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Patric Hornqvist (lower body) has been skating for over a week now.

The next step is for Hornqvist to participate in a practice and that will likely happen on Thursday. If that goes well, then Hornqvist might make his return on Friday or Saturday. He last played on Feb. 2.
Feb 22 - 6:16 AM

Petr Mrazek is projected to get in his first start with the Flyers on Thursday.

That's not set in stone, but Mrazek was the first goaltender off the ice following Wednesday's practice, which is likely a sign of who the starter will be. The Flyers acquired Mrazek from the Red Wings and the hope is that he'll be solid while Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth are sidelined. He had a 2.89 GAA and .910 save percentage in 22 games with Detroit this season.
Feb 22 - 6:14 AM

Ryan McDonagh (upper body) should be able to start practicing soon.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said it's just "a matter of days" at this point. Of course, the question is if he'll still be with the Rangers by the time he's healthy. The Rangers are looking to shake up their roster and trade with the future in mind between now and Monday's deadline. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Rangers will do anything as big as trading McDonagh, but if the right deal comes along then who knows.
Source: NY Post
Feb 22 - 5:32 AM

Rob O'Gara is happy to get a fresh start with the New York Rangers.

O'Gara is with the Rangers after the Boston Bruins traded him on Tuesday. He only got into 11 games over two seasons with Boston as the rest of his time was spent in the minors. Now with the Rangers, he's set to play on a pairing with John Gilmour on Thursday and if he does well enough, he might be able to stick with the club. "It’s no secret that there is [an opportunity] and that there’s time here to prove myself," O’Gara said. "If I can step in and play my game, I think I can get comfortable playing some NHL games and I think it’ll help me a lot moving forward, hopefully solidifying myself in the organization. It’s a clean slate."
Source: NY Post
Feb 22 - 5:29 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Toronto Maple Leafs all reportedly have some interest in acquiring Mark Letestu.

Letestu previously played for Pittsburgh and Columbus, so there would be some familiarity there if either squad acquired him. In any scenario, he would provide a playoff contender with some extra veteran depth on their third or fourth line. The Oilers aren't likely to get much for him, but he can leave as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so the Oilers might ultimately just take whatever's on the table.
Feb 22 - 5:22 AM

Milan Lucic has gone 23 games without a goal.

That's the longest goal scoring drought of Lucic's career. His previous worst was 20 games back when he was a rookie. This has been a rough campaign for him overall as he has nine goals and 30 points in 59 contests while he's usually good for around 20 goals. Of course, he's not the only member of the Oilers that's disappointed this season.
Feb 22 - 5:18 AM

Johnny Gaudreau has reached the 70-point milestone.

Gaudreau got there by registering an assist Wednesday night. This is the second time in his career that he's reached the 70-point milestone and at this rate he should surpass his career-high of 78 points.
Source: Calgary Sun
Feb 22 - 4:56 AM

Matthew Tkachuk scored a goal in a 7-3 loss to Vegas on Wednesday.

That extended Tkachuk's point streak to four games. He has 23 goals and 44 points in 59 contests in 2017-18. It shouldn't be long before he surpassing his rookie total of 48 points.
Source: Calgary Sun
Feb 22 - 4:55 AM

Dougie Hamilton scored a goal and registered an assist in a 7-3 loss to Vegas on Wednesday.

This was Hamilton's third multi-point game in the span of just four contests. He has 14 goals and 36 points in 61 games this season. That puts him in a five-way tie for 14th place in the blueliner scoring list.
Source: Calgary Sun
Feb 22 - 4:53 AM

David Rittich stopped just 19 of 26 shots in a 7-3 loss to Vegas Wednesday night.

Rittich has been a fairly solid backup goaltender for the Flames this season, but that start butchered his statistics. His GAA dropped from 2.68 to 3.03 while his save percentage went from .915 to .902. It's just the reality of what happens when a sparingly used goaltender has a terrible start and for Rittich, this was just his 12th start and 15th game of 2017-18.
Source: Calgary Sun
Feb 22 - 4:51 AM

Coyotes GM John Chayka said the Coyotes' acquisition and signing of goalie Darcy Kuemper has nothing to do with their plans for Antti Raanta.

Kuemper agreed to a favorable two-year, $3.7 million contract that starts in 2018-19, so it certainly wouldn't be out of place to then also re-sign Raanta with the plan of using him as the starter. Given how well both Raanta and Kuemper have performed this season, that has the potential to give the Coyotes a solid goaltending duo going forward. Chayka largely voiced that sentiment. "The logic is that our team, when we’ve gotten consistent, quality goaltending, has played very well," Chayka said. "For us, this gives us two very good goaltenders that we feel confident can do an above-average job at stopping the puck."
Feb 22 - 4:47 AM

Hampus Lindholm found the back of the net in a 2-0 win against Dallas.

Lindholm's marker was his second game-winner of the 2017-18 campaign and the sixth of his career. The defenseman has nine goals and 22 points in 49 contests this season. That puts him two points ahead of his 2016-17 mark with time to spare.
Feb 22 - 4:40 AM

Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered an assist in Anaheim's 2-0 win against Dallas on Wednesday.

Getzlaf's goal was a shorthanded marker in the third period. He has eight goals and 38 points in 38 contests this season. It's a shame that he missed a significant chunk of the season, but if he can stay healthy in 2018-19 then it wouldn't be surprising to see him go back above the 70-point milestone.
Feb 22 - 4:38 AM

Ryan Miller earned a 41-save shutout in Calgary's 2-0 victory over Dallas Wednesday night.

Miller has made 15 starts this season (21 appearances overall) and three of them have been shutouts. He's up to an 8-4-5 record with a 2.46 GAA and .925 save percentage. John Gibson is sidelined with a lower-body injury, so the Ducks are expected to continue to lean on Miller for now.
Feb 22 - 4:36 AM

Troy Brouwer (facial fracture) was activated from the IL on Wednesday February 21.

Brouwer missed six games due to the injury. He had two hits in 12:26 minutes of ice time in his return.
Feb 22 - 3:33 AM



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