12/06/13 - 10:38AM ETVictor Hedman
: (Lower Body) Out At Least one Week
Coach Jon Cooper said Hedman (lower body) would remain off the ice for at least a week, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Cooper said Hedman would be reevaluated once the week is up, but he still might need time beyond that for the injury to heal up before returning to practice. The Lightning are incredibly banged up defensively at the moment, and Hedman's absence will negatively impact the team's attack as well. The 22-year-old is poised to set career-bests in both goals and assist this season, which still might be achievable if he doesn't miss too much time.
Malkin (lower body) will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Boston, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Coach Dan Bylsma said the star forward is still day-to-day with the injury, as the team hopes the weekend off will allow him to be ready to go in time for next week's slate of games. The Penguins are dealing with numerous injuries to their forward ranks at the moment, with Malkin's absence being chief among them. He had compiled 19 points over his previous nine games before suffering the injury.
Coach Craig Berube ruled Lecavalier (back) out for Saturday's game against the Stars, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Lecavalier's back still hasn't fully recovered after he received treatment earlier this week, so the team will wait and see how he feels after getting the weekend off. He'll be missing his third straight game with the injury.
12/06/13 - 5:45AM ETMichael Bournival
: Moves Up
Bournival was promoted to the Tomas Plekanec line for Thursday night's game against Boston, Hockey Inside Out reports. He skated 18 shifts for 14:10 of ice time (1:39 on power play) with one shot, one blocked shot and one hit.
Bournival was moved off the fourth line during the Habs' previous game and earned himself a longer-term promotion.
Price stopped 32 of 33 shots in Thursday's win over Boston, his sixth consecutive win.
Price has been playing out of his mind this season, and particularly recently, having allowed two or fewer goals in nine straight contests. However, fantasy owners haven't forgotten his second-half disaster last year -- nor should they. Price has never been this good, but his name brand and his hot streak make him an interesting sell-high candidate.
Thursday, December 5
12/05/13 - 5:08PM ETPekka Rinne
: (Hip) Will Rehab Two More Weeks
Rinne (hip) will continue to rehab and remain off the ice for the next two weeks.
With the two additional weeks to recover, the Predators believe Rinne will be ready to assume a heavier workload beginning Dec. 20. Because of the extensive length of his absence, he'll almost certainly need a full week of practice time or possibly a conditioning stint before returning to NHL action. It seems he's on track to return sometime around the new year.
12/05/13 - 2:23PM ETTyler Seguin
: (Concussion) Will Play Thursday
Seguin (concussion) will be in the lineup Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Seguin sat out the Stars' last two games after suffering a concussion against the Blackhawks on November 29, but will return to the ice for Thursday's game. With 12 goals and 11 assists in 24 games to date, the 21-year-old center is quickly developing into one of the league's top scorers, so it's good to see that his concussion apparently wasn't a very serious one.
12/05/13 - 11:55AM ETShea Weber
: (Eye) Out Again Thursday
Weber (eye) will not play Thursday against the Hurricanes, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
The team hasn't provided too many details regarding how Weber is progressing from the eye injury, but he'll be missing his third straight game in any case. Should his injury linger into the next week, the Predators would have to think seriously about placing him on injured reserve.
Seguin (concussion) will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
Seguin took part in morning skate, centering Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley, but he'll undergo further testing during the afternoon before the Stars reach a final decision on his status. Coach Lindy Ruff was encouraged with how Seguin felt during Wednesday's practice and believes the center will be able to return to action after missing the previous two games.
12/05/13 - 10:52AM ETDarren Helm
: (Shoulder) Out For The Weekend
Helm (shoulder) will not play Friday or Saturday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
He'd been previously ruled out for Friday, but coach Ken Holland later said Helm will not play Saturday either, and the team will instead evaluate his status early next week.
Malkin (lower body) will not play Thursday against the Sharks, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Malkin took part in Thursday's game-day skate but left early. He's considered day-to-day with the lower-body injury, and it sounds like the Penguins are simply being cautious with their superstar. The team will likely move Craig Adams from wing to center in Malkin's absence.
Kessel (undisclosed) will play Thursday against the Stars, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
An undisclosed ailment forced Kessel from Wednesday's practice, but it's apparently not severe enough to keep him off the ice Thursday. The 25-year-old has netted five goals in his last eight games and remains one of the league's most consistent scorers.
Perreault will not travel with the team for its next two games due to a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
With just one point in his previous 12 games, he may have been in need of some time off even if the injury hadn't occurred. Perhaps with some time to rest up and shake off the lower-body injury, Perreault will rediscover the scoring touch that allowed him to compile 14 points through his first 16 games.
Rinne will receive an MRI on his injured hip Thursday, Nick Cole of The Tennessean reports.
With the examination, the Predators should be able to articulate a clearer timetable for Rinne, who has thus far been expected to remain out until late December. After receiving some rocky outings from backup Carter Hutton immediately following the Rinne injury, AHL call-up Marek Mazanec has added some stability to the Preds' goalie situation, allowing the team to have Rinne proceed carefully in his recovery.
Bobrovsky (groin) is expected to miss 4-5 weeks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The previously unspecified lower-body injury that forced Bobrovsky from Tuesday's game is a groin strain, and it's expected to sideline the 25-year-old for at least a month. It's a devastating blow for the Blue Jackets, who will now attempt to at least stay afloat with the likes of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna in goal.
12/04/13 - 10:11AM ETMikael Granlund
: (Concussion) Not On Track To Return Soon
Granlund (concussion) will be shut down for a while, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Granlund skated Monday, and was thought to be progressing, but suffered a setback at some point Wednesday. The team has decided to shut him down for an undisclosed period of time, and see how he feels then, so he should be considered out until further notice.
12/04/13 - 10:06AM ETMark Giordano
: (Ankle) Returns From IR Wednesday
Giordano (ankle) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Coyotes.
Giordano hasn't suited up since October 21, but will try to pick up right where he left off Wednesday. The blueliner racked up two goals and seven assists in eight games before heading to IR with an ankle injury.
12/04/13 - 9:49AM ETTorey Krug
: (Undisclosed) Set To Play Thursday
Krug (undisclosed) will travel to Montreal for Thursday's game against the Canadiens.
Meanwhile, coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that Krug is "fine", noting that "those few days" between Saturday's game against Columbus and the present "really helped (Krug) out a lot."
12/04/13 - 9:25AM ETPhil Kessel
: (Undisclosed) Leaves Practice
Kessel left Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed ailment, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 reports.
Head coach Randy Carlyle said Kessel didn't feel well in one part of his body, so it's really anybody's guess what's wrong with him. The winger is off to a hot start this season, with 15 goals and 10 assists in 28 games, but should be considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Stars.
Lundqvist and the Rangers have agreed on a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
This makes Lundqvist the highest-paid goalie in the league, well exceeding the $7 million AAV of Pekka Rinne's and Tuukka Rask's contracts. Lundqvist certainly did not give the Rangers a hometown discount, but the Blueshirts have now locked up their No. 1 netminder long-term and will likely now turn their attention to re-signing captain Ryan Callahan, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
12/04/13 - 5:36AM ETMartin Jones
: Wins In First Career Start
Jones, making his NHL debut Tuesday, stopped 26 of 28 shots through regulation and outlasted Jonas Hiller in a lengthy shootout to bring home a 3-2 win.
Ben Scrivens has played well in relief of the injured Jonathan Quick, but Jones certainly did well for himself in his debut Tuesday. He's been a quality goalie at the AHL level and is a solid long-term stash in dynasty formats.