Klesla will not report the Sabres' AHL affiliate and plans to continue his career in Europe, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Klesla, a borderline NHL player at this point, shouldn't have much trouble finding suitors in Europe. He was recently assigned to AHL Rochester, after getting assigned to AHL Portland while he was with the Capitals earlier this season. It sounds like he'll take some time off before locating his next team.
Downie (illness) will not play Saturday vs. the Maple Leafs, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Downie apparently came down with a case of the flu over the afternoon and will take Saturday off to rest up and recover. Jay Rosehill enters the lineup in his stead.
03/08/14 - 2:36PM ETRyan Miller
: 26 Saves in Another Win
Miller turned away 26 of 27 shots in Saturday's win over the Avalanche.
The 33-year-old has been everything the Blues could have expected and more in his first four starts with the team, all of which have been victories. He's surrendered two or fewer goals in each outing and should continue to rack up the wins for his new team.
MacArthur will not need surgery on his injured hand and could return to the lineup as soon as next Saturday, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
MacArthur isn't playing Saturday and won't play Monday but could conceivably return next weekend. He injured a tendon in his hand and is hoping that the pain will die down with rest in the next few days.
03/08/14 - 1:55PM ETPaul Stastny
: Leaves Saturday With Injury
Stastny left Saturday's game versus the Blues with a back injury and is doubtful to return, the official Twitter feed of the Colorado Avalanche reports.
Stastny spent just 0:40 on the ice before leaving Saturday's matinee division showdown with the Blues. He has dealt with back issues in the past, so the Avalanche are likely being extra cautious with their star center. Stastny is an integral piece of the Avs' top-six forward group and any extended absence would undoubtedly have a major impact on the team's offense. More info to come.
03/08/14 - 11:01AM ETRyan Murray
: (Knee) Out 4-6 Weeks
Murray underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday and will miss the next four to six weeks.
The injury comes as devastating timing with the Blue Jackets fighting for a contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and in need of as many key contributors as possible to secure a spot. For fantasy owners, Murray's absence is similarly damaging, as the 20-year-old ranked third among all rookies in hits (93) and fifth in power-play points among rookie defensemen (6). Even if the Blue Jackets do qualify for the playoffs, Murray could be hard-pressed to be healthy in time given his lengthy timetable.
03/08/14 - 10:12AM ETEvgeny Kuznetsov
: Will Make NHL Debut Monday
Kutznetsov agreed to an entry-level contract with the Capitals on Saturday.
There was some uncertainty as to whether or not the prized prospect would actually arrive in Washington this season, but it appears he is set to make his long-awaited debut Monday against the Penguins. Coach Adam Oates will probably ease him into the fold so as not dramatically shape up his lines right away, but the 21-year-old is a high-end talent that could very well make an immediate impact in the NHL. By virtue of his standing as a top-flight prospect, he makes for a good speculative add in deep or mid-sized format.
Clarkson left Saturday's morning skate due to a leg issue, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Clarkson seemed to injure his leg towards the end of practice Friday, so apparently the issue could be more serious than originally perceived. They are calling it a muscle pull, so consider him day-to-day and questionable for Saturday's game.
Laich (groin) was not on the ice for the team's morning skate and is doubtful to play Saturday night against Phoenix, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
This is the third-straight day that Laich has been unable to skate due to the injury. Coach Adam Oates said that he hoped to have him back for Saturday but that seems unlikely now. Continue to view him as day-to-day and expect the team to update his condition over the weekend.
Luongo stopped all 25 shots he faced as the Panthers beat the Sabres 2-0 on Friday in the netminder's debut for his new team.
Luongo was brought back to be the team's primary goalie, as Tim Thomas was shipped off to Dallas at the trade deadline. The shutout was his fourth of the season and he is now 20-16-6 with a 2.32 GAA and .919 save percentage.
Neuvirth stopped 42 of 44 shots but took the loss in his Sabres debut Friday.
Neuvirth came over from the Capitals at the trade deadline and got the start but is still considered the backup to Jhonas Enroth, though it sounds like the rest of the season could be used to raise some competition for 2014-15. Neuvirth played a solid game as the Panthers peppered him with shots all night, but with little offensive support, he did the best he could. He is now 4-7-2 with a 2.76 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Updating a previous item: Cogliano returned to Friday's game after being helped to the locker room during the first period.
Cogliano took a hard hit and was helped to the locker room by trainers after he skated slowly back to the bench. He appears to be fine though, so no concern seems necessary.
03/07/14 - 8:14PM ETLuca Sbisa
: (Lower-Body) Leaves Game Friday
Sbisa did not return to the bench for the second period of Friday's game due to a lower-body injury and is doubtful to return.
No other details were given with regard to the injury, but not returning to the ice doesn't sound too promising. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect the Ducks to update his condition over the weekend.
03/07/14 - 7:44PM ETAndrew Cogliano
: (Undisclosed) Leaves Friday After Hit
Cogliano left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury in the first period, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Cogliano took a hard hit against the boards and was slow to get himself back to the bench. He immediately left with the trainers for the locker room and his return to the game is in question.
Zuccarello, who had missed the last four games due to a hand injury, returned to the lineup Friday and recorded one assist and three shots on goal over 18:19 of ice time.
Zuccarello suffered the injury while playing for Norway at the Sochi Olympics, but was insistent that it wouldn't keep him out for long. Coach Alain Vigneault said that Zuccarello "didn't miss a beat" and played a strong game, so it looks like he's safe to get back into your lineups.
Richards (finger) will have x-rays taken to determine the severity of his injury, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Richards took a slash on the left hand from Eric Staal, but the injury wasn't enough to keep him from staying in the game. He did record one assist, but that was before the incident. Gross cites that Richards will be sore but that it shouldn't affect his ability to play. Still consider him day-to-day for now though until test results come back.
Stewart (ankle) is out for Friday's game against the Florida Panthers, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Sabres coach Ted Nolan reportedly said that a couple of his players may be dealing with season-ending injuries, but the coach declined to specify who he might be referring to. Torrey Mitchell (foot) and Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) are also out Friday, making it rather unclear whether Stewart is one of the players in question. Until more information is available, Stewart is somewhere between day-to-day and out for the season, with that range of possibilities being of little use to fantasy owners facing tough roster decisions.
03/07/14 - 2:42PM ETCory Conacher
: Delayed By Immigration Issues
Conacher has been delayed by immigration issues and will now have to wait until Sunday to make his Sabres debut, reports Paul Hamilton of WGR 550.
Claimed off waivers at the trade deadline, Conacher is expected to serve as a top-six forward for the hapless Sabres. His late arrival shouldn't change much, other than the obvious fact that he won't be playing in Friday's game.
Koekkoek has suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and will require surgery, the Windsor Star's Jim Parker reports.
The good news is that Koekkoek hurt his right shoulder, after undergoing a pair of procedures on the other shoulder over the last couple of years. He's still a promising prospect, but the injury issues are becoming harder and harder to ignore, even though he just turned 20 in February. An attack-minded defenseman, Koekkoek had 15 goals and 38 assists in 62 games for AHL Windsor this season.
Kassian has been suspended three games for his hit on Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon in Thursday's loss to the Stars, CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Kassian was previously suspended for the first five games of the season, after he broke the jaw of Edmonton's Sam Gagner with a high stick in preseason play. With just 18 points through 59 games, Kassian has drawn more attention for his disciplinary hearings than his play. Assuming he serves the suspension immediately, Kassian will be back for next Friday's game (Mar. 14) in Washington.
MacArthur (hand) is out for Saturday's game and doubtful for Monday.
While details are unavailable, MacArthur is now known to be dealing with a hand injury and appears to be in danger of landing on injured reserve. Given that he logged just 7:40 of ice time in Wednesday's game, he likely suffered the injury during that contest.
Halak will start Saturday's game against the Coyotes, CSN Washington's Rob Carlin reports.
As expected, Halak will make his Caps debut against the Coyotes, in a matchup between two teams grinding for wild-card spots in their respective conferences. The Slovak netminder posted a 24-9-4 record, 2.23 GAA and .917 save percentage in 40 games (38 starts) behind the stout St. Louis defense this season. He'll have a tough time maintaining those numbers behind a shaky Washington blue line that has struggled on the PK all season. It's still unclear how the playing time will be divided between Halak and Braden Holtby, but a timeshare would make sense.
MacArthur missed Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury, James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
MacArthur dealt with a foot injury right before the Olympic break but wasn't forced to miss any time. It's unclear whether his latest issue is related, but either way, the veteran forward seems to be in danger of missing Saturday's game against Winnipeg.
Zuccarello (hand) will play in Friday's game against the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
It was believed that a decision on Zuccarello's status would not come until game time, but it appears he is feeling a little better than expected, and he will take the ice Friday for the first time since breaking his hand during the Olympics. Zuccarello will attempt to pick up where he left off; he notched two goals and six assists over the last six games he played in for the Rangers.
Hudler (upper body) will not play Friday against the Islanders, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.
This loss hurts for the Flames, as Hudler leads the team with 44 points and has been one of the few skaters to stay healthy all season. It remains to be seen if he will be available for Saturday's game against the Canucks.
Helm will be out at least another week due to concussion-like symptoms, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Helm was able to play in a game earlier this week before departing in the second period, but he said he has been dealing with concussion symptoms since last Thursday, when he hit his head on the ice against the Senators. Helm will miss at least the Red Wings' next three games, and it's possible he could still end up on injured reserve if his symptoms linger longer than expected.
Luongo will be between the pipes for Friday's game against the Sabres, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
The Panthers brought Luongo back to be the team's primary goaltender, so it comes as little surprise that he will jump right into the crease Friday night. Luongo, who last started a game for the Panthers in 2006, will have the benefit of taking on a Sabres squad that currently sits dead last in scoring at 1.95 goals per game, though in fairness we'll note the Sabres have been playing a lot better since the Olympic break.
Kindl was a healthy scratch Thursday, reports MLive.com's Ansar Khan.
He was also scratched despite being good to go Tuesday. Fantasy owners aren't exactly missing Kindl's 11 points on the year while he languishes in the press box, but with the Wings having dropped the last two games, they may work him back into the lineup soon.
Quick stopped 17 of 18 shots Thursday in a 3-1 win over Winnipeg -- his fifth straight victory.
It's his second straight game with that exact line, and he's given up a grand total of four goals over the course of this winning streak. Quick's rounding into form at the right time for the Kings and his fantasy owners.
Eriksson scored his seventh goal of the year in Thursday's win over the Capitals.
Eriksson hadn't found twine since back on Jan. 27, going nine games without a goal between then and Thursday. However, he did collect six assists in that span, so with eight points in his last 11 games, he's actually been relatively productive of late -- at least, compared to the rest of this season.
Nikitin (upper body) will travel to Nashville for Saturday's game against the Predators, and the veteran defenseman will be evaluated Friday, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
Nikitin left Thursday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return, but he apparently has a chance to be ready by Saturday. With 15 points (two goals) and 18 PIM through 56 games, he hasn't exactly been a fantasy stud this season.
Holtby stopped 40 of 42 shots Thursday in Boston, but was stuck with a 3-0 loss.
Though he's been up and down this year, it's hard to blame Holtby for this loss, considering that the Caps mustered just 16 shots on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, and Rask stopped them all. Despite the loss, this fine effort should help Holtby in his quest to hold off Jaro Halak for the starting role in Washington.
Rask needed to stop just 16 shots Thursday against Washington for his career-high sixth shutout of the season.
The play in this one pretty much ran in one direction, as the Bruins launched 42 shots on opposing minder Braden Holtby. Rask now leads the NHL in shutouts and continues to post some of the best rate stats around.
03/06/14 - 8:18PM ETJamie Benn
: Three-Point Night
Jamie Benn tallied a goal, two assists, a plus-3 rating, two penalty minutes, four shots, two hits, and four takeaways in a 6-1 blowout over the Canucks on Thursday.
Benn was making it happen in every category Thursday. He's on a three-game point streak and has two goals and seven assists through his last six games.
03/06/14 - 8:15PM ETTyler Seguin
: Registers Third Hat Trick Of Season
Seguin had a career night on Thursday, totaling three goals, two assists, six shots, a plus-3 rating, and a hit in a 6-1 thrashing of the Canucks.
Seguin is on pace to break his all time highs in goals and assists, which would mean the first 30-goal season of his career. He's good. He's very good.
Giguere made 35 saves -- his most since October 10 -- en route to Thursday`s 3-2 overtime upending of the Red Wings.
Jiggy weathered a steady barrage of shots during a tough road game at Joe Louis Arena, keeping the Avs in it just long enough for Andre Benoit to deposit the OT-winner. He had been a dismal 2-5 in his last seven starts but showed vintage flashes of what brought him the Conn Smythe Trophy over a decade ago. The Avs acquired netminder Reto Berra as insurance in case Giguere`s back spasms flare up, so if you`re running a 1-2 Avs platoon in net, make sure you have the right backup behind starter Semyon Varlamov.
Eller will return to Montreal's starting lineup Thursday, LNH.com reports.
Eller will be back in the Canadiens' lineup after being a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game. While it's good to see Eller back starting, he's been very cold of late and has yet to score a goal in 2014.
Laich will sit out Thursday after aggravating his nagging groin injury in Wednesday's loss to the Flyers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
The Capitals didn't specify Laich was dealing with an injury in their initial report this morning, but it's not surprising given his problems with the ailment the last two seasons. The fact that he's already left the team to return to Washington wouldn't seem to bode well for his status for the games to come.
Zuccarello (hand) will be a game-time decision Friday vs. the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
The general sentiment seems to be that Zuccarello will be back in the fold Friday, and if he participates in morning skate without any setbacks, fantasy owners can probably feel comfortable rolling with him in their lineups. The addition of Zuccarello would only give further firepower to a Rangers lineup that acquired reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Martin St. Louis a day earlier.
Neuvirth is expected to make his Sabres debut Friday against the Panthers.
With the Sabres beginning a back-to-back, it looks like they'll go with Jhonas Enroth on Thursday and Neuvirth on Friday as they look to settle on a full-time goalie the rest of the way. Given the team's greater familiarity with Enroth, it seems like he's a safer bet to see the bulk of the starts the rest of the way, but a strong showing early on from Neuvirth could allow him to finish the season as the team's No. 1.
03/06/14 - 9:46AM ETCameron Schilling
: Recalled from Hershey
Schilling was recalled from AHL Hershey on Thursday.
With John Erksine nursing an undisclosed injury, Schilling will enter the lineup Thursday to make his season debut for the Capitals. He's compiled 12 points and a plus-13 rating over 51 games with Hershey.
03/06/14 - 9:24AM ETBrooks Laich
: (Maintenance) Will Sit Thursday
Laich will not play Thursday against the Bruins.
It doesn't sound like Laich sustained any sort of injury Wednesday against the Flyers, but the team is managing him extremely carefully in light of his repeated groin issues the last two seasons. He was given a maintenance day during Tuesday's practice, and keeping him out of the second game of a back-to-back would seem to be a similar preventative measure. Laich has been producing when he's active -- he potted a goal in Wednesday's game and has four points in four games since the Olympic break.
Alfredsson should play Thursday despite losing a handful of teeth in Tuesday's game, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Alfredsson had what must have been a painful dentist appointment Wednesday, but he should be good to go for Thursday. Tuesday was the first time in five games Alfredsson didn't score, and he's been a reliable fantasy forward all season.
03/06/14 - 8:45AM ETKris Letang
: (Illness): Placed on IR
Letang (illness) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Letang isn't expected to return anytime soon after suffering a stroke in early February, but they haven't needed to make any roster moves until now that would have required his placement on IR. The team is prepared to proceed as though Letang will not play again this season, but they'll await the results of further tests in a couple weeks before reaching a decision on his status.
Brodeur was not traded at Wednesday's trade deadline and will remain with the Devils until his contract expires at the end of the season.
Brodeur's name was thrown about much in the week leading up to Wednesday's deadline, but the future Hall of Famer will remain in New Jersey despite his request to be traded. He is the team's backup at this point, behind Cory Schneider, and should see a handful of starts in the season's final 18 games. The market for goaltenders was rather soft on Wednesday, as the netminders who were dealt were younger and can have more of an impact. Brodeur is just 16 wins away from 700 in his career and very likely could play next season, be it in New Jersey or somewhere else.