Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News: Buffalo Sabres Alex Tuch is getting closer to returning according to coach Don Granato.
“He is close. He’s going to go through a couple days of contact and then we’ll get a better picture of strength, response. It won’t be within the next five days, but it could be soon after that.”
Defenseman Robert Hagg has returned to Buffalo to get further testing on an undisclosed injury. He’s missed the past three games.
Defenseman Bowen Byram has been working out but hasn’t started skating. They are being ‘cautiously optimistic.”
David Dwork: Florida Panthers coach Andrew Brunette when asked if they are hopeful that Aleksander Barkov can return in their next game or two: “Yeah, I mean he’s week-to-week, day-to-day. Once he starts skating we’ll have a better feel of when he’s gonna be back.”
Brunette said that Barkov’s injury isn’t his knee and that it’s an upper-body injury.
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Charlie O’Connor: Philadelphia Flyers coach Mike Yeo said that forward Joel Farabee continues to progress and took part in a full practice yesterday. He won’t travel with the team and it doesn’t like he’ll be ready for Saturday. Would guess that a return next week is a good possibility.
- Sheng Peng: Labanc could be out for three months and will be put on the IR and not the LTIR.
“Cernak will be a little longer. I know I don’t have any definitive dates. Definitely not before Christmas.”