The Wizard is back.
On Tuesday, the Dallas Stars activated Ray Whitney from injured reserve, paving the way for him to play in tonight’s matchup against the Ducks in Anaheim.
The NHL’s fourth-oldest player — trailing only Teemu Selanne, Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur — Whitney has missed the last five games with a groin ailment, during which time the Stars have gone 3-2-0.
Whitney has eight points in 17 game this year and should provide a spark for a Dallas club that’s managed just three goals in its last two games. Prior to getting hurt, he played a season-high 21:08 in a 5-2 loss to Chicago, that coming after he skated nearly 18 minutes in the previous game against Detroit.
“The Wizard” is expected to slot onto a line with Cody Eakin and Alex Chiasson, and will likely see some time on the power play as well. The Stars power play is 3-38 over the last 11 games overall and is 1-29 at home this season.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?