NHL Buzz: He’s out several weeks for the Sabers with a lower-body injury
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Eric Comrie is expected to be out for several weeks with a lower-body injury.
The Sabers goaltender was injured Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators while defending Buffalo Rasmus Dahlin brought Ottawa forward Mathieu Joseph to Comrie at 9:43 of the second period. Comrie stayed in the game and allowed a goal 14 seconds later before leaving at 13:08.
An MRI revealed a problem that will keep Comrie out for an extended period.
The Sabers remembered Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of Rochester of the American Hockey League on Thursday. He was 6-3-0 with a 3.07 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in nine AHL games.
Luukkonen was 2-5-2 with a 2.74 GAA and .917 save percentage in nine NHL games last season.
“I talk a lot about confidence, and that certainly helps,” Luukkonen said. “I have this feeling from those games that I’ve been able to do it before, play well at this level. It’s time to prove it again. But in the end, last year doesn’t matter if you don’t play well this year . So I think it’s important to show up again.”
Jack Quinn practiced Friday, and the forward could return Saturday when the Sabers visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNP, MSG-B, ESPN+). He has missed two games with an undisclosed injury.
Zemgus Girgensons he did not practice and will be re-evaluated on Monday. The forward left the game against Ottawa late in the second period with an unspecified injury.
Matthias Samuelsson is closer to returning after taking part in a full practice on Friday. The defenseman, who has missed 12 games with a lower-body injury, skated with Henry Jokiharbut coach Don Granato said they won’t rush him back.
“I think he’s got to get his reps and feel good and confident about where he’s at,” Granato said. — Heather Engel
Curtis Lazar i Vasily Podkolzin each is a game-time decision against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, BSW, ESPN+, SN NOW).
Lazar has missed 10 games with an undisclosed injury, but the Canucks forward practiced Thursday. He has one goal in seven games.
“I can get in touch,” Lazar said. “I’m feeling good. I think we ticked all the boxes, so now it’s in the coach’s hands. I want to play. It’s been a while, so I’m ready to go.”
Podkolzin missed Vancouver’s 5-4 win at Buffalo on Tuesday because of a facial injury suffered in a fight with the Boston Bruins forward. AJ Greer Sunday. The rookie forward practiced Thursday in a full face shield to protect stitches above his right eye.
“I hate [the full shield], but it is necessary for just one game and that’s it,” said Podkolzin. “Everything is fine. I’m lucky I don’t have any injuries, just a couple of stitches and that’s it.” — Kevin Woodley
Vegas Golden Knights
Nicolas Roy is questionable when the Golden Knights visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+).
The forward suffered a lower-body injury in the third period of Vegas’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. He had an assist in 15:14 of ice time, but did not play after 8:58 of the third period.
“I don’t think it’s going to travel,” Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I’ll know better tomorrow if he knows us. I’d definitely question him for Edmonton.”
After playing on Saturday, Vegas will play Vancouver next Monday.
Cassidy said he hasn’t decided if he will center Jake Leschyshyn or forward Michael Amadio would replace Roy in the lineup.
Nikita Zaitsev he was reassigned by the Senators to Belleville of the American Hockey League.
The defenseman, who has been a healthy scratch nine games into the season, cleared waivers on Nov. 10. He has an assist and a minus-3 rating in seven games. The Senators are 0-7-0 with Zaitsev in the lineup this season.
Zaitsev has two seasons remaining, including this one, on a seven-year, $31.5 million ($4.5 million average annual value) contract he signed on May 2, 2017, with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ottawa hosts the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN5, RDS, MSGSN, SN NOW). — Callum Fraser
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