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Toronto Maple Leafs
Mitchell Marner and Rasmus Sandin every returned from hurt when the Maple Leafs hosted the Ottawa Senators.
Marner, a forward who has scored 21 components (six targets, 15 assists) in 24 games, overlooked six games with a shoulder hurt sustained in a collision with defenseman Jake Muzzin in be aware Dec. 3.
Sandin, a defenseman who has eight assists in 25 games, overlooked four games with a knee hurt sustained in a collision with defenseman Neal Pionk in a 6-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 5.
Forward William Nylander and defenseman Morgan Rielly every performed after they had been removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday.
Muzzin, who was removed from protocol Friday, didn’t play. — Dave McCarthy
Brendan Gallagher didn’t play when the Candiens misplaced 5-2 to the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
The forward was out with a lower-body hurt he sustained in a 4-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
The Canadiens dressed 11 forwards and five defensemen in opposition to the Panthers after forward Jake Evans and defenseman Alexander Romanov had been positioned in NHL COVID-19 protocol Saturday. Forward Cedric Paquette left the game in the principle duration with an unspecified hurt.
Montreal has 16 gamers in protocol: the assorted 14 are forwards Brandon Baddock, Paul Byron, Laurent Dauphin, Mike Hoffman, Artturi Lehkonen and Tyler Toffoli; defensemen Louie Belpedio, Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, Gianni Fairbrother, Jeff Petry, and Chris Wideman; and goalies Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau.
Jujhar Khaira returned to the Blackhawks lineup in their 6-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday after lacking five games when he was in concussion protocol.
The forward had no longer performed since he was taken off the ice on a stretcher following a success by New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in a 6-2 loss on Dec. 7l.
“Even when [Khaira] first practiced, got here reduction on the ice and guys seen him, you would perchance perchance well presumably see the guys have interaction darkness from,” Blackhawks coach Derek King stated Friday. “I’m taking a gaze forward to having him reduction, I know the crew is. He can’t high-tail accessible and I call it, ‘Forrest Gump’ sport. Whilst you ogle the movie, he did so extra special in how lengthy, 2 ½ hours? I manufacture no longer need [Khaira] going accessible, attempting to be the hero and clear up our complications in three intervals. He has to play his sport and arrange it.”
Forward Henrik Borgstrom (non-COVID sickness) furthermore returned Saturday, and had an aid.
Goalie Kevin Lankinen was positioned in NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday. — Tracey Myers
Don Granato returned to coach the Buffalo Sabres in their 4-3 beyond regular time loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Granato was positioned in NHL COVID-19 protocol Dec. 26 and overlooked two games. The Sabres had been 0-1-1 below assistant Matt Ellis, who coached the crew in Granato’s absence.
“If truth be told correct, if truth be told,” Granato stated of how he feels. “The symptoms I had the morning and day after I took the final vaccine was extra special extra excessive than what I experienced through this. In general, I didn’t feel extra special. I was maybe a puny bit lethargic maybe for a day and animated to head. So I’m pretty excited to be reduction and extremely excited and grateful. I trust very, very sure the vaccination did its work for me. So I’m very grateful for that.”
Granato, who is a most cancers survivor and in October 2019 was hospitalized with excessive pneumonia, admitted he was “very enthusiastic” upon getting the ideas of the sure take a look at.
“I think going through it at events, I guess your faith that kicks in that whatever you are going to take care of you are going to take care of, you are going to obtain through it,” he stated. Happily, bask in I stated, every thing was so soft for me I’m very grateful for that. Having experienced some issues that I manufacture no longer are attempting to journey, I was very grateful, you hear the discover ‘COVID,’ you see an supreme take a look at, your mind can high-tail areas that you simply manufacture no longer need it to. I did my simplest to no longer let it high-tail there and I felt correct the full strategy through.” — Heather Engel
Gabriel Landeskog and Bowen Byram will return to the Avalanche lineup in opposition to the Anaheim Geese on Sunday.
Landeskog, a forward, practiced six days this week, after lacking three games due to a lower-body hurt sustained in a 7-3 purchase in opposition to the Detroit Pink Wings on Dec. 10.
“That is a immense sure for us,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar stated earlier this week.
Landeskog has scored 27 components (nine targets, 18 assists) in 22 games.
Byram, a defenseman, practiced the past three days after lacking eight games due to a head hurt sustained in an 8-3 loss in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 1.
“I trust correct,” Byram stated Saturday. “I’m ready to play. It be form of a day-by-day ingredient at events, but I trust bask in I’ve persisted to development and I’m ready to head.”
Byram, who has scored nine components (four targets, five assists) in 13 games, beforehand overlooked six games with a concussion from Nov. 13-26.
The Avalanche have not performed since a 5-2 loss in opposition to the Nashville Predators on Dec. 16. Their past seven games had been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.
“I trust correct from a preparation standpoint and from a bodily standpoint,” Bednar stated. “The guys are refreshed, they trust got tons of vitality, and we’re excited to obtain reduction at it.” — Rick Sadowski
Jeff Carter entered NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday for the 2d time this season.
The center beforehand overlooked three games in protocol from Oct. 23-28. Carter is fifth on the Penguins with 17 components (nine targets, eight assists) in 27 games.
Carter’s absence leaves Pittsburgh with out three companies for its subsequent scheduled sport in opposition to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
Evgeni Malkin, the 2d-line center when healthy, is nearing a return from knee surgical plot June 4, but will no longer play. Teddy Blueger, who had been third line center, is furthermore in COVID protocol.
Forward Dominik Simon and defensemen John Marino and Mike Matheson had been removed from protocol Saturday.
Pittsburgh has four gamers in protocol: Carter, Blueger, forward Kasperi Kapanen and goalie Tristan Jarry.
Evan Rodrigues was positioned in protocol Monday and was removed Friday. He has been first-line left soar pretty than Jake Guentzel (higher body), who could perchance well return with first-line correct soar Bryan Rust (lower body) in opposition to San Jose.
The Penguins are furthermore with out 2d-line left soar Jason Zucker, who is week to week with a lower-body hurt. — Wes Crosby