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Brandon Dubinsky (hamstring) has been removed from the injured reserve list.

Dubinsky was already expected to return on Friday and this can be seen as confirmation. He was out for four straight games.
Jan 17 - 2:49 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start Thursday night.

Vasilevskiy is coming off a 35-save shutout over Dallas on Tuesday. He improved to 19-5-2 with a 2.46 GAA and .925 save percentage in 26 contests.
Jan 17 - 2:39 PM

Mackenzie Blackwood will probably start Thursday night.

Blackwood will be going for his third straight win. He has a 2.25 GAA and .935 save percentage in 10 contests this season.
Jan 17 - 2:13 PM

Anders Nilsson is expected to start on Friday against Carolina.

Nilsson has won three of his last four games. He's 6-11-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .904 save percentage in 18 games this season.
Jan 17 - 2:11 PM

Craig Anderson (concussion) will join the Senators on their upcoming two-game road trip.

Ottawa will play in Carolina on Friday and St. Louis on Saturday. Anders Nilsson is expected to start Friday night, though it's possible that Anderson might serve as the backup.
Jan 17 - 2:09 PM

Vincent Trocheck (ankle) joined the Panthers for Thursday's practice.

Trocheck was on a line with the scratches though, so his return isn't imminent. After the practice, it was said that if this were Game 7 of the playoffs, Trocheck would be ready to return at this point. The Panthers don't want to rush him back though, so he'll take a bit more time to recovery.
Jan 17 - 2:04 PM

Brandon Dubinsky (hamstring) will probably return on Friday, per coach John Tortorella.

Dubinsky has missed the Blue Jackets' last four games. He had apparently been dealing with the injury prior to being sidelined, but after re-aggravating it, it was decided that he would be better off taking time off to let it heal properly. "Now, it feels pretty good," Dubinsky reported.
Jan 17 - 1:46 PM

The Kings have specified that Oscar Fantenberg's injury is to his lower-body.

That's not much, but it's something. As previously stated, Fantenberg is expected to miss Thursday's game.
Jan 17 - 1:43 PM

David Backes is expected to draw back into the lineup on Thursday.

Backes was a healthy scratch Wednesday night. He's projected to be on a line with Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner in his return. Noel Acciari will be scratched instead.
Jan 17 - 1:37 PM

Jake Allen is expected to start on Thursday.

Allen was the first goaltender off the ice, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. Allen stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 4-1 win against Washington on Monday.
Jan 17 - 1:35 PM

Matt Lorito has been put on waivers by the New York Islanders.

Lorito hasn't been able to play yet this season, though the fact that he's now on waivers suggests that he's healthy now. He had 23 goals and 46 points in 59 AHL contests last season.
Jan 17 - 1:31 PM

Oscar Fantenberg is working through an unspecified injury.

It wasn't even specified if Fantenberg's injury was upper or lower-body, but what we do know is that he won't play on Thursday. He has an assist in 35 games this season.
Jan 17 - 1:05 PM

Alex Stalock is expected to start Thursday night.

Stalock is getting his second consecutive start after guiding Minnesota to a 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles on Tuesday. Stalock is 6-4-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .901 save percentage in 13 games this season.
Jan 17 - 12:56 PM

Pontus Aberg will make his Minnesota Wild debut on Thursday.

Minnesota acquired Aberg from Anaheim on Wednesday, but because the Ducks were already in Minnesota ahead of tonight's contest, Aberg didn't actually have to travel. "Thankfully I didn't have to travel that far," Aberg said. "Just moved locker rooms pretty much." Aberg is projected to play on a line with Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle and get power-play ice time, so he'll have a fairly big role against his former team.
Jan 17 - 12:55 PM

Taylor Hall (lower body) will miss Thursday and Saturday's games.

After that, the Devils will be off for the All-Star break and a bye week, so Hall will get plenty of rest. He has 11 goals and 37 points in 33 contests this season.
Jan 17 - 12:47 PM



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