Eastern Conference Injuries: Canadiens, Rangers, Caps, Wings and Sabres

Eastern Conference Injuries: Canadiens, Rangers, Caps, Wings and Sabres

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Max Pacioretty and Greg Pateryn
On the Montreal Canadiens …

Sportsnet: Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reported that Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty played the month of November with a broken foot, which is now fully healed.

“Max Pacioretty through most of November was playing with a broken foot,” Engels reported. “And I approached Pacioretty with this today and he was very reluctant to admit he was playing with a broken foot. He didn’t want to use it as an excuse.

“He’s a guy who’s always under criticism for not being tough enough, he’s a pretty tough guy and I think he’s poised for a break out. We saw it in Los Angeles he was playing great, we saw it coming back to Montreal with this first period. I think he’s poised to score.”

Eric Engels: Defenseman Greg Pateryn has a fractured ankle. He’ll be out for eight weeks. Pateryn played the entire third period against the Blues with a broken ankle.

On the New York Rangers …

Brett Cyrgalis: Coach Alain Vigneault said that Jimmy Vesey is out day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

On the Washington Capitals …

Tarik El-Bashir: Defenseman Matt Niskanen is out tonight.

Isabelle Khurshudyan: Niskanen didn’t travel with the team.

“I don’t really have a real good update,” Coach Barry Trotz said after Wednesday’s game. “Obviously, he took that hit. For precautionary reasons, we kept him out. … He took a big hit. He’s an important piece for us.”

On the Detroit Red Wings …

Helene St. James: Forward Andreas Athanasiou has been activated off the IR.

Ansar Khan: Defenseman Alexey Marchenko said he’s close to getting clearance for his shoulder injury. If he’s not ready for tonight, should be ready for Sunday.

On the Buffalo Sabres …

John Vogl: Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov: “I’m at the point where it’s feeling good and I can play now.” Defenseman Josh Gorges on if he could play tonight: “I feel like I could.”

Chris Ryndak of NHL.com: Kulikov is a possibility for tonight. He’s been out for 13 games with a lower-back injury.

Taylor Fedun is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

Zach Bogosian is out with a MCL sprain and is weeks away.

Josh Gorges is out weeks with a foot injury.

Tyler Ennis has missed the past 14 games and will be out a while after groin surgery.

Nicolas Deslaurier has missed the past 19 games with a knee injury. He’s skating but is still a ways away.

Cody McCormick has been out since January 2015 with blood clots.