Avs Reverse Course, Rule Tanguay Out Tuesday
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News: Alex Tanguay
(fractured jaw), who was expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Coyotes, will instead miss his second consecutive game, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
After it was indicated a day earlier that Alex Tanguay
wouldn't have to miss further time due to the jaw injury, coach Patrick Roy said the forward was still experiencing blurred vision and pain on the side of his head following Tuesday's morning skate. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the setback is significant for Tanguay at the moment, so with an extra day off, the possibility exists that he could be ready to go when the Avs return home for a game Wednesday versus the Blackhawks.
Ducks' Stoner Skates Tuesday Morning
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News: Clayton Stoner
(illness) took part in Tuesday's morning skate but doesn't think he'll be cleared to return until the weekend, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Merely being on the ice amounts to a good sign for Clayton Stoner
, as it was feared that he had been the latest Ducks player to succumb to the debilitating mumps virus. Stoner's symptoms were believed to be similar to the virus, but team doctors determined his particular illness wasn't contagious after he never experienced a fever. He's still need to skate for a few days to get his conditioning back up to par before coach Bruce Boudreau decides whether or not to use him Friday versus the Blackhawks.
Rangers' McDonagh Not Returning Wednesday
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Despite getting in a full practice Tuesday, Ryan McDonagh
(shoulder) doesn't expect to play Wednesday versus the Lightning, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Ryan McDonagh
was a full participant in practice and was encouraged by how the skate went, but seemed to acknowledge that he needs some additional time to get his conditioning back up to snuff. The captain has been out for over three weeks with the separated shoulder, but may be ready to reenter the lineup Friday against the Flyers.
Kings' Martinez Takes Part In Morning Skate
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News: Alec Martinez
(finger) took part in Tuesday's morning skate, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Alec Martinez
stayed on the ice for extra work following the session, so it does not appear he will play Tuesday. It's not entirely clear when he will be able to play next, as it was reported earlier this week that he would be "out a while;" however, with him skating each of the last two days, it looks like he could return earlier than expected.
Penguins' Bennett Dealing With Lower-Body Injury
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News: Beau Bennett
did not take part in Tuesday's practice due to a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Beau Bennett
suffered what appeared to be a knee injury Monday; and although he was able to return to the game, it appears he was still feeling some soreness Tuesday morning. The full extent of Bennett's injury is uncertain, but the Penguins should have a better idea about his status after he is evaluated over the next 24 hours.
Caps' Ovechkin (upper body) Leaves Practice Early
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News: Alex Ovechkin
left practice early with what is being described as an "upper-body tweak" and is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Alex Ovechkin
will make the trip to New York and head coach Barry Trotz expects the reigning Richard Trophy winner to play, but given how important Ovechkin is to the Capitals, expect them to take every precaution. An ailment might explain Ovechkin's recent inconsistency, as he has gone without a point in four of his last five games. Even at less than full health, Ovechkin is a multi-category stud who needs to be played whenever he is in the lineup, so keep an eye on his availability prior to Wednesday night.
Lightning's Hedman Could Play Saturday
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News: Victor Hedman
(hand) could return to action Saturday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's website reports.
It seems more likely that Victor Hedman
will return next week than this weekend, but he has an outside shot to take the ice Saturday.
Red Wings' Datsyuk Will Be Game-Day Decision
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A decision on whether or not Pavel Datsyuk
(groin) will play Wednesday will be made after the Red Wings' Wednesday morning skate, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk
practiced Tuesday and saw action on the power play, which hints at him playing Wednesday. However, the Red Wings will wait to see how he feels on game day before making a final call on his availability.
GM Peter Chiarelli indicated Monday that he is hopeful that Zdeno Chara
(knee) can return to action in 10-to-14 days, nesn.com reports.
Analysis: Zdeno Chara
, who suffered a PCL tear in his left knee on Oct. 23, skated Monday, and while a return to action is not imminent for the blueliner, he is clearly progressing. "Usually, when they start skating, it's at the earliest at 10 days (and) at the latest two weeks when he's been out that long," Chiarelli noted Monday. "I haven't been given a timetable. We just have to see how he progresses from day to day. But I think you can probably say 10 days to two weeks."
Bruins' Kelly Remains Sidelined
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It's unclear when Chris Kelly
, who missed his second straight game Monday with an undisclosed injury, will return to action, according to the Boston Herald.
"I don't think there's a specific timetable," coach Claude Julien noted with regard to the veteran forward's status. "It's not three-to-four weeks, four-to-six weeks, that much I can tell you. That's why we can only say day-to-day, I guess, at this point." With that in mind, it doesn't look like Chris Kelly
will play Friday against the Jets, at a minimum. We'll let you know if that assessment changes.