From my ramblings on October 15th: "I predict that Filatov will play 10 minutes in his NHL debut and score one goal". He played 9:10 and did, indeed, score that goal. (goal footage below)
Pascal Leclaire will miss next game with a thumb injury. He left last night with five minutes left. The injury seems minor, but Leclaire is a Band-Aid Boy so these things will happen with him. Frequently.
Christian Backman left last night's contest with a "lower body" injury. This gives more ice time to Klesla, Russell and Tyutin.
How Jakub Voracek can play just 8:54 – and score a goal – STILL, is beyond me.
Zach Boychuk made his NHL debut last night, playing 9:21 and going minus-1.
Samsonov played another 20 minutes and was pointless again – he can't keep doing this or his "second chance" will expire. He was minus-2, another no-no.
Chris Higgins (groin) is probable for tonight's contest against Phoenix. His return could roll back one or both of the Kostitsyns' ice time (which would be silly, but it happens), so watch for that.
Nikolai Khabibulin will get the start today for the Hawks.
It is looking as though Brett Sterling will make his season debut tonight for the Thrashers – but on the fourth line. My goodness, it's like Steve Sullivan (in Toronto) all over again. Wasted talent. Putting a skilled small guy on the fourth line and then benching him whe doesn't score. It happened to Sully all the time – he would play with Domi and Kris King, and then he would be benched when he didn't score. Then he was waived and we all saw what he could do when a team (Chicago) played him properly. Deja vu all over again. NOT impressed with John Anderson so far.
Steve Ott, who missed last game with an undisclosed injury, is probable for today.
Dallas is off to a slow start, so time for new line combos: Richards with Morrow and Brunnstrom; Ribeiro with Avery and Eriksson; Modano with Neal and Crombeen; Peterson with Lundqvist and Ott.
Milan Michalek missed last night's contest with an upper body injury. He is day-to-day.
The Kings scratched Peter Harrold, who has one assist in one game this season (I don't know what more they Kings are looking for from him), and dressed Kyle Quincey last night. I dropped Harrold to pick up Versteeg in the Expert League. He is a borderline drop in most one-year leagues. At least for now. The potential is there though.
Jesse Winchester played 18:13 and was a minus-1 last night – all even strength. He and Antoine Vermette need to get rolling, otherwise the Sens are truly a one-line team.
The Rangers scratched Prucha (again) and Korpikoski (for the first time) in an effort to get Dawes back in. Dawes played 10:34 and saw second PP duty.
Ryan Jones played 16:46 and 5:16 of PP time. Much more than Hornqvist's 12:37 and zero PP time. Is a favorite emerging in Trotz's ey