News: Damon Severson
's strong, early-season play continued Saturday when he scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 OT win over Ottawa.
He's also been great in his own zone, so those Shea Weber comps seem apt. His seven points include four goals and have all come in his last seven games. He'l falter at some point, but we're putting an auto-roll tag on him for now. He's been very, very good.
Boston's Hamilton Gets Three Points And Top Star
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News: Dougie Hamilton
scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's win over Toronto. He was the game's top star.
This guy has stud written all over him. The Bruins are counting on him to help fill the gap created when Zdeno Chara got hurt. Those are tough skates to fill, but we're about to see him flourish in that situation.
Sharks' Demers Held Out Saturday
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News: Jason Demers
is a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Sabres, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
For the second time this season, Jason Demers
will head to the press box, giving way to rookie Mirco Mueller. Demers has produced no goals and three assists in his seven games with San Jose.
Jets' Enstrom Sets Up Two Goals In Loss
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News: Tobias Enstrom
assisted on both of the Jets' two goals in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Tobias Enstrom
now has six points (all assists) in seven games this season, to go with a minus-1 rating. Playing the point on the top power-play unit and averaging 23:49 of ice time per game, Enstrom will continue to produce offense. After a somewhat disappointing 30-point season in 2013-14, expect Enstrom to return to the 40- to 50-point range in 2014-15.
News: Nikita Zadorov
will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Sharks, reports Paul Hamilton from WGR Sports Radio 550.
The Sabres will go with the traditional six-man defensive corps against the Sharks after dressing seven defensemen in a 2-0 loss against the Kings on Thursday. Sam Reinhart will draw in for Nikita Zadorov
, who played a little over six minutes against the Kings. The big Russian defenseman's future is in limbo at the moment as the Sabres try to decide what to do with him. They cannot send him to the AHL due to his age, so he will remain with Buffalo for the time being.
Bortuzzo Taking Part In Pens' Saturday Skate
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News: Robert Bortuzzo
(upper body) and Simon Despres took turns as Pittsburgh's sixth defender in Saturday's morning skate.
It was pretty much assumed Robert Bortuzzo
would enter the lineup when healthy, but the Pens have apparently decided to keep veteran Rob Scuderi active while one of the two young blueliners will likely sit -- at least for Saturday's tilt in Nashville.
News: Simon Despres
rotated with Robert Bortuzzo as the Pens' sixth defenseman during Saturday's game-day skate.
Despite a tendency to take unnecessary penalties, Simon Despres
has played pretty well in limited minutes. With veteran Rob Scuderi and his ability to serve as an effective penalty killer, Despres and Bortuzzo may have to battle one another for the final spot on the blue line. It's possible that both Despres and Bortuzzo could eventually become a pairing while Scuderi sits, but for now it appears that either Despres or Bortuzzo will serve as the odd man out.
Opportunity Knocks For Bruins' Trotman
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News: Zach Trotman
worked on a defensive pairing with Matt Bartkowski during Friday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Fellow recall Joe Morrow served as the Bruins' spare defenseman Friday, suggesting that Zach Trotman
is likely to suit up Saturday night against Toronto. With both Kevan Miller and Zdeno Chara out, Trotman has a chance to stick with the big club in the coming weeks, though he's unlikely to produce enough offense to merit fantasy consideration.
Ducks' Vatanen: Another Two-Point Game
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News: Sami Vatanen
was once again a force with the man advantage in Friday's win over the Blue Jackets, contributing the game-winning goal along with an assist.
It's the second two-point game in three games for Sami Vatanen
, who has been sizzling out of the gate for the Ducks in his third NHL season. The 23-year-old has produced three goals and four assists over eight games, with all of those points coming on the power play.
With Zdeno Chara out, Dennis Seidenberg
joined Dougie Hamilton on the Bruins' top defensive pairing in Friday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Dennis Seidenberg
, who is bouncing back from surgery that he underwent in early January to repair an ACL/MCL injury, is slowly rounding into form, and with Chara out four to six weeks, he'll be counted on heavily to provide a shut-down presence in the coming weeks. That said, in his role as a rugged and defensively sound defenseman for the B's, he's not likely to be much of a fantasy factor. To date, Seidenberg has yet to record a point in nine games.