Player Notes

  • M. Grabovski (concussion) resumes skating
    Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) was on the ice Tuesday morning.

    Advice: Grabovski hasn't played since Thursday due to a concussion. The fact that he's already back on the ice is very encouraging, but it remains to be seen if he'll return soon.
    22 minutes ago
  • James Neal got on the board Friday for Preds
    James Neal picked up his first goal as a member of the Predators last Friday.

    Advice: He has posted 16 shots and no assists in five games this season, but the goal may get him going now. "It felt good, get the monkey off your back," Neal said. "Gives you a little confidence, it was nice to get that first one."
    Today, 8:11 am
  • Blackhawks move Brandon Saad to third line
    Brandon Saad was bumped to the third line at Monday's practice.

    Advice: He skated with Bryan Bickell and Brad Richards. "I'm just going to try to play the same way," Saad said. "Richards, I played a little with him at the start of the year, and Bickell I'm familiar with too, so I think as a line we can do some real damage and I'm looking forward to getting it going." Kris Versteeg, who is expected to return from injury Tuesday night, took Saad's spot on the second unit.
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Lightning lose Ryan Callahan to a LBI Monday
    Ryan Callahan exited Monday's game against Edmonton because of a lower-body injury.

    Advice: He appeared to be favoring his leg when he left late in the second period and he didn't return. Callahan is unlikely to play Tuesday night in Calgary, according to coach Jon Cooper.
    Today, 7:27 am
  • Martin Havlat might play on Tuesday
    Martin Havlat (facial lacerations) would like to play in Tuesday's game, but his status hasn't been confirmed yet.

    Advice: Havlat had over 55 stitches after his face was torn up due to a hit from Jason Chimera on Thursday. The worst part was his upper lip, which he could feel "was hanging out."
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Wings move Gustav Nyquist to 'Kid Line'
    Gustav Nyquist skated alongside Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar on Monday.

    Advice: Tomas Jurco was bumped to the third line as the Red Wings shuffled their combinations due to the pending return of Pavel Datsyuk. Nyquist leads Detroit with four goals in five games this season and he should add a jolt of offense to the team's "Kid Line."
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Kaleta (face) getting closer, skates Monday
    Patrick Kaleta (face) practiced Monday and he's getting close to returning.

    Advice: "Close enough that he'll start traveling with the team and get himself accustomed to doing that again," coach Ted Nolan said of Kaleta. "We're looking forward to getting him back. It should be another couple weeks yet but still he's getting real close." Kaleta skated with a no-contact sweater on during the session. He took a slap shot to the face on Sept. 28, which led to several broken bones in his face.
    Today, 6:22 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Nail Yakupov snaps slump Monday
    Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 3-2 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Yakupov snapped a three-game pointless slump. The Oilers have gotten off to a slow start and Yakupov's no exception, but he's worth keeping an eye on because he could end up bouncing back from his rough 2013-14 campaign.
    Today, 5:57 am
  • Dany Heatley hopes to return 'soon'
    Dany Heatley (groin) resumed practicing with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

    Advice: "It felt good being out there with the guys," Heatley said. "I feel good. It's progressing really well. First, you skate by yourself, and then you get in some practices. Hopefully it keeps going the right way and I can get back soon." Heatley has missed the Ducks' first six games of 2014-15. He'll be worth keeping an eye on when he's back as he might play on Anaheim's top line.
    Today, 5:17 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Brett Connolly plays well in Lightning loss
    Brett Connolly delivered a game-tying goal in the third period Monday night before he and the Tampa Bay Lightning fell 3-2 to the Oilers in Edmonton.

    Advice: Connolly, whose goal was his second of the young season, also was a plus-two on the night. The Lightning's other goal, which gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead early in the second period, was produced by new Tampa Bay forward Brian Boyle, his first of the season.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • NHL names Tyler Seguin first star of the week
    Tyler Seguin captured the league's first star of the week for the period ending Oct. 19.

    Advice: He racked up eight points (four goals, four assists) in three games to lead the NHL in scoring. Seguin's fifth career hat trick came in a 4-2 victory over Columbus last Tuesday and collected a career-high four assists in a 6-5 overtime defeat to Philadelphia this past Saturday.
    Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Tom Wilson healthy, heads to the AHL
    Tom Wilson has been assigned to the minors.

    Advice: He missed the first five games of this season with an ankle injury, but he's ready to return and will get back into game shape in the AHL with Hershey. Wilson is poised to play for the Bears this weekend.
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
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  • Kris Versteeg set to return from LBI Tuesday
    Kris Versteeg is projected to play Tuesday against Philadelphia.

    Advice: He hasn't played in any games during the 2014-15 campaign because of a lower-body injury. Versteeg skated with Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane in Monday's line rushes.
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Red Wings move Johan Franzen to IR
    Johan Franzen (groin) has been placed on injured reserve.

    Advice: He missed Saturday's game against the Leafs due to a muscle spasm in his thigh that forced him to leave Friday's contest. It is now being called a groin injury. Franzen's move to seven-day IR may indicate that Pavel Datsyuk is ready to return.
    Yesterday, 10:15 am
    Injured Reserve
  • T.J. Oshie still looking for first point
    T.J. Oshie doesn't have a point in his first five games of the season.

    Advice: This marks the first time in his seven-year career he's opened with a scoreless streak like this. Oshie should be able to work himself out of his funk. He enjoyed a career year in 2013-14 with 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games.
    Yesterday, 9:46 am
    Player Note
    T.J. Oshie StL - C,RW
  • Thomas Vanek hopes one goal opens floodgate
    Thomas Vanek doesn't have a goal in a Wild uniform despite 13 shots in four games.

    Advice: "As a team and for myself, you just need that first one and hopefully it opens up," said Vanek. "I don't feel like I'm squeezing my stick quite yet. We had some good looks. They're just not going in right now." Oddly enough, he may have had some trouble holding his stick after his thumb was struck by a shot from teammate Ryan Suter during the second period of Sunday's loss to Los Angeles. He missed the final 13 minutes of the second period, but he returned in the third. Vanek has one assist in his first four games, but there's no reason to panic.
    Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Mika Zibanejad seeks first point of '14-15
    Mika Zibanejad doesn't have a point in five games.

    Advice: He's been playing on a line with Bobby Ryan and Alex Chiasson, but it hasn't led to any offense early in the 2014-15 campaign. Zibanejad has seven shots and Chiasson has posted one shot in his last three games. There's a chance that the combination could be reshuffled even though the Senators have opened with an impressive 4-1 record.
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Anthony Mantha (tibia) still on the mend
    Anthony Mantha (fractured tibia) will head to Grand Rapids to get situated, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.

    Advice: He had been recovering in Detroit and is still on crutches, but the Red Wings will play six of their next eight games on the road. Holland wants Mantha to be around teammates and have more interactions while he gets better rather than spend time cooped up in a hotel room.
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
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  • Pittsburgh Penguins happy with Steve Downie
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have been happy with Steve Downie so far.

    Advice: Downie accumulated 13 penalty minutes on Saturday, bring him up to 15 in four games this season. Regardless, Penguins coach Mike Johnston praised him for his "outstanding" discipline and added that Pittsburgh is willing to kill off "the odd penalty" in exchange for his physical nature. He seems to be popular with his teammates as well and has lived up to his promise of standing up for the Penguins' stars.
    Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Jakob Silfverberg gets more ice time in 14-15
    Jakob Silfverberg picked up an assist in the Ducks' 4-0 victory on Sunday.

    Advice: Silfverberg has three points in six games this season. He's been averaging 16:44 minutes per game so far in 2014-15, which is up from 14:15 minutes per contest last season.
    Yesterday, 4:50 am
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