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Sam Reinhart got back into Buffalo's lineup Wednesday night.

He was a healthy scratch last Saturday. "I think he was just overwhelmed in the first number of games," coach Ted Nolan said. "It's better to sit back and watch and observe and get a new perspective, so he’s going in." Reinhart has no points and two shots in six NHL outings. It wouldn't be surprising if he was back in the OHL shortly.
Oct 23 - 10:28 AM

Tyler Ennis helped the Buffalo Sabres avoid getting shut out for a third straight game Wednesday night.

He snapped the club's goalless streak at exactly 197 minutes. Offense has been hard to come by for the Sabres early into this season. The team has eight goals in seven contests and three of them have come from Ennis.
Oct 23 - 10:22 AM

Johnny Boychuk will return to Boston for the first time as a member of the New York Islanders.

He was shipped to Long Island on Oct. 4 for two second-round draft picks and a conditional third-rounder. Boychuk has been excellent for the Isles, scoring two power-play goals and recording six points in six games. He is also averaging a team-leading 22:50 of ice time per contest.
Oct 23 - 10:16 AM

Grant Clitsome suited up in his first game of the season Tuesday night.

He picked up an assist and a plus-1 rating in Winnipeg's 3-1 win against Carolina. Clitsome replaced Adam Pardy in the lineup and coach Paul Maurice was pleased with his performance. "That was a pretty impressive step from his exhibition schedule," said Maurice. "That was a different player we saw. Confident, physical." It may have earned Clitsome another appearance on Friday.
Oct 23 - 10:00 AM

Dustin Byfuglien was utilized in front of the opposition goal during power-play situations in Tuesday's win over Carolina.

"I liked that and I liked the structure," said coach Paul Maurice, who previously wanted Byfuglien on the point to put his big shot to use. "We're not getting enough from our back end up front, so he is keyed on at the blue line and in the shooting lanes especially when he is on the wide side on a 1-3-1, when he is on the backdoor looking for the seam play or the one-timer. Teams are playing him the way some teams play (Alex) Ovechkin on that side, not giving him that look anymore." The Jets still don't have a power-play goal this season.
Oct 23 - 9:52 AM

John Carlson scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss on Wednesday.

Carlson has a goal and five points in six games in 2014-15. He recorded 37 points in 2013-14 and should put up similar numbers this season.
Oct 23 - 9:48 AM

Pascal Dupuis scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 5-3 loss Wednesday night.

Dupuis has two goals and five points in five games. He's been playing primarily with Evgeni Malkin in 2014-15 rather than Sidney Crosby, but obviously being able to play with either one is a huge benefit.
Oct 23 - 9:35 AM

Zac Rinaldo suffered an upper-body injury during Wednesday's game.

Rinaldo is expected to be re-evaluated on Thursday. He has no points and six penalty minutes in seven contests in 2014-15.
Oct 23 - 9:31 AM

R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh.

Umberger got off to a quiet start with the Flyers, but he's starting to heat up with three points in three games. Keep in mind though that he's averaging just 14:16 minutes per contest and isn't likely to get much more than 40 points.
Oct 23 - 9:29 AM

Claude Giroux has enjoyed three multi-point games in his last four contests.

Giroux has two goals and nine points in seven games this season. That's in contrast to his start to the 2013-14 campaign where he didn't even record a point until his sixth contest. Barring an injury, Giroux should be one of the league's scoring leaders this season.
Oct 23 - 9:19 AM

Derek Stepan (leg) is expected to resume skating soon.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wasn't sure exactly when that would be, but he added that he hasn't been asking for daily updates on Stepan's condition. The Rangers put Stepan on the long-term injured reserve list, which means that he can't return until Nov. 3 at the earliest.
Oct 23 - 9:06 AM

The New Jersey Devils are likely to provide an update on Jordin Tootoo's condition Thursday.

Tootoo missed Wednesday's practice so that he could have his foot X-rayed. He blocked a shot during Tuesday's game, but was able to stay in the contest.
Oct 23 - 9:01 AM

Nikita Nikitin scored his first goal as a member of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

That brings Nikitin up to two points in seven contests. He doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues.
Oct 23 - 8:54 AM

Teddy Purcell had two assists in Edmonton's 3-2 victory on Wednesday.

Purcell endured a four-game scoreless slump. He has five points in seven contests in 2014-15, which isn't bad when you factor in that he's been averaging just 14:41 minutes per game.
Oct 23 - 8:51 AM

Sonny Milano might be sent to the OHL on Friday.

Milano started the 2014-15 campaign on the injured reserve list due to facial injuries. He was taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Oct 23 - 8:48 AM

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