NHL Buzz: Pacioretty is out for the Hurricanes against the Penguins

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Carolina Hurricanes

Max Pacioretty He will not play for the Hurricanes against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; BSSO, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The striker left the first period of the 6-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday after suffering a lower body injury. Unrelated to his previous Achilles tendon injury that caused him to miss the first 38 games of the season.

“He’s not playing today,” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. “I doubt tomorrow too (against the Vancouver Canucks) just because of today’s take off, I probably won’t use it tomorrow but I don’t think it’s anything serious.”

Pasioretti has scored three goals in four matches since returning to the squad.

St. Louis Blues

Nick Lady He’ll be back for Blues Whey and then host the Tampa Bay Lightning (8 p.m. ET; BSMW, BSSUN, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The defender, who has made 11 assists in 39 games this season, has missed the past four games with an upper body injury. He participated in Thursday morning’s ski but did not play in the 4-1 loss against the Calgary Flames. Leddy is fully engaged on Fridays.

Blues coach Craig Berube also said he was a striker Vladimir Tarasenko Skate on his own before Friday’s practice.

Tarasenko, who has 29 points (10 goals and 19 assists) in 34 games this season, has missed the past six games after being injured with a right hand on December 31 in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

It is expected to be re-evaluated within four weeks. – Le Corac

New Jersey Devils

Nathan Bastian He could return to the Devils at the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET: BSW, MSGSN, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The forward has been out since suffering a shoulder injury in a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals on November 26. He has eight points (three goals and five assists) in 21 games this season.

Bastien returned to training for the first time on Monday. He practiced again on Thursday before participating in the morning skate ahead of a 6-2 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

“We consolidated everything really well,” New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said Friday. “It’s really just getting enough reps and getting him comfortable, so you go day in and day out and we’ll see where he is in the next couple of days.”

After back-to-back games against the Ducks and Kings, the Devils wrapped up their five-game wild ride against the San Jose Sharks on Monday and the Seattle Kraken on Thursday.

Defenseman John Marino He’s also on the trek and training in a no-friction shirt. He has missed the past 10 games due to an upper body injury.

Ruff said Marino is still “a little way off” from Bastien.

“Every day there is a step in the right direction,” said Rove. – Dan Arett

Washington Capitals

Anthony Mantha He’ll return to the Capitals lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, NBCSP, ESPN+, SN NOW) after the forward was a healthy scratch in the previous two games.

“I can’t wait,” Mantha said after Washington’s optional morning skate. “I want to play how I can play, at my best, and that’s exactly what I’m going to try to do tonight.”

Mantha has 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 42 games this season.

“Obviously, it’s always tough when you’re scratched,” said Mantha. “It’s not a fun thing to do or anything like that. So I need to build on it and play the best game tonight and show him that maybe it was a mistake on his part and try to stay in the squad until the end of the year now.”

“There are some lineup decisions that we’re working on,” Laviolette said Saturday after Washington’s 5-3 decision in Philadelphia on Wednesday, but he did not disclose those decisions. attackers Dylan Strom And Nicholas Op-Koppel He stayed on the ice for extra work after optional skating with the defenseman Alexander Alekseev and reserve goalkeeper Charli Lindgren.

Strom hasn’t been a healthy scratch this season and is third over Washington with 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 44 games but hasn’t had a point in four of his past five games. – Tom Golletti

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider It is doubtful he will play for the Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday due to an upper body injury.

The striker left in the third period of a 4-3 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and did not play in the 2-1 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said he did not believe the injury was long-term.

Kreider has 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists) in 42 games this season.

Alexis Lafreniere He took Kreider’s spot on the top line with Mika Zibanejad And capo caco on Thursday and is expected to play there on Sunday.

attackers Artemy Panarin And Vitaly Kravtsovand defenseman Ryan Lindgren He didn’t train on Saturday because of a stomach bug but he can play on Sunday. straight ahead Julien Gauthier (upper body) He is not expected to play after being injured in front of the stars.

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