NHL Recent Player News
|10/20/2017||Zack Smith, Ott, C|
|Smith went down with an upper-body injury against the Devils.
Analysis: There was no update after the game and Smith is considered day-to-day.
|10/20/2017||J.T. Compher, Col, LW|
|Compher had to leave Thursday's game with a hand injury.
Analysis: His status is uncertain.
|10/20/2017||Robin Lehner, Buf, G|
|Lehner was held out of practice on Thursday due to an illness.
Analysis: His status is uncertain for Friday's contest.
|10/19/2017||Nick Bonino, Nsh, C|
|Bonino sat out Thursday in Philadelphia with an undisclosed injury and could miss at least another week.
Analysis: Signed to a four-year, $16.4 million contract in July, Bonino has one goal in five games. He recorded 18 goals and 19 assists over 80 games as a valuable two-way player for Pittsburgh last season.
|10/19/2017||Jordan Weal, Phi, C|
|Weal was a late scratch Thursday against Nashville with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Analysis: Weal has four points in six games this season.
|10/19/2017||Sergei Bobrovsky, Cls, G|
|Bobrovsky stopped 19 of 21 shots Thursday, but the Blue Jackets lost 2-0 to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Bobrovsky went 4-0-0 with a 1.47 GAA in his first four starts.
|10/19/2017||Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB, G|
|Vasilevskiy posted his first shutout of the season with 43 saves Thursday in a 2-0 win at Columbus.
Analysis: Vasilevskiy has posted a 1.99 goals-against average during a five-start win streak.
|10/19/2017||Steven Stamkos, TB, C|
|Stamkos had an assist Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: The knee injury that felled the Lightning captain for most of last season clearly is no issue, as he's racked up two goals and 11 assists while opening 2017-18 on an eight-game point streak. Stamkos has put up multiple points in four of those contests.
|10/19/2017||Cory Schneider, NJ, G|
|Schneider left Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators after two periods with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Schneider, who stopped 20 of 24 shots, came in 4-1-0 with a 2.95 GAA in his first five starts.
|10/19/2017||Mikhail Sergachev, TB, D|
|Sergachev scored the first two goals of his career to lead the Lightning to a 2-0 win at Columbus on Thursday.
Analysis: The ninth overall pick by Montreal in 2016 also had two assists Tuesday in New Jersey and has six points in the first eight games.
|10/19/2017||Vladislav Namestnikov, TB, C|
|Namestnikov had an assist Thursday in Columbus.
Analysis: Namestnikov has never had more than 35 points in a season, but he's on pace to shatter that mark with three goals and five assists through Tampa Bay's first eight games. Namestnikov has at least one point in seven of those contests.
|10/19/2017||Nikita Kucherov, TB, RW|
|Kucherov's seven-game goal streak came to an end Thursday, but he assisted on both goals in a 2-0 win at Columbus.
Analysis: Kucherov joined the great Mario Lemieux as the only players in NHL history to begin a season with goals in seven consecutive games Tuesday, but he came up short in catching Lemieux's record of 12 straight. He has 14 points in the first eight games.
|10/19/2017||David Krejci, Bos, C|
|Krejci left Thursday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks after the second period because of an upper-body injury.
Analysis: Krejci had a goal and an assist in Boston's four-goal first period but had logged only 8:21 of ice time through two and was declared out during the third. The goal was his first of the season to go along with five assists in six games.
|10/19/2017||Michal Neuvirth, Phi, G|
|Neuvirth was solid again with 23 saves Thursday, but he lost 1-0 to Nashville.
Analysis: In three starts this season, Neuvirth has turned aside 88 of 92 shots for a .957 save percentage. However, he's 1-2-0 as the Flyers have been shut out twice.
|10/19/2017||Pekka Rinne, Nsh, G|
|Rinne made 28 saves Thursday to post his first shutout of the season, 1-0 at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Rinne has been solid in his last four starts, going 3-0-1 with four goals allowed. He gave up eight goals in his first two starts.
|10/19/2017||Colton Sissons, Nsh, C|
|Sissons' second goal in two games came early in the third period Thursday, and it lifted the Predators to a 1-0 win at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Sissons, who went without a point in his first four games this season, scored just eight goals in 58 contests in 2016-17.
|10/19/2017||Brooks Laich, LA, C|
|The Kings signed Laich to a one-year deal Thursday.
Analysis: Laich, 34, signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 if he sticks with Los Angeles. A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Laich appeared in 27 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League last season. Laich had his best years with the Washington Capitals, scoring at least 20 goals in three consecutive seasons from 2007-10.
|10/19/2017||Derek Forbort, LA, D|
|The Kings gave a two-year contract extension to Forbort on Thursday.
Analysis: Forbort, the 15th overall pick by Los Angeles in 2010, has a pair of assists in six games this season. Forbort appeared in all 82 games last season, collecting two goals and 16 assists while posting a plus-8 rating.
|10/19/2017||Zach Trotman, Pit, D|
|The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Trotman from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on Thursday.
Analysis: The former 210th overall pick of the Boston Bruins in the 2010 draft has played in 67 career games, all with Boston. Trotman had three goals and nine assists for 12 points during his three-year stint with Boston.
|10/19/2017||Jake Allen, StL, G|
|Allen stopped 22 shots to help the Blues beat the Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Blues are in Colorado on Thursday night, so Allen could be given the night off on the second half of the back-to-back.
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