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Antti Raanta will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

Raanta had a 2.71 GAA and .897 save percentage in 25 contests in 2013-14. He wasn't expected to get his first start of the season until this weekend, but Corey Crawford is unavailable.
Oct 21 - 12:43 PM

Corey Crawford has sustained an upper-body injury.

Crawford will not start against the Philadelphia Flyers as a result. Beyond that, he's considered day-to-day. Crawford has a 1.66 GAA and .926 save percentage in four games this season.
Oct 21 - 12:31 PM

Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) was on the ice Tuesday morning.

Grabovski hasn't played since Thursday due to a concussion. The fact that he's already back on the ice is very encouraging, but it remains to be seen if he'll return soon.
Oct 21 - 12:27 PM

Jason Spezza will play alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on Tuesday.

The trio excelled on Saturday, so coach Lindy Ruff decided to keep them together. It's no surprise that Spezza, Benn, and Seguin would shine together as they're three of the league's top players. However, by keeping that line intact, Ruff is significantly hurting the team's ability to put out two strong lines, so it wouldn't surprise us if Spezza eventually goes back to centering the second unit.
Oct 21 - 12:23 PM

Jori Lehtera (flu) is expected to be ready to return for Thursday's game against Vancouver.

He missed Sunday's loss to Anaheim because of the flu bug. If he's able to play on Thursday then he will probably skate alongside Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz again.
Oct 21 - 11:19 AM

James Neal picked up his first goal as a member of the Predators last Friday.

He has posted 16 shots and no assists in five games this season, but the goal may get him going now. "It felt good, get the monkey off your back," Neal said. "Gives you a little confidence, it was nice to get that first one."
Oct 21 - 11:11 AM

Mikael Granlund's next contract is likely to be a two- or three-year pact.

That kind of deal would seemingly benefit both parties, as it gives Granlund an opportunity to try to land a big money deal if he performs and it gives Minnesota time to see what kind of player they have before deciding if he should be rewarded handsomely.
Oct 21 - 11:05 AM

Ryan Stanton (lower body) didn't travel with the Canucks to Dallas for Tuesday's game.

Stanton has been placed on the injured reserve list. He has no points and a neutral plus/minus rating in three games this season.
Oct 21 - 10:54 AM

Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins is looking forward to Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars.

This will be a special contest for Desjardins as he previously coached Dallas' AHL squad, the Texas Stars. "I have lots of thoughts about going back to Dallas," Desjardins said. "There are lots of great guys on that team that I've coached and I have tons of respect for. I have a lot of respect for the organization and what does that mean? It means I want to win more." His tenure with the Canucks have gotten off on the right foot thanks to a 3-1-0 start.
Oct 21 - 10:52 AM

Antti Niemi will probably start against Boston on Tuesday.

Niemi has been great thus far with a 2.27 GAA and .933 save percentage in three games. That being said, Alex Stalock has been just as good, so Niemi's position as the team's starter is far from secure.
Oct 21 - 10:50 AM

Reto Berra is viewed as Colorado's probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers.

He spoke to reporters Monday and as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, it looks like he'll get the nod after he injured his neck last Thursday. If Berra is fine to play then Calvin Pickard will back him up and the Avalanche will return Sami Aittokallio to the minors.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 21 - 10:47 AM

Brandon Saad was bumped to the third line at Monday's practice.

He skated with Bryan Bickell and Brad Richards. "I'm just going to try to play the same way," Saad said. "Richards, I played a little with him at the start of the year, and Bickell I'm familiar with too, so I think as a line we can do some real damage and I'm looking forward to getting it going." Kris Versteeg, who is expected to return from injury Tuesday night, took Saad's spot on the second unit.
Oct 21 - 10:39 AM

Radko Gudas (lower body) didn't skate Monday and he sat out his third consecutive game.

He was able to ride the stationary bike, but isn't expected to play Tuesday night in Calgary either. Coach Jon Cooper expects Gudas to play at some point during Tampa Bay's road trip.
Oct 21 - 10:31 AM

Ryan Callahan exited Monday's game against Edmonton because of a lower-body injury.

He appeared to be favoring his leg when he left late in the second period and he didn't return. Callahan is unlikely to play Tuesday night in Calgary, according to coach Jon Cooper.
Oct 21 - 10:27 AM

Jonathan Drouin ended up making his NHL debut Monday night after all.

He was originally slated to be a healthy scratch, but suited up against Edmonton because of an injury to Alex Killorn. Drouin finished the match with one shot and a minus-1 rating in 16:10 of ice time. "He comes as advertised. When he plays with speed, I thought he controlled the game when he had (the puck) on his stick," coach Jon Cooper said after the contest. "And for a first offering, I thought it was really good. When you look back, with all the pressure I'm sure he's had on him for the past few years, that's a pretty darn good effort. ... I was really happy with him."
Oct 21 - 10:22 AM

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