Vegas Golden Knights
Jack Acorn is day to day Shea Theodore week to week and Zach Whitecloud month to month for the Golden Knights, each with a lower-body injury.
Eichel, a forward, missed a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. He had one shot on goal in 20:15 of ice time in a 2-1 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday after missing the previous two games and leads the Golden Knights in points (29) and goals (13) and is third in assists (16).
Theodore, a defenseman, left the game Friday in overtime after colliding shins with Philadelphia defenseman Travis Sanheim, and was helped off the ice and immediately and went to the tunnel. He leads Vegas at the position with 22 points (four goals, 18 assists).
Whitecloud was injured during the second period Sunday when he collided with Boston forward Taylor Hall. The defenseman has six points (one goal, five assists) in 30 games.
The Golden Knights visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 pm ET; TSN3, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, SN NOW).
Cole Caufield is expected to be available for the Canadiens against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday (7 pm ET; SN, RDS, ESPN+, SN NOW).
The forward traveled to Ottawa with his teammates one day after leaving a 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames in Montreal on Monday. Caufield sustained an upper-body injury following a hit by Flames forward Trevor Lewis at 3:55 of the second period.
“I think it happened quick,” Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis said after the game. “I don’t know if it was incidental or dirty, I just think it was one of those hockey plays.”
Caufield played 8:05. He leads the Canadiens with 16 goals and his 25 points are second to forward Nick Suzukiit’s 29
defenseman David Savard (upper body) and forward Sean Monahan (lower body) will be out 2-3 weeks. Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) and Mike Matheson (lower body) are day to day. Drouin, a forward should be back soon; Matheson, a defenseman, did not travel to Ottawa.
Peter Mrazek was activated off injured reserve and will start for the Blackhawks against the Washington Capitals at United Center in Chicago (9 pm ET; ESPN, SN1, SN NOW).
The goalie has been out since Dec. 3, when he left a game against the New York Rangers because of a groin injury. He also missed eight games because of a groin injury sustained Oct. 21
“We want to get him back in,” Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said. “His last game was a really solid game. Unfortunately, just precaution he had to come out with the injury. It’ll be nice to get him back in.”
Mrazek is 2-5-1 with a 4.05 goals-against average and .884 save percentage in nine games.
“I skated five days after the Rangers game, so I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious,” Mrazek said after practice Saturday. “The things I’ve been working on all season long and started in the summer, [I’m] doing it still right now with all the trainers here and with the staff. Hopefully that’s the positive sign, if something happens it’s nothing big, so I just have to keep doing that. [It’s] positive that I’m on the ice that early.”
Forward Tyler Johnson will play against the Capitals on Tuesday. Johnson will come off injured reserve with a left ankle injury sustained during a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 24. Johnson has six points (two goals, four assists) in six games.
“Tyler’s going to be in,” Richardson said. “We’re going to start him with (Jason) Dickinson and (Jujhar) Khaira on the right wing. There’ll be times when, after a penalty kill or something, we can throw him out there with (Max) Domi, ( Patrick) Kane and inch him in, and he’ll be on the second power-play unit.
“Happy to have him back. I think he’s going to add a lot of depth to our lineup.”
With Mrazek coming off IR, goalie Jason Stauber was assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League. — Tracey Myers
New York Islanders
Kyle Palmieri and Anthony Beauvillier did not play for the Islanders at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
Each forward took part in the morning skate. Palmieri practiced Monday for the first time since he sustained an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 21. Beauvillier (upper body) also practiced after missing a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Palmieri has missed 10 games. He has nine points (six goals, three assists) in 20 games.
Beauvillier has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 27 games.
New Jersey Devils
Mackenzie Blackwood was assigned to Utica of the AHL for a conditioning loan.
The goalie got extended work against the first power-play unit at New Jersey’s morning skate ahead of its game at the New York Rangers on Monday. He missed his 17th game since getting injured during a 4-3 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 3.
“Mackenzie’s been full-go now,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “He had a couple of really good practices. The plan is to get him down to Utica to play a couple of games and just get him back in game form, and then we go from there.”
Blackwood is 4-2-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .880 save percentage in seven games. He was limited to 25 games (24 starts) last season because of a recurring left heel injury.
“You could just feel it right away,” Blackwood said of his knee injury. “Luckily it wasn’t too bad of an injury, just takes a little bit of time to heal up nice and strong. Getting hurt is frustrating, especially last year having that injury for so long. But I was happy with where my game was at the start of the year and excited to keep trying to build off that.I guess now we hit the ground where I was and build everything from there.
“I’m feeling pretty good. Last week’s been good on the ice, getting back to practice, getting the reps I need. Knee’s feeling good, game’s coming back good. It’s been a good week.” — Jon Lane
LoganStanley other Saku Maenalanen are each out 3-4 weeks for the jets because of an upper-body injury.
Stanley, a defenseman, lost his balance and fell into the boards at 4:29 p.m. of the first period in a 3-1 win against the Blackhawks on Dec. 9. Maenalanen, a forward, left in the first of a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues the night before.
“They’re 3-4 weeks,” Winnipeg coach Rick Bowness said. “You rehab them for a couple weeks and then you see where it goes, right? We’re a couple weeks away from that. They’re not playing in the next little while.”
The Jets claimed forward Karson Kuhlman off waivers from the Seattle Kraken and recalled forward Kevin Stenland from Manitoba of the AHL. Stenlund will play against the Golden Knights.