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Injury updates: Norris, Saad, Matheson, Mitchell

Although it was recently revealed that Senators center Josh Norris would miss several months due to shoulder surgery, this surgery has not yet taken place. Instead, as Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch reports, the 23-year-old is seeking a second opinion in hopes of avoiding having to go under the knife and miss so much time. Head coach DJ Smith said the team still expects Norris to be unavailable for the rest of the season, while Garrioch notes a final decision from the center is expected in the coming days.

Other NHL injury news:

  • Blues winger Brandon Saad returned to training as he returns from a back injury, relays Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The 30-year-old has missed six games in a row because of the issue and hasn’t been on the scoresheet in his three games so far this season. At this stage, there is no timetable yet for a return and it should be noted that he is not on injured reserve so a roster change will not need to be made when he will have the green light to get dressed.
  • Canadiens Defenseman Mike Matheson skated for the first time today as he continues to recover from an abdominal injury, said Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports (Twitter link). The 28-year-old was originally named as day-to-day but that was later changed to an eight-week absence. There are still a few weeks left in this period, so it is unlikely that Montreal will recover one of its best defenders for a while.
  • Blackhawks defenseman Ian Mitchell told reporters, including NBC Sports Chicago’s Charlie Roumeliotis (Twitter link) that his wrist injury basically boils down to a pain tolerance issue at this point. He hopes to skate with the team next week when they return from their current road trip and if all goes well he could be cleared to return soon after. That said, while he should be back in action before much longer, it looks like that injury will linger for a bit longer.