Rittich dealing with an issue for months
Pat Steinberg: Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich said he’d been playing through an undisclosed issue since January. He is going to rest instead of playing for the Czech Republic at the World Championships.
Svechnikov and Ferland not ready yet
Girard still in a no-contact
Mike Chambers: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard was still in a no-contact jersey at practice yesterday. His status for round two isn’t known yet.
Mayfield back at practice
Andrew Gross: New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield returned to practice yesterday after missing the previous two with an undisclosed issue: “It lingers but you can’t focus on that. You get in a game, kind of block whatever it is.”
Murat Ates: Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on forward Brandon Tanev‘s hand injury: “Brandon Tanev broke the top half of his finger right off to the point they couldn’t put it back together until they put a screw in it and he missed a game. It’s these things these guys play with.”