Saturday will mark the sixth straight game Paquette will miss with an undisclosed injury he likely suffered on Nov. 14 against the Panthers. He hasn't taken contact in practice since suffering the ailment, something that will need to happen before he's allowed to return to game action. The 22-year-old forward is hoping to return to Tampa Bay's lineup at some point during the
Craig Anderson will guard the net for Saturday's road start against the Coyotes.
Ottawa will embark on its final match of a three-game road trip. Anderson has performed drastically worse away from Ottawa as he owns a 2.36 GAA at home this season compared to a road GAA of 3.12.
DeMarcus Cousins (back) will not play Saturday in Golden State, Bill Herenda of KFBK AM Radio reports.
Cousins' lower back strain will cause him to miss his third consecutive game Saturday. The injury occurred on Nov.23, and forced Cousins to exit the Sacramento Kings ' game in overtime. Sacramento likely does not want to force Cousins back into action too early, in order to avoid his back becoming a lingering issue. His next opportunity to take the court will be Monday in Sacramento versus the Mavericks. Expect an update on his status prior to that contest.
Lou Williams did not travel with the team to Portland for Saturday's game, Bill Oram of ocregister.com reports.
Unfortunately, Williams' grandfather passed away, and he will not travel with the team to Portland. It is unclear if he is expected to miss any further time. The Los Angeles Lakers next play Sunday at home versus the Pacers.
Nick Schultz has been ruled out of the remainder of Saturday's tilt against the Rangers with an upper-body injury.
Schultz took a big hit from New York's Dylan McIlrath in the first period of Saturday's contest against the Rangers, and headed to the Philadelphia Flyers ' locker room shortly thereafter as a result. The exact nature of the ailment remains unclear, but the Flyers' should provide an update on Schultz' status once they have an opportunity to evaluate him further.
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