Carolina will have its regular goalie tandem back prior to the holiday break.
Eddie Lack, out since late November with a concussion, has been activated from IR and will rejoin the team ahead of tomorrow’s game against Buffalo.
In conjunction with the Lack news, the ‘Canes also announced that veteran netminder Michael Leighton has been reassigned to AHL Charlotte.
Lack missed the last 14 games with the concussion, and during that time Cam Ward started the majority of Carolina’s games, and fared well. So it’ll be interesting to see when the lanky Swede returns to game action, and how he fares.
Lack struggled to start this year and, at the time of his injury, had all but ceded the net to Ward.
Before the concussion, Lack played just twice in November — one was a 4-1 loss to New Jersey, in which he allowed three goals on 20 shots. The other was a 28-second appearance against Anaheim on Nov. 10.
Concussion sidelines Andrew Shaw for at least Habs’ next two games
The Montreal Canadiens were already a little slim at center, and now they’ll be without Andrew Shaw for at least this weekend.
The Habs ruled him out of tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks and Saturday’s contest vs. the Washington Capitals because of a concussion. The team noted that Shaw’s issues really started to surface on Thursday afternoon.
With Gallagher struggling a bit so far in 2016-17, that really does seem like a concentration of the Canadiens’ best available assets.
If nothing else, Montreal probably hopes to get Shaw back in a week. They start a seven-game road trip (and play nine of 10 on the road) starting on Dec. 23. Even with a gap between those stretches thanks to the New Year, that could be a real challenge, even with Shaw in the mix.
Concussions can be a tricky thing to deal with, however, so we’ll need to wait and see.
PHT Morning Skate: NHL’s concussion spotters are off to a rough start
–The NHL now has concussion spotters watching every game from the league’s headquarters in New York. These spotters have the power to remove players from games if they think they’re concussed. In theory, it seems to be a good idea, but the spotters have had a tough time so far. (Associated Press)
–Sean McIndoe takes a look at five players that have been confusing to follow this season. Some are confusing because they’ve overachieved and others are confusing because they’ve flopped so far in 2016-17. (The Hockey News)
–The Penguins’ third pairing of Ian Cole and Justin Schultz have been solid this season because they’ve kept things simple. The duo wants more ice time, but they don’t want to stray away from what’s made them successful. “If we’re given more responsibility, we’re certainly very excited for that and are ready to run with that opportunity. I don’t think we should try to change anything,” said Cole. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
–The Boston Bruins were down 3-0 to the Washington Capitals last night, but they managed to fight back and force overtime. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Caps center Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame. You can watch the highlights of the game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
–Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews donated $1 million to a community center in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. “From my earliest days playing hockey, Dakota Community Centre has always played a pivotal role in my upbringing and my career”, Toews said. (The Score)
–Nashville Predators teammates Mike Ribeiro and P.K. Subban go head-to-head in a game of pickup basketball. The matchup was pretty one-sided. Let’s just say they should both stick to hockey.
–Last Week, the ‘Hawks were forced to sign an emergency goalie after Corey Crawford was unable to play. They settled on Eric Semborski, who is an employee at the Flyers’ practice facility. Now, Topps decided to create a hockey card of Semborski.
Some great news out of Ottawa on Wednesday — Clarke MacArthur, who’s missed the entire season while recovering from a concussion suffered in training camp, has been cleared for contact in practice, per TSN 1200.
“Every day he looks better and better,” head coach Guy Boucher said. “He looks so good out there, and he’s looked good for a while now.
“We are definitely going in the right direction. You can see it in his demeanor, you can see it on the ice. He’s doing all the difficult exercises and pushing the body to the max, and now he’s allowed to do bodychecks in practices.”
The incident made waves across the league as Bobby Ryan jumped Sieloff following the hit (Chris Neil was also seeking retribution, before the Sens removed Sieloff from practice).
When healthy, MacArthur plays a key role for the Sens. He had two pretty productive campaigns for Ottawa in ’13-14 (scoring a career-high 24 goals) and ’14-15 (36 points in just 62 games played), part of the reason why the club gave him a five-year, $23.25 million extension two summers ago.