N. Jersey 19.2.18
Wood suspended two games
New Jersey forward Miles Wood has been suspended for two games by the NHL for a blindside hit on Vladislav Namestnikov. He was suspended for boarding the Tampa Bay forward in New Jersey's 4-3 win Saturday over the Lightning. Wood is the Devils' fifth-leading scorer with 26 points, but rankes second on the team with 16 goals.
N. Jersey 13.2.18
Schneider out another week
The New Jersey Devils have placed top goaltender Cory Schneider on injured reserve with groin and hip injuries. The team announced the move Monday, saying Schneider is expected to start skating next week. Schneider hasn't played since being hurt on Jan. 23 in a game against Boston. He leads the team with a 17-11-6 record with a 2.79 goals-against average. Forward Nick Lappin was recalled from Binghamton (AHL). He will join the team for a game in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Eichel to miss 4 to 6 weeks
Sabres forward Jack Eichel has a sprained right ankle and coach Phil Housley says it's premature to rule out Buffalo's leading scorer for the remainder of the NHL season. Housley said Eichel will miss four to six weeks, putting the player in a position to return in the final weeks of the season even though Buffalo might not have much to play for at that point. The Sabres are last in the Eastern Conference standings and sit 19 points out of the playoff contention with 27 games left. Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals and 53 points in 55 games this term.
Sabres may be without Eichel vs Avalanche
The Sabres could be without leading scorer Jack Eichel when they take on the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. Eichel left in the first period of Buffalo's 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday with a lower-body injury after an awkward fall. "We'll have to re-evaluate it (Sunday)," coach Phil Housley told the Buffalo News, which noted that Eichel's injury was to his right leg and that he could not put any weight on it as he headed to the locker room.
McCabe out three to four weeks
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will miss between three and four weeks after having surgery to repair a thumb injury. McCabe had surgery on Wednesday, a day after he was hurt in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. McCabe has three goals and nine assists for 12 points in having played all 53 games this season. Buffalo is already down defenseman Zach Bogosian, who had season-ending hip surgery last month.
Burrows suspended 10 games
Ottawa forward Alexandre Burrows was suspended for 10 games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for serving as the aggressor in an altercation and kneeing New Jersey forward Taylor Hall. Burrows was assessed two minor penalties, one for cross-checking and one for roughing on the play midway through the second period in the Senators' 5-3 home victory Tuesday night. The suspension will cost Burrows forfeit $134,409.
Forsberg suspended 3 games
The NHL has suspended Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg for three games for a late hit on Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey. Vesey was hurt and did not return in a 5-2 loss to the Predators. Forsberg, who is second on the Predators with 38 points, had not been fined or suspended previously in his 303 career NHL games. His suspension will start Monday on the road against the Islanders.
Larsson suspended 2 games for cross checking
The NHL suspended Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson two games for cross checking Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck in the face. The league's department of player safety issued the ruling after conducting a hearing with Larsson on Friday, a day after Buffalo's 4-2 loss to the Panthers. Larsson was already facing a one-game suspension after being issued a 10-minute match penalty and 5-minute cross checking major for his hit to Trocheck with 35 seconds left in the game.
Raanta uninjured after car accident
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta was held out of a game Thursday after being involved in an auto accident on his way to the arena. Raanta, who was originally scheduled to start, was shaken up but otherwise OK and could have played against the Dallas Stars if replacement Scott Wedgewood was injured. For precautionary reasons, the Coyotes turned to their backup, and Wedgewood played all 60 minutes in a 4-1 loss.
Jets to be without Trouba vs. Lightning
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba injured his ankle in overtime during the team's 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim last Thursday. Trouba is second among the Jets in ice time with an average of 22:09 per game, much of it against the opposition's No. 1 line and on the penalty kill. "He's playing right at his peak," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "His game in Anaheim was outstanding. He was really good. We're going to miss him, there's no doubt about it, but we have some personnel here who can pick up the slack."
Bogosian to have season-ending hip surgery
Buffalo Sabres veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss the remainder of the season after it was determined he requires hip surgery. General manager Jason Botterill announced the decision on Friday in saying Bogosian will miss four to six months with the expectation the player will be ready for the start of training camp next season. Botterill says Bogosian has been dealing with the injury since the start of the season.
San Jose 25.1.18
Thornton out for several weeks
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will likely miss several weeks with an injury to his right knee. Thornton was hurt late in San Jose's overtime loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday. General manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday that Thornton will need an MRI to determine whether he will undergo surgery to repair his MCL but will miss several weeks either way.
Marchand suspended 5 games
The NHL has suspended Boston forward Brad Marchand five games without pay Wednesday for elbowing New Jersey's Marcus Johansson in the head during the Bruins' win over the Devils the previous night. Marchand will be eligible to return when Boston visits the New York Rangers on Feb. 7.
McAvoy out with heart issue
Boston Bruins rookie Charlie McAvoy has been treated for an abnormal heart rhythm and is expected to need about two weeks to recover. The 20-year-old defenseman first reported heart palpitations to team doctors on Nov. 26. He was diagnosed with an abnormally fast heart rate. Team internist David Finn says it is not considered dangerous but is likely to recur. McAvoy was treated Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital.
NY Ran. 20.1.18
Shattenkirk to have knee surgery
Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will have surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out indefinitely. The prized free-agent acquisition, who signed a four-year, $26.6 million deal to come to his hometown team, said Friday he has a meniscus tear in the knee that he has been playing through all season. The 28-year-old said he had a cortisone shot before the season that helped for a while, and then a platelet-rich plasma injection during the team's bye week earlier last week, but the knee didn't respond to the latter the way he hoped. He will have surgery on Monday and expects to be back before the end of the season.