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The Oilers have activated forward James Neal off the injured reserve and he'll play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tippett says Neal is skating this morning, has to come off IR, and if he comes through skate ok, he'll play.@TSN_Edge— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) January 22, 2021
Neal was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list on Jan. 15 and has yet to play this season. He was deemed "unfit to play" since the start of training camp but has been skating.
He had 19 goals and 31 points in 55 games last season for the Oilers.
Lines from Oilers practice:
Neal?/-Shore-Archibald. *Chiasson likely stays in if Neal isn’t ready.
Per TSN's Brent Wallace, goaltender Matt Murray (day off) and forward Derek Stepan (maintenance day) did not skate this morning.
Rookie Tim Stützle is back on the ice after missing the last two games and he is considered day-to-day. He has one goal in two games this season.
Lines from Friday's practice:
The Senators will take on the Winnipeg Jets for a third consecutive game on Saturday night.
The Canucks reassigned defenceman Brogan Rafferty to the taxi squad.
Rafferty, 25, played his only game this season in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, registering one assist. Rafferty joined the Canucks in 2019 after signing as an undrafted free-agent.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets have recalled forward Nathan Gerbe from the taxi squad and assigned forward Emil Bemstrom to the taxi squad.
Gerbe, 33, had four goals and 10 points in 30 games last season with Columbus. He has 62 goals and 148 points in 426 career NHL games split between the Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres.
Bemstrom has zero points in five games this season for the Blue Jackets. The 21-year-old had 10 goals and 20 points in 56 games last season, his first in the NHL.
#CBJ Pierre-Luc Dubois is on the ice this morning to take part in the Blue Jackets’ optional practice.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) January 22, 2021
Pierre-Luc Dubois is on the ice today to take part in the Blue Jackets' optional practice. He played just 3:55 in Thursday's overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. After appearing to give up on a puck battle in the offensive zone in the first period, Dubois did not play for the remainder of the game.
Columbus is back in action on Saturday night against the Lightning.
Forward Jonathan Ang (Florida Panthers) has been placed on unconditional waivers as of 12 p.m. ET Friday.
Brandon Pirri (Chicago Blackhawks) cleared waivers from Thursday.