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    • Matthew Benning EDM D
      Oilers' Matt Benning: Lands on IR
      1h ago

      Benning (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.

      Benning was already ruled out for Saturday's contest, but his placement on injured reserve takes him off the table for the following two contests as well. The team recalled Matthew Gravel from AHL Bakersfield to replace him on the active roster, while Benning will be eligible to return Oct. 27 against the Predators.

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    • Alex Tuch LV RW
      Golden Knights' Alex Tuch: Signs seven-year extension
      1h ago

      Tuch (lower body) inked a seven-year extension with the Golden Knights on Friday worth $4.75 million, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

      Despite currently residing on injured reserve, the winger has found a home for the foreseeable future, locking up a long-term deal after posting 15 goals and 22 assists over 78 contests last season. He has yet to draw into a game for the Golden Knights, but the 2014 first-round pick should slot back into a top-six role for the club when healthy.

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    • Brian Lashoff DET D
      Red Wings' Brian Lashoff: Sent back to minors
      2h ago

      Lashoff was sent to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday after clearing waivers, per the AHL transactions log.

      Lashoff was placed on the waivers by the Red Wings on Friday after spending the beginning of the season on non-roster IR and he quickly made his way through waivers. The blueliner will now take his place back among the AHL ranks, where he tallied 15 points over 70 games in the regular season and another three in five games during the playoffs.

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    • Christian Dvorak ARI C
      Coyotes' Christian Dvorak: Out indefinitely with pectoral injury
      2h ago

      Dvorak will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Friday for a torn pectoral muscle.

      Dvorak was reportedly making progress in his return from a lower-body injury that kept him shelved to begin the campaign, but he injured his pectoral during practice and will now have to start rehab over for the new issue. Per Craig Morgan of The Athletic, Coyotes general manager disclosed it would be "a number of months" before Dvorak is fully recovered from the issue.

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    • Troy Terry ANA RW
      Ducks' Troy Terry: Returned to AHL affiliate
      3h ago

      The Ducks assigned Terry to AHL San Diego on Friday.

      Terry has failed to tally a point through six games this season, so the Ducks will hope a trip to the minors will help him regain his scoring touch. The 21-year-old pivot will continue to be on Anaheim's short list of potential call-ups throughout the season.

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    • Pontus Aberg ANA LW
      Ducks' Pontus Aberg: Back with parent club
      3h ago

      Aberg was promoted from AHL San Diego on Friday, per the AHL transaction log.

      Aberg dressed for one game for the Ducks early in the season and notched a hit, a blocked shot and two penalty minutes to go along with a minus-1 rating. After a brief sting with the Gulls, during which he recorded two points in two games, Aberg will get another crack at the NHL ranks. However, it's unlikely he will emerge on to fantasy radars anytime soon given his disappointing history at the top level.

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    • Christian Dvorak ARI C
      Coyotes' Christian Dvorak: Out indefinitely with pectoral injury
      2h ago

      Dvorak will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Friday for a torn pectoral muscle.

      Dvorak was reportedly making progress in his return from a lower-body injury that kept him shelved to begin the campaign, but he injured his pectoral during practice and will now have to start rehab over for the new issue. Per Craig Morgan of The Athletic, Coyotes general manager disclosed it would be "a number of months" before Dvorak is fully recovered from the issue.

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    • Matt Cullen PIT C
      Penguins' Matt Cullen: Pointless through six games
      3h ago

      Cullen is still searching for his first point of the 2018-19 campaign.

      Cullen looked strong in the preseason, but has struggled to produce in the early part of the year. The fact that veteran has switched between the wing and his natural center position could certainly be a factor. While the team no doubt would like to get some offensive production out of the 41-year-old, the fact is he was probably brought in more for his leadership, penalty-killing and locker room contributions

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    • Dominik Simon PIT C
      Penguins' Dominik Simon: Two points in six games
      3h ago

      Simon has notched two points through the first six contests of the season.

      Considering Simon is logging a mere 10:06 of ice time per game, two points is not terrible in terms of productivity. Given his limited opportunities, the winger's ceiling is likely in the 20-point range and could find himself down in the minors at some point during the 2018-19 campaign.

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    • Adam Lowry WPG C
      Jets' Adam Lowry: Tallies helper Thursday
      3h ago

      Lowry snagged an assist versus Vancouver on Thursday.

      Lowry has points in back-to-back games (two goals and one assist), giving him four on the year. If the winger can keep up his current pace, he should be well on track to reach the 20-point mark for the third consecutive season and fourth time in his five-year career.

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    • Andrew Copp WPG C
      Jets' Andrew Copp: Bangs home goal
      3h ago

      Copp picked up a rebound in front of the net to register his first goal of the season against Vancouver on Thursday.

      Copp has registered points in back-to-back games after having been blanked in the first five contests of the year. The Michigan native is unlikely to blow the doors off in terms of fantasy production, but should be capable of challenging for the 10-goal and 30-point thresholds -- marks he came just shy of reaching last season.

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    • Sheldon Dries COL C
      Avalanche's Sheldon Dries: Sent to minor-league affiliate
      4h ago

      The Avalanche reassigned Dries to AHL Colorado on Friday.

      Dries has been a healthy scratch for two of the Avalanche's last three games, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise. The 24-year-old pivot will continue to be on the big club's short list of potential call-ups throughout the campaign.

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    • Alex Tuch LV RW
      Golden Knights' Alex Tuch: Signs seven-year extension
      1h ago

      Tuch (lower body) inked a seven-year extension with the Golden Knights on Friday worth $4.75 million, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

      Despite currently residing on injured reserve, the winger has found a home for the foreseeable future, locking up a long-term deal after posting 15 goals and 22 assists over 78 contests last season. He has yet to draw into a game for the Golden Knights, but the 2014 first-round pick should slot back into a top-six role for the club when healthy.

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    • Troy Terry ANA RW
      Ducks' Troy Terry: Returned to AHL affiliate
      3h ago

      The Ducks assigned Terry to AHL San Diego on Friday.

      Terry has failed to tally a point through six games this season, so the Ducks will hope a trip to the minors will help him regain his scoring touch. The 21-year-old pivot will continue to be on Anaheim's short list of potential call-ups throughout the season.

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    • Pontus Aberg ANA LW
      Ducks' Pontus Aberg: Back with parent club
      3h ago

      Aberg was promoted from AHL San Diego on Friday, per the AHL transaction log.

      Aberg dressed for one game for the Ducks early in the season and notched a hit, a blocked shot and two penalty minutes to go along with a minus-1 rating. After a brief sting with the Gulls, during which he recorded two points in two games, Aberg will get another crack at the NHL ranks. However, it's unlikely he will emerge on to fantasy radars anytime soon given his disappointing history at the top level.

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    • Lawson Crouse ARI LW
      Coyotes' Lawson Crouse: Rifles one past netminder
      3h ago

      Crouse fired home a one-timer to open the scoring in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks.

      Crouse used his speed to generate a 2-on-1 opportunity and capitalized on a pass from Clayton Keller. It was the first point of the campaign for the 21-year-old Crouse. The winger will hope his play prevents him from heading down to the minors, where he spent the bulk of last season.

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    • Ryan Callahan TB RW
      Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Registers one shot in return
      3h ago

      Callahan managed one shot on goal and three hits in his return from a shoulder injury against the Red Wings on Thursday.

      Callahan logged just 11:03 of ice time, which could be coach John Cooper's attempt to limited his minutes right out the gate. The winger will likely continue to fill a bottom-six role, which likely -- along with age -- will prevent him from getting back to being a 50-plus point player.

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    • Blake Wheeler WPG RW
      Jets' Blake Wheeler: Garners helper Thursday
      4h ago

      Wheeler set up Patrik Laine for a power-play one-time in Thursday's 4-1 win against the Canucks.

      Although Wheeler notched three helpers in his previous six outing, fantasy owners will no doubt be concerns about his six-game goal drought. The winger's inability to put the puck in the back of the net isn't for a lack of opportunities as he is logging 20:15 of ice time per game during his drought and has put 19 shots on net. Regardless of how long his slump may last, the Minnesota native is a lock for the first line and top power-play unit.

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    • Matthew Benning EDM D
      Oilers' Matt Benning: Lands on IR
      1h ago

      Benning (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.

      Benning was already ruled out for Saturday's contest, but his placement on injured reserve takes him off the table for the following two contests as well. The team recalled Matthew Gravel from AHL Bakersfield to replace him on the active roster, while Benning will be eligible to return Oct. 27 against the Predators.

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    • Brian Lashoff DET D
      Red Wings' Brian Lashoff: Sent back to minors
      2h ago

      Lashoff was sent to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday after clearing waivers, per the AHL transactions log.

      Lashoff was placed on the waivers by the Red Wings on Friday after spending the beginning of the season on non-roster IR and he quickly made his way through waivers. The blueliner will now take his place back among the AHL ranks, where he tallied 15 points over 70 games in the regular season and another three in five games during the playoffs.

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    • Joe Morrow WPG D
      Jets' Joe Morrow: Quietly filling third-pairing
      3h ago

      Morrow has zero points and is averaging 14:56 of ice time in the Jets' third pairing.

      Morrow won't offer much in terms of fantasy production, especially considering his career high is 11 points and is the only time he broke the 10-point mark, but the defensive stalwart should hold down the fort for Winnipeg and provide his partner (currently Tyler Myers) opportunities to jump into the play in the offensive zone.

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    • Kevin Connauton ARI D
      Coyotes' Kevin Connauton: Snags helper Thursday
      3h ago

      Connauton picked up the secondary assist on Vinnie Hinostroza's game-sealing, empty-net goal versus Chicago on Thursday.

      Connauton will likely need to take points wherever he can get them, as last season's 21 is likely the blueliner's ceiling. The Edmonton native is logging 19:03 of ice time per game through the first six contests -- well above his 2017-18 average of 15:11, which could set him up for some additional scoring opportunities.

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    • Derrick Pouliot VAN D
      Canucks' Derrick Pouliot: Garners assist versus Jets
      3h ago

      Pouliot snagged his second helper of the season in Thursday's 4-1 defeat to Winnipeg.

      Pouliot hit Bo Horvat with a pass at the defensive blue line and then just let the center do the rest as he went the length of the ice to score the Canucks lone goal of the game. After spending three much maligned years in Pittsburgh, the blueliner appears to have found his home in Vancouver, as he registered career high in goals (three) and assists (19) las year and could challenge those marks again in 2018-19.

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    • Brandon Davidson CHI D
      Blackhawks' Brandon Davidson: Expected to make Blackhawks debut
      3h ago

      Davidson is expected to make his Blackhawks debut Saturday against Columbus, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.

      Davidson inked a one-year contract with Chicago after impressing during training camp while on a professional tryout offer, but he's been relegated to the press box for the first six games of the campaign. The 27-year-old blueliner is expected to skate with Jan Rutta on the Blackhawks' bottom pairing against the Blue Jackets.

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    • Robin Lehner NYI G
      Islanders' Robin Lehner: No update
      4h ago

      The Islanders have not released an update on the health of Lehner (head), Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

      Lehner had to leave the game Thursday after taking a shot off of his mask. Head coach Barry Trotz has refused to give up update about the health of Lehner or even if he went through concussion protocol. The Islanders have not called up a goaltender to replace him which could lead to speculation that at the very least, Lehner will be able to be the backup goaltender Saturday in San Jose.

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    • Philipp Grubauer COL G
      Avalanche's Philipp Grubauer: Between pipes Saturday
      5h ago

      Grubauer will start in net Saturday on the road against the Hurricanes, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.

      Despite allowing three to the Devils on the road Thursday, Grubauer will receive his second straight look in the crease as the team plays its second of a three-game road trip. Carolina has been lethal at home in three games this season, knocking home 14 pucks in those contests. Grubauer will attempt to buck that trend Saturday and uneven his 1-1-0 record with a victory.

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    • Laurent Brossoit WPG G
      Jets' Laurent Brossoit: Taking on Coyotes
      5h ago

      Brossoit will guard the cage in Saturday's home game against Arizona, Mitchell Clinton of the Jets' official site reports reports.

      Brossoit was terrific in his season debut Sunday against the Hurricanes, turning aside 42 of 43 shots en route to a 3-1 victory. The 25-year-old netminder will look to stay sharp and pick up a second straight win in a favorable home matchup with a Coyotes club that's only averaging 1.17 goals per game this season, which is good for dead last in the NHL.

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    • Pekka Rinne NSH G
      Predators' Pekka Rinne: Tending twine Friday
      5h ago

      Rinne will be between the pipes for Friday's road clash with the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

      Rinne is 3-1-0 with a shutout and a 1.75 GAA to kick off the season and would appear poised to reach 40-plus wins again this year. The Finn should be able to take some time off the season due to the emergence of backup Juuse Saros, yet will likely still push for the 60-game mark.

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    • Corey Crawford CHI G
      Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Starting in Columbus
      5h ago

      Crawford will patrol the crease in Saturday's road game against the Blue Jackets, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.

      Crawford looked pretty sharp in his season debut Wednesday against Arizona, stopping 27 of 30 shots, but he ultimately suffered his first loss of the campaign due to a lack of goal support from his teammates. The 33-year-old netminder will look to stay dialed in and earn his first victory of the season in a road matchup with a Columbus club that's averaging 4.00 goals per game at home this season, seventh in the NHL.

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    • Devan Dubnyk MIN G
      Wild's Devan Dubnyk: In goal Friday
      5h ago

      Dubnyk will defend the away cage Friday against the Stars, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.

      Coming off of one of his better performances of the young season, Dubnyk will look to stymie a Stars club averaging 4.25 goals per game over four home contests this season. Dubnyk allowed just two goals on 38 shots on Opening Night at Colorado in his only other road start thus far.

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