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Evgeni Malkin reiterated Tuesday via a text message that he wanted "only to play for Pittsburgh."

His agent, J.P. Barry, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that negotiations between his client and the Penguins was "super smooth because both sides wanted to get something done quickly." A report out of Russia surfaced on Monday from his father that Malkin received a contract offer from Dallas before he signed his lucrative extension with the Penguins. He is expected to arrive back in Pittsburgh in early September and he'll likely be asked about his father's comments.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 03:47:00 PM

Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Grabner's first-period goal cut New York's deficit to 2-1 at the time, while his second tally made it 5-3. The 30-year-old finished the game with three shots on goal in 15:27 of ice time. The Rangers forward is now up to 25 goals and six assists in 58 games this season. He's picked up five points in his last five games. There have been plenty of rumblings about the Rangers shopping Grabner ahead of the trade deadline, and performances like these will only enhance his value. Former Senator Mika Zibanejad also found the back of the net for the Rangers in the loss.
Feb 17 - 4:52 PM

Derick Brassard scored a goal and two assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over the New York Rangers.

Brassard definitely got the better of his old team this afternoon. He registered the primary assists on goals by Mark Stone (1-0) and Thomas Chabot (5-2). He also added a goal of his own late in the second period to give the Sens a 4-2 lead at the time. Brassard finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 17:28 of ice time. The 30-year-old has picked up six points in his last four games. He's also scored in four consecutive games. He's up to 17 goals and 35 points in 55 games this season.
Feb 17 - 4:47 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) will return to the Avalanche lineup on Sunday.

MacKinnon has missed the last eight games because of a shoulder injury, but he took part in Saturday's full practice with his teammates. The Avs forward was a legitimate MVP candidate before suffering the injury, so he'll be a welcomed addition to the lineup. MacKinnon has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. All fantasy owners must insert him back into their lineup starting tomorrow.
Feb 17 - 4:29 PM

Anze Kopitar will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Kopitar scored two goals in 4:04 in the second period to give the Kings 2-0 and 3-0 leads at the time. He finished the game with four shots on goal and two blocked shots in 22:39 of ice time. The 30-year-old has 25 goals and 63 points in 58 games this season. The Kings forward has picked up 10 points in his last seven outings. Michael Amadio also scored a pair of goals in Los Angeles' victory.
Feb 17 - 3:34 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) is back at practice on Saturday.

He's also wearing a regular jersey, which would indicate that he's closing in on a return. MacKinnon has missed each of Colorado's last eight games. The Avalanche have him listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. He has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. Whenever he returns, he'll be a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

Ryan Kesler (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Kesler clearly hasn't been himself on the ice, so the Ducks have decided to shut him down for this game. He has six goals and two assists in 22 games this season. Kesler is considered day-to-day for now.
Feb 17 - 1:56 PM

Mike Smith skated before his teammates practiced on Saturday.

That's a good sign considering it looked as if Smith sustained a rather serious groin injury last Sunday. It appears that the groin muscle strain is more on the mild side and that Smith may only need a week more to recover. Stay tuned for further updates.
Feb 17 - 1:40 PM

Mike Green (upper body) won't play in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators.

Green is considered day-to-day at this point. He has six goals and 29 points in 56 games this season. With the trade deadline approaching, the Wings need to get him healthy as soon as possible.
Feb 17 - 1:37 PM

Juuse Saros is expected to get the start in Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

He was in the starter's crease during the morning skate, which would indicate that he'll be the one playing tonight. Saros has dropped each of his last three games (two in overtime). He has a 5-4-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 12:35 PM

Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lighting.

He has a 1-3-0 record with a 4.55 goals-against-average and a .833 save percentage this season. Lack hasn't won a game since Nov. 13.
Feb 17 - 12:18 PM

Brayden Schenn scored a power play goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Schenn finally got the Blues on the board at the 18:46 mark of the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Obviously, that's as close as the Blues would come to tying the game. The 26-year-old now has 24 goals and 55 points in 60 games this season. eight of his 24 goals have been scored on the man-advantage. Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko registered the assists on St. Louis' only goal.
Feb 16 - 11:16 PM




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