. It's unclear if either player will be available for Saturday's game against the Penguins. Today, 8:33 am
  • Loui Eriksson only has 4 SOG in 4 games
    Loui Eriksson has just four shots on goal in four games.

    Advice: Eriksson does have two assists, but as you might suspect based on his lack of shots, he hasn't found the back of the net yet. Although he did accidentally score on his own net during a delayed penalty. "My type of play is playing good in all zones, so that’s important to me, too," Eriksson said. "But of course I want to score goals and produce. I think that will come the more comfortable I am. For now, it’s nice to get wins and get that feeling as a group. I definitely need more shots. The thing is if I see a guy open, I like to give him the pass. I’ve never been really a shooting guy before. But for sure, for now, I haven’t been shooting that much and if I put more pucks on net, good things will happen." Today, 7:00 am
  • Cal Clutterbuck has four points in five games
    Cal Clutterbuck had an assist in a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes Friday night.

    Advice: Clutterbuck has a goal and four points in five games this season. That's an unusually productive stretch for him as he has 172 points in 577 career games. Today, 6:29 am
  • Sam Gagner to work on skating, making plays
    Sam Gagner, who was a healthy scratch on Saturday, reviewed video with Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella of his recent.

    Advice: Gagner seems to understand what areas he needs to work on. "Skating and making plays," Gagner said. "I know I’m capable of that. I think there’s been a little too much thinking from me, especially (against Boston). I was trying to think my way through the game instead of moving my way through the game." He has no points in two games this season. Today, 5:48 am
  • Troy Brouwer gets ready for a weird game
    Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues will be a weird one for Troy Brouwer.

    Advice: Brouwer was with the Blues last season. "I know I didn’t have a long stint there but you’re playing against a bunch of friends," said Brouwer. "We were going to have a few of them over for dinner on Friday night, just to see some good buddies again and then face-off against them the next day." Brouwer has been around long enough and has switched teams a handful of times so he can draw on personal experience when it comes to dealing with these types of games. Today, 5:43 am
  • Dylan Larkin drops the gloves on Friday
    Dylan Larkin dropped the gloves with Preds defenseman Yannick Weber on Friday night.

    Advice: It was Larkin's first career fight at the NHL level. "Guys liked it," Larkin said. "I saw She(ahan) laughing on the bench. I was laughing, too, hoping to get the guys going a little bit, show them I was there to battle." He finished the game with five penalty minutes and five shots on goal in 15:20 of ice time. Today, 5:34 am
  • Brad Richardson is on a 4-game point streak
    Brad Richardson has opened the season with a four-game point streak.

    Advice: Richardson kept that streak going on Friday by netting a goal in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders. He has two goals and four points in four games this season. Today, 5:19 am
  • Tobias Rieder gets an assist on Friday
    Tobias Rieder had an assist in Arizona's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday.

    Advice: Rieder now has a goal and two points in four games this season. He also logged 17:12 minutes Friday night, which is a significant step up from his ice time during the first three games. Today, 5:18 am
  • Patrik Laine excited for Heritage Classic
    Patrik Laine is excited to play in Sunday's Heritage Classic game against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: As always, the Heritage Classic will be played outdoors. This year, the game will be played at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. "It looks amazing," the rookie said of the outdoor rink. "Everybody has done a wonderful job building this thing here. The rink looks a bit small in here. I'm just waiting when the puck drops." Laine is coming off a hat trick performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. He has four goals and one assist in his first four NHL games. Today, 4:47 am
  • Ryan Hartman (LBI) returns on Friday
    Ryan Hartman (lower body) returned to action on Friday October 21.

    Advice: Hartman missed two games due to the ailment. He had no points and a minus-one rating in 11:09 minutes of ice time in his return. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Zach Boychuk signs with KHL club
    Zach Boychuk signed a contract to play hockey with HC Sibir of the KHL.

    Advice: Boychuk was drafted 14th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has 12 goals and 18 assists across 127 NHL games. He was in training camp with the Arizona Coyotes this season, but what ultimately let go by the club. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
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  • NHL suspends Dale Weise for three games
    Dale Weise has received a three-game suspension for hitting Anaheim’s Korbinian Holzer in the head.

    Advice: The NHL felt Holzer was eligible to be checked on the play, but Weise could have avoided contact to the head. Holzer was able to finish the game, but Weise has been suspended before for a check to the head. Weise will be eligible to return on Oct. 27. Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Patrick Eaves is questionable Saturday
    Patrick Eaves (lower body) is questionable for Saturday's contest.

    Advice: Eaves sustained the ailment during Thursday's game. He wasn't on the ice for Friday's practice. Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Patric Hornqvist gets two points Thursday
    Patric Hornqvist had a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 win against San Jose Thursday night.

    Advice: Hornqvist has two goals and four points in five games this season. Three of his four points have come with the man advantage. Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Dustin Brown gets his first point of 2016-17
    Dustin Brown registered an assist in a 4-3 win overtime against Dallas on Thursday.

    Advice: That was Brown's first point in four games this season. He logged 17:32 minutes in his season debut, but his playing time has declined each game with him getting just 13:57 minutes Thursday. Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Zac Dalpe scores in win over Toronto
    Zac Dalpe scored in Thursday's 3-2 win against Toronto.

    Advice: He scored his first goal of the season in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Dalpe has contributed three points in four games for the Wild this season. Yesterday, 6:55 am
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  • Pastrnak extends point streak to 4 games
    David Pastrnak extended his point streak to four games Thursday night.

    Advice: He has notched four goals and three assists to begin the 2016-17 season. Pastrnak picked up an assist on Patrice Bergeron's game winner versus the Devils. The 20-year-old forward is in store for a breakout year alongside Bergeron and Brad Marchand this campaign. Yesterday, 4:39 am
  • Nail Yakupov scores against his old team
    Nail Yakupov scored the lone goal for the Blues in a 3-1 loss to Edmonton on Thursday.

    Advice: He nearly had two goals as he rang one off the post as well in the loss. It had to feel good for the former first overall draft pick of the Oilers to get a goal against his old squad. Yakupov has two goals and one assist for three points in five games for his new team. Thursday, 10:59 pm
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