12/05/13 - 5:08PM ETPekka Rinne
: (Hip) Will Rehab Two More Weeks
Rinne (hip) will continue to rehab and remain off the ice for the next two weeks.
With the two additional weeks to recover, the Predators believe Rinne will be ready to assume a heavier workload beginning Dec. 20. Because of the extensive length of his absence, he'll almost certainly need a full week of practice time or possibly a conditioning stint before returning to NHL action. It seems he's on track to return sometime around the new year.
12/05/13 - 2:23PM ETTyler Seguin
: (Concussion) Will Play Thursday
Seguin (concussion) will be in the lineup Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Seguin sat out the Stars' last two games after suffering a concussion against the Blackhawks on November 29, but will return to the ice for Thursday's game. With 12 goals and 11 assists in 24 games to date, the 21-year-old center is quickly developing into one of the league's top scorers, so it's good to see that his concussion apparently wasn't a very serious one.
12/05/13 - 11:55AM ETShea Weber
: (Eye) Out Again Thursday
Weber (eye) will not play Thursday against the Hurricanes, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
The team hasn't provided too many details regarding how Weber is progressing from the eye injury, but he'll be missing his third straight game in any case. Should his injury linger into the next week, the Predators would have to think seriously about placing him on injured reserve.
Seguin (concussion) will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
Seguin took part in morning skate, centering Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley, but he'll undergo further testing during the afternoon before the Stars reach a final decision on his status. Coach Lindy Ruff was encouraged with how Seguin felt during Wednesday's practice and believes the center will be able to return to action after missing the previous two games.
12/05/13 - 10:52AM ETDarren Helm
: (Shoulder) Out For The Weekend
Helm (shoulder) will not play Friday or Saturday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
He'd been previously ruled out for Friday, but coach Ken Holland later said Helm will not play Saturday either, and the team will instead evaluate his status early next week.
Malkin (lower body) will not play Thursday against the Sharks, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Malkin took part in Thursday's game-day skate but left early. He's considered day-to-day with the lower-body injury, and it sounds like the Penguins are simply being cautious with their superstar. The team will likely move Craig Adams from wing to center in Malkin's absence.
Kessel (undisclosed) will play Thursday against the Stars, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
An undisclosed ailment forced Kessel from Wednesday's practice, but it's apparently not severe enough to keep him off the ice Thursday. The 25-year-old has netted five goals in his last eight games and remains one of the league's most consistent scorers.
Perreault will not travel with the team for its next two games due to a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
With just one point in his previous 12 games, he may have been in need of some time off even if the injury hadn't occurred. Perhaps with some time to rest up and shake off the lower-body injury, Perreault will rediscover the scoring touch that allowed him to compile 14 points through his first 16 games.
Rinne will receive an MRI on his injured hip Thursday, Nick Cole of The Tennessean reports.
With the examination, the Predators should be able to articulate a clearer timetable for Rinne, who has thus far been expected to remain out until late December. After receiving some rocky outings from backup Carter Hutton immediately following the Rinne injury, AHL call-up Marek Mazanec has added some stability to the Preds' goalie situation, allowing the team to have Rinne proceed carefully in his recovery.
Bobrovsky (groin) is expected to miss 4-5 weeks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The previously unspecified lower-body injury that forced Bobrovsky from Tuesday's game is a groin strain, and it's expected to sideline the 25-year-old for at least a month. It's a devastating blow for the Blue Jackets, who will now attempt to at least stay afloat with the likes of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna in goal.
12/04/13 - 10:11AM ETMikael Granlund
: (Concussion) Not On Track To Return Soon
Granlund (concussion) will be shut down for a while, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Granlund skated Monday, and was thought to be progressing, but suffered a setback at some point Wednesday. The team has decided to shut him down for an undisclosed period of time, and see how he feels then, so he should be considered out until further notice.
12/04/13 - 10:06AM ETMark Giordano
: (Ankle) Returns From IR Wednesday
Giordano (ankle) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Coyotes.
Giordano hasn't suited up since October 21, but will try to pick up right where he left off Wednesday. The blueliner racked up two goals and seven assists in eight games before heading to IR with an ankle injury.
12/04/13 - 9:49AM ETTorey Krug
: (Undisclosed) Set To Play Thursday
Krug (undisclosed) will travel to Montreal for Thursday's game against the Canadiens.
Meanwhile, coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that Krug is "fine", noting that "those few days" between Saturday's game against Columbus and the present "really helped (Krug) out a lot."
12/04/13 - 9:25AM ETPhil Kessel
: (Undisclosed) Leaves Practice
Kessel left Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed ailment, David Alter of Sportsnet 590 reports.
Head coach Randy Carlyle said Kessel didn't feel well in one part of his body, so it's really anybody's guess what's wrong with him. The winger is off to a hot start this season, with 15 goals and 10 assists in 28 games, but should be considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Stars.
Lundqvist and the Rangers have agreed on a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
This makes Lundqvist the highest-paid goalie in the league, well exceeding the $7 million AAV of Pekka Rinne's and Tuukka Rask's contracts. Lundqvist certainly did not give the Rangers a hometown discount, but the Blueshirts have now locked up their No. 1 netminder long-term and will likely now turn their attention to re-signing captain Ryan Callahan, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
12/04/13 - 5:36AM ETMartin Jones
: Wins In First Career Start
Jones, making his NHL debut Tuesday, stopped 26 of 28 shots through regulation and outlasted Jonas Hiller in a lengthy shootout to bring home a 3-2 win.
Ben Scrivens has played well in relief of the injured Jonathan Quick, but Jones certainly did well for himself in his debut Tuesday. He's been a quality goalie at the AHL level and is a solid long-term stash in dynasty formats.
Bobrovsky was removed from Tuesday's game against the Lightning in the third period due to an apparent lower-body injury, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Bobrovsky appeared to injure his left leg while making a tremendous glove save of the Lightning's J.T. Brown on a breakaway. Brown didn't make contact with Bobrovsky's leg on the play, but it's possible he tweaked a muscle while skating backwards in preparation for the save. Bobrovsky had blanked the Lightning for the first two periods and will now miss out on a great chance to pick up his second shutout of the season. However, an injury that could potentially cost Bobrovsky further games is obviously a greater concern for the sinking Blue Jackets than any sort of personal accolades. He'll receive an MRI on Wednesday morning, at which point the team should have a clearer idea of the damage.
After benching Lundqvist for the last two games, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told the media, "Hank is getting more than a decent share of games to find his rhythm," reports The Record.
Vigneault is clearly trying to light a fire under Lundqvist after starting Cam Talbot the last two games. Although Talbot allowed four goals on 29 shots to the Jets, Vigneault put onus on his team for the loss as well. There's still no word whether the soon-to-be UFA Lundqvist will start against the Sabres on Thursday, but it would be surprising if he didn't get the call.
Updating a previous report, Burrows underwent successful surgery on a broken jaw Monday and will be out for four weeks, News 1130 reports.
The forward broke his jaw in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes on Sunday. Burrows has gone 22 straight games without a goal, dating back to last season. He missed 12 games in October with a broken foot, an injury he sustained in the season opener, and has struggled to three points and a minus-7 rating in 17 games this season.
12/03/13 - 10:09AM ETTyler Seguin
: Likely Out Again Tuesday
Seguin (concussion) is not expected to play Tuesday against Chicago, Dallas Morning News reports.
Seguin practiced on Monday and is expected to travel with the team for the two-game road trip, but a concussion will likely prevent him from playing Tuesday. The fact that he will travel with the team indicates he could play on Thursday in Toronto.
Anderson will start between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Panthers, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Anderson has been having rough season overall with a 6-8-2 record, .894 save percentage, and a 3.51 GAA. He is riding a streak of four straight games in which he has allowed four goals in each contest. He is not exactly sharp in the net at the moment and makes for a risky start Tuesday.
Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks with a herniated disc, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
It is uncertain exactly when Zetterberg sustained the injury to his back, but it is significant enough to hold him out of action for a couple of weeks. He will likely be held out of practice for an extended period to rest the injury.
12/03/13 - 8:01AM ETTim Thomas
: Will Start Tuesday
Thomas will start in goal for Tuesday's game against the Senators, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Thomas is looking to bounce back from a pair of horrendous starts in net. In each of his past two games, he allowed four goals and took the loss. He faces a less intimidating offense Tuesday against the Senators, but with his latest performance, he is a risky play in net.