NHL News: Coyotes, Bruins, Blue Jackets, Wild, Predators, Devils and Penguins

NHL News: Coyotes, Bruins, Blue Jackets, Wild, Predators, Devils and Penguins

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Ryan Ellis should be ready to return in the new year
On the Arizona Coyotes …

Craig Morgan: Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has been skating on his own according to GM John Chayka. Hjalmarsson has been out with an upper-body injury. There are still no plans for Hjalmarsson to start practicing the team.

On the Boston Bruins …

Boston Bruins: Forward David Krejci is still day-to-day. Defenseman Adam McQuaid is a possibility for Saturday.

On the Columbus Blue Jackets …

Aaron Portzline: Defenseman Zach Werenski missed last night’s game.

On the Minnesota Wild …

Minnesota Wild: Coach Bruce Boudreau on goaltender Devan Dubnyk practicing yesterday: “I was really pleasantly surprised with how he was moving.”

Minnesota Wild: Boudreau said there was no timetable update on forward Zach Parise.

On the Nashville Predators …

Adam Vingan: Forward Craig Smith missed last night’s game.

Thomas Willis: Predators GM David Poile was on the radio yesterday saying that doctors have said that defenseman Ryan Ellis is fully healed and it’s just about him having the confidence. Ellis will begin practicing with the team next week and should be ready for their first game of 2018.

On the New Jersey Devils …

Chris Ryan: Forward Marcus Johansson returned to the lineup last night.

On the Pittsburgh Penguins …

Pittsburgh Penguins: Forward Patric Hornqvist returned to the lineup last night.

Pens Inside Scoop: Defenseman Justin Schultz is “making significant progress” according to coach Mike Sullivan. The next step for Schultz will be to get back on the ice. Once he gets back on the ice, they’ll have a better idea of when he could return.