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Defenseman Hampus Lindholm was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

The Ducks have eight healthy defensemen so someone has to sit and it was Lindholm's turn on Saturday. James Wisniewski was banished to the press box on Thursday and returned to the lineup Saturday. "Sometimes I really believe it’s a good time to watch a game to get hungry to get back in," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And every time we’ve done that, the guy that’s come back in ... I thought Wiz was very good today. It’s had the positive effect that we think it’s supposed to have." Don't read anything into this as Lindholm is a good blueliner who is only going to get better. He has seven goals, 33 points and a plus-22 rating and should be drafted in the middle rounds next season.
Mar 29 - 7:29 AM

Viktor Stalberg (lower body) returned to action on Saturday.

The disappointing Swede has only one goal and eight points in 19 games this season. He played 12:59 Saturday and was a minus-one. We cannot recommend him.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Trevor Smith (undisclosed) returned to action on Saturday.

Smith missed one game with the undisclosed injury which is becoming as popular an injury in the NHL as an upper or lower injury. He took a minor in 16:23 minutes of action.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Zach Sill (undisclosed) returned to action on Saturday.

Sill was held off the scoresheet on Saturday. His feisty play has been a boon to the Maple Leafs and he could receive a contract extension from Toronto at the end of the season as they need players like him.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Brenden Morrow returned to action on Saturday.

Morrow played 9:12, the least of any Tampa Bay forward. He has certainly fallen from his status six years ago when he was the best power forward in the NHL as he has only three goals and eight points in 64 games this season.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Oliver Lauridsen was called up from the minors.

The Flyers were in desperate need of defensemen with a couple out with injury and a couple down with the flu so Lauridsen was recalled and made his seasonal NHL debut. He played 10:26 and was a minus-one. Expect to see him back in the minors once Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo recover from the flu.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Brian Flynn (upper body) returned to action on Saturday.

Flynn missed 12 days with the injury. He played 14:45 on Saturday and was a plus-one. The winger has five goals and 17 points this. He was traded from Buffalo at the deadline but is only a depth player at this stage of his career.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Mark Alt was called up from the minors on Saturday and made his NHL debut.

Alt was recalled as Andrew MacDonald, Mark Streit and Luke Schenn were all on the shelf. The defenseman played 9:25 and was a minus-one. He is the son of for All-Pro defensive tackle John Alt.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Tyler Seguin recorded a goal and an assist as the Stars edged the Canucks on Saturday night 4-3 in overtime.

Seguin also had six shots on goal and a minor penalty in 20:40. The 23-year-old has 34 goals and 69 points this season, which is even more amazing when you consider he's played in only 66 games. John Klingberg got the game winner with 37 seconds left in overtime. Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves notched the other markers. Trevor Daley and Cody Eakin each tallied two helpers.
Mar 29 - 1:02 AM

Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 35 shots in the Stars’ 4-3 overtime win against the Canucks on Saturday night.

Dallas looked like the sure winners until the Canucks tied the game in regulation on the power play with 1:32 remaining. Lehtonen gave up a goal in each period. He has a 2.84 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.
Mar 29 - 1:00 AM

Radim Vrbata potted a goal and added an assist in the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Stars on Saturday night.

Vrbata forced overtime with a power-play tally at 18:28 of the third period, and he got an assist on Nick Bonino’s 14th of the season in the first period. Vrbata has nine points over his past five games, to give him 30 goals and 58 points on the year. Chris Higgins notched the other goal, while Chris Tanev chipped in with two helpers.
Mar 29 - 1:00 AM

Eddie Lack set aside 36 shots in the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime loss against Dallas on Saturday night.

The Canucks only led one time in this game, after Chris Higgins’ second-period power play goal put them ahead 2-1. Lack has generally been pretty solid since taking over the number-one job when Ryan Miller went down with an injury. He has a 2.48 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Mar 29 - 12:59 AM

Matt Duchene registered a goal and two assists as the Avalanche defeated the Sabres on Saturday night 5-3.

Fantasy owners (and the Avalanche) expected bigger things from Duchene after he scored 23 times and tallied 70 points last season. This year, he has 19 goals and 50 points, so he has been a major disappointment for those who took him high in drafts. Tyson Barrie, Marc-Andre Cliche and Brad Stuart scored the other goals. Jarome Iginla had three assists.

Semyon Varlamov blocked 35 shots in Colorado’s 5-3 win against the Sabres on Saturday night.

Colorado jumped out to a 4-0 lead by 6:56 in the second period, then the Sabres made things somewhat interesting by pulling within 4-1 and 5-2 in the third period. Varlamov has a 2.58 goals-against average and .920 save percentage this season.
Mar 28 - 11:51 PM

Andrej Meszaros potted two goals in the Sabres’ 5-3 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

Don’t expect this too often. In fact, the defenseman has only five goals on the year, with his last one coming Feb. 28. He has 11 points. Rasmus Ristolainen had a goal and an assist, to give him points in back-to-back games.
Mar 28 - 11:50 PM



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