Scheifele out vs. Devils; considered day-to-day with UBI
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Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights announced that they have signed free-agent defenceman Zach Whitecloud to a three-year, entry-level deal.
He is expected to join the Golden Knights Friday in Buffalo ahead of their Saturday afternoon matchup with the Sabres.
"He’s a very well-rounded player, a highly sought-after defenceman by a lot of clubs and we are delighted to acquire him as our first college signing," general manager George McPhee said.
In 36 games for Bemidji State University, he had four goals and 14 assists.
Whitecloud also suited up for Team Canada in the 2017 Karjala Cup, where he had one assist in two games.
Forward Mark Scheifele is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will not play Thursday against the New Jersey Devils. Head coach Paul Maurice said there is no structural damage.
He was not on the ice for the Jets Thursday morning.
During the first period of Tuesday's win over the New York Rangers, Scheifele and teammate Blake Wheeler collided in the neutral zone. Both remained in the game but Scheifele appeared shaken up and eventually left in the second period following hits from Rob O’Gara and Marc Staal.
After the game, Maurice said the injury was not related to the upper-body injury that kept the 24-year-old out for 16 games earlier in the season. Since returning on Feb. 9, Scheifele has six goals and seven assists in 12 games.
In 50 games this season, he has 21 goals and 30 assists for a Jets team sitting second in the Central Division with 89 points.
Meanwhile, goaltender Steve Mason is also considered day-to-day after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice. Michael Hutchinson is on his way to New Jersey as a backup according to TSN Radio 1290's Brian Munz. Connor Hellebuyck is expected to start.
Here were the Senators lines at Thursday's morning skate courtesy of TSN's Brent Wallace:
New Jersey Devils
Left winger Brian Gibbons is set to make his return Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets following a thumb injury. He has not played since Jan. 20.
In 45 games, he has 12 goals and 23 points.
Meanwhile, Devils forward Pavel Zacha will not play Thursday night, according to NHL.com's Amanda Stein.
Zacha did not skate Wednesday morning and is dealing with an upper-body injury, Stein reports.
The 20-year-old centre has six goals and 13 assists in 60 games for the Devils this season.
St. Louis Blues
Injured forward Nikita Soshnikov skated Wednesday and could return from a neck injury Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks. He has not played since Feb. 28.
The 24-year-old has zero points in six games so far this season. He was acquired by the Blues in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019.
TSN Game Notes
Longest Active Point Streaks in NHL (team games)
Player Team Streak Points
Taylor Hall NJ 19 (13G, 13A)
Patrik Laine WPG 9 (13G, 6A)
Mark Stone OTT 9 (2G, 12A)
Most Goals Since Start of 16-17
Player G GP
Patrik Laine 74 139
Nikita Kucherov 73 139
Alex Ovechkin 73 148
Evgeni Malkin 71 126
Auston Matthews 68 135
Longest Win Streaks in 17-18
GM TEAM FROM TO
10 COLORADO DEC. 29 JAN. 22
9 NASHVILLE FEB. 19 to Present
8 LOS ANGELES NOV. 25 DEC. 9
8 VEGAS DEC. 14 JAN. 2
7 TAMPA BAY DEC. 2 DEC. 16
7 CALGARY DEC. 31 JAN. 14
Only players to score 600 career goals in under 1,000GP
Wayne Gretzky 718
Mario Lemieux 719
Brett Hull 900
(Ovechkin 598G in 987GP)
Avalanche (77P) at Jackets (73P) - 7PM
COL 1-0-0 vs CLS in 17-18, shutout win at home. COL has won 3 of past 4GP in CLS
won 2 straight, 4GF in each game, PP 0/4
Panarin (3G, 2A) last 2GP
0-0-2 last 2GP, 4GF, PP 2/7
MacKinnon (7G, 6A) 6 game PT streak
Flyers (79P) at Bruins (90P) - 7PM
BOS 1-0-0 vs PHI in 17-18, shutout win in PHI. BOS 7-0-1 last 8GP at home vs PHI
won 4 straight, all at home, 20GF, PP 6/17
Marchand (4G, 4A) last 3GP
0-3-1 last 4GP, 19GA, PK 8/11
Giroux (1G, 4A) 4 game PT streak
Jets (89P) at Devils (76P) - 7PM
WPG 1-0-0 vs NJ in 17-18, winning at home. WPG 4-0-2 last 6GP in NJ
3-5-0 last 8GP at home, 23GF, PP 6/25
Hall (18G, 20A) 26GP point streak
won 3 straight, 10GF, PP 1/5
Laine (13G, 6A) 9 game PT streak
Knights (89P) at Wings (63P) - 730PM
DET 1-0-0 vs VGS in 17-18, winning in VGS
0-3-1 last 4GP, all on road, 16GA, PK 8/11
Larkin (2A) last 2GP
1-3-1 last 5GP, 11GF, PP 2/13
Perron (1G, 2A) last 2GP
Canadiens (61P) at Panthers (71P) - 730PM
Teams have split 2GP in 17-18, FLA 1-0-0 at home, shutout win. FLA 3-1-1 last 5GP at home vs MTL
won 6 straight at home, 23GF, PP 3/21
Barkov (5G, 7A) 7 game PT streak
3-1-4 last 8GP, 19GA, PK 23/32
Gallagher (3G, 2A) 4 game PT streak
Rangers (66P) at Lightning (96P) - 730PM
NYR 1-0-0 vs TB in 17-18, OTW in TB. NYR 3 straight wins in TB, twice in OT
7-0-1 last 8GP, 31GF, PP 4/19
Kucherov (6G, 14A) last 12GP
won 3 straight on road, 12GF, PP 1/8
Zuccarello (1A) last 7GP
Sabres (53P) at Senators (56P) - 730PM
Teams have split 2GP in 17-18, OTT 1-0-0 at home, OTW. BUF 4-0-2 last 6GP in OTT
coming off a 2-2-0 road trip, 11GF, PP 3/16
Stone (2G, 12A) 9 game PT streak
2-2-1 last 5GP on road, 9GF, PP 2/14
Pominville (1G, 2A) last 2GP
Ducks (80P) at Predators (95P) - 8PM
NSH 2-0-0 vs ANA in 17-18, 1-0-0 at home, SOW. NSH 4 straight home wins vs ANA
won 9 straight, 4.3GF/G, PP 6/25
Forsberg (1G, 3A) last 4GP
won 3 straight, 14GF, PP 2/5
Rakell (6G, 2A) 4 game PT streak
Hurricanes (69P) at Blackhawks (66P) - 830PM
CHI 1-0-0 vs CAR in 17-18, OTW in CAR. CHI 5-1-0 last 6GP at home vs CAR
won 3 straight at home, 4GA, PK 4/5
Kane (1G, 5A) last 5GP
1-3-1 last 5GP on road, 19GA, PK 9/12
Skinner (3A) last 7GP
Islanders (67P) at Oilers (60P) - 9PM
EDM 1-0-0 vs NYI in 17-18, OTW at NYI. EDM 2 straight home wins vs NYI, both past regulation
1-3-0 last 4GP, 15GA, PK 11/12
McDavid (3G, 6A) 5 game PT streak
0-4-3 last 7GP, 16GF, PP 2/20
Barzal (2G, 5A) last 6GP
Blues (75P) at Sharks (79P) - 1030PM
SJ 1-0-0 vs STL in 17-18, winning in STL. STL 4 straight wins in SJ, 2 shutouts
2-3-1 last 6GP, 21GA, PP 11/12
Pavelski (3G, 4A) last 3GP
1-6-2 last 9GP, 14GF, PP 4/34
Career GP 500 for Schenn, 2A last 6GP
Capitals (81P) at Kings (77P) - 1030PM
LAK 1-0-0 vs WSH in 17-18, winning in WSH. LAK 7 straight home wins vs WSH
2-3-0 past 5GP at home, 14GF, PP 3/13
Kopitar (2G, 5A) last 5GP
lost 3 straight on road, outscored 12-3, PP 2/9
Ovechkin (1G, 0A) last 3GP