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Dallas Stars forward Martin Hanzal will be out six to seven months once he has spinal fusion surgery
On the Boston Bruins …

Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment.

On the Buffalo Sabres …

Bill Hoppe of the Buffalo Hockey Beat: Forward Kyle Okposo suffered his second concussion in less than a year. He ended up in intensive care last March after he suffered a concussion.

“From my personal knowledge, just seeing him last night, I thought he was in a good place,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said inside KeyBank Center. “Obviously, there’s things that can happen down the road. But from my perspective, I thought he was in good spirits, so that’s a good sign.”

On the Chicago Blackhawks …

Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks have recalled Carl Dahlstrom.

On the Dallas Stars …

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Forward Martin Hanzal will be out for six to seven months after he has spinal fusion surgery.

“As long as surgery goes well, and we’re anticipating it will, there should be no problem,” Nill said “But it is a major surgery.”

GM Jim Nill said that Hanzal had three injections as he tried to play through it, but he couldn’t do it anymore.

On the Florida Panthers …

Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have signed forward Patrick Bajkov to a three-year entry-level contract.

On the New Jersey Devils …

Chris Ryan: Forwards Travis Zajac and Pavel Zacha didn’t travel with the team to Nashville and are out today.

On the New York Rangers …

Brett Cyrgalis: Chris Kreider said that an independent spotter pulled him from the game on Thursday. He said he felt fine yesterday and should be good to go today. Coach Alain Vigneault said he’s 50-50.

On the Philadelphia Flyers …

Adam Kimelman: The Flyers have recalled defenseman Travis Sanheim on an emergency basis.

On the Pittsburgh Penguins …

Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Mike Sullivan: “Dominik Simon will be week-to-week with a lower-body injury.”

Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Sullivan: “Zach Aston-Reese is making progress. Matt Murray is also making progress. He took controlled shots on the ice today.”

On the Tampa Bay Lightning …

Bryan Burns: Forward Ondrej Palat said he’s close to returning to the lineup. He’s still wearing a no-contact jersey at practice.

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh practiced yesterday in a regular contact jersey for the first time since joining the Lightning. McDonagh has been out since Feb. 8th. He isn’t sure if he’ll be in the lineup today. Earlier coach Jon Cooper said they expect McDonagh to return next week.

On the Winnipeg Jets …

Ken Wiebe: Coach Paul Maurice said that Mark Scheifele is improving but won’t return to the lineup for a few more days.

“We’ll be real, real careful with this one. We don’t want anything to linger on this, where he’s in and out of the lineup for a week or two. We’ll wait until he’s right.”