Bellemare gets first career assist
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare | PHI
(October 31, 2014 11:14 AM EDT)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare picked up an assist in the Flyers' 4-3 loss Thursday night.
It was Bellemare's first career NHL assist. He found the back of the net for the first time on Oct. 22 and hasn't scored since. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues in 2014-15.
CSN Philadelphia
Brayden Schenn on a three-game point streak
Brayden Schenn | PHI
(October 31, 2014 11:12 AM EDT)
Brayden Schenn recorded an assist in Philadelphia's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Schenn is now on a three-game point streak. He has a chance to significantly surpass his 2013-14 point total of 41, but obviously he has a long road ahead of him. That being said, he's off to a respectable start with three goals and six points in 10 contests.
CSN Philadelphia
Jonathan Drouin picks up an assist Thursday
Jonathan Drouin | TB
(October 31, 2014 11:11 AM EDT)
Jonathan Drouin earned an assist and registered four shots on Thursday despite seeing just 9:58 of ice time.
He played with Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette in the contest. "That line is coming, they gave us quality minutes," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "All three of them, they possessed the puck, they played in the offensive zone quite a bit, created some chances and scored a goal. If you are going to do that every game, that's a good sign." Drouin has a reduced role right now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him move up the lineup eventually.
Tampa Tribune
Wayne Simmonds ends cold streak Thursday
Wayne Simmonds | PHI
(October 31, 2014 11:10 AM EDT)
Wayne Simmonds scored a goal in Philadelphia's 4-3 victory Thursday night.
Simmonds snapped a five-game points drought. He has six goals and eight points in 10 games in 2014-15.
CSN Philadelphia
Kyle Okposo's point streak ends at four games
Kyle Okposo | NYI
(October 31, 2014 11:04 AM EDT)
Kyle Okposo's four-game point streak came to an end on Thursday.
The Islanders as a team couldn't do much in that game as they suffered a 5-0 loss to Colorado. Okposo emerged last season as one of the Islanders' top players and he's gotten off to a great start in 2014-15 with three goals and 11 points in 10 games.
New York Newsday
Jason Garrison pots first goal with Lightning
Jason Garrison | TB
(October 31, 2014 11:03 AM EDT)
Jason Garrison notched a goal and a helper in Thursday's 4-3 victory versus Philadelphia.
His first goal as a member of the Lightning came on the power play. Garrison's assist on Thursday came with the man advantage as well. He finished the game with seven shots on goal. Garrison has five points in 11 games this season.
Tampa Tribune
Bryce Salvador is used sparingly Thursday
Bryce Salvador | NJ
(October 31, 2014 10:59 AM EDT)
Bryce Salvador logged just 12:59 minutes of ice time on Thursday.
Salvador only took two shifts in the third period and he wasn't used at all in overtime. "We were down," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "If we were up, a guy like Salvador is playing all the time. If we’re down, we"re looking for offense at that point and you readjust the bench forwards and defensemen." Salvador has averaged 19:10 minutes per contest in 2014-15.
The Bergen Record
Jonathon Merrill bounces back from rough game
Jonathon Merrill | NJ
(October 31, 2014 10:56 AM EDT)
Jonathon Merrill recorded an assist on Thursday.
It was a bounce back night for him after he finished Tuesday's contest with a minus-five rating. Merrill has a goal, four points, and a minus-two rating in 10 games this season.
The Bergen Record
Valtteri Filppula registers three assists
Valtteri Filppula | TB
(October 31, 2014 10:55 AM EDT)
Valtteri Filppula collected three assists in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Thursday.
Two of his helpers came on the power play, which went 2-for-5 in the match. Filppula has assisted on eight goals this season and he has 10 points in 11 games this campaign.
Tampa Tribune
Anze Kopitar skates, but can't play Thursday
Anze Kopitar | LA
(October 31, 2014 10:51 AM EDT)
Anze Kopitar (upper body) missed his second straight game on Thursday.
The good news is that Kopitar was back on the ice Thursday morning. It remains to be seen if he'll be available for Friday's contest.
Los Angeles Daily News