Eastern Conference Injuries: Pens, Lightning, Habs, Isles, Wings, Sens, Devils, Bruins, Sabres...

Eastern Conference Injuries: Pens, Lightning, Habs, Isles, Wings, Sens, Devils, Bruins, Sabres and Canes

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On the Pittsburgh Penguins …

Pens Inside Scoop: Coach Mike Sullivan when asked if he thinks defenseman Kris Letang will be back for the playoffs: “Yes”

Pens Inside Scoop: Forward Jake Guentzel and defenseman Ron Hainsey are game-time decisions tonight. Coach Mike Sullivan said their return to the lineup looks promising.

On the Tampa Bay Lightning …

Joe Smith: Forward Nikita Kucherov missed last night’s game with an illness.

Bryan Burns: Tyler Johnson on when he expects to return to the lineup: “I don’t know, maybe you’ll see me tonight. Who knows? You know I’m not going to tell you that.”

Bryan Burns: Johnson on if he expects to play in the regular season: “I better or I’m going to be pretty upset.”

Bryan Burns: Johnson on his rehab: “It’s been one of those ones where it went really slow at the beginning, now it’s going pretty fast.”

On the Montreal Canadiens …

John Lu: Defenseman Jordie Benn is day-to-day with an upper-body injury but will travel with the team. Goaltender Al Montoya has a lower-body injury and will not travel with the team on their road trip.

On the New York Islanders …

Arthur Staple: Defenseman Travis Hamonic‘s season is likely over as he has a cast on his left hand.

On the Detroit Red Wings …

Helene St. James: GM Ken Holland said that Anthony Mantha has a fractured finger and likely done for the season.

On the Ottawa Senators …

Bruce Garrioch: Defenseman Erik Karlsson missed last night’s game.

Bruce Garrioch: Forward Zack Smith left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

Brent Wallace: Forward Alexandre Burrows missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Viktor Stalberg returned to the lineup after missing two games.

Shawn Simpson: Burrows took some heavy contract to his elbow/shoulder against the Flyers.

On the New Jersey Devils …

Andrew Gross: Forward Mike Cammalleri will return to the lineup tonight.

Andrew Gross: Coach Jon Hynes said that forward Jacob Josefson won’t play this weekend but they are hopeful he can play next week.

On the Boston Bruins …

Joe Haggerty: Forward Frank Vatrano missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

On the Buffalo Sabres …

John Vogl: Defenseman Cody Franson (upper-body) returned to practice yesterday. Forward Kyle Okposo is still out with an illness.

On the Carolina Hurricanes …

Michael Smith: Forward Jay McClement (lower-body) practiced with a no-contract jersey on.