NHL Recent Player News
|10/24/2014||Joe Colborne, C|
|Colborne had two assists Thursday.
Analysis: He has a team-leading eight this season.
|10/24/2014||Jonas Hiller, G|
|Hiller made 16 saves for his 22nd career shutout Thursday.
Analysis: He's stopped 99 of 101 shots during a three-game winning streak.
|10/24/2014||Sean Monahan, C|
|Monahan's drought ended in a big way when he scored his first two goals of the season to lead Calgary to a 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Analysis: Monahan's 22 goals last season were fourth among NHL rookies.
|10/23/2014||Josh Bailey, LW|
|Bailey left Thursday's game with a hand injury and didn't return.
Analysis: It's unclear if he'll miss any time.
|10/23/2014||Zdeno Chara, D|
|Chara tore a ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks.
Analysis: General manager Peter Chiarelli said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner will not need surgery on the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Chiarelli said it was good news in that other ligaments in the knee would require a longer recovery. Chara left Thursday night's game against the Islanders in the first period, one shift after a collision with New York forward John Tavares.
|10/23/2014||Semyon Varlamov, G|
|Varlamov says he's healed from a groin injury and will start Friday night against Vancouver.
Analysis: Varlamov is 0-2-1 with a 3.80 goals-against average after leading the NHL with 41 wins a season ago. The Russian goaltender went on injured reserve after tweaking his groin in a pregame skate last Thursday at Ottawa.
|10/23/2014||Jordin Tootoo, RW|
|Tootoo has a foot injury.
Analysis: Tootoo's status for the next game is unclear.
|10/23/2014||Devin Setoguchi, RW|
|Setoguchi has the flu.
Analysis: Setoguchi's status is not known.
|10/23/2014||Christian Folin, D|
|Folin has the flu.
Analysis: Folin could return Saturday against the Lightning.
|10/23/2014||Keith Ballard, D|
|Ballard has the flu.
Analysis: Ballard could return Saturday against the Lightning.
|10/23/2014||Alexander Steen, LW|
|Steen returned to action Thursday against the Canucks.
Analysis: Steen had been out with the flu.
|10/23/2014||Nick Spaling, C|
|Spaling had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Analysis: It was the first points for the Pittsburgh center in five games this season. He had a career-high 13 goals and 19 assists with Nashville in 2013-14.
|10/23/2014||Jakub Voracek, RW|
|Voracek had a pair of assists in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Philadelphia winger has two goals and seven assists in his first seven games and is tied with team captain Claude Giroux for the points lead. He has one goal and four assists in the last three games.
|10/23/2014||R.J. Umberger, C|
|Umberger had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Perhaps this is a sign that the Philadelphia center is shaking out of his slow start. He had one assist in his first six games.
|10/23/2014||Teddy Purcell, RW|
|Purcell was credited with two assists in Wednesday's win over Washington.
Analysis: Purcell had gone four games without a point prior to Wednesday's contest after recording three in his first two games.
|10/23/2014||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C|
|Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal for the second straight game in Wednesday's win against Washington.
Analysis: Nugent-Hopkins is one of four Oilers with multiple goals though his nine shots are the fewest among that group.
|10/23/2014||Mike Green, D|
|Green scored his third goal in Wednesday's loss at Edmonton.
Analysis: Green has three goals and three assists through five games and is a plus-four.
|10/23/2014||Nicklas Backstrom, C|
|Backstrom recorded his fifth assist in Wednesday's loss at Edmonton.
Analysis: Three of Backstrom's five assists have come on the power play.
|10/23/2014||Leon Draisaitl, C|
|Draisaitl was credited with his second career assist in Wednesday's win over Washington.
Analysis: Draisaitl, the third overall pick in June's draft, is a minus-five through his first seven games.
|10/23/2014||Sean Couturier, C|
|Couturier had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Philadelphia center had two goals in his first six games.
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