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  • Nic Dowd C | WAS

    Capitals' Nic Dowd: Slated to miss next two games

    Dowd (upper body) is considered to be day-to-day, but he won't travel for the Capitals' upcoming two-game road trip, the team reports Wednesday.

    Dowd is expected to miss Thursday's match in Tampa Bay and Saturday's road contest versus the Panthers. After that, the Capitals will return home to face the Senators on Monday. With the 33-year-old forward unavailable, Pierrick Dube was recalled from AHL Hershey on Wednesday and might draw into the lineup. Dowd has eight goals, 16 points, 30 PIM, 56 hits and 57 blocks in 45 appearances this season.

  • John Gibson G | ANA

    Ducks' John Gibson: Expected to start

    Gibson will be in net for Wednesday's home game against Columbus, according to Alyson Lozoff of Bally Sports West.

    Gibson has a 12-19-1 record, 3.07 GAA and .900 save percentage in 36 outings in 2023-24. He saved 34 of 37 shots in a 4-3 win over Buffalo on Monday. The Blue Jackets are 8-13-6 on the road, so Gibson should have a solid chance to earn another victory Wednesday.

  • Bruins' Hampus Lindholm: Will miss next four games

    Lindholm (undisclosed) will not be available for Boston's four-game road trip, which begins Wednesday in Edmonton, per Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe.

    Boston will return home to play Vegas on Feb. 29. Lindholm has a goal, 19 points, 52 PIM, 35 hits and 73 blocks in 56 appearances this season. With the 30-year-old defenseman unavailable, Mason Lohrei is set to draw into the lineup Wednesday after being recalled from AHL Providence on Tuesday.

  • Colin White C | PIT

    Penguins' Colin White: Hits waivers

    White was placed on waivers Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    White's placement on waivers could be an indication that Matt Nieto (knee) is nearing a return to action. Look for White, who's gone scoreless through 11 NHL appearances this year, to head to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the likely event he passes through waivers unclaimed.

  • Maple Leafs' Ilya Samsonov: Starting in Arizona

    Samsonov was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, per Mark Masters of TSN, putting him on track to guard the road goal versus the Coyotes on Wednesday.

    Samsonov has been the benefactor of strong goal support over the past two weeks, stringing together four straight wins despite posting a sub-par .899 save percentage over that span. He'll try to secure his 13th victory of the season in a highly-favorable road matchup with a free-falling Arizona team that's lost an eye-popping 10 straight contests.

  • Kings' Jordan Spence: Sent to minors

    Spence was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Wednesday, per Russell Morgan of Hockey Royalty.

    Spence has 16 assists, 54 shots, 44 hits and 35 blocks in 44 contests this season. Although he's been a regular with the Kings for much of the season, Spence was a healthy scratch in LA's past four games, which might be what led to this move. It's also possible this is a paper transaction, and if that's the case, then the Kings will likely recall him before Thursday's game against Nashville.

  • Oilers' Stuart Skinner: Set to face Bruins

    Skinner is slated to start at home against Boston on Wednesday, per Tom Gazzola of TSN 1260.

    The Bruins, who rank 13th offensively with 3.32 goals per game, present a difficult assignment, especially for a struggling goaltender like Skinner. The 25-year-old netminder has posted a 3.80 GAA and an .872 save percentage over his last four starts, though Edmonton's strong forward corps resulted in the Oilers still winning two of those contests. Skinner has a 25-12-1 record, 2.57 GAA and .906 save percentage through 39 outings in 2023-24.

  • Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Questionable Wednesday

    Nugent-Hopkins is questionable for Wednesday's game against Boston due to an illness, Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels reports.

    Nugent-Hopkins has 15 goals and 49 points in 52 contests this season. If he can't play Wednesday, then Ryan McLeod might move up to the second line while Sam Gagner might see some power-play ice time. Nugent-Hopkins' absence would also likely result in Connor Brown drawing back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch Monday against Arizona.

  • Jamie Benn LW | DAL

    Stars' Jamie Benn: Supplies power-play helper

    Benn notched a power-play assist, five shots on goal and two PIM in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

    Benn got on the scoresheet in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 6-8. The 34-year-old had also gone 11 games without a power-play point entering Tuesday. He's experienced the expected regression after last year's 78-point campaign, recording 32 points, 98 shots on net, 72 hits and 35 PIM through 57 outings in 2023-24. He'll need to do a little better down the stretch to get back to the 50-point threshold.

  • Joe Pavelski C | DAL

    Stars' Joe Pavelski: Helps out on power play

    Pavelski logged a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

    Pavelski's gone a month without a goal, racking up seven assists over his last 12 outings. It's not for a lack of trying -- he has 35 shots on net in that span. The 39-year-old is at 47 points (15 on the power play), 142 shots on net, 52 blocked shots, 46 hits and a plus-1 rating through 57 appearances. Pavelski and Wyatt Johnston have occasionally swapped lines, but it appears Pavelski is best suited for top-line usage alongside Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson.

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