Canes' Staal Should Be Able To Play Thursday
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News: Eric Staal
missed practice Wednesday with a touch of the flu but should be good to go Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
It doesn't sound like the illness will prevent Eric Staal
, the team's leading scorer, from taking the ice against Nashville. The 29-year-old has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games.
Hawks' Shaw Will Not Travel For Thursday's Game
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News: Andrew Shaw
(undisclosed) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild.
On Tuesday, Andrew Shaw
was involved in a fight with the Stars' Antoine Roussel, and he also took a hard shot into the boards later in the game. The Blackhawks have not elaborated on the nature or severity of the ailment.
News: Michal Handzus
(illness) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild.
Rather than risk infecting his teammates with his illness, Michal Handzus
will stay back in Chicago and try to kick the bug in time for Friday's home tilt against Anaheim.
Flyers' Couturier Posts Career-High Four Points In Win
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News: Sean Couturier
supplied a career-high four points (two goals, two assists) in Wednesday's victory over the Red Wings.
Analysis: Sean Couturier
was already becoming a popular waiver pickup with three goals and three assists in his previous eight contests, and Wednesday's performance should only send his ownership skyrocketing further upward. The soon-to-be 21-year-old has largely failed to live up to expectations since his impressive 2011-12 debut, but his recent scoring run appears to have his star back on the rise.
News: Andrei Loktionov
tallied a goal and assist in Wednesday's loss to the Habs.
The two-point effort matched the entirety of Andrei Loktionov
's output for the month of November. As a light contributor who isn't particularly active in the defensive categories either, Loktionov probably only merits mild waiver wire interest for this performance.
Habs' Eller Scores Goal In OT Win
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News: Lars Eller
scored his eighth goal of the season Wednesday.
The third-period tally evened the Habs and Devils at two apiece, with Montreal eventually prevailing for the shootout win. It marked Lars Eller
's first goal since Nov. 15, a span of nine games.
News: Mathieu Perreault
will not travel with the team for its next two games due to a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
With just one point in his previous 12 games, he may have been in need of some time off even if the injury hadn't occurred. Perhaps with some time to rest up and shake off the lower-body injury, Mathieu Perreault
will rediscover the scoring touch that allowed him to compile 14 points through his first 16 games.
Stars' Seguin Returns To Practice Wednesday
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News: Tyler Seguin
(concussion) practiced for about 45 minutes Wednesday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Assistant coaches James Patrick and Curt Fraser both had positive remarks about Tyler Seguin
's skate, but no official update on his status for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs has been announced as of yet. Expect a decision on that matter to come down following morning skate Thursday.
News: Anton Lander
was recalled from AHL Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
With Will Acton contributing a meager three points in 23 games this season, the Oilers recalled Anton Lander
with the hope that he'd help bolster the team's attack. Lander appeared in just one game between his two call-ups earlier this season.
Sharks' Thornton Has Points In Six Straight
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News: Joe Thornton
had a power play goal in Tuesday's win.
A puck to the head the game before (and some pretty ugly swelling) can't slow down Jumbo. He's got points in six straight games.