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    Hurricanes' Jordan Staal: Officially ruled out Saturday

    Staal (personal) will skip Saturday's matchup against the Red Wings, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

    Staal's absence should have been expected given the quick turnaround from Friday's announced absence to Saturday's game. It's neither clear exactly what the family reason is behind his absence, nor when he will be ready to return, but the veteran pivot will have a couple more days before his next chance to rejoin the team on its three-game road trip. The next stop is in Buffalo on Tuesday, followed by the finale Thursday against the Flyers.

  • Islanders' Casey Cizikas: Four points in last 12 games

    Cizikas has two goals and two assists (12 games) since returning from a hand injury Jan. 30.

    Due to numerous injuries to the bottom-six forwards for the Isles this season, Cizikas has been asked to do more than just be a checker on the fourth line. While he is on pace to produce the most goals in his career, that has come with a cost as his assist production is down, and he is currently a minus-4, a figure that would be the second worst of his career. Cizikas is currently back to centering the fourth line with his usual linemates -- Cal Clutterbuck on the right side and Ross Johnston or Jason Chimera on the left.

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    Hurricanes' Jordan Staal: Unlikely to play Saturday

    Staal (personal) is not expected to play in Saturday's road game against the Red Wings. the Charlotte Observer reports.

    Staal already missed Friday's home game against the Penguins due to "personal and family reasons," so hopefully everything is OK in that regard. Assuming he does miss out on the action in Detroit, Staal's next chance to play will be Tuesday -- a road draw against the Bruins.

  • Coyotes' Laurent Dauphin: In consideration to play Sunday

    Dauphin, who was traded back to Arizona on Jan. 10, has been recallled from AHL Tuscon with a chance to draw in against the Canucks on Sunday, Craig Morgan of NHL.com reports.

    Dauphin was property of the Blackhawks before rejoining the team that took him with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He has three goals and one assist over 32 career games with the 'Yotes -- that won't excite fantasy owners, though.

  • Golden Knights' Stefan Matteau: Sent to AHL

    Matteau was demoted back to AHL Chicago on Saturday, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

    Matteau has a few stints at the top level under his belt at a young age, but the 24-year-old has yet to secure a full-time gig. While there is still time for him to develop, the big-bodied forward may never be anything more than a physical presence when he takes the ice in the NHL.

  • Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Expected to miss at least a week

    Matthews (shoulder) is estimated to be out 7-to-10 days, the Toronto Sun reports.

    Coach Mike Babcock reportedly applied a "day-to-day" label for Matthews' injury Friday, but this report clarifies that he actually means the star pivot could be out for a week at a minimum. "He's going to be out for a bit anyway, so it's an opportunity to see Willy (Nylander) or (Patrick) Marleau or whoever will play in the middle or someone else," Babcock said. "We have guys on the (AHL) Marlies dying for an opportunity, too. We'll sort it out as we go." Matthews' MRI from Friday evidently is still pending, but the eventual results should help firm up the return timetable for the American star.

  • Oilers' Drake Caggiula: Returns to lineup

    Caggiula is expected to suit up Saturday night against the Kings, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

    Caggiula will return to the lineup after missing Thursday's contest with an illness and will be paired with Jujhar Khaira and Iiro Pakarinen on the third line. With just 13 points in 46 games in 2017-18, the 23-year-old winger should only be relied upon in deep leagues and daily formats that cater to his bruising style.

  • Ducks' Kalle Kossila: Back in NHL

    Kossila was recalled from AHL San Diego on Saturday, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.

    Kossila's recall comes on the heels of the team's announcement that John Gibson was placed on injured reserve. It's unlikely the 24-year-old will play a major role for the Ducks, but he's posted an impressive campaign in the NHL this season -- totaling 38 points in 35 games. He should provide some depth up front and could be a candidate to stick around with the trade deadline and roster expansion looming.

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    Kings' Jeff Carter: Game-time call Saturday

    Carter (ankle) is considered a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup against the Oilers, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Carter was initially considered doubtful for Saturday's affair, but he's apparently made some progress following a night's rest. Official word on his status could come down to pregame warmups, though the team will need to activate him from injured reserve in order for him to play.

  • Flyers' Travis Konecny: Will play Saturday

    Konecny (foot) is active for Saturday's road game against the Senators, per the NHL.com roster report.

    While Konecny appears to be active, there's a chance that he could be limited given how his status came down to pregame warmups. The second-year forward has compiled 15 goals, 19 assists and three power-play points through 60 games, and he's shown rapid improvement defensively, working with a plus-12 rating this season after turning in a minus-2 mark in 2016-17.