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|10/25/2016||Jason Zucker, Min, LW|
|Zucker had a goal and two assists Tuesday for his second career three-point game.
Analysis: He had no goals and two assists in Minnesota's first six games.
|10/25/2016||Ryan Suter, Min, D|
|Suter had a power-play goal and an assist Tuesday.
Analysis: He has two goals and five assists in Minnesota's first seven games.
|10/25/2016||Sidney Crosby, Pit, C|
|Crosby scored in his season debut after missing Pittsburgh's first six games with a concussion as the Penguins rallied to beat the Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Crosby, the two-time MVP and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in practice earlier this month. Crosby participated in a full-contact practice Monday for the first time since suffering his third concussion in six years. He called his participation in practice a major milestone in his recovery. Crosby missed the better part of two seasons after sustaining a concussion in January 2011.
|10/25/2016||Eric Staal, Min, C|
|Staal had an assist Tuesday.
Analysis: He has two goals and two assists in the last four games.
|10/25/2016||Nino Niederreiter, Min, RW|
|Niederreiter had an assist Tuesday.
Analysis: He has a goal and three assists in the last five games.
|10/25/2016||Joel Eriksson Ek, Min, C|
|Eriksson Ek had three assists Tuesday in his third NHL game.
Analysis: The 20th overall pick in 2015, Eriksson Ek scored a goal in his NHL debut Saturday.
|10/25/2016||Charlie Coyle, Min, C|
|Coyle scored a goal Tuesday.
Analysis: He has three goals and two assists in Minnesota's first seven games.
|10/25/2016||Matt Cullen, Pit, C|
|Cullen assisted on Eric Fehr's goal in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Florida.
Analysis: Cullen, who had been filling as the Pens' top-line center with Sidney Crosby sidelined with a concussion, leads Pittsburgh with five assists.
|10/25/2016||Marc-Andre Fleury, Pit, G|
|Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Florida.
Analysis: Fleury bounced back after yielding five goals on 23 shots and getting pulled after two periods of Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Predators. Pittsburgh hosts the Islanders on Thursday, and Fleury went 2-1-0 with a 1.63 GAA in three games against them last season.
|10/25/2016||David Krejci, Bos, C|
|Krejci left Boston's Tuesday night game against the Minnesota Wild in the second period after sustaining an injury in a chain-reaction hit behind the bench, but he was back in action in the third period.
Analysis: Krejci's teammate, Adam McQuaid, crosschecked Nino Niederreiter next to the Bruins net, and as Niederreiter fell, Krejci was part of the subsequent pileup. Krejci, the center on Boston's second line, was still looking for his first goal of the season.
|10/25/2016||Christopher Tanev, Van, D|
|Tanev is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: The veteran defenseman ranks third on the Canucks in total ice time and is second with 14 blocks. He has one assist in the first six games of the season.
|10/25/2016||Jamie McBain, Ari, D|
|McBain was assigned to Tucson of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Analysis: McBain, who was placed on waivers Monday, was held off the scoresheet in each of his three games this season with the Coyotes. The 28-year-old Minnesota native collected two goals, seven assists and six penalty minutes in 44 contests in 2015-16 with the Los Angeles Kings. A second-round pick by Carolina in 2006, McBain scored 30 goals, set up 80 others and had 72 penalty minutes in 348 career contests with the Buffalo Sabres, Hurricanes, Kings and Coyotes.
|10/25/2016||David Backes, Bos, RW|
|Backes will miss Tuesday night's game against the Wild with an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: Bruins coach Claude Julien calls it a "minor issue" and that Backes is day to day. Backes tops Boston with 11 penalty minutes, but he has only one point in four games after totaling two goals and an assist in the season opener.
|10/24/2016||Corey Crawford, Chi, G|
|Crawford made 29 saves through regulation and overtime and another six in the shootout before allowing former teammate Kris Versteeg's seventh-round goal in Monday's 3-2 home loss to the Flames.
Analysis: Monday's performance was Crawford's best of the season after posting a 3.34 GAA and .886 save percentage in his first four starts. The Blackhawks are off until Friday, when they visit New Jersey. Crawford has one win in four career starts against the Devils and had a 4.59 GAA in losing both matchups last year.
|10/24/2016||Patrick Kane, Chi, RW|
|Kane scored in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames.
Analysis: Kane's goal was his second of the season and he now has eight points. The Blackhawks are off until Friday, when they visit New Jersey. In two games against the Devils last season, Kane had two goals and an assist.
|10/24/2016||Jonathan Toews, Chi, C|
|Toews was held off the scoresheet in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames.
Analysis: Toews, Chicago's captain, has just two assists in seven games after averaging 28 goals and 35 assists during his previous nine NHL seasons. Part of the reason for his slow start may be as simple as letting a relationship with new linemates Tyler Motte and Richard Panik develop. The Blackhawks are off until Friday, when they visit New Jersey. In 11 career games against the Devils, Toews has two goals and seven assists.
|10/24/2016||Brian Campbell, Chi, D|
|Campbell scored his first goal of the season in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames.
Analysis: Campbell was coming off a three-assist performance - his first since March 15, 2012.
|10/24/2016||Kris Versteeg, Cgy, RW|
|Versteeg scored the shootout winner in the seventh round in Monday's 3-2 victory at Chicago.
Analysis: The Flames are back on the ice on Tuesday in St. Louis - their second game in four days against the Blues. Versteeg scored his first two goals of the season in Saturday's 6-4 home loss to St. Louis.
|10/24/2016||Brian Elliott, Cgy, G|
|Elliott had his best game for the Flames on Monday, stopping 32 shots in regulation and overtime and another seven in the shootout in a 3-2 win at Chicago.
Analysis: Elliott had surrendered 14 goals while posting an .839 save percentage in losing his first three starts for Calgary. The Flames are in St. Louis on Tuesday, and Elliott got the night off when Calgary hosted his former team just last Saturday, a 6-4 loss.
|10/24/2016||Alexander Radulov, Mon, RW|
|Radulov finished with one goal, two assists, five hits, and he drew a penalty in the second period as the Canadiens beat the Flyers 3-1 on Monday.
Analysis: Radulov, who last played in the NFL in 2012, could stand to shoot more. He's only put 11 shots on net in six games.
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