The NHL has suspended Valentin Zykov for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
This is the second Golden Knights’ player to get suspended for PEDs in the last two seasons. Zykov’s suspension likely means that Brandon Pirri will be in the lineup on Thursday but it could also mean an extended stay for Cody Glass. A 20-game suspension means Zykov isn’t eligible to return until November 29th vs. The Coyotes.
Campbell was the first goalie off of the ice at the Kings morning skate.
Anderson (upper-body) returned to practice on Thursday.
Anderson has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury but returning to practice is a big step towards returning to the Blue Jackets’ lineup. Head coach John Tortorella did not have much of an update on Anderson but said that “he’s progressing.”
Varlamov was the first goalie off of the ice at the Islanders morning skate.
Varlamov gave up two goals on 37 shots in the Islanders win over the Panthers last Saturday. Varlamov and Thomas Greiss continue to alternate games, with both netminders playing well in recent outings. As a former member of the Avalanche, Varlamov has seen a lot of the Jets in recent years—going 4-3-0 with a .928 SV% against them over the last three years.
The Hurricanes have reassigned Brian Gibbons to Charlotte (AHL).
Gibbons did not have a point in two games with the Hurricanes and returns to the AHL, where he has one goal and three assists (four points) in four games.
Source: @Canes 10/17/19, 1:04 pm EST
Thomas (upper-body) will return to the Blues lineup on Thursday.
Thomas has been out since October 2nd but will play Thursday after a five-game absence. Thomas, who played just 9:45 TOI in the season opener, will return on the Blues fourth-line, so he doesn’t have any fantasy value at the moment.
Source: Jim Thomas 10/17/19, 1:03 pm EST
Price will make his fourth consecutive start on Thursday.
Price gave up three goals on 22 shots in the Canadiens loss to the Lightning on Tuesday. Through five starts, Price has allowed at least three goals in every game, totalling in a 3.33 GAA and .896 SV%. It’s not a good streak but a home matchup with the Wild is a good opportunity to end it. Minnesota is 1-5-0 and are averaging just 2.33 goals per game (t-26th).
Source: Stu Cowan 10/17/19, 1:33 pm EST
Demko is in the starter's crease at the Canucks morning skate.
Rittich will start Thursday vs. the Red Wings.
Binnington will start Thursday vs. the Canucks.
Rask (lower-body) is not expected to play on Thursday.
Rask did not take part in the Wild’s morning skate and is expected to miss tonight’s game in Montreal. With Rask out, Kevin Fiala is expected to be back in the Wild lineup.
Weal will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Weal appeared in each of the first six games of the season, posting one goal and one assist, but will be replaced by Nick Cousins (back) on Thursday.
Source: Stu Cowan 10/17/19, 11:49 am EST
Cousins (back) will make his season debut on Thursday.
Cousins had 27 points (7G / 20A) in 81 games with the Coyotes last year and signed a one-year, $1.0M AAV deal with the Canadiens this summer. Cousins will make his Montreal debut on the fourth line with Nate Thompson and Nick Suzuki.
Source: Stu Cowan 10/17/19, 11:48 am EST
Hellebuyck will start Thursday vs. the Islanders.
Hellebuyck surrendered four goals on 35 shots in the Jets loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Hellebuyck, who is now 3-2-0 with a 2.82 GAA and .919 SV% in his first five games. On Thursday he draws a great home matchup vs. an Islanders team that is tied for 26th in goal-scoring (2.33 GF/gm) through six games.
Folin will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Folin recorded on assist, two shots and a plus-2 rating while appearing in the last four games. On Thursday he will be replaced by rookie Cale Fleury, who will be playing in his third career NHL games.
Source: Stu Cowan 10/17/19, 11:39 am EST
Fleury will be back in the Canadiens lineup on Thursday.
Fleury has been a healthy scratch for the last four games but will replace Christian Folin in the lineup on Thursday. Fleury has no points and one shot in his first two career NHL games.
Source: Stu Cowan 10/17/19, 11:38 am EST
Hischier (upper-body) will not play on Thursday.
Hischier is day-to-day with an upper-body injury that he suffered mid-way through Monday’s game. With Hischier sidelined, rookie Jack Hughes will be promoted to the Devils’ first line between Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri.
Rask will start Thursday vs. the Lightning.
Rask stopped all 31 of the shots that he faced in the Bruins shutout win over the Devils last Saturday. Rask and Jaroslav Halak continue to split time and both have been outstanding. Rask comes into Thursday’s game at 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA, .957 SV% and one shutout in three games. Tonight he faces the Lightning, who he was 1-3-0 with a 3.55 GAA and .860 SV% in four games against last season.
Kampfer will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Kampfer made his season debut against the Ducks on Monday but Connor Clifton will draw back in to replace him on third-pair. This will likely be a common theme for Kampfer this season.
Clifton will be back in the Bruins lineup on Thursday.
Clifton was a healthy scratch on Monday but will replace Steven Kampfer against the Lightning. Clifton has not registered a point while averaging 15:30 TOI/gm in five games this season.