Michael Ryder notched a goal as Montreal defeated Boston 2-1 on Saturday night.
Ryder now has 16 goals and 32 points on the year as he continues to be a very reliable forward option in fantasy leagues. Alex Galchenyuk potted the other marker. P.K. Subban had two helpers, with Brandon Prust and Tomas Plekananec getting one apiece.
Zac Dalpe potted the only goal for the Hurricanes on Saturday night in their 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
Dalpe scored his first goal of the year, in his first game since his latest recall, also recording four shots on goal and four hits. Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner had the helpers. Jordan Staal finished a team-low minus-two.
James Neal left Friday's game against the Rangers after taking an elbow to the head.
In the third period, Neal was on his way to hitting defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who was shielding the puck, when the blueliner awkwardly stuck out both elbows and landed one right to Neal's head. Neal needed to be helped off the ice. Coach Dan Bylsma didn't have an update after the game. Neal has 18 goals and 32 points on the season.
Steve Ott admitted that it was tough seeing his team trade away Jason Pominville, Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold.
Ott had hoped the Sabres would be a buyer, but with the Sabres' chances of making the playoffs bleak, they obviously went in a different direction. "What Jason has done for the Buffalo Sabres over the last 10 years or so is unbelievable," Ott said. He's a heckuva player. It's not easy to replace a guy like that. It takes years to build a prospect into a Jason Pominville. It's disheartening in the fact that our team obviously wasn't playing up to where it needs to be." With Pominville gone, there's been talk that Ott might become the new team captain, but Ott said the job is "definitely not even on my radar."
Mats Zuccarello says he's more confident on the ice during his latest turn with the Rangers.
Zuccarello has one assist in three games this season, which is in his third stint with the Rangers after having spent past three seasons bouncing between Europe, the AHL and New York. "The last time I was here I was way too worried about what would happen if I made a mistake. I decided that this time I would just give it my all and play with the mindset that I have nothing to lose," Zuccarello said.
Travis Zajac was back in the lineup Thursday night despite an illness that limited him to 13 minutes Monday.
Zajac admitted he was throwing up in between periods and was very under the weather Monday night. Unfortunately, a return to health didn't mean a return to fantasy prominence as Zajac didn't register a point and managed just two shots on goal Thursday against the Bruins.
Martin Hanzal scored an empty-net goal and delivered an assist to help the Phoenix Coyotes double up 4-2 on the visiting Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.
It was Hanzal's 10th goal of the season. He also recorded his eighth assist of the season on Shane Doan's 12th goal of the season. Michael Stone also recorded a goal (his fourth) and an assist (second) for the Coyotes. Chris Conner completed Phoenix's scoring with his first goal of the season.