Austin Rivers (hand) is questionable to play Sunday versus the Heat, Dan Woike of the OC Register reports.
After injuring his hand in Wednesday's contest versus the Timberwolves, Rivers missed the following game Friday. His status Sunday will likely depend on how his hand is feeling closer to tip-off. If he cannot go, Jamal Crawford should see an expanded role in the the backup rotation. Expect an update on his status closer to game-time.
Graovac was summoned by the parent club in a move that corresponds to defenseman Jonas Brodin landing on injured reserve with a broken foot. This leaves Minnesota with only six healthy blueliners on the active roster, whereas the forward group is well stocked now that Graovac is with the parent club. Standing tall at 6-foot-5, Graovac turned in two goals and five assists with AHL Iowa prior to the call-up. He's only played in four NHL games and still needs to figure out how to use his size to his advantage, especially since his skating needs work.
Cam Talbot will be in the crease in Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reports.
Talbot has been red hot lately, posting a 2-0-0 record with an impressive 1.50 GAA and .960 save percentage in his last two appearances. The 28-year-old netminder will look to earn a third consecutive win Saturday in a favorable road matchup with a Canadiens club averaging just 2.40 goals per game at home this season, 25th in the NHL.
Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case and will make $4 million in 2016, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
While arbitration trials aren't the best way to get on the right foot with a new team, Chavez will bring a solid back-of-the-rotation presence to a staff that needs starting depth. The $4 million salary is a $1.85 million raise from last season.
Kevin Martin (wrist) has been downgraded to doubtful for Saturday's matchup with the Bulls, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Martin is expected to miss his seventh game in a row due to a sore wrist on Saturday. Zach Lavine should continue to benefit statistically from his absence. The Minnesota Timberwolves next play Monday versus the Pelicans. Consider Martin day-to-day moving forward.
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