Player Notes

  • Jakub Jerabek scores first NHL goal vs. BOS
    Jakub Jerabek scored his first NHL goal in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

    Advice: Jerabek opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the game, but that's the only goal the Canadiens were able to muster against their old rivals. The rookie blue liner finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal, two blocked shots and two hits in 20:32 of ice time. Jerabek now has three points in 19 games this season. All three of those points have come in his last two contests. Charles Hudon and Paul Byron picked up the assists on Montreal's only goal. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • Ian Cole scratched against Ducks on Wednesday
    Ian Cole will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Cole has been scratched in four consecutive games. He has two goals and five assists in 36 games this season. Jean-Sebastien Dea will also watch the game from the press box. Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • Kevan Miller (illness) won't play on WED
    Kevan Miller (illness) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: Miller didn't participate in the morning skate earlier today and he won't be able to play tonight. Adam McQuaid (leg) will make his return to the lineup. He's been out since mid-October with a broken right fibula. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Mikhail Sergachev set for top unit PP time
    Mikhail Sergachev is slated to see power-play time on the top unit with Victor Hedman out of the lineup.

    Advice: Sergachev is also expected to see tougher minutes at even strength. He was paired with Dan Girardi at Wednesday's practice. Wednesday, 3:59 pm
  • Victor Antipin feels ready to play again
    Victor Antipin feels ready to return to the lineup.

    Advice: Antipin has been out of the lineup for the last 10 games. He missed time due to an illness, which he has recovered from. "I'm feeling better," Antipin said after practice on Wednesday. "It was really bad. I lost 10 pounds. I had to eat, eat, eat to get it back. I have a good appetite now." Wednesday, 2:57 pm
  • Devils recall blueliner Steven Santini
    Steven Santini has been recalled by New Jersey.

    Advice: Santini was assigned to the minors on Tuesday when the Devils called up goaltender Ken Appleby. Cory Schneider was out due to an illness, but now Appleby has been returned to Binghamton. Wednesday, 1:33 pm
  • Tyson Barrie (hand) skates Wednesday
    Tyson Barrie (hand) skated on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barrie hasn't played since Dec. 23 because of a fractured hand. He was initially give a four-to-six week timetable for his return. Wednesday, 11:12 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Heatherington to make NHL debut Thursday
    Dillon Heatherington will make his NHL debut on Thursday night against the team that drafted him.

    Advice: Heatherington was selected with the 50th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He will be paired with Stephen Johns and Julius Honka will be scratched. Heatherington has 13 points and 33 penalty minutes in 39 games for the Texas Stars of the AHL this campaign. Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Marc Staal (hip) won't play Thursday
    Marc Staal (hip) won't play Thursday night.

    Advice: Staal didn't take part in Wednesday's practice. Steven Kampfer will draw into the lineup in his place. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Jake Muzzin (UBI) might return Thursday
    Jake Muzzin (upper body) appears to be on track to return Thursday night.

    Advice: Muzzin participated in Wednesday's skate, while seeing regular power play and line rush action. He has been out since Jan. 4 with an upper-body injury, but could be activated to play against Pittsburgh. Wednesday, 10:13 am
  • Nikita Zaitsev close to shedding walking boot
    Nikita Zaitsev (foot) is expected to be out of his walking boot early next week.

    Advice: Zaitsev could be back on the ice with the Leafs within two weeks if that turns out to be the case. He hasn't played since Dec. 15. Wednesday, 8:37 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Dan Girardi (neck) may return Thursday
    Dan Girardi (neck) may be back in the lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: Girardi expected to be back after Tampa Bay's bye week after he missed two games with a neck injury prior to the break. He took part in Wednesday's practice. Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • Buffalo brings up Casey Nelson
    Buffalo has brought up Casey Nelson from Rochester.

    Advice: Nelson joined the Sabres for practice on Wednesday because Nathan Beaulieu is out with an illness. He has posted 11 points and a plus-11 rating in 37 games with the Americans this season. Wednesday, 7:58 am
  • Nathan Beaulieu (illness) is day-to-day
    Nathan Beaulieu is dealing with an illness.

    Advice: Beaulieu is considered day-to-day. He didn't take part in Wednesday's practice as a result and the Sabres brought up Casey Nelson to take his place. Wednesday, 7:55 am
  • John Klingberg contributes 2 helpers Tuesday
    John Klingberg collected a pair of assists in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Detroit.

    Advice: Klingberg has piled up two goals and 10 assists during an eight-game point streak. He has hit the scoresheet in 11 of the last 12 contests and has 43 points in 46 contests. Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Mark Borowiecki probable to play Thursday
    Mark Borowiecki will probably be back in the lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: Borowiecki was scratched for two games prior to Ottawa's break after he recovered from a concussion. He will add a physical dimension to the Senators' back end when he returns. Borowiecki hasn't played since Nov. 19. Wednesday, 6:53 am
  • Luke Witkowski records nine PIMs Tuesday
    Luke Witkowski had nine penalty minutes in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Dallas.

    Advice: Wikowski got an elbowing penalty in the first period and he dropped the gloves with Stars blueliner Stephen Johns in the second stanza. He was also assessed an extra two minutes for roughing on the altercation, which he didn't agree with. "The second call, I know he couldn't call the instigator because I didn't instigate it," Witkowski said. "I didn't even touch him. So I don't know how you can call it roughing. If he doesn't want to fight, he doesn't have to drop his gloves. I didn't make him fight." Wednesday, 6:29 am
    Player Note
    Luke Witkowski Det - LW,RW,D
  • Brent Burns records an assist on Tuesday
    Brent Burns records an assist in San Jose's 3-2 shootout victory against Arizona Tuesday night.

    Advice: Burns has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven games. He got off to a slow start the season, but he's bounced back in a big way and now has seven goals and 34 points in 43 contests. That's good for third place in the blueliner scoring race. Wednesday, 4:08 am
  • Andy Greene took part in his first fight
    Andy Greene got into the first fight of his career on Tuesday.

    Advice: Greene battled the Islanders' Brock Nelson at the end of the first period. "I don’t know, it just happened so far," Greene said of the incident. "We were just battling hard in front of the net. He asked me to go, I said sure and then I blacked out after that. Don’t really know what happened. We’ve been battling hard against each other for quite a few years. It was a heat of the moment thing, it wasn’t a staged thing. It was just two guys playing hard in front for each other’s teams. It was fun to do. I’ve got to look at the tape." Greene has two goals, nine points, and 13 penalty minutes in 42 contests. He doesn't expect to get into more fights. Wednesday, 3:36 am
  • Jason Demers helps out in Tuesday's setback
    Jason Demers posted an assist with a plsu-2 rating and a pair of hits in 22:38 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss against San Jose.

    Advice: Demers was fired up to face his former squad, as the rearguard had managed just two assists with a minus-11 rating over his past 16 contests. He'll obviously need to do quite a bit more before getting back into the good graces of fantasy owners. Tuesday, 9:16 pm
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