Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The Buffalo Sabres have returned forward Sam
Reinhart, the second overall pick of this year’s NHL Entry Draft, to his
junior team at Friday’s deadline to do so.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement allows NHL teams nine games to
evaluate players still eligible to play in the junior leagues without it
counting as a year accrued on their entry-level contracts. Reinhart appeared
in his ninth game in the Sabres’ overtime loss to Boston on Thursday.
(SportsNetwork.com) – The Anaheim Ducks will try to get their struggling
offense on track Friday night as they visit a Dallas Stars club that has given
up its fair share of goals this season.
The Ducks have lost two of three since winning seven in a row, held to just
two goals over that span. They shut out the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Tuesday,
but were then blanked 2-0 by the St. Louis Blues two nights later.
Jake Allen made 24 saves for the Blues, while John Gibson came up with 27
saves in the loss. Gibson was coming continue
(SportsNetwork.com) – Injuries have forced the Calgary Flames to turn to a
number of reinforcements ahead of Friday’s homestand-closing matchup with the
The Flames hope the fresh bodies can get their offense on track before they
hit the road for five in a row.
Calgary has placed Mason Raymond (upper body), Matt Stajan (strained right
knee) and Mikael Backlund (abdominal) on injured reserve over the past few
days, while Joe Colborne, who leads the club with eight assists, also is
unlikely to play tonight due to an upper-body injury.
Both Colborne and Stajan were hurt in Tuesday’s continue
(SportsNetwork.com) – The Los Angeles Kings will be glad to leave Pennsylvania
behind when they continue their five-game road trip in Friday’s meeting with
the Detroit Red Wings.
The Kings have dropped the first two tilts on their swing, losing a 3-2
overtime decision Tuesday in Philadelphia before falling to Pittsburgh 3-0 on
Thursday. The reigning Stanley Cup champions had won six straight before
suffering the recent defeats in the Keystone State.
Los Angeles also had an eight-game point streak snapped in the Steel City,
suffering its first regulation loss since opening the season with a 4-0 home
(SportsNetwork.com) – The hobbled Columbus Blue Jackets will try to halt a
three-game skid when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs for Friday’s battle
at Nationwide Arena.
Columbus has been handed three straight regulation setbacks and lost each of
its last two outings by 5-2 margins. The Blue Jackets are 4-5-0 this season,
and the slow start has more than a little to with the club’s inability to stay
The Blue Jackets have been beset by injuries in the first month of the season,
and two more names were added to the list on Wednesday as defenseman James