Jackets' Connauton Likely Won't Play For A Week
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Coach Todd Richards said after Saturday's morning skate that Kevin Connauton
(foot) likely wouldn't play for another week, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Assuming that timetable holds through the start of next week, Kevin Connauton
will miss at least the next three games while he recovers from the foot injury. The Blue Jackets will lean on some combination of Cody Goloubef, Dalton Prout, and Jordan Leopold to cover for Connauton's absence.
News: Lubomir Visnovsky
will be a healthy scratch Saturday for the Islanders, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
The Islanders and Lubomir Visnovsky
played Friday, so this may be a case where coach Jack Capuano doesn't want the veteran defenseman to play back-to-back days. Brian Strait will enter the lineup in place of Visnovsky.
Red Wings' Smith Set To Play Saturday
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Updating a previous report, Brendan Smith
(arm) will play Saturday against the Red Wings, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Earlier reports indicated that Brendan Smith
wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, but he apparently surfaced later during the skate and convinced the Red Wings he was sufficiently healthy. As a result, AHL call-up Xavier Ouellet will head to the press box while Smith plays in his 56th match of the season.
News: Karl Stollery
was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Saturday.
Analysis: Karl Stollery
will be up to provide some emergency depth for the Avs, who play Saturday for the second time in three days. The 27-year-old has recorded five goals and nine assists in 46 games with Lake Erie this season, but his stint with Colorado figures to be a short one just like his others this season.
Sabres' Pysyk Released From Hospital
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News: Mark Pysyk
was released from the hospital late Saturday afternoon and is doing well, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
While playing basketball with some of his Rochester teammates Saturday morning, Mark Pysyk
collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Fortunately, it seems he's OK, though a specific diagnosis has not been provided by the team. The former first-round pick (23rd overall in 2010) has recorded three goals and 13 assists in 51 games with Rochester this season and two goals and an assist in seven games with the NHL club.
News: Xavier Ouellet
was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday.
Recalled Saturday morning with Brendan Smith was battling an arm injury, Xavier Ouellet
stuck around with the Red Wings for only a few hours. Smith, who was considered a game-time decision for Saturday's contest, ended up being able to play, making Ouellet's services unneeded. Expect Ouellet to return to the Red Wings again this season the next time an injury strikes on the blue line.
News: Jared Spurgeon
(head) could resume practicing Monday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Jared Spurgeon
planned to work out on his own in Minnesota on Saturday, which would normally indicate a forthcoming return to practice for a player coming off injury. The blueliner is dealing with a suspected concussion after taking a puck to the face in a Feb. 18 game.
Blues' Cole To Play Saturday
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News: Ian Cole
(upper body) will play Saturday against the Oilers, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Ian Cole
missed Thursday's game against the Jets while battling a minor injury that had plagued him over the last few days. It appears that the day out of the lineup was all Cole needed to heal up, so he'll draw back in for Chris Butler, who heads to the press box as a healthy scratch.
Canucks' Corrado Could Be Back Sunday
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News: Frank Corrado
(upper body) was a full participant in Saturday's practice and suggested he would be ready to play Sunday against the Blues if needed, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Analysis: Frank Corrado
hasn't appeared in a game since Feb. 1, when an illness followed by the upper-body injury kept him out of commission. He didn't show any visible limitations during Saturday's session, as he skated as part of a regular defensive pairing with Adam Clendening. Coach Willie Desjardins will likely wait until Sunday morning to reassess Corrado's condition, along with his availability for the game later that evening.
Canucks' Tanev Practices Saturday
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News: Chris Tanev
(head) returned to practice Saturday, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Analysis: Chris Tanev
looked to be a full participant in the session, joining Luca Sbisa as part of a regular pairing. While such involvement would normally indicate his availability for the Canucks' game Sunday against the Blues, Tanev said after the workout that he would "probably not" be able to play in the contest. Assuming that holds true, Tanev's next chance to play would come Tuesday against the Sharks.