News: Curtis McKenzie
was recalled from AHL Texas on Friday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Colton Sceviour came down with an illness and missed Friday's morning skate, and with Ryan Garbutt suspended for the next two games, the Stars had no extra forwards to turn to. As a result, Curtis McKenzie
will join the Stars to provide them with an insurance option in the event Sceviour can't play later in the evening against the Wild. McKenzie would likely skate on the third line if he enters the lineup.
News: Tanner Glass
is dealing with flu-like symptoms and will not play Friday against the Flyers.
Analysis: Tanner Glass
' absence will allow Lee Stempniak to return to the lineup after serving as a scratch for the team's last four games. The fourth-line agitator is viewed as day-to-day at this point, so he could be recovered in time to play in Saturday's rematch with Philadelphia.
Leafs Send Kozun Out For Conditioning Work
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News: Brandon Kozun
(ankle) was sent to AHL Toronto on Friday for a conditioning assignment, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
The assignment will more than likely just last through the weekend as Brandon Kozun
aims to demonstrate that he's fully recovered from the high-ankle sprain he sustained in October. The 24-year-old figures to fill a bottom-six role for the Leafs upon his activation.
Habs' Sekac Practicing On Power Play
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News: Jiri Sekac
and Lars Eller rotated in as part of new power-play lineup during Thursday's practice, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Head coach Michel Therrien is toying with the idea of a 1-3-1 power-play lineup, which uses one defenseman (P.K. Subban) and four forwards. Therrien said he's used such a lineup in the past, but wouldn't commit to deploying it in games yet. He wants more options for his team, which ranks 25th in power-play effectiveness.
Panthers' Jokinen Pointless In Last Four Games
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News: Jussi Jokinen
has not recorded a single point in his last four games and has only recorded two shots on goal.
Although he has gone dry in the last four games, Jussi Jokinen
is currently tied for the team lead in points with 12 (2G, 10A). Jokinen has found himself playing on the third line for most of the season, but his value comes on the power play, where he is averaging 2:45 minutes per game. He leads the team with four PP points and is second on the team with 18 PIM. Jokinen's career shooting percentage is 13.1% and this season he is only sitting at 6.5%, therefore his goal scoring totals should increase while his percentages move toward his career average.
Jets' Lowry Docked One Game For Boarding
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News: Adam Lowry
has been suspended one game for boarding the Sabres' Patrick Kaleta in Wednesday's match.
As a rookie, Adam Lowry
doesn't have any track record for malicious hits, so the league office went relatively light on him for the first-time violation. Lowry collected 15 penalty minutes for his transgressions Wednesday night, doubling his PIM total from the previous 23 games combined. He'll be eligible to return to action Dec. 3 against the Oilers.
Two-Game Suspension For Stars' Garbutt
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News: Ryan Garbutt
was suspended two games for kneeing the Oilers' Taylor Hall in Tuesday's match, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
As he is often wont to do, Ryan Garbutt
was pestering the Edmonton star throughout the game but went a little overboard with eight minutes remaining in the third period, clipping Hall with his knee and earning a two-minute minor for tripping. The banishment will keep him out of action until the Stars' Dec. 2 game against the Maple Leafs.
Canucks' Kassian (Finger) Out 2-3 Weeks
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News: Zack Kassian
has been ruled out for two-to-three weeks due to a finger injury, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Zack Kassian
will be forced to miss at least the next seven games with the Canucks, since he didn't join the team in Columbus for the start of their road trip. The finger injury appears to have stemmed from a slash he took during Tuesday's win over the Devils, and will more than likely result in his second trip to injured reserve of the season. The Canucks could choose to call up a forward from the minors in order to give them some more depth during the road swing.
Offense Sputtering For Canes' Tlusty
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News: Jiri Tlusty
was held off the scoreboard for the third straight game during Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Panthers. He recorded just a single shot on goal and saw just 15:53 worth of ice time.
Analysis: Jiri Tlusty
's season got off to a great start with a hat trick in his second game back on Oct. 11, but he's been mostly quiet since then, with just six points in his last 19 games. For now, Tlusty continues to spend most of his time on the top line with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, however we wouldn't be surprised if he was shifted to a lower line at some point, or sat out as a healthy scratch. Overall, his value as a reliable fantasy option is in rapid decline - avoid using him if you can.
Canucks' Sestito Skates Thursday
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News: Tom Sestito
(lower body) was able to skate on his own at the end of Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Tom Sestito
is traveling with the Canucks on their seven-game road trip that kicks off Friday in Columbus, seemingly indicating that the team hopes to have him available at some point. Since the fourth-line tough guy has missed over three weeks with the injury, he'll have to get in several practices before having a shot at rejoining the lineup.