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Ice Chips: Golden Knights' Eichel could return on Monday vs. Blue Jackets

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Vegas Golden Knights

Centre Jack Eichel is considered to be a game-time decision for the Golden Knights' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, according to head coach Bruce Cassidy.

Cassidy added that while nothing is confirmed, he suspects that Eichel will play in Monday's game.

Eichel, 27, hasn't played since Jan. 11 after undergoing knee surgery on Jan. 18.

He has 19 goals and 44 points in 42 games this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin skated during Monday's morning skate after leaving Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers with an injury.

Lyubushkin, 29, left the game with a head injury after taking a hit from Rangers forward Matt Rempe.

The 6-foot-2 defenceman skating 12:12 in his first game back with the Maple Leafs after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

He has four assists in 56 games split between the Ducks and Maple Leafs.

Ilya Samonsov is expected to get the start against the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Samsonov, 27, made 35 saves in the Maple Leafs' shootout win over the Rangers on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-3 netminder has won seven of his last eight starts and has a 15-5-6 record with an .883 save percentage and 3.23 goals-against average this season.

The Maple Leafs used these lines during their morning skate prior to taking on the Bruins:

Knies - Matthews - Marner
Bertuzzi - Domi - Nylander
McMann - Tavares - Jarnkrok
Holmberg - Kampf - Reaves

Rielly - Lyubushkin
Brodie - Liljegren
Benoit - McCabe


Boston Bruins

Forward Pavel Zacha skated during the Bruins' morning skate but was not a part of a regular line.

The 6-foot-4 centre left Saturday's 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders after just 4:40 while dealing with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

He is considered a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Zacha has 12 goals and 36 points in 58 games this season

Calgary Flames

Forward Connor Zary is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and recalled forward Matt Coronato from the AHL's Calgary Wranglers on Monday.

Zary, 22, played 9:38 during the Flames' 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

He has 12 goals and 29 points in 50 games this season.

Coronato, 21, appeared in 15 games with the Flames earlier this season, recording a goal and three points. He has 15 goals and 42 points in 40 games with the Wranglers this season.

Carolina Hurricanes

Goaltender Frederik Andersen participated in Hurricane's practice on Tuesday as he works to return to the lineup, according to team reporter Walt Ruff.

 Andersen, 34, has been out of the lineup since Nov. 4 with blood clot issues and was medically cleared to resume on-ice activities at the end of January.

The 6-foot-4 netminder only appeared in six games this season and has a 4-1-0 record with an.894 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average.

"I think it's around the corner," head coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters after practice after he was asked when Andersen appear as a backup. "I don't want to say [he'll be available Thursday], but he looks good and feels good. so it's coming."

Columbus Blue Jackets

Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins is considered to be day-to-day with "bumps and bruises" according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.

Merzlikins, 29, made 26 saves in the Blue Jackets' 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Portzline added that the 6-foot-3 goaltender is not being held out of the lineup for trade reasons with trade deadline on Friday.

Merzlikins requested a trade from the Blue Jackets in January.

Dallas Stars

Forward Tyler Seguin skated for the first time since sustaining an lower-body injury at the end of February, according to radio voice Owen Newkirk.

Seguin missed the team's last five games with the injury and will not join the team for their three-game California road trip.

The 32-year-old forward has 20 goals and 45 points in 58 games this season.

Defenceman Chris Tanev has yet to join the club since he was acquired from the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Head coach Peter DeBoer told reporters that the team is cautiously optimistic that he will be able to join the team on Tuesday in San Jose.

Tanev has a goal and 14 points in 56 games with the Flames this season.

Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will be out approximately two weeks with a lower-body injury, according to head coach Derek Lalonde.

Larkin, 27, played 17:36 during the Red Wing's 4-0 shutout loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1 centre has 26 goals and 54 points in 55 games this season.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks assigned defenceman Matt Irwin to the AHL's Abbotsford Canucks on Monday.

Irwin, 36, was recalled prior to the Canucks' 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks but did not dress.

The 6-foot-2 defenceman has three goals and 10 points in 46 games in Abbotsford this season

Washington Capitals

The Capitals assigned forward Pierrick Dube to the AHL's Hershey Bears on Monday.

Dube, 23, appeared in three games with the Capitals this season without recording a point.

The 5-foot-9 winger has 24 goals and 34 points in 50 games with the Bears this season.