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Petri Kontiola has signed a contract with Lokomotiv of the KHL.

The 30-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the off-season but was unable to break training camp with the team. Kontiola continued to struggle in the AHL, registering no points in 11 games. He has five years of KHL experience under his belt.
Nov 27 - 7:45 PM

Filip Forsberg believes his time in the AHL really helped him develop into the player he has become.

"I got to play a lot of games," said Forsberg, of his time in the American Hockey League. "We played a lot of [three games in three nights] and you really get a feeling of what it takes to be successful every night. I think that's the most important part of the success I've had so far." The 20-year-old has been outstanding this season. He has registered nine goals and 22 points in 21 games this season. He is turning into an elite fantasy option, especially in dynasty leagues.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 27 - 7:40 PM

Jack Hillen made his second appearance of the season on Wednesday night.

He blocked two shots and had one hit in 12:27 of ice time. Hillen had been a healthy scratch for 19 straight contests. He replaced an injured Mike Green in the lineup. Hillen has earned praise from coach Barry Trotz and from his teammates for having a great attitude during his absence from the lineup.
Nov 27 - 6:48 PM

Gabriel Bourque was the extra skater at the Predators' morning skate on Thursday.

Bourque didn't skate on any of Nashville's lines this morning, which probably means he won't play against Edmonton tonight. The 24-year-old is pointless in 12 games this season. He's been a healthy scratch in five straight games coming into this one.
Nov 27 - 6:44 PM

J.P. Anderson may get recalled by San Jose for Saturday's match with Anaheim if Troy Grosenick and Alex Stalock remain injured.

San Jose brought in Ryan Lowe on a professional tryout agreement Wednesday afternoon to serve as their backup goalie against Calgary.
Nov 27 - 6:40 PM

Martin Marincin is expected to be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Nashville.

The 22-year-old registered one assist and is a minus-4 in 12 games this season. Justin Schultz will also be a healthy scratch for the Oilers.
Nov 27 - 6:37 PM

Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) may be ready to return on Friday night.

He aas paired with Dan Girardi during Thursday's practice, which bumped John Moore to an extra. McDonagh may be a game-time decision after missing the past 11 games with a separated shoulder.
Nov 27 - 6:28 PM

Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start against Edmonton on Thursday.

This is the only game on the NHL schedule tonight. Rinne has been very solid this season. He has a 14-3-1 record with a 1.97 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage.
Nov 27 - 6:26 PM

Cameron Talbot will get the call for Friday's game at Philadelphia.

Coach Alain Vigneault said that Henrik Lundqvist will start on Saturday in the second game of the home-and-home set versus the Flyers. Talbot posted a 31-save shutout against Philly on Nov. 19 in his last outing.
Nov 27 - 6:24 PM

Tyler Seguin has been looking to shoot more this season and it's paid off.

"My mentality has been a bit different," Seguin said. "I feel like I've always been looking to pass. This year, I've been looking to shoot it most of the game." He sits first in the league with 17 goals and he's taken a whopping 85 shots, which ranks him third in the NHL. Seguin is 12 shots behind co-leaders Claude Giroux and Alex Ovechkin.
Nov 27 - 6:11 PM

Claude Giroux has been piling up shots on goal this season.

He is currently tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with a total of 97 in 21 games. That puts him on pace to top 375 shots, which is significantly higher than his previous best of 242 during the 2011-12 campaign. "It just happens," he said. "I've got a lot of shots. I saw it last week [and said], 'Wow, I have a lot of shots.' The goals are hopefully going to come more. But when you shoot the puck good things are going to happen." Giroux has seven goals and 19 assists.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 27 - 5:58 PM

Linden Vey is expected to play Friday after he was scratched on Tuesday.

Coach Willie Desjardins believes that Vey will make a good NHL centerman one day, but for now he'll have to play on the wing to get into the lineup. He's expected to play on the top power-play unit with Zack Kassian injured, which is a great opportunity for him to show he deserves to be more than the team's 13th forward. Vey has nine points in 20 games this year.
Nov 27 - 5:33 PM

Martin Brodeur is excited to get a chance to practice with the St. Louis Blues.

"In talking with my agent Pat (Brisson), the Blues were one of the teams near the top of my list, that if I could pick a team to go to, it would be the Blues," Brodeur told ESPN.com. So for them to reach out and just invite me to come and practice and see where it goes, I'm pretty excited about it." He also talked about getting the chance to play under coach Ken Hitchcock on "a solid team with good structure." He's hopeful that it will work out for him and he'll get a contract. Brodeur will start skating with the Blues on Friday on a tryout basis.
Nov 27 - 5:19 PM

Tyler Myers received treatment for his lower-body injury, so he didn't practice Thursday.

He didn't play Wednesday because of the ailment and coach Ted Nolan is hoping that Myers can play on Friday night. "Today’s a good day to get some medical treatment and cross our fingers he's ready for tomorrow," the Buffalo bench boss said. "We're banking. We're hoping. Right now it's probably 50-50."
Nov 27 - 5:04 PM

Cody Hodgson missed practice on Thursday for personal reasons.

"He'll be back," coach Ted Nolan said. "He went home for some personal reasons." We'll keep him active and will let you know if his status for Friday's contest changes.
Nov 27 - 5:01 PM



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