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Torres probably won’t be healthy by end of his suspension


Raffi Torres is eligible to return from his 41-game suspension on Jan. 14, but an injury will likely keep him out for longer than that.

The 34-year-old forward only resumed skating today after undergoing a procedure on Dec. 11 to have scar tissue removed from his surgically repaired right knee, per the Mercury News. The hope is that he’ll be healthy enough to play shortly after his suspension ends.

As previously reported, there’s no question that the Sharks do plan on using him if he’s healthy despite his lengthy history of controversial hits.

His latest infraction occurred during a preseason game when he hit Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg in the head. Torres has apologized for the incident and said, “I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again.”

Between injury woes and suspensions, Torres has only played in 44 games since the start of the 2012-2013 campaign.

Bruins summon AHL standout Griffith, put Krejci on IR

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The Boston Bruins have had more than their fair share of bad news lately, but at least it’s created an opportunity for one of their promising prospects.

With David Krejci expected to miss weeks with an upper-body injury, the Bruins announced that he’s been placed on the injured reserve list. Seth Griffith, 22, has been summoned in a corresponding move.

Griffith is in his third season with AHL Providence and has stood out with 10 goals and 27 points in 24 contests in 2015-16. He hasn’t played with the Boston Bruins yet this season, but he did record 10 points in 30 games while averaging a modest 13:26 minutes with them in 2014-15.

Although it might be too much to hope for him to single-handedly fill the void left by Krejci, the Bruins could certainly use a boost right now. They’ve dropped three straight games and have scored just four goals in that span.

Boston will play against the Senators tonight after suffering a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Sunday.

Elias once again on IR with knee injury

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This could be Patrik Elias‘ final campaign in the NHL and unfortunately it’s been riddled with adversity.

The New Jersey Devils have announced that Elias is on the injured reserve list. His right knee problems, which cost him the first 20 games of the season, are once again the source, per The Record. For what it’s worth though, he previously stated that his current issue is unrelated to his previous injury, even if the general location is the same.

The move is retroactive to Dec. 21, so he can be activated at any time. However, he’s been off the ice for a week now, so his return might not be in the near future.

Elias also missed New Jersey’s game on Dec. 20, but he was listed as a healthy scratch for that contest. Although Elias took issue with that term.

The 39-year-old is in the final season of his three-year, $16.5 million contract.

Update: The Devils have activated Bobby Farnham, per The Record’s Tom Gulitti.

Goalie Nods: Scrivens will make his Habs debut

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The Montreal Canadiens could certainly use a hero right now and with Carey Price unavailable for the role, the recently acquired Ben Scrivens will get an opportunity.

Even after beating Tampa Bay in a shootout last night, the Canadiens are just 4-10-1 since the injured Price last played. But as much as the Canadiens could use some help right now, this start is even more important for Scrivens. Before the trade, the 29-year-old goaltender had been stuck in the minors after struggling as the lowly 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers’ starting netminder.

Scrivens previously had a 1.97 GAA and .931 save percentage in 19 games with Los Angeles and posted a 2.69 GAA and .915 save percentage in 20 contests with Toronto in 2012-13, so he has found success elsewhere, albeit in a more limited role.

The Florida Panthers will counter with Roberto Luongo.


Craig Anderson will start for the Ottawa Sentors. Tuukka Rask will probably get the nod for Boston, but there was no morning skate or announced starter.

Thomas Greiss will play between the pipes for the New York Islanders as Jaroslav Halak (upper body) is unavailable. Jonathan Bernier is in for Toronto.

Cam Ward is Carolina’s starter tonight. He’ll face backup goalie Keith Kinkaid because this is the first of two games in as many days for New Jersey.

Kari Lehtonen will start for Dallas as he looks to build off of his 22-save shutout on Sunday. Columbus’ Curtis McElhinney will also play between the pipes.

Jake Allen will get the nod for the St. Louis Blues. There hasn’t been any indication of who will play for Nashville, but if Pekka Rinne starts, it would be his 10th game in a row.

— Detroit’s Jimmy Howard will be going for his first win since Dec. 3 tonight. The Winnipeg Jets will likely counter with Connor Hellebuyck based on the morning skate, but the team hasn’t officially named a starter.

John Gibson will be in net for the Anaheim Ducks tonight. Calgary will start Karri Ramo.

— Edmonton will go with Cam Talbot between the pipes. It’s up in the air who the Kings will start. If they turn to Jonathan Quick, they would be asking the 29-year-old goalie to play for a third time in four days, but Quick is coming off of a 27-save shutout, so it’s still a possibility.

— Arizona will start Anders Lindback on Tuesday. It’s not known who Chicago will go with, but Corey Crawford has made eight straight starts so we’ll see if they stick with him or give Scott Darling some work.

Ehrhoff believes Ribeiro hit was dirty; is feeling better


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff had to exit Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators late in the second period after being slammed into the boards from behind by Mike Ribeiro.

Ehrhoff has missed games in the past because of concussions, but he might not end up missing any more time due to this incident. He was already back on the ice Sunday for the Kings’ practice, per LA Kings Insider, and is feeling better.

He did take exception to Ribeiro’s hit though, which he described as a “dirty play,” according to Jon Rosen.

You can judge the hit for yourself below:

Ribeiro received a minor penalty for boarding.

Los Angeles went on to earn a victory over the Predators in overtime, extending its winning streak to seven games. The Kings will play Chicago on Monday.