Ristolainen suspended three games
The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for three games following his blindside hit that led to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel sustaining a concussion. The hit occurred about nine minutes into Pittsburgh's 3-1 win at Buffalo on Tuesday. Guentzel will miss the next few games as he goes through the concussion protocol.
St Louis 23.3.17
Stastny listed week to week
The St. Louis Blues announced forward Paul Stastny is week to week with a lower-body injury. Stastny was injured in the Blues' 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night. The injury to Stastny is a blow to the Blues' center depth with Jori Lehtera also out of action. Lehtera has missed six games with an undisclosed injury.
Tkachuk suspended 2 games
Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended two games for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the face. Tkachuk will miss the Flames' upcoming games Tuesday at the Washington Capitals and Thursday at the Nashville Predators. The No. 5 pick in the 2016 draft has 13 goals and 33 assists for 46 points in 68 games in his rookie season.
Hainsey sidelined with upper-body injury
The depleted Pittsburgh Penguins defense has taken another hit. Coach Mike Sullivan says defenseman Ron Hainsey is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The Penguins acquired the 35-year-old Hainsey just before the trade deadline. Pittsburgh is already missing injured defensemen Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley, though all three are expected back by the playoffs.
Anisimov sidelined by left leg injury
Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a left leg injury. Anisimov got hurt in the first period of Chicago's 4-2 win at Montreal on Tuesday night. He had to be helped from the ice after Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov fell on the back of his leg in a corner behind the Chicago goal. Coach Joel Quenneville said Anisimov was day to day after the victory against the Canadiens. He provided a longer timetable for Anisimov's return on Wednesday.
Murray out 4 to 6 weeks with broken hand
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray is out four to six weeks with a broken hand. Murray broke his right hand when he blocked a shot from the Buffalo Sabres' Tyler Ennis on Saturday. Murray had surgery Monday. An absence of four to six weeks is typical for hockey players with this injury.
Shattenkirk suspended 2 games
Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has been suspended two games for charging Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel. The NHL announced the suspension Sunday, and Shattenkirk sat out the Anaheim Ducks game. He will also miss Capitals' home game Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. Shattenkirk has four assists in six games for the Capitals since they acquired him at the trade deadline from St. Louis.
NY Ran. 12.3.17
Lundqvist out 2 to 3 weeks
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is out two to three weeks with a lower-body injury. The team announced the injury Saturday morning and recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from Hartford of the AHL on an emergency basis. Lundqvist played New York's entire game Tuesday against Florida and stopped 43 of 45 shots. Now he'll miss about six to 10 games because of this unspecified lower-body ailment. The 35-year-old is 30-17-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 49 starts and 51 appearances this season.
Enstrom out with concussion
Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom will be out indefinitely with a concussion, Jets coach Paul Maurice said Friday. Enstrom took a crushing illegal check from behind into the boards by Pittsburgh forward Tom Sestito in the first period Wednesday night in the Jets' 7-4 loss to the Penguins. The NHL followed up Thursday by suspending Sestito for four games.
Sestito suspended four games
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito was suspended for four games for boarding Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom. Sestito, 29, hit Enstrom from behind in the first period of Pittsburgh's 7-4 victory as the Jets' defenceman was playing a puck in the corner. Enstrom was helped from the ice and admitted to a local hospital to check for facial fractures and a concussion. There is no update on Enstrom, but he is expected to miss time.
Hjalmarsson set to return
Niklas Hjalmarsson is skating again and appears ready to return Thursday night against Anaheim, giving Chicago a boost as it tries to chase down Minnesota for the Central Division title and top spot in the Western Conference. The durable defenseman has been sidelined for four straight games with an upper-body injury after missing a total of two games in the previous three seasons.
Okposo to miss at least 2 games
Buffalo Sabres points leader Kyle Okposo will miss the team's two games this weekend because of an injury to his ribs. Coach Dan Bylsma did not reveal the nature of the injury and said it was too early to determine how long Okposo might be sidelined. The top-line winger had two assist before being hurt in the second period of a 6-3 win over Arizona on Thursday.
Burmistrov leaves ice on stretcher
Arizona Coyotes forward Alexander Burmistrov was taken off on a stretcher after a hit from Bruins defenseman Colin Miller on Tuesday left him motionless on the ice for several minutes. Burmistrov gave a thumbs-up with both hands as he was wheeled off the ice. The Coyotes said he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Burmistrov, 25, has one goal and 10 assists this season.
LA Kings 26.2.17
Quick returns after 59-game absence
Goalie Jonathan Quick has returned to the Los Angeles Kings after injuring his groin in the first period of the season opener. The two-time Stanley Cup winner missed 59 games with the injury, which occurred Oct. 12 against San Jose. He has been skating with the Kings for several weeks, but he didn't make any rehabilitation starts in the minors. The Kings only announced his return by activating him from injured reserve 40 minutes before the opening faceoff.
NHL upholds 10-game suspension for Vermette
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Saturday upheld the 10-game suspension assessed to Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette for slashing a linesman. Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota's Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks' 1-0 win on Feb. 14. The veteran forward served the fifth game of his suspension Saturday when the Ducks lost 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings. He is eligible to return at home March 12 against Washington.