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|Sami Aittokallio returns to the minors||10-22-2014|
|Sami Aittokallio G COL|
Sami Aittokallio has been sent to the minors.
Avalanche.nhl.com on Twitter
|Aittokallio didn't end up getting any playing time during his stint with the Colorado Avalanche. He was called up because both Semyon Varlamov (groin) and Reto Berra (upper body) were sidelined, but now that Berra has returned, the Avalanche can afford to return Aittokallio to the AHL.|
|John Erskine undergoes neck surgery||10-22-2014|
|John Erskine D WAS|
John Erskine underwent neck surgery on Wednesday.
|It might be a few weeks before he starts his rehabilitation program and it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return. He had four points and 56 penalty minutes in 37 games in 2013-14.|
|Mike Smith will start for Arizona Thursday||10-22-2014|
|Mike Smith G ARZ|
Mike Smith will be back between the pipes on Thursday.
Craig Morgan on Twitter
|Smith spent Tuesday's contest warming the bench. This is a chance for him to turn his season around after posting a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three starts.|
|Braydon Coburn not expected to play Wednesday||10-22-2014|
|Braydon Coburn D PHI|
Braydon Coburn (lower body) isn't expected to return Wednesday.
Sam Carchidi on Twitter
|It looked like Coburn would play Tuesday as he took part in the team's pregame warmups, but he didn't feel quite right. This will be his sixth straight game on the sidelines.|
|Flyers will start Ray Emery versus Penguins||10-22-2014|
|Ray Emery G PHI|
The Philadelphia Flyers will go with Ray Emery against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Flyers.nhl.com on Twitter
|That's not particularly surprising given that Steve Mason played on Tuesday. Emery has a 2.73 GAA and .907 save percentage in two games this season. Given Mason's rough start to the campaign, there might be an opportunity for Emery to take the starting job if he gets hot.|
|Eric Staal moves to injured reserve list||10-22-2014|
|Eric Staal C CAR|
Eric Staal (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
|The move is retroactive Oct. 11, so if anything the only mild surprise here is that Carolina didn't make this move earlier. They can activate Staal whenever he's healthy.|
|Brody Sutter has been recalled by Hurricanes||10-22-2014|
|Brody Sutter C CAR|
Brody Sutter has been promoted by the Carolina Hurricanes.
|Sutter has a goal in five AHL game sthis season. The campaign is still young, but Sutter is already on his second stint with Carolina.|
|Islanders promote Anders Lee||10-22-2014|
|Anders Lee C NYI|
The New York Islanders have called up Anders Lee.
|Lee has three goals and five points in five AHL games. Although there's a fair chance he'll get sent down again once Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) is healthy, Lee might have some short-term fantasy value in standard leagues.|
|Charlie Coyle signs 5-year/$16 mil extension||10-22-2014|
|Charlie Coyle RW MIN|
Charlie Coyle has agreed to a five-year, $16 million extension with the Minnesota Wild.
Michael Russo on Twitter
|Coyle is in the last season of his entry-level contract and will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting in 2015-16. This could end up being a great deal for Minnesota. Coyle had 30 points in 70 games last season, but he's capable of doing significantly better than that. We're looking for the 22-year-old forward to get around 45 points this season and if all goes well, he should top that figure in the years to come.|
|T.J. Oshie thinks his season will turn around||10-22-2014|
|T.J. Oshie C STL|
T.J. Oshie isn't too worried about the fact that he's still searching for his first point of the season after five games.
|"I feel like this is the best condition I've been in at the start of the season. I feel like my line has been playing really well, we just haven't been capitalizing on opportunities," Oshie said. "It seems like there's one little bounce of the puck or one stick that gets in the way of us making some good plays. Get those plays, get a little more crisp, a little more simple and the pucks will start going into the net for us." Fantasy owners that have Oshie on their team shouldn't panic at this time. He's still a decent bet to get 50-60 points in 2014-15.|
|Jori Lehtera returns to practice Wednesday||10-22-2014|
|Jori Lehtera C STL|
Jori Lehtera (flu) was able to participate in Wednesday's practice.
|With that in mind, it seems reasonable to assume he'll be available for Thursday's game. He's gotten off to a strong start with a goal and three points in four contests.|
|John Erskine (UBI) is on injured reserve list||10-22-2014|
|John Erskine D WAS|
John Erskine (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Alex Prewitt on Twitter
|Erskine suffered the ailment during Tuesday's practice. He hasn't played in a game yet this season.|
|Curtis McElhinney (head/neck) will rejoin CBJ||10-22-2014|
|Curtis McElhinney G CLB|
Curtis McElhinney (head/neck) plans to meet up with the traveling Blue Jackets after all.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
|McElhinney was originally expected to stay in Columbus for the duration of the Blue Jackets' trip to California, but he's already feeling better. It's not clear if he'll play in any games during the road trip, but he might at least resume skating with Columbus.|
|Aaron Rome joins Norfolk on PTO||10-22-2014|
|Aaron Rome D DET|
Aaron Rome has accepted a professional tryout offer with the AHL Norfolk Admirals.
Pro Hockey Talk
|Norfolk is an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. Rome attended the Red Wings' training camp, but couldn't secure a roster spot with the squad. He has 28 points and 185 penalty minutes in 226 career NHL games.|
|Ducks prospect Noesen suffers Achilles injury||10-22-2014|
|Stefan Noesen RW ANA|
Stefan Noesen suffered an Achilles injury while playing in the AHL.
Eric Stephens on Twitter
|Noesen is tentatively expected to miss four months as a result. This is another terrible setback for the 21-year-old prospect, who was limited to two AHL games in 2013-14 because of a torn ACL and MCL. He was taken with the 21st overall pick by the Ottawa Senators in 2011, but was acquired by Anaheim as part of the Bobby Ryan trade.|
|Michal Neuvirth gets another shot at Ducks||10-22-2014|
|Michal Neuvirth G BUF|
Michal Neuvirth is expected to start Wednesday against Anaheim.
John Vogl on Twitter
|That probably means Jhonas Enroth will get the nod against Los Angeles on Thursday. Neuvirth allowed five goals on 44 shots against the Ducks in his first start of the season.|
|Martin Hanzal (lower body) is out Thursday||10-22-2014|
|Martin Hanzal C ARZ|
Martin Hanzal (lower body) didn't travel with the Coyotes to Minnesota.
Craig Morgan on Twitter
|In other words, Hanzal will obviously miss Thursday's game against the Wild. He has a goal and three points in four contests this season.|
|Alexander Steen (illness) misses practice||10-22-2014|
|Alexander Steen C STL|
Alexander Steen is dealing with an illness.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
|Steen missed Wednesday's morning skate as a result. St. Louis is scheduled to play on Thursday and he should be regarded as questionable for that game.|
|Jimmy Howard will play again Thursday||10-22-2014|
|Jimmy Howard G DET|
Jimmy Howard will be Detroit's starter on Thursday.
Ansar Khan on Twitter
|Howard has a 1.77 GAA and .937 save percentage in five games. Despite his impressive work, he only has a 2-1-2 record so far this season as the Red Wings have gotten off to a slow start offensively.|
|Ducks stick with Frederik Andersen Wednesday||10-22-2014|
|Frederik Andersen G ANA|
Frederik Andersen is expected to start against Buffalo Wednesday night.
Eric Stephens on Twitter
|Andersen will be making his sixth straight start. He has a 1.38 GAA and .950 save percentage this season.|
|St. Louis will go with Jake Allen on Thursday||10-22-2014|
|Jake Allen G STL|
Jake Allen will get the nod on Thursday.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter
|It was already expected that Allen would play in that game, but now we have confirmation. Allen stopped 24 of 25 shots in his first game of the season.|
|Corey Crawford out at least two more games||10-22-2014|
|Corey Crawford G CHI|
Corey Crawford (upper body) won't participate in Chicago's upcoming two-game road trip.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter
|Crawford already missed Tuesday's contest due to the injury. He won't even travel with the team as the Blackhawks play in Nashville on Thursday and St. Louis on Saturday. They'll be back home for a game against Ottawa on Sunday.|
|Jake Muzzin (UBI) gets green light to play||10-22-2014|
|Jake Muzzin D LA|
Jake Muzzin (upper body) is cleared to return.
Rich Hammond on Twitter
|Muzzin missed the Kings' first six games. He's likely to play alongside Drew Doughty. Muzzin had five goals, 24 points, and 58 penalty minutes in 76 games in 2013-14.|
|Montreal demotes Nathan Beaulieu||10-22-2014|
|Nathan Beaulieu D MON|
Nathan Beaulieu has been sent to the minors.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter
|Beaulieu's demotion is expected to be short-term. The Canadiens want him to get into an AHL game on Wednesday and he should rejoin Montreal on Sunday.|
|Jordin Tootoo undergoes X-rays on his foot||10-22-2014|
|Jordin Tootoo RW NJ|
Jordin Tootoo might have suffered a foot injury when he blocked a shot Tuesday.
New Jersey Online
|Tootoo missed the Devils' practice so that he could have the area X-rayed. It's worth noting that he continued to play in the game after blocking the shot in the second period, although his ice time was limited in the third frame.|
|Islanders move Mikhail Grabovski to IR list||10-22-2014|
|Mikhail Grabovski C NYI|
Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
|The move is retroactive to Oct. 16, so this doesn't actually say much about how long the Islanders expect him to be sidelined. He was able to skate on Tuesday.|
|Maple Leafs caught in Ottawa lockdown||10-22-2014|
|Ken Sutton D NJ|
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on lockdown in their hotel in Ottawa.
|The police are investigating multiple downtown shooting incidents after a soldier was shot at the National War Memorial. The NHL hasn't decided if the game scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET will go ahead as planned or if it will be postponed.|
|Voynov's lawyer: Client didn't attack victim||10-22-2014|
|Viatcheslav Voynov D LA|
Slava Voynov's lawyer, Craig Renetzky, is saying that his client did not attack the hospitalized woman in the alleged domestic violence case.
Orange County Register
|Voynov has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested by police. He has since been released on bail and has a court date scheduled for Dec. 1. "There was no intentional attack," Renetzky said. "That's just not what we have here. I think it's more of a misunderstanding. I don't think the police completely understood what she was trying to say. She repeatedly asked for (Voynov) to come in and help interpret, and those requests were denied." This case is expected to be presented to the district attorney this week. From there, the district attorney will decided whether or not to charge Voynov.|
|Isles waive veteran defenseman Colin McDonald||10-22-2014|
|Colin McDonald RW NYI|
Colin McDonald has been placed on waivers by the New York Islanders.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
|McDonald has played in just two games this season. He might have gotten more playing time had the Islanders not acquired Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy before the start of the season.|
|Steve Ott to play with Backes, Oshie Thursday||10-22-2014|
|Steve Ott C STL|
Steve Ott is projected to play with David Backes and T.J. Oshie on Thursday night.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
|He's getting a promotion from the fourth line with Paul Stastny injured. "It's what I'm accustomed to," Ott said. "It's something I relish, being a player that can be in situations and give a coach a different look, being able to help out wherever I can." He has no points and 11 hits in five games.|
|Jannik Hansen nets his first goal of 2014-15||10-22-2014|
|Jannik Hansen RW VAN|
Jannik Hansen scored his first goal of the season Tuesday night.
|It was also Hansen's first point in five contests. He only had 20 points in 71 contests in 2013-14, but he might reach the 30-point milestone this season.|
|Jay Bouwmeester reunites with Pietrangelo||10-22-2014|
|Jay Bouwmeester D STL|
Jay Bouwmeester was back with Alex Pietrangelo on Tuesday at practice.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
|The duo didn't start the season together, but they were reunited during Sunday's 3-0 loss to Anaheim. "Looking at the opponents coming up, we're going to need one pair that carries the yeoman's work five on five, and they're the pair that does it, so we're going to use them," said said coach Ken Hitchcock referring to match-ups against Vancouver and Chicago.|
|Joe Thornton has seven points in seven games||10-22-2014|
|Joe Thornton C SJ|
Joe Thornton scored a goal in the Sharks' 5-3 loss on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area
|Thornton has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games. He has two goals and seven points in seven contests in 2014-15.|
|Andrew Ebbett has been promoted by Penguins||10-22-2014|
|Andrew Ebbett C PIT|
Andrew Ebbett has been called up by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
|Ebbett's time in the minors was brief, but it did give him an opportunity to play in an AHL game on Tuesday. He hasn't made his season debut with Pittsburgh yet.|
|Pittsburgh calls up Scott Harrington||10-22-2014|
|Scott Harrington D PIT|
The Pittsburgh Penguins have summoned Scott Harrington.
|Harrington was sent to the minors on Monday. He hasn't played for Pittsburgh yet this season, but he has gotten into an AHL game.|
|Braydon Coburn (LBI) misses Tuesday's game||10-22-2014|
|Braydon Coburn D PHI|
Despite all expectations to the contrary, Braydon Coburn (lower body) didn't play on Tuesday.
|Coburn even took part in the Flyers' pregame warmups, but he was ultimately held out of the contest. "He didn't feel right," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "So he couldn't play." He might return on Wednesday instead.|
|Berube doesn't put blame on Mason Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Steve Mason G PHI|
Steve Mason didn't receive much of the blame for Philadelphia's 4-0 loss to Chicago on Tuesday.
|"He got bombarded in the first period and held us in there," Flyers coach Craig Berube said of Mason. Philadelphia was outshot 19-9 in the first period and Mason ended up facing 43 shots over the course of the game. At the same time, it's fair to say that this isn't the start to the season that Mason wanted. He has an ugly 3.83 GAA and .878 save percentage in five games.|
|Mike Ribeiro stretches point streak Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Mike Ribeiro C NAS|
Mike Ribeiro generated a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over Arizona.
The Nashville Tennessean
|He stretched his point streak to four games with the two-point effort. Ribeiro has accounted for three goals and two assists during his scoring spree. It's early into the year, but so far he has fit in well with the Predators.|
|Kyle Okposo has eight points in six games||10-22-2014|
|Kyle Okposo RW NYI|
Kyle Okposo had an assist in The Islanders' 5-2 loss to Toronto Tuesday night.
New York Newsday
|Okposo is off to a great start with two goals and eight points in six games. He set a career-high last season with 69 points and it wouldn't be shocking if he ends up doing a bit better in 2014-15.|
|Charlie Coyle skates with Koivu, Vanek||10-22-2014|
|Charlie Coyle RW MIN|
Charlie Coyle skated with Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek during Tuesday's practice.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
|Koivu doesn't have a point in four games and Vanek has only one assist, so coach Mike Yeo is hoping that Coyle can help get his new linemates going. Koivu and Coyle enjoyed some success together last season.|
|Chris Mueller nets first goal with Rangers||10-22-2014|
|Chris Mueller C NYR|
Chris Mueller scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record
|It was also Mueller's first goal in a Rangers uniform. The 28-year-old forward has 10 points in 48 career NHL games.|
|Trevor Daley continues hot start Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Trevor Daley D DAL|
Trevor Daley has been held off the scoresheet once in six games this season.
Dallas Morning News
|He extended his point streak to three games on Tuesday night when he earned an assist on Ryan Garbutt's opening goal in a 6-3 win for the Stars. Daley has accounted for six points in six contests.|
|Rick Nash pulling away in goal scoring race||10-22-2014|
|Rick Nash LW NYR|
Rick Nash has a commanding lead in the NHL's goal scoring race.
The Bergen Record
|Nash scored his eighth goal of the season on Tuesday, putting him three markers ahead of the nine players that are tied for second place. Nash has played in just seven games this season. Obviously, we expect him to cool down at some point, but it seems fair to believe that this won't be a repeat of his disappointing 39-point 2013-14 campaign.|
|Ryan Garbutt gets first goal of 2014-15||10-22-2014|
|Ryan Garbutt C DAL|
Ryan Garbutt scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Vancouver.
Dallas Morning News
|He also added an assist in the match to give him four points in six contests. Garbutt was a good contributor for the Stars last season, with 17 goals and 32 points in 75 games. He had 106 penalty minutes as well, but he's only posted four so far this season.|
|Adam Henrique gets two points in 200th game||10-22-2014|
|Adam Henrique C NJ|
Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist in the Devils' 4-3 overtime loss against the Rangers Tuesday night.
The Bergen Record
|Henrique was playing in his 200th career game. He's gotten off to a strong start this season with three goals and seven points in six contests.|
|Tyler Seguin scores goal, assist Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Tyler Seguin C DAL|
|Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.||Seguin was just awarded with the NHL's first star of the week and he co-leads the league with 10 points in six games. He led the Stars with six shots in Tuesday's victory.|
|Adam Larsson doesn't play much in debut||10-22-2014|
|Adam Larsson D NJ|
Adam Larsson logged just 12:30 minutes in his season debut on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record
|Larsson was a healthy scratch for five straight games. "I thought he was fine," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "It's a lot for all our young D to be thrown in. They've got a lot of speed up front. That team is three to four lines deep. I thought our group defensively overall 5-on-5 was pretty good. We bent a little bit in different areas, but I thought we played a pretty solid game. We gave up 24, 25 shots to that team, which isn't a big number." Larsson has a lot of offensive upside, but no fantasy value in standard leagues at this time.|
|Iginla passes Bobby Hull on all-time list||10-22-2014|
|Jarome Iginla RW COL|
Jarome Iginla registered his team-leading fourth assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Florida.
|He assisted on Alex Tanguay's third goal of the season. Iginla also passed Bobby Hull (1,170 points) for sole possession of 49th place on the NHL's all-time scoring list.|
|Oilers near decision time with Leon Draisaitl||10-22-2014|
|Leon Draisaitl C EDM|
The Edmonton Oilers will have to make a decision in the not too distant future regarding Leon Draisaitl.
|Draisaitl has already burned through six of his possible nine games in his trial. If he plays in a 10th contest than this will count as the first season of his entry-level contract. "It is nerve-racking a bit, but I'm trying not to think too much about it, where I'll wind up," said Draisaitl. "I don't think I've been terrible so far but I can be way better, and I'll have to be way better." He's averaging just 12:48 minutes of ice time per game and he'd certainly get a lot more if they returned him to the WHL.|
|Dallas Eakins optimistic after first win||10-22-2014|
|Dallas Eakins D CAL|
Dallas Eakins was very encouraged by the Oilers' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.
|"I think for the group, it was more like everything we've put in place here will work, there's no need to change anything," said Eakins. "That was the one thing we were really hammering home as a staff: We're not changing anything. We know this is the way to go with this group. It's going to work." It's not surprising that Eakins would assume the role of cheerleader for his relatively young squad that's desperate for momentum. The Oilers are probably better than their 0-4-1 start indicated, but that's not saying much. This team doesn't look like a good bet to make the playoffs.|
|Patrick Sharp picks up two assists Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Patrick Sharp RW CHI|
Patrick Sharp had two helpers in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday.
|He had assists on both of Patrick Kane's power-play goals. Sharp has registered six points in six games this campaign. If there's one complaint about his start to the 2014-15 season it's that Sharp has two goals on a whopping 29 shots. However, fantasy owners probably aren't concerned with that right now.|
|Blue Jackets might acquire a top-six forward||10-22-2014|
|Team Goalie SJ TG SJ|
The Columbus Blue Jackets are believed to be in the market for a top-six forward.
|Nathan Horton (back) isn't expected to return anytime soon, if he returns at all. In light of that situation, the Blue Jackets have begun to explore the trade market. We wouldn't expect anything to materialize this early into the season though.|
|Bryan Bickell earns two points vs. Flyers||10-22-2014|
|Bryan Bickell LW CHI|
Bryan Bickell picked up a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-0 blanking of Philadelphia on Tuesday.
|He also was credited with a game-high six hits. Bickell has three points in his last two outings after going pointless in his previous three contests. He has elevate his offensive game in the playoffs the past two years, but in the regular season it's still difficult to trust his contributions. Still, he's worth keeping an eye on in case he gets streaky.|
|Riley Nash is off to a strong start in 14-15||10-22-2014|
|Riley Nash C CAR|
Riley Nash had an assist in Carolina's 3-1 loss to Winnipeg Tuesday night.
Raleigh News & Observer
|Nash has a goal and four points in five games. That's a particularly impressive start when you consider that he only had 24 points in 2013-14. He doesn't have a lot of offensive upside on his own, but he's still worth keeping an eye on as he's gotten a fair amount of ice time on a line with Alexander Semin so far this season.|
|Johnny Gaudreau gets well earned assist||10-22-2014|
|Johnny Gaudreau LW CAL|
Johnny Gaudreau got a lot of credit for setting up Dennis Wideman's power-play goal on Tuesday.
|"That was all Johnny," Wideman said. "I just skated down the side there, and Johnny basically drew everybody in the rink to him, deked them out and then made a great pass to me. I don't know how he knew that I was there, but he made some fantastic moves and just put it on my tape. I just got it on net." Gaudreau is starting to heat up after a slow start to the 2014-15 campaign. He's one of the league's most exciting rookies this season.|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 4 points in 5 games||10-22-2014|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson D ARZ|
Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded an assist in the Coyotes' 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
|Ekman-Larsson has recorded a point in four of his first five games, giving him a goal and three assists this season. He set a new career-high with 44 points last season and it wouldn't surprise us if he matched or marginally surpassed that mark.|
|David Clarkson finds the net in win vs. Isles||10-22-2014|
|David Clarkson RW TOR|
David Clarkson tallied a goal in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.
|He has produced two goals and one assist in his past five outings. Clarkson appears to be finding his game and he's looked good on a grinding line with Mike Santorelli and Leo Komarov.|
|Martin Erat finds back of the net Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Martin Erat RW ARZ|
Martin Erat scored a goal in Arizona's 4-3 shootout loss Tuesday night.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
|Erat now has two goals and four points in five games this season. He's bouncing back nicely as a challenging 2013-14 campaign, but we don't think he'll end up with much more than 40 points.|
|Roman Polak gets GWG against Islanders||10-22-2014|
|Roman Polak D TOR|
Roman Polak potted his first goal as a member of the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
|He was credited with the game winner in a 5-2 triumph over the Islanders. Polak has racked up 34 hits in seven matches this season and is known as a physical defender, but he hasn't been shy about jumping into the offensive attack.|
|Mark Fistric might get in a game soon||10-22-2014|
|Mark Fistric D ANA|
Mark Fistric might make his season debut soon.
Orange County Register
|Fistric has been scratched in all six of Anaheim's games thus far, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wants to give him some playing time. Fistric is a depth defenseman, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues.|
|Senators using Mark Stone in key roles||10-22-2014|
|Mark Stone RW OTT|
Mark Stone has been playing on Ottawa's top line and he's seeing time on the first power-play unit.
|The chances are there for him to produce, but so far he has just one goal and one assist in five games. "Right now I'm just happy we're off to a great start," Stone said. "I'm just a piece of the puzzle, trying to help and support Clarke and Kyle in certain areas. They have tons of different skills that I don't have, and I have certain skills that maybe they don't have. We're kind of trying to gel together. We know we haven't played our best game yet but there's still a lot of hockey to play." If he can start picking up points then he could be someone to watch as a possible waiver wire addition.|
|Nikita Kucherov returns after hard hit Tues.||10-22-2014|
|Nikita Kucherov RW TB|
Nikita Kucherov was injured in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary, but he was able to return in the third.
|He was nailed by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on an open-ice hit and didn't return for the second period, so it was a bit surprising to see him back at the start of the final frame. Kucherov finished the match with 8:39 of ice time.|
|Valtteri Filppula nets first goal of season||10-22-2014|
|Valtteri Filppula C TB|
Valtteri Filppula got his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against Calgary.
|He picked his marker off a rebound from a Jason Garrison shot. Filppula has generated five points in seven games for the Lightning this season and all four of his assists so far have come on the power play.|
|Habs' Alex Galchenyuk off to a hot start||10-22-2014|
|Alex Galchenyuk C MON|
Alex Galchenyuk has enjoyed an excellent start to the 2014-15 season.
|He scored his third goal and seventh point in seven games during Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Detroit. Galchenyuk tucked the puck into the net on a wraparound goal late in the third period to send the game into an extra session. He has credited his off-season training regimen with his confident play to open the year. "I had a great summer of training and I definitely got stronger," said Galchenyuk. "I feel more confident physically. Every summer, your goal is to get more confident so that you can compete. Your linemates can also make a difference. I'm happy to be playing with (Tomas Plekanec and P.A. Parenteau) and they have helped me a lot." The 20-year-old forward is stepping up for the Canadiens and new career highs in all offensive categories should be attainable even though his point-per-game pace will probably not be maintained.|
|Nick Bjugstad produces first point in 6 games||10-22-2014|
|Nick Bjugstad C FLA|
Nick Bjugstad had an assist in Florida's 4-3 overtime win over Colorado on Tuesday night.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
|It was his first point in six games this year. The rookie center led the Panthers in scoring last season with 38 points in 76 contests. Bjugstad was credited with six shots in Tuesday's win, so the goals should start coming eventually as well.|
|Aleksander Barkov scores in 4-3 OT vs. Avs||10-22-2014|
|Aleksander Barkov C FLA|
Aleksander Barkov registered his first point of the 2014-15 campaign.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
|It was his first goal since Jan. 14 of last season. Barkov missed the last two months of his rookie year because of a knee injury that he sustained in the Winter Olympics. He was reunited with Brad Boyes and Sean Bergenheim in the contest and each member of the trio scored in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over Colorado.|
|Jussi Jokinen gets on the scoresheet||10-22-2014|
|Jussi Jokinen LW FLA|
Jussi Jokinen chipped in two assists in Tuesday's overtime win over Colorado to get his first points with the Florida Panthers.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
|He set up Brandon Pirri's first-period tally and he had a helper on Brad Boyes' game-winning goal in overtime, which came on the power play. Jokinen didn't have a point in his previous five outings with the Panthers. He was shifted to a line with Pirri and Tomas Fleischmann for Tuesday's match.|
|Dan DeKeyser picks up an assist Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Dan DeKeyser D DET|
|Dan DeKeyser earned an assist on Detroit's only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Tuesday.||It was his first point since he picked up a helper in the Red Wings' season opener. DeKeyser has been averaging 20:37 of ice time after six games this campaign.|
|Pavel Datsyuk earns assist in return||10-22-2014|
|Pavel Datsyuk LW DET|
Pavel Datsyuk contributed an assist in his return to the lineup on Tuesday night.
|He also appeared to score a goal in Detroit's 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal, but it was waved off because it was ruled that Justin Abdelkader interfered with Carey Price. Datsyuk looked good in his first game back from a shoulder injury and coach Mike Babcock expects him to be better when he gets into a groove. "When you miss as much time as Pav has missed, it's going to take you some time," Babcock said. "He's a talented guy but it's going to take some time to get capable of what you're being."|
|Michal Neuvirth is poised to play this week||10-22-2014|
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Michal Neuvirth is projected to play for the Sabres this week, as the club plays three games in four nights.
|Buffalo visits Anaheim and Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday night, respectively. The Sabres play in San Jose on Saturday. Neuvirth was between the pipes for a 5-1 loss to the Ducks on Oct. 13, but coach Ted Nolan wouldn't confirm who would start Wednesday's contest.|
|Dustin Byfuglien scores in win over Carolina||10-22-2014|
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Dustin Byfuglien played a strong game for the Jets in Tuesday's win over Carolina.
Winnipeg Free Press
|He scored his second goal of the season late in the second period to round out the scoring in a 3-1 victory. Byfuglien finished the contest with four shots and four hits. He also logged a game-high 7:19 of ice time on the power play, but Winnipeg went 0-for-5 on the night.|
|Adam Lowry's first NHL goal defeats Canes||10-22-2014|
|Adam Lowry LW WPG|
Adam Lowry netted his first NHL goal Tuesday night when he deflected a point shot by Grant Clitsome.
Winnipeg Free Press
|"I kind of went off on my own and celebrated a little bit while everyone went to Grant," said Lowry. "And then I was a little worried because I wasn't sure it was going to be a high stick or not, so I tried to stay a little subdued. And the guys from the bench realized I had gotten a stick on it and were calling over for the puck. When they announced it was my goal I was pretty excited." He's looked comfortable centering T.J. Galiardi and Michael Frolik, but he has played on the wing as well. His tally on Tuesday turned out to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory over Carolina.|
|Brad Marchand snaps goal drought||10-22-2014|
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Brad Marchand potted his first goal of the 2014-15 season Tuesday night.
|He opened the scoring in a 5-3 win over San Jose during a Boston power play in the first period. Marchand had two shots and a minus-2 rating in the match. It's been a sleepy start for Marchand, with three points in eight games, but he's hoping to get going offensively now that the monkey is off his back.|
|David Krejci extends point streak Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|David Krejci C BOS|
|David Krejci notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win against the San Jose Sharks.||In doing so, he extended his point streak to four straight games. Krejci has picked up two goals and four assists over that span. He's been a big part of getting Boston's offense back on track after a quiet start.|
|Seth Griffith records his first NHL goal||10-22-2014|
|Seth Griffith C BOS|
Seth Griffith recorded his first NHL goal in Tuesday's 5-3 win over San Jose.
|His marker early in the third period tied the game at 3-3. Griffith saw his ice time drop to 12:59 in the match, which is the least he's played in his four NHL outings this season.|
|Milan Lucic earns three helpers Tuesday night||10-22-2014|
|Milan Lucic LW BOS|
Milan Lucic collected three assists in Boston's 5-3 win over San Jose on Tuesday night.
|The big Bruins winger has had an uneven start to the season and he's still looking for his first goal, but now he has five points in eight contests. Two of Lucic's helpers on Tuesday were primary assists on power-play goals.|
|Tyson Barrie blasts his first goal in loss||10-22-2014|
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Tyson Barrie got his first goal of the season on a two-man advantage in Colorado's 4-3 loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.
|It was nice to see Barrie get on the board as many projected the talented d-man to take the next step to stardom this season. Barrie has three points in seven games so for a Colorado Avalanche team that has struggled offensively. Look for the point totals to go up for Barrie when Colorado snaps out of this early season funk. Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay also had goals in the loss.|
|Ryan O'Reilly collects two helpers in loss||10-22-2014|
|Ryan O'Reilly C COL|
Ryan O'Reilly assisted on two goals but it wasn't enough as the Avalanche fell 4-3 in OT to the Panthers on Tuesday.
Pro Hockey Talk
|O'Reilly was part of the three-goal second period for the Avalanche that included two power-play goals. It has been a tough start for a lot of the Avs' top players and O'Reilly has not been immune to it, posting a goal and three assists in seven games this season. Colorado coach Patrick Roy called out his team after the loss on Tuesday and we will see what kind of effect it has on the team going forward.|
|Reto Berra makes 36 saves in Avs loss||10-22-2014|
|Reto Berra G COL|
Reto Berra stopped 36-of-40 shots fired his way in Colorado's 4-3 OT loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.
|Berra was peppered with shots early and often and despite giving up the first two goals of the game, he gave his team a chance to win. Berra projects to be the number one goalie until Semyon Varlamov returns from injury. There is some speculation that Varlamov will be able to make Friday's home game against the Canucks.|
|Brad Boyes lifts Panthers to win in OT||10-22-2014|
|Brad Boyes RW FLA|
|Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift Florida to a 4-3 win over Colorado on Tuesday.||Boyes got the puck at the point and slid into the slot on the Panthers' 4-on-3 power play and blew the puck past Reto Berra to give Florida the overtime win. Boyes also picked up an assist in the win for a two-point night. Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenhiem and Brandon Pirri scored the other goals in the win.|
|Daniel Winnik LW TOR|
|Daniel Winnik returned to action on Tuesday October 21.|
|Ryan Wilson D COL|
|Ryan Wilson returned to action on Tuesday October 21.|
|Brad Stuart D COL|
|Brad Stuart returned to action on Tuesday October 21.|
|James Sheppard (knee) makes season debut||10-22-2014|
|James Sheppard C SJ|
|James Sheppard (knee) was called up from the minors on Tuesday October 21.||Sheppard missed the first six games of the season after undergoing offseason knee surgery. He had a shot on goal and two hits in his return.|
|Klein (face) is able to play, scores OT goal||10-22-2014|
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|Kevin Klein (face) was able to play on Tuesday.||Klein's status was in doubt after he was struck in the face by the puck in the final seconds of Sunday's game. He went on to score the overtime winner in the Rangers' 4-3 victory over New Jersey.|
|Josh Jooris (UBI) is back Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Josh Jooris C CAL|
|Josh Jooris (upper body) returned to action on Tuesday October 21.||Jooris wasn't available for Sunday's game. He finished Tuesday's contest with a minus-two rating and logged 17:11 minutes of ice time.|
|Deryk Engelland makes his return Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Deryk Engelland D CAL|
|Deryk Engelland (upper body) returned to action on Tuesday October 21.||Engelland missed three straight games due to the ailment. He had three hits in 16:30 minutes of ice time.|
|Roberto Luongo picks up win 375||10-22-2014|
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|Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in picking up career win number 375 in the Panthers' 4-3 OT win over Colorado on Tuesday.||It wasn't his best outing as he was shaky during the second period where he allowed three straight goals and gave away a two-goal lead, but was still solid enough to let his team get the win. Bobby Lu is now 2-2-1 with a 2.70 GAA to go with a .906 save percentage as Florida's unquestioned number one.|
|Kari Lehtonen remains solid in win over VAN||10-22-2014|
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|Kari Lehtonen put forth a strong performance Tuesday night as he turned away 43 of 46 Vancouver shots in a 6-3 victory.||Lehtonen's record is an impressive 3-0-2 for the season, but part of his success has been derived by the explosive offense the Stars have been able to put on the ice. His GAA of .292 and his save percentage of .913 are good rates, but not elite.|
|Erik Cole scores twice in win over Vancouver||10-22-2014|
|Erik Cole RW DAL|
|Erik Cole finally found his stride on Tuesday as he scored a pair of goals in the Stars' 6-3 win over Vancouver.||Cole has registered one measly point through his first four games and had been continuously been bounced between different sets of linemates in the process. Hopefully, the chemistry he developed with fellow veteran Shawn Horcoff will allow the pair to remain together for the foreseeable future. Jamie Benn, Ryan Garbutt, Cody Eakin and Tyler Seguin all joined in on the fun in this game by finding the back of the net in the win.|
|Karri Ramo makes 21 saves in loss||10-22-2014|
|Karri Ramo G CAL|
|Karri Ramo stopped 19-21 of shots for the Flames in a 2-1 OT loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.||Ramo got the start and was solid until the latter stages of the game where he allowed two juicy rebounds that resulted in Lightning goals. The Flames have divided the starts evenly between Ramo and Jonas Hiller thus far as both goalies have very serviceable in a good start to the season for the Flames. With the loss, Ramo falls to 2-1-1 with a 2.20 GAA to go with a .917 save percentage.|
|Radim Vrbata scores in blowout loss to Stars||10-22-2014|
|Radim Vrbata RW VAN|
|Radim Vrbata found the back of the net for the Canucks, however the team was beaten handily by a score of 6-3 by Dallas.||Vrbata's arrival in Vancouver has worked exactly as planned so far, as his addition to the team's top line has sparked both Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Sadly, this line can only play so much. The Canucks also received goals from Jannik Hansen and Zack Kassian in the losing effort.|
|Ryan Miller demolished by Stars Tuesday||10-22-2014|
|Ryan Miller G VAN|
|Ryan Miller had a terrible outing against the Stars on Tuesday, lasting just over one period in a 6-3 loss.||Miller was beaten for five goals on 13 shots in 21:17 of playing time before coach Willie Desjardins mercifully removed him in favor of backup Eddie Lack. With this disastrous outing on his resume, Miller's record falls to 3-1-0 while his GAA is 3.20 and his save percentage is .884.|
|Michael Raffl can't score despite assignment||10-22-2014|
|Michael Raffl LW PHI|
|Flyers forward Michael Raffl failed to score a goal against the Blackhawks Tuesday, but he did lead the team in shots on goal with five in the contest.||The 25-year-old Austrian was moved to the team's top line early on in the season and has played alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek for the majority of the campaign. Despite the favorable assignment, he has managed to score just two goals and has failed to record an assist to-date. He's not worth a roster spot at this time.|
|Patrick Kane scores twice in win over PHI||10-22-2014|
|Patrick Kane RW CHI|
|Patrick Kane netted a pair of goals for the Blackhawks Tuesday night as part of a 4-0 shutout win over the Flyers.||With five points in as many games to begin the season, Kane is performing exactly as expected on draft day. The Hawks also received contributions from Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell in the victory, as each recorded a goal and an assist in the win.|
|Antti Raanta shuts out Flyers in first game||10-22-2014|
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|In his first action of the season, Chicago netminder Antti Raanta was perfect as he shut out the Flyers by a score of 4-0.||Starting in place of the injured Corey Crawford, Raanta blocked all 32 shots he faced and earned his first win of the year. Though he was mediocre when called upon last season, the Blackhawks' backup would be a valuable addition in Crawford were to miss any length of time thanks to a terrific supporting cast.|
|Dennis Wideman scores in Flames' OT loss||10-22-2014|
|Dennis Wideman D CAL|
|Dennis Wideman scored the lone goal for the Flames in a 2-1 OT loss to the Lightning on Tuesday night.||Wideman opened the scoring for both teams on an early power-play for the Flames in this contest. The veteran d-man potted a one-timer opportunity set up by the whiz kid rookie Johnny Gaudreau. Kris Russell also picked up a helper on what would be the lone goal of the night for Calgary.|
|Evgeni Nabokov stops 21 shots in win||10-22-2014|
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|Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21-of-22 shots in Tampa Bay's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary on Tuesday.||Nabokov was very solid in spelling Ben Bishop on the second night of a back-to-back schedule for the Lightning. Nabokov isn't going to get a lot of starts this season with a stud like Ben Bishop ahead of him but he's proven he can still contribute at this stage of his career. His record is now 1-1 with a very solid GAA of 1.48 and save percentage of .936 to go with it.|
|Keith Yandle picks up 2 points in loss to NAS||10-22-2014|
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|Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle continued his torrid pace Tuesday by recording a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Predators.||Yandle is one of the league's most consistent offensive commodities on the blue line and he has been rewarding his owners with seven points in six contests this year. Martin Erat and Rob Klinkhammer also counted for the Coyotes in the losing effort.|
|Devan Dubnyk falters in loss to Preds||10-22-2014|
|Devan Dubnyk G ARZ|
|Devan Dubnyk was unable to secure himself more playing time Tuesday night as he and the Coyotes were dumped by Nashville in a 4-3 shootout defeat.||Dubnyk was impressive in his winning performance against the Kings a week ago, but wasn't as sharp in Tuesday loss. As a result, it's very likely the team will revert back to incumbent Mike Smith for their next contest.|