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  • Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Won't return Wednesday

    Kuznetsov won't retake the ice Wednesday against the Jets due to an upper-body injury and will be reevaluated Thursday.

    Kuznetsov was reportedly elbowed in the head during the contest, which certainly is a cause for concern that could include concussion tests. Additional info regarding his status will likely surface following his reevaluation Thursday, so consider the star pivot a question mark ahead of Friday's game against the Avalanche.

  • Kings' Gabriel Vilardi: Receives green light for full practice

    Vilardi (back) has received medical clearance to return to a full practice, but Kings GM Rob Blake said it'll be a couple of weeks before the team can determine the subsequent recovery step for the prospect, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    It's been a painfully slow recovery process for Vilardi, as the first-round (11th overall) pick from the 2017 draft has carried an injury label since it was announced in late July that he'd miss the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase. Still, if you are involved in a dynasty league and have room to stash Vilardi, the move could pay off in spades, as he's known as a 200-foot player who absolutely shredded the OHL circuit with 157 points (68 goals, 89 assists) in 143 contests split between Windsor and Kingston.

  • Derek Grant C | PIT

    Penguins' Derek Grant: Brought up to big club

    The Penguins recalled Grant from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.

    Sidney Crosby is currently being evaluated for an upper-body injury, so if he's unable to go Thursday against Tampa Bay, Grant may draw into the lineup against the Lightning. The veteran pivot has potted three goals in four AHL appearances this campaign.

  • Sam Carrick C | ANA

    Ducks' Sam Carrick: Summoned by parent club

    The Ducks recalled Carrick from AHL San Diego on Wednesday, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.

    The Ducks only had 12 healthy forwards on their roster prior to Carrick's promotion, so he'll round out the team's depth for the foreseeable future. The 26-year-old forward has been productive in the minors this season, notching six goals and 11 points in 10 appearances.

  • Tomas Hertl LW | SJ

    Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Deemed day-to-day

    Hertl is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The Sharks will reportedly release another update on Hertl's status Thursday, which should shed more light on his status for the evening's matchup with the Maple Leafs. If Hertl's unable to go, Rourke Chartier will likely replace him in the lineup against Toronto.

  • Devin Shore LW | DAL

    Stars' Devin Shore: Still 10 days away

    Shore (lower body) will likely be sidelined for approximately 10 more days, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Shore's updated timeline suggests he'll likely be on the shelf until Nov. 24 against the Avalanche at a minimum. The Stars may opt to place the 24-year-old forward on injured reserve to open up a roster spot during his extended absence.

  • Dillon Dube C | CGY

    Flames' Dillon Dube: Won't play Thursday

    Dube (concussion) isn't expected to play Thursday against the Canadiens, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

    Dube's concussion is apparently no longer an issue, but coach Bill Peters wants the 20-year-old pivot to log a little more practice time before returning to game action. Dube's next opportunity to rejoin the lineup will come Saturday against the Oilers.

  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Being evaluated for injury

    According to coach Mike Sullivan, Crosby is being evaluated for an upper-body injury.

    It isn't clear when Crosby may have suffered an injury, as he looked fine while logging a whopping 21:32 of ice time Tuesday against New Jersey, but this is definitely a situation worth monitoring ahead of Thursday's matchup with Tampa Bay. Another update on the superstar's status should surface prior to puck drop against the Lightning.

  • Sabres' Patrik Berglund: Healthy scratched

    Berglund sat in the press box during Tuesday's contest against Tampa Bay.

    This is the second time Berglund has been a healthy scratch for the Sabres. He's had a rough start in Buffalo, posting just four points in 16 games. He started out as the No. 2 center, but quickly got relegated to fourth-line duties. Berglund scored 17 goals in 57 games last year for St. Louis, a pace of 24 goals in a full season. He'll have his work cut out for him if he's to come anywhere near that total this time around.

  • Victor Rask C | CAR

    Hurricanes' Victor Rask: Continues to progress

    Rask (hand) is "getting close to being hopefully cleared to work with us pretty soon," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Wednesday, as relayed from Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site.

    It's not abundantly clear what "work with us" constitutes, but either way, it's safe to deduce that Rask is making solid progress in his recovery from a right hand injury. A report from Saturday indicated that he's been performing skating, stickhandling and shooting drills, and the pivot's likely ramped up his activity since then. Lucas Wallmark and Clark Bishop have been holding down the center spot in the bottom six with Rask out of commission.

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