NEW YORK - Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 3.
Pominville tied for the League lead in goals (4) and points (6), scoring in all three games to help the Wild (8-4-3, 19 points) earn four out of a possible six points. Pominville recorded Minnesota's lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 28. He then posted a season-high three points (2-1—3), including the game-winning goal, in a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 1. Pominville closed the week by registering 1-1—2, his third multi-point game of the season, in a 4-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 3. The 30-year-old native of Repentigny, Que., has scored in four consecutive games (6-2—8), his longest goal-scoring streak since Nov. 12-19, 2008 (4-2—6 in four games). He is tied for third in the NHL with 10 goals this season and also leads the Wild with 12 points, three game-winning goals and a +6 rating in 15 games.
One month is down but there's six to go in the fantasy hockey season. Championships are not won or lost in October but we are here to give out our best of October Fantasy awards.
Fantasy MVP of October easily could have gone to the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, but people who drafted them should have expected this output from these superstars. This is why this award goes to San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, who was selected on average at No. 16 in Yahoo leagues. In a season where goalie play has been hard to predict, the Finnish netminder far and away has been the best of the bunch.
Category Hog Award, or the player that has exceled in many fantasy categories this season, goes to St. Louis Blues captain David Backes, who is ranked in the top 25 in points, penalty minutes and power-play goals, and has a plus-7 rating.
Bolland was injured early in the second period of the Maple Leafs' game Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks when Canucks forward Zack Kassian accidentally stepped on the back of Bolland's leg while delivering a check.
Acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a June trade, Bolland has six goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating in 15 games.
Also Monday the Maple Leafs announced the club had placed center Tyler Bozak on long-term injured reserve Saturday with a hamstring injury sustained during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 25.
We're already into the second month of the new NHL season, and some things we've seen so far -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby piling up points, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks doing the same in the standings -- are happening as expected. Others, such as the Colorado Avalanche's 12-1-0 start and St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen scoring 12 goals in his team's first 12 games after finishing with eight last season, fall under the realm of complete surprises.
We know Steen isn't going to score 82 goals and that the Avalanche aren't going to go 81-1-0. But there are other early-season trends that lend themselves to closer examination. Here's a look at four that may or may not be sustainable.
The Anaheim Ducks haven't played on home ice since Oct. 20. They'll finally finish their eight-game road trip Monday night before they pack their bags and return to Honda Center.
Anaheim, which is 4-2-1 through the first seven games, concludes its long trip against the surging New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS, MSG). The Ducks' road success has allowed them to keep pace with the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division. New York has won three in a row and now sits in fourth in the Metropolitan Division after winning three of nine on the road to start the season.
Here's a look at the action scheduled for Monday:
"Yeah, nagging. Both of those guys – Carter too. His foot. Better to take care of it now, really, with the way our schedule is," Sutter said.
The Kings are off until Thursday when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Center.
MacDonald was placed on waivers Saturday. He allowed four goals on 22 shots in a loss Friday to the Detroit Red Wings.
MacDonald is 3-3-1 with a 3.17 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage in seven games for the Flames.
"Steve is out of the hospital and doing well. Vinny [Vincent Lecavalier] is day to day."
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson left the game Sunday against the Dallas Stars following a collision with Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin at 1:44 of overtime. The Senators forced OT with 10 seconds remaining on a goal by Bobby Ryan that tied the game at 3-3.
Anderson gave a thumb's up and waved to fans in attendance at Canadian Tire Centre while leaving the ice. Robin Lehner took over in goal for the Senators.
Senators coach Paul MacLean said Anderson has a stiff neck and will be evaluated further. The goalie was seen walking into the team's dressing room, but is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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