News: Alexander Semin
(lower body) has been ruled out for a return to action Saturday against the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Alexander Semin
participated in Saturday's morning session and looks to be close to playing, but coach Bill Peters opted to hold him out for an additional day. It's possible the Hurricanes wanted to avoid returning him to action amid a back-to-back scenario, so it wouldn't be especially surprising if he was activated in time for Sunday's rematch with the Rangers in New York. Though Semin's return is near, he's not worthy of a speculative add, as he amassed just one goal and six points in 21 games before landing on IR.
Preds' Neal To Sit Saturday With Illness
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News: James Neal
is dealing with an illness and will not play Saturday against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
The Predators haven't provided any word on whether or not James Neal
is dealing with the dreaded mumps virus, but did suggest that the winger could be a possibility for Monday's game against the Blue Jackets or Tuesday's tilt in Boston. After an injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign, Neal hasn't missed any previous time in his first season in Nashville, producing 19 points in 30 games.
Iron Man Streak Ends For Pens' Adams
, RW, PIT
News: Craig Adams
will miss Saturday's game against the Panthers with an undisclosed injury, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The injury will result in Craig Adams
' streak of consecutive games played end at an incredible 319. The fourth-liner doesn't offer much in the form of offense, but his contributions as a hitter and penalty-killer make him a valued member of the Penguins. Andrew Ebbett will attempt to fill his skates Saturday.
News: Mike Cammalleri
(lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Since the IR stint is retroactive to last Saturday, the move means that Mike Cammalleri
will be unavailable for a fourth straight game. He continues to skate and is being viewed as day-to-day at this time, so despite the IR placement, it seems likely he'll suit up at some point next week.
News: Mike Sislo
was recalled from AHL Albany on Saturday.
It sounds as though the Devils might have some forwards banged up following Friday's win over the Lightning, so Mike Sislo
will join the team as an insurance option in case one of the regulars can't go. Mike Cammalleri (lower body) was moved to injured reserve to create roster room for Sislo.
Canadiens' Pacioretty (Upper Body) Could Play Sat.
, LW, MON
News: Max Pacioretty
(upper body) was on the ice for morning skate Saturday and could be an option for the game later in the evening against the Senators, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Though Max Pacioretty
was briefly hospitalized after exiting Thursday's game following a hard hit by the Ducks' Clayton Stoner, his return to the ice creates hope that he won't have to miss any time due to the injury. It's uncertain if coach Michel Therrien will formally confirm that Pacioretty will return to the lineup Saturday, so it might not be until pregame warmups that a report on the winger's official status comes forth.
Pens' Kunitz Preparing To Play Saturday
, LW, PIT
News: Chris Kunitz
(foot) took part in Saturday's morning skate and is expected to play later in the evening against the Panthers, NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz
took part in line rushes and was also a participant in power-play drills, an indication the Penguins are treating him as if he'll be active Saturday. The team will still need to bring him back from injured reserve, but that appears to be just a formality at this point. Kunitz has been out since Nov. 29 with the fractured foot, missing eight games as a result.
Stars' Jamie Benn Snaps Slump
, LW, DAL
News: Jamie Benn
had a goal and an assists, plus three shots, in Friday's win over Calgary.
That goal snaps a streak of nine games without a goal for Dallas captain. He's put up points over that period, but the team needs more out of Jamie Benn
and can't afford to go that long without him hitting the back of the net.
Suspension Over For Leafs' Ashton
, RW, TOR
News: Carter Ashton
has completed his 20-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing substances protocol and has been reinstated onto the Leafs' active roster, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports. He will now head to AHL Toronto for a conditioning stint, according to David Alter of MapleLeafs.com.
Since he hasn't been able to play since early November, Carter Ashton
will likely spend multiple games on the assignment before he's called back up to the parent club. Ashton had largely served as a healthy scratch for the Leafs prior to his suspension, making just six appearances on the season. He'll likely see limited duty again once he rejoins the Leafs.
Sens' Ryan Dishes Out Two Assists Friday
, RW, OTT
News: Bobby Ryan
dished out a pair of assists and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over the Ducks.
Analysis: Bobby Ryan
has heated up recently, recording two goals and eight points in his last seven games. With seven goals and 21 points in 29 games, Ryan is on pace for a 60-point season. While his goal total is low, his recent play suggests that it might be on the rise. The 27-year-old is a reliable fantasy option who can be counted on in almost all leagues.