Player Notes

  • No warm welcome in Vegas
    Fleury stopped 23 of 30 shots in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Advice: Fleury didn't find much success against his former team, taking his fifth loss in his last six outings. The 39-year-old is down to 17-14-5 with a 2.98 GAA and an .895 save percentage through 39 appearances this season. Jesper Wallstedt is slated to start Saturday in San Jose, but the Wild's goaltending plans for the last two games of the season have not yet been announced. Rotowire.com 3 minutes ago
  • Posts assist in Friday's win
    Whitecloud managed an assist, two shots on goal, two PIM and a plus-3 rating in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: Whitecloud hasn't been an everyday player lately, but he has five helpers over his last eight contests. The 27-year-old plays on the third pairing when he is in the lineup. He's produced 13 points, 49 shots on net, 123 hits, 102 blocked shots, 32 PIM and a minus-4 rating through 58 outings overall. He needs to play in two of the Golden Knights' last three games to set a new career high for appearances. Rotowire.com 12 minutes ago
  • Logs helper in win
    Cotter notched an assist in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: Cotter has three helpers over his last eight outings, and he's also racked up 21 hits in that span. His heavy playing style is a good fit for the bottom six and could also have value in the playoffs, if he's able to keep his place in the lineup once Mark Stone (spleen) and William Carrier (upper body) return. Cotter has 25 points, 99 shots on net, 226 hits and a minus-9 rating through 73 appearances this season. Rotowire.com 15 minutes ago
  • Generates helper Friday
    Mantha notched an assist and two blocked shots in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: Mantha helped out on a William Karlsson tally in the third period. The 29-year-old Mantha has done exactly what was expected of him since he was traded from the Capitals -- he has 10 points over 17 contests with the Golden Knights to provide strong depth scoring. He's at 44 points, 113 shots on net, 54 hits and a plus-11 rating through 73 outings this season. Rotowire.com 17 minutes ago
  • Garners assist in win
    Theodore notched an assist and two blocked shots in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: Theodore's offense has slowed down lately -- he has just three assists over his last seven contests. The 28-year-old defenseman has also lost his top-unit power-play role to Noah Hanifin. Theodore is still a strong scoring option from the blue line with five goals, 40 points, 94 shots on net, 74 blocked shots and a plu-4 rating through 44 appearances, but it's unreasonable to expect him to hover around a point-per-game pace in the long run. Rotowire.com 19 minutes ago
  • Two power-play helpers in win
    Hanifin recorded a pair of power-play assists in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: One day after signing an eight-year, $58.8 million contract extension, Hanifin put in a performance that showed why the team committed to him. He helped out on goals by Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault in Friday's win. Hanifin is up to 11 points through 17 outings with the Golden Knights, and he has 46 points, 161 shots on net, 118 blocked shots and a plus-20 rating through 78 contests overall. His uptick in offense since he was traded from Calgary has given Hanifin a chance to challenge his career high of 48 points from 2021-22. Rotowire.com 22 minutes ago
  • In generous mood Friday
    Stephenson distributed four assists and went plus-2 in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: Stephenson missed Wednesday's game to attend the birth of his child, and he had a fantastic performance in his return to action. Two of Stephenson's four assists came on the power play. The 29-year-old is up to 16 goals, 35 helpers, 13 power-play points, 97 shots on net and a minus-9 rating through 74 contests overall. Stephenson and Tomas Hertl figure to be relatively interchangeable between left wing and center on the second line going forward. Rotowire.com 25 minutes ago
  • Goals in consecutive games
    Kolesar scored a goal and added three hits in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: Kolesar has scored in each of the last two games. He continues to play on the fourth line, but it's unclear if he'll maintain his place in the lineup once Mark Stone (spleen) is ready to play. Kolesar has matched his career high with eight goals, and he's at 17 points, 71 shots on net, 267 hits, 49 PIM and a minus-8 rating through 76 contests this season. Rotowire.com 28 minutes ago
  • First goal with Vegas
    Hertl scored a goal on two shots, blocked two shots and went plus-2 in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.

    Advice: Hertl has a goal, an assist, 10 hits and a minus-1 rating over three appearances since he returned from a knee injury. The 30-year-old was again the second-line center even with Chandler Stephenson returning from a one-game personal absence -- Hertl took all the faceoffs for his line. The 30-year-old is at 36 points, 116 shots on net, 59 hits, 48 blocked shots and a minus-27 rating over 51 appearances this season, and it looks like he's fitting right in with his new team. Rotowire.com 30 minutes ago