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Jets’ Stuart has lower-body injury

The Winnipeg Jets might be without defenseman Mark Stuart on Monday, when they face the Edmonton Oilers before the league takes its holiday break.

Stuart suffered a lower-body injury in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, and Winnipeg’s head coach Claude Noel wasn’t sure if Stuart would be available to play the Oilers Monday, as per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.

Stuart’s final shift came with 7:10 remaining in the third period, as per the league’s Time on Ice online report.

In 26 games this season, the 29-year-old Stuart has one goal and five points on the Winnipeg blue line.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.