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If fantasy owners could believe in anything from season to season it was getting solid production from a number of Pittsburgh Penguins, and 2015-16 was supposed to be even better.
Maatta remained in the hospital Wednesday and was to be re-examined later in the day. The Penguins said Maatta's injury was not related to any injuries he has sustained in the past.
Maatta did not sustain any internal injuries, TSN reported, but had soft tissue and muscle damage to his midsection, the result of being checked into the boards near the Minnesota bench with its door open by Wild forward Nino Niederreiter.
Ovechkin and the Capitals are making their second trip to Joe Louis Arena in eight days. He had 15 shots on goal in a 1-0 loss on Nov. 10. Despite coming up empty last week, Ovechkin has nine goals and 17 points in 15 career games against the Red Wings.
Ovechkin tied Sergei Fedorov's record when he scored his 483rd career goal in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 7; since then, he’s put the puck in the net twice only to have each goal negated after a coach’s challenge.
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is three games into his season and still looking for his first point. It'll come soon, perhaps as early as Wednesday, when the Red Wings play the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).
Datsyuk is still getting up to speed after missing the first 15 games recovering from ankle surgery.
More importantly, the Red Wings, with Datsyuk's help, finally showed signs of breaking out of a prolonged scoring slump in a 4-3 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. They snapped a streak of six consecutive games in which they scored two or fewer goals.
Detroit had a season-high 37 shots on goal against the Senators. It was the first time the Red Wings had more than 30 shots in a game this season.
Jason Spezza scored the eventual game-winning goal at 7:35 of the third period to help the Dallas Stars earn their third consecutive victory and continue their record-setting start to the season.
* At 15-4-0 (30 points), the Stars are off to their best 19-game start (in terms of wins and points) in the franchise's 48-year history. Their 15 wins lead the NHL and their 30 points share top spot with the New York Rangers (14-2-2, 30 points) and Montreal Canadiens (14-3-2, 30 points).
* The Stars also improved to 8-2-0 (16 points) away from American Airlines Center this season, the most road wins and road points in the League.
NEW YORK -- Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark's credo is to be happy but never satisfied. For all the work he's done to help lifelong New York Islanders fans get to their new arena, Yormark must add some Brooklyn flavor to a marketing recipe designed to create a foothold in the borough.
"I'm excited about the early returns, but we have more work to do," Yormark said. "I'm happy with the move, the team is off to a great start, the fans have been supporting the team, but we can do more. We can grow the base and we will."
The Islanders took a big step in their grassroots effort to grow their brand in Brooklyn on Tuesday when defenseman Nick Leddy became their first player to appear at a community event since they relocated from Long Island to begin the 2015-16 NHL season.