Author: James O'Brien

Kesler shakes off puck to head to start for Ducks

One injury break went the Anaheim Ducks’ way as James Wisniewski will be able to play against the Vancouver Canucks, but it remains to be seen if Ryan Kesler will enjoy the same luck.

Kesler left Ducks’ warm-ups after taking a puck to the head, HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

This post will be updated when more is known about Kesler’s condition, including if this mishap will sideline him against his former team.

Update: You never know how these things can progress, but it’s certainly a good sign that Kesler was in the Ducks’ starting lineup. If there are any noteworthy updates, PHT will pass them along. At the moment, it seems like Anaheim dodged a bullet, though.

WATCH LIVE: Penguins at Sharks

San Jose Sharks v Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have plenty to play for with the Metropolitan Division title still up for grabs, but there’s no doubt that the San Jose Sharks should be the more desperate team on Monday.

The Sharks are currently six points out of the West’s final wild card spot, and with the Los Angeles Kings three points ahead of them with a game in hand, things look dire.

San Jose needs to make the most of its remaining 16 games, which means taking care of business at home against the Penguins.

You can watch this significant game for San Jose on NBCSN and also stream it via NBC Live Sports Extra.


Read the game preview here.

Ducks GM brings Wisniewski’s knee brace so he can play

Anaheim Ducks v Florida Panthers

In what has to be one of the odder game-time decision situations, it looks like James Wisniewski can play for the Anaheim Ducks on Monday … because GM Bob Murray showed up with his knee brace.

That’s the word from the OC Register’s Eric Stephens.

The 31-year-old will make his second Ducks debut (this main image comes from his first Anaheim stint) a week after Anaheim acquired him in a big trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Ducks face the Canucks in Vancouver on Monday night.

The Ducks defense seems on the verge of some big upgrades, in general, as Sami Vatanen may be zeroing in on a return in the near future, according to the Los Angeles Times.