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Philadelphia goalie Ray Emery pulled out a win against the Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday night, saving 22 of 25 shots to help Philadelphia prevail 5-3.

Emery improved to 2-0-1 on the season. His goals-against average is now 2.81 and his save percentage, .897.
Oct 22 - 11:02 PM

Nick Spaling posted a goal and an assist in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night.

They were his first goal and first assist of the season on a tough night for the Pens, whose leader, Sidney Crosby, wound up a minus-two. Pascual Dupuis (second) and Marcel Goc (first) delivered the Pens' other goals Wednesday, his second of the season. Evgeni Malkin grabbed his sixth assist of the season on the Dupuis goal.
Oct 22 - 10:57 PM

Center Sean Couturier collected three points in the Philadelphia Flyers' 5-3 upset victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.

Couturier had assists on goals by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (his first of the season) in the first period and by Matt Read (also his first of the season) in the third. Couturier then sealed the win for the Flyers with an empty-net goal at 19:33 of the third. That was his third goal of the season. His two assists were his first two of the season. Couturier also was a plus-three on the night. He was the only Flyer to record three points in Pittsburgh but three of his mates had two points. R.J. Umberger had a goal (his second) and an assist while Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each produced two assists.
Oct 22 - 10:49 PM

Alex Goligoski didn't participate in Wednesday's practice due to multiple injuries.

Goligoski was cut by a skate just under his ear during Tuesday's game, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff revealed that he's also dealing with an unrelated nagging injury. He might not end up missing any games over these problems, but we're erring on the side of caution by listing him as day-to-day.
Oct 22 - 6:54 PM

Sami Aittokallio has been sent to the minors.

Aittokallio didn't end up getting any playing time during his stint with the Colorado Avalanche. He was called up because both Semyon Varlamov (groin) and Reto Berra (upper body) were sidelined, but now that Berra has returned, the Avalanche can afford to return Aittokallio to the AHL.
Oct 22 - 6:45 PM

John Erskine underwent neck surgery on Wednesday.

It might be a few weeks before he starts his rehabilitation program and it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return. He had four points and 56 penalty minutes in 37 games in 2013-14.
Oct 22 - 6:32 PM

Mike Smith will be back between the pipes on Thursday.

Smith spent Tuesday's contest warming the bench. This is a chance for him to turn his season around after posting a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three starts.
Oct 22 - 6:07 PM

Braydon Coburn (lower body) isn't expected to return Wednesday.

It looked like Coburn would play Tuesday as he took part in the team's pregame warmups, but he didn't feel quite right. This will be his sixth straight game on the sidelines.
Oct 22 - 5:59 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers will go with Ray Emery against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

That's not particularly surprising given that Steve Mason played on Tuesday. Emery has a 2.73 GAA and .907 save percentage in two games this season. Given Mason's rough start to the campaign, there might be an opportunity for Emery to take the starting job if he gets hot.
Oct 22 - 5:57 PM

Eric Staal (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

The move is retroactive Oct. 11, so if anything the only mild surprise here is that Carolina didn't make this move earlier. They can activate Staal whenever he's healthy.
Oct 22 - 5:29 PM

Brody Sutter has been promoted by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sutter has a goal in five AHL game sthis season. The campaign is still young, but Sutter is already on his second stint with Carolina.
Oct 22 - 5:28 PM

The New York Islanders have called up Anders Lee.

Lee has three goals and five points in five AHL games. Although there's a fair chance he'll get sent down again once Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) is healthy, Lee might have some short-term fantasy value in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 5:26 PM

Charlie Coyle has agreed to a five-year, $16 million extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Coyle is in the last season of his entry-level contract and will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting in 2015-16. This could end up being a great deal for Minnesota. Coyle had 30 points in 70 games last season, but he's capable of doing significantly better than that. We're looking for the 22-year-old forward to get around 45 points this season and if all goes well, he should top that figure in the years to come.
Oct 22 - 5:23 PM

T.J. Oshie isn't too worried about the fact that he's still searching for his first point of the season after five games.

"I feel like this is the best condition I've been in at the start of the season. I feel like my line has been playing really well, we just haven't been capitalizing on opportunities," Oshie said. "It seems like there's one little bounce of the puck or one stick that gets in the way of us making some good plays. Get those plays, get a little more crisp, a little more simple and the pucks will start going into the net for us." Fantasy owners that have Oshie on their team shouldn't panic at this time. He's still a decent bet to get 50-60 points in 2014-15.
Oct 22 - 5:04 PM

Jori Lehtera (flu) was able to participate in Wednesday's practice.

With that in mind, it seems reasonable to assume he'll be available for Thursday's game. He's gotten off to a strong start with a goal and three points in four contests.
Oct 22 - 5:01 PM


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