NHL Injury Updates
Michael Smith: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Sami Vatanen skated at practice for a bit yesterday. Coach Rod Brind’Amour on Vatanen: “We’re kind of waiting on his ability to really feel comfortable. I don’t think he’s there yet, but hopefully soon.”
- Mike Maniscalco: Brind’Amour said that Vatanen will travel with the team on their road trip and hopefully get into some practices.
Forward Andre Burakovsky will be out a couple more games.
George Richards: Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky wasn’t on the ice yesterday but is still an option to start tonight according to coach Joel Quenneville. Goaltender Chris Driedger is back with the team.
New York Islanders: GM Lou Lamoriello updating defenseman Johnny Boychuk: “Johnny Boychuk is ok. Fortunately, the skate blade just got the eyelid. It took 90 stitches for a plastic surgeon to fix. But he’ll be fine.”
- Dave Isaac: Coach Alain Vigneault said they won’t know the severity of van Riemsdyk’s hand until today. Joel Farabee will be recalled to replace JvR.
Coach Mike Sullivan said the Bjugstad will be a “game-time decision” tonight.