Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators has the makings of a great test for two top Western Conference teams, especially with Pekka Rinne returning, but it sounds like Ryan Getzlaf won’t play.
including Thomas Willis of the Predators’ website and the OC Register’s Eric Stephens report that Getzlaf is a late scratch for this contest.
Update: Stephens reports that the Ducks said Getzlaf had been dealing with a lower-body injury that he aggravated during warm-ups. He’s considered day-to-day at the moment.
There might not be a whole lot of fight-only enforcers out there, but that doesn’t mean the NHL lacks tough guys. Sometimes we get a reminder in the form of a gnarly fight.
Ryan White of the Philadelphia Flyers provided the latest reminder on Thursday night, as one would assume he broke New York Islanders’ forward Matt Martin’s nose in this bout:
The two fought before almost three years ago,
according to Hockey Fights. That was Martin’s eighth fight of 2014-15 while it was White’s first at the NHL level (he also had one in the AHL).
Martin was out to play in the second period despite that broken nose.
It’s not at the same level it once was, but it’s likely a healthy amount of hockey fans find their ears still perking up when the Colorado Avalanche host the Detroit Red Wings.
The latest matchup takes place on Thursday. You can watch it on NBCSN and stream it thanks to NBC Sports Live Extra.
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Philadelphia Flyers fans experienced some unexpected moments regarding their defense mere moments apart on Thursday night.
Most importantly, Kimmo Timonen announced that he’ll resume skating on Friday after eight months of uncertainty related to blood clot issues:
In less important but still startling developments, Nick Schultz (of all people) scored a 1-0 goal for the Flyers.
Circling back to Timonen,
CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio reports that a press conference will be held regarding Timonen’s future during the first intermission of tonight’s game against the New York Islanders. We’ll keep an eye out for what that entails, naturally.
Update: The Flyers addressed the situation during that first intermission.
GM Ron Hextall apparently said that the risk isn’t severe for the 39-year-old.
The latest development in the Evander Kane saga has the Winnipeg Jets
placing the winger on injured reserve.
The team didn’t share what exactly is ailing him, but
TSN’s Ryan Rishaug points out that the IR assignment is retroactive to Feb. 2.
The Winnipeg Free-Press’ Gary Lawless reports that Kane has been nursing an injury all season long. An ailment sidelined him from Dec. 27 to January 10 (resulting in his first trip to the IR in 2014-15).
Head coach Paul Maurice noted that the 23-year-old was unable to practice today because he was seeing a doctor:
It sounds like surgery is at least a possibility for the young forward:
The Jets face the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday and then host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The power forward will miss at least those contests with his IR assignment.
As has been noted, the team is facing plenty of issues, it just happens to be that Kane’s rumored problems draw the biggest headlines.
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The Jets recalled Patrice Cormier from the AHL in Kane’s absence.