The Islanders welcomed Milan Jurcina back to the line-up from injury and coming out of the line-up as a healthy scratch was Box 29 defenseman Mike Mottau, who hasn't posted any points in the first seven games of his NHL season, so any addition of potential offense was likely a plus for Long Island. Mottau is generally considered to be more of a defensive defenseman, but his inclusion on the selection sheet was due to the team's depth and it was anyone's guess a month before the season, as to who would be a regular on that blueline.
There was an update given on Peter Regin's shoulder injury, which he had suffered a couple of weeks back. On Thursday, the Senators said that they now expect to be without the winger for the next 6-to-8 weeks with his shoulder injury, as it is the same shoulder he had off-season surgery on and they didn't want to go down the surgery road again, rather just doing the rehab and rest, hoping that it gets to 100% that way. This seems to be a bit of a long shot way to go and you should probably avoid Regin at all costs this season.
On Thursday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally saw the debut of one of their prized off-season free agent signings in Tim Connolly, which meant some room had to be made on the roster for his inclusion and drawing the short straw was Box 25 forward Nazem Kadri, who had his ticket punched to go down to the AHL. Kadri showed some real flashes to give some reason to stay, but at the end of the day, he has one of the easiest deals to move up and down from the minors and not enough reason to demote someone else. Simple as that.