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Wednesday's Hits: Leafs linked to KHL star, Rask, Pens injuries, and more

october 9, 2019
The Toronto Maple Leafs are rumoured to be among the teams interested in bringing over pending FA Alexander Barabanov from SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. According to 31 Thoughts, the 25-year-old winger was SKA's second-leading scorer (NJ Devils forward, Nikita Gusev, led the team) with 46 points in 58 games last season.



In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Ville Heinola has become the first 2019 draftee to score an NHL goal, beating Kappo Kakko and Jack Hughes to the punch. Heinola, the 20th overall pick this past June, seems to be making the most of his opportunity to jump straight into the NHL in his draft year. His early arrival may be due to the fact that the Winnipeg Jets are in dire need of blueliners, but Heinola does not appear to be struggling to find his stride in the early going, as is evidenced by his ability to find his way on the scoresheet on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. Heinola also has two helpers, bringing his total to 3 points in the first four games of his young NHL career.



Buffalo's Conor Sheary has an upper-body injury and is considered week-to-week.



Boston goalie Tuukka Rask had to be helped leaving the ice last night after sealing a 4-3 OT win for the Bruins over Vegas. Both Rask and Boston coach Bruce Cassidy say he'll be fine.



The Montreal Canadiens have placed forward Micheal McCarron on waivers. The six-foot-six, 232-pound right winger has suited up in 69 games in the NHL over the course of his professional career, collecting eight points.



Meanwhile, Montreal's backup goalie Keith Kinkaid will get the start for the Habs in Buffalo Wednesday.



The plot thickens in Pittsburgh as Alex Galchenyuk and Patric Hornqvist are both listed as day-to-day with lower-body injuries, joining Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad on the sidelines. Hornqvist's injury occurred during Tuesday night's game vs the Winnipeg Jets. Galchenyuk's injury is the same nagging injury that held him out during the exhibition schedule.



If you're wondering where Patrick Marleau is going to play now that he's back in San Jose, the top line looks like a safe bet.



After brief concern that Dmitry Orlov may miss tomorrow's game in Nashville after leaving practice early with a lower-body injury, Todd Reirden has confirmed that Orlov is indeed expected to play. Michal Kempny, however, is not. Kempny will travel with the team, but will not suit up against the Preds. His status for Saturday's game in Dallas is still unknown.

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FEBRUARY 22, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
JUSTIN BRAUN
- 3 3
MAX DOMI
2 - 2
JACK EICHEL
2 - 2
SCOTT LAUGHTON
2 - 2
EVGENI MALKIN
2 - 2
JOE THORNTON
2 - 2
JESPER BRATT
1 1 2
PAUL BYRON
1 1 2
SAM REINHART
1 1 2
DAMON SEVERSON
1 1 2
TYSON BARRIE
- 2 2
NIKITA GUSEV
- 2 2
KASPERI KAPANEN
- 2 2
ARTEMI PANARIN
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
SEBASTIAN AHO
1 - 1
ANTHONY CIRELLI
1 - 1
SEAN COUTURIER
1 - 1
PIERRE ENGVALL
1 - 1
JESPER FAST
1 - 1
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
61 97
DAVID PASTRNAK
62 86
NATHAN MACKINNON
60 84
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
ARTEMI PANARIN
59 81
BRAD MARCHAND
62 77
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
61 76
PATRICK KANE
61 76
JACK EICHEL
59 75
NIKITA KUCHEROV
59 74
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
62 43
DAVID PASTRNAK
62 43
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
59 41
SEBASTIAN AHO
60 35
LEON DRAISAITL
61 35
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
61 62
JOHN CARLSON
60 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
61 54
BRAD MARCHAND
62 53
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
60 70
ROMAN JOSI
60 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
59 51
QUINN HUGHES
59 47
ALEX PIETRANGELO
61 47
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
59 47
CALE MAKAR
52 45
VICTOR OLOFSSON
45 40
NICK SUZUKI
63 40
DOMINIK KUBALIK
59 38
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
45 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
44 26
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 26
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
46 25
CAREY PRICE
52 25
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
30 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
44 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
28 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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