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Columbus has failed to convert on its last 18 power-play opportunities.

The Blue Jackets went 0-for-3 with the man advantage on Thursday en route to a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay. "Our power play has to give us a goal somewhere along the way," said Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. "We’re just going to keep working at it and hopefully good things happen. I think the scheme is good, we have some really good players. We just haven’t gotten out of the gate with the power play. I think tonight was the night we felt it. We found ways to win games (before). We needed our power play tonight not only to score a goal — I don’t know if we win the game or not — but just to give us some juice." Columbus definitely has the talent in place to have an effective power play and it wouldn't be surprising to see the squad bounce back in that regard.
Oct 20 - 10:22 AM

Noah Hanifin registered an assist in the Hurricanes' 2-1 win over Calgary Thursday night.

Hanifin has a goal and three points in five games this season. The 20-year-old put up 22 points as a rookie and 29 points as a sophomore. We're looking for him to take another modest step forward this season with 30-35 points.
Oct 20 - 10:20 AM

Nikita Kucherov's seven-game goal streak ended Thursday night, but he still recorded a pair of assists in a 2-0 win over Columbus.

Kucherov currently leads the league with 14 points in eight games this season. He has picked up at least one point in each appearance and he already has six multi-point performances.
Oct 20 - 10:19 AM

Trevor van Riemsdyk (concussion) made his return to the Hurricanes' lineup on Thursday.

van Riemsdyk was sidelined for three straight games due to the injury. He was used somewhat sparingly in his return as he posted a minus-one rating in 14:05 minutes of ice time. It wouldn't be surprising to see his ice time creep upwards as the season progresses.
Oct 20 - 10:14 AM

Alex Burrows potted his first goal in seven games Thursday night in a 5-4 OT loss to New Jersey.

It was the 200th marker of his career. Unfortunately, Burrows has two points so far this season and he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Oct 20 - 10:14 AM

Tom Pyatt got his first goal of the year on Thursday night.

Pyatt gave the Senators a 4-2 lead after two periods, but New Jersey rallied to hand Ottawa a 5-4 loss in overtime. He has contributed three points in seven matches this season.
Oct 20 - 10:11 AM

Jaromir Jagr looked good on Calgary's top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on Thursday.

The trio combined for Calgary's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Carolina. Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said he had considered shaking things up in the first period, but he kept them together and liked the chemistry they developed as the game progressed. Look for the top line to stay intact for Saturday's contest.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 20 - 10:10 AM

Kyle Turris tallied his third goal of 2017-18 in a 5-4 overtime loss to New Jersey on Thursday night.

It was Turris' second power-play marker of the year and his fourth point on the man advantage. He has accumulated eight points in seven games this season.
Oct 20 - 10:09 AM

Matthew Tkachuk took a roughing penalty at the end of the second period that led to the game-winning goal for Carolina Thursday night.

After the contest, Tkachuk put the blame on himself for the position he put the Flames in. "It's uncalled for," Tkachuk said. "That was stupid - uncalled for at the end of the period. Stuff like that, whether you think it's a penalty or not, you can't put yourself in that position. I take full responsibility for today. You can't put the game in the refs hands. We took however many penalties again tonight. Mine, personally, cost us the game. You take full responsibility for it. It's unfortunate that mine cost us the game. Whatever I have to deal with, whatever I have to do, we'll do it with our head up. Ultimately, we've got to change it around." Tkachuk has two goals, five points, and 12 penalty minutes in seven contests. He plays a physical game, but he also needs to stay disciplined at key moments or else he'll end up seeing his responsibilities diminish.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 20 - 10:07 AM

Derick Brassard scored his fourth goal of the season in Thursday's 5-4 OT loss to New Jersey.

Brassard has accounted for seven points through seven games after he had 39 points in 81 outings last year. This is shaping up to be a much more productive campaign for the former Rangers center.
Oct 20 - 10:00 AM

Derek Stepan scored two goals and registered an assist in the Coyotes' 5-4 loss to Dallas Thursday night.

Stepan has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games. He's up to two goals and six points in seven contests this season. In other words, he's been a nice addition for the Coyotes so far, which makes him one of the silver linings in their dreadful 0-6-1 start to the campaign.
Oct 20 - 9:54 AM

Max Pacioretty has not been pleased with his start to the 2017-18 season.

Pacioretty has one goal, no assists and 23 shots after seven games for the 1-5-1 Canadiens. "That is the challenge ... how am I going to go tell my teammates that we got to be better when I'm the worst one on the ice," said Pacioretty. "That's what keeps you up at night ... that's what keeps me up at night. Trust me, if you guys think I don't care you got it all wrong. If anything, I think too much and I care too much." Coach Claude Julien said that Montreal's captain just needs to keep working and stay positive to get going offensively again.
Oct 20 - 9:54 AM

The Arizona Coyotes are enduring their worst start in franchise history.

Arizona suffered a 5-4 loss on Thursday to drop to 0-6-1 this season. If there's any silver lining, it's that Thursday's defeat wasn't the worst of losses. "We're going through a little bit of pain, but they played hard tonight," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. Expectations weren't that high for the Coyotes going into the season, but this is still disappointing and obviously it's a far from ideal way for Tocchet to start his head coaching tenure with the Coyotes.
Oct 20 - 9:52 AM

Carey Price will get the nod on Friday night against Anaheim.

Price got his first game off of the season on Wednesday night when Al Montoya started against Los Angeles in a 5-1 loss for the Canadiens. Price has a 1-4-1 record with a 3.56 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in 2017-18.
Oct 20 - 9:48 AM

Aleksander Barkov hasn't scored a goal in five games this season.

Barkov is off to a slow start in 2017-18 with three assists and a minus-4 rating. Coach Bob Boughner wants to see better play from his top line of Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov. "They had a great preseason," Boughner said. "I liked their first couple games of the [regular] season. I think the last couple games they've gotten away from it a little bit. And I've separated it at times as well. But those three guys play well together, and it's just about limiting the turnovers and playing a little more north-south with that line. They know that. I think they put pressure on themselves to be better, and I know they can be."



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