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Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle says he has suffered sleep deprivation, balance issues and a general lack of energy after a hit from behind in St. Louis that left him unconscious for six minutes.

"In hindsight, you see guys that don't even get knocked out and they're gone for two or three months," Boyle said Friday. "In hindsight -- and it wasn't the team that was forcing me, it was all me -- it would have been a good idea for me to stay away a little longer." Boyle missed seven games spread over two weeks after being driven face-first into the lip of the boards by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre on Oct. 15. Lapierre missed his next five games as the NHL suspended him for the illegal and dangerous hit. "He (Boyle) had to fight through a lot," coach Todd McLellan said. "I do think he's beyond that now, that he's recovered and it's showing in his play. He's starting to sharpen up again and get back to the player he was early in the year."
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Adam Cracknell scored a hat trick in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Well, no one could have predicted this kind of production from Cracknell. The Stars forward gave his team 1-0, 4-0, 5-1 leads in tonight's victory. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating and five shots on goal in just 11:35 of ice time. He has 10 goals and five assists in 61 games. Tonight's offensive outburst won't change the fact that he doesn't have any value in most fantasy leagues. Brett Ritchie, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored for the Stars.
Mar 24 - 11:47 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 2-1 OT win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Lightning forward simply can't be stopped. He scored three goals in last night's win over the Bruins and he's now recorded four multi-point games in a row. Tonight, Kucherov picked up the primary assist on Ondrej Palat's game-tying goal in the third period before scoring the game-winner at the 3:28 mark of overtime. The Russian sniper has 38 goals and 40 assists in 67 games this season. He continues to be one of the best players in the NHL.
Mar 24 - 10:43 PM

John Tavares picked up a pair of assists in Friday's 4-3 shootout win over the Penguins.

He also scored the game-winning goal in the shootout. Tavares netted both of his assists in the second period, as he helped set up goals by Anders Lee and Casey Cizikas. Tavares finished the game with a plus-2 rating, four shots on goal and one hit in 21:20 of ice time. The Islanders captain is now riding a five-game point streak and he's picked up at least one point in nine of his last 10. Tavares has 27 goals and 37 assists in 73 games.
Mar 24 - 10:20 PM

Dustin Byfuglien won't play against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

He hit the ice for the pre-game warmup, but he obviously wasn't feeling good enough to suit up. Byfgulien left Thursday's game against Los Angeles after he collided with Jeff Carter. We'll consider him day-to-day for now.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 24 - 10:01 PM

Kevin Bieksa won't be in the lineup against the Jets on Friday night.

Bieksa took a high-stick to the face in Wednesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. He's considered day-to-day for now.
Mar 24 - 10:00 PM

Jacob Trouba will suit up in Friday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Trouba has missed five consecutive games because of the injury. He has six goals and 21 assists in 52 games this season. Trouba averages 24:49 of ice time per game for the Jets this season.
Mar 24 - 9:34 PM

Michael Hutchinson will get the start in Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Hutchinson has won each of his last two outings and he's given up a combined two goals during that span. He has a 3.11 goals-against-average and a .897 save percentage this season.
Mar 24 - 9:31 PM

It looks like Jason Spezza will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks.

Spezza has missed each of Dallas' last two games because of a back injury. He's skating as a winger on Dallas' fourth line with Curtis McKenzie and Adam Cracknell during the pre-game warmup.
Mar 24 - 8:15 PM

Dan Girardi (ankle) will rejoin the Rangers on Saturday.

Girardi was sidelined for about a month. Now that he's healthy again, he's projected to play alongside Ryan McDonagh.
Mar 24 - 6:44 PM

Bryan Rust (upper body) will return to the Penguins lineup on Friday night.

He'll be skating on a line with Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel. Rust hasn't played in a game since Feb. 9. He has 12 goals and 25 points in 50 games.
Mar 24 - 6:40 PM

Henrik Lundqvist (hip) plans to start on Sunday.

Goaltender Magnus Hellberg was returned to the minors on Thursday, so Lundqvist will likely serve as the backup netminder on Saturday before making his first start back. Lundqvist last played on March 7.
Mar 24 - 5:44 PM




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