NHL Recent Player News
|3/9/2014||Cristopher Nilstorp, G||The Dallas Stars have called up goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from Texas of the American Hockey League while they figure out the extent of Kari Lehtonen's head injury. Lehtonen was injured in the third period Saturday night in a win over Minnesota when Erik Haula ran over him and knocked off Lehtonen's helmet.
Analysis: Tim Thomas, acquired in a trade with Florida at the deadline last week, replaced Lehtonen and got the win when the Stars scored twice in the final 10 minutes to beat the Wild 4-3. He's likely to start Monday night against Columbus, with Nilstorp backing him up.
|3/9/2014||Adam Henrique, C||Henrique finished with two goals as New Jersey captured a 5-4 win over Carolina on Saturday.
Analysis: Henrique has been on a roll with nine goals over his last six games.
|3/9/2014||Kimmo Timonen, D||Timonen finished with a pair of tallies in a 4-3 loss in Toronto on Saturday.
Analysis: Timonen has two goals and five assists over his last four games.
|3/9/2014||Craig Anderson, G||Anderson finished with 46 stops in a 5-3 win over Winnipeg on Saturday.
Analysis: Despite the huge save total, Anderson has given up three or more goals in four of his last five starts.
|3/9/2014||Ales Hemsky, RW||Hemsky finished with three assists to help Ottawa win 5-3 at Winnipeg on Saturday.
Analysis: Hemsky has two goals and three assists over his last three games.
|3/9/2014||Antti Niemi, G||Niemi made 27 saves Saturday in a 4-0 win over Montreal.
Analysis: He hadn't been great in his previous four with a 2-2-0 record and .859 save percentage, so his third shutout of the season came at a good time.
|3/9/2014||Logan Couture, C||Couture had a goal and two assists Saturday in a win over Montreal.
Analysis: He has six points in six games since returning from his extended injury absence.
|3/9/2014||Tyler Seguin, C||Seguin had a goal and two assists Saturday in a win over Minnesota.
Analysis: He's red hot with eight points in two games, and his 66 for the season have him one away from tying his career-best mark from 2011-12.
|3/9/2014||Sergei Bobrovsky, G||Bobrovsky made 28 saves Saturday in a 1-0 victory over Nashville on Saturday.
Analysis: He's 4-1-0 with a 2.21 goals-against average in March.
|3/9/2014||Jaroslav Halak, G||Halak won his first game with the Capitals, a 31-save effort in their 3-2 win over Phoenix on Saturday
Analysis: He's 2-1-0 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in his last three starts.
|3/9/2014||Andy Miele, C||The Phoenix Coyotes recalled forward Andy Miele from Portland of the American Hockey League on Sunday.
Analysis: Miele has 23 goals, 35 assists and 60 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Pirates this season. In four games with the Coyotes this season, he has two assists and five penalty minutes.
|3/9/2014||Evgeny Kuznetsov, C||Newly signed Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is set to make his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. A crowd of about 50 gathered at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Sunday to watch as the 21-year-old Kuznetsov skate for 40 minutes with head coach Adam Oates and strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish. He went through a brief shooting regimen and performed a few drills along the boards before signing autographs and speaking to reporters.
Analysis: Kuznetsov was a first-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2010. He played five seasons for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL. He has long been considered one of the top prospects in the world and joins the Capitals in a playoff race. Washington is one point outside the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
|3/9/2014||Paul Stastny, C||The Colorado Avalanche lost Stastny to a back injury in a 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday.
Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy said, "We'll know more in the next few days." Stastny missed two games earlier this season with back problems and has missed six games total due to injuries.
|3/9/2014||Jonas Gustavsson, G||The Flint Journal is reporting that Gustavsson is having more problems with his groin.
Analysis: The Detroit Red Wings goaltender re-aggravated his injury after a 7-4 win against New Jersey on March 7.
|3/9/2014||David Clarkson, RW||Clarkson was scratched before Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against Philadelphia.
Analysis: The Toronto winger suffered a pulled muscle in practice Friday.
|3/9/2014||Kari Lehtonen, G||Coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday that Lehtonen was "not doing that well" and likely suffered a concussion after a collision with Minnesota's Erik Haula in Saturday's game.
Analysis: The team didn't provide any further updates on Lehtonen's condition, but it might be at least somewhat serious considering Dallas' called up goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from its AHL affiliate on Sunday.
|3/9/2014||Steve Downie, RW||Downie was scratched before Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto.
Analysis: The Philadelphia Flyers forward has the flu.
|3/8/2014||Evgeny Kuznetsov, C||It took the Washington Capitals nearly four years to sign Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov. When they finally did on Saturday, general manager George McPhee compared the new forward to a mythical creature. "It's kind of like seeing the Loch Ness Monster when he walked in," McPhee said. "We've heard you, but we haven't seen you. And there he was. I found it hard to believe he was standing there after all this."
Analysis: Kuznetsov, selected in the first round - 26th overall - in the 2010 NHL draft, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound winger who spent the last four years playing for his hometown team, Chelyabinsk Traktor of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. Kuznetsov led the team in scoring each season from 2010-13 and made the 2012 KHL All-Star team. McPhee said he expects Kuznetsov to make his NHL debut on Monday at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kuznetsov has signed a deal for this season and next.
|3/8/2014||Chad Ruhwedel, D||The Buffalo Sabres have recalled defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The move on Saturday was made after defenseman Alexander Sulzer sustained a lower-body injury in Friday's 2-0 loss at Florida.
Analysis: Ruhwedel, 23, has played in seven games for the Sabres this season. He hasn't recorded a point but has a team-best plus-3 rating. The Sabres signed Ruhwedel out of UMass-Lowell in April 2013.
|3/8/2014||Joe Colborne, C||Colborne fired home a pair of tallies to help Calgary top the New York Islanders 4-3 on Friday.
Analysis: Colborne has produced a point in six of seven games. He's also scored three times in his last two.
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