News: Derick Brassard
(illness) will play Saturday against the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
Coach Alain Vigneault signed off on Derick Brassard
's return after he was able to take part in the team's morning skate. The center missed the Rangers' last two contests with the mumps virus.
Wild Activate Carter (Upper Body)
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News: Ryan Carter
(upper body) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
After missing the Wild's previous three games, Ryan Carter
was cleared to return after practicing Friday. He'll be reinserted on the fourth line for Saturday's game against the Predators.
News: Vincent Trocheck
returned to action Saturday after being a health scratch. He scored a power-play goal and finished with a minus-2 rating and six shots on net.
He'd gone five games without a point prior to Saturday, so it was nice to see him rebound. He has 12 points in 20 games and his future is bright.
Tavares Notches 13th Goal For Isles
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News: John Tavares
scored his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay.
He's on track for a 30 goal season. He's behind his scoring pace from the past few seasons and he has just six points in his last 10 games. He hasn't had a two-point game since Nov. 22. It's hard to sit him, but we've been expecting more.
News: Nicklas Backstrom
scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Devils. He has seven points, including five goals, in his last four games.
Cha-ching. That's the sound of fantasy owners cashing in on his current hot streak. He continues to flirt with the top-10 scoring list. Enjoy the ride.
Pens' Spaling Scores Saturday
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News: Nick Spaling
scored one goal and assisted on a second one in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday.
He scored from long range for a soft goal on Florida netminder, Roberto Luongo -- his sixth of the season. Nick Spaling
's stint as a top-six forward is mostly over, given the Pens' improving health (at the forward position), but he continues to produce. Spaling now has two goals and six points in his last six games.
Pens' Malkin Twice Called For Diving Saturday
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News: Evgeni Malkin
, who saw his six-game point streak end Saturday, was twice called for embellishment penalties against Florida.
The league will review the penalty infractions -- one of which appeared questionable -- before deciding whether to fine him. Evgeni Malkin
hit a post Saturday but came up empty after five shots on goal. He remains Pittsburgh's leading point-getter with 38 points (15G, 23A).
Pens' Crosby Shoots (And Scores) Saturday
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News: Sidney Crosby
netted his first post-mumps goal and third in 21 games Saturday against Florida.
He could've had more if not for Roberto Luongo (and an empty-net near miss). Sidney Crosby
's goal was his first since Nov. 24 and his team-high seven shots represent a season high for the centerman. The Panthers' Dave Bolland slashed Crosby's wrist/hand area, but Crosby said after the game that he was fine. Still, it wouldn't be surprising if the team takes X-rays -- just to make sure.
Flames' Jooris Appears Likely To Play
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News: Josh Jooris
(foot) skated with the Flames' second line in pregame warmups and appears likely to play Saturday against the Canucks, the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson reports.
Analysis: Josh Jooris
is in the midst of an eight-game slump (just one point), but it looks like he'll be out there Saturday night if you need him.
Flyers' Rinaldo Suffers Upper-Body Injury
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News: Zac Rinaldo
left Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury and will not return, the Courier-Post's Dave Isaac reports.
Brayden Schenn jumped into Zac Rinaldo
's spot in the second period and will finish this game out. Rinaldo should be considered day-to-day until we know more, but the Flyers have a quick turnaround before hitting the ice again Sunday against the Jets.