NHL Buzz: Drouin’s decision on Canadiens game time vs. Golden Knights
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Jonathan drouin is a game-time decision for the Canadiens against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, ESPN +, NHL LIVE), coach Dominique Ducharme said after morning practice .
Drouin was hospitalized on Tuesday after being hit in the head by a shot from a teammate Brett Kulak during the first period of Montreal’s 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings and the forward did not play in a 6-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.
Brendan Gallagher and Nick suzuki will also each be a game-time decision. Neither forwards trained on Friday, but Ducharme said he was confident they would play against Vegas.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Petr Mrazek will not play the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SNO, SNP, NESN, ESPN +, NHL LIVE) due to an issue with a groin injury sustained on Oct. 14.
“He’s evaluated here now,” said coach Sheldon Keefe. “We’ll know more precisely tomorrow, but he changed something the other day and just didn’t feel right.”
Joseph woll, who was recalled from Toronto from the American Hockey League on Saturday, will support Jack campbell against the Bruins.
Mrazek was out for six games after initially sustaining a groin injury, returning to make 27 saves in a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings on October 30. He was Campbell’s substitute for the last two games despite Keefe saying on Wednesday that Mrazek was not completely healthy. –Dave McCarthy
Blues de Saint-Louis
Ryan o’reilly was removed from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Friday and the center is set to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
O’Reilly was out for four games after testing positive for COVID-19.
“Yes, he’s back. His quarantine period is over,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said on Friday. “He’s with the team now and skated today, I think, and I think he’ll be ready to play on Sunday, which is really positive.”
Center Brayden schenn return to St. Louis from road trip for upper body injury assessment. He played in the first period of a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Coach Craig Berube said after the game that Schenn was seen on a day-to-day basis.
“He got injured a few games ago [against] Chicago, âArmstrong said. âHe came back and tried to play. The injury got worse yesterday, so we decided to take him home. He’s going to be seeing our doctors over the next few days and we’ll re-evaluate everything and have an update when the team returns from the road trip (which ends Tuesday). “
Defender Torey Krug was placed in the COVID-19 protocol on Friday, and the advocate Rosen Street was recalled from Springfield from the American Hockey League. Forward Dakota Joshua has been sent to Springfield. – Lou Korac
Bryan Rust is an in-game decision when the Penguins host the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, BSN, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).
The forward made full contact in training on Friday for the first time since sustaining a lower body injury on October 14. Rust skated on the right wing on the first line with the cross. Jeff Carter and left wing Jake guentzel.
âObviously you never like to get hurt, but so quickly in a season it maybe stings a little bit more,â Rust said on Friday. “I feel great now. I feel great on the ice.â¦ We’ll see how things go here in a moment and from there.”
Rust normally plays in the front row with Guentzel and the center Sidney crosby, which is in the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Crosby will be out on Saturday for the ninth time in 10 games this season. The Penguins captain missed the first seven games after undergoing wrist surgery on September 8.
Coach Mike Sullivan and defenders Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel are also in the COVID-19 protocol. – Wes crosby