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David Backes (concussion) might play Saturday 10-31-2014
David Backes RW STL
David Backes (concussion) took part in Friday's practice.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Backes also passed the baseline test, so he might even be available for Tuesday's game. This is surprising news given that he only sustained the injury on Tuesday.
Carter Ashton is set to make season debut 10-31-2014
Carter Ashton RW TOR
Carter Ashton will make his season debut on Friday.

Jonas Siegel on Twitter
Ashton spent Toronto's first nine games in the press box. Look for him to play on a line with Mike Santorelli and David Clarkson.
NHL hands Alex Burrows three-game suspension 10-31-2014
Alex Burrows LW VAN
The NHL has suspended Alex Burrows for three games for his high, late hit on Montreal's Alexei Emelin.

NHL.com
Burrows will be eligible to return on Thursday. The NHL ruled that the "hit is so late that it can not be made at all." However, the league also specified that it would have been an illegal check to the head even if the hit was made in a timely manner. Burrows struggled mightily last season, but he was off to a good start in 2014-15 with two goals and six points in 10 contests.
Ryan Callahan plans to return Saturday night 10-31-2014
Ryan Callahan RW TB
Ryan Callahan (lower body) has declared himself ready to return to the Lightning's lineup.

St. Petersburg Times
"I'm good to go," Callahan said on Friday. "That's the goal, as long as nothing shows up tomorrow, something that's bugging me from today's skate. But I felt really good today so don't see why not." Tampa Bay has already sent Cedric Paquette to the minors, so the stage is set for Callahan to rejoin the Lightning. He has three goals and five points in six games in 2014-15.
Brock Nelson to get a shot on Isles' top line 10-31-2014
Brock Nelson C NYI
Brock Nelson will play on the Islanders' top line Saturday.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
Nelson has six goals and 12 points in 10 games this season and he's done that without playing much with the Islanders' top two forwards. If he ends up playing regularly with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, then he's far less likely to simply fade away as the season progresses.
Columbus might get Calvert back on Saturday 10-31-2014
Matt Calvert LW CLB
The Columbus Blue Jackets might get Matt Calvert back on Saturday.

Bluejackets.nhl.com
Calvert has a goal and two points in seven games. He's missed two straight contests due to the ailment and he'll be out for a third game on Friday.
Artem Anisimov misses Friday's practice 10-31-2014
Artem Anisimov C CLB
Artem Anisimov (concussion) didn't participate in Friday's practice.

Columbus Dispatch
As we previously reported, Anisimov won't play on Friday. When it comes to head injuries, it's difficult to project when a player will be back. Anisimov might not be out for long, but there's no guarantee that will be the case.
Kings activate Trevor Lewis from the IR list 10-31-2014
Trevor Lewis C LA
Trevor Lewis (upper body) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.

Kings.nhl.com
Lewis will make his return on Friday. This move was anticipated after it was revealed earlier this afternoon that the Kings were sending David Van der Gulik back to the minors.
Murray explains why he returned Sam Reinhart 10-31-2014
Sam Reinhart C BUF
Sabres GM Tim Murray felt that Sam Reinhart wasn't strong enough to play in the NHL yet.

Sabres.nhl.com
That's part of the reason why Reinhart was return to WHL Kootenay after his nine-game trial with Buffalo was completed. Reinhart had just one assist and was averaging only 10:21 minutes of ice time per game, so we can't fault Buffalo for wanting to send him to a place where he'll log big minutes. "I don't see the value of the argument of you can sit on the bench here and work out versus going back to junior, no matter what he's accomplished in junior," Murray said. "Great players have gone back to junior. Ninety-nine percent of the players that play here have gone back to junior. He's still going to get something out of it. He's going to get the World Junior. Hopefully his team's a playoff team. Every playoff game you play at every level is experience that you can't take away from him." What's left unsaid is the near certainty that Reinhart wouldn't get to be in any playoff games if he stuck with Buffalo this season.
Patrick Maroon (knee) is a game-time decision 10-31-2014
Patrick Maroon LW ANA
Patrick Maroon (knee) is being regarded as a game-time decision on Friday.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
Maroon has missed eight straight contests. Before being sidelined, he had three assists in three games this season.
Josh Manson should make NHL debut Friday 10-31-2014
Josh Manson D ANA
Josh Manson is set to make his NHL debut on Friday.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
Manson has an assist in seven AHL games in 2014-15. He doesn't have enough offensive upside to make him worth keeping an eye on in standard leagues.
Frederik Andersen is expected to start Friday 10-31-2014
Frederik Andersen G ANA
Frederik Andersen will play between the pipes on Friday.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
Andersen spent the Ducks' last two games on the bench. He's been great this season, but John Gibson is expected to continue to fight with him for the starting gig.
Nikita Nikitin (back) resumes skating Friday 10-31-2014
Nikita Nikitin D EDM
Nikita Nikitin (back) was able to skate with the Oilers on Friday.

Oilers.nhl.com on Twitter
Nikitin will be evaluated again on Saturday, prior to Edmonton's game against Vancouver. He has a goal and three points in eight contests in 2014-15.
Valeri Nichushkin will play in AHL on Friday 10-31-2014
Valeri Nichushkin RW DAL
Valeri Nichushkin (hip/groin) will play for AHL Texas on Friday.

Stars.nhl.com
It will be Nichushkin's first game since Oct. 11. He might return to the Dallas Stars in time for Tuesday's contest.
Cedric Paquette returns to the AHL 10-31-2014
Cedric Paquette C TB
Cedric Paquette has been sent to the minors.

Joe Smith on Twitter
Paquette has no points in four games with Tampa Bay this season. He'll return to the AHL Syracuse Crunch where he's scored three goals and five points in four contests.
Brian Elliott will start vs. Avs on Saturday 10-31-2014
Brian Elliott G STL
Brian Elliott is expected to start on Saturday.

Lou Korac on Twitter
It will be Elliott's third start in four games. He has a 1.98 GAA and .917 save percentage in six contests this season.
Orlov might not return for another month 10-31-2014
Dmitry Orlov D WAS
Dmitry Orlov can be activated off of the long-term injured reserve list on Sunday, but that doesn't mean he's close to rejoining the Capitals.

Washington Post
Capitals coach Barry Trotz suggested that Dmitry Orlov might not be ready until the end of November, which is quite the setback when you consider that there was a time when he was a possibility for the season opener. He had three goals and 11 points in 54 games in 2014-15.
Brooks Laich will miss at least 2 more games 10-31-2014
Brooks Laich C WAS
Brooks Laich (shoulder) might return next week.

Washington Post
Laich won't play on Saturday though as he's not even expected to travel with the team to Tampa Bay. He's also expected to miss Sunday's game in Washington against Arizona.
Dan Boyle (hand) has been skating regularly 10-31-2014
Dan Boyle D NYR
Dan Boyle (hand) has been on the ice for four straight days.

Rangers.nhl.com on Twitter
Boyle isn't passing or shooting yet, but he can do everything else at this point. He sustained the injury during the Rangers' opening game.
Derek Stepan might return as early as Monday 10-31-2014
Derek Stepan C NYR
Derek Stepan (fractured fibula) might make his return on Monday.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
We're skeptical of that though because Stepan hasn't had full contact practices yet. That being said, it's believed that he will return in the not too distant future, even if he doesn't end up playing Monday. He's missed the Rangers' first nine games as a result of the injury.
Flyers sending Shayne Gostisbehere to AHL 10-31-2014
Shayne Gostisbehere D PHI
The Philadelphia Flyers are sending Shayne Gostisbehere to the minors.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Gostisbehere's demotion follows the Flyers' decision to sign Carlo Colaiacovo. "I knew it was coming," Gostisbehere. "It was nothing I didn't expect. I mean, it's going to happen. I'm a young guy. Guys like that over there (Colaiacovo) get called and signed. Guys have earned their stripes here already, so they get the opportunity to play, and my time will come." Gostisbehere has no points and a minus-two rating in two games with Philadelphia this season.
Colaiacovo hopes to make his debut Tuesday 10-31-2014
Carlo Colaiacovo D PHI
Carlo Colaiacovo took part in his first practice as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Colaiacovo has agreed to a two-way contract with the Flyers. He needs some time to get up to speed after skipping the first month of the season, but he's hoping to make his 2014-15 debut on Tuesday.
Steve Mason is expected to start on Saturday 10-31-2014
Steve Mason G PHI
Steve Mason will play between the pipes on Saturday.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Mason warmed the bench for four straight games following his disastrous start to the season. This is obviously an opportunity for him to bounce back, but if he doesn't capitalize on it than it will further weaken his position against Ray Emery in the battle for the starting job.
Vincent Lecavalier set to return on Saturday 10-31-2014
Vincent Lecavalier C PHI
Vincent Lecavalier (foot) will rejoin the Flyers on Saturday.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Look for Lecavalier to play alongside R.J. Umberger and Wayne Simmonds. Lecavalier was out for seven consecutive contests.
Jared Spurgeon dealing with a shoulder injury 10-31-2014
Jared Spurgeon D MIN
Jared Spurgeon's previously undisclosed injury is related to his shoulder.

Michael Russo on Twitter
Spurgeon will miss Saturday's game due to the ailment. He was hurt when Joe Pavelski checked him into the boards during the third period of Thursday's contest.
Kings send David Van der Gulik to the AHL 10-31-2014
David Van der Gulik LW LA
David Van der Gulik has been sent to the minors.

LAKingsInsider.com
Van der Gulik was called up because the Kings didn't have enough healthy players to fill a 20-man lineup. The fact that he's being sent down now likely signifies that the Kings are confident one of their injured players will be ready to return on Friday. That means either Anze Kopitar or Trevor Lewis will probably return.
Wild will likely get Erik Haula back Saturday 10-31-2014
Erik Haula LW MIN
Erik Haula (upper body) joined the Wild on the ice again Friday morning.

Wild.nhl.com on Twitter
Haula will probably return to the Wild's lineup on Saturday, but that's not set in stone. He has a goal in seven games in 2014-15.
Jonas Brodin (hand) might return on Saturday 10-31-2014
Jonas Brodin D MIN
Jonas Brodin (hand) skated with the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Wild.nhl.com on Twitter
Brodin might be able to make his return on Saturday. He'll need to be reevaluated prior to the game before a final call is made.
Jared Spurgeon (undisclosed) is out Saturday 10-31-2014
Jared Spurgeon D MIN
Jared Spurgeon (undisclosed) will miss Saturday's game.

Wild.nhl.com on Twitter
Spurgeon left Thursday's contest in the third period after falling awkwardly into the boards. The Wild are hoping that this won't prove to be a long-term injury.
Nathan Gerbe (LBI) is set to return Saturday 10-31-2014
Nathan Gerbe C CAR
The Carolina Hurricanes will get Nathan Gerbe (lower body) back on Saturday.

Raleigh News & Observer
Gerbe missed four straight contests. Look for him to play on the second line with Riley Nash and Elias Lindholm.
Pat Dwyer is ready to rejoin the Hurricanes 10-31-2014
Pat Dwyer RW CAR
Pat Dwyer will return from a lower-body injury on Saturday.

Raleigh News & Observer
Dwyer hasn't been in a game since Oct. 11. He is projected to play alongside Jay McClement and Brad Malone.
Daniel Cleary is stuck in the press box 10-31-2014
Dan Cleary RW DET
Daniel Cleary is expected to be a healthy scratch on Friday.

MLive.com
Cleary hasn't had an opportunity to play in a game yet this season. At the age of 35, his role has been reduced to that of a depth forward and it would probably take a series of injuries to get Cleary back in the lineup for any significant stretch of time.
Stephen Weiss (groin) is on the IR list 10-31-2014
Stephen Weiss C DET
The Detroit Red Wings have put Stephen Weiss (groin) on the injured reserve list.

Ansar Khan on Twitter
Weiss was sent to the minors for a conditioning stint, but he couldn't complete the assignment. He's been plagued by groin problems since signing with Detroit.
Corey Crawford should start on Saturday 10-31-2014
Corey Crawford G CHI
Look for Corey Crawford to start on Saturday.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
Crawford returned from an upper-body injury on Thursday, but he served as the backup goaltender in that contest. He has a 1.66 GAA and .926 save percentage in four games this season.
Chicago sends Scott Darling to the minors 10-31-2014
Scott Darling G CHI
Scott Darling has been sent to the minors.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
Darling was originally called up to help fill the void while Corey Crawford was injured, so he's being sent down now that Crawford is back. Darling made the most of his NHL stint though, posting a 1.98 GAA and .933 save percentage in three games.
Carlo Colaiacovo agreed to a two-way deal 10-31-2014
Carlo Colaiacovo D PHI
Carlo Colaiacovo's newly signed contract is a two-way deal.

Tim Panaccio on Twitter
Colaiacovo comes with a $625,000 annual cap hit when he's on the Flyers' roster. In other words, the Flyers took a minimal risk when they signed him. Philadelphia wanted to bolster the team's defensive depth because Braydon Coburn, Andrew MacDonald, and of course Kimmo Timonen are all on the sidelines.
Volpatti likely to have conditioning stint 10-31-2014
Aaron Volpatti LW WAS
Aaron Volpatti (neck) will probably be sent to the minors on a conditioning stint.

Alex Prewitt on Twitter
Volpatti is eligible to be activated off of the long-term injured reserve list on Sunday. He's been recovering from offseason surgery.
Nick Foligno (UBI) should be back on Friday 10-31-2014
Nick Foligno LW CLB
Nick Foligno (upper body) is expected to return Friday.

Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Foligno suffered a scary collision on Sunday when he went head first into a linesman after being pushed into the boards by Jeff Carter. He missed Tuesday's game as a result.
Artem Anisimov (concussion) is out Friday 10-31-2014
Artem Anisimov C CLB
Artem Anisimov (concussion) will not be available on Friday.

Aaron Portzline on Twitter
It will be the first game Anisimov has missed since he was hit in the head by Ottawa's Eric Gryba on Tuesday. Anisimov has two goals and four points in nine games in 2014-15.
Canes will probably scratch Alexander Semin 10-31-2014
Alexander Semin RW CAR
Alexander Semin will probably be a healthy scratch on Saturday.

Hurricanes.nhl.com on Twitter
This comes after Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said that Semin isn't "playing with the pace the league is at." This might spark Semin, but his inconsistent play over the years makes him hard to bet on. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are paying him $7 million annually through 2017-18.
Sabres return Sam Reinhart to Kootenay 10-31-2014
Sam Reinhart C BUF
Sam Reinhart has been returned to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
The Sabres made the right decision here. Reinhart was averaging a mere 10:21 of ice time per game in Buffalo and he had one assist in nine contests. He'll be a star player in the WHL, where he amassed 36 goals and 105 points in 60 games last season. He'll also get a chance to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships.
Joakim Lindstrom (illness) sits out Thursday 10-31-2014
Joakim Lindstrom LW STL
Joakim Lindstrom missed Thursday's game because he's still battling a bacterial infection.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The illness has been hard for the Blues to shake, as it continues to linger through their locker room. Consider him day-to-day. Lindstrom has one goal in eight games this season.
Jared Spurgeon exits in third due to injury 10-31-2014
Jared Spurgeon D MIN
Jared Spurgeon left Thursday's game against San Jose midway through the third period due to an undisclosed injury.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
He fell awkwardly into the boards near the Sharks' blueline after he was hit by Joe Pavelski. An update on his status is expected to come on Friday.
Mikko Koivu plays strong game Thursday 10-31-2014
Mikko Koivu C MIN
Mikko Koivu had an eventual game on Thursday in a 4-3 shootout win over San Jose.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
He tallied a goal and posted nine shots before scoring again in the shootout. Koivu was also a force in the faceoff circle, winning 22 of the 28 draws he took. He skated between Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker in the contest.
Erik Johnson's offense has picked up 10-31-2014
Erik Johnson D COL
Erik Johnson has amassed two goals and three assists in his past four outings. He had a goal and an assist on Thursday versus the New York Islanders. Johnson had one helper in seven contests prior to his recent hot streak.
Max Talbot gets on the board with 2 assists 10-31-2014
Maxime Talbot RW COL
Maxime Talbot chipped in two assists in Colorado's 5-0 win against the Islanders on Thursday. The points were his first in 11 games this season. Talbot shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Kris Versteeg records two points 10-31-2014
Kris Versteeg LW CHI
Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-4 shootout victory against Ottawa.

Chicago Sun-Times
He had contributed just one assist in his previous five appearances. Versteeg picked up a helper on Marian Hossa's 1,000th career point and he scored a beautiful goal in the first period.
Report: Alex Burrows to have a phone hearing 10-31-2014
Alex Burrows LW VAN
Alex Burrows is expected to have a phone hearing for his questionable hit on Montreal's Alexei Emelin on Thursday.

Pro Hockey Talk
Burrows hit appeared to be both late and to the head, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up being suspended. He has two goals and six points in 10 games in 2014-15.
Jonathan Toews scores two goals vs. Senators 10-31-2014
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Jonathan Toews scored a pair of goals in Chicago's 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa on Thursday night.

Chicago Tribune
He cashed in on a couple of rebounds. Toews doubled his goal output on the season to four and now he has eight points in 10 matches.
Brent Burns' point streak reaches six games 10-31-2014
Brent Burns D SJ
Brent Burns extended his point streak to six games on Thursday.

CSN Bay Area
Burns assisted on Tommy Wingels' power-play goal. Burns has been hands down the league's best offensive defenseman so far this season with four goals and 13 points in 12 games.
Joe Pavelski has 11 points in 12 games 10-31-2014
Joe Pavelski C SJ
Joe Pavelski had two assists in San Jose's 4-3 shootout loss.

CSN Bay Area
Pavelski hasn't enjoyed a point streak of three or more games so far this season, but he's still off to a strong start. He now has five goals and 11 points in 12 contests.
Christian Ehrhoff has just three points 10-31-2014
Christian Ehrhoff D PIT
Christian Ehrhoff had an assist in the Penguins' 3-0 victory on Thursday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Although Ehrhoff was expected to have a strong season offensively with Pittsburgh, he has just three points in nine games. There's a lot of time left, but we're concerned about the fact that he's averaging just 1:53 power-play minutes per game, which slots him in eighth place among the Penguins.
MA Fleury could have 300 wins before 30 10-31-2014
Marc-Andre Fleury G PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury is just six wins away from 300.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Fleury has an opportunity to reach the 300-win milestone before his 30th birthday, which is on Nov. 28. If he manages to do so, then he'll become just the fourth goaltender in NHL history to has 300 wins before the age of 30.
Andrej Sustr sustains 'minor' injury Thursday 10-31-2014
Andrej Sustr D TB
According to coach Jon Cooper, Andrej Sustr left Thursday's game after he suffered a "minor" injury.

St. Petersburg Times
The behemoth defender exited the game after he logged 9:02 of ice time. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Bellemare gets first career assist 10-31-2014
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare LW PHI
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare picked up an assist in the Flyers' 4-3 loss Thursday night.

CSN Philadelphia
It was Bellemare's first career NHL assist. He found the back of the net for the first time on Oct. 22 and hasn't scored since. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues in 2014-15.
Brayden Schenn on a three-game point streak 10-31-2014
Brayden Schenn C PHI
Brayden Schenn recorded an assist in Philadelphia's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

CSN Philadelphia
Schenn is now on a three-game point streak. He has a chance to significantly surpass his 2013-14 point total of 41, but obviously he has a long road ahead of him. That being said, he's off to a respectable start with three goals and six points in 10 contests.
Jonathan Drouin picks up an assist Thursday 10-31-2014
Jonathan Drouin LW TB
Jonathan Drouin earned an assist and registered four shots on Thursday despite seeing just 9:58 of ice time.

Tampa Tribune
He played with Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette in the contest. "That line is coming, they gave us quality minutes," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "All three of them, they possessed the puck, they played in the offensive zone quite a bit, created some chances and scored a goal. If you are going to do that every game, that's a good sign." Drouin has a reduced role right now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him move up the lineup eventually.
Wayne Simmonds ends cold streak Thursday 10-31-2014
Wayne Simmonds RW PHI
Wayne Simmonds scored a goal in Philadelphia's 4-3 victory Thursday night.

CSN Philadelphia
Simmonds snapped a five-game points drought. He has six goals and eight points in 10 games in 2014-15.
Kyle Okposo's point streak ends at four games 10-31-2014
Kyle Okposo RW NYI
Kyle Okposo's four-game point streak came to an end on Thursday.

New York Newsday
The Islanders as a team couldn't do much in that game as they suffered a 5-0 loss to Colorado. Okposo emerged last season as one of the Islanders' top players and he's gotten off to a great start in 2014-15 with three goals and 11 points in 10 games.
Jason Garrison pots first goal with Lightning 10-31-2014
Jason Garrison D TB
Jason Garrison notched a goal and a helper in Thursday's 4-3 victory versus Philadelphia.

Tampa Tribune
His first goal as a member of the Lightning came on the power play. Garrison's assist on Thursday came with the man advantage as well. He finished the game with seven shots on goal. Garrison has five points in 11 games this season.
Sabres scratch Andrej Meszaros vs. Boston 10-31-2014
Andrej Meszaros D BUF
Andrej Meszaros viewed Thursday's game from the press box as a healthy scratch.

Buffalo News
He posted a minus-2 rating and four penalty minutes in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Toronto. Tyson Strachan suited up in Meszaros' place. Meszaros, like several other Sabres, has had a rough start to the season. He owns a horrid minus-10 rating and he's picked up one assist in nine appearances.
Kevan Miller set to resume skating Monday 10-31-2014
Kevan Miller D BOS
Kevan Miller (shoulder) is slated to resume skating on Monday.

Boston Herald
Coach Claude Julien said that Miller's recovery was proceeding on schedule, but it's unclear when he'll be available to return. Miller has been out of action with a shoulder injury since Oct. 18.
Matt Bartkowski watches Thurs. from press box 10-31-2014
Matt Bartkowski D BOS
Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch Thursday night.

Boston Herald
"We all know that he's been a player who was very serviceable last year. When (Dennis) Seidenberg went down, he played in our top four and I thought he did a good job," said coach Claude Julien. "Right now, he's maybe half that player. I think a lot of it has to do with confidence. He makes one mistake and he gets down on himself." The Bruins called up Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky on Wednesday and both of them suited up in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over Buffalo.
Adam McQuaid scores first goal of season 10-31-2014
Adam McQuaid D BOS
Adam McQuaid got his first goal of the season in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over Buffalo.

Boston Herald
He tied the game at 1-1, but the Bruins trailed the Sabres by a score of 2-1 after two periods. McQuaid was one of just three Boston blueliners to top 20 minutes of ice time (20:43) in the contest. Dougie Hamilton (24:06) and Dennis Siedenberg (22:19) led the way. McQuaid has two points in 12 games this year.
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Brandon Manning D PHI
Brandon Manning was called up from the minors on Thursday October 30.
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Lauri Korpikoski LW ARZ
Lauri Korpikoski returned to action on Thursday October 30.
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Zach Bogosian D WPG
Zach Bogosian returned to action on Thursday October 30.
Daniel Sedin beats Montreal in overtime 10-31-2014
Daniel Sedin LW VAN
Daniel Sedin finished off another perfect feed from brother Henrik to finish off Montreal in overtime on Thursday night. And it was on the power play, too. You know how it is, Henrik carries over the line, draws all three defenders to him while Daniel gets open on the right side. Henrik sauces to Daniel, backhand-forehand-water bottle. Good night. Like a video game. Carey Price never had a chance.
Nick Bonino opens scoring in Montreal 10-31-2014
Nick Bonino C VAN
Nick Bonino picked off an Alexei Emelin pass and finished a Derek Dorsett dish to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead in Montreal on Thursday night. Emelin was trying to go up the middle with an outlet pass and Bonino just stepped right in and took it. It was a great display of awareness of Bonino's part. He also chipped in by winning 45% of his draws over 17 minutes of ice time, including nearly three minutes of special teams.
Max Pacioretty scores another clutch goal 10-31-2014
Max Pacioretty LW MON
Max Pacioretty knotted Thursday's game against Vancouver at two with just 2:32 left to play. After a few lucky bounces above Vancouver's left circle, Dale Weise found himself surrounded by blue jerseys and with Pacioretty streaking down the right wing all alone. So he did what every wise man would do, he fed the scorer and tied the game. Patches now has four goals and eight points through 11 games this season.
Alex Galchenyuk continues to score 10-31-2014
Alex Galchenyuk C MON
Alex Galchenyuk tipped in his fourth goal of the season past Ryan Miller on Thursday night. Galchenyuk redirected a slapper from PK Subban through his legs and past Miller to cut the Canucks' lead to 3-2 midway through the third. It was quite a display of hand-eye coordination. The 20 year old now has eight points in 11 games this season, and chipped in elsewhere by winning 67% of his faceoffs while skating 17:31.
Ryan Miller blows late 2-0 lead, wins anyway 10-31-2014
Ryan Miller G VAN
Ryan Miller pitched over 52 minutes of shutout hockey but he needed overtime to secure the 3-2 victory on Thursday night over Montreal. Alex Galchenyuk got credit for tipping PK Subban's blast past Miller to cut the lead to 2-1. Despite the commotion for goalie interference, it was a good goal. Max Pacioretty tied the game with 2:33 remaining off a deft feed from, of all people, Dale Weise. He nearly won it in overtime too. Alas, the Sedins came to the rescue moments later. All in all a good game by Miller who stopped 23-25 shots and all three Montreal power plays.
Carey Price stops 27-30 in loss to Canucks 10-31-2014
Carey Price G MON
Carey Price played well, but ultimately was beaten 3-2 in overtime out in Vancouver on Thursday night. Price stopped 27-30 and the first three in overtime, but the Sedins did what the Sedins do, and finished off the Habs in style. Brad Richardson's goal however needed to be stopped, the other two were excellent goals. It was a weird game, and would've made for great playoff theatre. Continue to play Price with confidence.
Carlo Colaiacovo joins Philly's battered D 10-31-2014
Carlo Colaiacovo D PHI
Unresticted free agent Carlo Colaiacovo has been signed by the Philadelphia Flyers, terms of the contract have not yet been released.

Flyers Official Site
After defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald both placed on I/R this week, and GM Ron Hextall's stated disdain for calling up touted prospect Shayne Gostisbehere, a signing in Philly was inevitable. The lefty Colaiacovo, still just 31 years old, brings 401 games of experience with 144 points to his credit since 2005. But he hasn't played at least 60 games since 2011 mostly due to injuries.
Matt Duchene adds two assists to Avs' 5-0 win 10-31-2014
Matt Duchene C COL
Matt Duchene helped get the party started just 2:34 into Colorado's 5-0 win over the Islanders on Thursday night. Off a dump-in, Duchene beat Isles defender Calvin de Haan to the puck, whirled around and perfectly set up Cody McLeod, of all people, who had beaten Brian Stait. All this just a few shifts into the game. Sometimes you create your own luck by out working the opponent. Duchene also won 71% of his faceoffs in his 15:19 of ice time.
Tommy Wingels scores in Sharks' defeat 10-31-2014
Tommy Wingels C SJ
Tommy Wingels kept up his torrid pace with another goal in San Jose's 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. 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.
Nathan MacKinnon finally scores, twice 10-31-2014
Nathan MacKinnon C COL
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. 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.
Kyle Brodziak nets two goals in third period 10-31-2014
Kyle Brodziak C MIN
Kyle Brodziak's first two goals of the season were humungous on Thursday night, as they erased a two-goal third-period deficit for the Wild and allowed them to emerge 3-2 in overtime against San Jose. Brodziak managed eight goals in 81 games last season, so scoring a pair in just over five minutes was quite a big deal. Brodziak helped the Wild come within two points of the Central Division leading Nashville Predators.
Antti Niemi takes the loss despite big effort 10-31-2014
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Antti Niemi put forth a great effort in making 43 stops on Thursday night, but ultimately took the overtime loss in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Wild. Niemi's record is at 5-2-1 in the early goings of the season with a .921 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average. The veteran has been impressive so far as he came into the season amidst rumours his starting job and his tenure in San Jose altogether could be nearing an end. Alex Stalock has played well also though, so Niemi needs to keep up his fine work.
Semyon Varlamov notches 14th career shutout 10-31-2014
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Semyon Varlamov notched his fourteenth career shutout when he turned away all 40 shots the Islanders sent his way on Thursday night. He did it with style too by turning saving over a quarter of the shots across the Isles six power plays. His offense did the rest by sending five past Chad Johnson for the 5-0 win. Varly has now allowed just three goals in his past 117 shots across his last three games. Not too shabby.
Darcy Kuemper rebounds with win over Sharks 10-31-2014
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Darcy Kuemper overcame his awful third period from Monday against the Rangers to spearhead a win over the Sharks on Thursday night. Kuemper made 25 saves on 28 shots in the 3-2 win, improving his record to 5-2 this season with a .927 save percentage and 1.71 goals against average. Kuemper posted a strong rebound from Monday's mess that brought him back down to earth after an incredible start to the season.
Jake Allen silences the mighty Ducks offense 10-31-2014
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Jake Allen made 24 saves for the shutout Thursday night, taming the West's third best offense in a 2-0 win. Allen improves to 2-1 on the season as he avenges his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Vancouver last week. Though Brian Elliott has received six of the nine starts this season, Allen's calibre might warrant another start in the near future despite the team's lack of back-to-back games coming up. Alex Steen scored the winner in the first period for St. Louis.