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UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the St. Louis Blues at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Blues defeated the Islanders 6-4.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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With de Haan hurt, Isles recall prized prospect Pulock


The New York Islanders are about to see what Ryan Pulock is all about.

Pulock, the 15th overall pick in ’13, has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport and could make his NHL debut on Tuesday in Minnesota, per Newsday.

Pulock, 21, is in the midst of a very productive campaign with the Sound Tigers, scoring seven goals and 24 points in 51 games. He was named to the AHL’s All-Star Game in January and could see some action in the not-too-distant future.

The Isles have been without de Haan for a week — he was hurt against Detroit — and have been forced to put both Brian Strait and Marek Zidlicky in the lineup as a result.

Pulock was the sixth defenseman off the board in ’13, and the first three — Seth Jones, Darnell Nurse and Rasmus Ristolainen — have all made their NHL debuts, and essentially become regulars.

The “second three” — Samuel Moris, Josh Morrissey and Pulock — have yet to make their NHL debuts.

No hearing for Rozsival after Zucker hit


Blackhawks d-man Michal Rozsival won’t have a disciplinary hearing for his big hit on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker during Sunday’s outdoor game at TCF Bank stadium, per the Chicago Tribune.

Rozsival was given a five-minute interference minor and game misconduct for the hit, which forced Zucker from the game entirely.

The 24-year-old was shaken up on the play and had to be helped from the ice, though it appeared some of the damage was caused by Zucker’s head hitting the ice following the hit.

Following the contest, the Star-Tribune reported that Zucker is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Sharks say Wingels ‘out for the near future’ after crashing into boards (Video)


San Jose will be without one of its top energy guys for the next while.

Tommy Wingels, who’s scored at least 15 goals in each of the last two seasons, will be “out for the near future” after crashing into the boards during Thursday’s win over the Panthers, head coach Peter DeBoer confirmed on Friday.

Per the Mercury News, DeBoer said he didn’t believe the injury was of the long-term variety.

Wingels, 27, has five goals and 11 points through 56 games this year, averaging just under 14 minutes per night.

With the Sharks two games into their current five-game road swing, Wingels will continue to travel with the club.

After 12-game absence, Merrill back for Devils tonight

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 04: Jon Merrill #7 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on January 4, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Red Wings defeated the Devils 1-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New Jersey will get a key blueline piece back in time for Friday’s key tilt against the Islanders.

Jon Merrill, who’s missed the last 12 games with an arm injury, will draw back in and play for the first time since Jan. 16.

Merrill, the former University of Michigan standout taken 38th overall in 2010, will be a welcome addition to the Devils lineup. He had scored three points in 36 games this year prior to getting hurt, averaging just under 17 minutes per night.

The Devils head into tonight’s action one point back of Tampa Bay for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.



Komarov suspended three games for ‘deliberately’ elbowing McDonagh


The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Toronto forward Leo Komarov three games for elbowing Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh on Thursday night.

Komarov, who was tossed from the game for the hit, was judged to have “deliberately” elbowed McDonagh in the head, causing him to exit the contest entirely.

“It is important to note that Komarov is in control of this play,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “Backchecking through center ice, he has ample time to take a good angle of approach to deliver this hit in a legal fashion.

“While McDonagh is attempting to make a play with the puck, this is not a case where a player’s sudden or explosive movement may change a legal bodycheck into an illegal one.”

Komarov, Toronto’s leading goalscorer this year and lone All-Star representative, will now miss games against the Flyers, Predators and Hurricanes.

He’s eligible to return next Saturday, when the Leafs take on the Habs in Montreal.

Komarov will also forfeit $47,580.66 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The Rangers have yet to update McDonagh’s condition. He had recently missed time with a concussion.