Injuries: Weiss, Blue Jackets, Stepan, Krug, Stastny and More
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Stephen Weiss made his AHL (conditioning assignment for two games) debut last night but only lasted two periods, leaving with a sore groin.

    “He had a sore groin after two, so took him out,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “See how he is tomorrow.”

    The Wings are hoping to have Johan Franzen back for Sunday.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets will now be without Mark Letestu has a groin injury and will be out two to four weeks. From Tuesday’s game the Jackets lost James Wisniewski to a broken finger and Artem Anisimov to a concussion. The Blue Jackets now have nine regulars out with an injury. A list of injuries and their expected return date:

    G Sergei Bobrovsky: broken finger, 1-2 weeks
    D James Wisniewski: broken finger, 1-2 weeks
    F Nathan Horton: degenerative back, indefinite
    F Mark Letestu: groin, 2-4 weeks
    F Brandon Dubinsky: abdominal surgery, 2-3 weeks
    F Artem Anisimov: concussion, day-to-day
    F Boone Jenner: broken left hand, early next month
    F Matt Calvert: upper body, Saturday
    F Nick Foligno: neck, questionable for Friday

  • Andrew Gross of the Record: Rangers Derek Stepan has been out since Sept. 24th with a fractured left fibula has been skating on his own since Friday. He is expected to join the team for practice sometime in the next four to seven days according to head coach Alain Vigneault. Ryan Malone was given a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Amalie Benjamin: The Bruins will be without Torey Krug for the next two to three weeks with a broken finger. They have recalled Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues haven’t ruled out Paul Stastny for tonight.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand left practice early yesterday after tweaking something, but they are hopeful that he can play tonight.
  • Matt Baker: Lightning’s Ryan Callahan is hoping to return on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers Viktor Fasth and Luke Gazdic are close to returning.