John Klingberg was finally activated off the injury reserved (IR) after being out since November 14th. Klingberg entered a tough game where the Stars lost 5-2 to Chicago. Klingberg managed to log 26 shifts, 24:30 minutes time on ice, with 2 shots but a -3 plus/minus.
It was released that Zach Hyman will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury. Hyman has 7 goals and 8 assists on the year, this means that Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson get a promotion in minutes now.
The Carolina Hurricanes welcomed back Jordan Staal (concussion) and Michael Ferland (concussion) to the line up Thursday night. The Hurricanes ended up losing 3-1 to Detroit. Staal managed 22 shifts, 17:49 time on ice, 2 shots and -2 plus/minus. Where Ferland managed 21 shifts, 15:57 time on ice, 1 shot and -1 plus/minus.
Nick Bjugstad did not play Thursday night but is said to be eyeing a Saturday return. Bjugstad has 4 goals and 6 assists on the year.
Matt Duchene is said to be returning to the Senators line up Friday. Duchene has missed six games recovering from a lower-body injury. Duchene has been the Senators top forward this season with 12 goals and 22 assists in 29 games.
Max Pacioretty cannot seem to find his way healthy this season. Monday night it was said that Pacioretty was banged up causing him to leave the game and the Golden Knights have placed Pacioretty on the IR for an undisclosed injury. The Knights called up Brandon Pirri from the AHL and Pacioretty’s return is unknown right now.
Ilya Kovalchuk will return to the Kings line up Saturday. Kovalchuk has missed almost three weeks he is returning sooner than expected (4 weeks) after under going a procedure to his ankle. Kovalchuk has 5 goals and 9 assists in 25 games this season.
Trending free agents:
Bryan Rust: The Penguins new Patric Hornqvist esq player seems to filling that role quite well. Rust has 5 goals, 1 assist, 2 game-winning goals and 17 shots on net over the last week of play.
Eric Gustafsson: The Blackhawks power play leading defenseman seems to be finding his role on the Blackhawks blue line. Gustafsson has 3 goals, 2 assists and 2 power play points in his last week of play. He now has 8 goals and 10 assists on the year.
Kevin Hayes: The Rangers most consistent forward this season, Hayes seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder or looking to impress NYR management to stay in New York. Hayes has 2 goals, 4 assists and 3 power play points in the last week of play. He now has 9 goals and 18 assists on the year.
Alexander Edler: The Canucks veteran defenseman is finding his way onto the scoresheet at a consistent rate now. Edler has tallied 5 assists and one goal in the last six games. Edler has 3 goals and 11 assists on the year.
Josh Bailey: The Islanders top forward is not on the same tear he was on last year but he is a consistent force in this line up. Bailey has tallied an assist in 7 of the Islanders last 10 games. Bailey now has 7 goals and 21 assists on the year.