Stepan stepped on the ice this afternoon for the first time since fracturing hi fibula in the preseason. He remains without a timetable for his return, but skating is a step in the right direction for the Rangers number-1 centre.
Grabovski (concussion) has been activated from injured reserve.
Grabovski missed the last three games with a concussion he suffered on October 16th vs. the Sharks. He will be back in the lineup tonight vs. Dallas on the second line with Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin. Grabo had two goals and one assist in four games this season.
Rinne allowed two goals on 32 shots in a win over the Blackhawks on Thursday. He has won three in a row and five of six to start the season, while posting a 1.62 GAA and .939 SV%. He is back playing at an elite level and is a must-start regardless of his matchup; however he faces a high-octane Penguins lineup tonight.
Kuemper will be back in goal for the Wild on Saturday.
Kuemper stopped all 26 shots in a shutout win over the Coyotes on Thursday. It was his third shutout in four starts and he now carries a 3-1-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .980 SV% into tonight's start vs. the Lightning. Tampa Bay is 5-2-1 on the year, but you can't bench Kuemper the way he is rolling right now.
The Lightning have recalled Jonathan Marchessault from Syracuse (AHL).
Marchessault, 23, had a hot start with Syracuse, scoring two goals with four assists (6 points) in the first five games. He has two games of NHL experience (with CBJ) but is expected to make his Lightning debut tonight with Ryan Callahan, Alex Killorn, JT Brown and Brett Connolly all sidelined with injuries.
Lindback allowed three goals on 32 shots in a loss to the Predators in his season debut on October 11th. Kari Lehtonen started the last five games so it looks like they will turn to Lindback tonight vs. the Islanders. New York is scoring a ton to start the season, so there are better spot-start options out there.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 31 shots in a win over the Devils on Tuesday. After a rough start to the season, King Henrik has won three starts in a row while allowing just four goals on 94 shots (.958 SV%). Tonight will be the firs time he faces the Habs since his 18-save shutout in game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals.
Anderson allowed three goals on 31 shots in a win over the Avalanche last Thursday. He was scheduled to get the start in the game that was postponed vs. the Leafs, so his start has been pushed back to Sunday. He has a 2.01 GAA and .939 SV% in three starts this season.
Kulemin back on the Islanders second line Saturday.
A day after skating on the Islanders top-line, Kulemin was back on the second line this morning; with Cory Conacher moving back to the first line with John Tavares. Kulemin will start the game on the second line, but will move up in Conacher struggles.
Conacher will start the game on the Islanders first line.
Nikolay Kulemin skated on the top-line in practice on Friday, but the Islanders are going to give Conacher another chance to play with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. However, Kulemin will be moved to that line if Conacher is not playing well.
Lehner will be between the pipes for the Senators on Saturday.
Lehner stopped 38 of 40 shots in a win over Columbus last Saturday. He has stopped 76 of 80 shots (.950 SV%) in two starts (both Wins) to start the season. He makes for a good spot-start option tonight against a Devils team who have lost four in a row, including a 3-2 loss to the Stars last night.
Johnson stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Thursday, so it looks like the Isles will reward him with back-to-back starts. He has won each of his two starts with a 2.15 GAA and .918 SV%, but he draws a very difficult matchup tonight vs. a red-hot Dallas Stars' first line.
Grabovski (concussion) expected to play on Saturday.
Grabovski is on the ice for the Islanders morning skate, so it looks like he will be back in the lineup on Saturday night. He said that if everything goes well in the A.M skate that he would be in the lineup---so far so good. We will get confirmation after the skate.