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.
Jets' Wheeler Could Return Sunday
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News: Blake Wheeler
(knee) was a full participant in Saturday's practice and looks like he could be ready to play Sunday against the Kings, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. "If Blake comes to the rink [Sunday] feeling the way he did [Saturday], he'll be in the lineup," coach Paul Maurice said after the practice.
Analysis: Blake Wheeler
didn't skate with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little during the practice like he has for much of the season, but did see regular work with the third line and on the Jets' top power-play unit. As Maurice alluded to, the Jets will check in on Wheeler's condition following Sunday's morning skate, after which he would likely be activated from IR if all goes well.
Sens' Anderson Still Not Ready To Play
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News: Craig Anderson
(hand) will not be available for Saturday's game against the Sharks, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Craig Anderson
seemed to be trending toward a return by facing a number of shots during practices the last few days, but there's still no clear timetable for when he might be able to play. While the lack of clarity regarding Anderson's return date is undoubtedly an annoyance for fantasy owners, the Senators have done just fine without him. In the absence of Anderson and No. 2 goalie Robin Lehner (concussion), the Senators have stumbled into a hot goalie in Andrew Hammond, who has won four straight starts while posting a 0.75 GAA.
Sens' Lazar To Sit Out With Illness Saturday
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News: Curtis Lazar
will miss Saturday's game against the Sharks due to an illness, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Curtis Lazar
wasn't on the ice for the Senators' morning skate after apparently acquiring the illness overnight. Matt Puempel is set to assume Lazar's spot in the lineup Saturday.
News: Marco Scandella
left Saturday's win over Colorado in the second period due to an undisclosed injury and did not return, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
With the Wild already without Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota could be in the trade market for a defenseman at Monday's deadline if this injury is serious.
Updating an earlier report, Grossman was struck in the head, not the shoulder, by a puck, according to the Associated Press. He was helped off the ice and did not return.
He was hit while attempting to block Rick Nash's shot with 15:19 left in the second period. God speed, young man.
Oilers' Pakarinen Leaves With Knee Injury
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News: Iiro Pakarinen
left Saturday's game with a knee injury and will not return.
The injury apparently looked pretty serious, so Iiro Pakarinen
may miss significant time. For now he should be considered day-to-day until we know more about his status.
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: Henrik Zetterberg
(upper body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg
, who missed his third straight game with the upper-body injury Saturday, will be eligible to return for the Red Wings' next match Wednesday versus the Rangers. While the team hasn't announced that Zetterberg has a concussion, the forward noted that he's experiencing symptoms similar to the head injury, which could threaten his availability for Wednesday's game. Coach Mike Babcock expressed optimism earlier in the week that Zetterberg will be ready to go by that point, but he'll need to get back on the ice in the next couple of days in order to give his coach's words some legitimacy.
Wild's Spurgeon Could Practice Monday
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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.