There are a number of injury reports getting updates in the NHL today and as teams prep for Saturday’s official beginning to the postseason. Here are a few noteworthy items:
Dougie Hamilton and Necas Still Out
Dougie Hamilton won’t be in the lineup when the Carolina Hurricanes open their qualification round against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Still labeled as “unfit to play”, head coach Rod Brind’Amour told team reporter Michael Smith that he is “getting better”.
Hamilton suffered an injury in training camp.
Also from the Hurricanes, the latest report on Martin Necas is that he could be in the lineup after looking “really good” at practice.
It would be good if the Hurricanes could get both players back since the series with the Rangers is a best of five.
Rangers Not Fully Healthy Either
The Hurricanes aren’t the only team in this series dealing with injuries. The Rangers may be without right-handed defenseman Tony DeAngelo. He didn’t practice today and is a game-time decision for Saturday.
Washington Capitals Getting Carlson Back
The Capitals got awful news when it was revealed goaltender Ilya Samsonov was out for the rest of the season, but he is expected to be ready to go for next season. But, it’s not all bad news.
The good news is, the Capitals are expected to have John Carlson back in the lineup for the round-robin. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan told reporters including Samantha Pell of the Washington Post that Carlson should be skating with the team tomorrow and play on Sunday.
Carlson was questionable after falling during the team’s exhibition game.
Maple Leafs Have Johnsson Back at Practice
Andreas Johnsson took part in special teams practice for the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday. This is the first good news that he might be available to them during their potential playoff run.
Johnsson has been working on a return for some time and his status is not a given depending on how far the Maple Leafs go.
Panthers’s Weegar Is Fine
George Richards of Florida Hockey Now says Mackenzie Weegar practiced yesterday and is fine. This news comes straight from Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville.
Ehlers Pulled For Precautionary Reasons
After Nikolai Ehlers was pulled from the game against the Vancouver Canucks, reporter Sara Orlesky notes that Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said the pulling Ehlers partway through the third period was “100 percent precautionary.”
Ehlers is expected to practice with the team today and shouldn’t miss any game action.
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