Robert Bortuzzo (LBI) very close to return
Robert Bortuzzo | PIT
(October 23, 2014 5:48 PM EDT)
Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) still needs medical clearance to return, but he said he feels good and it won't be long before he's back in the lineup.
He's with the team on their road trip and shared time with Rob Scuderi on Pittsburgh's third defense pairing at Wednesday's practice.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tomas Jurco joins Detroit's top PP unit
Tomas Jurco | DET
(October 23, 2014 5:27 PM EDT)
Tomas Jurco is projected to work with Detroit's top power-play unit on Thursday night.
The Wings want him to be a puck retriever for a group that includes Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm and Niklas Kronwall. Gustav Nyquist was put on the second unit, so that he could possess the puck more often. Detroit is doing some power play tinkering because they have scored just two goals on 25 opportunities this year.
Detroit Free Press
Sharks take Tomas Hertl off Thornton line
Tomas Hertl | SJ
(October 23, 2014 5:19 PM EDT)
Tomas Hertl has been removed from the Joe Thornton line.
He's off to a slow start this season and is expected to start Thursday's game on the third line with James Sheppard and Eriah Hayes. Hertl has posted two goals and eight shots in seven games.
CSN Bay Area
Evander Kane (knee) is ahead of schedule
Evander Kane | WPG
(October 23, 2014 4:39 PM EDT)
Evander Kane (knee) is progressing ahead of schedule, according to coach Paul Maurice.
"Evander Kane is progressing quite well to the point where we have an expectation that in the next few days, he'll be back on IR skates," said Winnipeg's bench boss. "It's what we call them, non-main-group skates so nobody runs into a guy. But he'll be back on the ice, we think, sometime this weekend and after that, it's as much about strength and healing time and things like that so that's kind of positive news about him." An exact timetable for his return isn't known, but it looks like it will be at some point in November because a return next week may be wishful thinking.
Winnipeg Free Press
Eric Gelinas unsure if he'll play Friday
Eric Gelinas | NJ
(October 23, 2014 4:24 PM EDT)
Eric Gelinas was a healthy scratch Tuesday and he isn't sure if he'll be in the lineup on Friday.
He sat so that Adam Larsson could make his season debut. Gelinas has two assists and eight shots in five games this campaign.
The Bergen Record
Jordin Tootoo won't play in back-to-back set
Jordin Tootoo | NJ
(October 23, 2014 4:21 PM EDT)
Jordin Tootoo (foot) won't play in New Jersey's next two games.
That means he'll miss the Devils' upcoming back-to-back set against Dallas and Ottawa on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The results of Tootoo's X-rays and tests haven't been announced, so an exact timetable for his return isn't known yet.
The Bergen Record
Scott Clemmensen may start Saturday
Scott Clemmensen | NJ
(October 23, 2014 4:13 PM EDT)
Scott Clemmensen has been told to be ready for Saturday's game against Ottawa because he might start in his first match of the season.
Coach Pete DeBoer said it is "possible" that Cory Schneider will start both games of New Jersey's back-to-back situation, but he hasn't made a final decision yet. All we know for certain right now is that Schneider will start Friday's game versus Dallas.
The Bergen Record
Lightning return Luke Witkowski to AHL
Luke Witkowski | TB
(October 23, 2014 3:58 PM EDT)
Luke Witkowski has been returned to the minors by Tampa Bay.
His demotion to the AHL might indicate that Radko Gudas will be back from his lower-body injury on Friday. Witkowski didn't play any NHL games during his stint with the Lightning.
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Cody Goloubef to make 2014-15 debut
Cody Goloubef | CLM
(October 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT)
Cody Goloubef is expected to play in his first game of the 2014-15 campaign Thuresday night.
He is slated to replace Dalton Prout in the lineup and skate alongside Fedor Tyutin.
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Avs' Zach Redmond likely to play Friday
Zach Redmond | COL
(October 23, 2014 3:21 PM EDT)
Coach Patrick Roy said that Zach Redmond will likely make his debut with the Avalanche on Friday.
He would be filling for injured blueliner Ryan Wilson if he gets the nod to dress. Redmond played 10 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season and he signed a two-year deal with Colorado in the summer.
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