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Date Player
10/31/2014 Mikael Backlund, C
The Flames placed Backlund on injured reserve Thursday due to an abdominal injury.

Analysis: Backlund was bothered by an abdominal strain in trianing camp too and is considered week to week. He had four points in 11 games.
10/31/2014 John Moore, D
The NHL suspended New York Rangers defenseman John Moore on Wednesday for five games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula. The decision was handed out by the league's Department of Player Safety following an in-person hearing with Moore, who is considered a repeat offender.

Analysis: Moore was assessed a match penalty 7:12 into the second period of Monday night's game when he delivered a shoulder to Haula's head in the New York zone after Haula shot the puck. Moore will begin serving the suspension Saturday when the Rangers host the Winnipeg Jets, and he will be eligible to return on Nov. 11 at home against Pittsburgh. He was also suspended for two games in last season's Eastern Conference finals when he hit Montreal's Dale Weise in the head.
10/30/2014 Stephen Weiss, C
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled Weiss from his conditioning loan with Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Weiss was limited to 26 games for the Red Wings in 2013-14 and did not play after Dec. 10 because of hernia surgery. The Toronto native had two goals and two assists in his first season with Detroit after signing a five-year, $24.5 million contract. Weiss has played in 681 games since 2001-02. He has 147 goals and 251 assists with Detroit and Florida.
10/30/2014 Justin Abdelkader, LW
Abdelkader finished with two goals and an assist in Detroit's 4-2 win at Washington on Wednesday.

Analysis: Abdelkader had totaled three goals to go along with two assists over his first eight games before putting up his best performance of the season.
10/30/2014 Pekka Rinne, G
Rinne made 27 saves in Wednesday's 4-1 win in Edmonton.

Analysis: Rinne has dazzled in his road starts, going 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and .983 save percentage.
10/30/2014 Craig Smith, C
Smith scored twice in Wednesday's win in Edmonton.

Analysis: He had a strong finish to 2013-14 with four goals in his last three games, but had been held to one through his first eight games this season.
10/30/2014 Torey Krug, D
Krug is expected to miss two to three weeks with a broken finger.

Analysis: Krug, who leads Boston defensemen with six points, suffered the injury in Tuesday's loss to Minnesota.
10/30/2014 Joe Colborne, C
Colborne was forced to leave Tuesday's shootout loss to Montreal with an upper-body injury.

Analysis: The Calgary center is considered day to day.
10/30/2014 Brad Marchand, LW
Marchand left Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed ailment, but had two goals and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win in Buffalo on Thursday.

Analysis: Coach Claude Julien said Marchand had just "tweaked something," and he was not expected to miss Thursday's game.
10/30/2014 Mark Letestu, C
Letestu has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss the next two to four weeks.

Analysis: The Columbus center has a groin injury.
10/30/2014 Matt Stajan, C
The Flames placed Stajan on injured reserve Wednesday saying they expect him to miss about six weeks of action.

Analysis: Stajan left Tuesday's win over the Canadiens following a knee-to-knee collision with Montreal's Jarred Tinordi, who received a minor penalty for the hit.
10/30/2014 Artem Anisimov, C
Anisimov's status is unknown for upcoming games after he was forced to leave in the second period of a 5-2 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday.

Analysis: The Columbus center did not return after taking a hit to the head from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.
10/30/2014 James Wisniewski, D
Wisniewski has been placed on injured reserve will likely miss the next week or two because of a broken finger.

Analysis: The Columbus defenseman suffered his injury in the third period of a 5-2 loss to Ottawa on Oct. 28.
10/30/2014 David Backes, C
Backes left Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over Dallas with an upper-body injury.

Analysis: The St. Louis captain's status is unclear for upcoming games.
10/29/2014 Brian Boyle, C
Boyle scored twice in Tuesday's win over Arizona.

Analysis: It was his first multipoint effort of the seasons and just his fourth in four seasons, so don't expect it to become a trend.
10/29/2014 Nikita Kucherov, RW
Kucherov scored three goals in Tuesday's win over Arizona.

Analysis: It was his first career multigoal game, but he's got seven points in his last three contests.
10/29/2014 Tyler Johnson, C
Johnson had four assists in Tuesday's win over Arizona.

Analysis: He has 11 points on a seven-game streak.
10/29/2014 Vladimir Tarasenko, RW
Tarasenko had a hat trick - including the winning goal in overtime - and added an assist in Tuesday's win over Dallas.

Analysis: It was a breakout game for Tarasenko, who had only one goal in his previous seven.
10/29/2014 Jonathan Bernier, G
Bernier needed only 10 saves to blank the visiting Sabres, 4-0 on Tuesday.

Analysis: Bernier has gone 2-1-1 with a 1.84 goals-against average in his last four starts.
10/29/2014 Clarke MacArthur, LW
MacArthur finished with two goals and an assist in Ottawa's 5-2 win at Columbus on Tuesday.

Analysis: MacArthur hadn't scored in his previous three games. He has four goals and three assists in eight games.
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