Eastern Conference News: Bruins, Sabres, Canes, Jackets, Wings, Habs, Devils, Rangers, Flyers,...

Eastern Conference News: Bruins, Sabres, Canes, Jackets, Wings, Habs, Devils, Rangers, Flyers, and Lightning

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Wayne Simmonds likely to return tonight. Sergei Bobrovsky missed last night's game with an illness.
On the Boston Bruins …

Boston Bruins: Defenseman Charlie McAvoy has a sprained left MCL and will be reevaluated in four weeks.

On the Buffalo Sabres …

Bill Hoppe: Kyle Criscuolo will be out for four to six weeks with an upper-body injury.

On the Carolina Hurricanes …

Michael Smith: Joakim Nordstrom skated with the Hurricanes yesterday. Coach Bill Peters on Nordstrom: “For him, he had the pressure build-up and also some blurriness. It was very close to being a much more dangerous situation. He dodged a bullet there, and I think he’ll be cleared and ready to go for Thursday.”

On the Columbus Blue Jackets …

Tom Reed: Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky missed last night’s game with an illness.

On the Detroit Red Wings …

Dana Wakiji: Forward Frans Nielsen left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

Helene St. James: Coach Jeff Blashill on Nielsen: “I assume he might be out for a little bit but I don’t know that answer.”

On the Montreal Canadiens …

Stu Cowan: The Canadiens return Zach Fucale to the AHL.

On the New Jersey Devils …

Chris Ryan: Forward Brian Gibbons and his broken thumb were on the ice yesterday for their morning skate.

On the New York Rangers …

Colin Stephenson: Coach Alain Vigneault said that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is close to returning. He’s expected to travel with the team to Florida.

Brett Cyrgalis: Mika Zibanejad is out with the flu.

On the Philadelphia Flyers …

Dave Isaac: Forward Wayne Simmonds is likely to return tonight.

Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers have re-signed defenseman TJ Brennan to a multi-year contract extension.

 

On the Tampa Bay Lightning …

Tampa Bay Lightning: There is still no update on Ondrej Palat. Coach Jon Cooper said they will know more on Ryan McDonagh‘s status by the end of this week. Both Palat and McDonagh practiced in no-contact jersey’s yesterday.

Caley Chelios: Cooper said that Palat is day-to-day and that he thinks McDonagh could return next week.