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Ice Chips: Marner (LBI) unlikely to play Thursday vs. Flyers


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

Toronto Maple Leafs

Mitch Marner is unlikely to play on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers as he continues to deal with a lower-body injury, per head coach Sheldon Keefe. 

He missed Saturday's 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens and did not skate Monday morning. Marner suffered the injury in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. 

The 26-year-old has 25 goals and 76 points in 62 games this season. 

With Marner injured, forward Nick Robertson has been recalled from the AHL's Marlies. 

Robertson was sent down on March 2. In 41 games with the Maple Leafs this season, he has eight goals and 19 points. With the Marlies, he has five goals and 11 points in nine games. 

Jake McCabe was also absent from Leafs practice along with Marner. McCabe played 21:53 on Saturday night, recording on assist. He missed one game last week due to an illness. 

Winnipeg Jets

Trade deadline acquisitions Tyler Toffoli and Colin Miller are expected to make their Jets' debuts tonight against the Washington Capitals

Per TSN's John Lu, Toffoli is set to skate on the second line with Sean Monahan and Alex Iafallo. In 61 games with the New Jersey Devils this season, Toffoli had 26 goals and 44 points. 

Miller was also acquired by Winnipeg from New Jersey on Friday's trade deadline. In 41 games with the Devils, he had four goals and four assists. He was skating on the third pair this morning alongside Dylan Samberg

Forward David Gustafsson and defencemen Nate Schmidt and Logan Stanley are the scratches for tonight's game. 

Jets lines at practice:

Connor - Scheifele - Ehlers
Iafallo - Monahan - Toffoli
Niederreiter - Lowry - Appleton
Barron - Namestnikov - Perfetti

Morrissey - DeMelo
Dillon - Pionk
Samberg - Miller


Scratched: Gustafsson, Schmidt, Stanley

Ottawa Senators

Forward Josh Norris has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after having shoulder surgery last week. 

Per TSN's Claire Hanna, Rourke Chartier is out with an upper-body and will not play Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, the team doesn't believe he will be out very long

Defenceman Travis Hamonic also skated this morning and could be back soon for the Senators. 

Sens lines at practice:




Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens made a minor post-deadline trade on Monday, acquiring forward Arnaud Durandeau from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Nathan Légaré.

Durandeau, 25, has four goals and 14 assists in 38 games with the Bridgeport Islanders and Utica Comets in the American Hockey League this season. In 205 career AHL games, the Montreal, QC native has recorded 52 goals and 126 points.

He has appeared in four NHL games, all with the New York Islanders in 2022-23. He was drafted in the sixth round (165th overall) by the Islanders at the 2017 NHL Draft. 

Forward Juraj Slafkovsky did not practise with the team this morning in favour of a therapy day. 

The 19-year-old played 21:23 on Saturday and had two assists in the 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. 

The 2022 No. 1 pick has 13 goals and 33 points in 64 games this season. 

Montreal next plays tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at home where goaltender Cayden Primeau will get the start. 

The 24-year-old has appeared in 14 games this season, going 5-6-2 with a .901 save percentage and 3.04 GAA. 

Florida Panthers

Defenceman Aaron Ekblad will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury after he collided with teammate Vladimir Tarasenko in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

"We're going to wait until he's 100 per cent," said head coach Paul Maurice. "Shooting for the end of March, early April."

Ekblad, 28, has four goals and 17 points in 47 games this season. He missed the first month and a half of the season recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. 

Maurice also says captain Aleksander Barkov should play tomorrow night against the Dallas Stars while Evan Rodrigues is a game-time decision. 

St. Louis Blues

Joel Hofer is the first goalie off the ice this morning and is set to be the starter tonight against the Boston Bruins, according to The Athletic's Jeremy Rutherford. 

The 23-year-old has appeared in 23 games this season for St. Louis, going 10-11-0 with a .910 save percentage and 2.88 goals-against average. 

Blues' practice lines per Rutherford:


Extra: Blais, Alexandrov

*Alexandrov is skating in place of Robert Thomas, who is not skating. 


Extras: Scandella, Tucker

Hofer in starter’s net