Bad news, good news sort of day in Buffalo.
The bad is that Sam Reinhart, the No. 2 overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, suffered an upper-body injury against Colorado on Wednesday, one that will keep him out of the lineup for a week.
The good news?
He won’t miss many games.
Buffalo has just three games left until the All-Star break — tonight against Detroit, Monday at MSG and Tuesday in Ottawa.
Reinhart, who has 12 goals and 20 points in 47 games this season, will be replaced by AHL Rochester call-up Cal O’Reilly on the active roster. O’Reilly is the older brother of Buffalo’s All-Star center, Ryan O'Reilly.
Cal is expected to play wing next to Jack Eichel and Jamie McGinn on the second line against Detroit this evening.
Update: The Sabres have also placed forward Zemgus Girgensons on IR, which was the transaction actually linked to the O’Reilly recall.
From the league:
Today’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center, NHL Game No. 704, has been postponed due to the severe snowstorm impacting the Washington, D.C., area.
A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
A decision regarding Sunday’s Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals game at Verizon Center, NHL Game No. 720, will be announced Saturday morning.
This decision comes after the NHL had already bumped up the start time of the Ducks-Caps game to 5 p.m. ET.
Per CNN, D.C. has issued a blizzard warning, with estimations of winds reaching speeds of 60 mph, and some areas projected to receive “over two feet of fresh snow.”
Washington could see the most. Starting Friday afternoon and into Saturday night, up to 30 inches could fall in the nation’s capital.
Here’s a name to keep an eye on as we get closer and closer to the collegiate free agent period:
If the surname’s familiar, that’s because Brandon — currently starring at Providence College — is the younger brother of Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev, who himself was an undrafted college free agent from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Per TSN, “as many as a dozen” NHL clubs have shown interest in the 24-year-old Brandon, who scored the game-winning goal in Providence’s win over Boston College in last year’s Frozen Four championship game.
This year, Brandon, a forward, has eight goals and 18 points in 22 games, emerging as one of the Friars’ top scorers.
It’s not surprising clubs are keeping tabs on Brandon, given the success his older brother’s had at the NHL level.
After a brief stint at R.I.T, Chris emerged as one of Vancouver’s top blueliners and, last March, signed a five-year, $22.25 million extension with the club, one that will keep him with the Canucks through 2020.
For the second time this season, the Red Wings have waived a player with over 200 games of NHL experience.
On Friday, Detroit exposed forward Joakim Andersson to waivers, the club announced. Andersson, 26, has appeared in 25 games this season, scoring one goal and three points while averaging just 9:22 TOI per game — down significantly from the ’13-14 campaign, when he posted a career-high 17 points and averaged nearly 14 minutes per night.
On a one-year, $815,000 deal, Andersson has been in and out of the Detroit lineup this season, spending plenty of time in the press box as a healthy scratch.
Should he clear waivers, he’ll be off to Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, where he’d join the other 200-game NHL veteran waived earlier this season — defenseman Jakub Kindl.
On Sunday, the New York Islanders were forced to play one of their thinnest bluelines of the year in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Tonight, that blueline will be much deeper.
Travis Hamonic will return from a four-game absence when the Isles take on the Senators in Ottawa, the club confirmed on Friday morning. It’s a welcome return for New York, as Hamonic plays nearly 24 minutes a night, and is coming off a career-high 33 points in ’14-15.
The 25-year-old, who’s been in the headlines this year because of his trade request, hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury against the Capitals on Jan. 7.
That injury put Hamonic on the shelf next to fellow blueliners Johnny Boychuk and Adam Pelech, forcing head coach Jack Capuano to ice a defense comprised of Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey, Marek Zidlicky, Brian Strait, Scott Mayfield and Calvin de Haan against Vancouver.
Leddy and Hickey both played over 25 minutes, while de Haan clocked in at 23:40.
Mayfield will be the one to come out of the lineup for Hamonic.
Related: Isles’ D takes another hit as Pelech (upper body) reportedly done for year