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Carey Price will start on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks, one day after being activated off of injured reserve. Price missed the team's past three games with a lower-body injury which he said he had been dealing with for roughly seven weeks.
Head coach Claude Julien said forward Andrew Shaw suffered a neck injury in Dallas on New Year's Eve, sending him to injured reserve on Thursday. The neck injury is giving Shaw headaches, but team doctors are not diagnosing it as a concussion. However, they are administering concussion protocol because of Shaw’s history.
Projected Lines vs. Canucks
Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Drouin - Domi - Byron
Lehkonen - Kotkaniemi - Armia
Agostino - Chaput - Deslauriers
Mete - Weber
Reilly - Petry
Kulak - Benn
Centre Jack Eichel is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will miss the team's next two games, head coach Phil Housley announced Thursday.
Eichel, who was named to the Atlantic All-Star team on Wednesday, has 15 goals and 49 points in 40 games this season.
The Sabres host the Panthers tonight before visiting the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Thursday's Practice Lines
Extras: Petan, Appleton
Roberto Luongo will start Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres. The 39-year-old is 8-7-1 with an .897 save percentage and a 3.19 goals-against average this season.
New York Islanders
Robin Lehner will start in net Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, while Tom Kuhnhackl will draw back into the lineup after a two-game absence.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs recalled Michael Hutchinson and Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League ahead of their afternoon clash against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. According to TSN Maple Leafs reporter Kristen Shilton, Hutchinson is likely to get the start today.
Backup goalie Garret Sparks was slated to make his fourth straight start in net, but will be held out due to precautionary reasons as he's currently under concussion protocol following Wednesday’s practice. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports Sparks took a shot to the mask during Wednesday's practice. The 25-year-old Sparks has a 6-2-1 record with a .905 save percentage and a 3.01 goal-against average in 10 games this season.
Starter Frederik Andersen remains sidelined with a groin injury and was placed on the injured reserve (retroactive to Dec. 23) on Thursday.
Toronto picked up Hutchinson from the Florida Panthers over the weekend for a 2020 fifth-round pick while Kaskisuo has never played in a NHL game.
Hutchinson posted a 1-1-2 record in four games with the Panthers this season with an .893 save percentage and a 4.17 goals-against average. He allowed four goals on 34 shots in his first start with the Toronto Marlies on Monday - a 5-4 overtime win.
Kaskisuo has a 3-5-1 record this season with a .866 save percentage and a 4.12 GAA in 11 games with the Marlies.
The team used the following lines in practice Wednesday:
TSN Game Notes
NHL Point Leaders – Nov 17 to Present
Player Team Pts GP G A
Nikita Kucherov TB 44 21 12 32
Johnny Gaudreau Cgy 40 22 16 24
Connor McDavid Edm 35 21 13 22
Nathan MacKinnon Col 34 22 12 22
Mikko Rantanen Col 33 22 10 23
Hutchinson Starts With Panthers in 18-19
Date Opp Res GA SA Sv SvPct
10/16/2018 @Phi SOL 6-5 OTL 5 26 21 .808
10/20/2018 Det OTL 4-3 OTL 4 31 27 .871
10/23/2018 @NYR L 5-2 L 4 19 15 .789
Rec GA SA Sv SvPct
Totals 0-1-2 13 76 63 .829
Pettersson Rookie Rankings
Goals 22 1st
Assists 20 1st
Points 42 1st
PPG 6 1st
PPPts 13 1st
Wild (39P) at Leafs (54P) - 2PM (Jan 3)
TOR 1-0-0 vs MIN in 18-19, 5-3 win in MIN. MIN has won 3 of past 4GP in TOR (lost last)
5-1-0 last 6GP, 27GF, PP 4/14 (shutout loss last game)
Hutchinson 6 starts since beginning of 17-18
Tavares (7G, 4A) last 7GP
1-5-1 last 7GP, 10GF, PP 1/13
Granlund (4A) last 4GP
Flames (54P) at Bruins (48P) - 7PM (Jan 3)
CGY 1-0-0 vs BOS in 18-19, 5-2 win at home. BOS 6-1-1 at home vs CGY in shootout era
Won 2 straight, 2GA in each game, PK 7/7
Pastrnak (1G, 2A) last 2GP
3-0-1 last 4GP, 19GF, PP 3/18
Gaudreau (3G, 5A) last 2GP
Panthers (40P) at Sabres (48P) - 7PM (Jan 3)
FLA 2-0-0 vs BUF in 18-19, 1-0-0 in BUF. FLA 7 straight wins vs BUF
0-2-1 last 3GP, 4GF, PP 2/7
Reinhart (5G, 17A) points in 14 of past 16GP
4-1-0 last 5GP, 13GA, PP 12/14
Barkov (4G, 7A) last 8GP
Hurricanes (37P) at Flyers (35P) - 7PM (Jan 3)
CAR 1-0-0 vs PHI in 18-19, 3-1 win at home. CAR 2-1-0 past 3GP in PHI (lost last)
0-3-1 last 4GP, PP 0/8, 2GF last 3GP
Giroux (0P) last 3GP, 4 shots on net
2-4-0 last 6GP, 10GF, PP 0/20 (shutout twice)
Aho (0P) last 2GP, 6 shots on net
Hawks (36P) at Islanders (46P) - 730PM (Jan 3)
Teams split 2GP in 17-18, CHI winning in NY. CHI 3 straight wins at NYI
Won 4 straight, outscoring opponent 16-5, PP 2/9
Barzal (6G, 3A) 5 game PT streak
5-2-0 last 7GP, 22GF, PP 7/23
Toews (5A) last 4GP
Canucks (44P) at Canadiens (47P) - 730PM (Jan 3)
MTL 1-0-0 vs VAN in 18-19, 3-2 win in VAN. MTL 6 straight wins vs VAN. MTL 8-0-1 last 9GP at home vs VAN
Coming off a 4-2-0 road trip, 20GF, PP 4/17
Domi (4A) last 4GP
3-1-0 on road trip, 11GF, PP 3/14
Pettersson (5G, 1A) last 4GP
Capitals (51P) at Blues (34P) - 8PM (Jan 3)
WSH 2-0-0 vs STL in 17-18. WSH 5 straight wins vs STL
Lost 2 straight, 1GF in each game, PP 0/6
O'Reilly (2G, 1A) last 3GP
Won 5 straight on road, 20GF, PP 1/9
Ovechkin (2A) last 6GP
Lightning (64P) at Kings (35P) - 1030PM (Jan 3)
TB 2-0-0 vs LAK in 17-18, 9GF. TB 4 straight wins vs LAK
1-2-0 last 3GP, 4GF, PP 1/7
Kopitar (1G, 3A) last 5GP
14-0-1 last 15GP, 4.9GF/G, PP 16/47
Kucherov (7G, 16A) 11 game PT streak