DTDAndreas Martinsen LW CHI 6 minutes ago
Martinsen (back) isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, NHL.com's Scott King reports.
Martinsen will miss a fourth consecutive game Thursday, and the Blackhawks have yet to release any information regarding a potential timetable for his return. Either way, the 28-year-old winger has only notched one goal in 11 NHL appearances over the past two seasons, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his availability.
Tage Thompson RW BUF 8 minutes ago
Thompson has yet to crack the scoresheet as a member of the Sabres.
Thompson was part of the return for Ryan O'Reilly, and improves the Sabres forward depth, but he still hasn't made an impact offensively. He's playing on the third line, but more importantly, he's getting plenty of power-play ice on the second unit. The 20-year-old has much more room to grow, and if he continues to receive quality minutes, he'll break through and prove why he was chosen in the first round of the 2016 draft.
Peter Budaj G LA 8 minutes ago
Budaj was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Thursday.
The Kings activated No. 1 netminder Jonathan Quick (lower body) from injured reserve, and considering Budaj is behind Jack Campbell on the organizational depth chart, he's the one who gets moved down to the minors. Budaj went 27-20-3 with seven shutouts for the Kings back in the 2016-17 campaign, making him a trustworthy stopgap option whenever he's needed in the NHL.
OUTJoel Eriksson Ek C MIN 12 minutes ago
The Wild placed Erksson Ek (upper body) on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 11 on Thursday.
Eriksson Ek has already been ruled out of Friday's matchup with Dallas and Saturday's game against the Lightning, so this move makes sense for the Wild in terms of roster flexibility. The 21-year-old forward will be eligible to return as soon as he's deemed fit to play.
Nathan Beaulieu D BUF 15 minutes ago
Beaulieu has just one goal and no assists through six games.
After tallying a career-high 28 points two years ago in Montreal, Beaulieu hasn't been able to translate that success with the Sabres. He's a mainstay on the third pairing, and doesn't put up notable numbers in any area. He's been given some power play time in the last few games, and while it's not significantjust , it could lead to a slight uptick in production should he make the most of his opportunities.
DTDIlya Samsonov G WSH 1 hour ago
Samsonov (lower body) is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
The injury appears to have occurred during practice and will force Samsonov out of the lineup until further notice. The top prospect of the Capitals is off to a rough start in the minors with a 4.04 GAA and .859 save percentage behind a 0-3 record. However, his fantasy value was already strictly confined to dynasty formats so neither the injury nor the sluggish start shouldn't be much of an issue.
Mitch Hults C ANA 1 hour ago
Hults was brought in from Anaheim on Thursday for future considerations.
While Hults wasn't impacting Ducks' salary cap number, he did count against the team's 50-contract limit. By trading away the Madison, Wisconsin native, the organization reduced its contract number to 47. The 23-year-old will report to AHL Syracuse where he figures to spend the bulk of the 2018-19 campaign.
IRJ.T. Compher C COL 1 hour ago
Compher (head) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Since Compher's placement on injured reserve is retroactive to Oct. 13 (his last in-game appearance), the third-year pivot will not have to wait the standard seven days in order to be eligible for his return. However since it's a head injury that Compher's dealing with, it would be surprising if he returns anytime soon.
IRBrady Tkachuk LW OTT 2 hours ago
Tkachuk (leg) was placed on injured reserve by the Senators, per the NHL media site.
Considering Tkachuk is expected to be sidelined for at least a month, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him land on injured reserve. Given the number of injuries the club is dealing with, a call-up from AHL Belleville ahead of Saturday's clash with Montreal seams inevitable. Rudolfs Balcers or Filip Chlapik likely top the short list of options.
DTDDeryk Engelland D VGK 2 hours ago
Engelland (undisclosed) practiced in a non-contact sweater Thursday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Engelland missed Tuesday's clash with Buffalo and appears to still be awaiting medical clearance to take contact -- a critical step in his recovery process, especially if he hopes to be back in the lineup versus Anaheim on Saturday. In the meantime, Brad Hunt figures to continuing deputizing in Engelland's stead.