Parise could return to Wild lineup Friday after missing three weeks

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Zach Parise

After being sidelined for the past three weeks, Minnesota Wild left winger Zach Parise could be back in action Friday evening against the Winnipeg Jets.

Parise, 31, hadn’t practiced with the team since spraining his MCL in a Nov. 5 game against the Nashville Predators, but was skating alongside the Wild Thursday ahead of their home contest Friday. According to Wild coach Mike Yeo, Parise had been medically cleared and “if [the Wild] had any kind of concerns or uncertainty then we’d hold him out.”

“Obviously if he’s ready to play, then we think we can probably find a place for him in our lineup,” Yeo told “Today we just experimented with something, we don’t even know if we’ll go with that tomorrow or not. Adding one player gives you so many more options.” Read more

McDavid ‘ahead of schedule’ in recovery, but won’t be rushed back

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Connor McDavid (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Once again, the Edmonton Oilers are sitting in the NHL’s basement once again and have won only three of their past 10 games. And while the breakout play of Leon Draisaitl has been lifting the spirits of Oilers fans, GM Peter Chiarelli delivered some news Thursday that’s sure to brighten every Edmonton fan’s day.

Chiarelli told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector that rookie center Connor McDavid is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a broken collarbone that he suffered Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers. McDavid went crashing into the boards and immediately left the game, and the initial diagnosis was he’d miss anywhere from two to three months. The outlook is much more promising now, however.

“He’s been in the pool, been lifting weights,” Chiarelli told Spector. “There are no soft tissue injuries, which is important. When you get a break like that, oftentimes there is accompanying soft tissue injuries. That slows down the recovery.” Read more

With Carey Price out, Habs should look at trading for James Reimer

Carey Price  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Montreal Canadiens backup goalie Mike Condon will get the start Friday night when the Canadiens visit the New Jersey Devils, which apparently would have been the case had reigning MVP and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price not left Wednesday night’s win over the New York Rangers with a right leg injury.

Condon proved that in the short term that he could be almost as good as the No. 1 man, going 4-0-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and registering a .932 save percentage in the first six games he played after taking over the net when Price went down with an upper body injury in October.

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Gallagher out ‘at least’ six weeks, Canadiens turn to Smith-Pelly on top line

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Brendan Gallagher (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

From the moment Brendan Gallagher flipped off his glove after blocking a shot by Johnny Boychuk, Montreal Canadiens fans knew Gallagher was likely to be on the sidelines for an extended period. Following surgery Monday, Habs fans now have a timeline for Gallagher’s return.

The Canadiens announced Monday the 23-year-old right winger will be sidelined “at least” six weeks. Montreal had already announced that Gallagher had broken two fingers on his left hand after the blocked shot, and the timeline for his returns comes after surgery was completed.

A number of Canadiens players told’s Arpon Basu how much Gallagher, an alternate captain in Montreal, meant to the team. Coach Michel Therrien, however, said that no matter what Gallagher’s role is and has been this season the Habs can’t use his injury as any reason to start to slide down the standings. Read more

Jets’ Pavelec out at least one month, which could give prospect Hellebuyck time to shine

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Connor Hellebuyck (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets have been an above average team this season in just about every regard. They out possess the opposition on a near nightly basis, have a favorable shooting percentage and are getting a good chunk of their starts in the attacking zone. One area the Jets have struggled, though, is between the pipes and things aren’t about to get any easier.

The Jets announced Monday that goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who was hit by Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan Saturday night, has been placed on the injured reserve and, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky, the diagnosis, a knee sprain, isn’t good. Pavelec is expected to miss all of December’s action, Orlesky reported, and there’s a possibility he won’t return until February.

Normally, this would be where Jets fans — or at least those who have been more on the side of netminder Michael Hutchinson than they have Pavelec — would be excited about the potential for Hutchinson to shine. However, Hutchinson has been statistically worse than Pavelec this season. Of the 42 goaltenders who have played at least 300 minutes at 5-on-5, Pavelec ranks 18th with a .931 save percentage. Hutchinson? He’s closer to the bottom with a 34th-best .912 SP.

To say the Jets can’t afford a run of poor goaltending in the incredibly competitive Central Division would be an understatement. But there may not be reason for the Winnipeg faithful to worry, because with Pavelec’s injury came the call up of Manitoba Moose netminder Connor Hellebuyck, and the future could very well be now for the Jets. Read more

Updated: Brendan Gallagher breaks two fingers after blocking blast from Johnny Boychuk

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Brendan Gallagher (via Streamable)

Heading into Sunday night’s action, Brendan Gallagher was tied for the scoring lead in Montreal with nine goals and 19 points. But after Sunday night, Gallagher could find himself on the shelf.

With the Canadiens and New York Islanders tied 1-1 with less than eight minutes remaining in the second period, Gallagher got down to block a shot from Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk, who has an absolute cannon from the blueline, wound up and crushed a slap shot that Gallagher appeared to block with his hand. After blocking the shot, Gallagher flipped off his glove and was clutching his left hand: Read more

Hurricanes’ Nathan Gerbe injured by huge hit from Kings’ Kyle Clifford

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Nathan Gerbe hit by Kyle Clifford (via SomeHockeyVideos/YouTube)

Carolina took on Los Angeles in a matinee tilt Sunday, and the outing ended early for the Hurricanes’ Nathan Gerbe following a massive hit from Kings winger Kyle Clifford.

With seven minutes remaining in the first frame, Gerbe and Clifford were both skating towards a loose puck deep in the Kings’ zone. Gerbe went to put the puck behind the Los Angeles goal when Clifford crunched him into the boards. Immediately, Gerbe popped up and hobbled towards the bench, where he was helped off the ice and to the dressing room by the Hurricanes’ training staff: Read more