Bruins penalty killing unit is improving
Brad Marchand | BOS
(November 29, 2015 10:12 AM EST)
The Bruins penalty killing unit has improved significantly over the last few games.
The Bruins still rank 28th in that category, but they've been able to kill off 23 of their last 27 power plays. "We were losing games because of the penalty kill, and now we have a lot more confidence. I think we’re more in sync out there. We have a better understanding of what we’re all doing and we’re not overly concerned about what the other team’s doing," said Marchand. "[It’s about] more how we’re going to kill it. I think we’ve really improved in that area, and it’s helping us win games."
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Laviolette says Saros was 'good' in NHL debut
Juuse Saros | NAS
(November 29, 2015 10:07 AM EST)
Preds head coach Peter Laviolette liked what he saw from rookie goalie Juuse Saros on Saturday night.
"(Saros) was good; it seemed like everything was really in control and it's just unfortunate (the power play) happened," Laviolette said. "He had a couple of tough ones early. There was a couple of shots that came in real funny and hard, and he was able to make those saves. And then I thought he really settled into it after that." Nashville lost the game 4-1.
The Nashville Tennessean
Viktor Arvidsson tossed for cross-check
Viktor Arvidsson | NAS
(November 29, 2015 10:04 AM EST)
Viktor Arvidsson was ejected from Saturday's game against Buffalo for his cross-check on Carlo Colaiacovo.
The cross-check forced Colaiacovo to the hospital where he's being treated for a dented trachea. "That was tough for Ardvi; I don't think he had any bad intentions," said coach Peter Laviolette. "He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high." Arvidsson finished the game with 8:09 of ice time and 15 minutes in penalties.
The Nashville Tennessean
Preds can't score goals anymore
Peter Laviolette | NAS
(November 29, 2015 10:01 AM EST)
The Nashville Predators are struggling to find the back of the net.
The Preds are 1-4-1 in their last six games and have only scored six goals in that span. Nashville has been shut out in three of those games and have topped two goals just once in their last six.
The Nashville Tennessean
Beau Bennett has nine hits on Saturday
Beau Bennett | PIT
(November 29, 2015 9:55 AM EST)
Beau Bennett and Chris Kunitz each had nine hits on Saturday.
That may be the most since Rennie Stennett had seven in the late 70's with the Pirates. On a serious note, Bennett continues to be a disappointment, as least offensively, as he has only three goals and six points in 18 games this season with a minus-eight rating.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Evgeni Malkin has seven goals in last 6 games
Evgeni Malkin | PIT
(November 29, 2015 9:52 AM EST)
Evgeni Malkin is on a tear of late with seven goals in his last six games.
Malkin scored both on Saturday and now has 11 goals and 22 points in 23 games this season. He is very hot and is a must start in your pool as well as DFS at this time.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nathan Beaulieu registers assist in OTL
Nathan Beaulieu | MON
(November 29, 2015 9:52 AM EST)
Nathan Beaulieu picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 OT loss to the New Jersey Devils.
The 22-year-old is a smooth skater who moves the puck well, but that hasn't translated into a high number of points yet. Beaulieu has two goals and eight points in 25 games this season. He isn't worth owning in standard leagues, but keep your eye on him because he has a good amount of potential.
Montreal Gazette
Nick Schultz may have a concussion
Nick Schultz | PHI
(November 29, 2015 9:28 AM EST)
Nick Schultz may have been concussed when hit by Dylan McIlrath in the first period Saturday.
Schultz did not return to action and the Flyers are calling it an upper body injury. He is at least day-to-day and it could be longer. Look for Brandon Manning to draw back onto the Flyers blueline.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Luke Schenn picks up 17 penalty minutes
Luke Schenn | PHI
(November 29, 2015 9:26 AM EST)
Luke Schenn had 17 minutes in penalties Saturday.
Schenn came to the defense of his defense partner Nick Schultz when Dylan McIlrath leveled him, causing Schultz to miss the remainder of the game. Schenn got two for instigating, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct and also lost the fight but his teammates were thrilled that he stuck up for his partner. "Schultzy gets hit there in an unfortunate incident, and Lukey's there and didn't even blink," winger Wayne Simmonds said. "He's already flying over there. I think that's where it all started. We knew we were going to have each other's back. Luke really set it off for us. He did a great job." Schenn has two goals and five points this season and now has 26 minutes in the sin bin.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Sean Couturier scores for first time in 13
Sean Couturier | PHI
(November 29, 2015 8:54 AM EST)
Sean Couturier scored for the first time in 13 games on Saturday.
It was only his second goal of the season and he now has five points in 18 games. Couturier was a plus-two in the afternoon match and could finally be snapping out of a season long slump. We cannot recommend him at this time but suggest that you keep an eye out for him in the next couple of weeks.
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