NHL Recent Player News
|10/24/2014||Joe Pavelski, C|
|Pavelski scored twice in Thursday's loss to Columbus.
Analysis: Pavelski has four goals and four assists through eight games and is a plus-six.
|10/24/2014||Mark Letestu, C|
|Letestu scored his first two goals of the season in Thursday's victory at San Jose.
Analysis: Letestu has never finished with more than 34 points but he's also on pace for a career high in shots so he could be someone to keep an eye on going forward.
|10/24/2014||Ryan Johansen, C|
|Johansen scored twice in Thursday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Johansen, who already has two two-goal performances, has five goals and four assists in six games.
|10/24/2014||Scott Hartnell, LW|
|Hartnell assisted on four goals in Thursday's win at San Jose, becoming the third player this season with a four-assist game.
Analysis: It marked the sixth four-point performance of Hartnell's career but his first with four assists.
|10/24/2014||Nick Foligno, LW|
|Foligno recorded his third goal and sixth assist of the season in Thursday's win at San Jose.
Analysis: Foligno's nine points tie him with Ryan Johansen for the team lead. He was sixth on the team last season with 39 points.
|10/24/2014||Joe Colborne, C|
|Colborne had two assists Thursday.
Analysis: He has a team-leading eight this season.
|10/24/2014||Jonas Hiller, G|
|Hiller made 16 saves for his 22nd career shutout Thursday.
Analysis: He's stopped 99 of 101 shots during a three-game winning streak.
|10/24/2014||Sean Monahan, C|
|Monahan's drought ended in a big way when he scored his first two goals of the season to lead Calgary to a 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Analysis: Monahan's 22 goals last season were fourth among NHL rookies.
|10/23/2014||Josh Bailey, LW|
|Bailey left Thursday's game with a hand injury and didn't return.
Analysis: It's unclear if he'll miss any time.
|10/23/2014||Zdeno Chara, D|
|Chara tore a ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks.
Analysis: General manager Peter Chiarelli said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner will not need surgery on the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Chiarelli said it was good news in that other ligaments in the knee would require a longer recovery. Chara left Thursday night's game against the Islanders in the first period, one shift after a collision with New York forward John Tavares.
|10/23/2014||Semyon Varlamov, G|
|Varlamov returned from the IR to post 26 saves in Friday's win over Vancouver.
Analysis: Varlamov needs to provide some stability on the back end for a club that's struggled to score early this season.
|10/23/2014||Jordin Tootoo, RW|
|Tootoo has a foot injury, and was placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: It's unclear how long he'll be out.
|10/23/2014||Devin Setoguchi, RW|
|Setoguchi has the flu.
Analysis: Setoguchi's status is not known.
|10/23/2014||Christian Folin, D|
|Folin has the flu.
Analysis: Folin could return Saturday against the Lightning.
|10/23/2014||Keith Ballard, D|
|Ballard has the flu.
Analysis: Ballard could return Saturday against the Lightning.
|10/23/2014||Alexander Steen, LW|
|Steen returned to action Thursday against the Canucks.
Analysis: Steen had been out with the flu.
|10/23/2014||Nick Spaling, C|
|Spaling had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Analysis: It was the first points for the Pittsburgh center in five games this season. He had a career-high 13 goals and 19 assists with Nashville in 2013-14.
|10/23/2014||Jakub Voracek, RW|
|Voracek had a pair of assists in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Philadelphia winger has two goals and seven assists in his first seven games and is tied with team captain Claude Giroux for the points lead. He has one goal and four assists in the last three games.
|10/23/2014||R.J. Umberger, C|
|Umberger had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Perhaps this is a sign that the Philadelphia center is shaking out of his slow start. He had one assist in his first six games.
|10/23/2014||Teddy Purcell, RW|
|Purcell was credited with two assists in Wednesday's win over Washington.
Analysis: Purcell had gone four games without a point prior to Wednesday's contest after recording three in his first two games.
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