NHL Player News

  • Jake Walman D | STL

    Blues' Jake Walman: Promoted to active roster

    Walman was recalled from the taxi squad Monday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Walman will add depth on the blue line after the Blues placed Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) on injured reserve. However, Niko Mikkola likely has the upper hand if there's a late scratch for Monday's game against the Sharks.

  • Jake Allen G | STL

    Canadiens' Jake Allen: Pegged for season debut

    Allen will tend the road twine in Monday's game against the Oilers, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.

    Allen was outstanding as Jordan Binnington's backup in St. Louis last season, posting a .927 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA to complement a 12-6-3 record. The 30-year-old should be due for a handful of spot starts this year behind Carey Price, and he'll make his Canadiens debut Monday. The Oilers managed to score just one goal on the Canadiens in Saturday's loss.

  • Canucks' Braden Holtby: Looking to douse Flames

    Holtby was in the starter's net for Monday's morning skate, suggesting he'll man the crease in the evening against Calgary, Aaron Vickers of FCHockey reports.

    Holtby will be making his third start in Vancouver's first four games, so he's currently viewed as the superior option to Thatcher Demko. The former Capitals netminder is 1-1-0 on the young season, having allowed three goals in each of his first two appearances, including Saturday's 3-0 loss to Calgary.

  • Radim Simek D | SJ

    Sharks' Radim Simek: Ready to go

    Simek (undisclosed) will play in Monday's game against the Sharks, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

    Simek missed the opening two-game series against the Coyotes, but he'll make his season debut Monday. The 28-year-old blueliner averaged 17:11 of ice time per game last season with no power-play usage, and he finished with nine points, 91 hits and 60 blocked shots over 48 contests.

  • Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Gets nod in Toronto

    Hellebuyck is expected to man the crease for Monday's trip to Toronto, Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Winnipeg has been idle since nabbing a 4-3 overtime win over Calgary to open the season last Thursday, but Hellebuyck will finally have an opportunity to make his second appearance of the season. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner will need to be in his usual sharp form against a high-powered Maple Leafs offense that has produced 11 goals through three games.

  • Lightning's Blake Coleman: Lands in COVID-19 protocol

    Coleman will be placed in COVID-19 protocol Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

    Coleman hasn't officially be ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Stars, but there's a good chance that the 29-year-old winger is unavailable. If that's the case, either Alexander Volkov or Gemel Smith will slot into the bottom six in Coleman's place.

  • Jets' Jansen Harkins: In Monday's lineup

    Harkins (undisclosed) will play Monday in Toronto, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

    Harkins will join the lineup just as Patrik Laine (upper body) exits it. This will mark Harkins' first action of the season after he chipped in two goals and five assists over 29 appearances as a rookie in 2019-20.

  • Penguins' Kasperi Kapanen: Could make debut Tuesday

    Head coach Mike Sullivan said that Kapanen is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Capitals. "He's cleared and available," Sullivan said. "His mobility and skating is evident. I'll have a discussion with the coaching staff."

    Kapanen finished his quarantine and rejoined the team at practice Monday. There's a good chance that he's back in action Tuesday, and he'll likely slot into the top six if that's the case. Last season, the 24-year-old posted 13 goals and 36 points over 69 games with the Maple Leafs.

  • Patrik Laine RW | WPG

    Jets' Patrik Laine: Ruled out Monday

    Laine (upper body) won't play Monday in Toronto, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

    Laine tried to give it a go in Monday's morning skate after departing Sunday's practice, but he only lasted a few minutes Monday and won't play in the evening's game as a result. His next chance to rejoin the lineup will come Tuesday in Ottawa, though there's a good chance Laine won't be ready to play by then.

  • James Reimer G | FLA

    Hurricanes' James Reimer: Expected starter Monday

    Reimer is expected to make his season debut Monday in Nashville, Michael Smith of NHL.com reports.

    Reimer watched Petr Mrazek split a pair of decisions against the Red Wings and will not get his first action against the Predators. While Mrazek is expected to get most starts in Carolina's net, Reimer could push him for playing time if he gets off to a hot start or Mrazek falters early.