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Date Player
10/26/2016 Drew Stafford, Wpg, RW
Stafford suffered an upper-body injury midway through the first period Tuesday and did not return.

Analysis: Stafford has just one assist in the first six games after he was third on the Jets last season with 21 goals and tied for sixth with 38 points.
10/26/2016 Dustin Tokarski, Anh, G
The Ducks have recalled Tokarski from San Diego of the AHL.

Analysis: Tokarski will serve as John Gibson's backup with Jonathan Bernier sidelined by an upper-body injury sustained in Tuesday's loss to San Jose. The 27-year-old has made 27 regular-season starts and five in the postseason at the NHL level, but hasn't played a league game since December of 2015 with Montreal.
10/26/2016 Nikolay Kulemin, NYI, LW
Kulemin is unlikely to play in Wednesday's game against Montreal due to an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: The forward was hurt in Sunday's game against Minnesota and was forced to exit Tuesday's practice. Rookie Mathew Barzal is expected to draw into the lineup in place of Kulemin, whose status for Thursday's game at Pittsburgh is up in the air.
10/26/2016 Peter Budaj, LA, G
Budaj stopped 19 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.

Analysis: It was his third consecutive win for Los Angeles, remaining unbeaten since taking over for injured Jonathan Quick and Jeff Zatkoff. With Jack Campbell as the only other goalie until Zatkoff's expected return next week, Budaj should keep getting the call. He has a 2.31 GAA through four games.
10/26/2016 Sergei Bobrovsky, Cls, G
Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 30 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Kings.

Analysis: Bobrovsky has a .947 save percentage over his last four starts.
10/26/2016 J.T. Miller, NYR, LW
Miller is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain so continue to monitor Miller's situation.
10/26/2016 Anze Kopitar, LA, C
Kopitar's second-period tally Tuesday pushed him within a goal of Wayne Gretzky (246) for sixth on the Kings' all-time list.

Analysis: Kopitar has points in five of the Kings' six games.
10/26/2016 Tanner Pearson, LA, LW
Pearson extended his point streak to a career-best four games in a row Tuesday, notching an assist when Alec Martinez knocked in his rebound in overtime against Columbus.

Analysis: Pearson leads the team with three goals, six points and a plus-4 rating despite missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension.
10/26/2016 Tyler Toffoli, LA, C
Toffoli had two assists Tuesday to earn his first multipoint contest of the season.

Analysis: Toffoli was a plus-2 on Tuesday after being at plus-1 through the Kings' first five games. However, he's gone five straight without a goal after leading Los Angeles with 31 last season.
10/26/2016 Alec Martinez, LA, D
Both of Martinez's goals have come in overtime, including the winner Tuesday against Columbus.

Analysis: Martinez has two goals and two assists in the last three games.
10/26/2016 Drew Doughty, LA, D
Doughty had the tying goal late in the third period to force overtime in Tuesday's win over Columbus.

Analysis: Doughty had gone three straight games without a point.
10/26/2016 Brandon Saad, Cls, LW
Saad scored his first goal of the season on his only shot of the game in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Kings.

Analysis: Saad, who has just two points, is off to a slow start after leading Columbus with 31 goals last season.
10/26/2016 Cam Atkinson, Cls, RW
Atkinson had a power-play goal Tuesday but was a minus-2 in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.

Analysis: All four of Atkinson's points this season have come on the power play. His minus-5 rating is tied for second-worst on the team.
10/26/2016 Martin Jones, SJ, G
Jones turned aside 19 of the 20 shots he faced in Tuesday's overtime win over the Ducks.

Analysis: Jones has allowed one goal in each of his two starts at home - both wins - while going 1-3-0 with a 3.34 GAA on the road. San Jose's next two games are at home against Columbus and Nashville.
10/26/2016 John Gibson, Anh, G
Gibson entered at the start of the second period Tuesday to replace an injured Jonathan Bernier, stopping all 25 shots he faced before allowing Marc-Edouard Vlasic's breakaway goal in overtime at San Jose.

Analysis: Gibson has played in six of Anaheim's first seven games and won't get much rest anytime soon if Bernier is out for an extended period. Gibson has been playing well, posting a 1.91 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in his last four games.
10/26/2016 Mikkel Boedker, SJ, LW
The slumping Boedker was moved to the Sharks' top line Tuesday alongside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski but failed to record a point.

Analysis: Boedker is off to a rough start in his first season with San Jose, not getting on the scoresheet in five straight games while posting a minus-5. He tied a career high with 51 points last season but has one this season.
10/26/2016 Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJ, D
Vlasic scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway in overtime Tuesday to beat the Ducks.

Analysis: Vlasic, better known as a shutdown defender, had only one point through the season's first six games. However, he's second on the team in ice time and did have 31 assists last season, so more points should soon be on the way.
10/26/2016 Joe Pavelski, SJ, C
Pavelski had a power-play goal and fed Marc-Edouard Vlasic for the game-winning breakaway in overtime Tuesday against the Ducks.

Analysis: The 11-year veteran is off to a strong start, tied for the team lead with nine points and recording at least one in five of seven games.
10/26/2016 Antoine Vermette, Anh, C
Vermette assisted on the Ducks' only goal in Tuesday's loss to the Sharks.

Analysis: Vermette is off to a bad start in his first season with Anaheim. He does have two assists in the past three games after going without a point in the first four but has yet to score.
10/26/2016 Andreas Athanasiou, Det, C
Athanasiou had a goal and an assist Tuesday.

Analysis: All three of his points came in the last two games.
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