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Stuart, Grigorenko and Gormley scratched 10-08-2015
Brad Stuart D COL
Brad Stuart, Mikhail Grigorenko and Brandon Gormley will all be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against Minnesota.

Mike Chambers on Twitter
Grigorenko and Gormley are two young players that should get an opportunity to crack Colorado's roster at some point this season. Stuart, 35, averaged just over 20 minutes per game on the blueline with Colorado.
Clendening, Porter and Erixon scratched THU 10-08-2015
Adam Clendening D PIT
Adam Clendening, Kevin Porter and Tim Erixon are healthy scratches in Thursday's game against Dallas.
Clendening, 22, skated in 21 games with Vancouver and Chicago last season. None of these three players will have any fantasy value going forward.
Semyon Varlamov starts vs. Minnesota 10-08-2015
Semyon Varlamov G COL
Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes in Thursday's game against Minnesota.
The 27-year-old had a 28-20-8 record with a 2.56 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage in 57 games last season. A bounce-back season from Varlamov could propel the Avalanche back into the playoffs this year.
Devan Dubnyk will start on Thursday 10-08-2015
Devan Dubnyk G MIN
Devan Dubnyk will get the start in Thursday's game against Colorado.
The 29-year-old was outstanding after he was acquired in a trade with Arizona last season. He posted a 27-9-2 record with a 1.78 goals-against-average and a .936 save percentage in 2014-15.
James Wisniewski exits game with LBI 10-08-2015
James Wisniewski D CAR
James Wisniewski left Thursday's game against Nashville because of a lower-body injury.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
The Hurricanes have already announced that he won't be returning to tonight's game. We'll have more details as soon as they're made available.
Robin Lehner (LBI) exits game vs. OTT 10-08-2015
Robin Lehner G BUF
Robin Lehner exited Thursday's game against Ottawa with an apparent leg injury.

Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
We'll provide an update as soon as one is made available.
Patrik Nemeth will be scratched vs. PIT 10-08-2015
Patrik Nemeth D DAL
Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak and Colton Sceviour are expected to be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.

Dallas Morning News
Nemeth missed most of last season because of an arm laceration. He managed to register three assists in 22 games last season.
Michal Jordan scratched by Hurricanes 10-08-2015
Michal Jordan D CAR
Michal Jordan is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators.
Joining him in the press box is Brad Malone. Neither player is expected to have fantasy value this season.
Anthony Bitetto scratched vs. CAR 10-08-2015
Anthony Bitetto D NAS
Anthony Bitetto will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Carolina.

Thomas Willis on Twitter
The 25-year-old played his first seven NHL games last season. Victor Bartley will also be scratched in Thursday's contest.
Andrew Ference expected to be scratched 10-08-2015
Andrew Ference D EDM
Andrew Ference is expected to be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against St. Louis.
Ference was the team's captain last season, but the new coaching staff opted to go with four alternate captains this season. Rob Klinkhammer and Brandon Davidson are also expected to sit in the team's regular season opener.
Bortuzzo, Upshall, Gomez scratched on THU 10-08-2015
Robert Bortuzzo D STL
Robert Bortuzzo, Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez will be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Upshall and Gomez both attended camp on professional tryouts and earned themselves contracts, while Bortuzzo was acquired from Pittsburgh last season. None of these three players have any fantasy value this season.
Pekka Rinne will start in Thursday's game 10-08-2015
Pekka Rinne G NAS
Pekka Rinne will get the start in Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Thomas Willis on Twitter
Rinne will have one of the better match-ups of the night. The 32-year-old will once again be the uncontested number one goalie in Nashville. He should continue to be an elite goaltender in the league. He has very good fantasy upside going forward. Rinne has owned the Hurricanes in his career. He's posted a 4-1-0 record with a 1.78 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage in five career games against Carolina.
Gagner, Gudas & Lecavalier scratched for PHI 10-08-2015
Sam Gagner C PHI
Sam Gagner, Radko Gudas and Vincent Lecavalier will all be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia Flyers on Twitter
The Flyers will definitely lead the league in salary stashed in the press box after two days of regular season action. All three players have recognizable names, but their fantasy upside will be limited. If you feel like taking a low-risk gamble on one of these players, Sam Gagner may be the best bet to produce.
Nikita Nesterov scratched on Thursday night 10-08-2015
Nikita Nesterov D TB
Nikita Nesterov will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Joe Smith on Twitter
The 22-year-old spent a good chunk of last season in the press box as well. Cedric Paquette is scratched because he's dealing with a lower-body injury.
Adam Pardy scratched vs. BOS on Thursday 10-08-2015
Adam Pardy D WPG
Adam Pardy is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Boston.

Boston Bruins on Twitter
Paul Postma and Anthony Peluso will also be scratched by the Jets. This trio won't have any fantasy value this season.
Max Talbot is a healthy scratch on Thursday 10-08-2015
Maxime Talbot RW BOS
Max Talbot, Colin Miller and Tyler Randell will all be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Amalie Benjamin on Twitter
The Bruins put Talbot on waivers in the preseason, but he went unclaimed and remains in Boston. Miller, 22, has put up impressive numbers in the AHL, but he has yet to skate in an NHL game. Randell, 24, was Boston's sixth round pick in 2009. Like Miller, he has never played in an NHL game.
Shane Prince scratched on Thursday night 10-08-2015
Shane Prince LW OTT
Shane Prince will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
Prince was the extra skater at the team's morning skate, but there was a chance he would play tonight because of the uncertainty surrounding Clarke MacArthur. With MacArthur cleared to play, Prince will watch from the press box. Chris Wideman is also scratched for the Senators.
Jake McCabe scratched on Thursday 10-08-2015
Jake McCabe D BUF
Updating a previous item, Jake McCabe will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's home opener against the Ottawa Senators.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
McCabe was originally supposed to dress as the team's seventh defenseman, but coach Dan Bylsma has altered the lineup. Joining him in the press box is Matt Donovan. Captain Brian Gionta will miss the game due to injury.
Clarke MacArthur will play on Thursday 10-08-2015
Clarke MacArthur LW OTT
Clarke MacArthur (upper body) will play in Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Sens Media on Twitter
The 30-year-old suffered a head injury in a preseason game against Montreal. MacArthur was originally doubtful for this game, but he's made enough progress to play. He scored 16 goals and 36 points in 62 games last season.
Marc-Andre Fleury will start on Thursday 10-08-2015
Marc-Andre Fleury G PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes for Thursday's game in Dallas.
Fleury had a solid season in 2014-15, but he will face a stiff test against the Stars tonight. Dallas is known for their ability to fill the net, but they do struggle defensively. With Pittsburgh firepower up front, don't be surprised if this is a high-scoring tilt. Fleury has a 6-3-0 record with a 2.19 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage in his career against Dallas.
Cam Ward will start season opener vs. NSH 10-08-2015
Cam Ward G CAR
Cam Ward will be between the pipes in Carolina's regular season opener in Nashville on Thursday.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
No surprise here, as head coach Bill Peters mentioned last week that Ward would open the season as the team's starter. The 31-year-old has posted below average numbers in the last few seasons, but he is entering a contract year. Carolina acquired Eddie Lack from Vancouver during the off-season. If Ward should falter early on, the team won't hesitate to turn to Lack. Ward has a 2-5-1 record in his career against the Nashville Predators.
Brian Elliott & Jake Allen split first 2 gms 10-08-2015
Brian Elliott G STL
Brian Elliott will get the start in Thursday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Andrew Allsman on Twitter
Elliott will try to avoid becoming the first goaltender to give up a goal to Connor McDavid. The 30-year-old had a 26-14-3 record with a 2.26 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage last season. The Blues have already announced that Jake Allen will get the start in the team's second regular season game in Minnesota.
Steve Mason will start vs. TB on Thursday 10-08-2015
Steve Mason G PHI
Steve Mason will get the start in Philadelphia's regular season opener against Tampa Bay.
The 27-year-old will open the season with a tough test on the road against the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Mason has a career record of 1-3-1 with a 2.07 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage in five career games against the Lightning.
Robin Lehner will start home opener vs. Sens 10-08-2015
Robin Lehner G BUF
Robin Lehner will get the start in Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Joe Yerdon on Twitter
Lehner will be taking on his old team in a meaningful game for the first time since the off-season trade that saw him go to Buffalo. The 24-year-old has always had a lot of potential, but he has to prove that he's capable of being a dominant goalie in the NHL. He had a 9-12-3 record with a 3.02 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage last season.
Craig Anderson gets start in opener vs. BUF 10-08-2015
Craig Anderson G OTT
Craig Anderson will be between the pipes for Thursday's regular season opener in Buffalo.

Ottawa Senators on Twitter
Anderson was limited to just 35 games last season because of injuries and the emergence of Andrew Hammond. He entered the postseason as Ottawa's backup goalie, but quickly regained the number one job when Hammond struggled in the first round. The 34-year-old had 14-3-8 record with a 2.49 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage last season. Anderson is 11-3-1 with a 2.26 GAA and a .931 save percentage in his career against the Sabres.
Chris Kunitz to play alongside Crosby, Kessel 10-08-2015
Chris Kunitz LW PIT
Chris Kunitz will begin the season on a line with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.
Kunitz has meshed with Crosby in the past and adding Kessel to it only makes Kunitz's job more enviable. He was limited to 17 goals and 40 points in 74 contests last season, but he's worth taking a chance on given his linemates.
Jaromir Jagr decides to bring back the mullet 10-08-2015
Jaromir Jagr RW FLA
Jaromir Jagr is regrowing his once signature mullet.

Miami Herald
"I'm not going to cut my hair, see if there is still power in the hair," Jagr said. "Once I cut it [in 1999] I couldn't score again." We naturally expect the additional hair to add provide him with another 10-20 goals this season. In all seriousness, this should be an interesting campaign for him. He's 43 years old, so if he has any fantasy value at all in standard leagues, that would be very impressive. If he plays alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov on a regular basis though, he'll be worth keeping an eye on.
Report: Brown avoids supplemental discipline 10-08-2015
Dustin Brown RW LA
Dustin Brown will reportedly not receive any supplemental discipline after headbutting Logan Couture on Wednesday.

CSN Bay Area
Couture stayed in the game, although the incident left him bloodied. Brown also assisted on the Kings' lone goal in a 5-1 loss.
Report: Milan Lucic avoids further discipline 10-08-2015
Milan Lucic LW LA
Milan Lucic will reportedly not be suspended after receiving a match penalty on Wednesday.

CSN Bay Area
Lucic took exception to a hit that Logan Couture dealt late in the third period and attempted to fight him in front of the Sharks' bench. It was a rough game for Lucic in general as he had a minus-two rating in the Kings' 5-1 loss.
Jacob Markstrom has a hamstring injury 10-08-2015
Jacob Markstrom G VAN
Jacob Markstrom's lower-body issue is a hamstring injury. on Twitter
The Canucks will reevaluate Markstrom in a week, but otherwise didn't provide any timetable for his return. A recent report suggested that Markstrom would be sidelined for at least three weeks though.
Bachman likely to stay with VAN for weeks 10-08-2015
Richard Bachman G VAN
It looks like Richard Bachman will be with the Vancouver Canucks for at least three weeks.

John Shannon on Twitter
That's because Jacob Markstrom will be sidelined for at least that long with a lower-body injury. Bachman is serving as Ryan Miller's understudy, but given how long he's now expected to be around for, Bachman will probably pick up at least one start before he's demoted.
Alexey Marchenko (LBI) officially off IR list 10-08-2015
Alexei Marchenko D DET
Alexey Marchenko (lower body) has officially been activated by the Detroit Red Wings.
This is just conformation for a post we made earlier this afternoon. Although Marchenko is healthy, he's still likely to be scratched on Friday.
Jakub Kindl (eye) is off the IR list 10-08-2015
Jakub Kindl D DET
Jakub Kindl (eye) has been removed from the injured reserve list.
Kindl was dealing with an eye infection that put his availability for the season opener in question. He had five goals and eight assists in 35 games in 2014-15. Look for him to play alongside Brendan Smith on Friday.
Daniel Cleary has been sent to the minors 10-08-2015
Dan Cleary RW DET
The Detroit Red Wings have officially sent Daniel Cleary to AHL Grand Rapids.
Cleary successfully cleared waivers Thursday afternoon. The question now is if Cleary will choose to report to the minors.
Coyotes might not demote John Scott 10-08-2015
John Scott D ARZ
The Coyotes put John Scott on waivers to give themselves more options.

Sarah McLellan on Twitter
Arizona doesn't intend on sending Scott to the minors in the near future, but if he clears, then the Coyotes have the option of sending him down quickly later if need be. If he clears waivers, then he won't have to be put on again until he plays in 10 games or stays with Arizona for 30 days.
Boone Jenner will wear the 'A' this season 10-08-2015
Boone Jenner C CLB
Boone Jenner has been selected as one of the Blue Jackets' alternate captains.

Columbus Dispatch
It's a big opportunity for Jenner, who is still just 22 years old. "We have a lot of hard-workers in the room," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, "but Boone has been a constant. You watch him in games, he's relentless. He's at an age now, and he's gotten to a point, where he's earned that responsibility, that rank. He was mature beyond his years early and he's gotten better and better each year." Given that he's getting the 'A' at this age, he might be the Blue Jackets' captain at some point down the road.
Brandon Dubinsky is an alternate captain 10-08-2015
Brandon Dubinsky C CLB
Brandon Dubinsky will serve as one of the Blue Jackets' alternate captains.

Columbus Dispatch
Dubinsky has worn the 'A' at other times during his tenure with Columbus. "One thing he does ... I'll tell you what," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, "he's very passionate. You can see that. Emotion is a big part of him. It's a big, big part of him, and it makes him who he is. That makes him a great leader it really does." He had 36 points and 43 penalty minutes in 47 contests last season.
David Clarkson (LBI) won't play Friday 10-08-2015
David Clarkson RW CLB
David Clarkson's undisclosed injury is related to his lower body.

Columbus Dispatch
Clarkson will be held out of Friday's opener as a result. It's possible that this is injury will keep him out for a while, but the Blue Jackets aren't sure about that yet. The good news is that he skated on Thursday.
Jared Boll maintains spot on fourth line 10-08-2015
Jared Boll RW CLB
Jared Boll has earned a spot on the Blue Jackets' opening game lineup on Friday.

Columbus Dispatch
Boll will be playing in a familiar role as he's projected to play alongside Matt Calvert and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line. He had five points and 109 penalty minutes in 72 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. While he played with them routinely last season, he wasn't a sure-thing to maintain his fourth-line spot going into 2015-16.
Fontaine not likely to play by Saturday 10-08-2015
Justin Fontaine RW MIN
Justin Fontaine (lower body) isn't expected to return by Saturday.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Fontaine needs to work on his conditioning after missing a lot of the Wild's training camp. He had nine goals and 31 points in 71 contests in 2014-15.
Niklas Backstrom is a healthy scratch for now 10-08-2015
Niklas Backstrom G MIN
Niklas Backstrom is expected to spend at least the first two games in the press box.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Backstrom has been relegated to serving as the Wild's third-string goaltender. Wild coach Mike Yeo said that he doesn't have a long-term plan for that situation. However, he also added, "There's a third guy that can't just be left off to the side. We have to make sure we're keeping everybody sharp and involved."
Cody Eakin to open season on Stars' top line 10-08-2015
Cody Eakin C DAL
Cody Eakin will start the campaign on the Stars' top line.

Dallas Morning News
Eakin's will have the enviable assignment of playing between Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. If he can maintain that role then he'll likely take a step up from his 19 goals and 40 points during the 2014-15 campaign.
Ales Hemsky will start season on fourth line 10-08-2015
Ales Hemsky RW DAL
Ales Hemsky is projected to play on the fourth line in Dallas' season opener.

Dallas Morning News
There was a chance that Hemsky would start the campaign on the second line and while that might happen down the road, in the short-term we can't expect much from him. He's coming off of a rough campaign where he recorded just 11 goals and 32 points in 76 contests.
Mattias Janmark set to make NHL debut 10-08-2015
Mattias Janmark C DAL
Mattias Janmark is set to make his NHL debut on Thursday.

Dallas Morning News
Janmark had 13 goals and 36 points in 55 Swedish Elite League contests in 2014-15. He will play alongside Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky on the fourth line. Given his role, we don't expect too much from him in the short-term, although he certainly has offensive upside.
Kari Lehtonen puts backup duty in context 10-08-2015
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Kari Lehtonen has put the fact that he won't be the starting goaltender on Thursday into context.

Dallas Morning News
"I don't know if it's disappointing, but of course I would have liked to start," Lehtonen said. "It's two goalies, one spot, and a long season. This is what it is today." He went into this season realizing that it would be a battle for starts now that he's working with Antti Niemi. In the end, they'll probably end up roughly splitting the goaltending duties this season.
Vincent Lecavalier won't play on Thursday 10-08-2015
Vincent Lecavalier C PHI
Vincent Lecavalier will spend Thursday's opener in the press box.

Tampa Bay Times
To make matters worse for Lecavalier, the game is against his old team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. "The toughest thing is not physically being out there and playing with the puck, it's mentally," Lecavalier said. "It can't creep up on you, I still have that confidence that if I'm put in a situation, I know I can still play the game. I believe in myself, and that's all that matters honestly. It is hard. I want to play." Don't count on him having any fantasy value in standard leagues this season. It seems like we're in for a repeat of last season where his playing time will be severely limited.
Mason Raymond will draw into lineup Saturday 10-08-2015
Mason Raymond LW CAL
After being a healthy scratch on Wednesday, Mason Raymond will play Saturday.

Aaron Vickers on Twitter
Flames coach Bob Hartley hasn't decided who he'll remove from the lineup to make room for Raymond. The 30-year-old forward had 12 goals and 23 points in 57 contests in 2014-15.
Jonas Hiller will get the nod on Saturday 10-08-2015
Jonas Hiller G CAL
Jonas Hiller will start in Calgary's game against Vancouver on Saturday.

Aaron Vickers on Twitter
Karri Ramo started in the Flames' season opener and allowed five goals on 35 shots. Although Ramo got the first opportunity of 2015-16, Hiller is very much in the battle for the team's starting gig.
Lundqvist expected to start in next two games 10-08-2015
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start on both Friday and Saturday.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
The Rangers have stated that they want to limit Lundqvist to about 60 games this season, but they're nevertheless leaning heavily on him off the bat. He turned aside 32 of 34 shots in the Rangers' 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Lightning send Slater Koekkoek to the AHL 10-08-2015
Slater Koekkoek D TB
The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent Slater Koekkoek to the minors.

Joe Smith on Twitter
Koekkoek had five goals and 26 points in 72 AHL contests in 2014-15. It wouldn't be surprising to see him with Tampa Bay at some point this season as an injury replacement.
Ryan Kesler will wear an 'A' 10-08-2015
Ryan Kesler C ANA
Ryan Kesler has been named an alternate captain. on Twitter
Kesler previously wore the 'A' with the Vancouver Canucks. He's only entering his second season with Anaheim, but given that he's signed through 2021-22, it's not surprising to see the Ducks hand him a leadership role.
J. McCabe will participate in Thursday's game 10-08-2015
Jake McCabe D BUF
Jake McCabe will be in the Sabres' lineup on Thursday. on Twitter
McCabe will serve as the team's seventh defenseman. He's dressing largely because Brian Gionta is unavailable due to a lower-body injury.
Brian Gionta (LBI) won't play in opener 10-08-2015
Brian Gionta RW BUF
Brian Gionta (lower body) will not participate in Thursday's opener. on Twitter
Gionta is being regarded as day-to-day. He had 13 goals and 35 points in 69 contests in 2014-15. Rather than replace him with a forward, it looks like Buffalo will dress seven defensemen, including Jake McCabe.
Carlo Colaiacovo earns top-six role with BUF 10-08-2015
Carlo Colaiacovo D BUF
Carlo Colaiacovo will dress for the Sabres' opening game on Thursday.

Buffalo News
It wasn't a sure thing that he would secure a top-six spot, but he has for now. Look for him to play alongside Rasmus Ristolainen.
Brandon Gormley is set to be healthy scratch 10-08-2015
Brandon Gormley D COL
Brandon Gormley will spend Thursday's opener in the press box.

Denver Post
Gormley had two goals and four points in 27 contests with Arizona last season. The Avalanche acquired him from Arizona in exchange for Stefan Elliott in the hopes that the change of scenery would do him some good. Obviously this isn't a positive early indicator.
Brad Stuart isn't in the lineup Thursday 10-08-2015
Brad Stuart D COL
Brad Stuart will be a healthy scratch in Colorado's opener on Thursday.

Denver Post
Stuart comes with a $3.6 million annual cap hit, so that's a lot of money to be sitting in the press box. To make matters worse, the 35-year-old is signed through 2016-17.
Scott Gomez will start season in press box 10-08-2015
Scott Gomez C STL
Scott Gomez will be a healthy scratch in the Blues' opener on Thursday.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gomez had seven goals and 34 points in 58 contests with the New Jersey Devils last season. Despite that respectable showing he couldn't secure a contract this summer. Instead he ended up inking a two-way contract with the Blues after attending their camp on a tryout basis.
Scottie Upshall will not play Thursday night 10-08-2015
Scottie Upshall RW STL
Scottie Upshall will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Upshall inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues. He had eight goals and 15 points in 63 contests last season. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Edmundson to play in first NHL game Thursday 10-08-2015
Joel Edmundson D STL
Joel Edmundson will play in his first NHL game on Thursday.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Edmundson recorded four goals and 12 points in 30 AHL contests last season. He will be paired up with another rookie in Colton Parayko.
Marian Hossa takes a maintenance day 10-08-2015
Marian Hossa RW CHI
Marian Hossa didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Tracey Myers on Twitter
Hossa scored a goal on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday. It appears this was just a maintenance day for him.
Antti Niemi will start for Stars on Thursday 10-08-2015
Antti Niemi G DAL
Antti Niemi will play between the pipes on Thursday.

Josh Yohe on Twitter
Niemi has earned the first start of the season over Kari Lehtonen. Some might take that as a sign that Niemi has secured the starting job, but Dallas isn't likely to have a true starter this season. Instead, Niemi and Lehtonen will probably end up splitting the goalie duties fairly evenly in 2015-16.
Ville Pokka heads to the minors 10-08-2015
Ville Pokka D CHI
Ville Pokka has been reassigned to AHL Rockford.
Pokka didn't participate in Chicago's season opener on Wednesday. He had eight goals and 30 points in 68 AHL contests last season.
Chicago summons Viktor Svedberg 10-08-2015
Viktor Svedberg D CHI
The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Viktor Svedberg.
Svedberg's promotion comes as no surprise as Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville already said he would be in the lineup on Friday. Svedberg had three goals and 14 points in 49 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Vainonen on waivers, likely to be released 10-08-2015
Mikko Vainonen D NAS
Mikko Vainonen has been put on $125 waivers.

Bob McKenzie on Twitter
Vainonen's contract will probably be terminated by mutual agreemnet if he clears. He had five assists in 31 ECHL games in 2014-15.
Arizona waives John Scott 10-08-2015
John Scott D ARZ
John Scott has been placed on waivers by the Arizona Coyotes.

Bob McKenzie on Twitter
Scott is a pure enforcer that does very little offensively. He has 517 penalty minutes in just 274 career games, but he doesn't play often enough to be a reliable source of PIM.
Matt Irwin is set to debut on Thursday 10-08-2015
Matt Irwin D BOS
Matt Irwin will make his Boston Bruins debut on Thursday.
That might not have been the case if Zdeno Chara (upper body) was healthy. Irwin had eight goals and 19 points in 53 contests in 2014-15.
Zdeno Chara (UBI) will not play on Thursday 10-08-2015
Zdeno Chara D BOS
Zdeno Chara (upper body) will not participate in Thursday's season opener.
Chara has been dealing with this injury since Sept. 24. He's making progress though and might make his season debut as early as Saturday.
Corey Tropp loaned to AHL Albany 10-08-2015
Corey Tropp RW CHI
Corey Tropp has been sent to the AHL's Albany Devils.
The Devils are not Chicago's AHL affiliate, but that's where Tropp is being loaned. He had eight points and 76 penalty minutes in 61 games in 2014-15.
Josh Gorges (LBI) is set to play Thursday 10-08-2015
Josh Gorges D BUF
Josh Gorges has completely recovered from his lower-body injury. on Twitter
Gorges will play in Buffalo's season opener on Thursday as a result. Look for him to be paired up with Mark Pysyk.
Clarke MacArthur is a game-time decision 10-08-2015
Clarke MacArthur LW OTT
Clarke MacArthur (upper body) is regarded as a game-time decision on Thursday.

Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
MacArthur placed his chances of playing in the Senators' opener as 50-50. He had 16 goals and 36 points in 62 contests last season.
Tuukka Rask should get the nod on Thursday 10-08-2015
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask is expected to play between the pipes in Boston's opener on Thursday.

Joe McDonald on Twitter
Boston is expected to once again lean heavily on Rask. He is after all one of the league's best goaltenders and is coming off of a season where he posted a 2.30 GAA and .922 save percentage in 70 contests.
Ben Bishop will get the nod in opener 10-08-2015
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop is expected to start in Tampa Bay's season opener on Thursday.

Bryan Burns on Twitter
It would have been shocking if that wasn't the case. Bishop might have competition from Andrei Vasilevskiy later in the season, but with Vasilevskiy sidelined following vascular surgery, Bishop should be leaned on significantly over Kevin Poulin.
Matt Greene (UBI) able to play in opener 10-08-2015
Matt Greene D LA
Matt Greene (upper body) ended up playing in the Kings' season opener. Greene was initially expected to miss the contest due to the ailment. He recorded five hits in 15:00 minutes of ice time.
Cory Schneider returns to practice 10-08-2015
Cory Schneider G NJ
Cory Schneider took part in Thursday's morning skate.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
That's just an FYI because Schneider missed Wednesday's practice for maintenance reasons. He should be fine for the Devils' season opener on Friday.
Brandon Sutter off to a hot start 10-08-2015
Brandon Sutter C VAN
Brandon Sutter had a goal and an assist in the Canucks' 5-1 victory Wednesday night.

Vancouver Province
Sutter logged 20:47 minutes, including 2:56 with the man advantage. He's been given the opportunity to play a big role with Vancouver, which could lead to him being significantly more productive than he was with Pittsburgh. He's never recorded more than 40 points in a single season and that was back in 2009-10, but he might end up having some fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Tomas Hertl nets PPG in opener 10-08-2015
Tomas Hertl C SJ
Tomas Hertl scored a power-play goal in San Jose's 5-1 victory over Los Angeles Wednesday night.

San Jose Mercury News
Hertl is trying to rebound after a rough sophomore campaign where he was limited to 13 goals and 31 points in 82 contests. He certainly has a lot of offensive upside and he'll be worth keeping a close eye on in the days and weeks to come.
Report: Raffi Torres won't appeal suspension 10-08-2015
Raffi Torres LW SJ
Raffi Torres will reportedly not appeal his 41-game suspension.

CSN Bay Area
Torres is technically being punished for his illegal check to the head and interference against Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg, but it would likely be more accurate to say that he's being punished for making the same mistake over and over again. After all, it's not his hit on Silfverberg that alone earned him a 41-game suspension, it's his long suspension history that caused this. If he doesn't appeal, then he'll be eligible to return on Jan. 14.
Jaroslav Halak practices, still questionable 10-08-2015
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Jaroslav Halak (upper body) has practiced for two straight days.

New York Newsday
Halak's availability for the Islanders' season opener on Friday remains a mystery though. If he can't play, then Thomas Greiss will likely play between the pipes while Jean-Francois Berube will serve as the backup.
Oscar Lindberg scores in season debut 10-08-2015
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Oscar Lindberg found the back of the net in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday.

The Bergen Record
Lindberg was playing in just his second career NHL game. He also finished the contest with a plus-two rating in 13:53 minutes of ice time. He had 28 goals and 56 points in 75 AHL games last season.
Derek Stepan scores game-winner in opener 10-08-2015
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Derek Stepan scored the game-winning goal in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday.

The Bergen Record
Stepan is certainly getting his 2015-16 campaign off on the right foot. He's got the potential to reach the 60-point mark this season, although he's not a safe bet to reach that mark.
Sergey Kalinin will make his debut on Friday 10-08-2015
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Sergey Kalinin is set to make his NHL debut on Friday.

The Bergen Record
Kalinin will probably be playing on a line with Jiri Tlusty and Jordin Tootoo. "It's a good feeling, but it's not different," Kalinin said. "I'm just going to work extremely hard to prove that I can play here and help the team." Kalinin had 12 goals and 25 points in 58 KHL contests last season.
S. Matteau will likely be a healthy scratch 10-08-2015
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Stefan Matteau will likely be a healthy scratch in the Devils' season opener on Friday.

The Bergen Record
Although Matteau made the team, we don't think he'll end up playing a big role with the Devils in 2014-15. He had 12 goals and 27 points in 61 AHL contests last season.
Gelinas projected to be a healthy scratch 10-08-2015
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Eric Gelinas is likely to start the 2015-16 campaign in the press box.

The Bergen Record
Gelinas was the odd man out during Wednesday's practice and Devils coach John Hynes said those pairings were "pretty close" to what would be used in Friday's contest. Gelinas admitted that he didn't have the camp he wanted after signing a two-year, $3.15 million deal over the summer. He has some upside, but we're not convinced that he's going to be worth owning in standard leagues this season.
Artemi Panarin scores in NHL debut 10-08-2015
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Artemi Panarin scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game Wednesday night.

Chicago Sun-Times
He was set up beautifully by Patrick Kane to get him on the board. Panarin dazzled the Chicago crowd with his puck handling in the game and he showed that he can finish too when given the opportunity. If he can continue to build chemistry with Kane then it won't be long before he is owned in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Micheal Ferland kicks off season with a fight 10-08-2015
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Micheal Ferland helped kick off the Calgary Flames' season with a fight.

Calgary Sun
Ferland sparred with Vancouver's Derek Dorsett just two seconds into the season opener. "I knew something was going to happen," Ferland said. "I thought it would (get the crowd into it). Obviously, we knew they'd come in hungry, but I don't think we matched their intensity. It's tough to lose that way." As Ferland alluded to, Calgary struggled after that fight, ultimately losing 5-1. In addition to the five penalty minutes, Ferland finished with a minus-one rating.
Clarke MacArthur (UBI) may play Thursday 10-08-2015
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Clarke MacArthur (upper body) took part in Wednesday's practice and may play Thursday night.

Buffalo News
He hasn't received medical clearance to play yet, but was joking around at the skate. "I took a little bump to the neck/chin area but I've been hit harder by my daughter with her toys," MacArthur said. The Senators also sent Matt Puempel to the minors Wednesday, which could indicate that MacArhur will be available.
P.K. Subban earns 3 assists in season debut 10-08-2015
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P.K. Subban collected three assists in Montreal's 3-1 win over Toronto on Wednesday night. He was also credited with four blocks, two hits and one shot, while logging a game-high 24:35 of ice time. Subban is off to a fine start this season and his well-rounded game makes him one of the most valuable fantasy defenders in the game.
Canadiens scratch blueliners Pateryn, Tinordi 10-08-2015
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Greg Pateryn was a healthy scratch Wednesday night to open the regular season.

Montreal Gazette
He was joined by fellow defensemen Jarred Tinordi in the press box. Pateryn played in 17 games with Montreal last season, but he will have a tough time cracking the Canadiens' lineup unless injuries occur.
Alex Galchenyuk pots GWG in Habs' opener 10-08-2015
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Alex Galchenyuk potted the game-winning goal in Montreal's season opener against Toronto.

Montreal Gazette
He pounced on a rebound to break a 1-1 tie at the 12:02 mark of the third period. Galchenyuk also won seven of his 10 faceoffs in the match. He has played center before in his career, but he is getting an opportunity this year to play the position in the NHL on a much more regular basis.
Jagr hopes to get Panthers into playoffs 10-08-2015
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Jaromir Jagr is looking forward to the start of the season.

Miami Herald
The 43-year-old veteran recorded six goals and 18 points in 20 games with the Panthers after he was acquired from New Jersey. Jagr clicked on the ice with Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov and the trio will be expected to continue their success in 2015-16. Jagr is hoping to help his young teammates get into the playoffs this year and he believes they can reach that goal if they play the same way they finished the 2014-15 campaign.
Dylan Larkin will make NHL debut Friday 10-08-2015
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Dylan Larkin will play alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader when he makes his NHL debut on Friday night.

Detroit News
"We think Dylan Larkin is a very good player, that's why he's on the Opening Night roster," said coach Jeff Blashill, "and as such, we'll put in in positions he hopefully can be successful." The 19-year-old is worthy keeping an eye on after he excelled everywhere he played last year.
Petr Mrazek will get the nod on Saturday 10-08-2015
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Petr Mrazek will make his first start of the 2015-16 season on Saturday night at Carolina.

Detroit News
The Red Wings will start Jimmy Howard in Friday's home opener versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. "They'll both play as I've said previously," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I would suspect both will get opportunites (during a stretch of back-to-back games in October). We'll need great goaltending and we feel both can give us great goaltending." Mrazek will be looking to prove he can handle the number one role, while Howard will be looking to reclaim the position he lost in the playoffs last year.
David Krejci will add a spark to Boston 10-08-2015
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David Krejci wants to make an impact this season, especially after missing most of the 2014-15 campaign due to injury.

Boston Globe
"David, he's built that into his own personal goals, wanting to be a great player," said GM Don Sweeney. "He's put up numbers now. I think he holds himself in that, amongst those types of players. So that's a good thing from where I sit. Is it added pressure? Yeah, you can't run from it. Every athlete recognizes along with a big number comes big expectations." Sweeney called Krejci a "catalyst" and the Bruins missed his presence in the lineup.
Nick Shore scores Kings lone goal 10-08-2015
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Nick Shore scored the lone Kings' goal in Los Angeles' 5-1 loss to San Jose on Tuesday night. Shore scored on a tip-in on the very first shot of the game. Unfortunately for the Kings, it was all downhill after that as the Sharks thoroughly out played the flat Kings in the season opener. Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty picked up assists on the goal. Shore was a great point producer in AHL and looked good during training camp.
Jonathan Quick lit up for five goals in loss 10-08-2015
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Jonathan Quick allowed five goals on 32 shots in a 5-1 loss to San Jose in his season debut on Tuesday. Quick was under siege it seemed all game as the Kings kept giving the Sharks power plays and grade-A chances. Quick was easily the best player for the Kings last season with a 2.24 GAA and .918 save percentage. He will need more support going forward. We probably want to call this a "write off" performance as the Kings came out flat as a team.
Martin Jones wins in Sharks season debut 10-08-2015
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Martin Jones stopped 19-of-20 shots in a 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday. It was a nice way to get introduced to this rivalry from the other side of the fence for Martin Jones as he beat his old team in his Sharks season debut. It helped that the Sharks were just far and away the better team on this night but Jones was perfect following a goal he allowed on the first shot of the game. The starting gig is his to lose it seems going forward.
Joe Pavelski nets three points in opening win 10-08-2015
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Joe Pavelski had a big night with a goal, two assists, while recording seven shots and a plus-3 in the Sharks 5-1 beat down of Los Angeles on Tuesday. It was a big night for the newly coined captain for the San Jose Sharks. In the last two years, only Alex Ovechkin has more goals than his 78, now 79 goals. Pavelski wasn't the only Shark to have a big night as Brent Burns, Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each picked up two points in the blowout of cross town rival Kings. It was clear that the Sharks were out for blood with something to prove as they had their top unit out there on the power-play even with a game well in hand.
Karri Ramo rocked for five goals in opener 10-08-2015
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Karri Ramo allowed five goals on 44 shots in a 5-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday. Ramo got very unlucky on two of the goals as one went in off Daniel Sedin's shin and another goal was poked past him by his own defender Dennis Wideman. It wasn't his fault the Flames lost but allowing five goals in a loss won't help his chances on getting the lion share of the starts with Jonas Hiller breathing down his neck. Last year the Flames rode the hot hand and will likely do it again this season.
Jiri Hudler scores lone goal in loss 10-08-2015
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Jiri Hudler scored the only Calgary goal in a 5-1 blowout loss to Vancouver on Tuesday. Hudler finished off a nice passing play from Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau to beat Ryan Miller in close for the only Flames goal on the night. Hudler also recorded three shots and was a minus-1 in the game. Coming off a career year, owners are expecting a lot of Hudler so this is a good start.
Ryan Miller solid in opener 10-08-2015
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Ryan Miller looked calm and collected in stopping 29-of-30 shots in a 5-1 blowout win over Calgary on Tuesday. Miller gave the Canucks and fantasy owners exactly what they were hoping for in this season opening game. Vancouver's number 1 started last season hot as well and owners will be looking for a repeat performance. With Jacob Markstrom on the shelf for a while it is very likely that Miller gets the run of the starts early on.
Daniel Sedin nabs three points in opener 10-08-2015
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Daniel Sedin picked up a goal and added two assists in Vancouver's season opening 5-1 destruction of Calgary on Tuesday. The Sedin line of Daniel, Henrik and Brandon Sutter combined for six points in the blowout win. It is a good sign obviously for the Canucks as this line was put together really late in the preseason. It should serve notice to all fantasy players that the Sedins are still very relevant and could be close to a point per game again this season. Henrik Sedin and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist.