New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan left Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals after absorbing a heavy hit from Troy Brouwer.
Stepan, 23, did return later in the third period, as per the Rangers’ official Twitter account.
Desperate for offense, Philly made a fairly noteworthy move on Friday — Nick Cousins has been brought up from the minors.
Cousins, 22, has been a solid scorer at the AHL level in each of the last two seasons. He led Lehigh Valley with 56 points in 64 games in ’14-15 and, this year, has 18 through 15 — putting him in a tie for seventh in league scoring.
The former OHL Sault Ste. Marie standout does have some NHL experience, having played 11 games for the Flyers last season. He averaged just under nine minutes per game over that span, and failed to register a point.
Looking ahead, Cousins could make his season debut today, when Philly hosts the Preds. Right now it’s unclear where he’d fit in the lineup.
To make room for Cousins on the roster, the Flyers sent Taylor Leier down to the Phantoms.
After a break in the schedule on Thursday, the NHL is back with a full slate of games on Friday.
It all gets underway at 1:00 p.m. ET when the Rangers take on the Bruins on NBC.
Boston is coming off a 3-2 OT win over Detroit on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to four games.
The 28-year-old is 4-2-0 in his last six starts and he’s given up 13 goals (five came in one game against the Sharks) during that span.
The Bruins have won each of their last two home games, but are still just 4-6-1 at the TD Garden this season.
New York didn’t go into the Thanksgiving break the way they had hoped.
The Rangers are coming off a 5-1 loss, on home ice, to the Montreal Canadiens.
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the first time all season after he allowed five goals on 24 shots.
The 33-year-old’s rough outing was presumably just a blip on the radar, as he comes into this game with a 12-4-2 record, a 1.94 goals-against-average and a .939 save percentage.
New York currently sits atop the Metropolitan division with 34 points.
At 5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN will broadcast the rematch of last year’s Western Conference final between the Ducks and ‘Hawks.
After a brutal month of October that saw them win just one of their 10 games, the Ducks have been slightly better in November.
Anaheim opened the month with a four-game winning streak only to drop their following three games. They’ve alternated wins and losses in their last eight contests.
Ryan Getzlaf has six points in his last two games (all assists), but it’s clear that the Ducks need more from him.
The 30-year-old has always been a pass-first player, but one goal in 19 games just isn’t cutting it.
A guy who’s having no trouble finding the back of the net is ‘Hawks forward Patrick Kane.
The 27-year-old comes into this game with 13 goals and 34 points in 22 games in ’15-16.
He’s riding a 17-game point streak and has found his name on the scoresheet in all but two games this season.
Chicago currently sits in fourth place in the Central division.
New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 1 p.m. ET, NBC
Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks, 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
The Montreal Canadiens gave Marc Bergevin a contract extension on Wednesday and fellow General Managers around the league are happy for their colleague. (TSN)
Are the Washington Capitals the best team in the Eastern Conference? (ESPN)
Here’s a funny cartoon depiction of the reported feud between Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby:
Read an excerpt from Tie Domi’s book “shift work”. In this portion of the book, he talks about some crazy times at a New York City nightclub. (ESPN)
“It’s a lot more complicated than the net and the goalie equipment, it’s the systems that teams play, the willingness of players to block shots every part of their body.” Steven Stamkos weighs in on the decreasing number of goals in the NHL. (Tampa Tribune)
Matt Beleskey donated 400 pies to various charitable organizations around Boston.
Nashville made a minor roster transaction on Thursday, putting forward Miikka Salomaki on IR while recalling fellow forward Colton Sissons from AHL Milwaukee.
Salomaki, 22, was a fairly regular lineup presence through the of November, appearing in eight games while averaging just under 12 minutes per night. Despite his relatively small frame (5-foot-11, 198 pounds), he racked up 28 hits over that time and emerged as a decent energy guy for the Preds.
As for Sissons, he’s about to get yet another crack with the parent club.
Having spent most of the last two seasons in Milwaukee, Sissons — the 50th overall pick in 2012 — has seen some action with the Preds this year. He has one goal in five games with Nashville, and eight points in 12 games with the Admirals.