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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Sabres and Kings

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Ryan McDonagh: ”He’s day-to-day, and I don’t think it’s going to be very long.”
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore said he’s ready to go, and with McDonagh out, they really need him.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is considered day-to-day.
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich getting into a regular season game: ’I don’t think so, no.’
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen and Patrick Wey won’t travel with the team this week. There is no timetable for their return.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Steve Downie missed his sixth consecutive game with a head injury. Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    “I think he’s close, but he’s not ready yet,” Berube said after Thursday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Marcus Foligno left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Was not putting any pressure on his left leg as he left the ice. David Pagnotta: Bernier will have an MRI this afternoon to find out the extent of the injury.
  • David Pollak: Kings Drew Doughty left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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Afternoon Hits: Injuries, Scratches, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane could start skating “as early as tomorrow.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen (upper-body) and Barrett Jackman (lower-body) are day-to-day. Their injuries are not serious, but they won’t play tonight.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate today and looking unlikely that he’ll play tomorrow. Hasn’t been on the ice since Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup tonight. He could have returned on Tuesday but they game him the extra rest.
  • Ken Wiebe: Looking like Devin Setoguchi will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes not at practice: Alex Semin (illness), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Ron Hainsey.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Letestu; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; Foligno – Anisimov – Umberger; Comeau – MacKenzie – Boll.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson/Bertuzzi.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovi; Johansson-Beagle-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Penner-Kuznetsov-Wilson. Volpatti extra. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson; Orlov-Green; Erskine-Carrick.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Loktionov-E. Staal-Terry, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Lindholm, ??-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Flyers Steve Mason will battle Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky tonight.

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NHL Injuries: Ducks, Panthers, Sharks, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Wild and Flames

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks that Cam Fowler could return by next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have sent Jonathan Racine back to the AHL as Ed Jovanovski is ready to return to the lineup.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Tomas Hertl practiced yesterday without a “no-contact” jersey.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton (lower-body) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Jared Boll is expected to return to the lineup.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray (knee) skated yesterday morning  with associate coach Craig Hartsburg, doing conditioning drills.  Shawn Mitchell: Murray will travel with the team to Philadelphia but won’t play. Coach Todd Richards said he could return next Friday against Chicago or Sunday against the Islanders.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) won’t travel with the team. Either Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will fill in for Nikitin.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell said he’ll play tonight.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding was on the ice yesterday during their practice.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Mike Yeo was vague about Mikael Granlund’s possible head injury. Said he didn’t know about his status.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon had season-ending shoulder surgery. Mark Cundari and Chris Breen have been recalled.

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NHL Injuries: McDonagh, Datsyuk, Sabres, Timonen, Clowe, Upshall, Penner, Ballard and Yakupov

  • Tom Reed: The Rangers may have lost Ryan McDonagh with a left shoulder injury. Andrew Gross: There is no update on McDonagh. With them not practicing today, may not know extent until Thursday. Pat Leonard: Initial diagnosis is that it’s “not serious.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he thinks that Pavel Datsyuk will return on Friday against the Sabres. Babcock said he didn’t know Datsyuk hadn’t ruled out Wednesday.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers and Michal Neuvirth are “still a ways away” from getting back in the lineup according to Ted Nolan.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers coach Craig Berube said that Kimmo Timonen will return tomorrow.
  • Randy Miller: Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo thinks that Ryane Clowe will play again this year. Doctor said he didn’t suffer a concussion on Monday.
  • George Richards: Panthers Scottie Upshall appears to have an ankle injury. Brad Boyes is bothered by a sore back.
  • Mike Vogl: Capitals Dustin Penner is day-to-day with an illness.
  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Nail Yakupov had a bit of set back after skating on Saturday.

    “I guess after coming off, it started to blow back up on him,” Eakins said.

    “He’s had a bit of a setback there. As it went on later in the day, it started to swell back up, so we had to take a step back and re-evaluate.”

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NHL Injuries: Duchene, Fowler, Volchenkov, Clowe, Downie, Timonen, Gazdic and Ference

  • Terry Frei of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene will about out for about four weeks with a MCL injury to his left knee after a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn. P.A. Parenteau is skating and there is hope that he could return for their final regular season game.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Cam Fowler (knee) skated ‘lightly’ yesterday. He rehab is reportedly going well, but there is still no timetable on his return.
  • Rich Chere: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will travel to Buffalo and could play tonight.
  • Devils PR: Devils Ryane Clowe left last night’s game after taking a hit from Quinton Howden.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Steve Downie has passed his baseline concussion tests. He said that he had whiplash issues as well.
  • Adam Kimelman: Flyers Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Luke Gazdic is out after having shoulder surgery. Andrew Ference (torn pec) and Randy Jones (knee) are also out for the season.

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Hits and Injuries: Iginla, Heatley, Kessel, Smith, Duchene, Downie, Jones and Abdelkader

  • CapGeek: “Jarome Iginla has already earned $3.7M of his $4.2M performance bonuses. Because he just hit 30 goals, he can now earn an additional $250K if the #Bruins win three playoff rounds and another $250K if they win the Stanley Cup. That also means the #Bruins will be faced with a significantly reduced upper limit next season due to bonus overages.
  • Mike Kelly: Wild’s Dany Heatley was scratched yesterday for the first time in his career.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel had x-rays on his foot after the game last night.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Mike Smith could start staking soon and is out for at least another week. He worked out yesterday and will continue his off-ice work. Coach Dave Tippett is hopeful that he’ll be able to return before the end of the season.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Ryan Jones will be out for the rest of the season with a ligament tear in his knee.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Viktor Fasth (neck sprain) and Nail Yakupov (broken ankle) skated yesterday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration) said there is a chance he plays today.

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NHL Injuries: Peverley, Luongo, Bieksa, Goc, Smid, Pitlick and Bernier

  • Dallas Stars: Rich Peverley: “I went on the ice yesterday. My goal would be to come back.”
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers Roberto Luongo is day-to-day. They have recalled Scott Clemmensen.
  • Dan Murphy: Canucks Kevin Bieksa suffered a leg injury last night. Frank Corrado has been recalled.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Marcel Goc will be for three weeks with a foot/ankle injury.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Ladislav Smid left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Tyler Pitlick left last night’s game with a leg injury.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier on his groin: “It’s good enough.”

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NHL Injuries: Luongo, Leino, Mitchell, Gilbert, Ryan and the Capitals

  • George Richards: Panthers Roberto Luongo didn’t come back after the first period after getting hit by Radek Dvorak.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino left last night’s game with light-headedness according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs John Mitchell is not ready to go just yet. Skated yesterday and looks healthy.
  • George Richards: Panthers Tom Gilbert will be out for the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery.
  • Senators.NHL: Bobby Ryan underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday in Montreal. He’ll be out for the remainder of the season.

    “Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder issue, but after yesterday’s practice said that he’ll “absolutely” play tomorrow. Mikhail Grabovski, who has been out for 21 of 22 games with a left ankle injury, said he ready to return tomorrow. It will be up the Caps medical and coaches to determine if he plays. Defenseman Jack Hillen should be in the lineup. Brooks Laich is hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the end of the season after having groin surgery on March 17th.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Predators, Wild and the Coyotes

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Chris Kreider suffered his hand injury during the Blue Jackets game. He played two games after that with minimal pain. Pat Leonard: Coach Alain Vigneault said they are still determining what the next step is, if he’ll need surgery or not.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion last Friday from a  Blake Comeau hit. Moore said he’s feels that he is improving every day. There is no timetable yet.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader hopes to return to the lineup no later than next Wednesday.
  • Helene St. James: There is no set time for Pavel Datsyuk’s return, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that it ”looks like he can play.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg said that he plans on returning for the playoffs. He is doing some off-ice workouts, but there is no timetable on when he will start skating.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the possibility of Steve Downie having concussion: “He’s got a lot of things going on. That might be one, but we haven’t diagnosed it as such.”
  • Nick Cole: Predators Seth Jones, Paul Gaustad and Patrick Eaves are out tonight.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom had successful core muscle surgery on Tuesday and is out the rest of the year. Jason Zucker had surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps and is out for the rest of the year.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: It was reported on Tuesday that Coyotes Mike Smith has a leg strain and would be out two weeks. GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett said that details and a timeline won’t be known until their doctors see Smith.

    “Until doctor (Gary) Waslewski and our medical staff get their hands on Mike, we won’t have a clear idea,” Maloney said Wednesday. “The encouraging thing is he is feeling much better today than he was yesterday. It’s all trending positively.”

    Lauri Korpikoski could return tonight.

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Injury Notes: Penguins, Coyotes, Oilers, Rangers, Capitals, Panthers, Flyers, Canadiens and Red Wings

  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Mike Smith is day-to-day. Mark Visentin has been called up. John Shannon: Smith had an MRI in Pittsburgh yesterday and will see a doctor in Phoenix on Friday.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Nail Yakupov has a broken ankle. He hurt it weeks ago and has missed three games. He could be skating on Friday.
  • Bob McKenzie: Rangers Chris Kreider is expected to be out at least a month with a hand injury, possibly a broken bone.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom suffered an upper-body injury last night.
  • George Richards: Panthers Erik Gudbranson will likely be back on Thursday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Coach Craig Berube doesn’t know when he’ll be ready to get back in the lineup.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Dale Weise (wrist) met with a specialist yesterday. Chris Stevenson: Weise will be out two to three weeks. Travis Moen is out at least a week with a concussion. Brandon Prust is also out.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Tomas Jurco (rib) hopes to return as early as Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Wings announced on March 5th that Pavel Datsyuk will be shut down for three weeks with a knee injury.

    “We’ll be at three weeks (Wednesday),” general manager Ken Holland said. “I’ll talk to the trainers and doctors to see what’s next, but right now he’s still going through the time he needs to give it a chance to heal.”

    GM Ken Holland on Stephen Weiss.

    “I think what’s going to happen is he’ll get a cortisone injection, hoping it relieves things,” Holland said. “We don’t know if it’s an inflammation or if it’s a different issue or if it’s scar tissue.

    “He feels OK going 65, 70, 75 percent, but when he pushes all-out he feels pain and when he gets pain you back off. He’s been told to push through. He’s pushed through. We’re going to give him another 72 hours and keep our fingers crossed that there’s some progress.”

    Henrik Zetterberg will definitely be out for the rest of the regular season.

    “At around eight weeks he’ll be cleared for physical contact (approximately April 11),” Holland said. “Before the end of the season he’ll be back skating, but I just don’t know when.”

    Daniel Cleary has knee issues but has been skating the past couple weeks.

    “He got some fluid on his knee, had it drained then he got some more fluid on his knee,” Holland said. “He feels better, but nowhere near where he needs it to be to talk about practicing every day and making a comeback.”

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Injury Notes: Coyotes, Wings, Canucks, Bruins, Leafs, Sens, Wild, Sharks, Habs, Rangers and Caps

  • John Shannon: Coyotes Mike Smith traveled with the team to Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Have heard, “does not look good.” (was wearing a knee brace)
  • Pavel Datsyuk: “Dear All, I started skating. Hoping to play soon. Thanks for your support!”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canucks Henrik Sedin will be out two weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • Rob Pizzo: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said on the radio that “there’s a chance” that Dennis Seidenberg could be back in the playoffs and that he’s “ahead of schedule.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I don’t have any inside information, but it’s obvious that Bernier’s injury is worse than what was originally suggested” David Alter: Bernier said he felt good yesterday but is wanting to make sure he’s fully ready. He had a minor setback on Friday.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Paul Ranger is a possibility for tonight.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan won’t play tonight due to an undisclosed injury.
  • Chad Graff: Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner could be done for the season.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Senators Chris Phillips left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Sharks Logan Couture only played one shift in the second and not on bench in the third.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Lars Eller missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers John Moore is feeling better and did some light aerobic activity yesterday. They will continue to follow concussion protocol.
  • Mike Vogl: Capitals Mikhail Grabovski practiced with teammates yesterday. He last played on February 27th.

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Injury Notes: Sedin, Bernier, Brown, Jones, Koivu, Visnovsky, Ryan and Downie

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks Henrik Sedin left last night’s game after hurting his leg in the second.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said he doesn’t know if Jonathan Bernier will be ready on Tuesday.
  • Lisa Dillman: Helene Elliott reporting that Dustin Brown traveled with the team and is in Philly.
  • Josh Cooper: Seth Jones dad, Popeye Jones, said during a Fox interview that Seth has a ”concussion-like syndrome.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu won’t talk about it, but it looks like his ankle is bothering him, not skating well.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Senators Bobby Ryan is “doubtful” for tonight.

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