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The day after Ottawa acquired goaltending help in the form of Mike Condon, the club announced Craig Anderson has left the team to be with his wife, Nicholle.
This is Anderson’s second personal leave since learning of Nicholle’s cancer diagnosis last month.
The first was cut short after he returned to the Sens following an injury to Andrew Hammond. Anderson rejoined his team after Nicholle asked him to, and he proceeded to play in a pair of games — an emotional shutout victory over Edmonton on Sunday, and Tuesday’s 2-1 OT win over Carolina.
Condon will start tonight’s tilt against Vancouver.
The Sens said they’re unsure of when Anderson will rejoin the club. They’re in the midst of a three-game homestand, which wraps on Saturday against Buffalo, and will head out for a two-game road swing through Nashville and Buffalo on Nov. 8-9.
First, the Sabres lost Jack Eichel to an ankle injury.
Then, Evander Kane to cracked ribs.
Now, it’s Zach Bogosian that’s joined the walking wounded.
On Thursday, Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma revealed Bogosian suffered an MCL sprain, an ailment that would keep him out of the lineup for “weeks,” per the Times Herald.
The loss is going to sting, no doubt.
In his second full season (third overall) with the Sabres, Bogosian was looking to build upon a solid ’15-16 campaign, one in which he scored seven goals and 24 points in 64 games, while averaging over 22 minutes a night.
The former third overall pick had struggled a bit this season — pointless through nine games — and his TOI had dropped to just below 19 minutes. But he was still a vital contributor on the Sabres’ back end.
Moving forward, the Sabres will work with a d-man group comprised of Rasmus Ristolainen, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov, Jake McCabe and Casey Nelson. There haven’t been any recalls from the American League — yet.
The hit that knocked Jonathan Drouin out of the Lightning’s last game will keep him out of the next, too.
On Thursday, Bolts head coach Jon Cooper announced that Drouin would be held out of tonight’s game against Boston, and will be evaluated by team doctors. The club is unsure how long Drouin will be out.
Drouin was knocked out of Tuesday’s game early in the first period, following a hit from Isles d-man Calvin de Haan. De Haan was given a five-minute interference major on the play, while Drouin left and didn’t return, finishing with just 18 seconds of ice time.
“He was in good spirits after the game,” Cooper said of Drouin, per NHL.com.
Offensively, the high-flying Bolts are more than equipped to deal with Drouin’s absence, though it will still be a significant loss. The 21-year-old, coming off last year’s impressive postseason and strong effort with Team North America at the World Cup, had five points through 10 games this year, and was averaging 16:35 TOI per night.
After tonight, the Bolts host New Jersey on Saturday before heading down to Sunrise for a Monday night tilt against the Florida Panthers.
Whirlwind start of the season for Jacob Larsson.
Larsson, taken 27th overall by Anaheim at the 2015 draft, was returned to Swedish League side Frolunda this week, a move that comes after he surprised by making the Ducks out of training camp, then proceeded to play four games for the club.
Larsson, 19, also played in four games with AHL San Diego.
So, why the move back home? Apparently Frolunda had a loan agreement in place with Anaheim that allowed for the promising young d-man’s return, to the club that groomed him through the youth and junior ranks.
Last season Larsson played in 47 games for Frolunda, scoring 14 points.
The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder probably wasn’t going to see much more time at the NHL level this year — if at all — especially with Anaheim’s defense coming into full focus. Hampus Lindholm, who recently signed a six-year, $31.5 million extension, is expected to be back next week.
Kings blueliner Tom Gilbert will have a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Anaheim forward Nick Ritchie, the Department of Player Safety announced on Wednesday.
The play in question, which occurred during Anaheim’s 4-0 win last night:
Ritchie left the game and didn’t return. Per Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, he underwent concussion protocol and was being re-evaluated today.
Ritchie won’t play in Anaheim’s game tonight against Pittsburgh.
As for the Kings, losing Gilbert for any length of time would hurt. The club is already down the services of Brayden McNabb, which has forced head coach Darryl Sutter to utilize the likes of Matt Greene and Derek Forbort on the blueline. The veteran Green only appeared in three games last year, missing extensive time with injury, while Forbort has just 24 games of NHL experience.
Gilbert has been a pretty steady contributor this year. He’s averaging over 16 minutes per night through eight games, and has registered three assists.