Player Notes

  • Tommy Wingels scores in Sharks' defeat
    Tommy Wingels kept up his torrid pace with another goal in San Jose's 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota on Thursday night.

    Advice: Wingels now has five goals and eight points in 12 games this season. Early signs point to the 26-year-old breaking out this season, as his career high is last year's 38 point output. Wingels has found success on the Sharks' second line with Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture.
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Nathan MacKinnon finally scores, twice
    Nathan MacKinnon got off the schneid Thursday night, scoring his first two goals of the season in Colorado's 5-0 win over the Islanders.

    Advice: MacKinnon scored Colorado's lone power play tally as well, and boy was it a beauty. Off a scramble in front of the Islanders net, Erik Johnson slipped him the puck and Mac calmly backed off the crease, stick-handled twice while waiting Johnson to stack the pads, and then popped the water bottle forehand far side. The kid's gonna be alright.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Ryan Kesler and Ducks shut out by Blues
    Ryan Kesler failed to score along with the rest of the Ducks on Thursday night, as Anaheim was shut out by St. Louis 2-0.

    Advice: Kesler was on the ice for both of St. Louis' goals, so he finished the night at minus-2. The new Duck has three goals and seven points in 11 games so far.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Scottie Upshall helps FLA grab win over ARI
    Scottie Upshall's goal with just over nine minutes remaining in the third period helped Florida squeeze by Arisona 2-1 on Thursday night.

    Advice: Upshall's first goal and second point of the year helped his team notch a come-from-behind victory. He has slim-to-none fantasy value at this point.
    Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Claude Giroux's two point effort not enough
    Claude Giroux pitched in another two assists in Philadelphia's 4-3 loss to the Lightning on Thursday night.

    Advice: Giroux has lived up to his billing as an elite fantasy forward so far this season, as the 26-year-old now has 13 points through 10 games and six points during his current four game point streak. Giroux also had two penalty minutes and four shots in the loss.
    Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Mika Zibanejad scores first goal of the year
    Mika Zibanejad finally scored his first goal of the season in his ninth game during Ottawa's 5-4 shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday night.

    Advice: The 21-year-old has not shown many promising signs so far season, but last year's 33 points in 69 games shows that it is just an early slump and he should pick it up after breaking the ice. Zibanejad was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Marian Hossa notches 1000th point in win
    Marian Hossa reached the 1,000 point plateau on Thursday night by collecting a goal and an assist in Chicago's 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa.

    Advice: "What a special night, it's a great milestone," Hossa said after the game. "I'm really grateful to all the players that helped me achieve this." Hossa scored midway through the third period to crack the century mark in his 1,100th NHL game. He has five points through 10 games this season.
    Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Blake Wheeler scores in Jets loss to Devils
    Blake Wheeler scored his fourth goal of the season but missed his shootout attempt in Thursday night's 2-1 loss to New Jersey.

    Advice: It was just Wheeler's second goal in his past nine games after notching a pair in the season opener. The 28-year-old still figures to be better offensively than his six points so far would suggest, as he is an instrumental part in the slumping Jets offense.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Nichushkin heads to AHL for conditioning
    Valeri Nichushkin (hip/groin) has been activated by the Stars and sent to AHL Texas on a conditioning assignment.

    Advice: He has been out of action since Oct. 11 due to a hip/groin issue. Nichushkin will get back into game shape in the minors before rejoining the big club.
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
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  • Matt Cooke sits Thursday due to LBI
    Matt Cooke will sit out Thursday's game because of a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Coach Mike Yeo said that Cooke has been dealing with the the issue for a few games. Cooke has two goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating in his past five contests, so his lingering ailment wasn't bothering his work on the scoresheet. Consider him day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Avalanche choose to scratch Daniel Briere
    Daniel Briere will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's match against the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Recent call up Dennis Everberg will replace him in the lineup. Everberg will play with John Mitchell and Alex Tanguay. Briere has two goals and one assist in 10 games this season.
    Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Blues' T.J. Oshie diagnosed with a concussion
    T.J. Oshie sustained a concussion in Tuesday's overtime win over Dallas.

    Advice: "Oshie has something else going, plus the concussion," coach Ken Hitchcock said Thursday. "We're not sure whether it's the bacterial (infection)." Oshie was apparently concussed after he was shoved into the goal post. He is out indefinitely.
    Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • David Backes out indefinitely with concussion
    David Backes has been diagnosed with a concussion.

    Advice: He is out indefinitely after he was injured in Tuesday's game versus Dallas. Backes' head hit the ice after a hit by Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.
    Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Thomas Vanek is goalless after eight games
    Thomas Vanek hasn't scored a goal for the Wild this season after eight games.

    Advice: "I could probably shoot a little more to get that first one, but I'm not too worried about it," Vanek said. "I know I can score in this league. It will come." He has 14 shots and five assists so far. Vanek was moved to a line with Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter in Tuesday's win over Boston.
    Yesterday, 9:31 am
  • Joffrey Lupul's game may pick up with Kessel
    Joffrey Lupul adjusted his game Tuesday after he was reunited with Phil Kessel and it led to plenty of scoring chances.

    Advice: "I've tried to go to the net harder the last couple of games. My role changes playing with Phil too, I have more of a net presence and get in first on the forecheck," he said. "We had a good night as a line, we had the puck a lot, generated a ton of chances. We want to keep that up obviously." Lupul racked up nine shots, but he wasn't able to earn a point in a 4-0 win over Buffalo. He is baffled by the amount of posts he's been hitting, but feels the puck will start bouncing his way eventually.
    Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Ryan Callahan targets Saturday for return
    Ryan Callahan (lower body) hasn't been ruled out of playing Thursday, but he said it's more realistic that his return could come on Saturday.

    Advice: He participated in a full practice on Wednesday and remained on the ice for a little while afterward. "We've been hammering it with treatment and rehab, and it's responded well," Callahan said. "It's improved tremendously." He has been sidelined since Oct. 20.
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Alex Ovechkin feels normal despite drought
    Alex Ovechkin doesn't seem too concerned about his career-high five-game pointless streak.

    Advice: "It's kind of special when you do something out there, but I'm still getting chances but I didn't score," Ovechkin said. He added that he's feeling normal. Let's take a moment to acknowledge how impressive it is that Ovechkin has played in 688 career games and until now, he's never had a string of five of them without a point. We don't think it will be too much longer before he bounces back.
    Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Reilly Smith drops to Boston's fourth line
    Reilly Smith was bumped to the fourth line during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He skated alongside Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. Smith had two goals and one helper in his first five appearances, but he has one assist in his last six outings.
    Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • Beau Bennett (LBI) getting closer to return
    Beau Bennett (lower body) might make his return within the next couple of weeks.

    Advice: Bennett has a lot of potential, but he just can't catch a break. In addition to missing at least the first month of the 2013-14 campaign, he was limited to 21 contests in 2013-14. He'll be worth keeping an eye on once he's finally healthy.
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
    Injured Reserve
  • David Moss (UBI) has been skating
    David Moss (upper body) is expected to have skated three times by the end of this week.

    Advice: Moss sustained the injury while blocking a shot. He's regarded as week-to-week rather than day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 5:13 am
    Injured Reserve
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