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Ice Chips: Kylington appears set for first game since 2022


Keep updated on all the injury news and roster updates from around the NHL with daily Ice Chips.

Calgary Flames

TSN's Salim Valji reports there was a strong indication Oliver Kylington will play for the first time since 2022 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Flames head coach Ryan Huska said Kylington would need to be removed from LTIR in order to play, but that could happen before puck drop.

Kylington skated for the first time this season on December 1, after the team announced he was unable to participate in training camp.

The 26-year-old missed all of last season while in Sweden due to personal reasons.

Kylington's last appearance on the ice for the Flames was their overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 5 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs in 2021-22.

A second-round pick of the Flames in 2015, Kylington has 14 goals and 47 points in 168 career games, all with Calgary.

He is signed through this season at a cap hit of $2.5 million.

The Flames recalled forward Walker Duehr from the AHL's Calgary Wranglers on Thursday.

Duehr was signed as an undrafted free agent in April of 2021 and has appeared in 19 games with the Flames this season, recording a goal and four points.

Dallas Stars

Defenceman Miro Heiskanen will return to the lineup on Thursday when the Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks, according to head coach Pete DeBoer.

Heiskanen, 24, hasn't played since the Stars 5-4 overtime loss on Jan. 4 after he collided awkwardly with goaltender Scott Wedgewood and sustained a lower-body injury.

The 6-foot-2 defenceman has four goals and 27 points in 37 games this season.

Montreal Canadiens

Samuel Montembeault is expected to be in net on Thursday against the New York Islanders.

Montembeault, 27, has a 10-7-4 record this season with a .903 save percentage and 3.11 goals-against average.

The recalled forward Lucas Condotta from the AHL's Laval Rocket and he will make his season debut against the Islanders.

Condotta was signed as an undrafted free agent in April of 2022 and has five goals and 13 points in 37 games with the Rocket this season.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators are projected to use these lines for Thursday's game against the Boston Bruins:

Tkachuk - Norris- Giroux
Greig - Stutzle - Batherson
Joseph - Pinto - Tarasenko
Kubalik - Kastelic - Kelly

Sanderson - Zub
Chabot - Chychrun
Brannstrom - Bernard-Docker


Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers are projected to use these lines for Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks:

Draisaitl - McDavid - Hyman
Kane - Nugent-Hopkins - Foegele
Holloway - McLeod - Brown
Janmark - Ryan - Gagner

Nurse - Ceci
Ekholm - Bouchard
Kulak - Desharnais


New Jersey Devils

Forward Ondrej Palat will return to the lineup on Thursday when his team takes on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Palat, 32, missed the team's last 10 games with a lower-body injury that he sustained during the team's 5-2 loss to the Devils on Dec. 30.

The 6-foot winger has five goals and 14 points in 35 games this season.

The Devils recalled forward Justin Dowling and defenceman Daniil Misyul from the AHL's Utica Comets on Thursday.

Dowling, 33, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Devils in the off-season and has eight goals and 19 points in 30 games in the AHL this season.

Misyul, 23, was drafted 70th overall by the Devils in the 2019 draft and has three goals and 11 points in his first season in the AHL.

The Devils also claimed defenceman Nick DeSimone off waivers from the Calgary Flames and placed centre Jack Hughes on injured reserve, retroactive to January 5.

Minnesota Wild

Forward Vinni Lettieri skated for the first time on Thursday since breaking his foot before the New Year, according to Michael Russo of The Athletic.

Lettieri, 28, sustained the injury during the Wild's 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 30 and missed the team's last 13 games.

The 5-foot-10 forward has three goals and four points in 19 games this season

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings have activated goaltender Ville Husso from injured reserve and assigned him to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning on Thursday.

Husso, 28, missed the team's last 16 games with a lower-body injury he sustained during the Red Wings' 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 18.

The 6-foot-3 goaltender has a 9-5-2 record with an .893 save percentage and 3.53 goals-against average this season.

Additionally, the Red Wings placed forward Patrick Kane on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 14.

Kane, 35, played 1:07 of the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs before sustaining a lower-body injury and missed the team's last four games.

The 5-foot-10 forward has seven goals and 16 points in 19 games this season.

Detroit also recalled defenceman Brogan Rafferty from the Griffins on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1 defenceman has two goals and 15 points in 36 games in the AHL this season.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks recalled defenceman Shakir Mukhamadullin from the AHL's San Jose Barracuda on Thursday.

Mukhamadullin, 22, was drafted 20th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2020 draft and was acquired in a deal that saw Timo Meier go the other way.

The 6-foot-4 defenceman has five goals and 26 points in 39 games this season in the AHL.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets activated defenceman Zach Werenski off injured reserve and assigned defenceman David Jiricek to the AHL's Cleveland Monsters on Thursday.

Werenski, 26, sustained an ankle injury during the Blue Jackets' 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 27 and missed the team's last 10 games.

The 6-foot-2 defenceman has a goal and 25 points in 34 games this season.

Jiricek, 20, appeared in 36 games with the Blue Jackets this season and has a goal and nine points.

Seattle Kraken

The Kraken assigned forward John Hayden to the AHL's Coachella Valley Firebirds on Thursday.

Hayden, 28, appeared in two games with the Kraken but did not record a point.

The 6-foot-3 forward has four goals and 10 points in 33 games in the AHL this season.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes claimed centre Adam Ruzicka off waivers from the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Ruzicka, 24, recorded three goals and nine points in 39 games with the Flames this season.

The Coyotes assigned forward Justin Kirkland to the AHL's Tucson Roadrunners in a corresponding move.

Kirkland, 27, appeared in two games with the Coyotes this season without recording a point.