9:10 PM EST, Fri January 28, 2022

With goals missing, Perron turning to force to help Blues

He missed 12 games to another concussion and is trying to get his season back up to speed, but the goals have been slow coming

Hockey Wilderness

Gamethread: Wild at Rangers (7:00 p.m.)

Photo by Dave Reginek/ It’s Henrik night. The Minnesota Wild are hopefully going to rain on the proverbial parade as the New York Rangers celebrate the legendary career of Henrik Lundqvist. They can have the pre-game ceremonies and all that feel-good nonsense, but please, when the puck is dropped, maybe former Lundqvist teammate Mats Zuccarello will net a couple points. One special bonus is that Jonas Brodin is returning to the lineup after missing a significant amount of time with an injury. And of course, since the Wild cannot have a fully healthy roster, Jon...

Montreal Gazette

Canadiens Notebook: Jonathan Drouin out indefinitely with wrist injury

Christian Dvorak won't return until after the all-star break in early February because of an upper-body injury that is not a concussion.

Silver Seven

Five Thoughts for Friday: Bad Injury Luck, Useful Vets, and Character Players

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Lots to chew on this week Welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts for Friday, where the Ottawa Senators just keep on trucking in spite of all of the injury hardship thrown their way. Batherson’s Unexpected Injury: On Tuesday night, Drake Batherson was injured when he crashed feet first into the boards after absorbing a hit from Buffalo Sabres goalie Aaron Dell. It was immediately apparent that the injury was severe, so it was no surprise when reports emerged on Thursday that Batherson was likely done for the...

Eyes On The Prize

Rocket Roundup: Joël Teasdale’s long road back... again

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via After a second major knee injury in two years, the Rocket forward returns to game action. When Joël Teasdale’s 2020-21 season ended abruptly with a knee injury, it was the second major injury to his knee in his short professional career. In August 2019, weeks before his professional career was set to begin, he suffered a knee injury in training that kept him out until the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. The next season, he finally made his AHL debut, and had eight goals and 10 assists in 26 games before a second major...

NESN.com

Why Taylor Hall Didn’t Fight After Hit On Nathan MacKinnon In Bruins-Avalanche

Taylor Hall figured it wasn’t worth it. The Bruins left wing explained to reporters Friday why he declined the Avalanche’s invitations to fight during Wednesday’s ill-tempered Boston-Colorado game. Hall’s first-period check on Nathan Mackinnon forced the Avs star out of the game due to a facial fracture and concussion, riling up Colorado players who sought […] The post Why Taylor Hall Didn’t Fight After Hit On Nathan MacKinnon In Bruins-Avalanche appeared first on NESN.com.

Defending Big D

Stargazing, Episode 162: Road Trip Redux

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ Are the Stars good again? And can they keep it up long enough to nail down a playoffs berth? ...Who knows. At least Wes and Mark are willing to talk about it. Believe it or not, the Dallas Stars...actually had a pretty good January. So does this mean we start planning the parade, or what, or...? Wes and Mark sifted through the facts and found some Victory Green shoots, as well as the usual omens. In this episode: Ten points in 12 games...are the Stars really and truly on the upswing? Has Alexander Radulov shaken off the last of the post-surgery...

The Hockey Writers

Canadiens Should Target Prospects Over Picks at Trade Deadline

The Montreal Canadiens have suffered through COVID-19 infections, injuries and roster upheaval that leaves a team incapable or unwilling to play the system the coach had begun the season with.…

NESN.com

Matt Grzelcyk Injury: Bruins Defenseman Game-Time Decision Vs. Coyotes

Matt Grzelcyk is getting closer to a return. The Bruins defenseman has missed the last two games after getting banged up when he fell awkwardly into the boards on a hit from Pierre-Luc DuBois in Boston’s win Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. Grzelcyk traveled with the B’s for their three-game road trip but wasn’t quite […] The post Matt Grzelcyk Injury: Bruins Defenseman Game-Time Decision Vs. Coyotes appeared first on NESN.com.

NESN.com

Bruce Cassidy Reveals Plan For Tuukka Rask After Rough Few Starts For Bruins

Tuukka Rask hasn’t played as well as he probably hoped since returning to the Bruins after a lengthy rehab. The Boston Bruins goalie underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, something that bothered him much of last year. Rask looked stellar in his debut against the Philadelphia Flyers, making 25 stops […] The post Bruce Cassidy Reveals Plan For Tuukka Rask After Rough Few Starts For Bruins appeared first on NESN.com.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Jonas Brodin likely to return for Wild, Cam Talbot to start vs. Rangers

Defenseman Jon Merrill and center Nico Sturm aren't on the trip after going on the COVID list, and winger Nick Bjustad remains out with an upper-body injury.

Pension Plan Puppets

Friday FTB: Nick Robertson back on the ice after missing three months

Toronto, ON- September 23 - Nick Robertson fires a shot at the net as the Toronto Maple Leafs open their training camp at Ford Performance Centre in Toronto. September 23, 2021. | Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Nrob had an injury, and then COVID, and now he’s back. This morning links article is going to be a bit of happy good news at the very beginning, followed by a lot of manure the rest of the way down until we get to the bottom of the manure pile - Mark Spector. If you wish to have a pleasant day, skip to the comments after you’ve read the word...

NESN.com

Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Coyotes Lines, Pairings

A returning stalwart should help the Boston Bruins get back on track against the Arizona Coyotes. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters Friday he expects Matt Grzelcyk to return to Boston’s lineup for the evening tilt with Arizona. Grzelcyk has missed the the Bruins’ last two games due to an upper-body injury he suffered Saturday, […] The post Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Coyotes Lines, Pairings appeared first on NESN.com.

A Winning Habit

Montreal Canadiens: Reinforcements Coming By The Weekend

The Montreal Canadiens lead the National Hockey League in “mans games lost to injury.” In other words, no other team has dealt with as many injuries as the Canadiens this season. It isn’t the only reason they have been terrible but it hasn’t helped. A team can’t blame injuries on a 8-26-7 record. But that […] Montreal Canadiens: Reinforcements Coming By The Weekend - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Stanley Cup of Chowder

Who’s in, Who’s out when Bruins reach full strength

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Bruce Cassidy will (hopefully) have some tough decisions to make in the coming weeks. For the first time in quite a while, the Boston Bruins appeared to be nearing full strength when Nick Foligno returned from injury. Of course, Foligno has since gone back out with another injury, but his return raised some looming tough decisions about the forward corps once the injury bug decides to vacate Boston’s locker room. Some decisions are easier than others Given how the top six forwards have been playing lately, we’ll assume for the sake or...

Montreal Gazette

Stu Cowan: Normal would be a welcome change for Canadiens' Ducharme

"I’ve been coaching the team since Feb. 24 and it’s been a lot of challenges on that side with the COVID and the injuries," Habs coach says.

The Hockey Writers

San Jose Sharks News & Rumors: Karlsson, Couture, Hrabik

In this edition of San Jose Sharks News & Rumors, Erik Karlsson is expected to miss roughly 10-12 weeks after surgery to repair a small muscle tear in his forearm.…

PensBurgh

Add “collapsed lung” to your Penguins weird injury Bingo card

Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via It doesn’t rule to be Drew O’Connor right now Drew O’Connor has been a bit on the fringes of the lineup and roster for a while, he played one game recently on January 2nd and then was added to the COVID list. When O’Connor returned, it was out in California, playing January 13th against Los Angeles and then again on January 15th against San Jose. The Penguins returned from the west coast soon after and announced O’Connor was on the injured reserve with an unspecified injury. Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli was able to...

Silver Seven

Thursday LNN: Points for Paul + Injury Updates

Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Just another piece of evidence that Nick Paul does it all. With two wins in a row, the Ottawa Senators have been riding through a pretty busy week with a ton of momentum. Will they be able to keep things going in spite of an injury to one of their best players? On Tuesday, one day prior to Bell Let’s Talk, forward Nick Paul launched the Points for Paul initiative, partnering with the Royal Ottawa Foundation to raise money in support of mental health. Here’s Paul on the focus and background of the initiative, how you can...

NESN.com

Ex-NHL Goalie Offers Measured Take On Play Of Tuukka Rask, Bruins’ Situation In Net

It’s tough to get a great read on Tuukka Rask right now, which is to be expected. The expectation never was that Rask would be able to snap back into vintage form after not playing a game for seven months and having hip surgery. However, he’s had some rough moments since returning to game action […] The post Ex-NHL Goalie Offers Measured Take On Play Of Tuukka Rask, Bruins’ Situation In Net appeared first on NESN.com.

Times Herald

With Sabres thin in net, goalie Michael Houser has special chance to impress

BUFFALO – For the time being, the Sabres’ net belongs to goalie Michael Houser. When the Sabres continue their four-game road trip Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes, Houser, 29, will likely start his seventh NHL game. A stunning run of bad luck in net this season – three injuries and an illness – forced the Sabres to sign Houser to an NHL contract Jan. 12. Over the next two weeks, Houser spelled Aaron Dell twice, ... Read the full article

Eyes On The Prize

Sami Niku clears waivers

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via The defenceman stays in the organization. Montreal Canadiens defenceman Sami Niku has cleared waivers. Sami Niku (Montreal) and Brett Connolly (Chicago) clear waivers.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 27, 2022 The 25-year-old was signed to a one-year contract with the Canadiens on September 24 after being bought out by the Winnipeg Jets. The contract pays Niku $750,000 in the NHL and $425,000 in the AHL, with a guaranteed salary of $475,000. He has six assists in 13 NHL games this season. He has dealt with COVID and also injuries...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Wild goalie Cam Talbot eager for return to Madison Square Garden

After an injury scare Monday, when Cam Talbot played only the first two periods against the Canadiens, the goalie said he's feeling fine and ready to face the Rangers, his former employer.

CBC News

Sabres goalie Dell suspended 3 games for hit on Senators' Batherson

The Buffalo Sabres' injury-depleted goalie ranks were thinned further on Wednesday after the NHL issued Aaron Dell a three-game suspension for body-checking Ottawa forward Drake Batherson into the end boards.

NESN.com

Bruins Injuries: Updates On Matt Grzelcyk, Anton Blidh

The Boston Bruins continue to go through the carousel of player availability that, well, every team deals with during an NHL season. Anton Blidh will be back in the lineup for the Bruins on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche, head coach Bruce Cassidy said. He has been out the last two games after leaving Thursday’s […] The post Bruins Injuries: Updates On Matt Grzelcyk, Anton Blidh appeared first on NESN.com.

The Hockey Writers

NHL Sound Bites: Sharks’ Karlsson Injury & Canucks’ GM Allvin

The “NHL Sound Bites” column is your go-to for daily hockey stories with quotes from your favourite players and staff. In this edition of NHL Sound Bites, the San Jose…

Canes Country

Metropolitan Division Weekly Roundup: Pittsburgh Penguins jump two teams to move to second

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports The Washington Capitals fall to fourth and the Canes inactivity saw them drop to third place in the Metro. 1. New York Rangers: 60 Points (28-11-4) The New York Rangers are set to be without young winger Kaapo Kakko for an extended period of time. Just before Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, he was a late scratch and is now listed as week-to-week on injured reserve. Kakko apparently suffered an upper-body injury some time ago that has been lingering. The Rangers expect he could be out through the All-Star break. They are...

NISSAN Morning Drive: Don Sweeney And Bruce Cassidy On Pastrnak Injury

NESN.com's Courtney Cox recaps Bruins GM Don Sweeney and Head Coach Bruce Cassidy adjusting to David Pastrnak's thumb injury that will leave him out for at least two weeks in the Nissan Morning Drive. For More: http://nesn.com/?p=917652

Ford F-150 Final Five Facts: Bruins Drop To Rangers At Home

NESN.com's Michaela Vernava breaks down the Bruins 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday Night where Tuukka Rask left the game early with a concussion.  Here are the Ford F-150 Final Five Facts from the game: http://nesn.com/?p=910526.

Rick Nash announces retirement from Hockey

NHL winger Rick Nash who played from the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins announced Friday morning that he will be retiring due to unresolved issues with a concussion. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava has more.