Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen's undisclosed illness is not related to an accelerated heart rate that hospitalized him at least once during the offseason, his agent told The Columbus Dispatch on Monday.
Johansen, 23, did not play Saturday in a 4-3 victory at the Colorado Avalanche or practice with the team Monday. Coach John Tortorella listed him as day-to-day and the Dispatch reported he won't play Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.
"It's nothing with his heart; he's just not feeling well and we're trying to figure out why," Kurt Overhardt, Johansen's agent, told the Dispatch. "His energy level has been down. There's no alarm here. We want to do the right thing and make sure he's 100 percent when he's on the ice."
NEW YORK – Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 25.
Kuznetsov paced the NHL with six assists and nine points – and also shared the League lead with a +5 rating – as the Capitals (6-1-0, 12 points) won all three of their games. He began the week with three assists, matching a career high, in a 6-2 victory over the Calgary Flames Oct. 20. Kuznetsov then picked up the primary helper on Alex Ovechkin's tiebreaking goal with 4:55 remaining in regulation in a 3-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 22. He capped his performance with 3-2-5 and a +4 rating, establishing single-game highs in goals, points and plus/minus, in a 7-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers Oct. 23. In doing so, Kuznetsov became the first Capitals player to record a five-point game since Dec. 10, 2013 vs. TBL (Nicklas Backstrom: 1-4-5). The 23-year-old Chelyabinsk, Russia, native has 17-40-57 in 104 career NHL outings, including 3-8-11 in seven appearances this season.
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Four of the NHL's top players saw their early-season struggles continue in Week 2 of the fantasy schedule.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were held without a point in two games after they combined for two assists in the first five games for the struggling Anaheim Ducks (1-5-1). Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek hasn't scored a goal and has three assists in seven games after he was fourth in the NHL in scoring in 2014-15 (81 points). Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask allowed five goals in an overtime loss to the Flyers in his only start; he's 1-3-1 with a 4.40 goals-against average and .854 save percentage in five games.
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that restricted free agent defenseman Mattias Ekholm has signed a six-year, $22.5 million contract that carries an average annual value of $3.75 million.
Ekholm, 25, has a goal and two assists in seven games in 2015-16, giving him 30 points and 66 penalty minutes in 152 career games since the 2011-12 season. In his second full NHL campaign in 2014-15, the Borlange, Sweden, native doubled his rookie point total, improved plus/minus rating by 20 points (plus-12 from minus-8) and increased his average ice time by more than two minutes (19:00 from 16:49).
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Tikhonov sat in front of his locker stall and smiled.
He was being asked about Artemi Panarin, his friend and teammate. Questions about Panarin have been frequent for Tikhonov since he and Panarin decided to leave SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League and join the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Is Tikhonov surprised by how smoothly Panarin, a 5-foot-11, 170 pound left wing, has transitioned to the NHL?
"No," said Tikhonov, the grandson of the legendary former Russia national team coach of the same name. "You know, I hate saying, 'I told you so,' but I've been telling a lot of people the last two months that this kid's going to be really good and I guess you can kind of see the results. He's only going to get better and I think everyone should be really excited that he's here."
With a win Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens can accomplish what two teams in NHL history have previously: Win the first 10 games of a season.
The 9-0-0 Canadiens, who have trailed for a total of 2:57, will go for their 10th straight victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; RDS, CITYM, SNV). Montreal can match the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.
Each of the Canadiens' nine wins have come in regulation. Behind the world-class goaltending of Carey Price, they have allowed 12 goals. None of them have come in the first period.
Antti Raanta made 22 saves in his second start with the club and four different members of the Rangers scored to defeat the Flames.
* Raanta recorded an equal save total to post a shutout in his team debut on Oct. 19 vs. SJS and has turned aside 44 of 45 shots in his first two starts with the Rangers (0.50 GAA, .978 SV%, 1 SO).
* Raanta – who was acquired from the Blackhawks during the offseason – improved to 16-0-3 in 21 career home appearances (1.49 GAA, .945 SV%, 4 SO). That includes a 14-0-3 record in 19 games with the Blackhawks at United Center (1.59 GAA, .942 SV%, 3 SO).
* The Rangers improved to 6-1-0 in their last seven games vs. CGY dating to Nov. 22, 2010, which includes a 4-0-0 clip at Madison Square Garden.
Hextall said Sunday that Neuvirth is day-to-day. He did practice Sunday.
"I felt good on the ice today and hopefully I'll be good to go Wednesday [against the Washington Capitals]," Bennett said. "But that's the coaches' call."