The Ottawa Senators have confirmed that goalie Robin Lehner and forward Clarke MacArthur both been diagnosed with concussions following a scary incident on Monday against Carolina:
The incident occurred late in the second period of Ottawa’s eventual 6-3 loss. Lehner was able to get up and leave the playing surface under his own power, but MacArthur needed assistance (though was able to leave without having to be stretchered off.)
There does not appear to be any timetable for return for either player. MacArthur and Lehner both missed Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Montreal and will presumably be out for Saturday’s game at home against Florida.
Lehner, who had been starting and was the goalie of record in nine straight games with Craig Anderson out injured, will be replaced by AHL Binghamton call-up Andrew Hammond. And in a move linked to the MacArthur injury, the Sens recalled ’11 first-rounder Matt Puempel from Bingo last night.
Matt Puempel should get a chance to show what he can do in the NHL after the Ottawa Senators announced that he’s been recalled.
Puempel has 12 goals and 32 points in 51 games with the AHL Binghamton Senators this season. He’s in his second full season with Binghamton after being taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The 22-year-old forward could make his NHL debut on Saturday and help fill the void left by Clarke MacArthur, who is on the sidelines after crashing into goaltender Robin Lehner during Monday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
With a 23-23-10 record, the Senators are nine points shy of the second Wild Card seed Boston Bruins. The chances of Ottawa overcoming that gap this late in the season are slim, but they still have a glimmer of hope.
Tuukka Rask was first off from this morning’s skate but, shortly thereafter, Boston head coach Claude Julien refused to say if it would be Rask or Malcolm Subban in goal tonight versus Edmonton.
There are compelling arguments for both. Subban, Boston’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was recalled from AHL Providence yesterday — where he’s fared remarkably well this season — and would be making his big-league debut against a relatively weak Oilers team.
Rask, however, is the club’s clear-cut No. 1 at present time and the Bruins are desperate for a win. The team heads into tonight’s contest having lost five of six, sitting just two points up on Florida for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
If we had to guess, it’ll be Rask that gets the nod.
For Edmonton, Ben Scrivens will start.
Habs at Sens: Dustin Tokarski vs. Andrew Hammond
Wings at Hawks: Jimmy Howard vs. Corey Crawford
Wild at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on a Minnesota starter.
Kings at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a L.A. starter.
Bolts at Ducks: John Gibson for Anaheim, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.