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Date Player
10/31/2014 Alexandre Burrows, RW
Burrows has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for his late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin. Burrows slammed into Emelin at 8:23 of the second period of the Canucks' 3-2 overtime victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night. Emelin left after the hit, but returned later in the game.

Analysis: Under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
10/31/2014 Joffrey Lupul, LW
Lupul is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right hand, according to the Maple Leafs' official Twitter account.

Analysis: Lupul, who suffered the injury in Thursday's practice, has two goals and an assist through nine games.
10/31/2014 Nathan MacKinnon, C
MacKinnon scored twice in Thursday's win over the New York Islanders.

Analysis: They were his first two goals of the season. Dating to last season, he's only scored in three of his last 35 regular-season games.
10/31/2014 Semyon Varlamov, G
Varlamov made 40 saves in a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Analysis: Since allowing five goals in his first game of the season, Varlamov has a 1.96 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
10/31/2014 Trevor Lewis, C
The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Trevor Lewis from injured reserve.

Analysis: Lewis has been out with an upper-body injury since playing in the Kings' season opener Oct. 8, missing nine games.
10/31/2014 Kyle Brodziak, C
Brodziak scored twice in Thursday's win over San Jose.

Analysis: The goals were his first points in four games this season.
10/31/2014 Jonathan Toews, C
Toews finished with two goals to help Chicago earn a 4-all tie at Ottawa on Thursday.

Analysis: Toews recorded his first multi-goal effort of the season. He has four goals and four assists in 10 games.
10/31/2014 Marc-Andre Fleury, G
Fleury finished with 36 saves en route to his second shutout in Thursday's 3-0 home win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Analysis: Fleury has gone 6-2-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average in eight starts.
10/31/2014 Chris Kunitz, LW
Kunitz finished with two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Analysis: Kunitz is having a productive start with five goals and five assists in his nine games.
10/31/2014 Brad Marchand, LW
Marchand finished with two goals and an assist to lead Boston to a 3-2 overtime win at Buffalo on Thursday.

Analysis: Marchand provided the winner just more than a minute into the first overtime. He has three goals and six points on the season.
10/31/2014 Curtis Glencross, LW
Glencross missed Thursday's practice with an illness.

Analysis: It's a good bet that Glencross will suit up Friday night against Nashville.
10/31/2014 Anthony Peluso, RW
Peluso is on injured reserve.

Analysis: The Winnipeg forward has an upper-body injury.
10/31/2014 Robin Lehner, G
Lehner missed Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago for personal reasons.

Analysis: The Ottawa goaltender spent the evening with wife Donya and son Lennox, who was born earlier Thursday
10/31/2014 Mark Borowiecki, D
Borowiecki is out with an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: The Ottawa defenseman is considered day to day.
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.
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