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NHL Buzz: Point could return to Lightning lineup against Habs


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Tampa Bay Lightning

Brayden Point could play against the Montreal Canadiens at Arena Amalie on Tuesday (7 p.m.; TV: ESPN +, HULU, TSN2, RDS, NHL LIVE) after the forward was a full participant in practice Monday.

Point missed 14 games with an upper-body injury suffered Nov. 20 after being tripped by the New Jersey Devils defenseman Ryan grave during a breakaway.

“I’m getting closer, I feel pretty good,” Point said. “I’m still a little rusty, obviously, but I think everyone just got out of that Christmas break. I’m excited to do full reps in practice and can’t wait to start playing again.”

Point has scored 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 16 games. He said he never felt the need to rush because the Lightning were 11-2-1 without him.

“When the team wins it makes it easier,” Point said. “The main goal is to be healthy after the playoffs.”

The Lightning are still without attacker Nikita Kucherov and defender Erik Cernak, each because of a lower body injury. They should come back in January.

Lightning will be without before Antoine Cirelli and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, defenders Mikhail Sergachev and Andrej Sustr, and the guards Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brian Elliott, which are in the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Coach Jon Cooper and assistant coach Rob Zettler are also in protocol. – Corey Long

Toronto Maple Leafs

Mitchell marner trained on Sunday for the first time since injuring his shoulder in a collision during training with the defender Jake muzzin December 3.

The forward has scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 24 games. He missed six games with the injury before the Maple Leafs postponed five games due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

“His rehab was shaken by the closure and hiatus of our activities,” said general manager Kyle Dubas after Toronto’s first training since it closed due to the epidemic. “It was good to see him there in training today, but he’s definitely not a player we would rush into at all. It’s hard to predict at this point. After a few days of dying. ‘extra practice, we would have a better read on that, but certainly seeing it in practice today was a step in the right direction. “

Center Jean Tavares also joined the Maple Leafs to train after being placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Dec. 17. Tavares said he experienced severe headaches, body aches and a lot of fatigue on December 18, but started to feel much better the next day.

“Everything seemed to go really fast and I wasn’t going very fast myself,” he said. “Obviously I was just trying to get my heart rate up and fight fatigue. It was just to remove some of the rust and try to get your timing back. About 10 days. “

Tavares has scored 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 29 games. –Dave McCarthy

Minnesota Savage

Defender Jared spurgeon and forward Joel Eriksson Ek will not compete in the Discover NHL 2022 Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jan. 1, coach Dean Evason said on Sunday.

Spurgeon, who was injured Nov. 20 against the Florida Panthers, worsened a lower-body injury Dec. 16 that caused him to miss eight games.

Eriksson Ek suffered an upper-body injury in a 7-4 loss to the Dallas Stars on December 20, the Wild’s last game. Four games have been postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

“Neither of you will play in this game,” said Evason. “It’s disappointing for any player who can’t play to have this.

“Both are not positive, not rosy results, but as far as the timeline and stuff goes, I don’t have a timeline.”

The Wild expects to have ahead Jordan’s Green Lane back after missing the game in Dallas with a lower body injury. –Jessi Pierce