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Toronto Maple Leafs
Forwards James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak both missed the morning skate this morning ahead of their game Monday night versus the Bruins. And as such, there were significant changes among the Leafs' lines during the session. This was the third straight practice that van Riemsdyk has missed, but head coach Mike Babcock expects him to play Monday.
Forward Patrice Bergeron took a maintenance day on Sunday and did not practice. Initially, it was unclear if Bergeron would be ready to go against the Maple Leafs on Monday, but it appears that he will in fact be in the lineup.
Forward David Backes missed Monday's morning skate, but head coach Bruce Cassidy still expects him to play.
Goalie Tuukka Rask will get the start in net against the Leafs, and it appears that he'll also get the call when the Bruins return to Boston Tuesday night for the second half of their back-to-back.
The Canucks have announced that Goalie Jacob Markstrom has food poisoning and won't travel with the team to Chicago for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night, but he may join his club at some point during their upcoming four-game road trip that begins in Chicago. The team also said that forwards Brendan Gaunce and Loui Eriksson will not travel period with the team during this stretch.
Forward Jamie Benn (eye) is expected back in the lineup Monday night against the San Jose Sharks. Been did not play in Friday's loss to the Calgary Flames after he took a glove to the eye in a win over the Canucks last Thursday.
Forward Jason Spezza (back) did not participate in morning skate and continues to appear doubtful versus the Sharks.
Goalie Kari Lehtonen is likely to be in net Monday night.
Head coach Dave Tippett does not expect forward Shane Doan (lower body) to play on Monday against the Nashville Predators. Doan was injured in Thursday's loss to the Detroit Red Wings, and did not play in Saturday’s loss to the St. Louis Blues. - The Arizona Republic
Columbus Blue Jackets
Forward Alexander Wennberg (head, neck) was held out Sunday's win over the New Jersey Devils. Wennberg, said he feeling "OK", after being slammed headfirst into the boards by Islanders forward Ryan Strome on Saturday, but Blue Jackets' general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said his forward will be examined Monday in Columbus. It is not known if Wennberg passed or failed the NHL's concussion protocol. - The Columbus Dispatch
Detroit Red Wings
Forward Darren Helm (lower body) is questionable for Monday night versus the Buffalo Sabres. - Detroit Free Press
Forward Tomas Nosek will be in the lineup Monday; it will be his first appearance this season.
Forward Mitch Callahan (shoulder injury) will not play on Monday.
Head coach Jeff Blashill said that forward Darren Helm is day-to-day, making him unlikely to suit up against the Sabres or against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday as well, but there is apparently a chance that he could return Friday versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
San Jose Sharks
Head coach Peter DeBoer said that forward Jannik Hansen (upper body) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Dallas Stars.
The Sabres have recalled defenceman Casey Nelson and Brady Austin from the Rochester Americans (AHL).
NHL Game Notes
NHL Goal Leaders – Jan 7th to Present
Player Team G GP
Brad Marchand Bos 27 30
Filip Forsberg Nsh 20 32
Patrick Kane Chi 20 30
Nikita Kucherov TB 18 31
Evgeni Malkin Pit 17 24
T.J. Oshie Was 17 27
Kyle Palmieri NJ 17 31
Bruins (82P) at Maple Leafs (79P) - (Regional Broadcast) 730PM on TSN4
TOR is 3-0-0 vs BOS this season, 14GF. 1-0-0 at home
1-1-1 past 3GP, 8GF, 2/8 on PP
Marner (2G, 5A) last 8GP
4-1-0 past 5GP (lost last), 23GF, 4/13 on PP
Marchand (5G, 4A) last 3GP
Sabres (70P) at Red Wings (28-31-11) - 730PM
BUF is 2-0-1 vs DET this season. 1-0-0 in DET.
won 2 straight, 9GF, 4/10 on PP
Zetterberg (1G, 2A) last 2GP
2-5-1 past 8GP, 17GF, 6/22 on PP
Eichel (2G, 2A) last 4GP
Coyotes (61P) at Predators (81P) - 8PM
ARZ is 2-0-0 vs NSH this season, both at home. NSH has won 5 straight at home vs ARZ
5-1-1 past 7GP, 32GF, 8/23 on PP
Johansen (2G, 2A) last 4GP
0-1-1 past 2GP, 7GA, 6/9 on PK
Vrbata (1G, 1A) last 3GP
Sharks (91P) at Stars (66P) - 830PM
SJ is 1-0-0 vs DAL this season, winning at home. SJ has gone 2-1-0 past 3GP in DAL
1-4-0 past 5GP, 9GF, 2/10 on PP
Seguin (1G) last 4GP
lost 2 straight, 1GF in each game, 1/5 on PP
Burns (0P) last 5GP
Kings (75P) at Oilers (85P) - 9PM
Teams have split 2GP this season, EDM 1-0-0 at home. LAK have gone 2-1-0 past 3GP in EDM
won 3 straight, 16GF, 5/11 on PP
McDavid (2G, 3A) last 3GP
1-2-1 past 4GP, 7GF, 1/11 on PP
Carter (1A) last 4GP