The official All-Star activities in the NHL will be getting going very soon, which will give us a taste of hockey while we’re waiting for the games to start back up. In the meantime, there’s still plenty to talk about, so let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there right now.
The Blackhawks’ Kris Versteeg looks like he’ll be out for longer than the team initially thought.
He was injured on January 1--a left hand injury--and it was believed at the time he’d be gone for around a month. Now the Blackhawks are saying Versteeg will be out “a little bit” longer than that initial estimate, so it’ll probably be a couple more weeks at least before we see him on the ice.
The Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky will be missing the All-Star Game this weekend. He’ll be replaced by Brian Elliott from the Blues.
Bobrovsky underwent an MRI on his lower-body injury yesterday, but we haven’t heard any specific results from those tests. He’s reportedly without a timetable for his return to the ice, so there seems to be a prevailing sense that he’ll be out for at least a little while. Expect to hear more on his status this weekend.
The Avalanche sent winger Dennis Everberg down to the AHL yesterday. He has five points in his 23 appearances for the team so far and will be one of the first names they call on when they need to farm the lower system.
Speaking of the Avs, defenseman Erik Johnson will be missing out on the All-Star game thanks to his lower-body injury. It’s thought he was hurt on Wednesday against Boston, but he was able to stay on the ice.
Colorado isn’t back in action until Tuesday, so hopefully Johnson will be able to return by then.
Similarly, the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby will be out of action for the All-Star Game as well. He’s dealing with a lower-body injury and won’t be back for the first game out of the break (Tuesday) either.
Crosby has only been able to play in one All-Star Game in his career, all the way back in 2007. The rest he’s missed due to injuries.
NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games on the NHL schedule, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015:
7:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at NY Islanders (TVA, SNO, SNP, MSG, MSG+)
Arizona Coyotes at Philadelphia Flyers (FS-A, CSN-PH)
Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN3, ROOT)
Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets (CSN-DC, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes (NBCSN)
Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens (FS-SW, RDS, SNE)
Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers (FS-D, FS-F)
8:00 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators (ALT, FS-TN)
9:00 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames (MSG-B, BELL TV, SNW)
9:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Edmonton Oilers (FS-N, SNOL)
10:00 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks (PRIME, SNP)
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