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The Maple Leafs clamp down and keep winning, Cole Caufield is back in Montreal but it didn’t help against Pittsburgh, the Canucks GM is looking for answers and more.

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CANADA HOCKEY NOW

Montreal: Caufield call-up confirms Canadiens are close to change.

Montreal: Canadiens back to rock bottom after 6-0 loss to Penguins.

Vancouver: Canucks GM Jim Benning looking at trades, answers for slow starts. The shortcomings on the blueline were obvious to anyone coming into the season. Pettersson being a shell of his former self is a big factor, too.

Calgary: Flames bomb Buffalo with top-heavy attack in 5-0 win.

Toronto: Morgan Rielly and Jack Campbell push Maple Leafs past Rangers.

Toronto: Five Takeaways – Jack Campbell has been Maple Leafs MVP, Holl, Muzzin, Ritchie improving.

Oh, and there is this:

 

NHL NEWS AND NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW

Boston: What if Penguins sale leads Sid to Boston Bruins?

Pittsburgh: Penguins crush Canadiens, game never in doubt.

N.Y. Islanders: Pulock Fallout; New York Islanders blueprint for dealing with injury.

Detroit: Seider hurt, Red Wings crap out in Vegas.

Washington: Working towards Capitals comeback, Kempny playing key role for Hersey.

Florida: Spencer Knight gets back at Devils in Florida Panthers rematch.

San Jose: Blues blowout Sharks, 4-1.

Vegas: DeBoer shuffles lines, more offense from the blueline.

FANTASY FILES

Thursday’s games:

MIN LW Kirill Kaprizov 1 G, 3 A

4 G, 5 A, 25 SOG in past 8 GP

CGY LW Johnny Gaudreau 2 G, 1 A

4 G, 4 A, 27 SOG in past 7 GP

PIT C Teddy Blueger 2 G, 1 A

1 G, 1 A, 16 SOG in previous 12 GP

CGY LW/RW Matthew Tkachuk 1 G, 2 A

7 G, 6 A, 39 SOG in past 12 GP

MIN RW Mats Zuccarello 1 G, 2 A

4 G, 7 A, 21 SOG in past 10 GP

MIN D Alex Goligoski 1 G, 2 A

1 G, 4 A, 8 SOG in past 5 GP

MIN C Victor Rask 1 G, 2 A

1 G, 0 A, 8 SOG in previous 7 GP

PHI LW Claude Giroux 2 G

0 G, 0 A, 0 SOG in previous 4 GP

TOR D Morgan Rielly 2 G

3 G, 2 A, 11 SOG in past 3 GP

CBJ C Boone Jenner 2 G

5 G, 2 A, 31 SOG in past 7 GP

CGY LW Andrew Mangiapane 2 G

12 G, 2 A, 44 SOG in 17 GP

STL LW Brandon Saad 2 G

0 G, 0 A, 12 SOG in previous 5 GP

VGK D Zach Whitecloud 2 G

0 G, 1 A, 8 SOG in previous 4 GP

Draft Kings DFS Value Plays for Friday

SEA C Yanni Gourde $4000 vs. COL

4 G, 3 A, 26 SOG in past 10 GP

VAN RW Nils Hoglander $3500 vs. WPG

4 G, 1 A, 15 SOG in past 4 GP

VAN RW Brock Boeser $4700 vs. WPG

0 G, 0 A, 14 SOG in past 4 GP

COL D Sam Girard $4100 at SEA

1 G, 6 A, 12 SOG in past 4 GP

WPG D Josh Morrissey $4500 at VAN

1 G, 4 A, 23 SOG in past 10 GP

VAN G Thatcher Demko $7200 vs. WPG

.853 SV% in past 5 GP

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