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Robin Lehner will be in Ottawa's crease Thursday versus Dallas.

The decision raised some eyebrows when it was announced on Wednesday, but it's clearer now after it was revealed that Craig Anderson is dealing with a hand injury. Lehner has displayed plenty of inconsistencies this campaign en route to a 6-7-2 record along with a .900 save percentage and a 3.16 GAA.
Jan 29 - 11:01 AM

Craig Anderson has a hand injury that will probably keep him out of the lineup against Dallas on Thursday.

Andrew Hammond is up with Ottawa on an emergency recall and Robin Lehner will get the nod when the Senators host the Stars. Consider Anderson day-to-day for now.
Jan 29 - 10:58 AM

Shawn Thornton (groin) is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday.

"It's been a while so I'm excited," Thornton said. "Jimmy [Hayes] told me today to settle things down a little. I was a little too jumpy. I have eight weeks of energy going." He hasn't played since Dec. 6 because of a groin injury
Jan 29 - 10:45 AM

Jhonas Enroth will be between the pipes for Buffalo on Thursday versus the Edmonton Oilers.

He hasn't posted a win since Dec. 27 and he'll be looking to help the team snap a 12-game losing streak. Matt Hackett, who is up with the Sabres because of an injury to Michal Neuvirth, could be the Sabres' starter for Friday's match against Vancouver.
Jan 29 - 10:25 AM

Nikita Zadorov isn't suspended anymore, but he won't be in the lineup on Thursday against Edmonton.

His flight home was oversold and he was bumped, so he wasn't able to make it back in time for Monday's practice. Zadorov was suspended by the Sabres, so he missed Tuesday's game, and he returned to practice Wednesday. He will probably be back in the lineup on Friday and he apologized for not thinking ahead and giving himself a "safe day" just in case there were travel problems on his vacation.
Jan 29 - 10:22 AM

Zdeno Chara did some skating over the All-Star break to keep himself in shape.

He sat out 19 games because of a tear in his knee earlier this season, so he's anxious to get the unofficial second half started. Chara should be better as the NHL reaches the home stretch. "I feel better. I feel obviously that I got my stride back," he said. "You know it's something that when you're coming back from an injury, it's not something that you can just have back right away in a few games. But you’re still making adjustments those first few games, as far as the game and yourself and finding that comfort. After a few games you start to feel you're regaining and start to feel better and better. So yeah, it's all better."
Jan 29 - 10:09 AM

Ben Chiarot was praised by coach Paul Maurice for his improvements during his time with the Jets.

He's been a steady defense partner for Dustin Byfuglien and it doesn't look like he's going anywhere. "Guys start thinking they've got to do more and different and all I said was play that game for the rest of your career and you'll never have to play another game in the American Hockey League," Maurice said. "That sounds nice and simple, but the consistency in playing that game is the real challenge."
Jan 29 - 10:01 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall thinks there could be definitive news regarding Kimmo Timonen in the coming days.

Timonen might still return before the end of the season. At this point the Flyers are a long shot to make the playoffs and Hextall suggested that their position will be a factor. However, Timonen returning would at least give him the opportunity to retire on a positive note, should he chose to hang up his skates this summer.
Jan 29 - 9:48 AM

Michael Hutchinson probably deserves to see the majority of Winnipeg's starts for the rest of the season, but that may not happen if coach Paul Maurice continues to rotate in Ondrej Pavelec.

Hutchinson has posted an 8-2 record in his last 10 starts with a save percentage of .934, while Pavelec has posted an .898 save percentage to go with a mark of 3-3-4. It hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's probable that Hutchinson gets the nod after Pavelec allowed four goals on 29 shots in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
Jan 29 - 9:45 AM

Cal Clutterbuck has been named an alternate captain.

"I think they gave it to me because I never stop talking," Clutterbuck said. "Johnny [Tavares] was giving me a hard time about it. I guess I don't shut up." The Islanders decided to give him the 'A' after Kyle Okposo suffered an upper-body injury that will keep him out of the lineup for six-to-eight weeks. Clutterbuck has four goals and 10 points in 44 games this season.
Jan 29 - 9:35 AM

Patrik Elias had an assist in the Devils' 2-1 shootout win against Toronto.

Elias has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games. He has six goals and 21 points in 38 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 29 - 9:31 AM

Anze Kopitar had two assists in a 4-3 win against Chicago on Wednesday.

Kopitar has five points in his last four contests. That's brought him up to 11 goals and 39 points in 45 contests in 2014-15. With Los Angeles fighting for a playoff spot, it wouldn't be shocking if he picked up the pace a touch so that he finishes the season with around a point-per-game.
Jan 29 - 9:28 AM

Jake Muzzin scored a goal in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Muzzin has six goals and 17 assists in 42 contests in 2014-15. That puts him just one point shy of his previous career high of 24. Los Angeles still has 34 games remaining in its schedule.
Jan 29 - 9:26 AM

Ben Scrivens hates the notion that the Oilers should tank in order to get a better draft spot.

"If anybody even insinuated to me that I was trying not to win, you'd have a fight I think," Scrivens said. "That's the most unbelievable thing you can say to a professional: try not to win this game." Scrivens added that it's "mind-blowing" that there's people out there thinking that the Oilers aren't trying to win. While it's not hard to buy into the idea that the Oilers are genuinely trying to win, they nevertheless bring this line of questionable upon themselves. Year after year they fail to be even a mediocre squad on the ice. They leave their fanbase hoping for some freshly drafted player to come save them because those currently on the roster haven't been able to prove that they're the answer.
Jan 29 - 9:21 AM

Kevin Connauton missed Wednesday's practice due to an illness.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards is still optimistic about Connauton's chances of playing Thursday, but we're listing him as day-to-day to be safe. Connauton has seven goals and 15 points in 34 games this season. With Ryan Murray potentially returning, Connauton's condition could impact whether or not Dalton Prout plays.
Jan 29 - 9:12 AM



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