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|Shayne Gostisbehere debuts on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Shayne Gostisbehere D PHI|
Shayne Gostisbehere is set to make his NHL debut on Saturday as his Philadelphia Flyers face the Detroit Red Wings.
|The 21-year-old has two assists in three AHL games this season. His resume is slim enough that it's difficult to tell if he has much of a chance to make an impact. The Flyers would likely embrace it, as they're obviously hurting in that area right now.|
|Cory Schneider starts over Scott Clemmensen||10-25-2014|
|Cory Schneider G NJ|
The New Jersey Devils will go with Cory Schneider instead of Scott Clemmensen against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Tom Gulitti on Twitter
|Schneider gets back-to-back starts, after all. The gap between the two goalies' skills is large enough that it's understandable why New Jersey is going in this direction. He played both of five back-to-back sets for the Devils in 2013-14.|
|Kings' Marian Gaborik skates on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Marian Gaborik RW LA|
While it doesn't necessarily mean his return is imminent, Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik was at least able to skate on Saturday.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
|The 32-year-old hasn't played since Oct. 12. Virtually all fantasy owners know that Gaborik poses a big injury risk factor. He has one assist in three games in 2014-15.|
|David Backes isn't hunting Brent Seabrook||10-25-2014|
|David Backes RW STL|
It doesn't sound like St. Louis Blues forward David Backes will go out of his way seeking revenge on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter
|Still, it doesn't sound like he won't give him a little extra if the opportunity arises. "We'll finish our checks as hard as we can and see what happens," Backes said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus.|
|J.T. Brown is considered day-to-day with UBI||10-25-2014|
|J.T. Brown RW TB|
The Tampa Bay Lightning's winger J.T. Brown is considered day-to-day with his upper-body issue.
Joe Smith on Twitter
|The Bolts are dealing with an array of injuries, as Brown was one of the players who was hurt on Friday. Brown isn't a big impact player in fantasy at this point in his career.|
|John Scott returns to Sharks' lineup||10-25-2014|
|John Scott D SJ|
|The San Jose Sharks injected defenseman John Scott back into their lineup against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.||As a former Sabre, Scott could very well "renew pleasantries" with a former teammate via a fight. His main benefit is PIM, so this is a solid situation for him to contribute.|
|Alex Killorn won't play for Bolts on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Alex Killorn C TB|
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without Alex Killorn against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Joe Smith on Twitter
|Killorn is dealing with an upper-body injury. He has two goals, a +1, four hits and 12 SOG in five games so far in 2014-15.|
|TBL label Brett Connolly as week-to-week||10-25-2014|
|Brett Connolly RW TB|
The Tampa Bay Lightning label Brett Connolly as week-to-week.
Joe Smith on Twitter
|Connolly suffered a lower-body injury during Friday's win against the Winnipeg Jets. The 22-year-old has two goals in eight games as he tries to justify his first-round status (sixth overall in 2010). There's still plenty of time for him to convert solid AHL success to NHL production, but it hasn't happened yet.|
|David Moss' injury could be long-term||10-25-2014|
|David Moss RW ARZ|
Tough news for Arizona Coyotes forward David Moss: the early word is that his upper-body injury could sideline him long-term.
|While Moss isn't a big difference-maker offensively, he's a decent source of "hustle" stats. He has one assist, four PIM, five hits and six blocked shots in six games so far in 2014-15.|
|Boston's new top D duo: Hamilton, Seidenberg||10-25-2014|
|Dougie Hamilton D BOS|
With Zdeno Chara out at least four-to-six weeks, it looks like the Boston Bruins will give Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton the first crack at being the B's new top pairing.
|Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid look to be the second pairing. For fantasy purposes, it might be most interesting to see how the setups work (four forwards and a defensemen or three F and two D?). One would expect Krug and Hamilton to reap the early rewards the most.|
|Mirco Mueller likely in for Jason Demers||10-25-2014|
|Mirco Mueller D SJ|
There's a good chance young San Jose Sharks defenseman Marco Mueller might replace Jason Demers in the lineup this afternoon, according to CSNBayArea.com.
Kevin Kurz on Twitter
|Mueller, 19, has one assist in the five games he's played (last appearing on Oct. 19). Demers had an assist in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jackets, giving him three overall in 2014-15.|
|Neuvirth to start v Sharks Saturday afternoon||10-25-2014|
|Michal Neuvirth G BUF|
Updating an earlier item, it looks as if Michal Neuvirth will get the start against San Jose Saturday afternoon.
Paul Hamilton Twitter
|It was thought that Jhomas Enroth would get the call but that is obviously no longer the case. The game starts at 4:00 pm ET, so make sure you adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.|
|Blues power-play shuffled||10-25-2014|
|Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL|
The Blues have moved around some players on their power-play units from the beginning of the season.
Lou Korac Twitter
|The first unit is comprised of Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen on the points and David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko up front. The second unit features quarterbacks Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester, and forwards T.J. Oshie, Joakim Lindstrom and Jori Lehtera. Loser in this alignment is Patrik Berglund, who now seems entrenched as a third-line center.|
|Blues shuffle lines against v Hawks||10-25-2014|
|Jaden Schwartz C STL|
The Blues have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's grudge match against the Blackhawks.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
|Jaden Schwartz will start on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie, while Alexander Steen will skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. Essentially, Schwartz and Steen will be flip flopped. The Blues other two lines will be as follows: Dmitrij Jaskin-Patrik Berglund-Joakim Lindstrom and Steve Ott-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reaves. Schwartz is St.Louis' leading scorer with four goals and should continue to thrive in a top-six position all season long. The loser in this alignment, however, is Steve Ott, who got a chance to play in the top six earlier this week.|
|Rinne likely to start v Pens Saturday night||10-25-2014|
|Pekka Rinne G NAS|
Look for Pekka Rinne ot start in goal against the Penguins Saturday night.
Left Wing Lock
|It's a big game for James Neal, Patric Honrqvist and to a lesser extent Nick Spaling. They all will be playing their former teams Saturday evening for the first time since being traded in the same deal. Look for Rinne to come up big as he always does when the Preds need him the most.|
|Ballard skating after crazy virus subsides||10-25-2014|
|Keith Ballard D MIN|
Keith Ballard and defensive partner Christian Folin were back on the ice during Saturday's skate.
Mike Russo Twitter
|Both had been sidelined by a crzay virus that led to swelling of the jaw. Although neither is ready to play against the Lightning Saturday night, it does seem as if the illness is subsiding. Ballard has little to no fantsasy value, though.|
|Folin skating won't play Saturday v Bolts||10-25-2014|
|Christian Folin D MIN|
Christian Folin is finally back on the ice skating.
Mike Russo Twitter
|He had a crazy virus that included swelling of his jaw. Folin won't play Saturday night against Tampa but he could be back in the lineup for next week's games.|
|Kuemper to start v Bolts Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Darcy Kuemper G MIN|
It should come as no surprise that Darcy Kuemper will start in goal Saturday night against the Lightning.
|Well why not. He is only the second goalie in 71 years to earn shutouts in three of his first four games of the season. Talk about being white hot. Niklas Backstrom owners are going to have to wait a while before their guy gets even a whiff of regular playing time.|
|Spezza continues to center Stars top line||10-25-2014|
|Jason Spezza C DAL|
Jason Spezza will once again center Dallas' top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who has shifted to right wing.
Dallas Morning News
|This has the makings of one of the NHL's best lines. Benn has scored in five straight games and Spezza has points in four consecutive contests. The balance of the Stars' lines will look like this against the Islanders Saturday: Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt; Patrick Eaves-Vernon Fiddler-Ales Hemsky and Erik Cole-Shawn Horcoff-Colton Sceviour. Hemsky is the big loser out of this alignment, although he did look great taking a game-high eight shots Friday night against New Jersey.|
|Connauton & McKenzie likely scratches Sat.||10-25-2014|
|Kevin Connauton D DAL|
Kevin Connauton and Curtis McKenzie will likely be scratched Saturday against the Islanders.
Mike Heika Twitter
|They were both on the ice for an optional skate.|
|Hemsky snake bit despite soild effort||10-25-2014|
|Ales Hemsky RW DAL|
|Ales Hemsky has registered only one assist this season to date.||For those ready to drop the veteran winger we suggest you show a little patience. It is not as if he Hemsky is not playing well. For example, Friday night he took a game-high eight shots on goal and was the contest's third star despite not hitting the scoresheet. It is only a matter of time before Hemsky breaks out. Don't drop him yet.|
|Coach Q says Scott Darling likely in Sunday||10-25-2014|
|Scott Darling G CHI|
With Corey Crawford banged up and Antti Raanta playing on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks seem primed to play Scott Darling against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
Chris Kuc on Twitter
|Both teams will be finishing back-to-back sets tomorrow. Darling, 25, has never played an NHL game before. He's 2-0-0 with a .948 save percentage so far this season. He spent time in the AHL and ECHL in 2013-14.|
|Iginla scores milestone goals Friday night||10-25-2014|
|Jarome Iginla RW COL|
Jarome Iginla scored his 561st and 562nd goals of his NHL career Friday night against Vancouver.
|He broke a tie he had been in with Guy Lafleur and passed Mike Modano for 23rd on the alltime list. Next up are Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin at 564. Those are some pretty impressive names Iginla is passing. No doubt Iggy will be in the Hall of Fame one day.|
|Red Wings line up Datsyuk with Helm, Tatar||10-25-2014|
|Pavel Datsyuk LW DET|
It looks like the Detroit Red Wings will put Darren Helm, Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk together on a line.
|Injuries kept that trio apart, but it looks like that might be one of the forward combinations that Mike Babcock will tinker with against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.|
|3rd-line pivot Mitchell a key player for Avs||10-25-2014|
|John Mitchell C COL|
Third-line center John Mitchell is an underrated but key player for the Avalanche.
|Although he doesn't contribute much offensively his possession rates are very high and he is an excellent defensive player who can shut down an opponent's top scorers. Mitchell is a great asset for a real hocky team, but not much value to a fantasy one. We just thought we'd Mitchell a shoutout for his fine work in Colorado.|
|Varlamov expected to start Sunday v Jets||10-25-2014|
|Semyon Varlamov G COL|
Semyon Varlamov is expected to start Sunday afternoon against Winnipeg.
Left Wing Lock
|He was out of action for three games last week due to a groin injury but will be back to his usual heavy playing load now that he has recovered.|
|Carcillo playing more disciplined hockey||10-25-2014|
|Daniel Carcillo LW CHI|
For those of you waiting for Daniel Carcillo to explode and be assessed all sorts of major penalties, maybe you should come up with another plan.
|In his second stint with the Blackhawks, Carcillo is playing very disciplined hockey. He has drawn more penalties than he has taken (5 to 1) and has kept his temper in check without losing effectiveness as a pest. Great for the Hawks and Carcillo himself. Bad for any hockey pool owners who were hoping for Carcillo to engage in his old shenanigans.|
|Anders Lindback could start for Dallas||10-25-2014|
|Anders Lindback G DAL|
Saturday's Dallas Stars vs. New York Islanders game could be a battle of the backups with Anders Lindback facing Chad Johnson.
Mike Heika on Twitter
|Kari Lehtonen didn't skate in Saturday's 20-minute optional practice, according to the Dallas Morning News' Mike Heika. While that could just be a move to conserve his energy considers last night's shootout win against New Jersey, it could also be a sign that Dallas is leaning toward Lindback for Saturday.|
|Henrik Lundqvist aims for rare win in MTL||10-25-2014|
|Henrik Lundqvist G NYR|
For whatever reason, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist hasn't had much success in road games against the Montreal Canadiens lately.
Arpon Basu on Twitter
|He hasn't started a regular season game at the Bell Centre since Jan. 15, 2012 and hasn't won there since Marc. 17, 2009, according to NHL.com's Arpon Basu.|
|Derek Stepan skates 'lightly' on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Derek Stepan C NYR|
Good sign for the New York Rangers: center Derek Stepan skated lightly on Saturday, according to the team.
New York Rangers on Twitter
|It's conceivable that he can return in early November as discussed before, although that remains to be seen. He's currently on IR. Once he gets back and shakes off the rust, it could still be a big season for Stepan, who could slide between Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis in a contract year.|
|Corey Crawford not skating yet||10-25-2014|
|Corey Crawford G CHI|
Corey Crawford has yet to skate after sustaining an upper-body injury earlier in the week.
|Although on one level that may seem alarming, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville doesn't believe the injury is serious. He reiterated that Crawford's injury was a "short-term situation". For now, Antti Raanta starts in the Hawks' net.|
|Evgeni Malkin set for another game at C||10-25-2014|
|Evgeni Malkin C PIT|
It looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins will go with Evgeni Malkin at his familiar center spot for the second straight game.
Josh Yohe on Twitter
|Malkin collected an assist, one SOG, one hit and a -1 rating as the Detroit Red Wings came back against his Penguins on Thursday. His linemates were Pascal Dupuis and Blake Comeau in that configuration. Malkin began the season at RW, but that experiment may be over.|
|Raanta to start v Blues Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Antti Raanta G CHI|
Antti Raanta will get the start in goal against the Blues Saturday night.
Left Wing Lock
|Starter Corey Crawford is still dealing with an upper-body injury and he will not play in Sunday's game against Ottawa either.|
|Josh Bailey (hand) goes on Isles' IR||10-25-2014|
|Josh Bailey LW NYI|
It's not much of a surprise, but the New York Islanders placed Josh Bailey on IR Saturday.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
|He's considered "week-to-week" with a broken hand, so it was a matter of time, and Mikhail Grabovski's return expedited this process. The ninth pick of the 2008 NHL Draft was starting to heat up lately, too, with three of his season's four points in the last four games.|
|Islandes take Mikhail Grabovski off IR||10-25-2014|
|Mikhail Grabovski C NYI|
The New York Islanders took Mikhail Grabovski off injured reserve on Saturday. He's expected to play against the Dallas Stars in tonight's game.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
|In four games, Grabovski - listed at all three forward positions in Yahoo - has two goals, one assist, a +3 rating, four blocked shots and seven SOG. With Josh Bailey injured, this is a welcome return for the Islanders.|
|James Neal, Patric Hornqvist have motivation||10-25-2014|
|James Neal LW NAS|
|Nashville Predators forward James Neal and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist both have added motivation for Saturday night as they face their respective former teams in the first head-to-head match since the big trade.||Though not a guarantee, that motivation can often mean fantasy hockey dividends, whether it comes down to extra points or PIM. Neal is on a hot streak (all five goals in his last four games including Thursday's hat trick), while Hornqvist has been held off the board in his last two games. Both aren't shy about shooting, either.|
|Kessel ready to face Chara-less Bruins||10-25-2014|
|Phil Kessel RW TOR|
|Look for Phil Kessel to have a big night against the Bruins Saturday.||As the Buds' number one offensive threat Kessel is always on the ice opposite the Bruins' top defender Zdeno Chara. With Chara injured, look for Kessel to have a lot more room to dart around and create offensive chances. If you have Kessel on your fantasy team, make sure he is active as he loves to play against his former club generally, and without Chara in the Boston lineup he might actually have some fun.|
|Carlyle supportive of Kadri and linemates||10-25-2014|
|Nazem Kadri C TOR|
Toronto coach Randy Carlyle believes that it is only a matter of time before Nazem Kadri and linemates Joffrey Lupul and Daniel Winnik score.
Jonas Siegel Twitter
|Although they only have four goals between them, the Leafs' second line is doing well according to all advanced analytic analysis. Carlyle believes the unit will score "if they continue to possess the puck and do the things that they're doing." We guess it's important to have the backing of your coach when things haven't been going so well on the scoresheet. We'll see if advanced analytics work. If the line continues to put up positive Corsi numbers but fails to score, then maybe advanced statistics aren't the panacea we all believe they might be.|
|Marchessault recalled from Syrcause||10-25-2014|
|Jonathan Audy-Marchessault LW TB|
The Lightning recalled Jonathan Marchessault from Syracuse of the AHL.
Erik Erlendsson Twitter
|Marchessault did well in training camp and has five points in six games with the Crunch this season. The 23-year-old had some productive seasons in the AHL and with the Quebec Remperts of the QMJHL but will likely not get much of a chance to play a key role in Tampa despite a number of forward injuries.|
|Bunden recalled from Syracuse||10-25-2014|
|Michael Blunden RW TB|
Michael Blunden probably didn't have time to unpack as he was recalled from Syracuse Saturday.
Erik Erlendsson Twitter
|He was just assigned to the Crunch on Friday but due to injuries to J.T. Brown and Brett Connolly he was needed back in Tampa.|
|Blunden demoted to Syracuse of AHL||10-25-2014|
|Michael Blunden RW TB|
The Lightning sent down forward Michael Blunden to Syracuse Friday.
|Cedric Pacquette was recalled to take Blunden's place. This swtcheroo will have little to no fantasy impact.|
|Drouin earns praise from coach and teammates||10-25-2014|
|Jonathan Drouin LW TB|
Jonathan Drouin has been exactly as advertised.
|He has been an offensive force in three NHL games he has played to date. Drouin has scored a goal and registered two assists and has been dangerous on a line with Steven Stamkos and Valteri Filppula. What has been even more impressive is that Drouin has been responsible defensively. Needeless to say, Drouin should be snatched up if he is still on any free agent wire. He will certainly be a frontrunner for Calder trophy honors by season's end.|
|Nabkokov to start Saturday v Wild||10-25-2014|
|Evgeni Nabokov G TB|
Look for Evgeni Nabokov to get the start Saturday night against Minnesota.
|Ben Bishop was in net for the Bolts' 4-2 win over the Jets Friday night, so Nabokov will get the start Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back situation. Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.|
|Brett Connolly leaves Friday's game with LBI||10-25-2014|
|Brett Connolly RW TB|
Brett Connolly did not come out for the second period of Friday's 4-2 win over the Jets.
|He sustained a lower-body injury in the first period. Too bad, as Connolly was playing the best hockey of his career for the Lightning as of late. He is listed as doubtful for Saturday's contest against the Wild. If you have Connolly on your fantasy squad, place him on reserve immediately.|
|Brian Elliott slated to start on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Brian Elliott G STL|
Brian Elliott will get the start in goal for St. Louis on Saturday.
Lou Korac on Twitter
|Elliott is only 1-2-1 this season but his peripheral stats are quite good as he has a 1.73 GAA with a .924 save percentage. The Blues are in tough against the Chicago Blackhawks so this may not be a great spot to start the Blues netminder.|
|J.T. Brown left Friday's game with UBI||10-25-2014|
|J.T. Brown RW TB|
J.T. Brown left Friday's 4-2 win over Winnipeg after the first period with an upper-body injury.
|He has been listed as doubtful for Saturday's contest against Minnesota.|
|Jonathan Bernier to start on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Jonathan Bernier G TOR|
Jonathan Bernier will get the start in goal on Saturday as the Maple Leafs take on the Boston Bruins.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
|Bernier got off to a tough start in his first two games of the season but has been great in his last two contests giving up only two goals on 67 shots. He is 1-2-1 this season with a 3.02 GAA and a .915 save percentage.|
|Ray Emery to get the start on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Ray Emery G PHI|
Ray Emery will get the start in goal Saturday according to the Philadelphia Flyers twitter site.
Philadelphia Flyers on Twitter
|Emery is 2-0-1 this season but his peripheral numbers are a bit weak as he has a 2.84 GAA and a .897 save percentage. Nevertheless, those numbers are better than Steve Mason so Emery could challenge the Flyers number one goalie in the upcoming games.|
|Jay Beagle set to play 1st game in Calgary||10-25-2014|
|Jay Beagle C WAS|
Jay Beagle is set to play his first NHL game in his hometown of Calgary on Saturday.
|It's going to be quite a night for the Beagle family as their 29-year-old son makes his return home. Beagle came off the injured reserve list on Monday from an upper body injury suffered during training camp. He played his first game against Edmonton and played on the second line, winning eight of ten draws. He was moved down to the third line in practice on Friday with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jason Chimera.|
|Brooks Laich not placed on injured reserve||10-25-2014|
|Brooks Laich C WAS|
The Washington Post is reporting that Brooks Laich (shoulder) was not placed on the injured reserve list despite reports to the contrary.
|Trotz said something at practice on Monday that made everyone believe that Laich was going on the injured list but he never was. He is expected back in action during the upcoming week.|
|Condra and Greening likely scratches Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Erik Condra RW OTT|
Erik Condra and Colin Greening will be the likely scratches Saturday night against New Jersey.
Bruce Garrioch Twitter
|They both skated as extra forwards during the Senators' scrimmage Saturday morning. We doubt this news will have a profound impact on your fantasy lineup Saturday evening.|
|Craig Anderson to start Sunday v Hawks||10-25-2014|
|Craig Anderson G OTT|
Look for Craig Anderson to be in goal Sunday when the Senators travel to Chicago.
Bruce Garrioch Twitter
|Robin Lehner will start in goal Saturday night against New Jersey. Adjust your goaltending accordingly.|
|Patrick Wey injured in AHL game||10-25-2014|
|Patrick Wey D WAS|
Patrick Wey left Friday's AHL game after taking an elbow to the head in the second period.
|Wey has had concussion problems in the past with the most recent coming in March as he was injured during a fight with Richard Clune, an incident in which he was forced to miss over a month. Stay tuned.|
|Tom Wilson gets in first AHL game of season||10-25-2014|
|Tom Wilson RW WAS|
Tom Wilson played his first game of the season for the Hershey Bears of the AHL Friday.
|Wilson suffered a broken ankle in a freak off-season accident and the Capitals sent him down earlier in the week to get in some playing time. "I felt great in the first and the legs wore down a little bit there in the second and the third," Wilson told the Harrisburg Patriot-News. "I played a lot and it was a hard game, a high-paced game.... Obviously, it was my first game back in a while and my legs started to go a little bit more than I'd like, but that's just part of the experience. [Saturday] I'll get back to work and, hopefully, those legs get there soon." Wilson is expected to sit out tonight's game and then play Sunday. If all works out, he will return to the Capitals on Tuesday. He is worth picking up if you need penalty minutes as he should get 100-125 the rest of the way.|
|Chad Johnson to get the start on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Chad Johnson G NYI|
Chad Johnson is likely to get the start in goal for the Islanders on Saturday.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
|Johnson is 2-0 this season with a .918 save percentage and a 2.14 GAA. He started and defeated the Boston Bruins on Thursday and it looks like coach Jack Capuano will go back to him tonight against the Dallas Stars.|
|Price anxious to play Rangers Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Carey Price G MON|
|If you have Carey Price on your fantasy hockey team make sure he is active Saturday night.||Price is slated to start against the Rangers. Why is this significant you may ask? He didn't get the chance to finish last season's playoff series against New York after he was plowed into by Chris Kreider, a series the Habs ultimately lost. Price will be motivated to show the Rangers how the outcome of that series may have been different with him in net.|
|Alexander Edler turning around his plus/minus||10-25-2014|
|Alexander Edler D VAN|
Alexander Edler is a plus-two this season after being a league-worst minus-39 in 2013-14.
|Edler was plus-two on Friday in a 7-3 loss to Colorado and picked up an assist to give him three helpers and four points in seven games. It looks like Edler has turned the corner and has once again become a fantasy asset.|
|Luca Sbisa a minus-five on Friday||10-25-2014|
|Luca Sbisa D VAN|
Luca Sbisa was a minus-five on Friday.
|Well, that's one sure way to hurt your plus/minus stat as Sbisa went from a plus-two on the season to a minus-three. With no points and four penalty minutes, Sbisa should be a non-factor in your fantasy pool.|
|Tomas Fleischmann needs to score||10-25-2014|
|Tomas Fleischmann LW FLA|
If Tomas Fleischmann wants to get a decent NHL contract for next season, he better start scoring goals.
|Fleischmann, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, has yet to score a goal this season and scored only eight in all of last season. Given that he is no defensive dynamo, Fleischmann's worth to an NHL squad is in his ability to generate offense. Nine goals over 86 games is just not going to cut it. Needless to say, until we see a turnaround in Fleischmann's play, he should not be on anyone's fantasy roster.|
|Bolland will not play Saturday v Arizona||10-25-2014|
|Dave Bolland C FLA|
Dave Bolland will not be in the Panthers' lineup Saturday against Arizona.
Harvey Fialkov Twitter
|He is still dealing with a lower-body injury that has kept him out of action for three games. Keep Bolland on reserve until further notice.|
|Luongo to start Saturday v Arizona||10-25-2014|
|Roberto Luongo G FLA|
Look for Roberto Luongo to start in goal Saturday against Arizona.
Harvey Fialkov Twitter
|He is coming off a 4-3 OT win over Colorado Tuesday and has had a nice stretch of days to rest. Luongo should be fresh against the Coyotes.|
|Franzen won't play Saturday v Flyers||10-25-2014|
|Johan Franzen RW DET|
Although he is eligible to come off the injured list, Johan Franzen is not going to be activated and play against Philadelphia on Saturday.
|He is still nursing a groin muscle pull and will miss his fourth consecutive game. Keep Franzen on reserve for now.|
|Tomas Hertl back with Joe Thornton||10-25-2014|
|Tomas Hertl C SJ|
Tomas Hertl was placed back on the first line with Joe Thornton on Friday.
CSN Bay Area
|Hertl was taken off the line with Thornton for Thursday's game as he started on the third unit with James Sheppard and Eriah Hayes. But at practice on Friday he was reunited with Thornton as Matt Nieto was on the other side. Hertl has huge potential but is off to a slow start in his sophomore season with only two goals in eight games.|
|Gustavsson to start v Flyers Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Jonas Gustavsson G DET|
Jonas Gustavsson will get the start Saturday against the Flyers.
|We reported on this Friday but just wanted to confirm it will be Gustavsson in net. Make sure you deactivate jimmy Howard this weekend.|
|James Sheppard moves up to second line||10-25-2014|
|James Sheppard C SJ|
James Sheppard practiced on the second line Friday.
CSN Bay Area
|Sheppard played the left side with Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture as his linemates. Marleau and Couture are big scorers and that can only help Sheppard's fantasy value if he can stay on the line.|
|Chris Tierney may be back in lineup Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Chris Tierney C SJ|
Chris Tierney will likely be back in the San Jose lineup on Saturday after missing the last two games as a healthy scratch.
CSN Bay Area
|Tierney picked up two assists in his first three games but was a minus-five with nary a point in the next three games before being sent to the press box for the last two. He will see third line duty with Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels if coach Todd McLellan stays with his line combinations from practice on Friday.|
|Ennis sits out practice Friday but OK.||10-25-2014|
|Tyler Ennis LW BUF|
Tyler Ennis missed Friday's practice.
|It was just a maintenance day off for Ennis. He should be good to go Saturday afternoon against San Jose.|
|Mirco Mueller a healthy scratch of late||10-25-2014|
|Mirco Mueller D SJ|
Mirco Mueller has been a healthy scratch the last two games.
CSN Bay Area
|The young blueliner has only one assist in five games and he likely will need to go back to Everett of the WHL especially before he plays ten games in the NHL and burns a year of his contract. Stay tuned.|
|Hodgson, Stafford and Moulson don't shoot||10-25-2014|
|Cody Hodgson C BUF|
In eight games this season three of the Sabres' top-line forwards have combined for a total of nine shots on goal.
|You read that right. Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford and Matt Moulson have combined together to average slightly more than just one shot on goal per game. That despite ample ice time in both five-on-five and power-play situations for all three. That should tell just how awful the Sabres are playing collectively and how you need to bench any Buffalo player you had the misfortune of selecting on draft day.|
|Enroth likely starter Saturday v Sharks||10-25-2014|
|Jhonas Enroth G BUF|
Look for Jhonas Enroth to start in goal against the Sharks Saturday afternoon.
Left Wing Lock
|You can hardly blame Enroth for the debacle in Buffalo. He stopped 37 of 39 shots in the Sabres' 2-0 loss to Los Angeles Thursday night and although he has a 1-5-0 record so far this season, he has played reasonably well. That said, there is no need to start Enroth as he plays for such a woeful team.|
|Patric Hornqvist to face former teammates||10-25-2014|
|Patric Hornqvist RW PIT|
Patric Hornqvist will face his former teammates from Nashville for the first time on Saturday.
|The Predators will host the Penguins as Hornqvist and Nick Spaling will make their first appearance back in Nashville since the off-season deal. The deal has worked out for both sides thus far with Hornqvist compiling four goals and eight points in six games while James Neal, who went to the Predators has five goals for Nashville in the early going.|
|Blair Jones back in the lineup Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Blair Jones C PHI|
Blair Jones will likely draw back into the Flyers lineup on Saturday.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|Jones was a healthy scratch on Wednesday and has played only three games thus far. He replaced the injured Zac Rinaldo in practice on Friday and with Rinaldo out of action for Saturday's tilt, look for Jones to see bottom six action. He has no fantasy value.|
|Hamilton seems OK after injury at practice||10-25-2014|
|Dougie Hamilton D BOS|
It appears as if Dougie Hamilton will be just fine and in the Boston lineup against Toronto Saturday.
|He took a puck off the hand during Friday morning's practice and had to leave, but he seems to be good to go against the Maple Leafs. A good thing too as the Bruins can hardly afford to lose another first-line defenseman with both Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller down.|
|Flyers could be interested in Ryan Whitney||10-25-2014|
|Ryan Whitney D STL|
The Philadelphia Flyers, in dire need of help on the blueline, could be interested in the services of Ryan Whitney.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|After Whitney was released from his professional tryout with the St. Louis Blues after training camp, Whitney was not on anyone's radar so he signed a geal with HC Sochi of the KHL. The fortunate part is that Whitney has an out clause with Sochi and he has yet to play a game with the club. If he does play at least one game, he will have to go through waivers if he re-signs with an NHL squad this season, so the time frame to sign him is narrowing quickly. The Flyers lost two defensemen this week as Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald are both expected to miss four weeks with injuries.|
|Trotman likely to play v Leafs Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Zach Trotman D BOS|
It looks as if Zach Trotman will be in the Bruins' lineup Saturday against Toronto.
|Both he and Joe Morrow were summoned from Providence of the AHL after Zdeno Chara sustained a knee injury Thursday night. Judging by Boston's line rushes Friday morning it appears Trotman will be paired with Matt Bartkowski at least for his first game in Beantown this season. Trotman has no real fantasy value.|
|All teams asking for Brayden Schenn in deal||10-25-2014|
|Brayden Schenn C PHI|
The Philadelphia Flyers are looking for a veteran defenseman but every team wants Brayden Schenn in return.
|The Flyers are hurting on the blueline with injuries to Braydon Coburn, Andrew MacDonald and the long-term injury to Kimmo Timonen and really did not want to expose one of their young blueliners from the AHL but with everyone wanting Schenn in return, the Flyers decided to recall Shayne Gostisbehere instead. The Flyers are still very high on the 23-year-old Schenn. He has a goal and two assists in seven games this season.|
|Travis Hamonic to miss Saturday's game||10-25-2014|
|Travis Hamonic D NYI|
Travis Hamonic will miss his second straight game on Saturday with an upper body injury.
New York Newsday
|His injury made it an easy decision to see who sits with the return of Lubomir Visnovsky to the lineup. Consider Hamonic day-to-day for now.|
|Rask likely starter v Maple Leafs Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Tuukka Rask G BOS|
Look for Tuukka Rask to get the start in goal against his former club, the Maple Leafs Saturday night.
Left Wing Lock
|Rask got Thursday night off as Niklas Svedberg started and lost to the Islanders 3-2. Rask should be back between the pipes Saturday. He is coming off a 5-3 win over San Jose Tuesday. Even without Zdeno Chara in the lineup, we would start Rask with confidence.|
|Tuomo Ruutu back in the Devils lineup||10-25-2014|
|Tuomo Ruutu LW NJ|
Tuomo Ruutu played on Friday after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record
|Ruutu played a team low 7:04 minutes but had four hits in that time span to make his presence felt. It now seems like hits are his biggest contribution in fantasy hockey so do not think about taking him if you do not play that category.|
|Martin Havlat could play on Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Martin Havlat RW NJ|
Martin Havlat (facial lacerations) could be back in the New Jersey lineup on Saturday.
The Bergen Record
|Havlat was injured nine days ago and while he played on Tuesday, he missed last Saturday's game as well as last night's game against Dallas. Coach Peter DeBoer said that Havlat was sitting out Friday's game due to 'a couple of other things' and not the cuts that required more than 55 stitches.|
|Kings penalty kill perfect of late||10-25-2014|
|Robyn Regehr D LA|
The Los Angeles Kings have killed off their last 17 chances shorthanded.
Los Angeles Times
|Los Angeles started the season off slowly allowing three goals in their first eight chances but have moved up to fifth overall in the NHL with their recent streak. Robyn Regehr was second in ice time while shorthanded to Drew Doughty on Thursday as the Kings stymied the Sabres on three opportunities.|
|Anze Kopitar playing point on power play||10-25-2014|
|Anze Kopitar C LA|
Anze Kopitar has joined Drew Doughty on the point during the first power play.
|Kopitar will set up on the half board as the Kings, like most teams now, play a 1-3-1 power play with the half boards being used as the set up spot instead of the point. It worked on Thursday as he potted a power play goal.|
|Sonny Milano activated and sent to junior||10-25-2014|
|Sonny Milano LW CLB|
|Sonny Milano was activated from the injured reserve list on Friday and sent to Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.||The 16th overall pick was supposed to play this season for Boston College but instead decided to sign an entry level deal with Columbus. He also decided to play in the OHL for Plymouth and when the Blue Jackets sent him down on Friday, it was to Plymouth. Expect Milano to play for the U.S. U20 team at the World Championships over the Christmas holidays. He has a bright future ahead of him in the NHL.|
|Viktor Fasth expected to start practicing||10-25-2014|
|Viktor Fasth G EDM|
Viktor Fasth (groin) is expected to start practicing again next week.
|Fasth suffered the groin injury against the Kings on October 15 and was expected to miss three-four weeks. He has a 5.19 GAA and a .870 save percentage in two starts. Stay tuned as Ben Scrivens is on a three game winning streak.|
|John-Michael Liles misses Edmonton game||10-25-2014|
|John-Michael Liles D CAR|
John-Michael Liles sat out Friday's game with a lower body injury.
Raleigh News & Observer
|Liles had just returned from an upper body injury on Thursday before being felled by this latest injury. Liles has one assist in four games with a minus-one rating. He is not worth having at this time.|
|Riley Nash Carolina's top center||10-25-2014|
|Riley Nash C CAR|
Riley Nash has taken over as the Carolina Hurricanes top center.
Raleigh News & Observer
|Granted, the injuries to Eric Staal and his brother Jordan have had everything to do with it, but Nash is centering Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin. He led the Hurricanes in power play time on ice Friday as well. Nash had only 24 points last season so it's easy to see why the Hurricanes are the only NHL team without a win.|
|Johnny Gaudreau a plus-four to start season||10-25-2014|
|Johnny Gaudreau LW CAL|
Rookie Johnny Gaudreau is a plus-four in eight games thus far this season.
|The speedy rookie has a goal and two assists as well. Gaudreau spent a game in the press box a week ago and has been on fire ever since, giving the Flames no reason to have him just watch games. He is worth having on your fantasy roster in all but the shallowest of leagues.|
|Joe Colborne tied for second in assists||10-25-2014|
|Joe Colborne C CAL|
Joe Colborne is tied for second place in the NHL with eight assists.
|He was tied for the lead heading into action on Friday when Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks picked up his ninth helper of the season. Colborne has been a pleasant surprise for the Flames offensively with this outburst. This is his third NHL team as he was drafted by the Bruins in the first round of the 2008 Draft and then dealt to the Maple Leafs who traded him to his hometown of Calgary before the start of last season. He could hit the 50 point mark this season so he may be worthy of a waiver wire pickup in your pool.|
|Karri Ramo to get the start Saturday||10-25-2014|
|Karri Ramo G CAL|
Karri Ramo will be between the pipes on Saturday when the Flames host the Washington Capitals.
Pat Steinberg on Twitter
|The Flames have been splitting the net evenly between Ramo and Jonas Hiller and Saturday is Ramo's turn in goal. He is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday in which he kicked aside 19 saves. Ramo is 2-1-1 this season with a 2.20 GAA and a .917 save percentage.|
|Martin Hanzal still day-to-day||10-25-2014|
|Martin Hanzal C ARZ|
Martin Hanzal is still considered day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
|Hanzal was seen earlier in the week wearing a bandage around his left knee. He has missed the last couple of games. Keep the oft-injured center on reserve for now.|
|Shea Theordore returns to practice Friday||10-25-2014|
|Shea Theodore D ANA|
Shea Theodore (elbow) returned to practice on Friday.
Orange County Register
|Theodore suffered an ulnar collateral ligament sprain at the start of training camp and has been out ever since. It was originally thought he would be out of action for four-six weeks but it has been six weeks already and he is still two-three weeks away from returning to action. He is outstanding offensively as the blueliner had 79 points in 70 WHL games last season. He should go back to Seattle of the WHL upon his return but he is worth a flier in keeper leagues.|
|Leon Draisaitl scores first career goal||10-25-2014|
|Leon Draisaitl C EDM|
|Leon Draisaitl scored his first career goal on Anton Khudobin of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.||And it was the eventual game-winner too. David Perrod made a pretty move to come off the left wall and found Draisaitl all alone in front of the net. Khudobin stopped the initial shot, but the rookie stuck with it and banged home a memory. The goal made it 4-3 with 7:05 left to go, and the Oilers went on to win 6-3.|
|Jordan Eberle leads Oilers past Hurricanes||10-25-2014|
|Jordan Eberle RW EDM|
|Jordan Eberle scored twice and added a helper in Edmonton's 7-3 win over Carolina.||He was a force to be reckoned with Friday night, causing turnovers, like for his first goal. And cleaning up others, like on his second goal. The assist probably didn't need to be awarded, but you won't hear him or his fantasy owners complaining either. He skated 18:55 with 3:22 on the powerplay.|
|Ben Scrivens stops 27-30 in win over Carolina||10-25-2014|
|Ben Scrivens G EDM|
|Ben Scrivens shut enough of the door to secure victory on Friday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.||Edmonton and Carolina traded goals until midway through the third, but then Scrivens and the Oilers took over, winning 6-3. It's tough to blame Scrivens for any of the goals, he was either heavily screened or the scorer took a great shot. But when his defense gave him a chance, he made the saves.|
|Jay Harrison scores goal, assist in Edmonton||10-25-2014|
|Jay Harrison D CAR|
|Jay Harrison scored his second and third points of the season on Friday night in Edmonton, but the Hurricanes still lost 6-3.||He had a great game, but the Hurricanes seem to be in that horrible spiral every team that finishes low in the standings has. They allowed a 11 goals in two games in Alberta. He skated just over 20 minutes and over two minutes on special teams.|
|Jeff Skinner scores first of season in the Ed||10-25-2014|
|Jeff Skinner C CAR|
|Jeff Skinner scored his first of the season in Edmonton on Friday night, but it wasn't enough as Carolina lost 6-3.||Skinner ripped one by Ben Scrivens' left ear to tie the game at two late in the second. He skated just 17:42 with just 42-seconds of powerplay time. He now has 98 career goals.|
|Anton Khudobin surrenders six in Edmonton||10-25-2014|
|Anton Khudobin G CAR|
|Anton Khudobin surrendered six goals in Edmonton on Friday night.||It wasn't pretty. A mixture of being hung out to dry and being too slow conspired to make this a very long night for Khubby and the gang. He stopped just 23-28 and allowed four even strength goals in the 6-3 loss.|
|Jarome Iginla scores twice on Eddie Lack||10-25-2014|
|Jarome Iginla RW COL|
|All Jarome Iginla had to do on Friday night was get open and the puck would find him.||Iggy tied the game at one late in the first on a ripper of a backhander atop Eddie Lack's crease. He also sprung Matt Duchene loose for a breakaway goal late in the third to make it 5-2, before a skillful tip-in to make it 7-2. Normally garbage-time points wouldn't be noteworthy, but these two were great. He now has seven points in eight games as an Avalanche.|
|Matt Duchene nets three points in 7-3 win||10-25-2014|
|Matt Duchene C COL|
|Matt Duchene was a primary factor in Colorado's 7-3 win over Vancouver on Friday night.||His feed to Jarome Iginla was just filthy to tie the game at one late in the first. Duchene's dish to Jamie McGinn to tie the game at two in the second was just as pretty. It was his burst of speed to create a breakaway for himself in the third that was jaw-dropping, he scored to make it 5-2. Through eight games he now has seven points (three goals). It's like he's good at hockey, or something.|
|Tyson Barrie collects three assists, Avs win||10-25-2014|
|Tyson Barrie D COL|
|Tyson Barrie collected three assists in Colorado's 7-3 victory over Vancouver on Friday night.||They were on consecutive goals, too. Barrie was played a big part in Colorado's second-fourth goals scored by Jamie McGinn, Erik Johnson and Daniel Briere as the Avs took over the game from the second period onwards. The young defender now has six points on the season.|
|Daniel Sedin scores two more points in Denver||10-25-2014|
|Daniel Sedin LW VAN|
|Daniel Sedin scored another goal and an assist in Vancouver's 7-3 loss in Denver on Friday night.||Just ten seconds into the game, the Canucks were up 1-0 and Daniel Sedin had his first point, an assist on brother Henrik's shot. They'd hold onto the lead for another fourteen minutes..and then it all fell apart. Daniel would one-time a dish from Radim Vrbata midway through the third to make it 5-3. He now has ten points and two goals through seven games.|
|Eddie Lack surrenders seven goals to Colorado||10-25-2014|
|Eddie Lack G VAN|
|It was a brutal game for Eddie Lack in Denver on Friday night, as he surrendered all seven of Colorado's goals in the 7-3 loss.||Six of the seven goals came at even strength as only Erik Johnson's scored Colorado's only PPG in the second to go up 3-2, and for good. Even though the Avs outshot the Canucks 47-28, Lack just stunk and his performance was the key difference in the game. And with Ryan Miller having played the previous night, the net was Lack's to make a statement with.|
|Cedric Paquette C TB|
|Cedric Paquette was called up from the minors on Friday October 24.|
|Radko Gudas D TB|
|Radko Gudas returned to action on Friday October 24.|
|Cam Atkinson cut near eye but is okay||10-25-2014|
|Cam Atkinson RW CLB|
Cam Atkinson accidentally caught the back end of Ryan Kesler's stride below his right eye and on his eyelid, but did not sustain any threatening damage.
|Todd Richards on Cam Atkinson, "He's not as pretty as he once was, but he's in good spirits." Said no apparent serious concern right now. "I can see. Thank God, I can see." Atkinson said. He skated just 12:05 with over two minutes on special teams in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 loss in Anaheim on Friday night.|
|Sami Vatanen's two points lead in win vs CBJ||10-25-2014|
|Sami Vatanen D ANA|
|Sami Vatanen scored a goal and an assist in Friday night's 4-1 win over Columbus.||They were highlight worthy, too. His assist was on a great slap-pass to Corey Perry just 88-seconds in, and seven minutes later he was shooting through Perry's screen for his own powerplay goal. The sophomore defender now has seven points (three goals) through just eight games this season. He had just 21 points (six goals) in 48 games last season.|
|The Corey Perry train keeps on rolling vs CBJ||10-25-2014|
|Corey Perry RW ANA|
|Corey Perry had another great night, netting a pretty goal and assist as well as screening for a third Anaheim goal in their 4-1 win over Columbus on Friday night.||Perry took Sami Vatanen's slap-pass by the goal line and dangled his way across Sergei Bobrovsky's crease for a dazzling powerplay goal to open the scoring 88-seconds in. Seven minutes later he was the screen for Vatanen's PPG. Later he set up Devante Smith-Pelley slick redirection to make it 3-1 by mid game. Perry just might be out for another MVP trophy this season.|
|Scott Hartnell credited for odd own-goal||10-25-2014|
|Scott Hartnell LW CLB|
|Scott Hartnell was given credit for a powerplay goal Friday night in Anaheim when John Gibson accidentally batted Hartnell's rebound off of Hampus Lindholm and in.||Good on Hartnell for getting open in the slot and putting good carbon on it, though. And hey, a goal is a goal. Too bad it marks his first of the season. The veteran now has nine points to lead the Blue Jackets through seven games.|
|Sergei Bobrovsky stops 30 in loss to Ducks||10-25-2014|
|Sergei Bobrovsky G CLB|
|Sergei Bobrovsky did his best, but Anaheim was too much for him as he and his Blue Jackets fell 4-1 on Friday night.||He stopped 20-21 at even strength and 8-10 on the powerplay against. The fourth goal was an empty netter. Corey Perry and Devante Smith-Pelle's goals were gorgeous, and would be unfair to Bob to criticize for. Sami Vatanen's goal however, he probably should've stopped. This marks seven goals and one ENG over two games for Bobrovsky.|
|John Gibson gets first win of season over CBJ||10-25-2014|
|John Gibson G ANA|
|John Gibson finally got his first win of the season Friday night, beating Columbus 4-1.||The Blue Jackets only sent 17 pucks his way, never more than seven in a period. but a win's a win. Even Scott Hartnell's powerplay goal late in the first to make it 2-1 Anaheim was flukey, as Gibson went to bat away the puck and it hit Hampus Lindholm and in. Might this be the start of the next great goalie war in Anaheim? Tune in to find out!|
|Ondrej Palat nets two more points vs. Jets||10-25-2014|
|Ondrej Palat LW TB|
|Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 4-2 win over Winnipeg, Friday night.||They were pretty, too. Palat finished a 2-on-1 rush late in the second to make it 4-1 Bolts, but it was his helper on Vladislav Namestnikov's six minutes earlier goal that was a beaut. Palat now has six points, three goals and assists through eight games this season.|
|Jonathan Drouin scores first career goal||10-25-2014|
|Jonathan Drouin LW TB|
|Jonathan Drouin scored his first career goal on Ondrej Pavelec, in Friday night's win in Winnipeg.||Credit Nikita Kucherov for the nifty assist as he drifted to the left while behind Pavelec, taking the netminder's focus away from the cutting Drouin who slammed home the one-timer. Perhaps Stamkos isn't the only teammate the young phenom has chemistry with. Drouin also assisted on Stamkos's goal to open the scoring on way to a 4-2 win.|
|Steven Stamkos scores off dish from Drouin||10-25-2014|
|Steve Stamkos C TB|
|The Steven Stamkos - Jonathan Drouin connection is already well underway.||Stamkos opened the game's scoring on Friday night off a pretty give-and-go rush in the first with Drouin. So beware rest of the NHL. Stammer only had one other shot on goal and skated over 23 minutes. Relatively quiet, but also highly efficient. The Lightning won the game 4-2.|
|Nikita Kucherov nets first three-point game||10-25-2014|
|Nikita Kucherov RW TB|
|Nikita Kucherov set a career high for points in a game with his three helpers on Friday night in Winnipeg.||All three were beauties as Tampa Bay took the game over in the second period. Kucherov now has five points (all assists) through eight games this season. He skated 15:43 including 2:18 on the powerplay. The Bolts would go on to win 4-2.|
|Blake Wheeler notches third goal vs. Tampa||10-25-2014|
|Blake Wheeler RW WPG|
|Blake Wheeler found a way to beat Ben Bishop on Friday night, unfortunately it was too little too late as the Jets fell 4-2.||It was as though the puck and his stick were magnetically charged because Wheeler found a the puck, twice, in a crowd before whirling and scoring in the third. It was his third of the season. He led all skaters with eight shots and skated 20:58 with just under seven minutes of special teams play.|
|Bryan Little scores again, Jets lose 4-2||10-25-2014|
|Bryan Little C WPG|
|Bryan Little continued his scoring ways on Friday night.||Little was left alone in the left slot as Tobias Enstrom went through a Anton Stralman check for the easy powerplay goals, making it 2-1 Tampa early on in the second. He skated 21:53 with just under six minutes on special teams. Little now has five goals in his first seven games.|
|Michael Hutchinson stops all nine in relief||10-25-2014|
|Michael Hutchinson G WPG|
|Michael Hutchinson came in relief of Ondrej Pavelec to begin the third against Tampa Bay Friday night, and stopped all nine shots he saw.||Hutch was solid in his limited play, stymieing a rolling Tampa Bay offense. Unfortunately for Winnipeg they only managed one of the three goals they needed to tie the game at four in the third period, losing 4-2.|
|Ondrej Pavelec lets in four, gets pulled||10-25-2014|
|Ondrej Pavelec G WPG|
|Ondrej Pavelec had another bad game Friday night, getting lit up by Tampa Bay for four goals on just 18 shots.||In just two periods as well. It can be argued that Pavelec was let down by his defense, allowing Tampa to whip around the puck as they desired. But upon further review it looks like Tampa's plan was to force Pavelec to move laterally, which he failed to do quickly enough on all four goals. He was replaced by Michael Hutchinson to begin the third. Winnipeg outshot Tampa 42-27 in the 4-2 loss.|