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  • Mantha expects to play in Montreal on Sat
    Anthony Mantha (knee) expects to play against the Canadiens on Saturday night.

    Advice: "I wouldn’t be saying I was ready to go if I wasn’t," said Mantha. "I feel perfectly fine. The results (of tests) are good. I did off-ice testing and everything was good. I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t be in except we’re starting two-in-two (games, days)." Mantha has missed the last eight games with a lower-body injury. 12 minutes ago
    Injured Reserve
  • Paul Byron (knee) won't play Saturday
    Paul Byron (knee) won't return to the lineup on Saturday against Detroit.

    Advice: Byron has been sidelined since Nov. 15 due to a knee injury, which required surgery to repair. He is close to a return to the fold, but it won't come on Saturday. 17 minutes ago
    Injured Reserve
  • Taylor Hall likely to sit again Saturday
    Don't be surprised if Taylor Hall is scratched again on Saturday night when New Jersey plays against Arizona.

    Advice: That is reportedly the expectation at this time. New Jersey has made traction in trade talks for Hall with other teams, which led to him sitting out Friday's game as a precaution. There are plenty of interested clubs looking to land Hall, but Colorado, Arizona and St. Louis have been highlighted by hockey insiders lately. 22 minutes ago
  • Victor Mete skates on his own on Friday
    Victor Mete (ankle) skated on his own before Friday's practice.

    Advice: Mete has missed the last six games with the injury. He remains day-to-day at this point. The 21-year-old has three goals and eight points in 26 games this season. 27 minutes ago
    Injured Reserve
  • Cale Makar (UBI) lands on injured reserve
    Cale Makar (upper body) has been moved to injured reserve.

    Advice: Makar sat for a third straight game on Friday because of an upper-body injury. His availability for Monday's match against St. Louis is uncertain at this time. 32 minutes ago
    Injured Reserve
  • Coyotes loan Hayton to Canada's WJC team
    Barrett Hayton has been loaned to Canada's national junior team for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

    Advice: Hayton had four assists in five games during last year's tournament and he's projected to center the team's top line at the tournament. "I'm extremely excited," he said on Thursday. "It's a great opportunity for me. I have some experience, I was there last year, and I think it's huge for me to go and to take a leadership role. It's an exciting tournament and I'm really looking forward to it." He left for Toronto on Friday to join the club ahead of the preliminary schedule. 42 minutes ago
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi skates on his own
    Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion) skated on his own before Friday's practice.

    Advice: Kotkaniemi still isn't quite ready to return to the lineup, but it's nice to see him back on the ice. It'll be interesting to see if the sophomore forward is available to travel with the Canadiens on their upcoming Western Canadian road trip. The 19-year-old has struggled pretty badly in his second NHL season. He has three goals and two assists in 22 games this season. Today, 7:04 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Bruins need more secondary scoring
    Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted that his team needs more secondary scoring.

    Advice: The Bruins have lost five games in a row. Their top line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand keeps producing offence, but others behind them need to do more. "The top line again was creating. We’re just not getting anything from the middle of the lineup in terms of offense," lamented Cassidy. "You need four lines to produce for you in this league on a regular basis. It might not be [on Thursday]. It might be Saturday, but you need some offense to sort of balance things out. We need some guys to get going here a little bit. [They need] to at least find their opportunities and then they’ll go in. I’m not sure they’re even finding their opportunities yet, so that’s step one that they are chasing." One of the players that needs to do more is Jake DeBrusk, who has just one goal in his last six games. Today, 7:01 am
  • Thornton very familiar with Ricci, Nabokov
    Joe Thornton is looking forward to having some former teammates behind the bench.

    Advice: Thornton previously played alongside new assistant coach Mike Ricci and new goaltending coach Evgeni Nabokov. They're two of the new personnel added in the Sharks' recent shakeup that involved replacing head coach Peter DeBoer with Bob Boughner. "They've been here for a long time now," Thornton said. "To have them on the bench now is going to be fun." The Sharks have their work cut out for them though. They're 15-17-2 and on a six-game losing streak going into Saturday's contest against Vancouver. Today, 2:51 am
  • Wayne Simmonds picks up an assist on Friday
    Wayne Simmonds registered an assist in a 3-1 loss to Colorado Friday night.

    Advice: Simmonds ended a six-game point drought. He has four goals and 12 points in 31 contests in 2019-20. Today, 2:33 am
  • Jesper Bratt plays on top line on Friday
    Jesper Bratt played alongside Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri on Friday.

    Advice: Bratt was in that role because Taylor Hall was a healthy scratch for precautionary reasons. The Devils might trade Hall in the very near future and if that does happen, then Bratt could find himself getting more minutes for the remainder of the campaign. He has six goals and nine points in 26 contests in 2019-20. Today, 2:31 am
  • Louis Domingue has a lower-body injury
    Louis Domingue sustained a lower-body injury during Friday's game.

    Advice: Domingue stopped 15 of 17 shots before he left the contest. He should be regarded as day-to-day for now. Today, 2:29 am
  • Frolik finding success with Jankowski, Rieder
    Michael Frolik has been playing alongside Mark Jankowski and Tobias Rieder lately.

    Advice: At one time, Frolik was a regular linemate alongside Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk, but that trio hasn't been intact since Geoff Ward took over as the Flames' bench boss. Frolik's new linemates aren't as high profile, but he has done well with them, scoring three goals and four points in his last three contests. "He’s an important member of our team," Ward said of Frolik. "He’s one of the guys in our room that has won a Stanley Cup. He’s been through the wars. He’s a real good pro. So, he comes to the rink every day, he works hard, he’s an example for our young players. And, he’s all about the team. He gives himself to the team 100 per cent. He’s one of the most selfless players I’ve ever been around. For him to start getting rewarded is nice." Today, 2:00 am
  • P. Francouz solid in 3-1 win over Devils
    Pavel Francouz stopped 37 out of 38 shots en route to a 3-1 win against the Devils on Friday night.

    Advice: Francouz maintained the shutout bid until there were less than five minutes remaining in the contest, when Devils’ defenseman notched a goal from beside the net. The 29-year old now owns a 9-2-1 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in 2019-20. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Mirco Mueller tallies first of season in loss
    Mirco Mueller scored his first goal of the season late in the game which was the Devils only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Avalanche on Friday night.

    Advice: It was his first point in 18 appearances this season and he scored on his only shot of the game. Mueller finished the game with a plus-1 rating, one hit and a blocked shot in 17:25 of ice time. Pavel Zacha and Wayne Simmons’s drew assists on the play. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • MacKinnon gets 1G, 1A in 3-1 win vs. Devils
    Nathan MacKinnon collected an assist on a powerplay goal and later scored an empty net goal in a 3-1 win against the Devils on Friday night.

    Advice: The 24-year old set up a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal which Landeskog finished off in the first period while on the man advantage. MacKinnon then notched his 20th goal of the season when he put the puck into an empty net to ice the game. The Halifax, N.S. Native has now tallied 50 points through 32 games in 2019-20. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Ben Bishop on short end of overtime loss
    Ben Bishop made 28 saves in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights.

    Advice: Bishop allowed goals to William Karlsson and Chandler Stephenson in the second period, slipping behind 2-1 heading to the third. However, Jamie Benn scored with 5:11 left in regulation to force overtime. However, Max Pacioretty was too much for Bishop, beating him at just 0:51 of the extra session. It was actually the first time Bishop allowed three or more goals in a start in seven outings dating back to Nov. 21. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Max Pacioretty sinks Stars in overtime
    Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-2 overtime victory against the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Pacioretty registered his 12th goal of the season on his winner at 0:51 of overtime, beating Ben Bishop to send the home fans away in a foul mood. He also added the primary assist on Chandler Stephenson's goal in the second period while finishing with a plus-2 rating. It was actually the Connecticut native's first game-winning tally since March 3 of last season against the Vancouver Canucks. Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Shea Theodore posted pair of assists in win
    Shea Theodore picked up two assists in Friday's 3-2 overtime road victory against the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Advice: Theodore posted a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal and a minor penalty in his 21:46 of ice time across 29 shifts. The Golden Knights rearguard snapped an eight-game scoreless drought dating back to Nov. 25. It was also his first multi-point effort dating back to Oct. 13 when he had two assists in Los Angeles. Overall he has three goals with 14 points and a plus-2 rating across 35 outings. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Mark Stone post two assists in overtime
    Mark Stone posted a pair of assists in Friday's 3-2 overtime road victory against the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Stone ended up with a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal, two blocked shots and a hit over 18:31 of ice time across 19 shifts. He hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 27, but he has managed four assists across his three-game point streak, as he slowly starts to heat up again. This was just his second multi-point game since Oct. 27, though, as fantasy owners expect much more. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
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