Sens' Ryan Records Five SOG, Assist In Win
, RW, OTT
News: Bobby Ryan
assisted on the game's lone goal in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Kings.
Analysis: Bobby Ryan
is working on a modest three-game point streak, which are starting to become ordinary for him in his second season in Ottawa. The Sens' leading scorer with 45 points, Ryan has been especially productive since the All-Star break. He's accumulated three goals and nine assists in his last 12 games.
Habs' Parenteau Expected Back Saturday
, RW, MON
News: P.A. Parenteau
(concussion) is expected to return to the Canadiens' lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
The Canadiens announced that earlier Friday that Christian Thomas was reassigned to AHL Hamilton, a move that likely wouldn't have been made if the team didn't anticipate the return of P.A. Parenteau
. The winger has been cleared of concussion symptoms for a few days now, but his return to the action won't be verified until he's officially activated from injured reserve, which would likely come following Saturday's morning skate.
Jackets Place Calvert (Concussion) On IR
, LW, CLB
News: Matt Calvert
(concussion) was placed on injured reserve by the Blue Jackets on Friday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Matt Calvert
was ruled out indefinitely earlier Friday, so it comes as no surprise the Flames placed him on IR, opening up a spot on the roster to recall Brian Gibbons. He will be eligible to return Mar. 5, but it's unclear whether or not he'll be ready at that time.
Stars' Hemsky Back In Friday
, RW, DAL
News: Ales Hemsky
(undisclosed) will play Friday against the Avalanche, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Considered probable heading into Friday, Ales Hemsky
's availability for the game was confirmed after he completed the morning skate without any setbacks on the injury front. He'll skate on the second line with Erik Cole and Jason Spezza during the game.
News: Christian Thomas
was sent to AHL Hamilton on Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Christian Thomas
was recalled from the AHL in late January, and has played in 18 contests with the Canadiens this season, notching his first career NHL goal Feb. 13 against the Oilers. He will head back to the minors for now and await another chance to return.
Ducks' Beleskey At Least A Week Away
, LW, ANA
News: Matt Beleskey
(shoulder) is considered about a week to 10 days away from returning from injured reserve, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Matt Beleskey
resumed skating Friday, but will apparently need several days of practice before team doctors sign off on his activation. Though he's already missed almost two weeks of action, Beleskey still ranks second on the team in goals (21), trailing only Corey Perry (24).
Wild's Haula Snaps Slump
, LW, MIN
News: Erik Haula
finished with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's win over the Preds.
The Finnish forward had gone five games without a point and had just a lonely goal in his last 15 games. He's got little to no fantasy value right now, but Erik Haula
has been a successful scorer at the University of Minnesota and AHL Iowa, so he does have long-term upside.
Chicago's Teravainen Kicks Off Scoring Thursday
, LW, CHI
News: Teuvo Teravainen
netted his third goal of the season in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Blackhawks. It went down as the first game-winning tally of his NHL career.
Recalled by the Blackhawks in the wake of Patrick Kane's likely season-ending injury, Teuvo Teravainen
made an immediate impact while skating on the third line next to Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw, getting the 'Hawks on the board three minutes into the match. Don't expect Teravainen to play Lou Gehrig to Kane's Wally Pipp, but the 20-year-old's standing as a top-flight prospect and the strong quality of his linemates might make him worth a speculative pickup.
Canucks' D.Sedin Continues Productive Play In Loss
, LW, VAN
News: Daniel Sedin
netted a goal on one of his four shot attempts in Thursday's loss to the Sabres.
Analysis: Daniel Sedin
is currently sitting on a season-long six-game point streak, during which he's accumulated a goal and seven assists. It's helped him make February his most productive month to date, while also permanently locking him into fantasy lineups in even the shallowest of formats. Continue to keep him active and ride the wave.
Sabres' Flynn Finds Net In Win
, RW, BUF
News: Brian Flynn
bagged a goal in Thursday's 6-3 triumph over the Canucks.
Elevated to the Chris Stewart line Thursday with Zemgus Girgensons out indefinitely with an ankle injury, Brian Flynn
was able to take advantage of the deployment with two minutes remaining in the third period, finding the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season. While the Sabres have exploded for 10 goals over their last two games, it would probably be foolish to ignore the team's offensive futility over the first five months of the season. The team is still woefully short on talented playmakers, which will more than likely inhibit his scoring opportunities in subsequent contests.