Stützle clears protocols, returns against Oilers
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The Senators have removed forward Tim Stützle from COVID protocol, it was announced Saturday.
TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports Stützle cleared protocol Friday night and he was able to skate with the team Saturday morning.
Roster update: Ahead of tonight's game in Edmonton, the #Sens have removed forward Tim Stützle from the NHL's covid-19 protocol.— Sens Communications (@Media_Sens) January 15, 2022
Meanwhile, the Sens have added defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker to the active roster from the team's taxi squad on Saturday.
Bernard-Docker, 21, has an assists in four games this season.
The Canucks have placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak in the NHL's COVID protocol, it was announced Saturday.
The move comes shortly after head coach Bruce Boudreau announced Halak as the starter for Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Halak, 36, has a 1-4-2 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average so far this season.
The Canucks have called up goaltender Spencer Martin from their taxi squad in a corresponding move.
Martin, 26, has a 5-0-3 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.24 GAA with the AHL's Abbotsford Canucks this season.
Goaltender Mike Smith skated and did some on ice exercises with forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Saturday, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug.
The Oilers announced on Thursday that Smith had suffered a partial tear of a tendon in his thumb and would be out one-to-two weeks.
Smith, 39, has a 2-2-1 record with a .898 save percentage and 3.76 goals-against average this season.
Stuart Skinner will start in net on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.
Skinner, 23, has a 4-5-0 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.70 GAA this season.
Defenceman Slater Koekkoek has cleared the NHL's COVID protocol and participated in the Oilers' morning skate on Saturday.
Koekkoek, 27, has three assists in 17 games this season.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues have added forward Alexei Toropchenko to their active roster from the taxi squad, it was announced on Saturday.
Toropchenko, 22, has six goals and 11 points in 26 games with the AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds this season.
Defenceman Mattias Ekholm has been added to the NHL's COVID protocol, it was announced on Saturday.
Ekholm, 31, has two goals and 11 points in 37 games this season.
Additionally, forward Yakov Trenin has been removed from the NHL's COVID protocol and will play on Saturday against the Boston Bruins.
Trenin, 25, has nine goals and 14 points in 36 games this season.
Forward Matt Luff was added to the active roster from the Predators' taxi squad and forward Cody Glass was assigned to the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday.
Luff, 24, has a goal and three points in eight games this season.
Glass, 22, has five goals and 22 points in 27 games with the Admirals this season.
The Winnipeg, Man., native was acquired along with defenceman Philippe Myers in a three team trade that saw defenceman Ryan Ellis go to the Philadelphia Flyers and forward Nolan Patrick go to the Vegas Golden Knights in the off-season.
Defenceman Derek Forbort has exited the NHL's COVID protocol and will play on Saturday against the Nashville Predators.
Forbort, 29, has three goals and seven points in 31 games this season.
Forward Tage Thompson is expected to play on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings after clearing the NHL's COVID protocol on Friday.
Thompson, 24, has 12 goals and 23 points in 34 games this season.
Additionally, forward Zemgus Girgensons will not play against the Red Wings on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury.
Girgensons, 28, has seven goals and 12 points in 33 games this season.
Forward Peyton Krebs has exited the NHL's COVID protocol and is expected to practice with the Sabres on Sunday.
Krebs, 20, has an assist in 12 games this season.
The Wild removed defenceman Alex Goligoski from the NHL's COVID protocol on Saturday and moved defenceman Calen Addison, forward Matt Boldy, and goaltender Andrew Hammond to their taxi squad.
Goligoski, 36, has two goals and 21 points in 29 games this season.
Addison, 21, has a goal in seven games this season.
Boldy, 20, has two goals and three points in three games this season.
Hammond, 33, has a 6-1-5 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.19 GAA with the AHL's Iowa Wild this season.
Additionally, the Wild have assigned defenceman Dakota Mermis to Iowa on Saturday.
Mermis, 28, has two goals and six points in 18 games with Iowa this season.
New York Rangers
The Rangers have moved forward Anthony Greco to their taxi squad from the active roster on Saturday,
Greco, 28, has seven goals and 23 points in 26 games with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack this season.
Forwards Julien Gauthier and Ryan Reaves, as well as coaches Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly have cleared the NHL's COVID protocol on Saturday.
Gauthier, 24, has two goals and five points in 26 games this season.
Reaves, 34, has six assists in 31 games this season.
Gallant will resume head coaching duties with the Rangers as Kris Knoblauch will return to the Wolf Pack to resume his head coaching duties there.
Goaltender Kieth Kinkaid has been assigned to the Wolf Pack on Saturday and goaltender Tyler Wall has been assigned to the Rangers' taxi squad.
Kinkaid, 32, won the only game he appeared in with the Rangers, a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 15.
Wall, 24, is 1-3-0 with a .876 save percentage and 4.32 GAA with the Wolf Pack this season.
Igor Shesterkin is expected to start in net on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, according to Mollie Walker of the New York Post.
Shesterkin, 26, has a 16-4-2 record with a .939 save percentage and 1.99 GAA this season.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Elvis Merzlikins will start in net on Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
Merzlikins, 27, has a 13-8-1 record with a .911 save percentage and 3.04 GAA this season.
The Blue Jackets have placed forward Cole Sillinger into the NHL's COVID protocol on Saturday and moved forward Liam Foudy into the active roster from the taxi squad.
Sillinger, 18, has seven goals and 13 points in 35 games this season,
Foudy, 21, has six goals and 17 points in 24 games with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters this season.
New Jersey Devils
Goaltender Akira Schmid has cleared the NHL's COVID protocol and has been assigned to the AHL's Utica Comets, it was announced on Saturday.
Schmid, 21, is 0-2-0 this season with the Devils with a .851 save percentage and 4.40 GAA.
The Stars have moved defenceman Thomas Harley to their taxi squad from their active roster on Saturday.
Harley, 20, has 10 assists in 18 games with the AHL's Texas Stars this season.
Anton Khudobin will start in net on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to head coach Rick Bowness.
Khudobin, 35, has a 3-3-1 record with a .872 save percentage and 3.76 GAA this season.
Defenceman John Carlson cleared the NHL's COVID protocol on Saturday and will play against the New York Islanders.
Carlson, 32, has eight goals and 32 points in 37 games this season.
Forward Conor Sheary has been added to the NHL's COVID protocol and will not be available against the Islanders on Saturday.
Sheary, 29, has 10 goals and 19 points in 31 games this season.
The Capitals have added defenceman Michal Kempny to their active roster from their taxi squad on Saturday.
Kempny, 31, has an assist in three games this season.
San Jose Sharks
Adin Hill will be in net on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News.
Hill, 25, has a 9-10-0 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.77 GAA this season.
Chris Driedger is expected start in net on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings, according to Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic.
Driedger, 27, has a 3-5-0 record with a .896 save percentage and 3.32 GAA this season.
Carter Hart is expected to start in net on Saturday against the New York Rangers, according to Olivia Reiner of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hart, 23, has a 7-11-4 record with a .912 save percentage and 2.93 GAA this season.
Detroit Red Wings
Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to start in net on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Nedeljkovic, 26, has a 10-10-4 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.84 GAA this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start in net on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks, according to Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago.
Fleury, 37, has a 12-11-2 record with a .911 save percentage and 2.84 GAA this season.
Karel Vejmelka will start in net on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche, according to Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports,
Vejmelka, 25, has a 4-13-1 record with a .910 save percentage and 3.17 GAA this season.
Pavel Francouz will start in net on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes, according to head coach Jared Bednar.
Francouz, 31, has a 3-1-0 record with a .895 save percentage and 2.88 GAA this season.
Los Angeles Kings
Cal Petersen is expected to start on Saturday against the Seattle Kraken.
Petersen, 27, has a 7-5-1 record with a .904 save percentage and 2.70 GAA this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky will be in net on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to interim head coach Andrew Brunette.
Bobrovsky, 33, has an 18-3-3 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.49 GAA this season.
Forward Brock McGinn has exited the NHL's COVID protocol and is available to play on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks.
McGinn, 27, has nine goals and 13 points in 33 games this season.