New Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty has undergone wrist surgery, which has put the rest of his 2015-16 season in jeopardy.
Tlusty underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist and is out three to four months, Devils general manager Ray Shero said in a statement released Saturday.
At this point in the season, that likely means the Devils would have to at least make the playoffs for Tlusty to return.
The Devils have won three games in a row. They’re tied in points (53) with the Pittsburgh Penguins but remain outside of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference for right now.
The 27-year-old Tlusty, signed by New Jersey in September, has endured a difficult season, scoring twice with four points in 30 games.
The St. Louis Blues were about 54 seconds away from extending their winning streak to four games. Then Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon buried a perfect pass from Matt Duchene to put it on hold (see the video at the top).
The Blues eventually lost to the Avalanche in the shootout by a final score of 2-1, and now face an important Central Division contest with the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
A win would’ve put the Blues within three points of Chicago heading into that game. Instead, they pick up the single point to remain four back of the Blackhawks, who have lost two straight after winning 12 consecutive games.
Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for the win, while Gabriel Landeskog scored the lone goal in the shootout.
Colorado has won seven of its last 10 games but Friday’s result gives the Avalanche some space between it and the other teams chasing for a Wild Card spot. The Avalanche now hold a three-point lead on Nashville for that final spot.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ 12-game winning streak retired in Florida this week, and now they look to rebound from back-to-back losses.
After losing 2-1 in Tampa Bay on Thursday, which snapped Chicago’s impressive run of a dozen consecutive victories, the Blackhawks were thumped 4-0 by the Florida Panthers on Friday.
The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period, before sophomore defenseman Aaron Ekblad, returning to the lineup after a four-game absence, scored to make it a four-goal lead over Chicago.
The Panthers were also credited with 27 hits on the night, with a list that included this massive open-ice check from Erik Gudbranson on Teuvo Teravainen in the second period.
“It’s disappointing,” said Marian Hossa, as per CSN Chicago.
“We had the great stretch, but now it’s over and we just have to forget about it and get a new one. The last two games, especially tonight, throw in the garbage and we have to be way better. That’s what we have to do.”
The Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues in a big Central Division showdown on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Ekblad joined elite company by scoring in Friday’s game. He’s up to 10 goals on the season. Did we mention he’s a 19-year-old defenseman?
Dylan Larkin on Friday continued his impressive rookie season, albeit after appearing to sacrifice one of his teeth.
The 19-year-old Larkin scored his 15th goal of the season, which turned out to be the winner for the Detroit Red Wings in their 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma used his challenge to review if the play was offside, but his attempt was unsuccessful and the goal stood.
The Red Wings broke the game open midway through the third period, when the puck found its way to Larkin as he circled the net and wired it by Robin Lehner. Detroit scored three times in the final eight minutes of the game, with Larkin adding an assist as well.
The shift before he scored, Larkin took a stick to the mouth and appeared to lose a tooth.
It appears to be déjà vu for Milan Michalek.
The Ottawa Senators announced that Michalek suffered a broken finger on his right hand and is now out indefinitely. The 31-year-old forward left Friday’s game against the New York Islanders late in the second period and didn’t return.
Michalek has gone through this already in 2015-16. He suffered a broken index finger on his right hand at the beginning of December, and didn’t return to the Ottawa lineup until Jan. 7.