Radko Gudas will not be disciplined for hitting Sabres forward Daniel Catenacci on the head in Thursday night's contest, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The questionable play involved Catenacci attempting to handle a loose puck with his head down, only for Gudas to skate in and level him. Catenacci reportedly is being examined for a possible concussion as a result of the nasty hit. The word "dirty" has been synonymous with Gudas in terms of how he plays the game. On Dec. 1, he was slapped with a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa forward Mika Zibanejad and was met with a fine of nearly $16 thousand.
Ben Bishop will man the crease Friday against the Predators, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
After a rough outing in Montreal, where Bishop allowed four pucks to find the back of the net, the goaltender will look to rebound against a Nashville squad that has lost three of their last four games. The 29-year-old has been uneven as of late, as he's logged a 3-2-0 record with a .900 save percentage in his previous five contests which makes it difficult to predict what type of performance to expect from him.
Charlie Coyle scored his 15th goal in Thursday's loss to Washington. It was his fifth goal in eight games.
Coyle is about the only thing going well for Minnesota's struggling offense right now. He has nine points in his last 18 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy may see some time at AHL Syracuse to keep his game sharp, reports Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Bolts' coach Jon Cooper hinted at this after Friday's morning skate. Vasilevskiy's game is still developing and he really does need to play. And right now, Ben Bishop will be stacking the pads for the Bolts as they continue to drive toward the postseason. Be prepared to hold Vasilevskiy on your bench and then check the Bolts' schedule for back-to-back contests going forward. He could be a sharp play in those matches if he can focus his game in the A and be recalled to play in those matches.
Dumba has a point in five consecutive games as he's picking up the pace on offense after a slow start. He had just five points in his first 23 games.