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Mike Smith has taken full responsibility for his early season struggles.

Smith has a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three starts. "I don't need to bring anyone else into this," Smith said. "It's me and only me, and I've been through it tons of times in my career. You shrug it off your shoulder, and it's obviously not even close to what I'm capable of, and I know that, and I understand that, and the team needs more from me." He added that he can't dwell on that as the team works to gain some momentum. Arizona is 2-2-0 so far this season.
Oct 21 - 8:21 AM

Dany Heatley (groin) resumed practicing with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

"It felt good being out there with the guys," Heatley said. "I feel good. It's progressing really well. First, you skate by yourself, and then you get in some practices. Hopefully it keeps going the right way and I can get back soon." Heatley has missed the Ducks' first six games of 2014-15. He'll be worth keeping an eye on when he's back as he might play on Anaheim's top line.
Oct 21 - 8:17 AM

Bryan Allen (lower body) was able to practice with the Ducks on Monday.

Allen hasn't made his season debut yet. He's obviously making progress, but might end up missing more playing time as he tries to avoid a setback.
Oct 21 - 8:15 AM

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop stopped 20 of the 23 Edmonton shots he faced as the Lightning dropped a 3-2 decision to the Oilers Monday night.

Bishop has enjoyed a strong start to the season and couldn't be faulted for his effort Monday as the Oilers scored three nice goals, including one on a Taylor Hall penalty shot. Bishop was upset at himself for not saving the Oilers' first goal, which was scored by Justin Schultz. The puck went off the top of the goalie's stick, but it was a first-rate backhanded shot by Schultz and a lot of goalies would have been unable to keep that one out of the net. Bishop, needless to say, remains a solid goaltending option for fantasy leaguers. He is 3-1-1, with a goals-against average of 1.97 and a save percentage of .921.
Oct 21 - 12:29 AM

Brett Connolly delivered a game-tying goal in the third period Monday night before he and the Tampa Bay Lightning fell 3-2 to the Oilers in Edmonton.

Connolly, whose goal was his second of the young season, also was a plus-two on the night. The Lightning's other goal, which gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead early in the second period, was produced by new Tampa Bay forward Brian Boyle, his first of the season.
Oct 21 - 12:24 AM

Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens made 22 saves Monday night en route to the Oilers' 3-2 triumph over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was both Edmonton's first win of the season and Scrivens' first win of the season. Scrivens' record is 1-3 and his goals-against average is 3.66. His save percentage is .862. We don't suggest you snap up Scrivens just yet for your fantasy team but keep an eye on him because, if this team improves the way many hockey insiders think it will, Scrivens may indeed become worthy.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM

Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot, added an assist and recorded a plus-two rating in helping the Edmonton Oilers edge the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Monday night.

It was the Oilers' first victory of the season after the worst start in franchise history at 0-4-1. Hall's goal was his fourth of the season. The left winger was awarded his penalty shot at 14:57 of the second period. He assisted earlier in the second on a pretty backhanded goal by defenseman Justin Schultz, his first of the season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also notched his first of the season, the game winner at 16:35 of the third period. It was set up nicely after an interception in the Lightning's zone by Justin Eberle, who quickly turned around and passed the puck to Nugent-Hopkins. Eberle's assist was his third of the season.
Oct 21 - 12:11 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be back between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle in Monday's match versus Tampa Bay.

When he returned from injury on Friday against Vancouver, he skated on the second line. Nugent-Hopkins has one assist in three games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 20 - 6:44 PM

Shawn Matthias will move up to Vancouver's third line for Tuesday's game in Dallas.

He had been playing center on the fourth line, but now he'll be a left winger. Matthias, who has no points and three shots in four games, will play with Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian.
Oct 20 - 6:27 PM

Antti Raanta is likely to play this weekend, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

The Blackhawks play back-to-back games against St. Louis and Ottawa on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. It's probable that Raanta will be in the crease versus the Senators, but we'll keep you posted.
Source: CSN Chicago
Oct 20 - 6:02 PM

Jeremy Morin appears as though he'll be a healthy scratch Tuesday night.

Kris Versteeg is slated to return, so Morin was the odd man out. Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger and Daniel Carcillo made up the Blackhawks' fourth line. Morin has played in Chicago's first four games this year, but the highest amount of ice time he's seen is the 8:57 he played against Buffalo on Oct. 11.
Source: CSN Chicago
Oct 20 - 5:58 PM

Jesse Winchester (concussion) was on the ice for practice Monday.

He participated in a limited role, which makes him questionable at best for Tuesday's game against Florida. Winchester hasn't played yet this season because of a concussion he sustained in the preseason.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 20 - 5:54 PM

Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) practiced Monday.

It was his first session with his teammates since he was injured against the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 25. Bortuzzo is nearly on week four of a three-to-five week projection for his return from a lower-body injury.
Oct 20 - 5:49 PM

A final decision hasn't been made yet, but Adam Larsson may make his season debut Tuesday night versus the Rangers.

He practiced alongside Jon Merrill on Monday, which could bump Eric Gelinas from the lineup. Larsson is excited by the possibility that he's finally coming out of the press box.
Source: NJ.com
Oct 20 - 5:39 PM

Jimmy Howard (groin) will be between the pipes for Detroit on Tuesday night in Montreal.

He was on 48-hour injured reserve while he recovered from a groin injury, but he's recovered now and ready to go. Get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Oct 20 - 5:27 PM



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