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Edmonton Oilers

Patrick Maroon has a minor lower-body injury and will not play Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche but will likely return on the weekend, head coach Todd McLellan said. Maroon missed their optional skate Thursday morning and did not stake with the team Wednesday either. 

According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, Maroon was banged up during their 4-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights last week and hasn't looked quite right since. 

Maroon currently occupies the No. 5 on TSN's Trade Bait list. 

Forward Drake Caggiula also missed Thursday's skate with an illness and will not play against the Avalanche. He too could make his return on the weekend McLellan said. 

Philadelphia Flyers

Newly acquired goaltender Petr Mrazek is expected to make his debut Thursday night at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

The Flyers got Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings earlier in the week in exchange for conditional third and fourth-round picks. 

“This is a sign that our players have done a really good job,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in a conference call. “Our players have worked hard for a long time now, and I didn’t feel like it was fair to not have a proven NHL goaltender for this team. That’s the reason we acted.”

In 22 games so far this season, he has a GAA of 2.89 and a save percentage of .910.  

Washington Capitals

Defenceman Michal Kempny is expected to make his Capitals debut on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

Kempny was acquired Monday from the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round draft pick. 

The 27-year-old had one goal and seven points with a plus-13 rating in 31 games with the Blackhawks.

Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets have activated goaltender Michael Hutchinson (concussion) from injured reserve. He has not played since Jan. 30. 

As a corresponding move, the club sent down goaltender Eric Comrie

Head coach Paul Maurice said that both Adam Lowry and Shawn Matthias skated on their own prior to practice Thursday. Injured forward Brandon Tanev also practiced Thursday in a non-contact jersey and might make his return against the Nashville Predators next week. 

The Jets announced that they have recalled rookie defenceman Tucker Poolman from the AHL's Manitoba Moose, the team announced Thursday. 

Poolman has played 15 games so this season with the big club and scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 23 against the New York Islanders. 

New York Rangers

The Rangers announced that they have recalled forward Vinni Lettieri from the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. 

The 37-year-old has skated in 37 games this season for the Wolf Pack, scoring 14 goals and adding nine assists. In 16 NHL contests, he has one goal and four assists. 

Detroit Red Wings

Injured Red Wings defenceman Mike Green (neck) could make his return on the weekend according to head coach Jeff Blashill. 

He will miss his fourth straight game Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Green currently occupies the No. 3 spot on TSN Trade Bait list behind Rick Nash and Erik Karlsson.  

Toronto Maple Leafs

Head coach Mike Babcock announced that an illness to someone on the team may mean Matt Martin plays Thursday night against the New York Islanders. 

Martin has not played since the Leafs fell 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 22. In that game, he was a minus-2 in just over seven minutes of ice time. 

In 47 games so far this season, the 28-year-old has three goals and eight assists.

Connor Carrick could also return to the Leafs' lineup tonight in place of Roman Polak, as TSN's Mark Masters notes that the latter stayed out late at the club's optional skate, normally an indicator of sitting out.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan is expected to return to the team's lineup Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning after missing the past three weeks with a finger injury.

Senators head coach Guy Boucher made the announcement Wednesday. The 30-year-old Ryan was originally injured on Feb. 1 in the Senators' 1-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

In 39 games for the Sens this season, Ryan has seven goals and 13 assists.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Forwards Artemi Panarin and Josh Anderson did not skate with the team Thursday morning according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. Their availability for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers is unclear. 

Panarin has 48 points in 60 games so far this season, while Anderson has 28 in 58 games. 

New Jersey Devils

Devils head coach John Hynes announced that winger Drew Stafford will not play Thursday with a lower-body injury. 

In 49 games so far this season, Stafford has eight goals and four assists. 

In addition, forward Nick Lappin has been sent to the AHL's Binghamton Devils. 

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins could bring forward Patric Hornqvist back as soon as the weekend reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He practiced with the team Thursday and head coach Mike Sullivan said  "all signs are looking positive at this point."

Hornqvist has been skating for over a week now since leaving the game on Feb. 2 with a lower-body injury. 

In 49 games so far this season, he has 16 goals and 15 assists.  

Dallas Stars

Stars forward Martin Hanzal left Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks with a lower-body injury and did not return. 

Head coach Ken Hitchcock said he was going back to Dallas to be evaluated and an update is expected in the next couple days. 

In 38 games so far this season, Hanzal has five goals and five assists. 

Game Notes

Best Records in February

Team                           GP       W        L          OTL    Pts%

Pittsburgh Penguins    9          7          1          1          .833

Boston Bruins             10        8          2          0          .800

Philadelphia Flyers      10        7          1          2          .800

Toronto Maple Leafs  10        8          2          0          .800

Nashville Predators     11        7          2          2          .727


Worst Home Records in 17-18

Team                           GP       W        L          OTL    Pts%

Buffalo Sabres            30        8          18        4          .333

Arizona Coyotes         29        9          16        4          .379

Vancouver Canucks    30        11        15        4          .433

Edmonton Oilers         29        12        15        2          .448

Calgary Flames           31        13        14        4          .484


Lundqvist Last 7GP in MTL

Rec      0-6-1

GAA   4.30

SV%    .869

Pulled  1


Andersen During Leafs Home Win Streak

Rec      6-0-0

GAA   2.11

SV%    .946

SO       2


Most Shots Faced in 2017-18

Player                          Team   GP       SA

Frederik Andersen      Tor       51        1746

Henrik Lundqvist        NYR   52        1609

Andrei Vasilevskiy     TB       50        1580

Sergei Bobrovsky        Cls       49        1500

Connor Hellebuyck     Wpg    50        1491


Empty Net Goal Leaders

Grabner           NYR   7

Trochek           FLA    4

Marchessault   VGS    4

Eichel              BUF    4

Zucker             MIN    4

(NHL record for ENG in a season is 9, Bure 99-00)


Wild (71P) at Devils (70P) - 7PM

NJ 1-0-0 vs MIN in 17-18, OTW in MIN. NJ 5 straight wins vs MIN, 2 of the wins at home

NJ (31-21-8):

1-3-0 last 4GP at home, 11GF, PP 1/13

Hall (13G, 14A) has a PT in 19 straight GP

MIN (32-20-7):

4-1-2 past 7GP, 24GF, PP 4/18

Staal (4G, 3A) last 7GP

Jackets (65P) at Flyers (72P) - 7PM

Both teams 1-0-1 in season series. Both games in CLS. PHI won 2 of past 3 at home vs CLS

PHI (31-19-10):

7-0-1 last 8GP, 30GF, PP 6/23. Opponent 0PP last 3GP

Giroux (5G, 7A) last 7GP

CLS (30-25-5):

1-2-1 last 4GP, 8GF, PP 0/7

Panarin (1G, 1A) last 2GP

Islanders (64P) at Leafs (79P) - 7PM

TOR 1-0-0 vs NYI in 17-18, 5-0 home win. TOR 3 straight home wins vs NYI, outscoring them 15-4

TOR (37-20-5):

won 7 straight at home, 31GF, PP 2/18

JVR (6G, 2A) last 10GP

NYI (29-26-6):

2-2-1 last 5GP on road, 10GF, PP 1/7

Tavares (2G) last 5GP

Sabres (45P) at Wings (57P) - 730PM

Teams have split 2GP in 17-18, DET 1-0-0 at home. BUF won 2 of past 3 in DET (lost last)

DET (24-26-9):

lost 2 straight, both at home, both 3-2, PP 1/4

Larkin (1A) last 4GP

BUF (17-32-11):

0-2-1 last 3GP, 6GF, PP 0/7

O'Reilly (2G, 5A) last 5GP

Lightning (83P) at Senators (52P) - 730PM

OTT 1-0-1 vs TB in 17-18, 1-0-0 at home. TB 3-1-0 last 4GP in OTT (lost last)

OTT (21-28-10):

won 5 straight at home, 20GF, PP 4/15

career GP 300 for Stone, 1G, 4A last 3GP

TB (40-17-3):

2-3-0 last 5GP, 17GF, PP 6/19

Kucherov (5G, 7A) 7 game PT streak

Capitals (75P) at Panthers (58P) - 730PM

Teams have split 2GP in 17-18, WSH 1-0-0 in FLA. WSH 2 straight wins in FLA

FLA (26-25-6):

lost 2 straight, both on road, 2GF, PP 2/6

Barkov (2G, 5A) last 5GP

WSH (34-19-7):

2-2-2 last 6GP, 18GF, PP 3/12

Ovechkin (4G, 5A) last 6GP

Rangers (59P) at Canadiens (52P) - 730PM

Teams have split 2GP in 17-18, MTL 1-0-0 at home. MTL won 5 of past 6 at home vs NYR

MTL (22-29-8):

0-4-2 last 6GP, 12GF, PP 3/15

Gallagher (5G, 7A) last 14GP

NYR (27-28-5):

lost 4 straight, outscoring opponent 19-9, PP 3/9

Nash (1G) last 5GP, 1P shy of 800 career

Sharks (74P) at Predators (81P) - 8PM

SJ 1-0-0 vs NSH in 17-18, winning at home. NSH 7-0-1 last 8GP at home vs SJ

NSH (36-14-9):

won 2 straight, 2GA in each game, PK 5/6

Subban (3A) last 6GP

SJ (33-19-8):

won 3 straight, outscoring opponent 12-5, PP 0/7

Couture (2G, 5A) last 7GP

Flames (69P) at Coyotes (44P) - 9PM

CGY 1-0-0 vs ARZ in 17-18, shutout win at home. CGY 3 straight wins in ARZ

ARZ (17-32-10):

won 4 straight, 14GF, PP 4/12

Stepan (1G, 6A) last 7GP

CGY (30-22-9):

0-2-1 last 3GP, 15GA, PK 5/8

Gaudreau (4G, 9A) last 11GP

Avalanche (68P) at Oilers (52P) - 9PM

EDM 1-0-1 vs COL in 17-18, 0-0-1 at home. EDM 1-2-1 last 4GP at home vs COL

EDM (24-31-4):

1-7-0 last 8GP, 31GA, PK 17/22

McDavid (3G, 0A) last 4GP (goals all in same game)

COL (32-23-4):

3-2-0 last 5GP, 18GA, PK 14/18

MacKinnon (1G, 4A) last 3GP

Stars (72P) at Kings (71P) - 1030PM

LAK 1-0-0 vs DAL in 17-18, shutout win in DAL. DAL 2 straight wins in LA

LAK (33-22-5):

won 3 straight, 6GA, PK 6/8

Phaneuf (3G) in 4GP since being traded

DAL (34-22-4):

lost 2 straight, both on road, 2GF, PP 0/4

Benn (4A) last 7GP