News and notes from around the NHL:
- The Los Angeles Kings have officially placed Brayden McNabb on injured reserve after the defenseman suffered an upper-body injury Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. McNabb got tangled up with St Louis’s Colton Parayko in the second period and fell awkwardly into the boards. McNabb has two goals this season and is considered one half of the 2nd best defensive pairing in the league (with Drew Doughty). The Kings have slated Matt Greene to replace McNabb tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.
- Continuing with the Kings, the team has scratched forwards Nick Shore and Teddy Purcell tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. Shore has only one assist so far eight games this season. Teddy Purcell—signed in the offseason to a one-year, $1.6MM deal to minimize the loss of Milan Lucic—has rode the bench for seven straight games after starting the season’s first two. Both the team and the player hope that Purcell rediscover whatever made him so effective in the past.
- The NHL fined Detroit Red Wings Steve Ott $2,222.22—the maximum allowed under the CBA—for spearing Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara last night. Ott speared Chara a mere thirty seconds into the game, but the infraction went unnoticed by referees. Instead, both players received unsportsmanlike penalties for the resulting battling after Ott’s spear.