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Troy Stecher confirmed to have the mumps 02-24-2017
Jake Baker D WPG
Troy Stecher has been sidelined with a case of the mumps.

Vancouver Canucks
He has been quarantined, along with Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund who have each presented symptoms. Stecher will be out for the foreseeable future as he recovers from the virus.
Eaves draft pick conditions revealed 02-24-2017
Patrick Eaves RW DAL
The conditions for the 2017 second round draft pick coming over from Anaheim to Dallas for Patrik Eaves have come to light.

Chris Johnston on Twitter
The second rounder will upgrade to a first rounder in 2017 should the Ducks make it to the Conference Final and Eaves plays in half their games. Short of that, the pick will be the middle between the Ottawa, San Jose and Toronto picks in the second round based on draft position. For example, if those three teams pick in the stated sequence in the second round, the Stars will receive the Sharks' pick.
Ryan Carter plays twice for AHL Iowa 02-24-2017
Ryan Carter LW MIN
Ryan Carter got in his first two games with AHL Iowa last week. The veteran and Minnesota native didn't register a point and took a minor, but these are steps in the right direction as he attempts to resurrect his career. Stay tuned, he could be a late season recall for the Wild.
Benoit Pouliot joins team to Washington 02-24-2017
Benoit Pouliot LW EDM
Benoit Pouliot (undisclosed) joined the team to Washington on Friday.

Bob Stauffer on Twitter
Which is a great news for the veteran winger, who has been out since Feb. 11th with an undisclosed ailment. Through 51 games this season the winger has posted five goals and 10 points with 28 hits and 30 PIMs.
Rene Bourque to return Saturday vs Sabres 02-24-2017
Rene Bourque RW COL
Rene Bourque will return to the lineup on Saturday against the Sabres.

Terry Frei on Twitter
Through 43 games this season the veteran winger has posted nine goals and 13 points along with 42 PIMs and 60 hits. Bourque has not played since Feb. 1st due to a head injury.
Erik Johnson returns Saturday vs Sabres 02-24-2017
Erik Johnson D COL
Erik Johnson will make his long-awaited return to the Avalanche's blue line on Saturday against the Sabres.

Terry Frei on Twitter
He hasn't played since Dec. 3rd due to a broken fibula, which helped turn Colorado's season sideways. Through 23 games he has posted a goal and 11 points with 44 hits and 62 blocks to his credit as well.
Marner not expected to play Sat vs Montreal 02-24-2017
Mitchell Marner C TOR
Mitch Marner (upper body) is not expected to play Saturday against Montreal, despite having a "vigorous" workout on the ice on Friday.

Kristen Shilton on Twitter
Coach Mike Babcock wasn't happy to hear that they're "science project" isn't going on his preferred timeline, but noted "that's why you have the medical science people you do." Doctors, the wedge between all coaches and players. It sounds like Marner is close to returning.
Hoffman not expected to play this weekend 02-24-2017
Mike Hoffman LW OTT
Mike Hoffman (groin) is not expected to play this weekend, according to coach Guy Boucher.

TSN 1200 Ottawa
"(Hoffman is) legitimately injured, and I don't even know if he can play this weekend," Boucher said Friday. "Right now, I'm not too optimistic about it." That's disappointing, if not unsurprising, news about the talented winger. Consider him day-to-day, for now.
Quick won't have conditioning assignment 02-24-2017
Jonathan Quick G LA
When he's ready to return to the lineup, Jonathan Quick will simply be handed the keys to the crease.

Jon Rosen on Twitter
Coach Darryl Sutter has noted that Quick won't have a rehab assignment in AHL Ontario, which means one night suddenly the main man will be back in the saddle. Which is pretty exciting. Still, that's a couple of weeks off. So feel free to ride Peter Budaj as you are, for now.
Schultz extension 'a priority' for Penguins 02-24-2017
Justin Schultz D PIT
If GM Jim Rutherford has it his way, Justin Schultz won't be going anywhere this summer.

Sam Werner
We have not [discussed an extension with Justin Schultz], but he will definitely be a priority for us in the offseason." A restricted free agent this summer, the 26-year-old has been resurgent with Pittsburgh. Through 74 games now he has 10 goals and 47 points along with 50 hits and 81 blocks. He's been a boon to their power play behind Kris Letang, posting a goal and 13 points this season with the man-advantage. Making just $1.4M this season, Schultz should see a nice raise for his contributions to the club.
Calvert week-to-week with strained oblique 02-24-2017
Matt Calvert LW CLB
Matt Calvert has been sidelined with a strained oblique and is considered week-to-week with the ailment.

Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Through 51 games this season the veteran winger has posted 11 points along with 42 PIMs and hits, while seeing less than 14 minutes per game on average. He suffered the injury in Sunday's match with the Predators.
Lawson Crouse returns Friday vs Stars 02-24-2017
Lawson Crouse LW ARZ
Lawson Crouse will return to action on Friday against the Stars.

Arizona Coyotes on Twitter
This will be the youngster's first game since Feb. 11th due to a lower body injury. He has eight points and 115 hits in 48 games this season.
Clendening to play a lot this weekend 02-24-2017
Adam Clendening D NYR
Adam Clendening figures to see a lot of action this weekend as Kevin Klein sits out with back spasms.

Brett Cyrgalis on Twitter
In 22 games this season the well-traveled defender has a goal and eight points along with 13 hits and 22 blocks. He's seen just under 16 minutes a game on average.
Kevin Klein not available this weekend 02-24-2017
Kevin Klein D NYR
Kevin Klein won't be available to the Rangers this weekend against the Devils and Blue Jackets due to "pretty bad back spasms", per coach Alain Vigneault.

Brett Cyrgalis on Twitter
That's a tough break for the Rangers as their defensive depth is not particularly good. Be that as it may, Adam Clendening figures to remain in the lineup in his stead until further notice. Klein is considered day-to-day, for now.
Zacha out Saturday vs NYR with concussion 02-24-2017
Pavel Zacha C NJ
Pavel Zacha will not be available to the Devils as they take on the Rangers due to his concussion.

Mike Morreale on Twitter
He's also considered "doubtful" for Monday's game against Montreal. Which is just as well, the youngster ought to take the time he needs to fully recover as New Jersey won't be going to the playoffs this season.
Capitals place Andre Burakovsky on I/R 02-24-2017
Andre Burakovsky LW WAS
Andre Burakovskky on I/R retroactively to Feb. 9th due to a hand injury.

Cap Friendly
The talented winger is still on track to return just before the end of the regular season. This opens up a bit of cap room for the team as they look to fiddle around the edges en route to a Cup run.
Blackhawks waive Jeff Glass on Friday 02-24-2017
Jeff Glass G TOR
Jeff Glass was waived on Friday by the Blackhawks.

Cap Friendly
This is not surprising as he's been signed as organizational depth, and not immediate support for Chicago. Expect him to pass through waivers and report to AHL Rockford.
Trade talk heating up around Drew Stafford 02-24-2017
Drew Stafford RW WPG
It's that time of year again, and Drew Stafford is apparently a hot commodity.

Craig Custance on Twitter
The 31-year-old winger is a pending UFA this summer with a cap hit of $4.35M this season. He has four goals and 12 points with 35 hits in 39 games this season. What he could fetch for the Jets though will largely be dictated by the desperation of prospective acquiring clubs.
Lundqvist back in net vs Columbus on Sunday 02-24-2017
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net against Columbus on Sunday.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
The King is 1-1 in three games against the Blue Jackets this season, stopping 66 of 76 combined shots. He's 7-1-1 this month all-in-all however, boasting a .943 save percentage and a 1.85 GAA.
Antti Raanta will play vs Devils on Saturday 02-24-2017
Antti Raanta G NYR
Antti Raanta will take on the Devils on Saturday.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
Raanta has been one of the league's best backup netminders this season. Through 19 games he has posted an 11-5 record with a pair of shutouts, a .920 save percentage and a 2.34 GAA.
Schneider will take on the Rangers on Sat 02-24-2017
Cory Schneider G NJ
Cory Schneider will take on the Rangers on Saturday.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
He's been fantastic since the calendar turned to 2017. Through 19 games his 9-6-3 with a shutout, 37 goals against and a .931 save percentage. He's held opponents to two goals or fewer in 13 of those games as well.
Expect Grubauer Saturday vs Predators 02-24-2017
Philipp Grubauer G WAS
With Braden Holtby in net on Friday, expect Philipp Grubauer will be in net on Saturday against the Predators.

Mike Vogel on Twitter
In 16 games this season Grubauer has posted a 10-4-2 record with a three shutouts, a 930 save percentage and a 1.98 save percentage this season. Which, as the kids like to say, is pretty dope.
Orpik to take warm-ups vs Oilers on Friday 02-24-2017
Brooks Orpik D WAS
Brooks Orpik (lower body) is going to take warm-ups against the Oilers on Friday, then make a decision as to whether or not he will play.

Isabelle Kikhurshudyan on Twitter
If he's going to take warm-ups, then he's likely to play even if the Capitals refer to him as "questionable." We won't know for sure until tonight, however.
Matt Niskanen won't play Friday vs Oilers 02-24-2017
Matt Niskanen D WAS
Matt Niskanen (lower body) won't play Friday against the Oilers.

Isabelle Kikhurshudyan on Twitter
His injury is not feared to be serious, so let's consider him day-to-day for now. His next chance to play will be Saturday against Nashvill.e
Devils waive Seth Helgeson on Friday 02-24-2017
Seth Helgeson D NJ
Seth Helgeson was waived on Friday by the Devils.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
His next destination is likely AHL Albany. The 26-year-old has a point in nine games in New Jersey this season, with four points and 50 PIMs in 50 career NHL games. Unfortunately, he hasn't done much better in the minors this season. He's picked up just six points in 31 games.
Sekera will play Friday vs Washington 02-24-2017
Andrej Sekera D EDM
In case there was any confusion, Andrej Sekera will indeed play Friday against Washington.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
He has seven goals and 25 points in 59 games this season, along with 111 blocks to boot. Make sure he's in your lineup as well.
Justin Bailey recalled from AHL Rochester 02-24-2017
Justin Bailey RW BUF
Justin Bailey was recalled from AHL Rochester on Friday.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
The 21-year-old has two goals and three points in 19 games with the Sabres. He has 19 goals and 29 points in 40 games with the Amerks thus far as well.
Sabres recall Evan Rodrigues on Friday 02-24-2017
Evan Rodrigues LW BUF
Evan Rodrigues was summoned up to Buffalo on Friday.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
In eight games with the big club this season he has two points. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old has posted nine points and 27 points in 45 games.
Grant activated from I/R, sent to AHL on Fri 02-24-2017
Derek Grant C BUF
Derek Grant was activated from I/R and sent to AHL Rochester on Friday.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
Through 86 career games Grant has seven points, and no goals with 91 hits. So unfortunately he has no fantasy value.
Blue Jackets place Lukas Sedlak on I/R 02-24-2017
Lukas Sedlak C CLB
Lukas Sedlak was placed on I/R on Friday retroactively to Feb. 17th.

Columbus Blue Jackets on Twitter
Through 55 games this season the rookie has posted six goals and 12 points with 57 hits to his credit as well.
Markus Hannikainen recalled from AHL 02-24-2017
Markus Hannikainen LW CLB
Markus Hannikainen has been recalled from AHL Cleveland on Friday on an emergency basis.

Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Through 36 games this season with the Monsters the youngster has posted 12 goals and 20 points. He has a goal in seven games with the Blue Jackets as well.
Adam Larsson not on the ice Friday morning 02-24-2017
Adam Larsson D EDM
Adam Larsson (lower body) was not on the ice for Friday's morning skate, and will not play against the Capitals.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
Larsson noted that he hopes to be able to play Sunday against the Predators, however. Until then, he's considered day-to-day.
Bryan Bickell ever-closer to rejoining Canes 02-24-2017
Bryan Bickell LW CAR
The Hurricanes assigned Bryan Bickell to AHL Charlotte on Friday, moving him ever-closer to rejoining the team.

Carolina Hurricanes
The veteran winger will play on Saturday for the Checkers, marking his first game since Oct. 30th with the Hurricanes. This is a huge win for the multiple sclerosis community and the Bickell family, so hopefully this happy story will only continue to thrive.
Berglund signs five-year extension with Blues 02-24-2017
Patrik Berglund LW STL
Patrik Berglund signed a five-year extension with the Blues worth $19.25M set to begin with the 2017-18 season.

Chris Pinkert
The former 2006 first-round draft pick has played his entire nine-year career in St. Louis. Now 28-years-old, the veteran pivot is on pace for his best scoring season yet. He has 17 goals (career high is 22) and 24 points along with 123 hits in 60 games. Over his 615 game career, he has 145 goals and 286 points planted firmly as a middle-six center. He also ranks seventh all-time in games played with the club.
Roberto Luongo in net vs Flames on Friday 02-24-2017
Roberto Luongo G FLA
Roberto Luongo will take on the Flames on Friday night.

John Shannon on Twitter
Luongo has already faced the Flames once this season, allowing four goals on 28 shots in the defeat. He's 4-5-3 with 40 goals against in 13 games versus Western foes this season, posting a .900 save percentage to boot.
Flames tab Chad Johnson vs Panthers on Friday 02-24-2017
Chad Johnson G CAL
The Flames have tabbed Chad Johnson to defender their crease on Friday against the Panthers.

Roger Millions on Twitter
The former eastern-based netminder has fared a bit better against familiar foes this season. He's posted a 7-5 record with a pair of shutouts, a .916 save percentage and a 2.55 GAA. Johnson has also already beaten the Panthers this season, stopping 20 of 22 shots in the victory.
Braden Holtby takes on the Oilers on Friday 02-24-2017
Braden Holtby G WAS
Braden Holtby will take on the Oilers on Friday night.

Tarik El-Bashir on Twitter
The Holtbeast has been amazing this season, particularly over the last two months. We know this. But what may have been forgotten is that he allowed four goals on 29 shots in a loss to the Oilers earlier in the season. The Pacific division is also the only one that has given him fits thus far. Holtby has gone 3-2 with 11 goals against with a shutout and a .904 save percentage. Everything is relative with him, it seems.
Cam Talbot in net vs Capitals on Friday 02-24-2017
Cam Talbot G EDM
Cam Talbot will be in net against the Capitals on Friday.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
The league-leader in games played, shots faced, and shots saved will put his four-game winning streak to the test tonight. He boasts a .933 save percentage with just nine goals against in that span. For the month, he's 5-3 with a shutout, 17 goals against and a .925 SV%
Andrej Sekera (undisclosed) will play Friday 02-24-2017
Andrej Sekera D EDM
Andrej Sekera (undisclosed) is able to play on Friday. on Twitter
Sekera sustained his injury on Wednesday, but he didn't end up missing a full game. He has seven goals and 25 points in 59 contests this season.
Cory Conacher heads to the minors 02-24-2017
Cory Conacher LW TB
Cory Conacher has been sent to AHL Syracuse.
Conacher has 12 goals and 44 points in 42 AHL games. He also has a goal and an assist in eight contests in 2016-17.
Kari Lehtonen will get the nod on Friday 02-24-2017
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Kari Lehtonen is projected to start on Friday.

Mark Stepneski on Twitter
Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. He has a 2.88 GAA and .902 save percentage in 41 contests in 2016-17.
Hurricanes will start Eddie Lack on Friday 02-24-2017
Eddie Lack G CAR
Eddie Lack will play between the pipes on Friday.

Michael Smith on Twitter
Lack is making his first start since Feb. 7. He has a 3.90 GAA and .856 save percentage in seven contests this season.
Patrik Berglund hopes to stay with St. Louis 02-24-2017
Patrik Berglund LW STL
Patrik Berglund hopes to re-sign with the Blues.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"I would like to still be a Blue," said Berglund, who can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. "I think everybody in here and upstairs knows that I want to be a Blue, too. I understand the business of it all, so I just have to take it one day at a time until whatever happens. I'll just hope that we can agree on something. It's nothing that is stressing me out." He has produced 17 goals and 24 points in 60 games this season. Berglund has played all nine years of his NHL career with St. Louis.
Report: Shattenkirk vetoes potential trade 02-24-2017
Kevin Shattenkirk D STL
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kevin Shattenkirk vetoed a trade that the Blues had in place with another team.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Shattenkirk reportedly turned down a seven-year, $42 million contract from the interested club, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, so the trade fell apart about six weeks ago. It's believed that the team was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sources say that the Blues will shop Shattenkirk as a rental player, which will probably hurt his value in a deal. It will be interesting to see what happens with the trade deadline quickly approaching.
Roman Josi has 10 points in eight games 02-24-2017
Roman Josi D NAS
Roman Josi picked up two assists in Thursday's 4-2 victory versus Colorado. He has compiled four assists over a three-game point streak and he has 10 points in his last eight matches. Josi has nine goals and 32 points in 51 appearances this campaign.
Viktor Arvidsson nets 19th goal of the year 02-24-2017
Viktor Arvidsson LW NAS
Viktor Arvidsson tallied his 19th goal of the season on Thursday night.

The Nashville Tennessean
He has accumulated 16 points in the last 16 games. The breakout performer has 41 points in 58 outings this season.
Ryan Johansen records two assists Thursday 02-24-2017
Ryan Johansen C NAS
Ryan Johansen collected two assists in a 4-2 win over Colorado on Thursday.

The Nashville Tennessean
He assisted on two of Filip Forsberg's three goals in the contest. Johansen has produced three helpers in the last two games after going four straight matches without a point. Unfortunately, his struggles in the goal department have continued. Johansen hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 2 and has just nine goals on the year despite having 43 points in 60 contests.
Patrick Wiercioch scores in loss to Predators 02-24-2017
Patrick Wiercioch D COL
Patrick Wiercioch potted his fourth goal of the year in a 4-2 loss to Nashville on Thursday night.

Denver Post
He gave Colorado a 2-1 lead just 2:34 into the second period, but the Predators got three unanswered goals from Filip Forsberg to give the Avalanche another loss. Wiercioch has 12 points in 50 games this campaign.
Niklas Hjalmarsson leaves Thursday due to UBI 02-24-2017
Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI
Niklas Hjalmarsson exited Thursday's game against Arizona due to an upper-body injury.

Chicago Sun-Times
He was hurt in the first period and wasn't able to return after his fifth shift of the game. The Blackhawks knew he wasn't feeling 100 percent going into the contest, so coach Joel Quenneville dressed seven defensemen as a "precaution." Still, the team did believe he was fine to play. An update on his status may come on Friday.
Jonathan Toews has a 5-game point streak 02-24-2017
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Jonathan Toews contributed two helpers Thursday in a 6-3 victory versus Arizona.

Chicago Sun-Times
He has generated four goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak. Toews has been scorching hot in February with 16 points in nine matches.
Ryan Hartman earns two points vs. Coyotes 02-24-2017
Ryan Hartman RW CHI
Ryan Hartman produced a goal and added an assist in a 6-3 win against Arizona on Thursday night.

Chicago Sun-Times
He has tallied five goals and six points in nine games this month. Hartman is up to 15 goals, 26 points and 53 penalty minutes in 56 matches this season.
Nick Schmaltz continues hot streak Thursday 02-24-2017
Kristian Nakyva D NAS
Nick Schmaltz notched a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over Arizona.

Chicago Sun-Times
He opened the scoring in the contest just 37 seconds into the first period. Schmaltz added an assist on Michal Rozsival's first goal of the season early in the second period to give Chicago a 4-3 lead. The rookie forward has only posted 16 points in 2016-17, but he has nine points in the past seven games.
Anton Stralman plays in 600th game 02-24-2017
Anton Stralman D TB
Anton Stralman suited up in his 600th NHL game on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay Times
He has produced two goals and 15 points in 51 games this season and currently has 200 career points.
Namestnikov has a three-game goal spree 02-24-2017
Vladislav Namestnikov RW TB
Vladislav Namestnikov scored his ninth goal of the year in a 3-2 loss to Calgary on Thursday.

Tampa Bay Times
He gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead going into the second period, but then the Flames scored three straight goals. Namestnikov has scored a goal in three straight games.
Mike Hoffman unlikely to play Friday 02-24-2017
Mike Hoffman LW OTT
Coach Guy Boucher doesn't expect Mike Hoffman (groin) to play Friday night.

Ottawa Citizen
He participated in Thursday's practice, but didn't see any work on the power play. Boucher said it was "very unlikely" that Hoffman would be available to play against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Mark Stone (neck) practices Thursday 02-24-2017
Mark Stone RW OTT
Mark Stone (neck) took part in Thursday's practice, but he remains unlikely to return on Friday night.

Ottawa Citizen
"(Stone) still might need more time. We'll wait and see (Friday)," said coach Guy Boucher, who isn't expecting Mike Hoffman to play either. "You can see (Stone) didn't strain himself out there. I just wanted him to go out there, get some exercise and see how it feels but the reality is it's likely that they both will be missing."
Svechnikov has a 12-game point streak in AHL 02-24-2017
Evgeny Svechnikov LW DET
Evgeny Svechnikov has a 12-game point streak with Grand Rapids going into Friday's game against Milwaukee
He has recorded five goals and nine assists over that span. Svechnikov owns the longest consecutive points streak by a Griffins rookie. The 19th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft sits ninth among all first-year players in the AHL with 15 goals. He could get a look with the Red Wings after the trade deadline.
David Krejci has eight points in eight games 02-24-2017
David Krejci C BOS
David Krejci scored an empty-netter Thursday in a 4-1 win against Los Angeles to continue his hot play of late.

Boston Globe
He has accounted for eight points, including five helpers, in the past eight contests. Krejci hasn't gone more than two games without picking up a point since Dec. 18-Dec. 22.
David Pastrnak gets goal No. 26 Thursday 02-24-2017
David Pastrnak RW BOS
David Pastrnak potted his 26th goal of the season on Thursday night.

Boston Globe
He scored what turned out to be the game winner during the second period on a Bruins power play. His sixth marker in the last seven games pulled him even with Brad Marchand, who also scored in Thursday's 4-1 win over Los Angeles, for the team lead.
Niskanen's lower-body injury might be to leg 02-24-2017
Matt Niskanen D WAS
Matt Niskanen's lower-body injury might be to his left leg.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Niskanen left Wednesday's game due to the ailment and didn't practice on Thursday. The Capials don't believe the injury is serious, but he might still be held out of Friday's game.
Ron Hainsey should finally play in postseason 02-24-2017
Ron Hainsey D PIT
Ron Hainsey has played in more games without a playoff appearance than any other active player.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Hainsey has participated in 891 career games. The lack of postseason action on his resume is about to change though after being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. "It's not just a playoff team, right? It's a team that obviously won last year, and I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds by saying it's a team that expects to win this year," Hainsey said. "That's certainly the most exciting part of it. (Carolina GM Ron Francis) told me this morning it was Pittsburgh, and if you could pick a spot where you say, 'If we don't win the Stanley Cup, we're going to be disappointed,' this would certainly qualify."
A. Beauvillier nets his sixth goal of 16-17 02-24-2017
Anthony Beauvillier LW NYI
Anthony Beauvillier found the back of the net in the Islanders' 3-0 win against Montreal on Thursday.

New York Newsday
Beauvillier has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has six goals and 15 points in 46 contests in 2016-17.
Josh Bailey sets new career-high in points 02-24-2017
Josh Bailey RW NYI
Josh Bailey recorded a pair of assists in the Islanders' 3-0 win over Montreal.

New York Newsday
It was Bailey's second straight multi-point game. He has 12 goals and 43 points in 60 contests in 2016-17. That's a new career-high for him, up from his previous best of 41 points in 2014-15.
Beau Bennett should play on Saturday 02-24-2017
Beau Bennett RW NJ
Beau Bennett should draw into the lineup on Saturday after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

The Bergen Record
Bennett will be filling in for Pavel Zacha, who is out with a concussion. Based on Thursday's practice lines, Bennett is projected to play alongside Adam Henrique and P.A. Parenteau.
Eberle unsatisfied despite recent production 02-24-2017
Jordan Eberle RW EDM
Although Jordan Eberle has four points in his last four games, he isn't satisfied with his play.

Edmonton Sun
Eberle still has just 12 goals in 61 contests, down from 25 in 2015-16 and his career-high of 34 goals. "You say I played well, but as a goal-scorer, you want to score," Eberle said. "I know I had a goal a couple of nights ago (in Philadelphia) but I want to get back to scoring consistently. Get one every couple of games. I still think my shots and chances are there, but I need to put them in. I've generally been a 14 per cent (shooter) and I'm half of that." To be specific, he has a 7.9 shooting percentage compared to his career average of 13.3%.
Backlund edges towards career-high in points 02-24-2017
Mikael Backlund C CAL
Mikael Backlund scored a goal and registered an assist in a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Calgary Sun
Backlund has been red hot lately with three goals and five points in his last four games. That gives him 18 goals and 43 points in 61 games in 2016-17. He's pulled just four points shy of his career-high.
Mark Giordano extends point streak to 4 games 02-24-2017
Mark Giordano D CAL
Mark Giordano is on a four-game point streak.

Calgary Sun
Giordano extended that by registering an assist in a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay Thursday night. He has nine goals and 27 points in 61 contests this season.
Monahan sets franchise record with 100th goal 02-24-2017
Sean Monahan C CAL
Sean Monahan netted his 100th career goal on Thursday.

Calgary Sun
At the age of 22 and 134 days, Monahan became the youngest 100-goal player in the Flames' franchise history, taking the record away from Joe Nieuwendyk. "I don't know exactly what the record is," Monahan said. "But it's pretty cool. It's special to get goals like that, especially in big wins like this." Monahan has 20 goals and 39 points in 61 contests in 2016-17.
Alex Goligoski has 4 points in last 4 games 02-24-2017
Alex Goligoski D ARZ
Alex Goligoski has four assists in his last four games.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Goligoski is up to two goals and 23 points in 59 games this season. That gives him a shot to reach the 30-point mark for the fourth straight campaign.
John Gibson (LBI) misses Thursday's skate 02-24-2017
John Gibson G ANA
John Gibson (lower body) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Orange County Register
Gibson also wasn't available on Wednesday due to the ailment. It's still possible that he'll be able to play on Saturday.
Peter Budaj takes loss, stops 21 02-24-2017
Peter Budaj G LA
Peter Budaj allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Kings 4-1 loss ot Boston on Thursday. The Kings have lost 4-of-5 but Budaj has played better of late, allowing just three goals in the last two games. Budaj has been one of the best stories of the season with 27 wins, 2.12 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 51 games. The Kings will need even more him as they battle for a wild card spot down the stretch.
Kevin Gravel scores first pro goal 02-24-2017
Kevin Gravel D LA
Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Thursday. Gravel tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal with 1:18 left in the first. Rookie forward Adrian Kempe got to the rebound of an Alec Martinez slap shot and threaded a pass through the legs of Boston defenseman Kevan Miller to Gravel. The 24-year-old has 4 points in 40 games.
Anton Khudobin stopped 27 in relief win 02-24-2017
Anton Khudobin G BOS
Anton Khudobin turned aside 27 shots in a 4-1 win over Los Angeles on Thursday. Making his first start since Feb. 11, the Bruins got exactly what they needed from their backup-which has been rare this season. He really hasn't been good this year with a 3-5 record, a 2.84 GAA and .896 save percentage but this will definitely allow the Bruins more confidence when Tuuka Rask needs a break.
Brad Marchand helps Bruins past Kings 02-24-2017
Brad Marchand LW BOS
Brad Marchand scored and added an assist in the Bruins 4-1 win over the Kings on Thursday. Marchand opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 break when he kept the puck and scored short side on a beauty wrist shot. He would later add an assist on Dominic Moore's third period goal. Marchand is up to 26 goals on the season and 61 points in 61 games. David Krejci and David Pastrnak scored the other goals.
Mike Smith allows six goals in loss to CHI 02-24-2017
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Mike Smith allowed six goals on 29 shots in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The two teams scored three goals each in the first period, but only the 'Hawks were able to add to their total the rest of the way. Smith has dropped two of his last three games (he's allowed 10 goals combined in those two losses). The loss drops his record to 16-17-6 on the season. He'll enter his next start with a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage.