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    • Paul Byron Mon C
      Canadiens' Paul Byron: Promoted to top line
      19m ago

      Byron skated with the first line during Monday's practice, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

      Byron is what passes for a hot offensive threat in Montreal these days, having scored a goal in each of the previous two games. Head coach Claude Julien feels Byron deserves the promotion to the top line. He'll line up with Jonathan Drouin and Artturi Lehkonen on Tuesday at home against Florida.

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    • Alex Galchenyuk Mon C
      Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk: Dropped to fourth line again
      30m ago

      Galchenyuk skated on the fourth line at Monday's practice, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

      This is the second time Glachenyuk's been demoted to the fourth line, and head coach Claude Julien didn't mince words when explaining his decision. "Chucky has to help himself. If you're looking for others to make you better, instead of you making others better, you probably have the wrong attitude. Chucky's capable of being better himself without relying on too many people," said the coach. Galchenyuk will join a couple of other former first-rounders, recent callups Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron, on the bottom line when the Habs face off against the Panthers on Tuesday.

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    • Kari Lehtonen Dal G
      Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Likely to start Friday
      1h ago

      Lehtonen is expected to start Friday's matchup against Calgary.

      This isn't surprising news since Dallas is facing back-to-back tilts on Thursday and Friday, and the backup goaltender usually receives the call for the second game. Lehtonen hasn't played since the first two contests of the regular season where he rocked an ugly 5.00 GAA and .813 save percentage, but hopefully the time off will help him find his game against a young Calgary team.

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    • Ben Bishop Dal G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Expected to start next two contests
      1h ago

      Bishop will likely tend the twine Tuesday against Colorado, and Thursday versus Edmonton.

      With Dallas about to head out on a five game road trip, head coach Ken Hitchcock wants Bishop to start the first two contests, and Kari Lehtonen to receive the action for Friday's tilt. Although Bishop has been playing well this season notching a 2.09 GAA and a .928 save percentage, he's given up seven goals in his last two games. The 30-year-old will look to get back on track against a Colorado team who've lost their last three games.

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    • Patrick Eaves Anh RW
      Ducks' Patrick Eaves: Expected to make full recovery
      1h ago

      Eaves (illness) has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

      After battling injuries all season it seems that Eaves was feeling signs of weakness, which resulted in him visiting the hospital last week where they found symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome present. After spending the weekend in the intensive care unit, the 33-year-old is now reportedly on track to make a full recovery and his condition has now stabilized. Eaves is aiming to return to the ice as soon as possible, but should be considered out indefinitely until a further update is provided by the team.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury VGK G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Close to practicing
      2h ago

      Fleury's (concussion) recovery has remained on track and he should return to practice soon.

      Head coach Gerard Gallant also noted that once Fleury is able to return to practice, it should take four or five days for him to get back in game shape. The 33-year-old has now been sidelined since Oct. 13 with a concussion, and with Fleury already ruled out for the next two games, a return at some point next week seems within reason.

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    • Paul Byron Mon C
      Canadiens' Paul Byron: Promoted to top line
      19m ago

      Byron skated with the first line during Monday's practice, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

      Byron is what passes for a hot offensive threat in Montreal these days, having scored a goal in each of the previous two games. Head coach Claude Julien feels Byron deserves the promotion to the top line. He'll line up with Jonathan Drouin and Artturi Lehkonen on Tuesday at home against Florida.

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    • Alex Galchenyuk Mon C
      Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk: Dropped to fourth line again
      30m ago

      Galchenyuk skated on the fourth line at Monday's practice, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

      This is the second time Glachenyuk's been demoted to the fourth line, and head coach Claude Julien didn't mince words when explaining his decision. "Chucky has to help himself. If you're looking for others to make you better, instead of you making others better, you probably have the wrong attitude. Chucky's capable of being better himself without relying on too many people," said the coach. Galchenyuk will join a couple of other former first-rounders, recent callups Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron, on the bottom line when the Habs face off against the Panthers on Tuesday.

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    • Lukas Sedlak Cls C
      Blue Jackets' Lukas Sedlak: Injured reserve trip needed
      3h ago

      Sedlak (ankle) was injured during practice Monday and will go on injured reserve, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

      Sedlak was able to leave the practice under his own power, but will reportedly miss six weeks with his ailment. The 24-year-old was skating well on the fourth line and had already tallied two goals on the season in eight games, and this is certainly unfortunate news for the Czech native. If Sedlak's rehab goes as expected, he should return to the ice in early December.

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    • Luke Kunin Min C
      Wild's Luke Kunin: Recalled from AHL Iowa
      4h ago

      Kunin was called up to the NHL on Monday.

      The 19-year-old barely lasted 24 hours in the minors, as after being sent down Sunday to AHL Iowa he'll come right back up I-35 to Minnesota. Kunin looked sharp in his two game stint averaging 13:35 of ice time, logging six hits and contributing two points. While it's uncertain how head coach Bruce Boudreau plans to slot him into the lineup, Kunin seems to have the skills to potentially stick with the team.

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    • Cal O'Reilly Min C
      Wild's Cal O'Reilly: Sent to AHL Iowa
      5h ago

      O'Reilly was sent back to AHL Iowa on Sunday.

      O'Reilly only skated for one game with Minnesota, throwing one shot on goal but going pointless. The 31-year-old has bounced around from the show to the AHL often during his career, and will likely continue to do so during the 2017-18 season.

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    • Leon Draisaitl Edm C
      Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Trending toward Tuesday return
      6h ago

      Draisaitl (concussion) could be eligible to return versus the Penguins on Tuesday.

      Draisaitl has not yet been cleared to play or activated off injured reserve, both steps which would need to take place to get him back in the lineup. If given the green light, the youngster will almost certainly return to the top line alongside Connor McDavid. If he is going to suit up, the Oilers should provide an update following the game-day skate Tuesday.

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    • Patrick Eaves Anh RW
      Ducks' Patrick Eaves: Expected to make full recovery
      1h ago

      Eaves (illness) has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

      After battling injuries all season it seems that Eaves was feeling signs of weakness, which resulted in him visiting the hospital last week where they found symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome present. After spending the weekend in the intensive care unit, the 33-year-old is now reportedly on track to make a full recovery and his condition has now stabilized. Eaves is aiming to return to the ice as soon as possible, but should be considered out indefinitely until a further update is provided by the team.

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    • Markus Hannikainen Cls LW
      Blue Jackets' Markus Hannikainen: Recalled from AHL Cleveland
      2h ago

      Hannikainen was promoted to the NHL on Sunday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

      With Lukas Sedlak (ankle) needing an injured reserve trip, Hannikainen will take his roster spot. The 24-year-old notched 37 points in 57 games last season in the minors, and should be used as a depth forward by head coach John Tortorella.

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    • Carter Rowney Pit RW
      Penguins' Carter Rowney: Designated for injured reserve
      5h ago

      Rowney (hand) will miss at least the Penguins' next two outings after landing on injured reserve.

      Rowney was injured blocking a shot in the first period of Saturday's clash with the Lightning. The move to designate the center allowed Pittsburgh to promote Casey DeSmith from the minors while staying under the 23-man roster limit.

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    • Zach Parise Min LW
      Wild's Zach Parise: May be headed for surgery
      5h ago

      Parise (back) is reportedly considering undergoing surgery, per Michael Russo of TheAthletic.com.

      Parise appeared to be nearing a return to action, but suffered a setback in his recovery which apparently has put surgery on the table. The winger has yet to make his 2017-18 season debut and it seems unlikely he will be back soon given this news.

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    • A.J. Greer Col LW
      Avalanche's A.J. Greer: Cleared to return
      5h ago

      Greer (concussion) will make his 2017-18 season debut against Dallas on Tuesday.

      Greer played two games for AHL San Antonio while on a conditioning stint in which he notched a pair of assists. Now back to 100 percent, the 20-year-old will knock Colin Wilson from the game-day lineup.

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    • Zack Mitchell Min RW
      Wild's Zack Mitchell: Reassigned to AHL Iowa
      6h ago

      Mitchell was sent down to the minors Sunday.

      in his third stint in the NHL, Mitchell skated in two games for Minnesota but wasn't able to land his name on the score sheet. Last season the 24-year-old posted 22 points in 62 games for AHL Iowa, and will look to build off that point production in the 2017-18 season.

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    • Patrick Wiercioch Van D
      Canucks' Patrick Wiercioch: Sent up to NHL
      4h ago

      Wiercioch was recalled from AHL Utica on Monday, Dan Murhpy of Sportsnet reports.

      After spending just two games in the minors, Wiercioch will return to the NHL. He's consistently logged 50-to-60 games each of the last four seasons, but will likely serve as a depth defensemen as Alexander Edler (lower body) and Troy Stecher (lower body) deal with injuries.

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    • John Negrin Van D
      Canucks' John Negrin: Playing in Norway
      5h ago

      Negrin signed a contract with Korenskog IK of the Norwegian League on Sunday.

      The 28-year-old decided to leave AHL Utica and take his talents to Norway. Negrin has only appeared in three NHL games in his career, and this will likely end his professional career in North America.

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    • Ben Harpur Ott D
      Senators' Ben Harpur: Ressigned to AHL
      5h ago

      Harpur was assigned to AHL Belleville on Sunday.

      Harpur couldn't have been sent down if he was still on injured reserve, so this does mean he's fully healthy. Even though the 22-year-old had a breakout season last year in the AHL logging 27 points in 63 games, Ottawa's blueline is simply stacked and there isn't room for him to receive ice time. Harpur possess a strong offensive game, and should be in the call-up mix all season.

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    • Troy Stecher Van D
      Canucks' Troy Stecher: Returns home for reevaluation
      5h ago

      Stecher (lower body) was sent back to Vancouver to undergo further testing.

      Having left town, Stecher will not be in the lineup for Tuesday' tilt against the Wild. The blueliner has not offered much in terms of fantasy value this season, as he has compiled one assist, nine hits and seven shots on goal -- rather pedestrian numbers all around. Alex Biega could get an extended look on the third pairing depending on the length of Stecher's absence.

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    • Andrei Mironov Col D
      Avalanche's Andrei Mironov: Returns from conditioning assignment
      5h ago

      Mironov was recalled from his conditioning assignment with AHL San Antonio, per agent Dan Milstein.

      Mironov was in the minors to log some ice time -- something he wasn't getting with Colorado. The defenseman will likely spend Tuesday's matchup watching from the press box, but was needed to provide emergency depth after Patrik Nemeth (lower body) was ruled out against Dallas.

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    • Mike Green Det D
      Red Wings' Mike Green: Playing well
      6h ago

      Green is currently tied with Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues and Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere for the league lead in points by a defenseman at 11.

      The right-shooting rearguard appears highly motivated to produce in the early going, and it's safe to say that a driving force behind the surge is the fact that he's in a contract year. Green's occupying a whopping $6 million against the salary cap, and that's a huge chunk of change for a Detroit team that recently had to swing a couple of trades just to retain restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou. It wouldn't be surprising to see Green traded at the next deadline, if not sooner.

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    • Kari Lehtonen Dal G
      Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Likely to start Friday
      1h ago

      Lehtonen is expected to start Friday's matchup against Calgary.

      This isn't surprising news since Dallas is facing back-to-back tilts on Thursday and Friday, and the backup goaltender usually receives the call for the second game. Lehtonen hasn't played since the first two contests of the regular season where he rocked an ugly 5.00 GAA and .813 save percentage, but hopefully the time off will help him find his game against a young Calgary team.

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    • Ben Bishop Dal G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Expected to start next two contests
      1h ago

      Bishop will likely tend the twine Tuesday against Colorado, and Thursday versus Edmonton.

      With Dallas about to head out on a five game road trip, head coach Ken Hitchcock wants Bishop to start the first two contests, and Kari Lehtonen to receive the action for Friday's tilt. Although Bishop has been playing well this season notching a 2.09 GAA and a .928 save percentage, he's given up seven goals in his last two games. The 30-year-old will look to get back on track against a Colorado team who've lost their last three games.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury VGK G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Close to practicing
      2h ago

      Fleury's (concussion) recovery has remained on track and he should return to practice soon.

      Head coach Gerard Gallant also noted that once Fleury is able to return to practice, it should take four or five days for him to get back in game shape. The 33-year-old has now been sidelined since Oct. 13 with a concussion, and with Fleury already ruled out for the next two games, a return at some point next week seems within reason.

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    • Corey Crawford Chi G
      Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Will patrol crease Tuesday
      3h ago

      Crawford will guard the cage against Vegas on Tuesday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

      The 32-year-old has been phenomenal so far this season, and is rocking a 1.86 GAA and a .945 save percentage through seven games. Even though Vegas is averaging slightly above three goals scored per game this season, there's no reason why he can't continue his excellent start on the road.

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    • Henrik Lundqvist NYR G
      Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Will start Monday
      3h ago

      Lundqvist led the team onto the ice and will patrol the crease for Monday's matchup against San Jose.

      Lundqvist has had a rough opening to the 2017-18 season so far, sporting a 3.00 GAA and a .907 save percentage through eight games, but will make his fourth straight start for the Rangers. However his last start against Nashville was one of his best all year thus far, as the 35-year-old only allowed two goals on 25 shots while securing his second win of the season. It'll be a tough task to carry over his momentum against a strong San Jose squad who's scored 11 goals in their last three games, but Lundqvist will have the Garden behind him as he attempts to quiet Brent Burns and company.

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    • Semyon Varlamov Col G
      Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Starting against Dallas
      6h ago

      Varlamov will guard the cage versus the Stars on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

      Varlamov has dropped two straight outings after starting the year on a three-game winning streak. The netminder could be in line for a heavy workload Tuesday, considering Dallas is averaging 34.5 shots per game -- sixth highest in the league.

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