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Flames goaltender Mike Smith said Friday he will start against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. Smith left the team's Monday night win over the St. Louis Blues with an injury and missed the team's blowout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. Smith has started 16 of 18 games for the Flames this season, posting a .921 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA.
The Montreal Canadiens took to the ice for practice on Friday without Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Drouin and Jordie Benn, who were all missing because of the flu. Head coach Claude Julien said all three players will be questionable to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Canadiens lost 5-4 to the Coyotes on Thursday night, Arizona's first regulation win of the season. Julien said he elected against punishing the team with heavy skating, not wanting to give any advantage to the Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maples Leafs
Auston Matthews was on the ice for practice Friday. His status against the Canadiens will be determined after the team's skate on Saturday morning. Matthews has missed the team's previous four games due to an upper-body injury.
The Leafs used the same lines they used Wednesday, when Matthews returned to practice for the first time since Nov. 6:
The Maple Leafs have reached a one-year contract extension with forward Josh Leivo worth $925,000. He has played in five games with the Leafs this season, recording one assist.
Defenceman Hampus Lindholm participated in practice on Friday after missing Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. The 23-year-old has been hampered by a lower-body injury. Lindholm has scored three goals and two assists in 10 games this season.
Forward Brad Marchand will not join the team on their trip to San Jose for Saturday night's game. Marchand, who is on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 11, has missed the Bruins' past two games with an undisclosed injury. The 29-year-old owns eight goals and 15 points in 14 games this season.
Defenceman Torey Krug is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He left Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks and did not play against the L.A. Kings on Thursday. Krug leads all Bruins defenceman with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) this season.
Marc Mehot will miss his fifth straight game Saturday with a lower-body injury. The veteran defenceman has no points in 14 games for the Stars.
Chris Wideman, who dressed as a forward on Thursday night, left the team's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period and did not return. Wideman struggled to put weight on his injured leg as he left the ice. - Ottawa Citizen. What was first refered to as a lower-body injury has been identified as a torn hamstring. According to Senator's coach Guy Boucher, he is expected to be out for weeks. In 16 games this season, Wideman has three goals and five assists.
The Flames signed forward Glenn Gawdin to a three-year, entry-level contract on Thursday. Gawdin was left unsigned by the St. Louis Blues after being selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. Gawdin, who is currently playing with the WHL's Swift Current Broncos, owns 14 goals and 40 points in 20 games this season.
Defenceman Duncan Keith has missed back-to-back practices with an illness. He did not skate on Friday and is considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Keith has appeared in all 19 games for the Blackhawks and leads all Chicago defenders in points with 10 assists.
Vladislav Kamenev is out indefinitely with a broken arm. The 21-year-old winger sustained the injury on Thursday during Colorado's 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals. It was Kamenev's debut with the Avalanche, having come over from Nashville in the Matt Duchene-Kyle Turris trade.
The Avalanche have recalled forward Dominco Toninato from the San Antonio Rampage. The 23-year-old will make his debut on Saturday and is expected to play on a line with Nail Yakupov and Sven Andrighetto. Toninato has scored three goals and three assists in 13 games with Colorado's AHL affilaite.
New Jersey Devils
Defenceman Mirco Mueller will miss 10-12 weeks after having surgery on his broken left clavicle. Mueller left in the first period of New Jersey's 7-5 win against the Blackhawks on Sunday. The 22-year-old has two assists in 13 games in his first seaosn with the Devils.
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