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Rene Bourque hasn't translated his success in the postseason to anything of note at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign.

He has no goals and one assist in 10 games after he recorded eight goals and 11 points in 17 playoff matches during Montreal's run to the Eastern Conference Final. "It's (expletive) hard to come by points right now. I'm trying to do anything and nothing's happening," he said. "I think after awhile you start pressing, but I think it's more your confidence. When you're feeling good and playing well, you have confidence with the puck, you're making plays." Bourque also has a minus-5 rating and 14 shots this year.
Oct 30 - 11:01 AM

Nick Bjugstad doesn't have a goal in his first seven games of the 2014-15 campaign.

He has registered just one assist over that span, but coach Gerard Gallant isn't concerned. "Nick has been a great player for us. He's probably hit five or six goalposts, he's played real well and it's just some tough luck right now," Gallant said. "You go through those things. The good thing is we're playing pretty good hockey and we know Nick is going to score, the other guys are going to score goals, it's just a matter of time." He's been credited with 21 shots on goal.
Oct 30 - 10:53 AM

Pavel Datsyuk produced a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Washington.

He had a helper on Justin Abdelkader's game-winning goal in the third period and he added a power-play tally shortly afterward. Datsyuk has five points in four games this campaign.
Oct 30 - 10:41 AM

Jhonas Enroth will start Thursday night's game versus Boston.

He watched the last two games from the bench, as Michal Neuvirth got two straight starts. Neither goaltender is worth targeting in fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 10:28 AM

Evander Kane (knee) was on the ice for Wednesday's practice and he feels like he could play as soon as Thursday night.

"It felt good," said Kane, who wasn't wearing a no-contact jersey during the session. "Every day it's felt better and better. I feel I'm pretty close, if not there, and we'll see what the doctors have to say. I think I could play tomorrow but, unfortunately, it's not up to me. We'll see what happens, what the docs say and hopefully we get some good news and I'll be able to play. If not, hopefully it's the next game."
Oct 30 - 10:18 AM

Zach Bogosian (upper body) skated Wednesday and he's looking to be ready to play on Thursday night versus New Jersey.

"It felt good to be back on the ice," said Bogosian. "I'll just take it day by day and see where we're at (Thursday) morning. I hope (to be able to play against the Devils), but like I said it's day by day. I'll see how it reacts today and how it feels (Thursday) morning." He sat out Tuesday's game due to an upper-body injury.
Oct 30 - 10:10 AM

Alex Ovechkin doesn't seem too concerned about his career-high five-game pointless streak.

"It's kind of special when you do something out there, but I'm still getting chances but I didn't score," Ovechkin said. He added that he's feeling normal. Let's take a moment to acknowledge how impressive it is that Ovechkin has played in 688 career games and until now, he's never had a string of five of them without a point. We don't think it will be too much longer before he bounces back.
Oct 30 - 10:03 AM

David Warsofsky may get a chance to see power-play time with Boston.

He was called up, along with Joe Morrow, when Torey Krug got injured. Warsofsky is looking forward to making an impact when he gets a chance to play. "For me it's an opportunity," he said. "That's how I'm looking at it, just take advantage of it."
Oct 30 - 10:01 AM

Reilly Smith was bumped to the fourth line during Wednesday's practice.

He skated alongside Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. Smith had two goals and one helper in his first five appearances, but he has one assist in his last six outings.
Oct 30 - 9:53 AM

Brad Marchand "tweaked something" at practice on Wednesday.

He left the session early as a result and it's unclear if he'll be available for Thursday night's match against Buffalo. Consider him questionable for now and we'll look to update his status later.
Oct 30 - 9:50 AM

Antti Niemi is tentatively projected to start on Thursday.

That's based on the fact that Niemi was the first goaltender off the ice during Wednesday's practice. He has a 2.66 GAA and .918 save percentage in seven games this season.
Oct 30 - 9:35 AM

Beau Bennett (lower body) might make his return within the next couple of weeks.

Bennett has a lot of potential, but he just can't catch a break. In addition to missing at least the first month of the 2013-14 campaign, he was limited to 21 contests in 2013-14. He'll be worth keeping an eye on once he's finally healthy.
Oct 30 - 9:32 AM

Vincent Lecavalier (foot) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.

Lecavalier wanted to play in that contest, but Flyers coach Craig Berube had previously cautioned that it might not happen. Philadelphia might still surprise, but Lecavalier probably hasn't participated in enough one-on-one drills to warrant returning this soon.
Oct 30 - 9:30 AM

Steve Mason hasn't started in more than a week.

Mason was benched after starting the season with a 3.83 GAA and .878 save percentage in five games. Ray Emery's strong play by contrast has created a goaltending controversy in Philadelphia. Mason probably won't have to wait too much longer before he gets in his next start though.
Oct 30 - 9:28 AM

Travis Hamonic (upper body) took part in Wednesday's practice.

Hamonic wasn't ready to participate in contact drills though. He's doubtful for Thursday's game.
Oct 30 - 9:24 AM



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