NHL Buzz: Gaudreau out of Blue Jackets, streak of consecutive games to end

Blue Columbus Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau he’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury and won’t play when the Blues Jackets visit the Dallas Stars on Saturday (6 pm ET; BSSW, BSOH, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The forward suffered the injury in a 3-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Gaudreau’s streak of 349 consecutive games played will end. It’s the third-longest current streak in the NHL, behind the Vegas Golden Knights forward. phil kessell (1,037 games) and defense for Carolina Hurricanes brent burns (733).

“I think we’re breaking history,” Larsen said. “We’re breaking yours, I think it’s [349] games. You smile and say, ‘Yeah, that’s how the season has gone.

The Blues Jackets (17-34-4) are last in the Metropolitan Division and have had numerous injuries this season.

Gaudreau leads Columbus with 52 points and is tied for second with 15 goals, behind the forward boone jennerwho is 16.

“Tonight, we’re going to plug and play and have a different look,” Larsen said. “I think our power play has looked a lot better the last couple of games. We talk about it all the time with what’s wrong. Chemistry is built with reps and time, reps and time, reps and time. They’ve had more reps. Now, Johnny’s not here tonight, so you laugh because you feel like they’re [clicking]. We were dangerous in most of them. You either want to build momentum or keep it going if you’re not going to score. I felt like we kept it or generated it every time.” — Taylor Baird

boston bruins

jake debrush will return for the Bruins when they host the New York Islanders on Saturday (5 pm ET; NESN, MSGSN, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The forward missed 17 games with hand and leg injuries sustained during Boston’s 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2023 Winter Classic on Jan. 2. The Bruins went 12-4-1 in his absence.

“He’s been cleared to play for a while,” coach Jim Mongtomery said Friday. “But that’s where he’s at with the tenderness and just re-checking the boxes so he can be ready to play mentally and physically for himself as well.”

DeBrusk is expected to return to his spot as a right wing on the top line with brad marchand and patrice bergeron.

“The plan is that it’s going to go right where it was, in my mind,” Montgomery said. “But I always like to ask my assistants what they think.”

DeBrusk scored both of Boston’s goals in the Winter Classic and has 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 36 games this season. He ranks fourth on the Bruins in points per game (0.833). — joe pohoryles

toronto maple leaves

Ilya Samsonov will not suit up for the Maple Leafs when they host the Montreal Canadiens (7 pm ET; CBC, SN, CITY, TVAS, ESPN+) due to illness.

Goalie Joseph Wollwho allowed four goals on 40 shots in his season debut, a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 11, will start for Toronto. erik kallgrenwho was recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Saturday, will back up.

“Samsonov is feeling better, not to the point where he can participate in tonight’s game in any role,” coach Sheldon Keefe said. “He came here and skated a bit, he feels better and I hope he gains more energy and strength today.”

Keefe said the hope is that Samsonov can play when the Maple Leafs visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

“We will make a decision, firstly, will he fly with us tonight and secondly, will he play tomorrow? Our hope is that he can feel good enough again to play in tomorrow’s game, but we will have to see how.” . it’s around the clock,” Keefe said.

Samsonov, who is 19-6-2 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage this season, played Wednesday when he made 27 saves in a 5-2 win against the Blackhawks.

Goalie matt murraywho last played on Jan. 17 when he was recalled after allowing four goals on eight shots against the Florida Panthers, has been placed on long-term injured reserve as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, the team confirmed Saturday. General Manager Kyle Dubas.

Murray will be eligible to return on February 28 against the Edmonton Oilers, but Keefe said Friday there is no deadline for his return. He has been on the ice working periodically with goalkeeping coach Curtis Sanford, but has yet to participate in a full practice.

“Matt will be back healthy and ready to roll,” Dubas said Saturday. “This could be a blessing in allowing him to recharge and be ready to roll and be 100% healthy for stage for stage.” — dave mccarthy

colorado avalanche

Cale Makar they returned for the Avalanche when they visited the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

The defenseman missed four games after suffering a head injury in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 7.

“He’s coming with us. That’s all I can give them,” coach Jared Bednar said Friday. “There’s a chance [he’ll play]Yeah.”

Makar is third on the Avalanche with 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists) in 45 games this season and leads the NHL with an average time on ice of 27:04.

pavel francouz he will be out approximately three weeks with a lower body injury. He has missed the last two games.

The goaltender is 7-7-1 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and one shutout.

Just Annunen has been recalled from Colorado of the American Hockey League to endorse Alexander Georgiev. Bednar said there is a chance the goalie could play a game.

gabriel landeskog he is on track to rejoin the Avalanche for ice rehab this month. The striker has missed all 53 games this season after undergoing knee surgery.

There is still no specific date set for his return.

“He’s planning to come back here soon,” Bednar said. — ryan boulding

St Louis Blues

Torey Krug did not play for the Blues as they wrapped up a four-game homestand against the Avalanche on Saturday.

The defenseman, who came off in the second half of a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, returned to play Thursday in a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Krug, who played 5:26 p.m. Thursday, did not practice Friday. He has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 38 games this season.

“He’s fine. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” coach Craig Berube said Friday. “I can’t really comment on whether it’s a player or not. We’ll see. It’s not related to [Tuesday’s] injury, but something happened”.

Rosen Street he moved up from the defensive third pair and played together justin faulk in the top four and Roberto Bortuzzoa healthy scratch in the last four games, played with tyler tucker in the third pairing.

“[Rosen] he played 20 minutes last night (20:24), he did another good job for us with his game,” said Berube. outside.

“The death penalty is one of [Bortuzzo’s] specialties We have a lot of faith in ‘Borts’ and he is ready to go”.

sammy blais he returned to practice Friday, and the forward was in the lineup Saturday after giving up the win against the Devils with 8:53 remaining in the third quarter when he took an illegal check to the head of the New Jersey forward. miles of wood. Blais was removed from the game by observers for concussions. — Lou Korac

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