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Updating an earlier item, it looks as if Michal Neuvirth will get the start against San Jose Saturday afternoon.

It was thought that Jhomas Enroth would get the call but that is obviously no longer the case. The game starts at 4:00 pm ET, so make sure you adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Oct 25 - 3:05 PM

The Blues have moved around some players on their power-play units from the beginning of the season.

The first unit is comprised of Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen on the points and David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko up front. The second unit features quarterbacks Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester, and forwards T.J. Oshie, Joakim Lindstrom and Jori Lehtera. Loser in this alignment is Patrik Berglund, who now seems entrenched as a third-line center.
Oct 25 - 2:41 PM

The Blues have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's grudge match against the Blackhawks.

Jaden Schwartz will start on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie, while Alexander Steen will skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. Essentially, Schwartz and Steen will be flip flopped. The Blues other two lines will be as follows: Dmitrij Jaskin-Patrik Berglund-Joakim Lindstrom and Steve Ott-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reaves. Schwartz is St.Louis' leading scorer with four goals and should continue to thrive in a top-six position all season long. The loser in this alignment, however, is Steve Ott, who got a chance to play in the top six earlier this week.
Oct 25 - 2:32 PM

Look for Pekka Rinne ot start in goal against the Penguins Saturday night.

It's a big game for James Neal, Patric Honrqvist and to a lesser extent Nick Spaling. They all will be playing their former teams Saturday evening for the first time since being traded in the same deal. Look for Rinne to come up big as he always does when the Preds need him the most.
Oct 25 - 2:24 PM

Keith Ballard and defensive partner Christian Folin were back on the ice during Saturday's skate.

Both had been sidelined by a crazy virus that led to swelling of the jaw. Although neither is ready to play against the Lightning Saturday night, it does seem as if the illness is subsiding. Ballard has little to no fantsasy value, though.
Oct 25 - 2:15 PM

Christian Folin is finally back on the ice skating.

He had a crazy virus that included swelling of his jaw. Folin won't play Saturday night against Tampa but he could be back in the lineup for next week's games.
Oct 25 - 2:13 PM

It should come as no surprise that Darcy Kuemper will start in goal Saturday night against the Lightning.

Well why not. He is only the second goalie in 71 years to earn shutouts in three of his first four games of the season. Talk about being white hot. Niklas Backstrom owners are going to have to wait a while before their guy gets even a whiff of regular playing time.
Source: Wild.com
Oct 25 - 2:03 PM

Jason Spezza will once again center Dallas' top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who has shifted to right wing.

This has the makings of one of the NHL's best lines. Benn has scored in five straight games and Spezza has points in four consecutive contests. The balance of the Stars' lines will look like this against the Islanders Saturday: Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt; Patrick Eaves-Vernon Fiddler-Ales Hemsky and Erik Cole-Shawn Horcoff-Colton Sceviour. Hemsky is the big loser out of this alignment, although he did look great taking a game-high eight shots Friday night against New Jersey.
Oct 25 - 1:59 PM

Kevin Connauton and Curtis McKenzie will likely be scratched Saturday against the Islanders.

They were both on the ice for an optional skate.
Oct 25 - 1:45 PM

Ales Hemsky has registered only one assist this season to date.

For those ready to drop the veteran winger we suggest you show a little patience. It is not as if Hemsky is not playing well. For example, Friday night he took a game-high eight shots on goal and was the contest's third star despite not hitting the scoresheet. It is only a matter of time before Hemsky breaks out. Don't drop him yet.
Oct 25 - 1:39 PM

With Corey Crawford banged up and Antti Raanta playing on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks seem primed to play Scott Darling against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Both teams will be finishing back-to-back sets tomorrow. Darling, 25, has never played an NHL game before. He's 2-0-0 with a .948 save percentage so far this season. He spent time in the AHL and ECHL in 2013-14.
Oct 25 - 1:34 PM

Jarome Iginla scored his 561st and 562nd goals of his NHL career Friday night against Vancouver.

He broke a tie he had been in with Guy Lafleur and passed Mike Modano for 23rd on the alltime list. Next up are Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin at 564. Those are some pretty impressive names Iginla is passing. No doubt Iggy will be in the Hall of Fame one day.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 25 - 1:29 PM

It looks like the Detroit Red Wings will put Darren Helm, Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk together on a line.

Injuries kept that trio apart, but it looks like that might be one of the forward combinations that Mike Babcock will tinker with against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Source: MLive.com
Oct 25 - 1:24 PM

Third-line center John Mitchell is an underrated but key player for the Avalanche.

Although he doesn't contribute much offensively his possession rates are very high and he is an excellent defensive player who can shut down an opponent's top scorers. Mitchell is a great asset for a real hocky team, but not much value to a fantasy one. We just thought we'd Mitchell a shoutout for his fine work in Colorado.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 25 - 1:22 PM

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start Sunday afternoon against Winnipeg.

He was out of action for three games last week due to a groin injury but will be back to his usual heavy playing load now that he has recovered.
Oct 25 - 1:17 PM


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