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Forward Alexander Ovechkin and defenceman Dmitry Orlov were both on the ice ahead of the Washington Capitals morning skate on Saturday. Neither players has suited up since being placed on the COVID-related absence list on Jan. 20 for violating the league's coronavirus protocols.
There has been no word yet on their status for Saturday night's matchup against the Boston Bruins following their four-game absence. Ovechkin, 35, has recorded on goal and four assists in four games this season. Orlov, 29, has not recorded a point and has a -4 rating in four games played this season.
The Capitals have also re-assigned forward Philippe Maillet, 28, to the taxi squad from the AHL's Hershey Bears. Forward Connor McMichael, 20, was re-assigned from the taxi quad to the Bears.
Goaltender Jake Allen will start in place of Carey Price for the Canadiens in Saturday's game rematch the Calgary Flames.
Allen, 30, has started two games this season, recording a 2-0-0 record with a .907 save percentage and 2.01 goals against average.
Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot (undisclosed) did not practice on Saturday after leaving in the third period of Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Head coach D.J. Smith said after the game "We hope he'll be alright."
The Oilers did not skate on Saturday ahead of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their projected lineup for the game:
Koskinen - 10th straight start
The team added goalie Troy Grosenick and forward Tyler Ennis to the active roster prior to Saturday's game. Grosenick, 31, was claimed by the Oilers off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings earlier this season. The 31-year-old Ennis, a 12-year NHL veteran, had played four games with the Oilers this season.
G Stuart Skinner and F Joakim Nygard have been moved to the taxi squad while Alan Quine has been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors. Skinner, 22, was drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Nygard, 28, has played four games with the Oilers this season, failing to record a point. Quine,27, has played 106 NHL games throughout his career, most recently with the Calgary Flames. He had one goal in nine games with the Flames last season.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils have recalled forward Nick Merkley from the taxi squad on Saturday.
Merkley, 30, was drafted 30th overall by the Arizona Coyotes in 2015. The Calgary native has played two games with the Devils this season, registering one assist.
Panthers forward Gustav Forsling will miss 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury, according to head coach Joel Quenneville. Quenneville also says forwards Aleksi Heponiemi and Juho Lammikko could be in the lineup Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Forsling, 24, has not recorded a point in three games this season. Heponiemi, 22, was drafted by the Panthers in the second round, No.40 overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft but has yet to play and NHL game. Lammikko, 25, played 40 games with the Panthers in the 2018-19 season, recording six assists in 40 games.
Forsling was placed on injured reserve Saturday afternoon. Heponiemi and forward Owen Tippett were added to the active roster while forward Ryan Lomberg was assigned to the taxi squad.
Tippett, 21, was drafted 10th overall by the Panthers in the 2017 NHL Draft. He has played three games this season while registering a -3 rating and four penalty minutes. Lomberg, 26, has played one game with the Panthers this season, failing to register a point.
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