NHL Buzz: Oettinger expected to be out week for Stars
Jake Oettinger is expected to miss at least a week with a lower-body injury, general manager Jim Nill said.
The goaltender was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers.
“It looked like he got his skate, foot, on the stick,” coach Peter DeBoer said after the game. “Baffling things.”
Oettinger is 5-1-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage through seven games.
Scott Wedgewood will begin against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; BSSW, BSW, ESPN+, SN NOW). The 30-year-old is 0-2-1 with a 4.29 GAA and .880 save percentage through three games.
“We’re very comfortable with [Wedgewood]” Nill said Monday. “That’s why we signed him. We knew these situations were going to come up, there were going to be injuries. It’s the next man up and Scott is ready for it. He will do a good job for us.”
The stars signed Matt Murray to an initial one-year deal, and will likely be Wedgewood’s backup. Murray is 2-2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .926 save percentage in five games with Texas of the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old signed a two-year AHL contract with Texas on July 18.
Oettinger is not expected to travel with the Stars on their three-game road trip, which begins Thursday at the Arizona Coyotes. — Taylor Baird
Charlie McAvoy practiced in a regular jersey and is ahead of schedule in his return from offseason surgery on his left shoulder.
The defender underwent surgery on June 3 and was expected to take six months to recover.
“It’s ahead of December 1st [return], but he’s just starting his progression,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “We have our internal timeline. I’m hoping it will be before November 24, to be honest, but it has to tick the boxes as we continue to move forward here.”
McAvoy will travel with the team on its next three-game road trip, which begins Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, TVAS, SN NOW), but will not play.
“Just to be there to keep practicing and skate before the game to be with the guys, I think we’re at the point where it’s more important for me to be on the ice with the guys than to be out here by myself,” McAvoy said.
McAvoy had a game-high 56 points (10 goals, 46 assists) in 78 games last season.
“We are excited that it will be allowed [have] contact, but he’s still far from being able to play with us,” Montgomery said.
David Krejciwho suffered an upper-body injury against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, will also be on the trip, but the forward will not play against the Penguins and will likely start against the New York Rangers on Nov. 3, according to Montgomery. — Joe Pohoryles
Jeff Carter is day to day due to a lower body injury.
The forward missed practice Monday after being injured in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Kraken on Saturday, which was Pittsburgh’s fourth straight loss. Carter likely won’t play against the Bruins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, TVAS, SN NOW).
Carter has six points (two goals, four assists) in nine games.
Drew O’Connor was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League and replaced Carter at center on the third line.
“His last three games, he’s been one of their best players, if not their best,” coach Mike Sullivan said of O’Connor’s play in the AHL. “He’s played really well. Obviously with ‘Carts’ coming out right now, we needed another center ice man. Specifically we needed a center ice man who could kill penalties.”
Along with Carter, Kris Letang he could be out for the Penguins on Tuesday. The defender did not train on Monday due to illness.
Letang has four assists and is minus-5 in nine games this season.
There were no established defense pairings during training, and defense Jeff Petry replaced Letang on the top power play unit with forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel i Bryan Rust. — Wes Crosby
Brock Boeser will be a game decision against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG, MSG 2, ESPN+, SN NOW) after practice on Monday.
The forward has missed three games with an undisclosed injury. Boeser had hand surgery on September 26th that was supposed to keep him out 3-4 weeks, but returned ahead of schedule to play in the season opener on October 12th.
“He’s getting close,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Boeser has four assists in six games. He rotated to the fourth line during practice and was not in his usual spot on the power play.
“We all know what it is,” Boudreau said. “He’s scored 25 goals every year, so it’s only a matter of time before he starts scoring, and he’s a goalscorer in that sense. He’s been injured since he started on the pitch, so he hasn’t had a real chance to shoot yet come in. ” — Kevin Woodley
Vegas Golden Knights
Laurent Brossoit was traded to Henderson of the American Hockey League on a long-term injured reserve conditioning assignment.
The goaltender has not played since March 15 and had offseason surgery on an undisclosed injury. He went 10-9-3 with a 2.90 GAA, .895 save percentage and a shutout in 24 games last season.
Logan Thompson i Hill of Adin have shared goaltending duties for the Golden Knights this season with Brossoit and Robin Lehner outside Lehner is not expected to play this season due to a hip injury.
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