Hawks' Kane Still On Target For Return
, RW, CHI
News: Patrick Kane
, who is out with a broken clavicle, is still on track to return by the Western Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup playoffs if the Blackhawks get that far, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The original diagnosis was that Patrick Kane
would miss 12 weeks that put his return by the Western Conference Finals. Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville though sort of left open the door that he could return earlier. Kane has recently been skating on his own so it has spurred some optimism in the Blackhawks' camp that he will return before the conference finals.
News: Brandon Sutter
exited Saturday's game against the Coyotes in the third period with an injury, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
With only a few minutes left in the match, it appears unlikely that Brandon Sutter
will return. He's the second player to exit for the Penguins, after defenseman Kris Letang was removed from the game in the second period following a hit into the boards. Sutter should be viewed as day-to-day heading into Sunday's match against the Sharks.
Bolts Rule Out Garrison With Upper-Body Injury
, D, TB
News: Jason Garrison
was ruled out from returning to Saturday's game against the Red Wings due to an upper-body injury, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Jason Garrison
skated just two shifts and logged 0:41 of ice time before departing. He should be considered questionable ahead of Monday's game in Montreal until the Lightning issue further word on the severity of his injury.
News: Markus Granlund
missed Saturday's practice due to a case of the flu.
The illness could put Markus Granlund
at missing Sunday's game against the Predators. Josh Jooris centered the Flames' third line at practice with Granlund unavailable.
Pens' Letang Departs With Injury Saturday
, D, PIT
News: Kris Letang
left Saturday's game in the second period after he was hit into the end boards by the Coyotes' Shane Doan, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The Penguins haven't ruled Kris Letang
out of the game yet, but that seems like a safe conclusion after he was unable to skate off the ice on his own. It appeared that Letang's head backed into the boards on the hit, so the blueliner will undoubtedly be evaluated for a concussion, among other possible injuries. Penguins tough guy Steve Downie quickly got in a skirmish with Doan shortly after play resumed, but that won't make up for any potential absence for Letang, who entered Saturday ranked in a tie for second among all NHL blueliners with 54 points in 68 games.
Van Riemsdyk, who is skating with AHL's Rockford, said that he's still working to get strength in his knee after he fractured his kneecap in November,
ESPN Chicago reports.
He's not ready to be recalled by the Blackhawks. Van Riemsdyk has skated seven games for Rockford and has been solid with three assists including two on Friday night. They could probably use him because newly acquired Kimmo Timonen is showing rust after missing several months because of blood clots.
Blues Lose Steen After Knee-On-Knee Collision
, LW, STL
News: Alexander Steen
left Saturday's game after playing four shifts in the first period and will not return, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He collided knee-on-knee with Blue Jackets' defender Cody Goloubef.
He winced in pain and retreated to the dressing room. The Blues can ill afford to have him on the sidelines. The forward has 24 goals and 62 points in 73 games while averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time this season.
Lightning's Paquette Not Ruled Out For Monday
, C, TB
News: Cedric Paquette
does not have a fracture in his leg, but it's still unclear whether he'll be able to play Monday against Montreal, Reynaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Cedric Paquette
suffered the injury while trying to save an empty net goal late in Saturday's game. He has not been ruled out for Monday's game at this point, but the situation should become more clear as puck drop approaches.
Blues' Oshie Out Saturday With Illness
, RW, STL
News: T.J. Oshie
(illness) will miss Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: T.J. Oshie
missed the morning skate Saturday, but was initially expected to give it a go. However, Oshie's illness hasn't cleared up and he will not play Saturday. Patrick Berglund will likely step into Oshie's place on the line. His next chance to return will be Monday against Vancouver.
News: Alexander Semin
is not participating in warmups prior to Saturday's game against New Jersey and will not play, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Alexander Semin
is dealing with a hamstring injury and missed Saturday's morning skate. Patrick Dwyer figures to fill in for Semin against the Devils.